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My VizNotes 101 Webinar Experiences

On Tuesday, Austin Kleon, Sunni Brown and Dave Gray put on the first in a series of VizThinkU webinars, called Visual Note-Taking 101. We had a great time presenting and judging by the #viznotes Twiiter hashtag, our attendees had a great time too.

What the webinar covered, in a nutshell: Austin covered drawing skills with fun drawing exercises, I shared techniques and tips I've learned from sketchnoting and Sunni explained listening skills for the visual note-taker.

Sketchnoting Austin Kleon's Drawing Lessons

While Austin presented his section on drawing, I live captured this part of the webinar. Here are 6 pages of my sketchnotes from the first section:

VizNotes 101 Sketchnotes: 01-02

VizNotes 101 Sketchnotes: 03-04

VizNotes 101 Sketchnotes: 05-06

Presenting Sketchnote Techniques

I went next, sharing the techniques and tips learned from 2 years of developing my sketchnote style at conferences and events. You can see my slides in this post.

I felt the presentation went reasonably well — though I wish I had another week to run through my slides and materials. I've noted some things I need to improve for next time and am asking some key folks for feedback as well. If you were an attendee, please email your feedback to me with VizNotes101 in the subject line.

At the end of the presentation, I used a webcam on a tripod to capture myself live sketchnoting Dave, Austin and Sunni answering audience questions:

VizNotes 101 Sketchnotes: 07-08

Missing Sunni Brown's Listening Skills

During hour 3 of the webinar, I was a panelist in a social media discussion at Northwoods Software, so I wasn't able to see Sunni's session on better listening. I'm bummed I missed it, but am looking forward to watching the recorded webinar.

Final Thoughts

Here are a few thoughts after pondering the webinar for 24 hours:
  • I'm still blown away that over 100 people signed up for the webinar. Thanks for making this event a resounding success.
  • I had a great time doing the webinar, but it was odd presenting to a silent room, except for Sunni, Dave or Austin's questions or comments.
  • The setup made me feel like a cyborg, with wires everywhere, cameras on and windows all over my screen. In fact, after our dry run Monday night, I left everything I'd setup, in place overnight for fear of messing things up.
  • I'm going to add practical exercises to the sketchnoting presentation, after seeing how much fun Austin's drawing exercises were.
  • I was fortunate to find Nancy Duarte's excellent video tutorial, 6 Tips for Remote Presenting. She encouraged me to make my presentation personal and to use photos of my family as a reminder that I was talking to a live audience.
  • 3 hours seemed like a long time until we got started, then the time just flew.

I can safely speak for everyone involved in our webinar — we're all very honored to have you spend your precious time learning visual note-taking with us.

Thank you!

Related Links

Austin's Presentation
Austin' Kleon's VizNotes
Patrick Rhone: Look at me! I’m drawing!
Dean Meyers' VizNotes
Patrick Rhone's VizNotes
Christy Kilgore's VizNotes
Cath's (@440z) VizNotes
Johhny Goldstein's VizNotes
GirlsGotMoxie's VizNotes
Karen Bennett's VizNotes
Chris Saylor's VizNotes
James Macanufo's VizNotes
Rob Court's VizNotes of Milo (Austin's dog)
@livlab's VizNotes
@sodaly's VizNotes
@psychokinetic's VizNotes
@ccheaton's VizNotes
@muness' VizNotes

@sgmitch's VizNotes
VizThinkU: Visual Note-Taking 101 Forums

Reader Comments (3)

This was an awesome recap. Thanks, Mike!
May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAustin Kleon
Thanks Austin. It was fun working with you on this!
May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Very cool to see your approach unfolding in real time.

I think you're right that an exercise or two would have been fun.

Thanks Mike!
May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjonny goldstein

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