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Automatically generate action items from a meeting with LeMUR

In this guide, you'll learn how to use AssemblyAI LeMUR to process an audio file and then automatically generate action items from the meeting's transcript.


Before we begin, make sure you have an AssemblyAI account and an API key. You can sign up for an AssemblyAI account and get your API key from your dashboard.

LeMUR features are currently only available to paid users at two pricing tiers, LeMUR Default and LeMUR Basic. Refer to our pricing page for more detail.

Step-by-step instructions

In this guide, you'll use AssemblyAI to transcribe a meeting recording. Then, you'll request a list of action items from LeMUR.

  1. 1

    Create a new file and import the necessary libraries. Configure an authenticated HTTP request using your API key.

  2. 2

    Upload your local file to the AssemblyAI API.

  3. 3

    Submit a transcription with the audio_url parameter set to the value of upload_url.

  4. 4

    After making the request, you'll receive an ID for the transcription. Use it to poll the API every few seconds to check the status of the transcript job. Once the status is completed, you can retrieve the transcript from the API response.

  5. 5

    Define a prompt to tell LeMUR to extract action items from this meeting.

  6. 6

    Create a JSON payload containing the transcript ID and your prompt as part of a POST request to the LeMUR Task endpoint.

Understanding the response

The result of your LeMUR output should be something like this:

Action Item Title: Review competitor product features
Assignee: Connor
Due Date: 2019-07-16
Status: In progress
Notes: Compare our product features against our main competitors. Look for gaps and areas we can improve.

Action Item Title: Plan social media campaign
Assignee: Rohan
Due Date: 2019-07-123
Status: Not started
Notes: Draft a proposal for an Instagram/Facebook campaign to promote our new product launch.

Action Item Title: Contact suppliers about part shortages
Assignee: Jason
Due Date: 2019-07-12
Status: Completed
Notes: Reached out to 3 suppliers about expected delivery dates for backordered parts. Parts should arrive by end of month.

Action Item Title: Set up product demo for key customers
Assignee: Matt
Due Date: 2019-08-15
Status: In progress
Notes: Identify 5-10 key customers to invite to product demo day. Send invites by end of month.