This week we’re talking with Valeria Pezzi who works in the HR Talent and Development team at Baillie Gifford as a Learning and Development Assistant. She has been mainly involved in leading the system implementation of a new Performance and Development framework within the firm.

Valeria attended a one day inhouse graphics course back in April ’17. Read about her experience with graphics in her own words.

Please note, all images featured here are samples of Valeria’s work.

Why did you attend the graphics training?
We attended the Graphics Training as a team activity, hoping to learn different ways to deliver and facilitate as part of our role in learning and development.

How are you using what you’ve learned? 
In the last year, I have created impactful graphics for our internal initiatives and workshops; outside work I volunteer as a committee member of the CIPD L&D special interest group (Edinburgh branch) and I have been using these skills in preparing graphics for some of our events, helping to bring the sessions to life.

How did the training help to address your needs?
Since attending the course I have found using graphics to be very effective in communicating messages, concepts and ideas using visuals. I have found people more engaged and inspired in contributing to sessions and having quality conversations.

What would you say to someone who is considering going on the training?
Anyone can draw! The more you draw, the better you get!

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