Have you ever attended a great meeting one week- one where you thought everyone was on the same page? The team was just clicking along. You thought everyone walked away with the same understanding of the follow-up actions. Everyone took their own notes and follow-ups.
The next week comes along, and the same team meets. When you ask your colleague if they followed up on one of the outstanding action items, you get a blank stare. "What do you mean? I never had that as a follow-up?"
GAH! Even worse is sometimes it is you that has the blank stare. We all feel frustrated when it seems like we have lost time and are covering the same ground again. At the same time, no one wants to be constantly bugging their colleagues to see if the follow-ups were done. The topic of how to manage the follow-ups from a meeting has been a consistent pain point mentioned by customers. We've been hearing about the problem for 3 years now. And we are finally far enough with our meetings platform to start to deliver a solution for the problem. Today we launched a new feature in Bella to report on to-do statuses AFTER the meeting. So how does it work?
You still plan and run your live meetings just like before. Meeting notes are added, and the to-do's for follow-up are tracked in the meeting notes:
Now, when you complete your meeting, you will see something new. We added the current state of the to-do's from the meeting aligned under each participants name:
You go about your normal activities. If you want to check in to see if items are getting complete, simply open the meeting again in Bella. In real-time you can see the status of those items. You can see if they are still sitting unscheduled on a to do list, are scheduled for certain times. You can see if they are completed, or if they were just deleted off someone's list. Pretty nifty, eh?
We are continually grateful for all the wonderful customer feedback we receive as we keep chipping away at all the reasons that meetings are complex. Thank you for being part of our journey.
Amber is the founder of Wonderly Software Solutions and creator of Bella Scena.