Secrets of Simple Graphics

Communicate with impact using the power of hand drawn visuals.
A one day open course for trainers, facilitators and presenters

‘Brilliant course!  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It was fun, relaxed, participative…Emer is a wonderful and knowledgeable trainer.  She instilled so much confidence in me that I immediately started to introduce simple graphics into each and every workshop…Emer enthused me so much that I went home and spent half the weekend practising what we had learned …

Christine Morrison

CMA Training (UK) Ltd

Do you train, present or facilitate?

If so you may be faced with challenges such as:

Engaging people at meetings and

Bring people together and gaining concensus

Ensuring that your message is easily understood

Connecting and building an audience rapport

Standing out as an

Delivering something that gets people talking

Hi, I'm Emer

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Before I discovered the beauty of simple graphics and visual thinking I used to spend ages online sourcing images for my PowerPoint presentations only for a percentage of the audience to switch off and request the slides to read later.

I knew there had to a be a better, simpler, more impactful way to get my message across. I heard about terms such as graphic facilitation and visual thinking but assumed that these tools were for people who were ‘naturally’ artistic and creative.

I discovered the power of simple graphics when when I trained in Person Centred Planning and suddenly the penny dropped.


Recent research by Stanford University shows that hand drawn presentations score higher than PowerPoint for engagement, enjoyment, credibility, recall and persuasive impact.

A sneak preview of the training…

Some of the many benefits:

  • Enhanced engagement and participation in workshops
  • A deeper connection with the people you work with
  • Hand drawn visuals communicate humanity & individuality
  • Learning boosted for visual thinkers (over 80% of people)
  • Increased memory (images are remembered 60,000x faster than words)
  • Colour, fun and energy in your work with groups
  • Stand out and get noticed (in a good way!)
  • Competitive edge as a freelance trainer
  • New joy in your work

Not to mention…Ending Death by PowerPoint for once and for all!

This is a tool for EVERYONE

It’s true. Absolutely anyone can build
up the skills required to
create simple graphics.

The training is inclusive,
interactive and fun.

A safe environment created to support your learning and give you the opportunity to practice your new skills as you learn them.

The truth is … it’s not about art, it’s about ideas.




What people are
saying about the course…

If you haven’t drawn a stick man since you were in primary school that’s probably an advantage.

No experience is required.

 Getting together with a diverse range of people, ideas, learning in a creative environment is so valuable. It creates an energy you can’t get from a book!

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to support an optimum learning environment. be sure to book now to guarantee your place.

Course content includes:

  • The ‘building blocks’ of graphics – lettering, icons, containers etc.
  • The four main ways of working visually
  • The difference between graphic recording and graphic facilitation
  • When to use each & using different visual formats
  • How to use ‘elements’ to create simple images quickly
  • How to create a one page ‘push piece’
  • Tons of ideas for your next presentation or training session

By the end of the course you will:

  • Look forward to trying out your new skills at the earliest opportunity
  • 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
  • Develop new ways to express your work and thoughts
  • Impress your colleagues and associates with your new skills!


24th April 2020

25th September 2020

10:00 – 16:00
45 minute lunch break

Booking includes:
+ Cooked breakfast pre-course
+ 3 course lunch
+ Refreshments throughout the day
+ Vegan, vegetarian and other dietary options available.

Edinburgh Conference & Training Venue
16 St Mary’s Street


Q. Do I have to be able to draw to go on the course?

Absolutely not! Don’t worry if you haven’t drawn anything for years, or believe you can’t draw. You’re in exactly the right place to build your confidence and practice step-by-step in a safe environment.

‘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

‘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

Q. Is there any pre-course work?

No. If you have specific questions about how to apply graphics to your work do bring these on the day.

Q. Do I need to bring anything?

All materials are supplied on the day. All you need to bring is an open mind.

Q. Will I have to draw in front of other people?

Exercises are varied and include working alone, working in pairs and working in groups. If you don’t feel comfortable about engaging in any element of the course that’s no problem at all. As with anything new there is often an element of stepping out of your comfort zone. My intention is to support people to learn in a safe environment, not to coerce people into doing something that makes them feel uncomfortable!

‘A great course!  Despite my initial trepidation, I now feel more confident about using graphics with my clients.  Emer’s patience and pragmatism meant that all of us on the course learned a lot, were able to practice in a safe environment and now have the tools and techniques to apply our learning back in the “real world”.’
Rachel Letby | Crail Consulting

Q. Is it about graphic facilitation or something else?

The course is an introduction to the different ways simple graphics can be used and includes: the advantages of graphics, the four main ways of using graphics (graphic facilitation is one of these main ways), building blocks of graphics. You will get lots of tips on how to create simple images quickly and will get the opportunity to practice your skills as you learn them. The final exercise involves creating a one page piece which you may use for presentations, training or simply to explain an aspect of your work.

Q. Will you be judging our drawings?

You can be assured I won’t be judging anything! As a group we will look at what we have produced and discuss its effectiveness and application in a work setting. It may help you to know I don’t have a background in art. On the course you’ll also learn how graphics differs from art (phew!).

Q. Is it just for trainers and facilitators?

No. We have had people from areas as diverse as law, marketing, interior design and counselling as well as trainers, facilitators, coaches, presenters. If you are in the business of communicating you will benefit from this personal development course.

‘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

‘Undoubtedly the most fun CPD course I have ever attended!’
Dr Nicky Imrie, Training Officer | Scotland’s Urban Past 

Q. What about post-course support?

Following the in person course you will receive four weeks of post course support via the online platform Practify. Each week you will receive a new challenge, consisting of a number of small tasks. Complete a task and move forward on the games board 😊 It’s a fun way to build on your learning, get support from me and your fellow delegates and meet your graphics goals. And did I mention there’s a prize? You need to be in it to win it!

Q. Where is the training held?

The training is held at the fabulous Edinburgh Conference and Training venue on 16 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU (a perfect city centre location, just five minutes walk from Waverly train station).

A cooked breakfast is available in the restaurant to all delegates between 8 and 10am. We will also enjoy a three course lunch in the middle of the day and unlimited tea, coffee and snacks.

For information (including access, location, transport, parking etc.) about the Edinburgh Conference and Training venue please click here.

Q. What is the cancellation policy?

Places cancelled are not entitled to a refund, however may be transferred to another person from the same organisation or moved to a future course date within 12 months of originally booked course date.