I have never considered myself to be an artist – or even mildly creative when it comes to drawing.  But as a professional facilitator, I HAVE to use visuals to focus and further the discussions.  Since my handwriting is more like chicken-scratches (just ask my mother!), I found Richard Brandt’s book, Flipcharts: How to Draw and How to Use Them,  to be incredibly helpful.  Even though it is out of print – you can still find copies at https://amzn.to/2ThnLTG.

My second favorite book is Dan Roam’s newest book: Draw to Win. Not only does he show you how easy it is to integrate visuals into your presentations and discussions, but the why and when.  What works; what doesn’t.  Highly practical and useful whether you are using them to communicate your ideas or make sense of others’ ideas.   

KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator.  She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.

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