I’ve always used a simple note taking scheme to help me highlight key items and to be able to quickly see the follow-up issues I have after a long meeting.
Strong follow-up skills set you apart from the rest of the pack.
My “note taking codes” and what they mean to me:
– just a note to remember
–> follow-up is needed
/ a task to be completed
X the task is completed
? needs clarification (might also add “who to ask” and “what to ask”)
$ cost implication
🙂 client service “pop”
This system was tremendous help in my note taking during due diligence efforts of over 40 company acquisitions. At the end of each day of on-site discovery interviews, I would go back through my notes and quickly code them. When I finished the discovery part and started writing a Due Diligence Report, it made my job so much easier, , , for example, when writing the Risk section, I just looked through my notes for items coded “R”.
Any system you come up with works; the key is to use what you need to help you remember key points and to follow-up as needed. Quick follow-up increases your credibility, , , poor follow-up undermines credibility.
Hello Ayaz, , , thank you; I would be interested in seeing the symbols that you use as well.
Great tips Mike. I have my own little symbols, I am going to add some of yours to my collection. Thanks for sharing!
Good tips! I will use them.