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How To Take Better Notes

How To Take Better Notes

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, June 02, 2020/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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If you are working in the corporate world you may think your days of note taking are long behind you. However note taking isn’t just for high school and college students. Note taking is a key part of any successful business meeting and can help you remember key points that were brought up during the meeting. Studies show note taking helps engrain important facts in your mind better than if you didn’t take notes. So now that you know why note taking is important, let’s look at some ways to improve your note taking abilities so you can go into your next meeting with pen and paper primed for optimal note taking.

Take notes by hand
Studies show those who take notes by hand instead of on a laptop have a tendency to include more details. One of the reasons is because when people type notes on their computer they are more likely to take long notes vs those who write out their notes by hand. When you are taking notes by hand you end up being more selective with what you write because you can’t write as fast as you type. We highly suggest leaving your laptop or tablet behind during your next meeting and just bringing pen and paper. By being selective with the notes you take in your meeting you’ll have just the key things to review later instead of a bunch of fluff.

Review and Revise
After your meeting and your notes have been jotted down, take a few minutes while the meeting is fresh on your mind to review your notes. Things you should do during this time are:

  1. Make revisions and highlight and underline important key elements
  2. Add in some extra thoughts that may be helpful for later on to remind you of the important issues brought up in the meeting
  3. Note any action items regarding what you need to do next

Also note, if you have a chance before the meeting is over it’s smart to quickly go over your notes and make sure you don’t have any questions/concerns.

We hope this blog was helpful in providing you with the tools you need to take your note taking skills up a notch.


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Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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