Sketchnote Your Online Meetings

How interesting and useful was your last Zoom meeting?

Did everyone seem to be on the same page?

Were there some clear follow-up actions at the end of it?

Did it maintain your interest throughout?

Those questions are relevant for in-person meetings too, but I think the switch to virtual gatherings has highlighted the potential for lackluster meetings.

But what it also highlights is the potential for visual thinkers like you to step in and support the purpose of the gathering by capturing the meeting with sketchnotes that you share with the group.

In the video above I share how you might go about doing that.

Go with a digital approach by screen-sharing your tablet or pick up a document camera to share your analog sketchnotes.

My first attempt at taking live sketchnotes during a Q & A session for Digital Sketchnoting was a sloppy mess:

I didn’t share these during the meeting because I wanted to get comfortable with the setup and my approach first.

A few weeks later I’d decided on some helpful constraints:

I decided to stick with just one pen and one color to simply the process.

And before long I had a pretty consistent process down for capturing our live conversations:

Once I got comfortable I added a second pen with some color back in, to the make the notes a little more dynamic.

I still treat each live meeting as another experiment – an opportunity to use (and build) my sketchnoting skills for the benefit of the group.

I encourage to try out some similar experiments yourself.

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Free Sketchnoting Guide

Want to give sketchnoting a try but not sure where to start? Check out this sample of The Verbal To Visual Notebook:

That 100% hand-sketched notebook includes a set of prompts to help you put pen to paper and start sketching out ideas yourself.

You can get the free guide here.

Good luck bringing your visual thinking skills into the next online gathering that you attend!

Cheers,

-Doug