Do you use shorthand at work?

Obviously shorthand comes in handy in work situations but i am wondering a few specific things:

1) Do you use your shorthand in work specific tasks?
2) Have you ever referenced your shorthand ability in an interview?

(by Ryan for greggshorthand group)

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  1. I don't work yet, but I like to take notes in science and math (analogical word beginnings and endings galore!). I wrote out my Language Arts essay in clunky English Gregg and couldn't read it afterwards!! I'm sure that when the time comes, if it's relevant, I'll certainly reference my shorthand ability in an interview (but is it still relevant now or in say, 10 years time when I start to really work?).

  2. I use shorthand at work on a more or less daily basis, both for general note-taking purposes and in situations where I specifically don't want other people to be able to read what I'm writing, for instance, in interviews of other people that I'm conducting. I have never mentioned my shorthand skills when I myself am being interviewed.

  3. I don't work either… I'm actually one of the youngest group members to date (14)! heh heh. Anyway…

    When I'm in school, I write my notes in shorthand. I'm not that fast, around 75-80 wpm or something… I take *all* my notes in shorthand; but I don't use shorthand for things that have to be read by others. (duh!) This is quite a good thing for me.

    "Hey Chance, can I copy your notes?"
    "Sure."
    I hand them my notes. Wait til you see the look on their face!

    One of my teachers told me that it will land me a good job (of course I knew that). I will *have* to reference that in an interview.

  4. Even if it doesn't help at work, it will make your resume stand out and give them something to ask you about. That's the trick with job interviews — make them interested in you. Dozens of people can do the job, but only a few will be able to prove they can study something by themselves and get good at it, and make the interview memorable (in a good way).

    I use it for quick notes to myself and when taking note in meetings. Many of my meetings are critiquing performances by fellow amateurs. I can take as many notes as I like, then pick which ones to actually share.

  5. During my 1st career I experienced a severe shock and shortfall as personnel were cut in favor of computers, and I developed good notetaking skills to keep up. When I retired and transitioned to a consultant and Senior Systems Engineer I also taught myself Teeline but was never comfortable with the "flow". However I took some of it, and a lot of shorthand basics, retrained some of my script, and used the Cornell notetaking system. I attended lots of meetings, mediating several hundred programs, and for some I would type up my own notes to share. Soon I started getting requests for my summaries quite regularly, then people started to assume that I would take notes at any meeting I was at. When I pointed out that I had become an awful expensive secretary the folks paying my tab put a stop to that. But good note taking is a really useful skill and now I am trying to take it up a notch with Gregg. People really do notice these "basic" skills pretty quick in the work place… 'cause nobody has them any more.

  6. You had a time at work when you didn't have to take your own notes? I come from a long line of engineers, and never expected anyone but me to take notes for me. Every person at a meeting has a different focus. I find it's difficult to take general notes and also focus on my own requirements — thinking about things that affect me and asking questions if needed.

    These days, professors often put their prep notes online, or even proto-textbooks. Between that and recording the lectures, students don't have to learn how to listen and think and take notes the first time.

    Some students do learn, because they think it's an important skill. (They have someone like my father telling me, or me telling my kids.) Some professors think it's an important skill (and are unpopular). The rest, though,… Well, Dad's generation often thought we weren't learning essential skills and the world as we knew it would fall apart when the next generation had to take over. We're still here.

  7. Yes, that's a good way to discourage lazy students from borrowing. But it's a compliment of sorts — they seem to recognize which of their classmates are taking good notes.

    I transcribed mine for people a couple of times in college, usually by prior arrangement:

    "I have to miss class Wednesday for a doctor's appointment. Could I get a copy of your notes?"

  8. Maybe they don't have to, but it sure saves time when it comes to reviewing. As you pointed out, everyone has a different focus, so the professor's notes aren't necessarily as useful for the student as his/her own would be.

  9. I use shorthand at work for general note-taking, especially recording the gist of phone conversations, and drafting letters and other communications. I didn't mention it specifically, but it sure has gotten noticed.

  10. You can use the vowel markers in any version, even though they weren't taught in the later ones. Try to wean yourself off vowel markers, at least for normal prose. Yes, it's nerve-wracking at first, but the plates in the text only use them for non-English words or proper names. On the other hand, if your field does need them, it's good to keep in practice. As with most things, it's a balance.

    I learned just enough Anni to be frustrated by some of the longer outlines in Simplified. I didn't use reverse-R enough to miss it, but some of the brief forms would be nice. I'm sticking with pure Simplified for now, but expect to bring many (not all — I don't use "country" very often) of the Anni brief forms back when I'm done the theory.

  11. I still use my Anniversary to take notes at meetings although I'm not as speedy as I was when I first started here 24 years ago last week. At that time, my title was Principle Clerk Stenographer and I had to pass a shorthand test at 100 wpm (even though I was writing about 150 at the time). Shorthand got my foot in the door and I've never regretted spending the time to learn it or to develop it.

  12. I mostly use it for phone messages or voice mails or just general notes. I've also taken notes in meetings for myself with it. I took notes at one meeting and one boss thouht I was doodling, another told him I was writing in shorthand–he knew because his wife knew it. Another lady calls it "squiggly lines". I recently started a work journal because of some things going on at work, and it's all in shorthand. Since I don't use it as much as I should, I figure this work journal will be good practice and I tend to write more detail since I can write it faster. Plus no one can read it but me.
    I write Anni, btw.

  13. Sure, individuals take their own notes, and usually only from their perspective. But what about the bigger picture, comprehensive perspective? If I am hosting a program milestone review each person or office is going to take a few notes on issues that concern them. But with dozens or more people someone needs to keep a good record of what is going on. The program or project manager is likely too busy to take really good notes, so someone needs to be designated. Whoever is running the meeting needs to ensure that is a designated task, not just whoever.

  14. On the subject of notes and copying, someone once asked me for my notes in class. I gave them to him, expecting him to give it back straightaway. When he didn't, I was puzzled. With nothing else to do, he copied all my shorthand onto his page! It was pretty funny, because he was far behind anyone else and couldn't study using his notes. I helped him out later though.

  15. I used shorthand all through college to take notes . . . I had similar experiences with people wanting to borrow or compare notes–raised eyebrows, puzzled looks. I always just smiled and shrugged. That was back in the 1970s, though, when most people at least knew what shorthand was. Today many people don't have any idea what it is or what it's for. (Of course, lots of people don't know what a "typewriter" is either.)

  16. Okay, I wrote that backwards in the first place (I plead sleep deprivation due to noisy overnight weather several days running).

    Corrected comment:
    Phone conversations are harder to take notes on than voice mails. Except when the other person goes off on a five-minute rant, which is mercifully rare.

  17. I am still learning and not at all fast, but I am already using shorthand to a small degree at work. Even though I work with technology, I have always kept a small notebook handy to jot down lists, ideas, diagrams, quick bits of information, meeting notes, bits from phone conversations, and anything I need to get down while away from my desk. Once I finish the learning material I plan on making some of the more boring meetings more interesting by trying to do verbatim dictation; something I hope will help me increase my speed.

    Most of my direct coworkers are aware of my interest in shorthand, but I think they write it off as another example of my quirkiness. 😉

    There was one meeting where I was jotting down a few notes and the guy next to me leaned over to ask if I was writing in Hebrew.

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