Greeting from China

Hello to All:
I have been teaching Gregg English Shorthand right here in Shanghai China during the last 2 years.  Most of the time it is just a small group or one-to-one situations.  A lot of people still are saying something like, “Oh that is useless, nobody is using that any more.”
I introduced it to the audience of my four workshops on ‘Be a Professional Secretary” organized by Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce to a packed and awed professional secretaries.
“What kind of computer are you using now?”  “Why are you not using a 586 or P1 or P2 instead of the P4?”  They mentioned speed and features as the reply.  Then I asked, “What values a secretary for a boss or a company?”  The reply was almost unimously “Efficiency and multi-functional capabilities.” 
If you can help the boss give his work instruction faster with uninterrupted smooth flow of thought.  If you can take telephone messages or make meeting notes at a high speed wit shorthand, would your rather not learn it? 
It is nice that 99.99% of secretaries in China do not know English shorthand.  So, you can invest 6 months to a year mastering this skill that will make your stand out among the crowd.
They were excited.
I will be busy teaching.

(by pmt00132 for everyone)

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  1. How refreshing that someone is working to make Gregg appreciated!  When I hear of someone saying, "No one 'takes' shorthand any more.  It's useless," I'm reminded how narrow their concept is.    Too bad  that many people equate the skill only with secretarial functions, which, while important, is by no means its only use.  For example, I've yet to hear of anyone who ever took notes in college or in meetings deny that shorthand would have been extremely useful.  And what about those occasional conflicts over a bill, a contract, or goods/services, when you need the advantage of taking good notes, either over the phone or in person (now, there's a potential intimidator!).    As one of our group pointed out in an earlier discussion, shorthand is "written with the brain," placing significant demands on mental and motor skills. Besides helping with mental acuity now, this may be of no small value in warding off, or at least mitigating, dementia as we age.   I applaud your efforts to spread the knowledge, and I'm sure your students will come to know Gregg as one of the most useful and versatile tools in their bag of tricks. 

  2. Welcome, Peter   Congratulations on your  clearly successful efforts to bring others into the fold.   Where did you learn Gregg Shorthand, and how? Did you take a course, or are you self-taught?   I've tried to get other assistants at work interested, but they just stare at me blankly.

  3. Hi:   In May 2005, when I was first approach by a firm claiming to be one of the largest training companies in the world to conduct a 4 days session for professional secretaries, I was told to skip the subject of Shorthand because it was no longer used in China.  So, I made only a brief mention of this skill there, but never stop wondering.   Then as my contacts with Chinese secretarial trainees increased, I have to conclude that it was a case of "sour grape" for those claiming that Shorthand is useless in China or anywhere in the world.   I asked:  "What kind of computer are you using now?" The answers was Pentium III or Pentium IV.  Then I asked again, "Why not PI, 586 or 386."  The answer was naturally they need the speed and feature of the machines.   Then, getting back, I conclude, "The success of today's executives is in making better decisions faster."  Therefore, no one can really say that a tool that give him both speed and multiple function like shorthand could be useless."   One thing was clear, when living condiditon improved, people in both the US and China as well as elsewhere in the world tend to seek shortcuts and easy ways to better life, thus, leading the mass to avoid anything that takes time and efforts to learn.  That happened in the US beginning in the early 70's, and that is happening now in this grand old "Learning Culture" of the world.   With that, I revised the Gregg English Shorthand system into a new Gregg Chinese Shorthand system and gave all secretarial trainees a 1-2 hours over view and trial learning of it.  The responses were simply amazingly enthusiastic.   I asked, "You all spent more than 10 years learning English and computer skills"  Now, how much competitive advantages in the job market does it give you.  Now, if I can give you some absolute competitive advantages over 99.9% other secretaries with 6 months leaning, would you like to try?"   One executive secretary of a British Bank VP spent 3 years looking for a Shorthand teacher before finding me.   To the questions some asked:   I was a Thai Shorthand Competition's Runner Up during my early year.  Then I learned English Gregg Shorthand myself during my 7 years in the US learning Busness Education at San Francisco State Univ.  Now, I almost invented a new system for Chinese language.   I intend to push this skill hard, thus, will give those "sour grape" people some competitive pressure.   Piset Wattanavitukul [email protected]

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