Have a great memory? Take notes anyway! You can stop taking notes when you’re the top boss and you hire someone to do it for you. In the meantime, taking notes tells your boss and colleagues you mean business.
- to avoid asking the same question twice. Review your notes. We always notice a repeated question or forgotten advice. Always!
- in an electronic format so that your notes can be used for any necessary follow-up, as part of documentation for future training you may be asked to do if promoted, or so you can search them by keyword at a later date.
- so you can answer questions about the material 3 months later without annoying a coworker or your boss.
- so that your boss doesn’t need to. Whenever you can, free your boss up to be more in the moment by handling a task like note-taking. You want your boss to rely on you, to feel that you are taking care of him/her.
- to demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to the job and company.
- to show that you value the person you’re meeting with and the time they’re giving you.
- to provide proof if your word or memory is ever questioned.
- to separate yourself from the pack – you’ll shine if you keep in mind that your boss is watching you and asking himself “What am I going to have left when you’re gone?”. So leave your mark! Answer this question proactively and you’ll find yourself getting promoted.