Learn In Public



Create Your Own Career

There are no longer any barriers keeping you from creating your own career, other than your own fears.

For many professions, a degree no longer matters. What matters is demonstrating your skill and your dedication to the craft you’ve chosen to pursue.

When you learn in public, you do that. You share your skill development and your works in progress online, even before you think you’re ready.

To overcome the fears that come along with that act of vulnerability, this course will help you develop a strategy for sharing your skill development online as you move toward the work and the life that excites you.

Course Breakdown

Part 1:
The Lay Of The Land

The current state of the internet and the opportunities that abound.

1.1 The Lay Of The Land
1.2 Learning In Public: An Overview
1.3 Learning In Private vs Learning In Public
1.4 The Prerequisites For Learning In Public
1.5 Your Comfort, Growth, & Danger Zones
1.6 The State Of The Internet
1.7 Are You In?

Part 2:
Learning…

You’ll develop a personalized learning plan tailored to your style and goals.

2.1 Learning…
2.2 The Importance Of Milestones
2.3 Core Content & Core Skills
2.4 Gather Your Resources
2.5 The Learning Cycle
2.6 Mindset Matters
2.7 Set Aside Time
2.8 Leverage Your Perfectionism

Part 3:
…In Public

You’ll decide where and how to share your learning online and connect with others.

3.1 …in Public
3.2 Your Overarching Theme
3.3 What Learning In Public Looks Likes
3.4 Creating Your Website
3.5 Your Primary Pages
3.6 Let’s Get Social
3.7 Choosing What Platforms To Be On
3.8 The Power Of The Email Newsletter

Part 4:
Execute & Iterate

Put your learn-in-public plan into action and improve it as you gain experience.

4.1 Execute & Iterate
4.2 Case Study: Maria Popova of Brain Pickings
4.3 More Case Studies Coming Soon!
4.4 Epilogue

Lesson Format

Each of the 26 lessons within this course are presented in a text + illustration format, which helps to support the key ideas, as shown in the lesson excerpt below:

The existence of multiple platforms with multiple media might seem daunting at first, but what it really means is that you can focus on those that resonate the most with you.

Why learn in public? To deepen your understanding of your work, to create a reviewable archive of it, to connect with others along the way, and to set yourself up for new income-generating opportunities.

In the typical educational experience your work and your skill development is shared only with your teacher and, at times, your classmates.

Arnna G.
Of all of the Verbal to Visual courses, this one had made the most impact on me! I came to this having a good understanding of making visuals, but without any direction. The direction and action came with this course. It truly transformed my thinking and plan of action. I now have a website and a Facebook group, am working on a membership. I am so grateful for the inspiration and action steps. Fab work Doug. I'm not so scared now about learning in public.

Your Instructor

My name is Doug Neill, and here’s a bit of my background:

  • As an undergraduate at Willamette University in Oregon I studied Physics and Spanish, spent a year living abroad, and discovered how much I loved learning and teaching.
  • In 2011 I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, with secondary certifications in Math, Science, and ESL.
  • That same year I got pulled into the world of visual thinking and documented my skill development over at The Graphic Recorder. That work led to freelance sketchnoting gigs with Nike, Concordia University, the radio program On Being, and author Chris Guillebeau, among others.
  • I launched Verbal To Visual in 2013 to help others develop their sketchnoting skills, and have built six courses to date, each of which focuses on a different application of this skill.

There’s something that excites me about a world in which we’re more open about our learning, more willing to share what we’re not good at, what we don’t understand, and what we’re trying to improve.

It goes in direct contrast to the idea that you’re born either creative or not, smart or not, talented or not.

We are all creative, smart, and talented, but too often those traits are educated out of us.

To learn in public is to take back control of your education, to embrace and develop those traits, and to set the foundation for a life full of meaningful work.

Lay The Foundation For Your Future Career

Whether your goal is to land your dream job or create one that doesn’t even exist yet, the act of documenting your journey will lay a solid foundation for your future. Let’s get started.

One-Time Fee For Lifetime Access

Once you pick up this course you’ll have lifetime access to all current and future resources contained within it.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

I want you to be able to experience this course from the inside to see whether or not it’s a good fit for you. With that in mind, if you’re not satisfied with what you see after your first 30 days, I’d be happy to return your money.


Course Bundles


Want to save money by picking up a few courses at once? Learn In Public is included in the following course bundles: