Here are some considerations about shorthand, etc.
1) There are ways you can save time while taking notes longhand without learning a new writing "language." Attorneys/law students use short abbreviations for common terms, e.g. D=Defendant, P=Plaintiff, A=Appeal. You can develop a system for your own needs and save a lot of time.
2) Mind maps can help save a lot of writing by using keywords and showing relationships.
3) Shorthand DOES help people write faster, but comes with some distinct disadvantages. First, the learning curve. Second, few others know it, so sharing handwritten notes with others is impossible. Third, even after learning it, it is nearly impossible to skim, because each word is written phonetically.
4) Do you carry a phone with a keyboard? With less practice than shorthand, you could learn to type faster than you write. On a Blackberry keyboard, many people can type 40-50 wpm using only their thumbs.
5) Is there a way you can type? If you were able to carry a laptop to some of your meetings, you could type notes far faster than you could write by hand and then already have that information in your computer for when you need it.
Hope these thoughts help.
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