Visual Facilitation and Sketchnoting

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WHAT

99 Minute Workshop

WHERE

Online

COST

All our 99-minute workshops are included with a Pro membership.

Have you have felt the need to share everything you’ve learnt with your colleagues and don't know ho to? Louise Gibbs will show how she does it with this 99-minute workshop

Topics Louise will cover

We'll explore the following topics

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  • Explain the benefits of sketchnoting
  • Identify key points while listening to a conference talk
  • Record brief, but informative notes, while listening to a talk or reading a text book or article
  • Compose sketch-notes based on pre-written notes

Meet Your Instructor

Louise Gibbs

Louise Gibbs

Louise recently started work as a Senior QA Analyst at MandM Direct, an online sportswear retailer. Before this, she worked at Malvern Panalytical, a company that developed scientific instruments for a variety of industries, most notably pharmaceuticals. She was involved in testing the software used to carry out automated particle imaging and raman spectroscopy to identify particles in a mixed sample. Louise graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Computer Science for Business. Her first job after university was as a software tester for Loyalty Logistix, a company that produced Web, Mobile and Desktop applications that allowed members of the Automotive industry to run Loyalty schemes for customers.

My first secret, which I will share with you now, is that I never sketchnote live

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Visual Facilitation and Sketchnoting

Louise
99 Minute Workhop
Louise Gibbs

After attending a conference or course, there is often a requirement to share everything you’ve learnt with your colleagues. The problem, all your notes are a mess. Meanwhile, other attendees appear to have recorded informative and beautifully presented notes. How do they do it? 

My first secret, which I will share with you now, is that I never sketchnote live. I write up rough notes while watching a talk and then use these to create my sketchnotes. This is what we will do during this workshop. We will start identifying ways to practice and improve note-taking skills by listening to 99 second talks and identifying the key points from each one. Then we will take these notes and use them to develop sketchnotes, adding a mixture of text, colour and illustrations. Those attending will be encouraged to share their creations on Twitter and Slack, which will help them develop confidence in their note-taking skills and encourage others within the community to join the conversation. 

A lot of people think they can’t draw. This is not true. I believe that #EveryoneCanDraw. The aim is not to create beautiful artwork. The aim is to develop useful, and recognizable notes which can inspire and encourage further ideas and discussion.

Takeaways

  • Explain the benefits of sketchnoting
  • Identify key points while listening to a conference talk
  • Record brief, but informative notes, while listening to a talk or reading a text book or article
  • Compose sketch-notes based on pre-written notes

Prerequisites

As a minimum you will need a pen and paper, however, you are free to use whatever tools you regularly use to take notes. You will also be encouraged to share your notes, sketches and drawings. A way to take photos of your notes and add them to Twitter or the Ministry of Testing slack channel is recommended.

Here are Louise's personal preferences...

1) For rough note-taking:
  • Any black pen that is easy to write with
  • A different coloured pen for annotating notes (usually blue)
  • A notebook with lined paper
2) For sketch-noting:
  • Uni-Ball eye UB-157 Rollerball Pen Black
  • Pack of fine liners for adding colour
  • Plain Paper (I use an A4 sheet for a 30 to 45-minute talk)
3) Other popular tools:
  • Dotted paper (Lined can also be used)
  • Highlighters, coloured pencils, brush markers

Some also like to record notes digitally (although I’ve never done this myself), if this is your preferred method then you’re welcome to do so. However, I do recommend still having a pen and some paper handy for some drawing exercises.

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