As you may be aware I’m not only a huge advocate of drawing, I’m a huge advocate of drawing BIG.
When I say drawing big I mean drawing on the wall (tip: put paper on it first) or at the flipchart.
Here in my office/studio I have a large 8ft graphic wall and a large 5ft whiteboard. When I need to think I stand up and I draw big.
Drawing big opens up the heart and opens up the mind. Anytime you need to think something through, draw big.
Here’s a template I use when planning a training session. I like to sketch this out big on a large piece of paper.
This is the order in which to fill it out.
How many delegates?
What do we know about them?
What do they know about the topic?
What needs do they have?
What are the key outcomes for the session?
What is the transformation we want to have happen as a result of the training?
If we had to narrow these down to three key points, what would these be?
3. Ideas for Exercises
At this point you move naturally into brainstorming ideas for exercises. You may need to grab a flipchart and really go to town with your ideas.
Stick your pieces of flipchart paper all over the wall and start selecting the best ideas.
Put the best ideas into a natural sequence.
Jot down your agenda items and timings based down on the above.
5. Get clear on the purpose of each exercise and note these down. Make sure they tie in with the outcomes to your right.
6. Include any materials you need to prepare for the day.
7. Have a lie down.
This kind of big scale drawing and thinking is SO worth the effort. You will find yourself coming up with ideas and insights far quicker and with greater insight than if you sat in front of a laptop and started with a blank Word document in front of you.
Top tip: wear comfortable shoes 🙂