Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The Rhodia Meeting Book

Karen

The Rhodia Meeting Book is a unique notebook. rhodia book

The design was created by the CEO of Clairefontaine Rhodia, Jean-Marie Nusse, to help him keep track of decisions and plans–and the discussion behind them–from all his meetings.  The pages are pre-printed with Date, Notes + Action.  They are both a record and working document.

In my position as board secretary for East End Lighthouses, I have shifted over from a standard Rhodia pad to the Meeting Book to take notes for Board minutes. It does help me keep track of all the various inquiries, requests and projects different board members have volunteered to take on and complete by the next meeting.

One person who tried and liked the Meeting Book described it to me in this way:  “My life is all about meeting lately, and having the notes at hand with action items organized is really critical. ”

“I like that it stays flat,” she said, “or I can fold it over on the binding to save room on the table, if necessary.  I really appreciate how the notes and action items are separated so that your action items stand out at a glance and you don’t have to read back through all your notes to find those critical items.”

Read more about the Meeting Book here.

How do you take notes at meetings or client appointments?  Are paper notebooks still preferable to a laptop, mini laptop,  Netbook, or other electronic device?


18 thoughts on “The Rhodia Meeting Book

  1. I’m orange with envy.
    Once upon a time my job involved meetings everyday, and I mocked up a very primitive version of the Meeting Book using a word processing program.

    It was crude, it was ugly, and it accomplished only 85% of the goal I had set. The Meeting Book looks like it would have been a 100% solution!

  2. I’m orange with envy.
    Once upon a time my job involved meetings everyday, and I mocked up a very primitive version of the Meeting Book using a word processing program.

    It was crude, it was ugly, and it accomplished only 85% of the goal I had set. The Meeting Book looks like it would have been a 100% solution!

  3. I use all reasons to use pen and paper. :) Though I have a netbook, I still prefer to use pen and notebooks during meetings and notetaking. I love spiral-bound notebooks because I can fold them over. I usually use hardbound notebooks for journaling activities. :)

  4. I use all reasons to use pen and paper. :) Though I have a netbook, I still prefer to use pen and notebooks during meetings and notetaking. I love spiral-bound notebooks because I can fold them over. I usually use hardbound notebooks for journaling activities. :)

  5. But what’s the paper? Is it the 90g fountain pen friendly? There needs to be better pictures of the pages as well. Hard to tell from the shot on the spec page.

  6. But what’s the paper? Is it the 90g fountain pen friendly? There needs to be better pictures of the pages as well. Hard to tell from the shot on the spec page.

  7. A great tool for meetings. For meetings that are held on a regular basis, I have a few labeled for specific meetings. There are other meetings that are held less frequently, where I can use a single notebook and tear out the pages. I place the pages in a Smead Two Fastener Pressboard file folder. This serves as my record for that meeting topic. Highly Recommended !

  8. A great tool for meetings. For meetings that are held on a regular basis, I have a few labeled for specific meetings. There are other meetings that are held less frequently, where I can use a single notebook and tear out the pages. I place the pages in a Smead Two Fastener Pressboard file folder. This serves as my record for that meeting topic. Highly Recommended !

  9. I mainly use notebooks. They are preferable to any type of electronic device in my opinion. That being said, laptops are invaluable to do research and to write papers and stories. Notebooks are good for ideas. It’s immediate and physical, making it a more “analog” experience.

  10. I mainly use notebooks. They are preferable to any type of electronic device in my opinion. That being said, laptops are invaluable to do research and to write papers and stories. Notebooks are good for ideas. It’s immediate and physical, making it a more “analog” experience.

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