* Do you take notes from talks and lectures? 
* What about telephone calls? 
* Do you make any records or plans? 
* Do you keep a diary or do you write in any other occasion?
If your answer to any of the questions is "yes", so an answer to increase your speed in handwriting may be shorthand. Shorthand in a first place is intended for writing notes, but the fastest shorthand writers may follow held speech. 

There have been many ways to write short a long time ago, but in the first century before christ the first steps in shorthand were taken. As an example of the shorthand from those years are the so called Tiro's notes from which we still know the special character "&" that was used in another context. 

The Finnish shorthand was developed in 1870's. The system has developed a lot from those times and by shorthand a lot of well-known events of historical value have been recorded. 

In many other countries shorthand machines are used, e.g. in America in courts, but in Finland only pen shorthand is used. The shorthand is no picture writing. With it any text can be written. From the Finnish system there are modifications for several languages. The ones with official status are Swedish, English and German. 

It takes from half a year to a year to learn the basics of the system. The basic system is already of use, but if one wants to write faster and learn more, hereafter follow the studies of the abbreviation system and developing the system for own use.