I love a doodle. My forte is drawing around my kids hands and sketching a different expression on each finger. That aside, a picture paints a thousand words which is why I enjoyed this article about dropping presentations during meetings in favour of sketches.
I remember one customer meeting where we all met, went through the introductions and I could see on the faces that they were expecting me to pull out my PowerPoint....but I didn't!
Nope, I pulled out a pen and paper!
Old fashioned I guess but the dynamics of the room changed completely.
Everyone huddled around my notepad (which incidentally isn't lined. I don't like being kept within lines - I'm a free spirit :-) ) and we sketched away.
They asked questions. I updated the sketch. They started pointing and discussing.
After that, I took a picture of the utterly confusing mess and email it to them. For a stranger, it means nothing. But for everyone in that room, they got it. They followed the story with me and understood it.
Sketches in business are great for conversation and engagement. You don't have to be a great artist. You just need to be able to visualise.
I highly recommend The Sketchnote Handbook for any aspiring sketchers out there - it's brilliant :-)
Valberg believes that asking employs to sketch out their ideas not only helps them crystallize their own thinking, but also makes it easier for others to understand their thought process. “Sketches are, by definition, low-fidelity,” he says. “Therefore, they keep presenters from getting attached to their ideas and invite their coworkers in to participate.” But the best part of switching from a culture of presentations to a culture of doodling happens after the meeting is done. Because InVision is entirely remote, all meeting doodles take place on a digital whiteboard tool called Freehand. Instead of meeting notes or slide decks that feel like artifacts laid in stone, the meeting’s doodle becomes an evolving document, which colleagues can return to and improve asynchronously.