About the author 4 History of BakerWrite 5 Testimonials for BakerWrite 6 How to use this book 8 First hour: Silent letters and vowels 9 Second hour: Phonetics and prefixes 21 Third hour: More prefixes 31 Fourth hour: Extra prefixes 37 Fifth hour: Suffixes 41 Sixth hour: More suffixes 47 Action plan 53 Answers to the exercises 57 Dictionary 67 Other UoLearn publications 77
About the author: Heather Baker Heather had over twenty years' experience as a secretary and PA before setting up Baker Thompson Associates Limited in 2000. The company specialises in the training and development of secretarial and administrative staff, www.bakerthompsonassoc.co.uk. She now travels all over the UK working with large and small companies to enable their office staff and PAs to work more effectively and efficiently. She also delivers courses in the Middle and Far East. Heather is a Certified NLP Practitioner. She worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) and Hewlett Packard; she spent 5 years in France working for the Commercial Director of Cognac Hine and then 10 years with Granada Media working up to Personal Assistant to the Managing Director, commuting regularly between their offices in Manchester and London. She developed this speed writing system to fulfil a requirement by many companies for a quick and easy way for their employees to take notes. The course became very popular and she was often asked if there was a book with the basics of the system - so here it is! This system is a top best seller on Amazon. BakerWrite speedwriting is also available to learn online at www.BakerWrite.com. Heather is also the author of Successful Business Writing (9781849370714) and Successful Minute Taking (9781849370387), available to order from any bookshop and at www.uolearn.com Heather has been married to Ian since 1979 and they have two daughters, Ailsa and Erin. This book is dedicated to them with profound thanks for all their support over the years.
I am 51 years old and have been a secretary more or less since I left school. I took the requisite Pitmans shorthand course whilst at school and have never been able to understand it, all those squiggles and lines. I have used my own speed writing version of words through the years and have managed to get by (as long as I dealt with the notes as soon as I had written them and the dictator wasn't too quick - so it was half memory and half being able to read my own shorthand version). But now, everything is so clear and makes complete sense. I take your book on the train every morning and even after the first reading it completely made sense and I could even remember most of what I had read in the first chapter and believe me my memory at retaining new info is not as it used to be. Even when I was reading your abbreviations I was able to see what they were in a lot of cases before I checked the meaning. I am thoroughly enjoying learning a new skill from a book that is so simple to understand and I have already started to implement my new dictionary of words when taking notes. A great big thank you for developing a system that is so easy to understand and completely workable and I looking forward to showing off my new skills when taking notes (which I will actually be able to understand) at the next board meeting. Ann