Images are a powerful communication tool in presentations. But clichéd metaphors spoil the effect. Here, in 4 easy steps, is how professional illustrators form original and striking metaphors that drive their message home, leaving their audiences seriously impressed.
"You can't be grateful and angry simultaneously." - Tony Robbins The last time Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) was on the show, so many listeners found one of his exercises so helpful that they suggested I feature it on its own.
Dave Wood's insight:
If you can get past the advertising hype at the start of this short audio there are several minutes of gold as Tony Robbins leads you through an exercise focused on gratitude. Listen from 2:30.
Change does not always mean transformation, but transformation by itself changes everything fundamentally. At a time when a lot of people use terms “change” and “transformation” interchangeably, it helps to know the difference between the two (and my sketch note on the same topic may
I use this improvisational co-drawing exercise a LOT for a wide set of uses. It can "break the ice" with new groups, it can surface lessons about perception, collaboration, assumptions, teamwork and a host of other things.
I learned it from Johnnie Moore who learned it from Alain Rosta
How do you see the passage of time? Many people we asked draw something immediately, as if they always knew, even if they had never thought about it before. What emerges is an unexpected variety of visuals ranging from minimal abstractions (dots), to lines, to circles and surfaces, and beyond to complex symbolic forms.Empty description
Dave Wood's insight:
Amazing set of images by people asked to draw the passage of time. As a visual coach this reinforces the need to elicit the clients description of concepts rather than introducing your own. The way people relate to time has a profound impact on their thinking and behaviour. Clean Language provides a set of questions to "unpack"the client's metaphor /s of time, Also check out http://www.icastic.com/portfolio/visualizing-time/ for more resoources.
What, me worry? It’s safe to say that most of us worry to varying degrees. Some of us might actually qualify as champions of worry. We know how to worry about anything and everything. We’ve learned to let our minds dwell on things to the point of mental exhaustion. Worry is a form of stress, and left unattended it can become a relentless habit that can intercept our better judgment, hijack our sleep, tempt us into emotional eating and trap us in a cycle of fatigue. Try this simple strategy to disrupt the pattern of worry!Empty description
What neurologists, artists, and designers know can work for you, too. Why do creatives turn to sketching during the ideation phase of a project? It is a quick way to articulate a concept and it stimulates cross-cognitive brain function. In other words, drawing out your ideas leads to a deeper understanding of a problem and faster decision-making.
From the perfectly placed petite cubicle to the open, airy, and lounge-like spaces of a tech startup, we all have wants and needs when it comes to being more creative, productive, and inspired at work. Even if you're working out of a corner in your house, there are ways to improve and optimize your office to fit your vision (and budget).
Dave Wood's insight:
Inspiring article from the Ink Factory about designing the perfect workspace for working visually.
Cognitive biases are just tools, useful in the right contexts, harmful in others. They’re the only tools we’ve got, and they’re even pretty good at what they’re meant to do. We might as well get familiar with them and even appreciate that we at least have some ability to process the universe with our mysterious brains.
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