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Note-Taking for Business Professionals

Walking through a SWOT analysis

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, 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.

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  • Welcome

    - In this video, you're going to learn how to create a SWOT analysis using the XMind software platform. What's a SWOT analysis? It's a method of planning that's used to evaluate four areas of business or opportunity, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. SWOT analysis helps you organize your notes under these four areas and can provide you with much greater perspective on your business or a specific opportunity. This template will help guide you through the thought process. First, notice how this template basically has two columns and two rows. These are the helpful and harmful columns, along with the internal and external rows. Strengths and opportunities are clearly helpful to your organization while weaknesses and threats clearly are not. In the strengths area, you'll want to list characteristics of the business or project team that give it an advantage over others. In the weakness area, think about the things that place the team at a disadvantage relative to others…

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