How to Use ChatGPT for Meeting Minutes And Notes

Discover how to use ChatGPT for your meeting minutes and notes, and why you should consider better alternatives for accuracy and efficiency.

By Brier Cook  •   April 17, 2023  •   7 min read

Since its release in late 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. There are a few key ways companies can use ChatGPT or AI in the workplace to enhance the employee and customer experience. We’ll explore how to use ChatGPT for meeting minutes and notes and examine why Fellow is a better alternative.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot developed by OpenAI. The tool features a powerful natural language processor famous for generating human-like responses. ChatGPT has a variety of applications but is commonly used for answering questions and completing tasks like writing code, emails, and essays. 

While the algorithm can quickly generate text of high-quality responses to many questions and requests, it isn’t yet considered a reliable search engine as it may make errors and deliver inaccurate information to users. Additionally, some experts have said that the tool’s output isn’t yet a trustworthy source for business or academic research.  

Can you use ChatGPT for meeting notes and minutes?

ChatGPT can be used for meeting notes and minutes with the right instructions and information. ChatGPT can pull out important details from meeting transcripts to include in automated notes and minutes, such as:

  • Date, time, attendees
  • Agenda items covered
  • Key discussion highlights
  • Decisions made
  • Action items

However, meeting minutes from ChatGPT can lack nuance and fail to capture collaborative inputs from the meeting participants. For more thorough and accurate AI notes and minutes, your organization should consider an AI meeting management platform built exactly for this purpose, like Fellow.

Advanced AI meeting notes and minutes

Fellow’s AI Meeting Copilot automatically records, transcribes, and summarizes your meetings while seamlessly integrating into your meeting workflow. Harness the power of AI, combined with collaborative agendas and native integrations with your favorite tools.

Pros and cons of using AI for meeting minutes and notes


  • Allows for faster processes: When you provide ChatGPT with enough meeting details, it can quickly summarize key meeting points, follow-up topics, and action items, automating this task in your workplace. It works well for teams that aren’t too concerned about details and accuracy. The automation tool’s response time is quick, so it’s more suited for last-minute, high-level meeting summarization.
  • Is cost-efficient: ChatGPT 3.5 is currently a free tool, making it a cost-effective alternative. Startups operating on a tight budget can take advantage of this and use funds they would have allocated to software for other necessary resources. However, its paid subscription service, ChatGPT Plus, is $20 per month.
  • Is multilingual: ChatGPT’s translation capabilities can benefit teammates who work in different languages. The next time you need to send a copy of your meeting minutes to a colleague in a new language, ask ChatGPT to translate it for you. 


  • Increases risk for mistakes: As innovative as it is, ChatGPT can’t read your mind. It isn’t a perfect product, and using it to create your meeting minutes does increase the risk of errors. A topic that may have been of great importance in your virtual meeting may not be prioritized by ChatGPT’s algorithm and could be left out of your meeting minutes entirely, making them less accurate overall.
  • Is not collaborative: Creating meeting minutes with ChatGPT may be a time-saver, but using AI to automate this process means less collaboration from the team. With AI-generated meeting minutes, individual teammates can’t add their key takeaways, action items, and other important details.
  • Lacks context: Important conversations happen before meetings, too. When you use AI to generate your meeting minutes, key information may be omitted. Without human-inputted context, it may be challenging to draw assumptions from the minutes.
  • Has privacy concerns: AI meeting minutes aren’t a good idea for teams and individuals who use meetings to discuss private matters such as employee performance or company finances. Some companies are being asked not to enter sensitive information into the chatbot due to compliance concerns with third-party software.

How to use ChatGPT for meeting notes and minutes

To use ChatGPT for meeting notes and minutes, you must first transcribe your virtual or online meeting. Once your meeting ends, download the meeting transcripts from whichever meeting transcription software you used. If you aren’t using a software, you’ll have to transcribe meeting videos into text scripts manually.

Once the transcription is ready, copy and paste your transcript into ChatGPT. Keep in mind that ChatGPT 3.5 has a 2048 token limit (~512 word), while ChatGPT 4 has a 4096 token limit (~800-1000 words). Which means that neither ChatGPT 3.5 and 4 will be able to process any transcript longer than that, unless the transcript is broken down into smaller batches.

Above the text, prompt ChatGPT to summarize the transcript into concise meeting notes and minutes. For example, you could use a prompt like: “Summarize the following meeting transcript into a set of meeting notes and minutes. Include the date, time, attendees, agenda items discussed, key highlights, decisions made, and action items.”

Don’t forget to review the notes and minutes generated by ChatGPT. The meeting notes and minutes should capture the following key details, so make any necessary corrections.

  • Date and time: Include details about when the meeting occurred for future reference. If necessary, add context about why the meeting was held on a certain day or at a specific time. Use timestamps to tag individual colleagues for their awareness or input. 
  • Name of present and absent attendees: List the names of all members in attendance and the names of those who weren’t able to make it. During the meeting, jot down who spoke about specific topics and include the names of those who have been assigned action items.
  • Summary of talking points: Your meeting agenda should be used to outline your meeting minutes. Under each talking point in the agenda, add details, including any outcomes and major decisions the group makes.  
  • Key decisions and action items: Record decisions and action items as they happen. This will enable the team to hold each other accountable for their responsibilities and support one another in working through tasks that contribute to the group’s overall success.
  • Next steps: Write down what tangible next steps the group needs to take to implement the decisions made during the meeting. These can include scheduling a follow-up meeting or check-in call and emailing a copy of the meeting minutes once they’re ready for distribution. 

Fellow: A better alternative for meeting notes, minutes, and action items

While ChatGPT can create basic meeting notes and minutes, Fellow is a dedicated all-in-one AI meeting transcription and management software, purpose-built to effortlessly capture and summarize notes, minutes, decisions, and action items with powerful AI features.

Here’s how you can leverage Fellow for your next meeting:

1Take collaborative meeting minutes and notes

Now that you know all about ChatGPT and how to use it, let’s talk about a better alternative for taking meeting minutes: Fellow. With our all-in-one AI meeting transcription and management software, you and your team can create an official record of discussions and action items. Everyone can contribute their ideas to the collaborative meeting agenda before, during, and after each meeting. With Fellow, your meeting minutes and transcript will be secure, free from mistakes, and have all the context needed to make decisions.

2Keep an accurate record of decisions 

In addition to real-time not taking, Fellow’s powerful AI features can help automate the entire process for you.

With Fellow’s AI Meeting Copilot, you can record and transcribe meetings automatically, capturing an accurate record of discussions and decisions as they happen. The AI meeting summary feature will then generate meeting chapters to organize key takeaways and action items based on the meeting discussion, so everyone can stay aligned.

These searchable meeting transcripts, video recordings, and AI meeting summaries are accessible from your meeting notes after the call ends – the AI meeting summary is embedded at the top of the note, while the transcript and summary are just one click away! This makes it easy to review important details and next steps.

3Link meeting minutes to calendar events

When you are using various tools to generate separate meeting transcripts and summaries, it can be easy to lose track of the various files and even harder to refer back to past notes after the fact. In Fellow, your meeting notes, AI transcriptions and summaries are automatically linked directly to your calendar events so everything can be found in one central place.

During the meeting, Fellow’s browser extensions and native integrations with your favorite video conferencing tools allow you to access your meeting notes directly in your video conferencing platform! Take notes, document action items, and leave comments – all without leaving your video call.

4Share notes and minutes with stakeholders

Fellow allows you to easily share meeting notes with attendees after the meeting ends to keep everyone on the same page. You can effortlessly link to and share the AI summary or specific parts of your transcripts recordings, enabling you to provide context to stakeholders without them wading through the entire transcript. If you prefer to send the notes to the stakeholders instead, Fellow provides an option to embed the AI summary as well so that they have full context.

Set every meeting up for success with these free meeting minutes and notes templates

When it comes to preparing for meetings, you don’t need to start from scratch! Fellow offers 500+ pre-built customizable templates to help structure your meeting, facilitate collaboration, and document additional context so that the meeting minutes are as helpful as possible. We’ve included three of our most popular templates below.

Automate your note-taking game with Fellow

While ChatGPT can produce you meeting minutes, there is quite a lot of admin work required to generate these notes, and still more work to ensure that these meeting minutes are accurate and stored in a way that makes them easy to find. Instead of generating a transcript via a third-party tool and uploading the transcript to ChatGPT, Fellow provides a more automatic alternative!

Simply invite the Fellow AI Meeting Copilot to join your call and the recording, transcription, and summarization is all done automatically. Fellow also makes it easy to share and refer back to these notes by linking them directly to the calendar event. No need to figure out where to store the meeting minutes outputted by ChatGPT.

Fellow also offers advanced features such as collaborative meeting agendas, action item tracking, and project management integrations so that you can bring your meeting notes to the next level and save your team valuable time. Fellow even has a library of 500+ meeting templates you can use to make sure your meeting runs productively and the resulting notes are more organized and accurate. Stop wasting time deciphering messy, inaccurate notes. Get started today!

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