Michael Hyatt has some great advice on how to recovering the lost art of note-taking.
He is right on the mark with his ideas:-
Note-taking enables you to stay engaged.
Note-taking provides a mechanism for capturing your ideas, questions, and commitments.
Note-taking communicates the right things to the other attendees.
His pointers on how to be more effective is very interesting, with some fantastic comments. Since I have been implementing GTD I have been taken far more notes that before, these pointers will now make my notes easier to read and more useful.