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Brainstorming and collecting ideas

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.

    Instructor

    • Paul Nowak

      Paul Nowak

      Founder & CEO, IrisReading.com
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      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 how you can use the results of brainstorming as an alternative way to efficiently capture notes. Brainstorming can be done individually, or with a group, and it involves an informal approach to solving problems. It's really a creativity technique that requires you or a group of people to create a list of spontaneous ideas. There are four major guidelines for effective brainstorming. One is to withhold judgement of other people's ideas. This encourages everyone to contribute and think more creatively. Because the ideas are spontaneous, and sometimes just random, it usually makes brainstorming a pretty fun exercise. The second major guideline for brainstorming is to focus on quantity. The more ideas that are generated, the more likely we'll be able to solve the problems at hand. The third guideline to effective brainstorming is that strange ideas should be welcomed and encouraged. These ideas can be created by looking at things from a new…

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