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Why You Should Learn Shorthand

You might think that the skill of Teeline Shorthand is outdated in the digital age, but that’s not the case. 

Our Teeline Shorthand Course is taught holistically, meaning you learn all aspects of the skill progressively so you can use it throughout your studying. Even in the days of emails and instant messenger, shorthand is still a respected and beneficial skill to have and can help set you apart from your competition when you are applying for jobs.


It’s a Valued Skill

Being versed in Teeline Shorthand is often seen as an informal requirement for PA, secretarial, administrative and journalistic professions so adding it to your CV and skillset can improve your job prospects. It’s easy to learn and taking dictation, recording meetings and making notes at conferences will all be quicker with a good command of the practice.

You might think that once you’re in a job, you won’t need to use Teeline Shorthand. That you’ll just take notes on your laptop or record the audio of a meeting to be typed up later.  However, there are significant issues with relying on technology that do not apply to shorthand.


It’s Highly Effective for Meetings

Being stuck behind a laptop screen is likely to separate you from the meeting and its attendees, which will inhibit connection and conversation. That can be a real problem in smaller meetings, while in larger meetings it can become hard to follow who is talking as you look at your screen. Similarly, recording the audio of a meeting can be seen as rude or insensitive and, in any case, it often takes longer to write up notes from audio than it does from shorthand.

Relying on digital technology to take your notes is a risky move as both audio and text files can corrupt. We’ve all experienced the sudden and unexpected demise of a laptop, losing the notes and records contained within. It’s far safer to rely on physical media, like the good old fashioned pen and paper, to take your notes down as this is safeguarded against digital meltdown and allows you to be more present in your meetings.


It Makes Taking Notes Easy

You may think that you can just take longhand notes rather than learning shorthand, but writing full-length notes makes it difficult to capture the flow of a conversation and almost invites people to look at what you are writing. When a conversation is in full swing, or a debate is getting heated in the boardroom, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is being said. What’s more, attempting to take full notes of a busy meeting can soon result in sore arms!

When you study a Lewis College Teeline Shorthand Course, not only will we ensure that you can confidently write your shorthand but also that you can read back on your notes too.  You’ll start with learning the alphabet, progressing onto words and, before you know it, you’ll be transcribing full conversations with ease.


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To request further details about our Teeline Shorthand Course, please use the form at the top of the course page or email info@lewiscollege.co.uk.