Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Rhodia Meeting Books

Karen

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Rhodia Meeting Books have steadily gained in popularity every year.  If you lead or participate in a lot of meetings they’re a good tool to make them more effective.  Each page is an all-in-one record of discussions and decisions.

Meeting Books are available in two sizes 6 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ (A5) and a larger version – 9 x 11 3/4″ (A4).

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There are four cover styles to choose from–black, orange and white coated card covers; and a black, ribbed polypro cover for Meeting Book 90. Meeting Book 90 offers 90g Rhodia paper, the others offer the standard 80g paper.  All versions are spiral bound with 80 micro-perforated sheets for clean and easy removal.

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Meeting Books were invented by the CEO of Clairefontaine Rhodia for his own use.  Each pre-printed page includes space for discussion notes and action items.  The separate sections make it easy to organize and review notes at a single glance.

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Do you use a Meeting Book?  If so, what do you like about it, and how do you feel it could be improved?


4 thoughts on “Rhodia Meeting Books

  1. I don’t think this book gets the love it deserves. I have long used Cornell styled pages for work notebooks and they are increasing hard to find… especially for a fountain pen user! (I know… this was designed by the president of Clairefontaine but the concept is quite similar) The Rhodia meetingbook is by far the best option out there. I tend to use A5 sized books so that part is perfect too. I have never had any bleedthrough regardless of the pen/ink combination. Zero feathering either. There is a modest amount of ghosting but I am a recto writer anyway so it does not matter.. frankly even if i was the show through is not enough to be distracting.

    Mark no mistake… this is the hands down victor when it comes down to cornell style notebooks. I know this post is from ages ago and I’ll be curious to see if this note even gets seen but wanted to pay my respects to this wonderful notebook.

  2. I would flip the notes to the right side of the page & the action items column to the left since that’s where eyes naturally track in the west. Just started using one in the smaller size. Love the quality paper.

  3. One month ago I was placed in charge of our R&D dpt. I needed a notebook where I could track meeting dates and attendees, activities to do, activities done, and take a lot of notes about the inputs, outputs and tests.
    I’ve decided to try that meeting book, because a regular note book becomes too messy for me at the end of a meeting. The left and right division is nice as I can immediately place the information in a place I will retrieve it later on.
    I choose the white (ice) color, as my agenda is orange and my notebook is black (all from Rhodia). People rapidly understood that the white book was for R&D, and everything written in it will not be forgotten.
    It is FP friendly too, so that’s a big plus.
    So far, no complaint. I wish I could have a place to put a check mark, telling me the information has been formally documented, but that’s okay. I use an highlighter for that.

  4. As a user experience developer, a lot of my meetings revolve around sketching concepts for interactions and designs. I’d love to see a version of this book with the notes section changed to a dot grid so it could be used for a sketch or for writing. I also wonder if the action items column might be better with boxes or circles for each line, like a checklist or bullet journal.

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