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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Making a decision

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

    • Click here to view Paul Nowak’s instructor page

      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

    - In this video, you're going to learn how to organize your notes to help you make a decision using the XMind software platform. Organizing your decision options with this template will give you a nice bird's eye view and could help you make better decisions more quickly. Now, some decisions are very straightforward and don't require much mental work. But other decisions can be complex, where you have to weigh various options and look at the pros and cons of each potential decision. In this template, you can organize your choices and analyze the pros and cons of each option. To start, you might want to rename the top part where it says Make a Decision. Give it a name that reflects the decision you're making. Below that, you'll find three potential solutions. If you want, you can rename these to something like Option A, Option B, and Option C, or whatever names work best for you. And below each of those options, you'll have pros and cons laid out. These are pretty self-explanatory…

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