Friday, March 14, 2014

Is it time for you to Sketchnote?

I'm not sure why it took me so long to find it, but I just stumbled upon the book, "The Sketchnote Handbook" by Mike Rohde.

It's something I've always enjoyed doing without even knowing what it was called. We've all doodled at one time or another ... most likely, when we were younger.

Sketchnoting is super helpful when you're trying to jot down the big ideas instead of every detail. Plus it's fun to use images as it's something we naturally connect with more than just words.

Even though I'm not a great artist by any means, I love the way Mike shows how anybody can "sketchnote"! This book is a fun read and it's very visual so you won't get bored ... I promise. :)

Recently, I went to a workshop about this new data analytics platform called Paxata. It's interesting to see data preparation tools like this coming into the market. As every analyst knows, most of the time is spent cleaning up the data and preparing it for analysis.

I wanted to try sketchnoting from the workshop and even though it's a bit difficult to try to do it in real-time, it really forced me to only go after the main ideas. Normally, I would have written down a lot more words, but focusing on the key takeaways was super valuable. And the best part is that when I look back at my "sketchnote", I can remember a lot of details about the workshop.

Anyways, check out my first attempt at sketchnoting and if you haven't done it yet, I totally recommend that you start sketchnoting NOW ... try it with a TED presentation or your next meeting. You might be surprised at the results!