A couple of weeks ago I attended an ATD-OC Trainer’s Special Interest Group, or Trainer SIG, (classes devoted to improving trainer presentation and delivery skills) on Drawing While Training. The class was taught by two ladies I always enjoy learning from, Dr. Cynthia Boccara and Rhonda Askeland. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a handful of sessions led by Dr. Cynthia and Rhonda and they are the best. They make their content fun (which is my favorite way to learn) and educational.
I’ll be honest, when I first saw the title of this Trainer SIG I was intimidated. I didn’t consider myself a person who could draw. At the beginning of the class I even said that I couldn’t draw a stick figure. I was told I would leave the class feeling some confidence in this area. They were right. We were given some handouts with examples of simple images to use and ideas on how to incorporate drawing into training sessions. Basically, if you use 5 simple shapes you can create anything.
I also learned that there are 2 main ways of utilizing these skills, graphic facilitation (drawing while teaching a concept) and graphic recording (visually interpreting ideas from your audience). I’m doing some additional research on these concepts and will write a post on them in the future. I think the hardest part of drawing while training isn’t actually the drawing, it’s coming up with a visual that represents the words being used. I really appreciated the “cheat sheet” of ideas and will make my own as I find new visual ideas for concepts and phrases.
Leaving the class, I had some new tools (including a book I won, Beyond Words by Milly Sonneman (post on that soon), motivation to practice and refine my new skills, and confidence to incorporate drawing into my facilitation. I even used tried it out in a class I facilitated recently. Here’s my handiwork:
How do you utilize drawing during your training sessions? Let me know in the comments.