Creating a Shorthand Club

Hello everyone, I’m planning on creating a shorthand club at my college and have managed to find a few people interested in it. However, I still need at least five members, including myself, in order to form it. My main question is this: what is the best way to get people interested in shorthand? In addition, what benefits come from learning it? I’ve listed a few, including faster note-taking, keeping written material private, being valuable to journalists, and being fun to learn. One might want to keep college students in mind. I’d greatly appreciate any info you could offer. Thanks for reading this post.

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  1. Hello Brian, I don't have a complete answer to your question, as you already touched on journaling and notetaking, which are two of my reasons for beginning my study of Gregg Shorthand Simplified. Another reason is more personal; my grandmother learned Simplified at secretarial school before going to work on Capitol Hill in the 1950s. She's 91 now, and I want to continue her shorthand legacy, as well as maybe write her a note.

    You might want to target certain types of students. Does your college teach journalism or reporting? I'm in the USA, but I've heard that journalists in the UK are required to take a type of shorthand.

    Does your college have a linguistics department? Or perhaps a TESOL course? In 2019 I took an intense literacy course. One of my professors gave us a taste of an adult reading lesson by using the Devanagari script to write English words. Later I wondered if using Gregg Shorthand could have serve a similar purpose, while being more useful long-term. In another class, the professor showed us the Shavian script, every reading teacher's nightmare. Gregg and Shavian are related, I think? Not sure… Anyway, these groups of students might be more likely to perk up at the idea of shorthand.

    I recently saw this article about commonalities between memorizing and shorthand. I don't pretend to understand the article, but someone who likes mnemonics might. Does your college have any groups who are interested in memorizing?

    There is another article somewhere by a journalist who uses a special recording pen and also writes in shorthand. You could possibly use that to spark interest.

    I hope you find more than five more people! 🙂

  2. Another reason you could add, and one of the many reasons I like using shorthand is that others can't easily read what I write in it.  It's like a secret language.  

  3. Hello Brian,

    I'm going to float an idea. I've been working for 2 years on bringing Gregg to the Windows PC world, and the program is kind-of more or less usable now. I've been using it for 2 years, but I don't count because I know its every glitch by heart. 🙂

    What this program does, is let you type normal keys for a Gregg form, and it outputs the full word for you. It also displays its best guess at what the pen-Gregg form should be for each word it expands. I'm still in the process of making the art realistic, but it's better than it was 6 months ago. Using this little program, I'm able to type 20-50% faster, depending upon the number of things I have optimized and how well I know the Gregg briefs in question. I routinely see 110 WPM on my dashboard these days, and that's nice all by itself. 

    What I was hoping when I started, and what I'm finding as I go, is that I'm able to use Gregg for all my typing and all my writing. Gregg is my sole input method and that's really helping me internalize the forms. It also helps with phone notes!

    Maybe if you can show people this tool and how they can use it to both type faster and take notes faster, they'll stand up and take an interest.

    (That document is several revisions behind. Some of it won't apply.)

  4. I can't really add any additional reasons to do shorthand– you covered all the ones I use it for!  But if you're looking for a fun shorthand activity with a group, I created a Gregg Notehand bingo game that you can print off.  The link is here.  I created it for my kids when I taught them Notehand.  You could certainly run with this idea and create your own bingo game in the Gregg edition that you like.

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