HOW TO MAKE NOTES

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HOW TO MAKE AND USE NOTES FOR YOUR BRIEFING

As you probably know, you have 15 minutes to prepare before you deliver a briefing. You can make notes and use them during the exam.

If you want to make good notes and use them well, you might want to follow this advice:r

  • be brief
  • don’t write full sentences, use bullet points
  • don’t write the full text as you will be tempted to read it out, which is forbidden at the exam
  • don’t write down the fixed expressions – you should know them by heart (although you can write them down on a separate piece of paper the first few times you do the exercise, but during the exam it is a waste of time, better use it to plan and write down your solutions and arguments)
  • don’t read, you can glance at your notes, but try to speak to your colleague and maintain eye contact when you deliver your briefing

Here are the key points you should note down:

The purpose of my briefing:
Introduction

*

Main body
Solution 1
Advantages/justification
Disadvantages/justification
*
Solution 2
Advantages/justification
Disadvantages/justification
*
Conclusion
Recommended solution
Justification
Summary
Ending
Inviting questions

Let us take an example

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
BRIEFING
Unknown perpetrators broke into your base last night as the monitoring system was out of service. You have been tasked with delivering a briefing on two possible solutions to this problem, describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one of them and justify your choice.
– repairing the old monitoring system
– buying a new monitoring system
– other
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

YOUR NOTES

 

The purpose of my briefing:
describe two solutions to the problem of the lack of the effective security system of the base and recommend one.

Introduction

I’m …
The purpose of my briefing is …
I’ve divided my briefing into …
Main body
Solution 1
repairing the old monitoring system
Advantages/justification
+ cheaper/failure mended as part of the guarantee offered by the producer
+ faster/failures usually repaired within one day/confirmed by the customer service of the producer/24 hours
Disadvantages/justification
– not the first time/unreliable/it can happen again/ anxiety among the troops/morale-related issues
– guarantee period is coming to an end/expensive repairs
Solution 2
new electronic monitoring system
Advantages/justification
+ new, up-to-date system/ more reliable than the old one
+ new agreement/maintenance and guarantee
Disadvantages/justification
– significant expenditure/not planned/shifting some funds/inconveniences
– lengthy process/ tender procedure required/procedures/regulations/deadlines
Conclusion
Recommended solution
solution 2
Justification
– more expensive and time-consuming, but
+ in the long run – cheaper
+ greater security of our people and facilities
Summary
Ending Thank you for your attention…
Inviting questions If you have any questions,…
The full briefing is available here: https://www.stanagexpert.com/sample-briefing/

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment below the post ⬇ or contact me via e-mail: info@stanagexpert.com

 

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