So you’ve seen some sketchnoting online, bought a book on it or just thought to yourself, ‘How cool. I wish I could do that’.

I’m here to say ‘Of course you can do that!’ and here’s how…

With sketchnoting you listen, think and draw in real time. It may seem overwhelming but if you think about it most of us listen, think and write at the same time when we’re on the phone for example, or tuning in to a webinar, so sketchnoting is simply mixing up some of those words with images along the way.

Step 1: Choose your source material – will you listen in to a TED talk? Take sketchnotes at your next meeting? Create a visual map of the phone conversation you’re about to have with your colleague?

Step 2. Decide on a layout. This will help to add structure and flow to your final piece. Here are a couple to choose from:


Step 3. Decide on your colour palette. What colour will your lettering be? And your icons? What about highlighting?Sketchnoting is cool

Step 4: As someone once said to me, ‘Emer: Just decide and do’. The fourth step is the most crucial and the one where are most likely to slip up. Prep is great. I’m all for spending time on prep. That time is wasted however if we don’t just get on and do what we intended to. Make a committment to yourself and your learning.

Step 5: Reflect. What worked? What didn’t? What have you learned? and finally….

Step HeckYoureAmazing: Congratulate yourself for a job well done. Regardless of the output, you did it, and that puts you in the top 2% of people who take action from their learning.


P.S. Itching to practice your drawing in a supportive environment? Excited about carving out time for YOU to ignite creativity. Join me for the next open course and book now for Secrets of Simple Graphics June 24th 2021. Places are going fast!