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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

The read and recall method

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

    - Have you ever read a whole page of text and then wondered I have no clue what I just read. In this video, I'll go over a simple exercise you can practice so this doesn't happen as often. It's called the Read and Recall Method, and it will help you remember more of what you read. Here's how it works. You read a paragraph and then, take a quick note of what you just read. Then you simply repeat this process, read a paragraph, take a note. Read another paragraph, take another note. These notes should be quick. Just write a word or a phrase that describes some of the content in that paragraph. Why are we doing this? The idea is to get you into the mindset of constantly asking yourself, "What did I just read?" If you force yourself to take a quick note after every paragraph you read, you'll find yourself paying more attention to the material. And with practice, you'll improve your ability to retain the information. Now I'm not suggesting that you need to take notes after every paragraph…

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