If you are asked to take the minutes of a meeting; don’t panic! The term does not mean that you are required to record every minute of the discussion. The term actually refers to the definition of minute that means ‘attention to detail’.

The goal of meeting minutes is to provide an accurate summary of the key points. The notes serve as a reference to valuable material that was discussed, votes that were taken, future action plans and any other information that needs to be preserved. It becomes the company’s or organization’s official document for that meeting.

In this age of online meetings, quality meeting notes are essential to keep everyone involved up to date and on the same page.

There are some general guidelines for professional meeting notes to make sure everything is concise and easy to read.

Here are 10 tips on how to take meeting notes.