We’re speaking with Nicola Roy, Learning and Development Technologist at NHS National Services Scotland, who attended Secrets of Simple Graphics back in April 2019.

What motivated you to attend the training in the first place? What problems were you experiencing that you hoped the training would address?
I was motivated to attend after taking part in introductory sessions run by Emer. I’m always looking for ways to develop my facilitation skills and find new ways to engage participants.

How are you using what you’ve learned?
I recently ran a skills development event for facilitators in my organisation. I used this as an opportunity to try out what I’d learned. Instead of using slides, I created a series of hand drawn posters. By doing this I was able to practice using different layouts, icons and lettering. It was great to have a goal in mind and while testing out different ideas.

What kind of results are you getting? What kind of feedback are you getting?
I was most proud of the agenda roadmap I created for the event. I had always wanted to be able to create one but didn’t think I had the knowledge or skills to do it. I was delighted to receive so many positive responses.

What would you say has been the overall impact of using visual thinking/simple graphics in your work?
As a facilitator, it’s great to do something different and have the chance to be creative. And it’s worth the effort when you see the positive impact it has on participant engagement.

What would you say to someone who is considering going on the training?
Go for it! You’ll learn lots on the day and the follow up activities and support will help build your confidence. It’s also really good fun!

Nicola has over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering a range learning of interventions within the private and public sectors. Her most recent experience has been redesigning the management development programme for her organisation. All artwork in this article has been created by Nicola.

Feel inspired by Nicola’s experience? Book your place now for the next Secrets of Simple Graphics course.