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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Avoiding excessive highlighting and too many notes

From the course: Note-Taking for Business Professionals

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  • Course details

    Learn to take better and faster notes in business settings. Effective note-taking is a core skill that professionals at all levels can improve upon—and this course shows you how. It explains how to decide when to take linear vs. visual notes, how to effectively listen, how to document action plans, and how to effectively write meeting minutes.

    Instructor Paul Nowak also explores techniques for taking notes more quickly, including capturing ideas rather than sentences, improving typing speed, and using simple shorthand.

    The final, bonus chapter walks through a number of note-taking templates from XMind software that help with project planning, SWOT meetings, timelines, and more. This chapter is optional and is not necessary for course completion.


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      Paul Nowak

      Founder & CEO,

      Paul Nowak teaches speed-reading and memory improvement at organizations such as NASA and Google.

      Paul Nowak is the founder and program director of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading training and memory improvement. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and business professionals in major cities throughout the world. He has been a guest speaker at universities that include Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. His training programs have been taught to employees of NASA, Google, and a number of other Fortune 500 companies.

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  • Welcome

    - In this video, we're going to discuss note-taking while reading, and the potential dangers of excessive highlighting and too many notes. Have you ever bought a used college textbook, and noticed ridiculous amounts of highlighting? How does this happen? Here's how. Someone's reading the chapter and maybe they need to know it very well for a test that's coming up. They read a sentence and realize that's really important so they highlight it. Then they read the next sentence and realize that's also kind of important, and they highlight that as well. Then they read the third sentence, and now they realize this sentence is way more important than the previous two, maybe they'll use a different color this time around. You already see where this is going. Have you ever heard the phrase, "When you get caught "up in details, you lose sight of the big picture."? This is one of the biggest issues when it comes to note-taking. People get caught up in details. A better way to handle this would…

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