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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Focusing on ideas instead of sentences

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 how you can learn to take notes faster and more efficiently. The first thing you need to understand is that you should keep your notes concise. You want to be writing ideas not sentences. This is a simple way to speed up your note-taking, but it's surprising how many people ignore this advice and try to write complete sentences while they're taking notes. If you do this, you may end up missing major points that are being stated because you're trying to write out what was previously said. So keep your notes to keywords and phrases. You can write now and edit later. Another important strategy is to only write down what's absolutely necessary. Not everything is equally important. Many times there are two, three, or four major points being made. Don't get bogged down with the detail. If you're paying attention, you'll remember the details because the bigger concepts will trigger that information. If you want to add some of your own detail under a…

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