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Speedy and effective note taking improves productivity and helps to understand and improve the retention of important information.

Join communications expert, Sue Calthorpe on our Speedy and Effective Note Taking course to gain speedwriting techniques and explore a range of note taking styles to effectively organise and structure your notes in a way that is easy to understand and review.

Build on common abbreviations and essential shorthand techniques and take part in practical exercises to test and develop your speed writing skills.

Leave the day with the confidence to streamline your note taking and produce coherent notes that can improve day to day proficiency.

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Sue Calthorpe
Media & Communications Specialist

Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.

She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

She works with public and private sector organisations to help with:

  • Effective emails
  • Report writing
  • Briefings and submissions
  • Persuasive and influential writing techniques
  • Promotional writing
  • Effective complaint handling
  • Communicating complex information for non-technical readers.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Optimise productivity through efficient note taking
  • Develop a note taking style that suits you and your organisation
  • Explore a range of tips and tricks to enhance effective note taking
  • Streamline note taking with essential shorthand techniques
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainers Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Evaluate your Current Speed Writing Ability

This session provides an opportunity to assess your current speed writing ability and understand areas for improvement.

  • Evaluate your current note taking style
10:30 - 11:00

An Overview of Quick Note Taking

  • Understand how effective note taking can increase productivity
  • What does good note taking look like?
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:45

Establish a Quick and Effective Note Taking Style

  • Explore a range of techniques for effective note taking
  • Identify ways to speed up your writing while still being coherent
  • Understand different note taking styles
  • Discover linear and non-linear techniques
  • Explore word families – how to quickly increase speedwriting vocabulary
  • Gain tips and tricks to support your note taking technique
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:00

Essential Shorthand Techniques to Aid Note Taking

  • Build on common abbreviations to gain speed
  • Learn essential shorthand techniques
  • Explore how to abbreviate prefixes and suffixes
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Workshop: Speed Writing in Action

This session provides an opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt through practical exercises. Gain further tips from the trainer on how to tailor note taking to you needs.

  • Implement speed writing techniques through practical tasks
  • Identify the tips and tricks that work best for you
  • Evaluate the progress made from beginning of the session
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close