Whiteboard Sketching is the fastest and easiest way to convey your ideas, to drive and shape the conversations in meetings and to foster team alignment… but many of us don’t feel comfortable at the front of the room, at the whiteboard. In one dynamic day, you’ll get exposed to the fundamentals of capturing conversations and conveying ideas. We’ll focus on enhancing and expanding your visual vocabulary and your confidence standing and drawing at the front of the room. as well as how to tie those skills together to create compelling visuals on the fly in your everyday meetings. An expanded visual vocabulary means you’ll draw boxes and arrows that sing, people that don’t look like blobs and you’ll leave with a back pocket full of visual metaphors for all the things you have to communicate that are hard to explain.
At The Design Gym, we’ve been teaching design thinking skills and facilitation for years, to hundreds of people. We’ve seen that time and again, the people who take time to develop their hand sketching and visual communication skills are the ones that succeed, both in using Design Thinking at work, as well as growing at work.
Visual communication is simple when you break it down into modes and clarify which you’re focusing on: Are you thinking though a problem, sharing it with someone else, or showing it to your team? Or are you collecting and reflecting what you’re hearing? Getting skills in these modes is essential…discovering which mode is most essential to you and your team is indispensible.
How to sketch and represent people, places and things to quickly convey meaning . Having a larger visual vocabulary means not having to think about what you’re drawing, but focusing on what you want to convey. We’ll help you develop your own visual style and set of icons and glyphs you can use every day.
Frames and Formats for conveying ideas as metaphors and organizing them for quick communication. Flowcharts, pyramid diagrams, bulls-eyes, journey maps…there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Having a good understanding of each type of visual framework and what it does best will help you cut to the chase and quickly capture and express ideas for yourself and your team.
Do you lines look wobbly and your lettering unclear? You can fix that, and increase the impact of your ideas through some simple tools and techniques to magnify your visual impact. Learn how to use your body in relation to your drawing surface to confidently make clean lines, legible (and beautiful) letters and shapes!
Sketching is one thing that everyone can do to make their meetings be more engaging and effective. Graphic recording, visual facilitation and sketching ideas is for everyone. It’s not about art; it’s about communication. If you find yourself holding back from striding to the whiteboard, you’ll develop the confidence to get up and talk and draw at the same time!
John Bloch is an art director, visual facilitator and graphic recorder with over 20 years of experience working with companies as diverse as american express to national geographic. He has used his graphic facilitation and recording skills for such diverse contexts as corporate conflict resolution, ux workshops, strategy meetings and hackathons. Additionally, he’s taught concept drawing and graphic design at pratt for over 10 years.
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