The IMPORTANCE of taking notes!

If you have perfect memory, you don’t need to take notes, because you can remember everything.

Unfortunately you are not a computer, so we take notes. Whether this is writing things down or typing something on your computer.

In my line of work, people pay alot of money for our time. The budget will allow say one day on site  for investigation. It is very very very very very very important to take notes. This is the only chance you have of auditing the site.

It is ok, if you have missed something or forgot to check this and that. It is not forgiving though if you have forgot to write down what you saw.

Even if you have near perfect memory (like me) you still take notes. This is because you need to free up storage for something else, so it is good to have information premanently stored on paper.

In school, I take notes.

A classic is during geography, the teacher plays a video and homework is to write an essay to summaries it. If you take down word by word, you have more material and ensuring you don’t MISS the key points.

In university, I take notes too.

The lecturer lectures, his or her slides might be rubbish. So you have to write down as much as information from what he/she is saying.

In work,  during site visits, meetings, everything, I take notes.

The more notes I have equal more information. Sometime there is no second chance, so you have to write down what you see. Just take notes of everything that is relevant.

If you don’t takes notes, or don’t know what write then you have a problem, you need to ask for help or see what your peers or colleagues do. Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s notes, to learn what they write down.

Notes taking is also an art. If you are a novice, the first step is to write everything down!!!

As you improve, you will start writing less but capture the key information you’ll need.

Take notes and take care.

Simon

I cannot stress enough that there are many benefits of taking notes.

Branding makes business Sense

You can only make money out of something if you can brand it.

Branding is very important and makes perfect business sense.

A product is not the same without a brand. This is also true for service.

Have you not heard of priority service, gold service, silver service etc. These are branding.

Even Credit Card has branding, Gold card, Platinum card, Black card etc.

The name is the important part of branding, whether this is the company name or the product name. Then there is the logo, slogan, etc…

The M&S food advert is a good example. It is promoting M&S branded foods are different and better. It is also trying add luxurious to their branding of food. You would pay high price, because you think you get something better quality. This might be the case, but do we actually know? or is it just a gimmick?

Anyway, branding make business sense.

Name, Logo, Statement or Slogan

Just some for my work! (for fun)

Is it energy efficiency or carbon management?

It is not just an awareness programme. It is an engagement programme that will change the world.

It is not just an opportunities database. It is an robotic project manager that help you track progress and savings

It is not just an technical audit. It is world leading expert innovation and advice.

Whether it is right or wrong, big part of the value of the product or service is in the Brand.

And I have to say life would be boring withing branding…

Mental Toughness

It is a very important quality to have, in the my work as a Consultant.

Tough as Metal! is it? No quite

When someone shout at you, you should not react by shouting by but understand why.

When you feel you are hard done by, you should not react within yourself and generate hatrate.

You should be able to absorb, reflect and move on in a positive manner.

Focus on moving forward.

Never give in or give up!

Simon’s Golden Words

Never React always Reflect

Never give just enough always give more

Demotivate the Motivators

If I was the motivator, who motivates me.

If I was the organiser, who organises me.

If I was the leader, who leads me.

If I was the cheer leader, who cheers me.

If I was the trainer, who trains me.

If I encourage people, who encourage me.

I never give up, but for the first time, I am losing the will to fight.

Just look around you and ask yourself have you done enough for people around you.

Stop thinking YOUSELF for once, just question yourself, have you help, support even talk to other people enough.

We are who we are, but we are also what other people think who we are.

(I need a cleaner! see previous post on Hygiene Level)