Developing your Note Taking Skills

As someone who has always fancied themselves as a 'good note taker' - though not sure I've ever quoted that on a CV or during the course of an interview - I was unaware of the role that James Madison played in the development of the American Constitution until recently.

When James Madison and the other 56 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in May 1787, they intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. They ended up creating a new constitution, and Madison, representing Virginia, became the chief recorder of information (he took A LOT of notes).

As the president of the Constitutional Convention, George Washington rarely actually participated in the debates. However, when the Constitution headed to the states for approval, Washington took an active role in the ratification process. It was actually the notes of Madison that allowed Washington to get a clear understanding on the outcomes of the proceedings.

Lesson ... continue to develop your note taking skills as you'll never know what MASSIVE IMPACT they could have at a later date.