Secrets of Simple Graphics
Communicate with impact using the power of hand drawn visuals
A two-day course for trainers, facilitators and presenters
- Are you looking for fresh, innovative ways to get your message across?
- Are you struggling to engage people at meetings and workshops?
- Do you find it difficult to get buy in for your ideas?
- Are you fed up with the same old PowerPoint slides and boring flipcharts?
- Do you wish to improve communication and engagement with those around you?
It’s time to end ‘death by Powerpoint’!
Hand drawn visuals are a unique and captivating way to transform how you communicate with others. Here are just some of the benefits:
Enhance engagement and participation in your meetings and workshops
Boost learning for visual thinkers (over 80% of people)
Increase group memory
Bring colour, fun and energy into your work with groups
- Liven up written documents and reports with custom illustrations
- Stand out and get noticed for what you do
‘The course was fantastic – really inspiring and instilled confidence that you can use graphics in your own workplace – no matter what your intended audience.’
Alison Marron, Solicitor | Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
Discover the secrets of simple graphics and learn…
- The ‘building blocks’ of graphics – lettering, people, icons, text containers and more
- How to draw quickly and easily (even if you currently find stick men challenging)
- How to build your own icon library
- The four main ways of working visually
- The difference between graphic recording and graphic facilitation (and when to use each)
- How to create a visual record
- How to design a one page visual for presentations and murals
- Different visual formats
- How to create your own graphic templates
- How to add a graphic twist to traditional icebreakers and energisers
- Tons of ideas for your next presentation, workshop or training session
‘Thanks again for undoubtedly the most fun CPD course
I have ever attended! I really appreciated: that you got us all involved right from the start
by asking us how the workshop should operate; the opportunity to practise new skills as we learned them
; and to work together and share so much with fellow coursemates. I will most definitely be ‘borrowing’ facilitation ideas
for the future too. The graphics library
, skills and confidence developed in just one day
will be put to good use in my role as training officer for Scotland’s Urban Past and in my volunteering activities. In fact, I’m on duty this week as run director at Victoria parkrun Glasgow and have made an ‘infodoodle’ to help our volunteer recruitment on Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully the runners and volunteers will understand and like it! All the best and many thanks again for a top day – I have rediscovered my drawing mojo
Dr Nicky Imrie, Training Officer | Scotland’s Urban Past
Meet Your Trainer:
An enthusiastic trainer and graphic facilitator, Emer is passionate about using visuals in all aspects of her work to draw out ideas, boost learning, and increase participation.
She believes that the power of visuals helps not only to create an engaging and creative learning environment, but also helps groups and organisations get their message across in a captivating and effective way.
This really isn’t about art!
- Absolutely anyone can build up the skills required to create graphics. It’s amazing how quickly confidence and ability increases once the foundations of good graphics are learned and practiced.
- The training is inclusive, interactive and fun.
- A safe and relaxed environment is created to support your learning and give you the opportunity to practice your new skills as you learn them.
No experience is required. If you haven’t drawn a stick man since you were in primary school that’s probably an advantage.
‘This workshop was fun, engaging
and built confidence in my abilities
to facilitate groups using graphics. I started the day convinced I couldn’t draw,
but using the techniques, hint and tips Emer gave throughout the day I am now raring to go and run a session!
Fiona Dee, Organisational Development Business Partner | Midlothian Council
‘You don’t need to draw to do the course
– it is totally true. At the start of the day no-one wanted to do anything on a flipchart but by 4pm the pens were not for being put down! Really useful tips and tools for using in work
Audrey MacNeill, Administrator | Kinharvie Institute
By the end of the course you will:
- Feel confident about creating your own graphics
- Understand how to use graphics in a variety of contexts
- Have loads of ideas for your next presentation, meeting or workshop
- Be hooked on the joys of working visually
What people are saying:
‘Graphic Facilitation is a very engaging way to work with groups of people in a workshop or meeting setting
. Emer O’Leary is a fantastic trainer who is very passionate about this. The pace of training over two days was just right
, covering basic Graphic Facilitation techniques. If you are considering Graphic Facilitation as an option I’d definitely recommend Emer as a trainer
Kathleen McLoughlin, Programme Manager Change & Development | The Improvement Service
‘Fun, energetic, well-paced, interactive
with much supportive learning
, Emer’s practical workshop has inspired me to unashamedly introduce graphics to my workshops.
Emer gently challenged and cajoled the lively group to try it out for ourselves and experiment with drawing and colouring techniques. I also enjoyed taking away the Mindful Focus on Palm exercise which I have used with delegates since Emer’s workshop.
I felt Emer was very inclusive with the group and dealt with the more vocal delegates calmly, encouraging the quieter delegates to feel included and listened to. I loved the simplicity of pen on paper and have noticed how effective that is becoming for me.
All in all, I recommend this workshop to inspire creative training; note taking and to challenge people to stretch out with those self-defined comfort zones!‘
Eimear Stassin, Training Consultant | Standard Life
Emer is great to work with. She has been delivering [Secrets of Simple Graphics] training for PBB Transformation since September 2015. This training involves the use of hand drawn graphics for facilitation and presentation purposes. We had identified a strong need to equip team members with new and innovative ways of communicating and presenting their work
. Emer designed a course to perfectly meet these requirements. We get consistent positive feedback
from delegates who enjoy both Emer’s facilitation style and the course content. Delegates get an opportunity to plan how to use graphics in their day to day communication. This has worked well in terms future planning and embedding the learning in the workplace
. I would not hesitate to recommend Emer’s services for organisations seeking to explore visual ways of working.
Andrea Mosey, Capability Manager, Transformation, PBB Services | Royal Bank of Scotland
‘Thanks so much for a fantastic workshop – never has time flown so much on a training course before from having so much fun!
All the exercises were really enjoyable and were a great way to try out using graphics and cartoons. I came away from the day with a lot more confidence for doing graphic facilitation
and I am looking forward to putting my new skills into practice in the workplace
Sarah Taylor, Learning and Development Adviser | City of Edinburgh Council
‘I had a lovely day and it was great to meet everyone I will take what I have learnt on Friday and I will be using it for a lot of my work
. I am going to a meeting tomorrow afternoon and I will be using pictures, for my Minute taking. I have full intentions of using everything that I have learnt on Friday to take it forward with me.
It was a great day and well worth the travel from here in the Highlands to learn what i did and how it will make my life a bit easier.’
Shirley Hanley, Administrative Assistant, Self Directed Support | NHS Highland
‘The most fun I have had at a training event in as long as I can remember
. Not only that, I took away skills and activities that I could actively introduce into my presentations and group work
with both young and older people. Highly recommended
for anyone looking to make their flip charts that bit more exciting!’
Ryan MacKay, Old’s Cool Development Worker | Citadel Youth Centre
‘This is a very interactive course that stands alone in anything I have seen available in the world of graphics for the workplace.
For anyone looking to challenge typical meetings and the standard approach to recording information, this is for you!’
James Mair, Talent Development Consultant | Scottish Government
‘Emer’s training is really good and has inspired staff to look at things differently in meetings and development sessions. We are using graphic facilitation with schools and nurseries to engage staff and parents in improvement planning and when developing visions and aims.
The graphic displays help to make it accessible to parents and young people and provides opportunities for the work to be added to in the future to record progress.
It has helped us to move on from a ‘death by Powerpoint’ culture!
Jane Mason, Early Years Learning Officer, Early Years Team | Fife Council
From the outset of the day, Emer enthused and motivated me to have a go
– activities were well paced and practical
, resulting in improved skills and confidence
. I am encouraged to keep practising and integrate more graphics in my work. Thanks for resources as well!’
‘I really enjoyed this training day. I had hoped that it would educate me about how graphics could be used in my work
, particularly with reference to illustrating reports and explaining data to mixed audiences and I was not disappointed. I left the course feeling more confident about how I could incorporate drawing and graphics into my work
in different ways.’
Helen Rice | Researcher
‘I really enjoyed the session: the creative activities, the facilitation style
and the innovative and safe environment
were just perfect! I also learned a lot of new techniques and loved the group exercises!
The right balance between theory and practice
Giulia Lucchini, Learning and Development Adviser | City of Edinburgh Council
‘I really enjoyed the course – it was fun, safe and inspiring
. I always enjoy exploring different facilitation techniques which can help me respond to and support people appropriately in new and interesting ways. This course definitely added to my repertoire
and it was wonderful to use a different bit of my brain! I have recommended the course to my colleagues
and we might be looking for some in-house input one day.’
Martha Lester-Cribb, Evaluation Support Manager | Evaluation Support Scotland
‘Thank you for a valuable, fun filled and entertaining day
. I have learned so much and will use my new found skills on a daily basis
at work. I am already thinking in pictures. I would love to have spent longer with you and the group and I think you have a lot more to share.’
Lynne Brown, Revalidation Administrator | Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, Forth Valley Royal Hospital
‘Was a great day of experiencing the joy and fun of incorporating graphics into my workaday environment. A breath of fresh air in a very word oriented world!’
Tony Young, Voices Scotland Trainer | Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland
‘I really enjoyed the chance to do something creative
. I have already mentioned the course to a few colleagues and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone
. Whilst I came along thinking mainly about using the techniques for facilitation or recording with project groups, I left with ideas around using graphics internally as a planning tool
and to help inject energy to team meetings
. My daughter loved the star people I showed her and is now drawing them too. The list is endless!’
Diane Wilson, Programme Development Officer |Voluntary Action Fund
For more information or to book this course in-house for your organisation contact Emer directly on email@example.com or on 0131 226 1637