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Chapter 23. Take Notes

Good listeners are note takers. They realize that minds are imprecise and memory is imperfect. Note-taking will help you follow disorganized speakers, help you locate the key points, and identify supporting data. The following suggestions can help you improve your note-taking skills.

Be prepared. Carry a small notepad and a pen at all times. (Some people prefer to carry a small tape recorder.) Use the pad or tape recorder regularly to record any thoughts or ideas you want to remember. Note the speaker, situation, and time. (In selected situations you should ask permission before taking notes, using a laptop computer, or recording what is said. Use good judgment.)


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