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How to quickly and easily capture ideas

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 June 2018



How to quickly and easily capture ideas
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 216
Posted DateTuesday 26 June 2018 11:10 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I was asked recently how I capture ideas during a conversation without unduly interrupting the flow of the conversation.

At conferences, workshops and knowledge cafes I keep a small 4 x 2 card and pen in my shirt pocket. During a conversation to avoid taking lengthy notes and disrupting the flow of the conversation I write just a word or two on the card to remind me of an idea or insight I have had.

Immediately after the conversation if possible, I expand these one word notes by dictating the full idea into my iPhone.

I use an app called Captio to quickly and easily capture my dictation and translate it into text. Captio then automatically emails this note into another app - Evernote where I can categorise and tag it and where is easily searchable. Evernote is cross-platform so I can also access it from my laptop and iPad.

These notes then later get incorporated into blog posts or my blook or just pop up serendipitously every so often to remind of something I feel important.

The Captio/Evernote combination is also an ideal way for capturing ideas almost any time day or night. I pick up my phone, I open Captio with one click, click on record, dictate the idea, click send and I am done. Why not straight into Evernote? Captio is just that little bit faster.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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