BASED ON TIAGO FORTE'S WORK WITH THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS AND OVER 25,000 ONLINE LEARNERS

A Letter from Tiago
Here is the simple truth: you cannot afford to keep everything in your head. You have way too much to remember, too much to think about, too much to do.

If you keep trying to keep all those balls in the air using a brain that never evolved for it, life is only going to get more stressful for you. You'll continue to be inundated with more information than you can possibly handle. 

The stream of ideas that you're exposed to through articles, podcasts, books, and videos is only going to get more massive. Instead of being overjoyed with the abundance of knowledge now available to you, you're going to feel like an era of history is passing you by.

We are living in a Golden Era of Information, and it is only those that know how to capture it and harness it that are going to succeed. And those who don't will find themselves in an ever-accelerating race to the bottom.

The good news is, there are tools to help you remember the most interesting ideas you encounter – idea capture tools. You are already carrying around a powerful supercomputer in your pocket every day. Might as well use it for something that brings value to your life.

And just as importantly, there is a methodology for how to use these tools in an intentional, systematic way. I've spent more than 10 years developing this methodology and testing it with thousands of top-performing executives, entrepreneurs, and other knowledge workers around the world. 

This methodology allows you to go beyond just capturing ideas. It enables you to connect them together to produce powerful new insights, and then to share those insights with the world. 

This is how you build an unassailable reputation that no one can imitate. This is how you escape the rat race of trying to work harder and longer than everyone else. This is how you have a real impact on the people, the organizations, and the communities that matter to you.

We live in the Information Age, and nothing rivals the power of ideas. It's time to take control of your own, to step out from the shadows and claim a spot at the table. 

Your contribution matters. The world is waiting for your ideas and your thinking to make the difference that only you can make. 

In Building a Second Brain, I will show you how to build a Second Brain of your own. To capture your ideas and make them shine in your work. To organize your digital environment and have more time for the things that really matter. To step back from the mundane tasks of your job and focus on producing the absolute best work you are capable of producing. 

Imagine what it would be like if you knew with total certainty that every idea you encountered was reliably saved forever. 

You could move forward decisively on your goals without wondering whether you had all the right information. You could execute your projects and create content without wondering whether this was really the best you could do. 

If you're paid to think for a living, you can't afford to not invest in the most valuable asset you own – your ideas. You can’t afford to burden your biological brain with trivial details that don’t ultimately give you the life you want. It’s time to build a Second Brain, and take hold of the potential you know you are capable of.

Don't spend 10 years figuring out how to make your ideas work for you, like I did. Don't resign yourself to watching your ideas pile up, and never doing anything with them. Don't reach the end of your career wondering if you were actually capable of more. 

Join me on this incredible journey, and find out what it's really like to have the full power of a Second Brain at your fingertips.

See you inside!

Tiago
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Everything you need to build a Second Brain

Christine Walther Tripp
Executive Director, The Walther Foundation
San Francisco, CA
 

"Not only did I learn how to build a system to organize my sources and notes, but I also learned a technique to process this information to keep it alive."


"Building a Second Brain was just the class I was looking for to help me take my work in education philanthropy to the next level. Not only did I learn how to build a system to organize my sources and notes, but I also learned a technique to process this information to keep it alive. Now I know how to add value by growing the resources I collect into actionable ideas to take back out into the field."
Testimonials

People from every profession and industry are successfully Building a Second Brain

David Allen
Founder, The David Allen Company
Author, Getting Things Done


"I love how you think about all this stuff and how you’ve been putting it together."


"...what’s fascinating to me is that there haven’t been a lot of people, and it’s why I wanted to grab you for this conversation, there haven’t been a lot of people that I’ve run across who caught sort of the subtlety of the art of work. That people just work, but they don’t realize that it’s an art form...I love how you think about all this stuff and how you’ve been putting it together."

–From an interview with Tiago Forte on the GTD In Conversation podcast
Stacey Harmon
Evernote Certified Consultant, Founder of Harmon Enterprises
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Chuck Frey
Digital Marketing Strategist, Founder of Mind Mapping Software Blog
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Renee Fishman
Business Coach, Change Management Consultant
Guest Instructor: Creating productivity rituals

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Create structure and a process around 
any creative 
project
Create a digital environment that promotes clarity and peace of mind
Cultivate a collection of valuable knowledge and insights for future use
Know exactly where to find all the files and notes you've saved in the past
Reduce stress & anxiety 
knowing all your projects are being actively managed
The Promise of the Course

In 30 days, you will learn how to capture, organize, and share your ideas and insights using digital notes, with a systematic approach and tools that you trust to support creative breakthroughs in your work

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Most large organizations, and many smaller ones, will reimburse tuition for professional development

8 units of pre-recorded videos 
with beautiful explanatory slides

Lifetime access to a student-only online discussion forum, including source notes, example notes, app recommendations, and more

The Nerve Bundle, a collection of pre-made note templates designed to work seamlessly with the course

Justin Brandt
Graduate student in Systems Engineering
San Jose State University
Ellen Koenig
Senior Data Scientist, Fintech company
Berlin, Germany
 

"I am being challenged to apply the material in real-life situations that I would never have considered."


"I’m impressed how much more nuance there is to seemingly simple techniques such as progressive summarization that I though I understood already. And I love that in the individual coaching sessions I am being challenged to apply the material in real-life situations that I would never have considered.”
Chris Mazder
Olympic luge athlete
New York, NY
 

"I love how all of the information and lectures have remained up so I can always go back if I need help or want to re-visit a certain topic."


"I am finding this course extremely beneficial and have actively taken a step back from my current projects to re-evaluate how I pretty much do everything (in a good way!!!). If anything, the course might be moving a little too fast as I am still finding flaws in my own unique approach (based off the teachings) to PKM and trying to address them while we are moving to the next phases of this course. But, I love how all of the information and lectures have remained up so I can always go back if I need help or want to re-visit a certain topic.”

Results

Graduates report an average 108% improvement 
in their "overall note-taking system and approach"

Real-world examples and 4 in-depth case studies from Tiago's experience 

Downloadable, full-resolution 
PDF slides of all units

6 advanced tutorials and 6 exclusive interviews demonstrating how experts use their second brain

Step-by-step walkthroughs of setting up a note-taking system, with direct support from Tiago and feedback from other students

Zachary Sexton
Productivity coach and host of  Able Business Radio podcast
Austin, TX

We know this is a major financial investment. And we will do everything in our power to make sure you feel supported, and that you succeed. Customer satisfaction is our #1 goal, and we want this decision to be 100% risk-free, so you can focus on learning. If you decide the course didn't deliver on its promise for any reason, just let us know and we'll refund your full payment, no questions asked.

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  • Building a Second Brain version 7.0

  • Taylor Pearson's masterclass on strategic planning and long-term goal-setting, The Effective Entrepreneur

  • One-time live workshop on designing a powerful Annual Review, on Jan. 5-6, 2019


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Dawn Williams
Consulting Group, Robert Half Management Resources

San Francisco, CA


"The value to my business is significant; the value to me personally – immeasurable."


"Building a Second Brain has transformed my relationship to, and understanding of, personal knowledge capture and retention. The value to my business is significant; the value to me personally - immeasurable."
Doug von Kohorn
Software Engineer, ConsenSys
New York, NY
 

"Take this course to start to feel agency in the world of infinite information and filter failure!"


"In the two months since starting, I've produced three blog posts, planned three backpacking trips, decluttered my room, created an enterprise workshop, and got admitted into a developer conference. All using the *SAME* system! I'm living the PARA lifestyle now, and I'm never going back. This way lies not just productivity, but happiness and ease of mind...I started with no experience with GTD. I didn't understand constraints. I never used a note-taking tool...Take this course to start to feel agency in the world of infinite information and filter failure!"

Tiago Forte is an internationally recognized speaker, productivity expert, founder of education company Forte Labs, and editor-in-chief of the Praxis blog. 

Tiago has spent more than 10 years researching, developing, and teaching the practices of Idea Management to professionals from some of the world's leading organizations. His work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York TimesHarvard Business Review, Inc.The AtlanticQuartz, and CB Insights

Tiago's mission is to help people harness the full potential of their ideas, because he believes that enabling smart people to turn their ideas into reality is the most positive impact he can have on the world.

Announcing the 2019 Summer of Learning

A complete curriculum for leveling up your productivity

July 3–24

Announcing the 2019 Summer of Learning
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Course Curriculum

A unified curriculum on leveraging the full power of your ideas

Unit 1: Introduction to the Course

• What to expect: schedule, roadmap, communications, and the 3 pillars of the methodology

• Why organization and collaboration are the two missing links in most people's creative process – and how adding them in can double your creative output

• Idea Management: the new path to produce 10x results with 1/10 the effort

• The secret of Strategic Laziness: the real story of how great thinkers work

• Take an 11-point quiz to score your current note-taking skills


Unit 2: Organizing for Insight

• How to turn your digital notes into "thinking tools" that allow you to access brainpower you didn't even know you had

• Feeling unorganized? How a simple technique called PARA will enable you to organize your entire digital life in minutes

• The 8 must-haves for any digital organizing system, and how to apply them

• A little-known distinction – between micro-projects and areas of responsibility – that can completely revolutionize your productivity

• Banish Information Overload using the Magic Number 4 – a helpful constraint to preserve your working memory

• Discover the incredible power of an up-to-date Project List, with in-depth feedback and guidance on how to create one for yourself


Unit 3: Digital Cognition

• The 4 essential requirements that any good digital notes app MUST have

• How to amplify the single biggest opportunity for making new connections without spending more time or effort: Productive Randomness

• Learn how a simple principle from Information Science called "stigmergy" explains how to effectively manage information

• A new way of working using "slow burns" instead of grueling slogs – people who miss this are doomed to suffer from Information Exhaustion

• What the Feynman Method can teach us about "punching above our intellectual weight"

• Find out how the best note-takers throughout history built up their intellectual capital using compounding gains

• Transform raw material into knowledge ammunition: how to use digital notes to form a valuable body of knowledge for a side project, career advancement, or new business

• Identify your personal learning priorities using the Feynman Method, a simple exercise created by a Nobel prize-winning scientist to permanently improve your reading and learning for years to come


Unit 4: Progressive Summarization

• Have trouble finding your notes when you need them most? A counter-intuitive technique called Progressive Summarization will help you distill them down for easy retrieval

• Understand the pros and cons of organizing your notes by tag, by notebook, or by project, and the best approach based on our 10 years' of experience

• Don’t have time for more research? Develop the skill of balancing compression and context to increase the return-on-investment of your note taking

• Strategic laziness over rigid rules: note-taking strategies that leverage human nature, instead of fighting it

• How to design individual notes for “glanceability” and instant recognition for your Future Self

• The amazing benefits of designing your own Personal Information Landscape

• Practice Progressive Summarization on your own notes, with feedback from instructors and peers


Unit 5: Maximizing Return-on-Attention

• Explore the fascinating science behind "transient hypofrontality": how to maximize the mental state of flow for higher performance, enjoyment, and learning

• Understanding how to minimize the impact of setup costs (environmental, mental, and emotional) on productivity

• How Intermediate Packets can completely transform your approach to productivity

• Become interruption-proof: placeholding, chunking, and reusability as potent sources of leverage for knowledge workers

• Knowledge Artifacts: how to externalize your thinking and accelerate your learning using concrete deliverables

• Turn your notes into a new Knowledge Artifact especially designed to generate valuable, targeted feedback from your peers


Unit 6: Just-In-Time Productivity

• Learn Just-In-Time Productivity – the new, far more effective way of working that becomes possible once you have a Second Brain

• 5 ways to leverage your ideas to leapfrog your peers, skip the corporate ladder, and become a leader in your field

• Divergence and Convergence: use groundbreaking ideas from the world's top designers to escape any creative roadblock or dead-end

• Equip yourself with 16 Workflow Strategies – proven thinking tools 

• Banish procrastination forever using the Archipelago of Ideas technique to instantly add structure to any creative project

• Learn a new way of adding structuring to your ideas just-in-time, to produce results quickly, efficiently, and right when they’re most needed

• How to massively accelerate your learning using idea capture tools and quick feedback loops

• Select and try out 3 of the 16 Workflow Strategies on one or more of your projects or deliverables


Unit 7: Workflow Canvas

• Step-by-step walkthrough to design your very own Second Brain, customized to your needs and goals

• Get feedback on further areas for improvement, based on the exercises you completed in the course

• Explore dozens of examples, case studies, and downloadable templates to make implementing this system as easy as possible

• Complete the Workflow Canvas to choose the tools, techniques, and strategies to integrate into your own workflow


Unit 8: The Big Picture

• Information Overload? How Container vs. Stream Thinking is the mindset you need to thrive in a world of information abundance

• Understand how to cultivate situational awareness and curation as the key skills required to navigate streams of information

• Strengthen your creative confidence by borrowing principles from history's most prolific creators and artists

• Identifying and overcoming the most common limiting beliefs we encounter around productivity, thinking, and learning

• The Perspective Era – why the future of work will be dedicated to interpretation and persuasion based on your unique point of view, and what you can do to prepare

• Start with Abundance: a different take on creative output that starts with sifting through interesting ideas, instead of sitting down to a blank screen

• Harnessing the full potential of digital notes: how to integrate Idea Management into your daily routine

• The coming era of Idea Management, and how to prepare yourself to thrive within it

Do you consume tons of interesting information, but feel like it’s not leading to meaningful results in your life?
Discover how having a Second Brain is helping smart people around the world save their best ideas, organize their learning, and dramatically improve their creative output

Standard Edition

8 units of pre-recorded videos
Student-only discussion forum
Step-by-step setup walkthroughs
Downloadable PDF slides
4 in-depth case studies


$499

Premium Edition can be 
purchased separately for $299

Premium Edition

8 units of pre-recorded videos
Student-only discussion forum
Step-by-step setup walkthroughs
Downloadable PDF slides
4 in-depth case studies

6 advanced tutorials
6 exclusive expert interviews
16 pre-made note templates
3-month subscription to Praxis

$699

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for 5 payments of $120 ($600 total)

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Lifetime access to new content and live cohorts 2-3 times per year

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I’ve charged between $15,000 and $25,000 to teach this course to elite professionals at some of the world’s leading organizations, like the ones above. But I want to make that same quality of training available to everyone, regardless of where they live or which resources they have access to.

In this course, you’ll gain the same insights and methods I offer my clients, while receiving direct support from me on your schedule, for a small fraction of the price.


I've spent more than 10 years and thousands of hours teaching, speaking, coaching, and writing to develop the Second Brain Method, and this course includes only the very best of what I’ve discovered in a convenient 4-week program.

Creative professionals

and makers

Productivity & 

self-improvement enthusiasts

Do you lose track of your ideas or get overwhelmed 
trying to use all the material you’ve gathered for your creative projects?

Do you wonder how to save all the knowledge and insights you’ve gained and put them to use when it matters most?

Frequently Asked 

Questions

Everything you need to know before jumping in

What is this course actually about?

This course is about organizing your knowledge, not as an end in itself, but to support creative work and give you the confidence to tackle more ambitious, more fulfilling projects.

Instead of talking only about abstract concepts, I’ll show you a tangible approach you can implement step by step, while also explaining the underlying principles that can be applied anywhere.

The promise of the course is that “You will learn how to capture, organize, and share your ideas and insights using digital notes, in a systematic approach that you trust to support creative breakthroughs in your work.”


How much time will this take?

The course is self-paced, so you can take as much or as little time as you want. Each of the 8 units will take approximately 15–25m to watch the pre-recorded unit video, and another 15–25 minutes to watch the accompanying walkthrough videos. The time required for the exercises, discussions in the online forum, and implementation depend on how fast you move and how deep you want to go.

My recommendation is to complete the core material over 4–6 weeks at most, leaving the optional stuff for later. This will ensure you get to a finish line and have a good understanding of the overall system. In my experience, taking longer than that usually indicates you’re getting bogged down in the details.

The amount of time needed for implementation varies A LOT, but it is something that should be done initially during the course, and then improved slowly over time and in the flow of daily work.


Are there any pre-requisites for this course?

Although there are no formal prerequisites, I expect you to be reasonably fluent in using consumer technology, and for the examples, you’ll need to know the basics of how to use Evernote. I recommend Evernote’s free Quick Start guide for a brief introduction.


What happens in the live sessions?

The group calls are optional, and will be relatively unstructured and free-flowing. We will discuss your current challenges and surface any relevant resources we think will be valuable. They may include presentations of supplementary material, our ongoing research and learnings, or breakout rooms to share your progress with peers.

We run a live cohort 3-4 times per year, and all previous purchasers of the course will be sent an email with an invitation to attend. The live cohort usually takes places over 4 weeks, with calls 1-2 times per week.


What if I don’t use Evernote?

None of the foundational concepts I’ll be teaching you depend on Evernote or any other particular program to work. We’ll be using Evernote as an example, to be able to show you a real working system, instead of speaking in generalities.

But please note that all the examples, case studies, and templates are exclusively in Evernote, and we cannot officially support any other programs you decide to use.

Note: as of version 8.0, we are also officially supporting Microsoft OneNote with a resource guide and implementation examples.


I’m not an entrepreneur, freelancer, or senior level in my career — is this course right for me?

Hell yes. One of my central beliefs is that the walls that once separated these categories are breaking down. We are all a startup of one now. Even the largest companies are looking for “intrapreneurs” who can lead “internal startups.” Even the most secure employees need to develop a body of knowledge to leverage for their next career move. And it never hurts to have a side project or extra income stream in these uncertain times.

In BASB we’ll be diving into the very cutting edge of productivity, knowledge management, and project management. I can’t think of a better way to jumpstart an early-stage career than benefitting from the accumulated knowledge in these areas. Not to mention, you’ll be learning alongside standout performers in the world’s most challenging fields.


I’m an experienced researcher, businessperson, or content creator — do I have anything to learn here?

I’ve found that the participants who get the most out of the course are those with the most experience in the areas I’ll be covering. Part of this is shedding light on assumptions and habits they don’t think to question. Equally important, they often find helping fellow participants understand knowledge management principles gives clarity to their own work. That’s why social learning works!

Personal knowledge management is a very new field, and there is no “best practice” on how to do it. This course represents my life’s work (so far) in borrowing from any conceivable source that might help us do it better.


How much access do I get to Tiago?

Although I can’t promise a personal reply to each and every message, I will occasionally check in to the online forum and Slack, to answer questions, provide feedback, and share my private notes with resources that address common pain points.


What kinds of industries or professions does this work for?

With the 25,000 or so participants in my previous online courses, and another 3,000 in live workshops and corporate trainings, I’ve seen a common theme: everyone struggles with managing the massive information flow inherent in knowledge work. I’ve designed this course to focus on methods that apply equally to anyone who thinks for a living.

I’ll be able to share numerous examples from my work coaching individuals and consulting with companies, and the other participants always have many of their own examples and discoveries to share. Yet another benefit of group learning!


Where does this material come from?

I’ll draw heavily from the fields of behavioral science, cognitive psychology, design thinking, human-centered and UX design, and theory of constraints. But the primary source is my experience consulting, training, and coaching some of the highest-performing creative professionals in the world, in multiple industries, inside organizations and out.


Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes of course. If you watch the video lessons and complete the exercises and still don’t find the course valuable, we’ll happily refund your full payment within 30 days of your purchase date. I have no doubt you will find the approach so compelling, you’ll be hungry to remain part of the community we’re building.

Don’t forget I have a pre-written letter template to get approval from your boss or HR department for reimbursement.

Our Mission

Making the world's most valuable knowledge available to everyone

Remember Everything, Achieve Anything

Enroll below and join us on this journey

Standard Edition

8 units of pre-recorded videos
Student-only discussion forum
Step-by-step setup walkthroughs
Downloadable PDF slides
4 in-depth case studies


$499

Premium Edition can be 
purchased separately for $299

Premium Edition

8 units of pre-recorded videos
Student-only discussion forum
Step-by-step setup walkthroughs
Downloadable PDF slides
4 in-depth case studies

6 advanced tutorials
6 exclusive expert interviews
16 pre-made note templates
3-month subscription to Praxis

$699

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5-month payment plan available 
for 5 payments of $120 ($600 total)

5-month payment plan available 
for 5 payments of $160 ($800 total)

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

We know this is a major financial investment. And we will do everything in our power to make sure you feel supported, and that you succeed. Customer satisfaction is our #1 goal, and we want this decision to be 100% risk-free, so you can focus on learning. If you decide the course didn't deliver on its promise for any reason, just let us know and we'll refund your full payment, no questions asked.

Get reimbursed by your employer

Need help getting reimbursed by your employer? Click here to download a proposal template.
Most large organizations, and many smaller ones, will reimburse tuition for professional development

Do you wonder how to save all the knowledge and insights you’ve gained and put them to use when it matters most?

Do you lose track of your ideas or get overwhelmed 
trying to use all the material you’ve gathered for your creative projects?

Do you have trouble capturing and managing all the information you need to run your business?

Do you lose track of your ideas or get overwhelmed 
trying to use all the material you’ve gathered for your creative projects?