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Presented by the leader in note-taking and productivity, Taking Note dives into the realms of personal and professional achievement, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking. We interview experts and trailblazers, uncovering great ideas and best practices to help you organize your work and declutter your life.

Presented by the leader in note-taking and productivity, Taking Note dives into the realms of personal and professional achievement, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking. We interview experts and trailblazers, uncovering great ideas and best practices to help you organize your work and declutter your life.
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Presented by the leader in note-taking and productivity, Taking Note dives into the realms of personal and professional achievement, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking. We interview experts and trailblazers, uncovering great ideas and best practices to help you organize your work and declutter your life.




Introducing Focus Culture

"Taking Note" has reached its end. What's next? An all-new podcast for 2019 called "Focus Culture," available right now.


S2 E7: Refreshing the Evernote Brand

When Evernote decided to refresh its brand after 10 years, it was about more than tweaking the logo or adopting a new color scheme. It was about distilling the company’s essence, clarifying its purpose and point of view. In this episode, Francie Strong and Jonathan Woytek walk us through why Evernote undertook this effort, what's changed and what hasn't, what it means for the company and its customers, and what other brands can learn from the experience.


S2 E6: Managing Remote Teams with Dave Mattson & Norm Happ

People can work from literally anywhere now, but that freedom brings serious challenges. How can you set a remote team up for success? Sales organizations have been dealing with these questions for years, so we sat down with two global leaders to get their perspectives. Dave Mattson is CEO and President of Sandler Training. Norm Happ is Evernote's Senior Vice President of Sales, Customer Success, & Partnerships. Together they offer a blueprint for building and maintaining a remote team that...


S2 E5: Riding the Creative Curve with Allen Gannett

Are you a creative person? Most people have been conditioned to think of creativity as the sole domain of geniuses, a divine quality beyond the reach of normal humans. But is it really? Allen Gannett, author of "The Creative Curve" and CEO of TrackMaven, says most of us have creativity all wrong. In this episode, Allen uses the history and science of creative success to break down common myths and explains how anyone can learn to navigate the "creative curve" between novelty and...


S2 E4: Dream Teams with Shane Snow

We’ve all heard about “dream teams,” collections of individuals who somehow become more than the sum of their parts and achieve extraordinary things. We celebrate them, mythologize them, and even build pop culture franchises around the idea (superheroes, anyone?). But where does that synergy come from? What can we learn from the teams that have it? And how can we apply those lessons to our own work? To find out, we asked Shane Snow, author of the new book Dream Teams: Working Together...


S2 E3: Growing a Small Business Takes Tools and Talent

Every idea, no matter how grand, starts in the head of a single person. And most businesses, no matter how large, started out the same way. Growing a small business takes a solid foundation of tools and talent. But time and resources are limited, so how can you find, evaluate, and manage the right people and the right tools to get more done in less time? In honor of Small Business Week (April 29–May 5, 2018), leaders from Evernote and Upwork get together to share trends they’ve seen in the...


S2 E2: Take Charge of Your Growth: Michael Hyatt & Marvell Allen

Too often, we let life become something that happens to us, rather than something that comes from within. We forget that we can be in control of ourselves. And we forget that the people around us can help, if we just take the time to build strong relationships. So how do we break out of our ruts and regain clarity? How do we reclaim those dusty, forgotten goals we might have set back in January, or even decades ago? And how do we build the trust and influence that will get others on board,...


S2 E1: Evernote @ SXSW

SXSW is coming, and Evernote has two speakers set to take the stage in Austin this March. Chris O’Neill, Evernote's CEO, talks about how societal trends are leading businesses to change the ways they build bring products to market. And Anirban Kundu, CTO, examines the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we work. Don’t miss these two insightful conversations.


Taking Note 11: Productivity for Writers with NaNoWriMo's Grant Faulkner

Productivity isn't only about our jobs and our to-do lists. The same concepts that help us produce work in the office can also help us tackle personal creative projects. Just ask Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo. Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers commit to creating a 50,000-word story in just 30 days. In his role with NaNoWriMo, Grant has heard all of the excuses we have for not acting on our creative impulses, from...


Taking Note #10: Jay Acunzo on the Power of Intuition

Jay Acunzo is an award-winning podcaster and dynamic keynote speaker. Before creating the popular podcast show Unthinkable, Jay was a digital media strategist at Google and head of content at HubSpot. But realized he was unhappy, and that this highly sought-after path was simply not for him. This experience sparked an interest in intuition and unconventional thinking that we explore in this episode. On the show, Jay discusses why our intuition plays a huge importance in our happiness and...


Taking Note #9: Jess Lee on Company Culture

Jess Lee is currently a Partner at Sequoia Capital, and was the Co-Founder & CEO of Polyvore until 2016. Jess first began her career as a project manager at Google where she learned some important lessons about company culture. Jess made use of those lessons at Polyvore, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2015. Although she was inexperienced as a CEO at the time, she took the challenge in stride and surrounded herself with amazing talent to help grow the company. In this episode, Jess...


Taking Note #8: Joshua Zerkel on Organizing and the Evernote Community

In the second half of our conversation, organization expert and Evernote Community director Joshua Zerkel tells us how he structures his time and notes to help him focus. He also explains how his job connects productivity enthusiasts around the world, and how you can get involved.


Taking Note #7: Getting Organized with Joshua Zerkel

Want to be more organized? You want to meet Joshua Zerkel, a Certified Professional Organizer who travels the world running Evernote’s community programs. In the first half of a two-part conversation, Josh reveals the hidden source of organizational frustration, suggests an easy way to gain control over clutter, and tells us how he wound up with such a cool job in the first place.


Taking Note #6: Tiago Forte on Productivity & Provocation

In the second half of our interview with productivity consultant Tiago Forte, we look deeper into his approach to note-taking, avoiding the perfection trap, and finding the place where productivity and creativity meet. Please note that this episode builds on concepts introduced in Episode 5, such as the “PARA” organizing system (Projects, Areas, Resources, Archives) and Tiago's argument for breaking down work projects into “intermediate packets.”


Taking Note #5: Tiago Forte's Approach to Productivity

In Part 1 of a two-part conversation with productivity consultant Tiago Forte, we look at the chaos of the modern workplace, the virtues of small-batch productivity vs. deep work, and the system Tiago has devised to organize his thinking in Evernote.


Taking Note #4: Kristina Halvorson on Content Strategy

If your organization has an online presence, you'd better be thinking about content strategy. But as Kristina Halvorson of Brain Traffic explains, it's not just a matter of what you say, but how well your content serves your readers or customers. Kristina explains the fundamentals and more in an engaging interview. We also hear from Beat Bühlmann, Evernote's GM of EMEA, who tells us about his system of personal development. Beat's "Swiss PDP Approach" goes beyond standard concepts of...


Taking Note #3: Kim Scott and "Radical Candor"

Feedback is hard, but it's essential if we want to learn, grow, and succeed. In this episode, we talk with Kim Scott, author of the book "Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity," about how building a culture of candor at work can help us all become more effective in whatever we do. We also check in with Evernote's Director of Customer Experience to learn how Evernote’s customer support and Help Center are working to address feedback from the public.


Taking Note #2: Guy Kawasaki / Evernote News

For the second episode of "Taking Note," we chat with tech evangelist Guy Kawasaki about how he juggles his busy schedule, talk Canva and Apple, and discuss "earning the right to promote" on social media. We also get the lowdown on recent company news from three members of the Evernote management team.


Taking Note #1: Michael Hyatt - Take control of your goals in 2017

A new year is a time for new beginnings, whether we’re pursuing a goal, changing careers… or re-launching a podcast. In the premiere episode of Taking Note, leadership mentor Michael Hyatt explains how clarity, discomfort, and courage can help you turn New Years resolutions into lasting achievements.


Global Entrepreneurship Week: Brit Morin

In the last of three special podcast interviews for Global Entrepreneurship Week, we talked with Brit Morin, founder and CEO Brit + Co, about her path to entrepreneurship, what she’s learned along the way, and the power of creative expression.