Joanna Gutmann Training

course: speedwriting

The days of, “Dear sir, thank you for your letter of…” may have long gone, and with them the need for shorthand, but the need to write fast in a variety of situations remains.  Whether it’s minuting a meeting, taking a telephone message, noting instructions or note-taking in an interview, the ability to write quickly in a form that can easily be read back is invaluable.

Based on the BakerWrite system, which has now been adopted by Pitman, the principles are easy to follow.  There are no strange symbols or squiggles to learn, just different ways of using the 26 letters of the alphabet to indicate common sounds. The system is learnt in a day and then developed over eight weekly exercises, provided by email. 

Course content
How to use simple abbreviations for commonly-used words; similar to the system used by many to text.
When vowels can be omitted without losing the meaning of the word.
A system of using subscript letters to indicate common sounds such as 'th' and 'sh'
The use of superscript letters to replace prefixes and suffixes such as 'inter', 'pro' or 'ing','tion' or 'ence'

Delegates can choose whether to use just a few symbols, or develop their skills into a full-scale alternative to shorthand; the joy of the system is that its flexibility means it meets the needs of a wide range of users.

Who should attend?
Anyone who needs to write fast but legibly at workl.

Each session is practical, learning in small stages and then practiscing: developing skills and confidence throughout the day. Skills are then developed through eight, weekly emailed practice sheets.

Duration: one day (usually 9.30-4.00)
Breaks: 11.00, 12.45 and 2.45
All course handouts, detailed reference notes and stationery are provided
Minimum of six delegates, maximum of twelve

CPD Accreddited

At your office

If you have more than six who would benefit from the training (maximum of 12), an in-house course is the most cost-effective way of developing your colleagues' skills.  You only need to provide the room and a flipchart.
More information on running a minute-taking course at your office


a book or a mousemat?

If you'd like some help in the office, Pocket Punctuation will give you the rules and guidelines for every mark with simple, clear examples tips for punctuating correctly.
If you prefer a quick-reference, guide, the punctuation mousemat gives help with the tricky marks 'at your fingertips'
Information on Pocket Punctuation and the punctuation mousemat

I feel it has given more possibilities and a structure to shorten note-taking by phone or during meetings
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