‘How to’ workshops
Throughout human history, tool use has spread through sharing. What good is a tool if it is not shared? We have a powerful communication tool that we have been using with great SUCCESS for over 16 years and now we want to share it with YOU!
Learn how to JAZZ up your presentations, flipcharts, meetings and notes. Steer away from the ‘same-old, same-old’ and think outside the box! Learn how to engage people in a MEANINGFUL and VISUAL way! Upcoming Classes
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- Social Workers
- Human Resource Officers
- Community Workers
- Event Planners
- Communications Officers
- Fundraisers/ Idea Salespeople
Tired of Power Point presentations?
Frustrated at meetings where people are not engaged?
Struggling with getting an idea/proposal across clearly to others?
Up to your eyeballs in details and having a tough time seeing the next step?
Visual Language skills can really help! People naturally respond to visual imagery. It helps them to remember better, to grasp concepts faster, to engage in meaningful discussion and to come to consensus of action quickly. Visual Language skills will strengthen your communication tool kit in exciting ways at work and at home! Communicating clearly and effectively is a success factor for a happy, healthy lifestyle, wouldn’t you agree?
Visual Language Basics
What will you learn in the workshop?
In the jam-packed two day workshop, you will learn all the basic building blocks of Visual Language that you will need to start exploring this exciting communication tool.
- Basic iconography,
- Colour, shadows and texture,
- Bullets, arrows, banners and boxes,
- Text, fonts and titles,
- Desk top, flip chart and big wall practice!
Once you have a comfortable grasp of the basics, it’s time to think about the big picture. Experienced mentors will:
- Help you think about layout, purpose, impact and colour use.
- Show you how to create and use visual templates, visual agendas and visual mind-maps.
- Introduce you to Graphic Recording* and provide you with useful links and resources.
*Graphic Recording- A note-taking/ recording technique using Visual Language to capture the highlights and key points of a lecture/ presentation/ meeting/ conversation in real time in order to assist others in ‘seeing the bigger picture’.
Hands-on and Experiential Learning
How will you learn Visual Language?
Appealing to visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles, the Drawn 2 Success workshop is aimed at all your senses. You will discover a lot about your inner artistic abilities (we ALL have them, you just have to set them free!) through hands-on activities, group work and one-on-one mentorship from veteran Visual Language professionals.
RESPECT: We completely understand and respect that it is intimidating for many people to draw, let alone draw in front of other people. Feelings like, “I can’t draw” or “my drawings are not good enough” can be overwhelming, but don’t let them stop you! YOU CAN DO THIS! WE PROMISE! We will create a safe, comfortable and encouraging environment in which to learn, experiment and have fun!
COMMUNICATION: We will share with you about our own experiences with Visual Language and how it ties in with our company’s core philosophy so that you can understand how and why we came to embrace Visual Language in our lives. There will be many opportunities for the class to share and communicate their experiences and ideas, reflections and insights throughout the two days so that we end up creating a shared intelligence about Visual Language.
PARTICIPATION: By participating together, we strengthen our learning, we deepen our insights, we build our courage to meet challenges head on and we feel energized by each other. In the Drawn 2 Success workshop, you will be engaged in Visual Language through individual, small group and large group exercises that are fun and interactive!
CREATIVITY: In order to unleash your creative potential, you first must distance yourself from the side of your brain you are used to using. Most of us live primarily in our ‘left brain’- firmly rooted in logic, language, text and rules. The ‘right side’ of our brains (the artistic, emotional and creative side), is sadly underutilized in many situations where it could actually be quite helpful! The transition to right-brain thinking can be intimidating at first, but if you give yourself permission to jump in, you’ll discover that there is no real limit to your creative potential!
There are many ways in which Visual Language skills can be utilized in your life outside of the workshop! For example:
Visual agendas, Visual templates, Visual note-taking, Visual flip-charting, mind-mapping, concept maps, story-boarding, information sharing, Visual action planning, selling ideas, stakeholder engagement activities, logic models, project management, time lining, special events planning, and more!
- Event planning (create a visual plan for a wedding or party), brainstorming, Visual study-notes for students, chore charts, scenario planning (vacation choices, pros & cons, education planning, life-change planning) and much, much more!
Truthfully, the applications for Visual Language Skills are abundant! The more you find opportunities to practice, practice, practice, the more confident and fluid you will become in your use of Visual Language. Once you are confident and fluid, the possibilities are endless!
- Food and beverages – your fee includes light breakfasts, delicious catered lunches both days, hot and cold beverages and snacks.
- Supplies – each participant will receive, to take home:
- a pack of markers,
- a pack of pastel chalks,
- a sketchbook,
- a practice booklet, and
- links to resources and information
Other paper and art supplies will be provided by the Positive Culture Company.
- Venue – We have secured the spectacular and historic McKay Avenue School 3rd floor assembly hall in Edmonton, AB. It is close to amenities and accommodations. map
- 3 instructors/mentors - Two days of dedicated, exciting instruction/ mentorship in a small classroom environment. You will benefit from the low student-teacher ratio with three experienced Visual Language professionals.
As a facilitation company, Positive Culture has, for over 16 years, been “Drawing” many groups, organizations, boards and municipal governments to “Success” using innovative facilitation techniques and Visual Language skills, guided by a core philosophy: the Four Parts of a Positive Company.
We are a family business based out of Medicine Hat, AB.
Robert Benn (Husband, Father) - President, Graphic Facilitator and Professional Artist (B of FA).
Laurie Benn (Wife, Mother) - Lead Graphic Facilitator and Professional Educator (B of Ed).
Melanie Benn (Daughter) -
Apprentice Graphic Facilitator and Professional Graphic Recorder (B of A).
For more info about Positive Culture Company, visit our bios: www.positiveculture.ca/About-Us.html
I was excited by: "the handbook, the wonderful supplies, practice and that I can do this!" Veronica Vinge, Consultant
"Hands on was GREAT!" Linda Prinz, Lethbridge Housing
I was excited by: "Learning new skills from Excellent Practitioners" David Green, FCSS
"Excellent! Innovative, fun and valuable tools I can put into my creative toolbox". Jeff Morris, Supervisor
"Great workshop! Encourages you to work and play outside your comfort zone, but you still feel safe and willing to try new things. It was a great day." Janet Vas, Lead, Attraction Strategies, Alberta Health Services
I was excited by: "learning how to incorporate visual icons with text to create messages" Natalie Falk, Business Development Officer
"Excellent! More than I expected. Very usable tool in planning and presenting." Gordon Bates, Manager, Provincial Air Ambulance
Excellent! Smashing! Breanne Yaremko, HR Advisor
"Very enjoyable, fast paced, well-coordinated. Pleasant and very helpful. Well done!" Doug Burke, Air Ambulance Supervisor
"Excellent! Acquired new skills for everyday use." Dave Warhaft, Operations Supervisor
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