Introduction to Confluence Meeting Notes with Meetical
The Confluence App “Meetical Meetings” helps you to follow the best practice that every key meeting should have a Confluence page linked to the calendar event of the meeting!
Following this best practice will make it easy to prepare the agenda, gather input from participants, take notes collaboratively, record important decisions, assign and track action items and document relevant knowledge.
The main feature of Meetical is the seamless calendar integration.
Note: Intro video available at the end of this article.
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Comparison between manually created page and page created with Meetical
New internal Confluence Calendar
In addition to the Calendar Extensions, the App includes this integrated Calendar; connected to your Google Calendar / Outlook Calendar / Microsoft 365
Problems with traditional Confluence Meeting Notes
Meetical Meetings solves 3 main problems related to meeting notes in Confluence:
- Creating meeting notes in Confluence is a manual process. It's time-consuming and gets forgotten. Also, creating a page just-in-time before or even during a meeting takes too much time.
- The second problem is, as you can see in the video in "my archive", things get pretty messy, right? So with a manual approach, there is no real consistent naming, and meeting notes are not organized well. Pages get outdated, lost, and abandoned.
- Third problem: Meeting notes are not linked to the calendar events - or must be manually linked. That’s why they are very hard to find, especially for those who do not yet use Confluence very often.
Creating and managing these meeting pages manually is time-consuming and requires discipline and easily gets forgotten. Meeting pages become outdated, are hard to find and even get lost.
While Confluence includes a nice meeting notes blueprint and other meeting notes templates, manually creating pages is not scaling well and when teams get under pressure this approach might entirely fail.
Faster and better Confluence Meeting Notes with the Meetical App
The "Meetical Meetings" App for Atlassian Confluence helps you to find, create and share meeting notes in Confluence faster and easier!
Meeting pages created and managed with Meetical are:
- Easy to find
- Easy to create
- Automatically structured and organized well
Also, Meetical pages are more reliable and more professional: Pages are linked an up-to-date with your calendar events. Meeting notes are complete, great looking and ready to share and export.
The basic concept is that every key meeting gets a dedicated Confluence page you can use before, during, and after the meeting. As best practice, these pages get linked to your calendar invites. So everybody can find the page fast and easily.
The App allows you to create meeting pages right from your calendar events in seconds and even allows you to automate the process entirely. You can connect both Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook 365.
The first highlight feature is the new internal Confluence Calendar. You can see all your meetings there.
For existing meeting pages, the internal calendar shows a direct link to the page. Additionally the calendar extensions included in Meetical directly show links in Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar, respectively.
Meetical ships with nice meeting macros for Atlassian Confluence! The most powerful one is the meeting overview macro. It shows the meeting status (“scheduled”, “in-progress”, “finished”, “cancelled”), the, date, time, attendees, and the attendees RSVP status. And everything is automatically kept up-to-date if something changes on the calendar.
Like the meeting notes blueprint, Meetical will create additional pages to structure meetings and keep things organized:
- The App will create a default "Meeting Notes" index page if none exists.
- Meetical also creates a parent page for recurring meetings.
This is how we leverage the power of Confluence to create hierarchies by still keeping things easy to manage.
- Meetings notes get created under a common parent (customizable)
- Recurring Meetings get grouped automatically under a new parent page.
Create new meeting notes pages from your calendar
You have these options to find and create meeting notes in Confluence with Meetical Meetings:
- Google Calendar: The Meetical Chrome Extension allows you to create Confluence meeting notes directly from your Calendar in Chrome and Firefox!
- Outlook Calendar Add-in: A Desktop and Web Outlook Add-in for Confluence to create, link, and find meeting pages.
- New Integrated Confluence Calendar to create and find meeting notes.
The Calendar Extensions include a link to "Add Confluence Page" right from the event on the calendar. You can choose your space and template from there and use one of the included meeting templates. The included meeting templates contain also some guidance and inspiration to help you make the most of your meetings. Furthermore, you can even create your own meeting templates!
All pages automatically get populated with essential meeting information like the date, time, location, and description of the meeting invite, including all attendees and their attendance status.
To track attendance, the RSVP status is copied from the calendar by default, but you can even change the attendee's status if the Calendar status is not up to date.
Finally, the Confluence meeting notes page can be used during the meeting to collect action items and decisions. You can add task reports, jira tasks, jira task reports, trello cards and literally thousands of other additional macros are available on the marketplace to further help to keep projects on track.
Automations, meeting templates and other features
The Meetical Meetings App will automatically add a link to the meeting invite, however this is optional.
Additionally, for recurring Meetings, the App remembers the space and templates to be used and creates a page with a single click for new meetings.
But there is more: You are able to completely automate the process for recurring meetings of creating new meeting pages and linking them in the invite description.
We hope you got excited about the App and if you haven't done so, try it free and discover how meetical helps your meetings become more effective and productive!