Taking notes

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I’m a note-taker. When I attend a meeting, presentation, or class, you can bet that pen and paper go with me. When I teach a class, within the first five minutes I am recommending note-taking to my students.

Studies show that we’re more likely to have long-term retention of new information if we write notes during the event and then periodically review those notes. Science tells us that taking notes by hand is better than via electronically.

And if we teach others the new information, our retention rate can jump as high as 90%.

When I find notes on an event I really enjoyed, reading those notes brings back a sense of my initial happiness.

Such was the case with Leadercast Women 2018. Last October I attended this simulcast with a group of local women as we joined thirty thousand women watching from around the world.

Here’s a paraphrased quote or idea from each of the nine speakers:

Jess Ekstrom: Failures legitimize quitting only if we let them.

Marilyn Tam: Ask yourself, what am I holding on to that is holding me back?

Ritu Bhasin:  What is one attribute you are not sharing due to fear of judgment?

Celeste Headlee: A computer’s operating system can multi-task, but a human being cannot.

Julia Landauer:  Pursue what’s terrifying and amazing.

Clemantine Wamariya: Be the storyteller of your life; create your own ending.

Sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush: When you know someone has your back, you can be braver and take more chances.

Molly Fletcher: My personal philosophy is, “What a gift—I’m different!”

Had I not taken notes during this day-long presentation, it is highly unlikely I could be sharing ANY of these bits of wisdom.

And just think: Now that I’ve shared them, I have a 90% chance of remembering them forever!


Daniel Pink less-than-2-minute podcast on taking notes by hand

Estimated percentages for retaining new information based on how passively or actively we take in the new ideas