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Friday, January 25, 2013

Creating Knowledge

I go to a lot of meetings. Great facts, ideas, and instruction are routinely provided. I’m always amazed at how much is missed by the audience.

Discussing with the presenter seldom adds much, and cuts down the time for presentation for everyone else. As a related model, when I read a blog, if I have something to add that supports the premise, I comment. If I want to disagree, I go somewhere else, maybe write a positive blog about my point.

Here’s a model for getting the most out of a face-to-face presentation.

Prepare.

Get there early.

Take notes.

Later, transcribe your notes, adding what should have been. Define your action list.

Check your work with others attending. Improve your notes based on feedback.

Kick off the New Year Right at Talk Your Business - How to make more and better sales right away!Wednesday Jan 30, 11:45 - 1:00 at the Arlington Chamber Small Business Roundtable.

2 comments:

Jack Gates said...

I am amazed that about 20%-25% of meeting attendees have no means of taking notes - no pen or pencil, paper, or digital device.

Good check list of how to process the best thing(s) from the meeting. Particularly listening to another attendee's recall of the important items.

Seems like every time I type up my notes I find a use for them over and over again as a on-point document.

Granny-Guru said...

The thing that you and Dick do in your meetings, having recognized that people don't bring paper, is to supply an outline of your talk, with key points to remember at the end. It makes it easy to take notes, easy to frame your insights into a context.