Sketchnoting is a versatile skill.
You can use it in a meeting to keep track of a conversation and make sure that it actually leads somewhere.
You can use it for yourself as you plan out an upcoming personal project.
And you can use it to take the ideas of others, capture those ideas visually, and then share what you made for the potential benefit of others.
I recently had the chance to take on a new experiment in that last category – the creation of a sketchnote video with a podcast called The Fizzle Show.
The idea: listen to the hour-long podcast, pull out the most interesting 3-5 minutes of it, and illustrate those ideas via a sketchnote video layered with audio from the episode.
Here’s what I enjoyed about this idea:
- It was an opportunity to practice my sketchnoting skills.
- I was interested in the subject matter of the podcast (I’m a proud Fizzle alum).
- I got to pick out the most interesting 3-5 minutes (rather than being told which sections to sketchnote).
- It was an opportunity to experiment with a new form of sketchnote video (using my iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the app Autodesk SketchBook).
- By creating a sketchnote video I was able to 1) reinforce my own learning and 2) create a short visual summary that might be useful to others as well.
I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to the podcast episode with my video editor already open, clipping out the sections that I found most interesting. And though the creation of just a four and half minute video took many hours (more on that process in an upcoming bonus module of the How To Make Sketchnote Videos course!), it was worth it because I enjoyed the process and it resulted in something that I find interesting and useful.
Even if you’re not interested in building an online business (that’s what Fizzle teaches you to do) or in the topic of this particular episode (syndicating on Medium), you might be able to find inspiration in the collaborative process.
Seek out ideas that interest you and that challenge you, then bring your visual tools to those ideas to make something new, and then share what you made.
Repeat that process often enough and your skills with grow right alongside your knowledge, and you’ll be opening yourself up to opportunities that you can’t even imagine yet.
Want To Dig Deeper?
If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.
If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.
And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.