Note Taking

Written by Jen Nichol
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When we attend an interesting lecture or an important meeting, we want to remember all the salient points the speaker had to offer. However, we usually end up pushing ourselves to try to get down everything we hear that the event stops being enjoyable.

Have you ever been in a well-attended and interesting seminar and forgotten paper and pen? Do you remember how much you were able to see and feel the points the speaker was making? It was fun! The pressure was off you to scribble everything down, and being able to watch the body language and any visuals that were presented probably helped you retain more information than any bunch of messy pages would do.

What Kind of Note Taking Can I Learn to Make Meetings More Enjoyable?

Well, anything that uses a minimum of effort and head-down writing will allow you to interact more freely with the material presented. Such methods as shorthand writing and computer shorthand can teach you to transcribe thoughts freely and easily without getting bogged down in nonessentials.

The whole purpose of note taking is to persuade oneself to remember important facts and information. Yet, how likely are we to be to even want to decode our harried and messy handwriting after a demanding meeting? Our note taking skills can be greatly improved with the use of some simple shorthand tools.

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