Recommend an electronic method of taking notes in meetings that doesn’t look like I’m emailing or texting.
I recently attended a meeting with some managers and I realized I was the only one there without a little paper notebook for notes. I didn't want to be the only one on a laptop, so I just sat there with the meeting agenda. But my topic got lots of detailed feedback, so I had to take notes - I ended up Swyping them on my Droid. Just as tapping on a laptop looks like you're sending emails, entering notes on a phone probably looks like I'm texting. I read the notes back to "make sure I got them right" (i.e., to demonstrate that I was taking notes, not texting), but the whole thing made me feel a little awkward.
So I would like suggestions on an electronic solution that looks better in meetings than typing away on a laptop or smartphone. I saw this question about handwriting recognition
, so I'm starting to think about trying a Win 7 slate/tablet, but my handwriting is god-awful so I suspect the accuracy will be poor - though if anyone has had good experiences with handwriting recognition, please let me know.
So give me your suggestions!
-I hate handwriting notes on paper, full stop. I believe nothing exists until it's captured electronically and backed up. And transcription is a waste of time for me. So any solution that includes paper followed by transcription is 100% unhelpful, unless you have some magical OCR that will take my chicken scratch and turn it into useful text. I will gladly tap away at a laptop instead of a paper solution.
-Actually, toss out anything that requires transcribing my notes later on. This isn't class, I don't need to memorize these notes, I need them to be electronically accessible and searchable so I don't have to memorize them.