I just wrapped up the first of three webinars that I’m hosting this summer for teachers who are weaving sketchnoting into their classroom, using it as an instructional tool but also teaching their students this skill.
I’d like to highlight how I shared ideas throughout that webinar, because I think you might find it worthwhile to try something similar the next time you have a presentation to give.
One Idea Per Card
The core idea here is to sketch out each idea that you’d like to share on a single index card. One simple visual plus a bit of text.
Even though I was presenting ideas in a digital way, I enjoyed having ideas sketched out on physical index cards.
That provided the flexibility, in any given moment, to pick up the card with the idea I wanted to explore next, hold it up to the camera, and chat about it.
An added benefit is how quick and easy it is to create these types of slides: you can do it just with a sharpie and some index cards.
If you mess one up, just toss it in the recycling and grab another.
What I find to be helpful about index cards in particular is the size constraint.
You can’t fit a ton of text or imagery on any individual card, so that helps you steer clear of slides that are too text-heavy and that aren’t actually that helpful.
So the next time that you have a presentation to give, consider doing it with sketched slides on simple index cards.
You might enjoy the prep process (and the presentation process itself) a lot more that way.
Are you a teacher interested in helping your students develop their own sketchnoting skills? I built a resource kit to help with that, called Sketchnoting in the Classroom:
*** If you work outside of the education setting but still want to build your visual thinking skills and apply those skills to your personal and professional life, you might enjoy An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking:
If you work outside of the education setting but still want to build your visual thinking skills and apply those skills to your personal and professional life, you might enjoy An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking: