There is one more essential step to learn before putting pen to paper, and taking effective visual notes all hinges on this one skill: listening.
THREE STEPS TO GOOD LISTENING
There are three steps to good listening:
1) Hear: The first step to good listening is being in a good position to hear well. If you’re in a smaller setting with no sound system, get as close to the presenter as possible. Move away from noisy areas or people. If you’re in a large room, make sure you’re near or under a speaker.
2) Focus: Remove any distractions. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode.
3) Listen: This is the final step to good listening—actually listening! There are two kinds of listening: head-to-heart and head-to-hand.