For a long time, in my professional (and personal) life, I would write without much purpose. At work, I would take notes on everything, and then pore over them afterwards to try and synthesize some meaning from the discussions. It was a practice I picked up in middle school, when we had a visitor in my language arts class that did a whole session on proper note taking techniques. It became a habit in high school, a necessity in college, and a compulsion in my career. It became an essential part of how I
Thank you for the succinct piece. Your 3 points are spot on as to the benefits of expository writing. While the examples appear anchored on such writing for business settings and cases made for a business, I’m curious if you’ve ever seen such writing and those same 3 points applied to other aspects of life or self development in and out of the office.
Interesting. I have never been a note taker (in school or professionally) and have always been completely mystified by people who spend meetings writing furiously. I have always relied on my memory, assuming that important points will stick with me if I really listen to what is being said. That said, I often feel like when I do write something it always lasts for a long time and becomes a sort of durable memory that lots of other people find useful. For me, it takes a lot of listening/inputs before the urge to ‘write’ happens.