During The NATSO Show, you’ll hear from key industry leaders and experts that share inspiring, though provoking and actionable information. So much so that it may be impossible to remember every great tidbit—even the ones you’re sure you’ll never forget. Taking clear, effective notes that you can share with others and refer back to once you get home can help you get the most out of the show.
Here are six quick tips to help you get great thoughts down on paper.
- Sit close to the podium or near the front of the room to ensure you don’t miss anything the speaker says.
- Listen both for the main ideas and for the relevant details supporting them.
- Think about how you’ll use the notes after The NATSO Show. If they’re for your reference only, you may only need to write down key words or phrases to jog a memory. If you plan to share them with your staff, you may want to write more complete thoughts.
- Consider drawing a line down the paper to separate the left side of the paper from the right. On the left side, keep notes from the presentation. On the right side, jot down your own ideas about how you can apply the key points to your own operations.
- Leave blanks for words, ideas, or dates that you didn’t catch but can fill in later, and skip lines to indicate transitions from one thought or idea to the next.
- Take time at the end of the session or the end of the day to fill in thoughts you may have missed and mark important items. You can also take time to draw connections between key insights from different speakers that can generate even more takeaways from the show.