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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


Visual Note-Taking 101: Sketchnoting Techniques Slides

I've just posted the slides for my section of Visual Note-Taking 101 Webinar called Sketchnoting Techniques. I'll be presenting live with Moderator Dave Gray and presenters Austin Kleon and Sunni Brown on Tuesday, May 12th, 11-2 EST.

Here's the deck on Slideshare:

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Here's the deck on Flickr:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Thetre's still time to register for this $99 webinar to hear the full details behind my slides live and learn about drawing and listening from Austin Kleon and Sunni Brown.

Register today!


Visual Note-Taking 101 Webinar: Tuesday, May 12th 2009

SXSWi 2009: Sketchnotes: 10 MinutesI'm always excited to see others inspired to use the sketchnoting technique I've developed and have been refining the past few years.

So, when I was invited to present sketchnoting techniques alongside my good friends Austin Kleon, Sunni Brown and Dave Gray in a 3 hour live webinar — I immediately jumped at the opportunity!

Visual Note-Taking 101 Details

Next Tuesday, May 12th from 11:00 AM to 2 PM Eastern, Austin, Sunni and I will present Visual Note-Taking 101. It's a 3 hour live webinar for $99, and that price includes the live event AND access to the complete recording for later reference.

Register today for Visual Note-Taking 101!

Here's an overview of next Tuesday's 3 hour webinar:

Ever since Leonardo put pen to paper, visual note-taking has been a route to improve the quality of your thinking, make information more memorable, and make your ideas easier to share with others.

Learn practical techniques and “tricks of the trade” from modern visual note-taking masters Mike Rohde, Sunni Brown and Austin Kleon. In this three-hour course you will learn how to use visual note-taking to improve your listening skills and take better, more memorable notes.

The focus of this class will be on how to write, sketch, and diagram ideas live, in real time, as you hear them. Many of the techniques you will learn will also help to improve your skills in drawing your ideas at the flip chart or whiteboard.

Here's a detailed outline of what the three of us will present next Tuesday:

Section 1 – Austin Kleon will present “But I can’t draw!”

  • Addressing your fears of the pen, and rediscovering the ancient, universal childhood pleasure of putting pictures and words on paper
  • Exploring drawing not as fine art, but as a communication tool
  • Establishing a drawing alphabet and learning some basic cartooning techniques
  • Doing fun activities: “How to draw a stick figure” and “How to draw a face”
  • Building our very own icon library for note-taking

Section 2 – Sunni Brown will present “Learning Active Listening”

  • What is “active listening” and how is it different than “regular” listening?
  • A graphic recorder’s approach to active listening – how to listen effectively to multiple sources, fast talkers and ramblers
  • What to listen for and what to filter out
  • How to “cache” what you’re hearing so you can capture it on paper

Section 3 – Mike Rohde will present “Sketchnoting Techniques”

  • The importance of focus & engagement in capturing presentations
  • Learning to become a filter of ideas rather than a word-by-word stenographer of every last detail
  • Techniques for getting into the flow, to help you capture better sketchnotes
  • Getting personal with sketchnotes — letting your personality shine through
  • How to use recorded podcasts and videos for sketchnoting practice (with a demo of sketchnoting a podcast live)
Materials Needed: paper and pen/pencil

Register for Visual Note-Taking 101

I'm very excited about this event and the opportunity to share detail about the process I use to capture sketchnotes. If you have an interest in learning the note-taking techniques of Austin Kleon, Sunni Brown or myself, please Register today!

Related Links

VizThinkU Courses


My Impromptu Video Interview on Sketchnoting at SXSWi '09

My Norwegian pal, Ove Klykken is a spur of the moment guy. He was inspired by Brian Artka's documentary film-making at SXSW Interactive, so he pulled out his little Canon SD1100 and had a little impromptu interview with me about sketchnoting:

Impromptu interview with Mike Rohde at SXSWi '09 from Ove Klykken on Vimeo.

I'd completely forgot about this interview until last night when Ove contacted me with a preview. In the interview I talk about why I sketchnote, challenges in sketchnoting and if I think someone needs to be an artist to do sketchnoting.



SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes

SXSWi 2009: Sketchnotes: First Spread

SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes are Posted!

I've just finished processing and posting 70 pages of sketchnotes from SXSW Interactive 2009 on Flickr.

This year I doubled the amount of pages I was able to capture to 70, up from 34 pages of sketchnotes in 2008. Having done more sketchnotes since last year helped as did my position of official SXSWi sketchnoter.

Here's the FlickrSlidr set:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.


Photo: Derek Dysart

Thanks to Hugh Forrest and Shawn O'Keefe for giving me the opportunity to live sketchnote this year's festival and design the tote bag.

Another Great SXSW Interactive

I had a great time at SXSW Interactive again this year. I met many new people, bowled with friends at the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza, wandered the streets of Austin, Texas and received great feedback on my SXSWi '09 Tote Bag Design.

I also had the opportunity to perform live sketchnoting at the 9th annual 20x2. The organizers of 20x2 invited 20 people to interpret the question "What's it gonna take?" so I chose to sketchnote my answer live on stage. Here's the video of my performance (watch it in HD on Vimeo):

20x2 Live Sketchnoting from Mike Rohde on Vimeo.


Photo: Derek Dysart


I'm already looking forward to SXSW Interactive 2010! :-)

Related Links
SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes
SXSW Interactive 2009 Tote Bag Design
Austin Kleon's SXSW 2009 Drawings
SXSW Interactive 2008 Sketchnotes