While you’re enjoying the breakout sessions at DRI2015, try out one of LifeHacker’s tried-and-true note-taking strategies:
Method 1: Symbols
In the left-hand margin of your notepad, use simple symbols to mark the four types of information you’re taking down:
[ ] – Square checkbox for “to do item”
( ) – Circle for a task to be assigned to someone
* – Asterisk for important facts
? – Question mark for items to research or ask the speaker about
Method 2: Quadrants
Split your page into four quadrants, then place different types of info – questions, references, to-do’s, and key facts – into the different squares. (This is apparently a preferred note-taking method of Bill Gates.)
Method 3: Cornell Style
Break the page into three sections: notes, questions on the notes, and summary of the session. Or save yourself some work and print out this template.
One more tip: Don’t worry about copying the PowerPoint presentations — those will be available after the conference (along with all past conference sessions) in our Presentation Library!