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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Organizing your meeting 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.

    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

    - In this video you're going to learn how to organize your meeting notes using the XMind software platform. Let's talk about how you can organize all your meeting notes into a single place where you can manage them more effectively. Notice at the top of this template we have a preparation area. If you click on the small plus sign on the right of that box, you'll notice it expands to include things like background, location, time, purpose and attendees. In the next box down we have the agenda where you can list things that need to be discussed. Below that you'll find the ideas area, and if you click on the plus sign here, you can expand it to include ideas that come up during the meeting, and who they're attributable to. In the next three boxes below we have our action items. Every good meeting has actionable tasks. If you expand these areas, you can add the person in charge of the task, and other information associated with that task. If you need to add more action items, just copy…

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