Once you have held the pen in your hand and tried out the methods – and experience, that you are actually able to draw persons, arrows, signs and a template that sets the frame for a dialogue regarding an evaluation – the world opens up its arms!
You are now equipped to go out and express your messages clearly in front of coworkers, partners, clients and employees etc. Which thoughts come to your mind when you see this drawing? (Made by one of my learners). Which value would a similar template add to your work? The door into a great world of communication is wide open and you may inter and use the skills just the way it suits you.
So, go ahead, it´s about communication, not art!
I´m standing in front of my course participants with a cup of coffee in my hand – the air exudes expectation and I take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. “It´s quite a journey to get to this point” I say to one of the participants next to me.
Will I get sufficient participants?
The people who say they´ll join the course, do they actually mean it? When should I book the room? Etc. Finally we´re here, a group is gathered, they are here now! THIS.IS.IT….YES!!!
Everything I´m fighting for as a consultant is coming true, all my competences come to action and I´m in my right element. When are you in your right element?
Do you ever sit down and think about what you would really love to do in this world, what your core competences are? I encourage you to do so, maybe even block your calendar for a few hours to reflect. If you do so it´ll much easier to find a job or function that is just right for you.
A while ago I had a meeting with a business-woman and I just cannot get her out of my head! Why? Because she was on a very strong mission. So what is her mission, you are probably wondering. Well, she has decided always to set up obstructions for herself! To never rest on the laurels, so every time things go smoothly she something must be changed and new challenges developed.
I really admire a person that like her. Maybe she is little extreme but the thought about constantly challenging one self is quite interesting, I must say.
What do you do in order keep yourself mentally moving forward? How do you exercise your brain?
Our brain is plastic and we change it via our thoughts and behavior. A strong way to support the development of our brain is to use drawings whenever we want to communicate something. Then the right side of our brain is activated, and starts working together with the left and more logical side of our brain, which is so clever since learning is a whole-brain sport....
A person in my professionel network said: “It´s funny that you teach people to do what you do…and cut off the branch on which you are sitting!”
What do you think, is he right? My answer is no. On the contrary. For what is it really about? It´s about sharing what I know about the advantages of using drawings in meeting-situations. The more people I can convince about these tools the more people will use them and the more assignments I´ll get – I know that there is a limit to the number of tasks you´ll be able to take care of yourself.
What about you? Are you aware of the fact that it makes sense and adds value to share your knowledge instead of keeping your cards close to your body, in fear of being copied?
For every person there is a worldview, a story, a way of looking at the world.
My world is build up around images: I see the world as structures, shapes, formations, color-combinations – which is very effective in communication because our brain loves exactly that.
You may see the world in numbers…
Regardless of how you see the world you can easily learn some simple visual tools that will have a great impact on your work-life, for example in meeting situations. This template can be used to evaluate a meeting, a process or a project.
When you need to make sure that your meetings are effective it works when using drawings: with no pictures our brain remembers approximately 5% of what is said. Add pictures and the number raises to 50%!!
So go ahead! Through yourself into it. Copy this template and present it on a meeting: Your coworkers will respect you for it!
What do you see here? In my eyes what you see is pure dedication! The photo is from my open course in graphical facilitation.
“I really feel like using drawings in my work again! It has been an amazing course!” These words come from a participant at the end of the day-course. What a feedback. I must say a huge plie of drawings were produced on all spare spot in the room: tables, the floor, walls and window sills!
I have got some great news for you: everybody can learn to draw! YES, you as well!
And you can use the visual tools to create a higher level of engagement on your meetings, workshops, etc.
Because drawings support the process of learning.
Because drawings make the points stand out clearly.
Because drawings create meaning and relates to the topics.
How often do you take a time-out and reflect upon what you do and why you do it?
Often? Rarely? Never?
Thought to Line made a graphical recording at a course in Danske Bank with the subject “Designing Learning” and one of the main points was: reflection changes behavior.
At the end of the day the participants had a dialogue around the 5 meter long drawing and reflected on the learnings of the day. A very strong experience.
So why use drawings on your meetings? Because:
Drawings support the process of learning.
Drawings make the points stand out clearly.
Drawings create meaning and relates to the topics.
You can learn how to do it yourself, or you can hire a professional illustrator like Thought to Line.
Do you recognize any of these reservations when you are about to join (and pay for) a course:
”Surely, it can wait”
"My calendar and economy will look better later this year”
”It´s probably already sold out”
Don´t make a lot of reservations prevent you from joining a brilliant course in graphical facilitation!
Have a look at my online courses…;)
Take a good look at this drawing. Do you recognize any reasons why YOU get up in the morning? A while ago I did a graphical recording at a conference for Faxe municipality and the topic was “The good life.”
The moderator asked the 300 participants this very simple question: why do you get up in the morning? The answers were very strong and I illustrated it as follows:
A person saying YES = Happiness, I´m still alive!
A coffeecup = The thought of my morning coffee
Hearts on a podium = love as the cornerstone in my life
A weight = Balance between my work and my private life
Binoculars = Curiosity – I wonder what the day will bring
Money = My pay check
Simple and easy to understand for the eye and the brain, right?
Drawings are a strong tool when you want to illustrate your points – they stick to the brain in a totally different way then words. That´s why it is such a good idea to visualize your points in front of your team. You gain understanding,...