Visual Facilitation and Sketchnoting - 14 June 2021 (UK Timezone)

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Our short, instructor-led, workshops are the perfect way to explore and experiment with new ideas, keep updated with new tools and approaches to testing. Broadening your understanding of what it means to be a valuable member of a modern software development team.

Visual Facilitation and Sketchnoting

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 on the 14th of June 2021 at 12 PM (UK Time) with her workshop in Visual Facilitation and Sketchnoting.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • 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 and
  • compose sketch-notes based on pre-written notes.

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Louise Gibbs

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.


Compose sketch-notes based on pre-written notes.

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.

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.