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Enhance your communications skills with sketching

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Slides from a short workshop delivered at the March 2015 Product Anonymous Meetup in Melbourne.

Enhance your communication skills with sketching
Our brains are wired to understand and remember images more than words, so how can we put forward our ideas visually to take advantage of the way our brains work?
This session covered:
- Why visual communication is awesome
- How to introduce it into your work and life
- Tools, tips and resources
- Real time practice, try sketching for your self in the session

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Enhance your communications skills with sketching

  1. 1. Enhance your communication skills with sketching Rebecca Jackson @_rebeccajackson Product Anonymous @prod_anon #prodmgmt March 19 2015
  2. 2. About me • Into community management, social media, intranets, UX, product management… • Rediscovered drawing a few years ago • Twitter: @_rebeccajackson
  3. 3. About you • Say Hi to the people next to you • Exchange names • It will make things easier later on :)
  4. 4. Agenda • Why visual communication is awesome • How to introduce sketching back into your life • Examples • 7 steps to sketchnoting • Practice time • Resources
  5. 5. Why visual communication is awesome
  6. 6. Promotes creativity • Drawing from imagination flexes your creative muscles • Drawing what you see builds your visual memory
  7. 7. It’s good for your brain • People who doodle, recall information than those who don’t • Absent doodling can help you concentrate better • Drawing your notes helps to remember content better • The brain makes connections between your drawings and the content
  8. 8. Will help you explore and iterate • Drawing is associative (rather than linear) • In a group, you can collaborate on an idea
  9. 9. It’s engaging • Sketched notes look nicer than pages of writing • People are drawn to images • And images are a universal language • Low fidelity is better – it’s more relatable
  10. 10. How to introduce sketching back into your life
  11. 11. Just start to draw again • Doodle in the margins • Sketch instead of taking notes • Draw instead of taking photos
  12. 12. Use the whiteboard and butchers paper There are opportunities to draw everyday • Ideation • Story boards • Wireframes Instead of reaching for the mouse, find a marker
  13. 13. Try sketchnoting • Meeting notes • Conference presentations • Videos • Books • Experiences
  14. 14. Examples
  15. 15. Eva-Lotta Lam ‘My contribution to Mike Rohde's Sketchnotes Handbook’ https://flic.kr/p/dL6gvR CC BY-SA 2.0
  16. 16. Matthew Magain ‘Innovation: A Global Perspective’ https://flic.kr/p/e4E9is © All Rights Reserved (Used with Permission)
  17. 17. Caroline Sewell ‘2014 TypeCon, Sketchnotes 3 of 5’ https://flic.kr/p/ppAM7H CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  18. 18. Mauro Toselli ‘Design Thinking MOOC - WHAT IS Week 3 recap’ https://flic.kr/p/re3ofi © All Rights Reserved (Used with Permission)
  19. 19. Ivan Seymus ‘Walkies in Rome’ https://flic.kr/p/pPpEWE CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  20. 20. Rebecca Jackson My First Sketchnote: How great leaders inspire action https://flic.kr/p/eA57Gp © All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. 7 steps to sketchnoting Tips and tools
  22. 22. Choose your weapons • Something to draw with • Something to draw on • A hard surface helps • Don’t forget spares • Markers are good for highlights or a bit of colour
  23. 23. Pre work • Save time and get a head start • Research if you can • Fill in before hand • Title • Portrait of speaker • Location and date
  24. 24. Choose your seat • Comfort really helps • You need good light (can BYO) • Close enough to hear well
  25. 25. Pace and use your space • Are you limited in page space? • Watch the clock • Decide what pattern you want to follow
  26. 26. Outline first, detail later • Where time is limited, economise • Draw the basics in session • Fill in gaps later on
  27. 27. Embrace your own style • The beauty of sketchnotes is their uniqueness • Each person has a varied style • It’s not about a perfect representation • A good enough representation will communicate the same message as detail
  28. 28. Practice, practice, practice Like everything, the more you use it the better you become
  29. 29. Practice
  30. 30. Watch,Listen Record • Put the title on the page • Pick out the “chunky” bits • Use images, key words, icons
  31. 31. Video 1 Kelly McGonigal- How to make stress your friend https://youtu.be/RcGyVTAoXEU
  32. 32. Discussion Talk with the people next to you that you met earlier • Was it easy / hard? • How did the process make you feel?
  33. 33. Video 2 Shawn Achor - The happy secret to better work https://youtu.be/fLJsdqxnZb0
  34. 34. Resources
  35. 35. Books • The Sketchnote Handbook and Workbook - Mike Rohde http://rohdesign.com/books/ • The Doodle Revolution - Sunni Brown http://amzn.com/1591845882 • 143 Visuals – Scott Torrance and Mirka Voláková http://www.slideshare.net/ScottTorrance/ebook-143-visuals • UX Sketchnotes - Matt Magain http://uxmastery.com/ux- sketchnotes-a-free-ebook-containing-50-sketches-of- inspiring-ux-talks/
  36. 36. Interwebs • The Sketchnote Army sketchnotearmy.com/ • Sketchnotes subreddit www.reddit.com/r/sketchnotes/ • Twitter: • @SketchnoteArmy • #sketchnotes • #todaysdoodle
  37. 37. Presentations • Drawing in class - Rachael Smith youtu.be/3tJPeumHNLY • Hack your life with visual thinking - Claire Holgate youtu.be/YxZSme_KJik • Doodlers unite! – Sunni Brown youtu.be/7fx0QcHyrFk • Why what you draw is good enough – Jeannel King youtu.be/MbjGth5LLxQ
  38. 38. Thanks for sketching
  39. 39. Thanks to Product Anonymous and Brainmates
  40. 40. How to find me • Twitter: @_rebeccajackson • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccajljackson • Blog: rebeccajacksonblogs.wordpress.com • Email: rebeccajljackson@gmail.com Share your sketchnotes on Twitter #sketchnotes #prodmgmt @_rebeccajackson
  41. 41. References • The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike Rohde • http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/10/10/things- you-can-accomplish-with-hand-sketching-doodling/ • http://makeapowerfulpoint.com/2014/04/16/an-argument- for-visual-thinking-in-business/ • http://www.thebookoflife.org/why-you-should-stop-taking- pictures-on-your-phone-and-learn-to-draw/ • https://designschool.canva.com/blog/7-ways-doodling-will- change-your-life • http://uxmastery.com/why-sketchnoting-makes-you-a- better-ux-designer/ • http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,188212 7,00.html

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