Just a Minute

I stumbled upon this Glossary of Terms for the Minutes of Meetings and thought that it would make a helpful blog post for those of you who must occasionally write up the minutes. Please feel free to contribute other helpful ideas.

Term: The results were inconclusive.

Meaning: Nothing was accomplished

Term: The committee met and evaluated the situation.

Meaning: Half the members turned up and talked for a while.

Term: We explored all possible solutions to the problem.

Meaning: Everybody talked a lot.

Term: It is suggested that the wisest course…

Meaning: This is what I think…

Term: While no agreement was reached, we feel that definite progress was made towards resolving differences.

Meaning: Nobody budged an inch.

Term: This concludes the committee’s appraisal of the situation.

Meaning: We absolve ourselves of all responsibility.

Term: It is hoped that this report will stimulate increased interest in the problem.

Meaning: Let somebody else do it next time.

Term: A great deal of additional work will be necessary before the proposal can be acted upon.

Meaning: Nobody understood it.

Term: It is widely accepted that…

Meaning: One other person agrees with me that…

Finally, I will leave you with this favourite quote by one Sir Barnet Cocks, who said ‘A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.’

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