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Funneling

The problem with ad hoc inquiries on your device is that it takes time to read and digest.  Although this is a skill that can be easily  perfected, it does take some time.  Instead, consider keeping notes on topics of particular interest.  How often does a topic come up, maybe repeatedly, and you do not have the details, or cannot remember some of the more interesting facts.

Funneling may be the answer to this predicament.

Information overload is endemic of our lifestyles these days.  There is much too much information out there on a variety of topics, and we do not always have the time to delve into the nitty gritty.  This nitty gritty is still very interesting and important.  But, speaking for myself, there is only so much I can carry around in my head.    The rest needs to reside on my device (or at least elsewhere).

Problem

You are interested in certain topics and would like to be able to talk more knowledgeably about them.  The problem is that you forget, lose your line of thought, or simply do not have all the time to fully explore a topic.  Instead of waiting for it to come up, pack your device with notes that can help you.

Solution

When you are reading in your spare time, or surfing the web, jot down notes then funnel them into your device.  When these particular topics come up in conversation, or better yet, when you yourself introduce the topic you have a score to follow.  Use your device for the notes.

Recipe

Funneling his is a two-part process.  The first few steps are taking notes and getting organized.  The second part is using your device during a conversation.

  1. When you are reading online, cut and paste notes into an online notepad.  There are several public ones available, but you can also very simply use the one on your computer.
  2. Cut and paste works here.  But you can also translate the major points to help you assimilate the article.
  3. Although it is possible to do this on your device, it is usually easier, especially when you are first learning this technique, to do it on your computer.
  4. Jot down the major theme of the article.  Ask yourself:  what is the writer trying to say.  OR, what is this article about?
  5. For each point or fact, paraphrase the sentence.  Or, in a rush, just cut and paste one of the key sentences in a paragraph.  Don’t worry about how much sense it makes.
  6. When you are finished, save it and do a bit of clean up.
  7. Do this for each article your read.  You will get quick with more practice.
  8. Next, organize these notes.  Think in terms of categories, or tags that will brng this to mind immediately.  Remember, you will not have a whole lot of time when you are accessing it on your device.
  9. When you are in a conversation, and you want to access you notes, follow the introduction laid out in Section 10.1.  Use this to allow you to consult your device.  Then pull up your notes and access them on your screen.

This becomes a very handy way to store talking points.   For example if you are planning to talk to your boss about a raise , or why your recent lunch lasted more than a couple of hours.

Keep in mind that for sensitive discussions, you don’t want to read your notes verbatim.  Rather, you want to use them as a guide.

Also see Mobo Brain: A Guide to Mobile Brainpower

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