You Ask, I Answer: Tools for Storing Valuable Information?

Alessandra asks, “How do you keep/store/index all the information you read, and I am sure you read A LOT, that might be useful for future presentations/consulting/business development activities?”

Terrific question – it depends on what the information is.

  • Photos: Google Photos. The AI is unbeatable.
  • Notes: Evernote.
  • Short ideas: Apple Reminders.
  • Mind maps: Mindnode maps of major concepts.
  • Frameworks: Powerpoint
  • Audio: Otter.ai
  • Video: YouTube

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In today’s episode, Alessandra asks, How do you keep store index all the information to read, and I’m sure you read a lot that might be useful for future presentations, consulting business development activities? terrific question.

It depends on what the information is.

So as you pointed out, there’s a lot of different information out there, there’s a lot of different types.

So I personally use different tools for different types of information, there are some people who are really, really intent on using one place to store everything.

And that’s fine, if you have the tools to do that.

And you got the space to do that.

I and I would say, it’s also important to think about what what is comfortable for you.

So for a number of years, I I am a bunch of other folks had to sort of use Microsoft one note, because it was part of office 365, when the company was working at at the time, that was the thing and I couldn’t get into it.

Even though people talked about how good it was, I just could not get into one note, and so never, never really made that work.

So it depends on what you you personally feel comfortable with.

Now, for for images, any kind of image, photos, screenshots and stuff, I use Google Photos, it has the best AI hands down for being able to automatically tag and catalog your images and then retrieve them later.

So if you like French restaurant, you type into the search box.

And it finds everything that it thinks is a French restaurant.

And more often than not, it’s it’s pretty good.

So what I think I have something close like 400,000 photos in there.

Obviously, I’m not going to spend the time to autumn to tag and categorize that many photos.

But if I can do that, if I can have an AI do that, absolutely going to do that for notes themselves.

Like right down ideas.

There’s two places for that for short form notes.

I use apples reminders.

And the reason I use apples reminders is that I can write down notes quickly using Siri, I could just, you know, hey, set a reminder about hierarchical ontology and SEO.

And it’s good enough that store that little idea until later.

For longer form stuff like writing things like what things I want to write down, I will use Evernote and store those things there.

Or, you know, snippets of code, I store ton of code in Evernote, just a little little snaps and things read your regular expressions and such for links, like things on the web, I use pocket pocket because it again stores it into one place.

And pockets API allows me to then get data out of pocket and bring it to somewhere else, which is a key ingredient for me for being able to curate content and reshare it in an efficient manner.

four major concepts that I haven’t fully baked I store I built in store those in a mind mapping software, I use my node for the Mac.

And this is where I either got an idea that I’m trying to explore.

Or I need to be able to move things around inside of an idea.

So like, I’m putting together a new keynote speech moving pieces and things in a way that is much more fluid than cutting and pasting or having a bullet point outline.

I don’t work as well in those environments.

That’s me personally, there are other people who cannot use mind maps, they hate them, and they just can’t find anything.

That’s totally okay.

Right? Everyone does this stuff differently for the baked goods in terms of like, this is a now a framework, this is something that I’m gonna put my company’s logo on, that all goes into PowerPoint I have, and there’s a video in the past, good backups dig it up.

It’s called a golden cookbook.

And it’s the idea of a golden Rolodex, right? This is all the stuff that you created over however many years you’ve been in business that you value, for example, make a marketing framework or social media framework or some kind of diagram that communicates an idea quickly and easily store those in PowerPoint.

So it wasn’t just one one big deck and to let that deck evolve over time, keep it clean, too.

Because if you don’t keep it clean, it gets really unwieldy very, very quickly.

I have a whole section on the consultants in two by two matrix ease and every now and again to go in and go, Oh, this was a, you know, repetitive to the last three agencies that are in here for audio, if it’s speech, it goes in otter otter.

ai Auto transcription of the spoken word essential, absolutely central, nothing better for for that in terms of cost and efficiency and getting and getting good output.

And finally, for video, YouTube, again, auto transcription of videos using the auto closed captioning features.

If you have video that you’ve captured, which is in a language other than the one that you speak, the auto is closed captions can do translation, it does not do it well.

But it can do it enough that if you have a sense of what the person is saying already, it can help you get a little bit more context.

It especially struggles with non Western languages or Western languages from better better outside of like the romance languages, doesn’t do a good job with us.

I occasionally will watch like videos from the Ukraine and it’s Ukrainian to English translation is pretty bad at and partly because Ukrainian, Russian or similar languages and a miss identifies Ukrainian a lot is Russian.

But if you want to be able to watch a video in another language and get some subtitling, YouTube is the only place to do that right now.

So that’s where I store all my stuff.

And that’s again subject to change.

Things happen over time tools change I do, I store a lot of ideas in just plain text files in the markdown format, which is a variant of plain text because plain text never becomes unreadable.

Some document formats over time, like if you go into Microsoft Word, for example, and you click the Save as button and there’s like 15 different kinds of Microsoft Word 97.

Where do thousand word 2010s, that’s too much too risky for me, compared to good old fashioned plain text which a plain text note written in 1993 perfectly reasonable today.

So keep that in mind to think of a long term and common easily shared formats.

But good question.

The better thing keep in mind is having a sort of a mental map of what stuff you’ve done and where you store it or what stuff you’ve read.

So you do need some level of either search or categorization and I think that’s an important piece.

Like I said, Google Photos that search obviously very good Evernote has built in search to it.

The Mac itself has a credible search engine locally gold spotlight, a PowerPoint deck is easily searchable, YouTube is easily searchable, so having search available for your content is is important so you can go back and find things later.

So really good question.

Fun question.

I would love to hear what you use because I’m again always looking to see what people are using for their stuff.

So if you use a tool mentioned that isn’t in this list, please leave it in the comments below.

Or feel free to put it in the analytics for marketers Slack channel because this stuff is fun.

This is like Christmas you get to open new packages all the time and see what they do.

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