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  1. I like this article, even if it isn't as idealistic as Gregg's preface to the junior manual. But in light of that preface, I think all this author's arguments are valid today except for the last one. Practical value of shorthand? I suppose it is personally practical, but not necessarily as lucrative as it once was. Articles like this and the preface remind me why I love shorthand.

  2. I think there is still some merit on the last point from the perspective of being efficient and practical. Granted, nowadays you can also be efficient with other methods of writing, but there is no denying that knowing shorthand is a time saver!

  3. I was just in a meeting yesterday (Friday) where I was taking notes in shorthand for me more than anyone. As the meeting moved along at a rapid pace which generally happens when some members of the meeting call in and are on speaker-phone, those trying to take notes in longhand were left in the dust. (I don't do verbatim notes; I'm too out of practice!)

    Just like in college, guess who has to transcribe his notes as the "official" record. Guess!

    From a business standpoint, I still STRONGLY believe shorthand has a place in business. If my own boss, a VP, dictated to her secretary and stopped writing everything out by hand, she could get so much more done. And if her secretary came along to these meetings and knew shorthand, I could stop spending time transcribing.

  4. I was just in a meeting yesterday (Friday) where I was taking notes in shorthand for me more than anyone. As the meeting moved along at a rapid pace which generally happens when some members of the meeting call in and are on speaker-phone, those trying to take notes in longhand were left in the dust. (I don't do verbatim notes; I'm too out of practice!)

    Just like in college, guess who has to transcribe his notes as the "official" record. Guess!

    From a business standpoint, I still STRONGLY believe shorthand has a place in business. If my own boss, a VP, dictated to her secretary and stopped writing everything out by hand, she could get so much more done. And if her secretary came along to these meetings and knew shorthand, I could stop spending time transcribing.

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