schedule Mar 21st 03:45 PM - 05:15 PM place Neptune

People are unique in their ability to use symbols and images to communicate. After all, that is where the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes from. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that enhancing your spoken words with pictures improves the chance that others will understand what you are trying to say.

A picture has a way of showing ideas and solutions that would have remained hidden if you hadn’t picked up a pen. But a good picture doesn’t remove the need for words. It reduces the number of words we use so that the ones left behind are the most important…

So why is visual thinking so important?

Recent studies show that 65% of people learn and retain more information by seeing words - as well as images! In contrast, only 30% of people learn through verbal communication alone. So if you aren’t one of the 65% of visual learners, someone in your team is!

Incorporating visual thinking into your day to day work can:

  • Reduce the length of meetings by 24%, by providing a shared record of the discussion
  • Capture emotions, making conversations easier to remember
  • Help others see the "big picture", by creating powerful visual metaphors
  • Serve as a reminder of actions agreed by the team

Luckily, you don’t need to be an artist to think in pictures! Join us as we co-create a visual vocabulary you can apply to work or during studying and learning. We will take you through the essential elements needed to create powerful visual concepts.

No more PowerPoint slides needed!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Summary: At the start of the session, we will explore 8 essential elements to help delegates be more visual in their note-taking and workshop facilitation. We then move onto practical activities where delegates can apply what they have learned. We have attached a copy of the booklet that will be distributed to all the delegates.

As this is a workshop on visual thinking, we will not be using any projected slides. Our “slides” will be on flip-chart paper taped to the wall. We will reveal them one by one as we cover each concept. The posters will be 80% complete – we will update the “missing details” as part of the session to emphasize the concept we are focusing on. Each poster will show different ways to use backgrounds, borders, colors, etc. giving delegates a good starting point for their own posters.

Introduction: 5 min
We introduce the concept of universal symbols and why people think better in pictures to solve problems.

Introduce the Visual Thinking manifesto: 5 min
We go through our Visual Thinking manifesto styled on the lines of the Agile Manifesto.

Introduce the Essential 8 elements of visual thinking: 20 min
Lettering/ typography, bullets, colour, lines, arrows, faces and people, containers and shading. We demonstrate each element using pre-prepared posters while delegates practice in their booklet.

Basic shapes activity: 10 min
We cover how to create pictures using basic shapes. We play a game where teams use cut shapes to create as many objects as possible. This will set the tone for the next activity.

Visual Jam: 10 min
Before the session, we ask conference delegates to generate a list of words they would like to visualize (we will use social media, as well as an interactive wall if allowed by the conference). Each delegate will use a piece of paper divided into 6 segments. We will select 6 words from the list generated before the session. Delegates (and one of the facilitators) will take 30 seconds to draw each word. At the end of the jam, we will ask delegates (and the facilitator) to share their visual library.

Poster practical: 20 min
Each table is given the opportunity to create a poster (they will have an option of selecting some pre-prepared topics). The facilitators will help each table with their chosen topic if needed.

Show and tell: 5 min
Teams will hang up their posters/ templates and provide feedback on the session.

Sketchnoting and info-doodling: 5 min
We go through tips and tricks for using visual thinking elements in sketchnoting.

Questions & Closing: 10 min

We display all visual jam reports and posters on a wall in the conference coffee/ pause area to provide a conversation point for delegates.

Learning Outcome

  • Learn how to share your ideas with others, in a way that improves shared understanding
  • Improve your facilitation and workshop skills by incorporating visual thinking elements (font, bullets, color, sequence, faces and people, containers, shading and basic shapes)
  • Learn how to incorporate visual elements into your note taking (otherwise known as sketchnoting or info-doodling), to maximize retention of information
  • Gain the confidence to overcome your fear to pick up a pen and draw in front of others

Target Audience

This session is for anyone who needs to innovate, invent, analyze, come up with solutions, ideate, solve problems, retain information and build up their confidence to pick up a pen in front of an audience.

Prerequisite

Nothing - we will provide all the materials needed for the workshop, including a handy guide to practice all the elements covered. No prior experience with drawing needed!

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    If you don't have habits and want to learn how to create good habits? ==> Come to this session.
    If you want to understand what is the value of habits? ==> Come to this session.