Better Personal Performance in Information Intensive Situations

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About SmartWisdom

SmartWisdom (next generation notetaking) is made up of two techniques which were developed over 20 years, starting in the mid 1990’s. SmartWisdom is specifically designed to help us effectively and easily manage 21st century information and information overload. SmartWisdom recognises that we need one technique to manage information provided by from others (this technique needs to be fast and flexible). And we need one technique to manage our own thinking (this technique needs to be structured to optimise the thought process, the quality of ideas/information generated and the immediate usability of that information)

SmartWisdom is also designed to optimise the cognitive capabilities of our human brain. To achieve this, a unique template has been designed to give us real-time access to up to two hours’ worth of information. The SmartWisdom writing process is simplified. A SmartWisdom technique helps us to listen, filter and capture information. The final part of this process allows us to immediately create a knowledge structure with clearly defined hierarchies, which improves - then further improves - our understanding, analysis and recall. A four-colour system helps us analyse either content or time. A unique coding system was designed to help us capture our own thinking and information easily, such as questions, ideas and actions, to reduce our cognitive load so that we can perform better and to increase our accessibility of this information real-time. A unique questioning technique was developed to help us work with others, which adds value for both ourselves and our colleagues. We use this same questioning technique to optimise and organise our thinking. We developed a new terminology, so instead of notetaking we harvest knowledge, creating a new mindset for what we are focused on achieving. Advanced users can deploy further techniques to manipulate and restructure information real-time, helping us optimise our opportunities for further thinking, analysis and questioning consistently and at speed. There is also guidance on how we can apply SmartWisdom to every aspect of the learning process and for managing information at work in meetings, interviews, presentations.

Most importantly, the moment we use SmartWisdom, we automatically trigger one primary focus using the technique, either with pen and paper or on an electronic device. This primary focus allows us to achieve the very highest level of real- time comprehension of the knowledge we are harvesting, in a format that we can access and use real-time. Our real-time comprehension has been tested in academic studies and it scores 20% to23% higher than that of people who use linear notetaking.

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SmartWisdom for Business

Working with others is a key part of day-to-day business life, much of which takes place in a group or one to one meetings. It is, therefore, crucial to be able to engage in and develop relationships at the same time as managing the information that is being shared, either by trying to remember it or write it down. This needs to be done simultaneously, and we should be able to take information overload in our stride.

The problem is, we have not been given the tools to do this.

SmartWisdom enables us to manage knowledge and relationships simultaneously. It is easy to capture our questions and ideas, and we create a holistic overview automatically. We are able to record and listen simultaneously, and easily manage information overload resulting in a very high level of understanding (average 19% above non SmartWisdom users).

SmartWisdom for Study

Study is all about comprehending and retaining new knowledge. These two skills are crucial. They alone can determine our future: what and where we study next, our careers, where we live, who we meet and our lifestyles.

The first key to optimise this process, whether we are studying in a lecture, online or through reading, is an ability to listen and concentrate, when we need to and for as long as we want. These two skills are the foundation for effectively absorbing and learning new knowledge.

They are not easy to activate and sustain at the best of times and, in our 21st-century world, endless distractions have only made the challenge greater.

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SmartWisdom for Dyslexia

Concentration, comprehension and listening abilities can be a real struggle for people with dyslexia, whether paying attention to a teacher or client or reading a book or a document. The challenge starts at school and follows through to university (if that’s an option) and the workplace. The impact of this struggle on a person’s confidence, self-belief and performance are, for many, substantial and negative.

SmartWisdom is transformational for people with neurodiversity challenges, in particular for those with dyslexia. Put simply, SmartWisdom enables people with dyslexia to transform their potential, increasing their abilities to listen, concentrate and understand new information. SmartWisdom increases the comprehension abilities of people with dyslexia by an average of 23% above that which can be achieved by non-dyslexics using traditional note-taking. For someone with dyslexia this can be life-changing.