Mastering Meeting Minutes: Episode 5 – “Opening Paragraph Part 2”


Welcome back to our enlightening video series, “Managing the Minutes Lifecycle,” inspired by Sylvia Groves’ acclaimed book “AAA+ minutes” from Governance Studio. In this fifth episode, “Opening Paragraph Part 2,” we venture further into the intricacies of crafting the opening paragraph, specifically focusing on the critical elements of “Notice or Waiver.”

Navigating Notice and Waiver

The opening paragraph of your meeting minutes is where the tone for the entire document is set. In “Opening Paragraph Part 2,” we unravel the complexities of addressing “Notice or Waiver” effectively. This segment plays a pivotal role in ensuring compliance and transparency in your meeting minutes.


Meeting Minutes - Episode 5

Here’s what you can expect in this episode:

  1. Understanding Notice: We’ll start by delving into the significance of providing proper notice for meetings. Learn how to capture the essential details related to meeting notifications, including dates, times, and distribution methods.
  2. Exploring Waivers: Discover the concept of waivers and their role in meetings. Gain insights into how participants can waive their right to notice and still be considered present at the meeting.
  3. Ensuring Compliance: Compliance is crucial in governance. We’ll guide you through best practices for recording notices and waivers accurately, ensuring that your minutes align with legal requirements and organizational standards.
  4. Maintaining Transparency: Transparency builds trust. Explore techniques for communicating notices and waivers clearly, making your minutes a reliable reference for all stakeholders.


“Opening Paragraph Part 2” offers an invaluable deep dive into the essential elements of “Notice or Waiver” in meeting minutes. Whether you’re a seasoned minute-taker or new to the role, this episode equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to maintain compliance and transparency while capturing critical meeting details.

Ready to enhance your minute-taking prowess? Download the full video series now and gain access to expert guidance that will transform the way you approach your meeting minutes. With “Managing the Minutes Lifecycle,” you’re on the path to achieving excellence in governance and decision-making.

Watch the entire series here if you are interested in learning more.


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