Note Taking for Dummies

by Brad Isaac on September 4, 2010

Taking notes can be very difficult for people like me. My attention is always torn between the speaker and what I am writing. Often times, I write too much of the not important stuff and miss the important stuff while I write the unimportant. 

“Uhh… what did she say while I was writing ‘The restrooms are up the hallway to the left’ ?

It’s frustrating to me and apparently many others out there. I found out that for me a better technique is Mind Mapping. By simply jotting one word thoughts and branching them out, I could write faster, keep the ideas straight while also maintaining attention.

Below is my interview with my friend Gina Trapani over at Fast Company where Gina gives her method and I describe mine. Which one works best for you? Let us know in the comments.


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September 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm


What is the software used to do the presentation ?

Thank for your response.


September 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I just find the web service used : popplet.


September 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Mind mapping is good technique – there is actually a lot of software that does this.

September 16, 2010 at 4:32 am

I disagree with Valeri. I think that it is worth its weight now matter how much it costs. Being one up on the next guy always has a price tag, but truthfully, its invaluable. Well put, btw.

October 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

Mind mapping, wow, thanks for sharing this tip. Actually, its quite hard for me to jot down notes as well. Now, it will be easier with the tip you shared.

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