5 Strategies for Taking Notes

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5 Strategies for Taking Notes by Mind Map: 5 Strategies for Taking Notes

1. Team meetings

1.1. Facts:

1.1.1. (Example: Jenna is the creative lead on this project)

1.2. Issues

1.2.1. (Example: There is too much work to get done by the deadline.)

1.3. Decisions

1.3.1. (Example: We will break this project up into smaller, more manageable chunks.)

1.4. Action plans

1.4.1. Example: The project manager and creative lead will determine how to break this project up, then the project manager will schedule a meeting to discuss how to distribute that work.)

1.5. Questions and answers

1.5.1. Take note of questions team members bring up during the meeting and the answers that are given.

2. Interviews

2.1. Interviews can take lots of forms.

2.1.1. Maybe you’re talking to candidates for a new position you’re hiring or interviewing an expert for a blog post.In these situations, look to journalistic methods of taking notes for tips.

2.1.2. Clark also says you should record the interview but not rely on the recorder completely.

2.1.3. “Write down all the questions you have beforehand,”

2.1.4. Taking notes on what you observe in addition to what’s said will also help. “Divide your note-taking areas into two sections,”

3. One-on-one meeting

3.1. Sometimes you want to take notes in one-on-one meetings – maybe you’re having coffee with your mentor or heading into a performance review.

3.1.1. These are more intimate learning environments where you’re engaged in discussion but still want to capture what you hear.

3.2. Taking notes in these situations is a balance.

3.2.1. You want to record information without putting a laptop-shaped wall between you and the other person. And too much focus on your notes could make you seem distracted or inattentive.

3.3. Prioritize that personal connection by ditching your laptop as a note-taking device and opt for a small, unobtrusive notebook.

3.4. Sometimes a personal connection is more important than recording every single word.

3.4.1. Don’t worry, though, you can still capture what was said: immediately after the meeting is over, write down everything you talked about while it’s still fresh in your mind.

4. The best team meetings result in a clear, shared understanding by everyone involved and actionable items.

5. Brainstorming sessions

5.1. Brainstorming sessions can be a flurry of activity with ideas flying.

5.1.1. When your team brainstorms, you need to be able to record a lot of information quickly, capture unusual concepts and combine, refine and build on those ideas

5.1.2. Mind maps are great for brainstorming because they let you capture notes in a flexible format that doesn’t limit you to a linear flow of words.

5.1.3. You can use good old fashioned paper or a whiteboard, but an online mind mapping tool allows you to share mind maps with the team or save maps so you can come back to them later.

6. Educational settings

6.1. If you’re taking notes to learn – at conferences, workshops or professional development events,

6.1.1. academic note-taking styles can help you record information so that you actually absorb and remember it.

6.1.1.1. First, you might opt for pen & paper to help you process ideas.

6.1.1.2. Cornell Method is most applicable to professional situations.

6.1.1.2.1. This method has you divide your paper into one small column on the left and a larger column on the right.

6.1.1.3. Next time you prepare to take notes, think about your goals and your environment and tailor your note-taking strategy based on those things. Never again will you think, “If only I’d written that down.”