Want to Rock the Whiteboard? Listen to what other people have to say about how I helped them develop their visual thinking skills to help them rock.
“Very helpful. During the session we found creative solutions to the challenges posed by the path we chose. It was great!”
Carlos Guestrin, Co-founder, Flashgroup
Armed with a shared visual vocabulary, we were able to practice conceptualizing and communicating complex problems. Thanks, Jonny!
Colleen Wheeler, Web Strategist, Wheaton College
I plan to apply what I learned for an upcoming presentation. I would recommend this to anybody who needs to sharpen their communication skills.”
Kathee Kuvee, Technical Writer–Gem Group
“Helped me to “feel” how different it is–more collaborative, more fluid, more generative, less argumentative–to draw as you’re working together to plan or conceptualize a project as opposed to just using words.”
David Wedaman,Director for Outreach, Brandeis University
“Having your coworker draw out the situation will allow you to reflect upon it in a new and more objective way. Take turns and see what you come up with. The reason why this technique works is because it boils down issues to their core parts, forcing you to stay focused. ”
Cat Robinson, Designer—GovDelivery
Chances are, you are surrounded by whiteboards wherever you work, but do you use them to their fullest potential? Do you ROCK the whiteboard? I can get you rocking with my 1-day workshop.
Who this is for:
This is for anyone who wants to use the power of visualization to:
…And think better, using that simple yet powerful tool, the whiteboard.
Why is a whiteboard such a powerful tool?
The humble whiteboard is amazing thing. Using a whiteboard helps you and your team harness power of images to solve problems and communicate ideas. A couple of things make a whiteboard a particularly fearsome tool for collaboration:
1. It is a shared display. That means a group can look at it at the same time and build a shared understanding.
2. It is as easy to edit, erase, add marks, highlight. That ability to easily modify the contents of the whiteboard invites participation. Your visuals can evolve as your group’s understanding evolves.
3. To quote brain scientist John Medina “You get 3x better recall for visual information than for oral. And you’ll get 6x better recall for information that is simultaneously oral and visual.” A whiteboard lets you present your visual information while you talk, giving whoever you are presenting to that 6x advantage in remembering what you said.
But, but, but…I can’t draw!
I hear this a lot. And the truth is, our culture and educational system does a lousy job building peoples’ drawing skills, and maybe you did not get the coaching you needed to become confident at drawing. Just answer two questions for me: Do you have a hand that is capable of holding a marker? Can you look both ways before crossing the street and then walk across it without getting run over? If you answered yes to these two questions, I can get you over the drawing hump no problem. Using simple shapes and marks, we will be able to whiteboard just about anything by the end of the workshop. This is not about “art.” This is about thinking and communicating.
How is this going to work
1. This is project based. Bring a project you are passionate about and we will apply the power of the whiteboard to help you work on your project.
2. This is social. The real power of the whiteboard is its usefulness as a collaborative tool. You will help other participants visualize their projects and they will help you by visualizing your projects. People working with people=social and social learning=fun + effective.
3. This is hands-on visual listening. The visual part of whiteboarding is one part of the equation, listening is the other part, the hands on creating is another part. When you visually reflect someone’s ideas for them by really listening and then turning that into something on visual the whiteboard, they will love it, and vice versa when they return the favor.
4. We will do a lot of listening, drawing, and presenting
After the workshop:
You will take home my booklet covering the techniques and approaches that we use during the workshop
It takes repetition to really learn something. I am giving you the opportunity (should you choose to take it) to lock in your learning by giving you seven days of homework which I will give you feedback on. Simple 15 minute assignments that you will draw and then post to our…
Enroll in the post-workshop online discussion group where you can post your homework, ask questions, give and get feedback. I will be there chiming in. The group will be active for two weeks after the workshop, just to lock in the learning.
Class size limit: 12 people, max. I want to give you individualized feedback, so I’m keeping the workshop small.
(That’s me in the yellow shirt.)
And Who the Heck Is Jonny and What Qualifies Him to Teach This?
I am what is called a “Visual Practitioner,” someone who works with people and companies to do things better through harnessing the power of visual thinking. I love what I do so much that I am an incoming board member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. I wear a few hats. For one of my hats, I help turn conferences into powerful learning experiences by drawing huge illustrated notes in real time of the ideas bouncing around the room. Clients from Stockholm to Vegas engage me to help their conference participants have powerful learning experiences.
Another hat I wear is my teacher hat. For the last two years I have been teaching workshops in the Masters of Design (MID) program at University of the Arts called “Hands on Visual Listening” that helps those students use collaborative visualizing to work better with their clients and each other.
One last hat: pitch visualizer for startups. That means I help startups visualize their pitches to funders by interviewing them and whiteboarding our conversation as we talk. That helps them “see” their value proposition and visualize how to communicate that value to potential funders. Clients include InsuranceZebra (which just got $1.5 in funding. High five!) and Alphalab, Pittsburgh’s premiere tech company incubator.
OK, I lied, one more thing: I love fostering learning communities! And I love Co-working! And I love Indy Hall. I was proud to be part of the Indy Hall community before I moved to Pittsburgh, and still make it a point to stop by when I am in town. That’s why I am so excited about doing this workshop at Indy Hall on Nov. 19.
So what’s the catch? I want to use this workshop to help me promote future workshops. That means I (or someone I contract with) may be taking photos and possibly video during the workshop with an eye toward using said photos and video to promote future workshops. That means that media of you and your whiteboard work may be shared online, in print, and in other media. Of course some people are happy to get exposure and share this way, so this may be a bonus! So if you are OK with people possibly seeing you and your whiteboard work, and want to take advantage of the learning, then jump on in! And if not, I look forward to catching you at a future event.
So, are ready to Rock the Whiteboard?
If so, sign up via the link below.
Once you have signed up, I will send you a quick questionnaire so I can learn more about you (and your lunchtime dietary preferences) and I’ll see you at 9:30, Monday, November 19 in the workshop room at Indy Hall. Supplies will be provided. Bring a camera (or camera phone) so you can document your work!
When: 9:30AM-4:30PM Monday, Nov 19.
Where: Indy Hall in their new workshop room.
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22 North 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Questions? Email me at jonny (at) envizualize.com or give me a call 646-209-7204.
I am proud that Technically Philly is supporting Rock the Whiteboard as a media sponsor. If you want to know what’s going on in Philly tech, Technically Philly is a must read.
The United States Federal Government is without a doubt the most powerful organization on the planet. Between the Department of Defense, the Social Security Administration, the Medicare System, and the other myriad departments that comprise the U.S. Government, US taxpayers spent 3.630 trillion (That’s $3,630,000,000,000,000) for fiscal year 2011 to provide a myriad of services.The reach of the Federal Government is deep and wide, stretching from your mailbox to beyond the Solar System.
Back on earth, over 55 million people received social security payments in 2009. The rivers we get our drinking water is clean thanks to the Clean Air Act of 1972, and our interstates are paved thanks to our Federal Government.
But the government faces a big challenge in the 21st century. How can such a massive organization communicate effectively with each of us citizens, given our ever rising expectations and budget belt tightening?
I was fascinated and honored to help visualize the future of Federal Government communications at the “Digital Government: The Transformative Power of Communications” event in Washington DC on October 16, sponsored by GovDelivery.com, a company devoted to helping Government take advantage of emerging technologies to improve communications.
One of the big ideas at the conference came from Peter Sims. He advocates a “Little Bets” approach to get big improvements, inspired by such disparate players as standup comics, Beethoven, and technology startup founders.
The approach involves taking small risks, learning from them, and then when a successful approach coalesces, going big with that validated idea.
He used Steve Jobs’ experience at Pixar as one of his examples. Jobs kept green lighting ultra low budget animated short movies to sell Pixar hardware, until he realized that animated movies had better market potential than the hardware sales business Pixar originally tried to develop. Sims emphasized that the same “Little Bets” approach worked for government communications efforts as well.
GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns talked about the availability of new tools government can use to leverage big data to create customized, personalized, communication with citizens.
It is a challenge to get across everything we covered at this event, so check out the full set of visuals here, and over at GovDelivery.com in this blog post by Mike Bernard.
It’s Show-n-Tell time again at catapultPGH, Pittsburgh’s most caffeinated coworking space.
When: 5PM-6PM, Friday, Oct 5
Where: catapultPGH, 5139 Penn Ave, 15224
Join us to hear from and engage with a fabulous lineup of speakers. This month we are proud to present:
Kate “Yinzpiration” Stoltzfus.
Kate is a bundle of awesomeness, what with her Yinzpiration project highlighting people doing inspiring work in Pittsburgh. She is also the co-pilot of Propelle, a project geared toward helping folks “…be the most successful woman entrepreneur you can possibly be.” All that and she is digital strategist at Plumb Media. To know her is to be Yinzpired.
Jason “Most Wanted” Sauer.
Jason is one of those guys who make communities rock. Jason’s venue Most Wanted Fine Art is an anchor of the Penn Avenue arts corridor, hosting a constantly changing cast of visual and musical artists. Jason is an official art badass annually smashing a car in a demolition derby and fashioning the remains into sculpture. He is also Events Coordinator for the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, helping catalyze connectivity in the neighborhood. If this weren’t enough, he’s also runs a construction company, which is literally rebuilding Pittsburgh, a little bit at a time. At Show-n-Tell he’ll be talking about neighborhood development, the Vehicular Abstraction event, and much more.
Alex “Straight Outta Nottingham” Leeson-Brown
Alex is a web designer front end developer based out of catpultPGH. Recently he went through the experience of creating a startup from scratch in 54 hours at Startup Weekend Pittsburgh. What was that like? Find about this (and some other stuff as well) at Show-n-Tell.
Maria “Hillcrest Herbal Goodness” Graziani
Maria will talk about the evolution of Hillcrest Urban Farm, located just blocks away from CatapultPGH.
Remember, our event is right before the monthly Unblurred art crawl on Penn Avenue, so you can grab some dinner and hit the galleries right after, should that suit your fancy.
RSVP for Show-n-Tell here.
Fantastic finale to Startup Weekend at Thinktiv in the techlicious East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh last night. I was delighted to be the visual listener during the startup team’s pitches, creating visual notes for everybody to see.
Very impressive panel of judges from Google, various VC firms, the healthcare sector, PGH Tech Council, etc, and great energy all around. Big ups to Kit Mueller and everybody to supported this event, and most of all to the teams who created and pitched startups over the weekend.
(Josh Lucas talks while Jonny Goldstein captures his ideas with large scale visual notes)
Thanks for everybody who participated in our monthly Show-n-Tell event at CatapultPGH.
The event consists of a variety of interesting people talking about projects they are passionate about with the CatapultPGH coworking community, and other people curious about amazing projects coming out of Pittsburgh.
Josh Lucas of RedBlueVoice.com, Deena Blumenfeld from Shining Light Prenatal Education, Lara Schenck, designer turned improv theater performer, and Norm Huelsman from Podcamp Pittsburgh, all gave great talks and engaged us in some lively discussion.
Stay tuned for the lineup for our Friday Oct 5 edition of Show-n-Tell.
One of the things I love most about what I do, is the opportunity I get to hear about the cutting edge of so many fields. Last week in Boston, I got to peek into the world of pharmaceutical clinical trials, which are an integral part of the drug development process. Clinical trials are tremendously expensive and difficult to run. And after all this expense, only 8% of drugs tested are approved! Clearly, this is an area that is ready for disruptive innovation.
I did my part by creating big visual notes of the ideas bouncing around the room as speakers from giants like Merck and Pfizer to scrappy startups like Archimedes and Trifecta explained their vision for disrupting the way clinical trials are managed.
Check out the full set of envizualizations here.
(If the RSVP doesn’t work, just come as you are, we’ll take you)
Come kick off your weekend with Show-n-Tell #4 at CatapultPGH in the Penn Ave Arts Corridor. This month we have an amazing lineup, with showing and telling from Josh Lucas of RedBlueVoice.com, a crowdsourced political advocacy platform company, Deena Blumenfeld from Shining Light Prenatal Education, Lara Schenck, designer turned improv theater performer, and Norm Huelsman, who will preview Pittsburgh’s premiere new media conference, Podcamp Pittsburgh 7.
Norm Huelsman will preview the awesomeness that will be Podcamp Pittsburgh 7, which takes place Oct 27-28. This year’s incarnation of Podcamp Pittsburgh will feature a”…a shift in content focus toward small business owners, social media professionals, and in-house marketers, PodCamp Pittsburgh is aiming to help you build your digital toolbox.”
Just in time for election season, Pittsburgh startup Red Blue Voice will talk about their platform for crowdsourcing political and issue-based ads.
Designer Lara Schenck will expound on the burgeoning improv scene in Pittsburgh and lead some improv games for you!
Deena Blumenfeld will talk about the philosophy behind Shining Light Prenatal Education, which is based in Lawrenceville. Making babies takes more than combining DNA, it takes emotional, educational, and physical support. That’s where Shining Light comes in.
Bonus: Show-n-Tell #4 will be immediately followed by Unblurred, the Penn Avenue Arts Corridor’s open gallery street party, so for great people watching and art scouting, take a walk around the neighborhood after our event winds up!
When: Friday, Sept 7, 5-6PM
Where: CatapultPGH 5139 Penn Ave 15224
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