Notetaking in multi-speaker meetings

This isn't really shorthand related, but do people have a preferred way to take notes for board meetings.

I've been using a steno pad and just going straight down one column and then the other.  Are there better ways to indication agenda items, speaker names, etc.?  Or is it normal to just have a stream of text?

Any help or pointers would be great.  I am taking on the role of secretary for my church board and now is the time to put good habits into practice.


(by Matthew for everyone)