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Guidelines for using symbols

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Symbols are great....but it is worth abiding by a few basic principles to make sure they HELP rather than HINDER.

A "symbol" is anything, a mark, sign, letter or short word, used to represent a thing, or group of synonymous concepts.



Why... use symbols? - they are quicker and easier to write than words

- they eliminate source language interference (calque)....because they represent ideas not words

How... to use symbols? - symbols should be clear and unambiguous

- prepare symbols in advance, don't improvise mid-speech and save much heart-ache.

- consistent. If "E" is "energy" today, then let it stay that way. Find another symbol for "environment"

- make them organic....from one symbol can grow many other related symbols (see below)

What... to note with symbols? - ideas that think, discuss, propose, agree, decide. These symbols can be used regardless of the meeting topic.

- and/or specific technical terminology encountered during meeting preparation. These symbols will be used once and discarded.


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