“The palest ink is better than the best memory”

The origins of this sentiment date back to a proverb from the Qing Dynasty in China, and remind us that it is better to take some notes than rely on memory alone.

When do you take notes?

When do you rely on other people’s notes?

When do you need to revisit your notes?

Where do you keep your notes? Can you find the notes you need, when you need them?

Think about your note taking. Is it fit for purpose?

We often take notes in the same way we have for years out of habit. Is it time to make changes?

Here are some tips on using mind maps as an effective way of taking notes in a meeting.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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