Today we’re speaking with Daryl Watson, Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, who attended Secrets of Simple Graphics back in September 2019.

What motivated you to attend the training in the first place? What problems were you experiencing that you hoped the training would address?
About 12 months ago, I attended an associate selection day, to work with a new company down in London. I was selected by the company to represent them, but there was one candidate’s trial workshop that stood out from the rest – he used simple graphics to bring his workshop to life. I knew my skills needed a bit of refreshing, so I hunted for a workshop in Scotland that could help me and after a bit of searching – found Emer.

How are you using what you’ve learned?
Since attending Emer’s workshop on graphics, I have run at least 30 workshops around Europe from a few hours to a few days, from 3 to 300 people. In each session, I endeavour to use simple visual graphics to enhance the learning. I create flipcharts with simple images and also encourage participants to draw too. I have learned lots of different simple graphics and images. Google is a great help! You’ve got to give it a go! Some of my images aren’t the best, but I am happy to keep trying and learning.

What kind of feedback are you getting?
Even though some days my images are really good and other days they could be better, feedback is positive, especially when I encourage participants to draw too!

What would you say has been the overall impact of using visual thinking/simple graphics in your work?
It has definitely improved the learning for the participants. Taking someone on a visual journey enhances the overall learning – always!

What would you say to someone who is considering going on the training?
It is a no brainer – just do it! You certainly won’t regret it, you’ll have fun and I’m keen to go on a refresher now just to enhance my skills even more.

Daryl specialises in management and executive coaching, leadership, talent and sales development, plus facilitation of workshops all around the globe, face to face and virtually. In addition, I design and deliver bespoke sessions working in the public, private and third sectors.

Feel inspired by Daryl’s story? Want to stand out from the crowd? Itching to get creative? Remember to book your place for the next Secrets of Simple Graphics course.