So you’ve seen some sketchnoting online, bought a book on it or just thought to yourself, ‘How cool. I wish I could do that’.
I’m here to say ‘Of course you can do that!’ and here’s how…
With sketchnoting you listen, think and draw in real time. It may seem overwhelming but if you think about it most of us listen, think and write at the same time when we’re on the phone for example, or tuning in to a webinar, so sketchnoting is simply mixing up some of those words with images along the way.
Step 1: Choose your source material – will you listen in to a TED talk? Take sketchnotes at your next meeting? Create a visual map of the phone conversation you’re about to have with your colleague?
Step 2. Decide on a layout. This will help to add structure and flow to your final piece. Here are a couple to choose from:
Step 3. Decide on your colour palette. What colour will your lettering be? And your icons? What about highlighting?
Step 4: As someone once said to me, ‘Emer: Just decide and do’. The fourth step is the most crucial and the one where are most likely to slip up. Prep is great. I’m all for spending time on prep. That time is wasted however if we don’t just get on and do what we intended to. Make a committment to yourself and your learning.
Step 5: Reflect. What worked? What didn’t? What have you learned? and finally….
Step HeckYoureAmazing: Congratulate yourself for a job well done. Regardless of the output, you did it, and that puts you in the top 2% of people who take action from their learning.
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Do ever feel that you’re going through the motions at work? That at times it feels like you spend most of your day fire fighting with little to show at the end of it?
One way to gently dislodge yourself from this mode of working to consider the ways you can inject creativity into the workplace. Small changes can make a big difference.
Here are some of my favourites:
1. Take ownership of your creativity.
I often go into workplaces where people make comments like, ‘I’d love to be more creative but it’s just really corporate and stuffy here. The culture in this place isn’t set up for it.’
Your experience of creativity starts with you! Be brave, get involved and challenge the status quo. The power is in your hands.
2. Seek joy in the ordinary.
You don’t need to go on a 5 day design thinking workshop to be creative. In my experience joy and creativity are closely aligned. What small things in your working day bring a sense of joy?
3. Adopt a flexible approach.
Rigidity is the enemy of creativity. Always needing to do things in a certain way is a sign that you may be suffocating your creative spark.
4. Feed your creativity every day.
Creativity isn’t art or drawing or fancy wallpaper. It may be, but it also may be cooking and sock wearing and fresh air and a new game of cards. What does creativity mean to you? Seek it out on a daily basis.
5. Celebrate individuality.
Celebrating difference and how that feeds collective thinking honours the creativity in us all.
I hope you enjoyed today’s newsletter. I’m always exploring new ideas so if there’s anything you’d like to see featured do let me know.
All the best for the rest of the week,
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Today I thought I’d share with you some of the many ways my clients are using visual thinking at work.
I’ve had people say all sorts of things to me about visual thinking and its applications. From ‘I can see how L&D might use this but not anyone else in the business’ to ‘Isn’t this just for deaf people?’ I’ve heard it all.
One of the brilliant things about visual thinking is that it can be used in so many different settings. Today we’re looking at some of the not-so-common applications in business settings:
– Discussing team cooperation problems in our teams with our managers
– Highlighting skills and future objectives in a career development discussion
– Developing posters and storyboards for product launches and stakeholder identification
– Creating visuals on our team board from our key points in a retrospective (so easy to forget action points when they’re just things we need to be mindful of and we’re just emailing them around)
– Series of visuals as suggestions to a mental health group
– Note taking, spicing up minutes, planning stories
Here’s what self confessed former sceptic Sandeep has to say: ‘I have been a Business Analyst for 20 years and in that period, I have attended many training courses including those having formal process diagrams and what not, which most times confuse rather than convince people. And then you come across this – Visual Thinking for Business – which is simple and easy to understand. It is the best thing I have come across in my work in 20 years.’ Sandeep Jayan, Senior Business Analyst, Baillie Gifford.
Visual Thinking is not about impressing your colleagues with fun drawings. It’s so much deeper than that. At its heart it’s about problem solving, generating ideas and sparking creativity.
Ready to learn more? Book in for a Visual Thinking for Business call with me and we’ll explore whether this is a good fit for you and your colleagues. Book a call here >> firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a top week meanwhile,