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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Capturing the action plan in your meeting minutes

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

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      Paul Nowak

      Founder & CEO, IrisReading.com

      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.

    Skills covered in this course

  • Welcome

    - Every good meeting should end with an action plan. Otherwise, what's the point of the next meeting? So it's important that this action plan be reflected in the summary of your meeting minutes. In fact, some organizations require that meeting minutes include this sort of summary. Meeting minutes serves as a record of decisions that were made, what actions should be taken, and who must take them and when. Important meetings are held every day and the decisions made at these meetings can involve millions of dollars. And this is why the role of minute taker is so important. Meeting minutes drive action by providing a plan for you and your team. The minutes show how decisions were made, who made the decisions and when. By mapping out an action plan in the meeting minutes, you help ensure the work gets done. And the minutes can also provide an update to those who were unable to attend the meeting. Because the meeting minutes record important decisions, they serve as a great way to measure…

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