A few days ago I had the opportunity to take part in a seminar led by Malte of “Visual Facilitators”, a Hamburg-based company with a focus on storytelling, graphic recording and everything visual.

I have been sketchnoting a lot and have some experience within the area so I chose to take part in the “Advanced” course. And it was a great choice! With the basics of penmanship covered in the previous course and a lot of drawing experience between the lot of us we talked about the key components of visual storytelling such as listening, thinking, drawing and evolving your ideas and concepts.

The two most important things I took away: the images are only the means to transport a message or facilitate a process which to me as a part-time perfectionist is a challenge! And the second one is the attitude of the visualizer: Notice your emotions and stories, understand your reaction and then adjust your drawings and notes. It’s a psychological topic for sure, but a very interesting one to say the least.

Our task to practice all these new skills? Visualize a presentation on any topic to try our hands at what we’ve learned over the day.

As I am very interested in first aid I chose it for our small presentation: I first drew a human shape on the Flipchart and then over the time of 5 minutes I added an automatic external defibrillator (AED), some heart rhythms, the number of paramedics to call when you find someone in need and much more. Although I was really excited while speaking I had a lot of fun doing this and the others said they even learned something new – and that’s the greatest compliment!

Here are some impressions:

The workshop gave me a lot to think about and I really enjoyed both the exercises and the exchange with fellow visual creators. I am also looking forward to learn more about graphic recording.

Check out their website here: https://visualfacilitators.com/de/