Graphics Made Easy for Trainers, Facilitators, Presenters
For Trainers, Facilitators and Presenters
Build Your Own Versatile, Visual Vocabulary!
Create visuals for posters, flipcharts and slides quickly, easily and confidently
Are you in danger of causing ‘death by PowerPoint’? How many presentations do you attend which are not the best use of your valuable time? How often do you watch slide after wordy slide roll by, and stifle a yawn?
We all know that words alone just don’t cut it for communication any more. Try it yourself – what five things can you remember from the last wordy meeting you went to? Thought so, it’s tough to recall isn’t it? Research shows that we only remember a small fraction of what’s presented in words alone.
But there is hope. Add appropriate pictures to words, and knowledge transfer goes up by as much as 89%! (See, for example, Prof. Richard Mayer’s ‘Multi-Media Learning’)
The truth is that we live in a highly visual world. Trainers, facilitators and presenters ignore this at their peril. Graphics can be the key to creating powerful, compelling presentations – ensuring that your messages are received and retained. Just imagine that for your groups!
However, for many of us, drawing in public is outside of our comfort zone. Inside, we’re saying ‘What, me, draw in front of other people; no way’, ‘I can’t draw’ and ‘You’ve got to be joking’. Others feel confident, but lack the skills and the visual vocabulary to build professional graphics quickly. Clip-art is becoming hackneyed and isn’t seen as creative.
It doesn’t have to be this way…
We’re Penny Pullan and Vanessa Randle. We know the power of using simple images in our own work as trainers and facilitators, and when we present to others.
We’ve brought the benefits of graphics to people like you from the private, public and third sector. Vanessa specialises in recording conferences and events real-time with wonderful hand-drawn graphics. Penny’s visual and facilitation skills are key to making projects and programmes work with big companies.
Over the years, graphics has proved the difference that makes the difference for us in our work. Now we’ve joined forces – our mission is to equip trainers, presenters and facilitators to create and use graphics themselves. We’re offering you the opportunity to try out our step by step guide for free! We call it the Versatile Visual Vocabulary… or VVV!
Here’s what other people say about it:
I used the little people and the target to set up my objectives today. It worked really well and I had a great sense of achievement.
Managing Director, The Training Surgery Limited
Training & Development Consultant
All you need to try out our step by step guide is an e-mail address.
Here’s what happens next:
- Sign up
- Receive your starter sheet – in colour – to print out
- Have a go yourself – it’s easy with our step by step guide
- Try it out for real with your groups!
- Build your own Versatile, Visual Vocabulary, which will be yours for life.
You won’t find this stuff elsewhere, and certainly not for free!
Once you sign up, here are just a few of the simple, easy to draw graphics you’ll receive:
- People that take less than 2 seconds each to draw!
- An image to inspire groups to look to the future with hope
- A range of key work images – laptops, flipcharts, pencils, books and papers are just a few – and how to combine these effectively
- Groups of people: thinking, feeling, reacting
- Ways to make titles really engaging
- Alternative bullet points – yes, you guessed it, using little images!
We’ll break each graphic down into its simplest elements. We’ll give you a guided, structured way to practise it and make it your own. You’ll also get suggestions for different ways you can use the image in your work.
You will have loads of new ideas to enliven your training sessions and meetings. More importantly, your groups will notice improved recall and transfer of what you do with them.
Over time, your Versatile Visual Vocabulary will build into a major resource – just what you need to stand out from the rest and stay ahead of the game. You’ll have access to the power and engagement of spot-on graphics to use with your learners and groups.
Here’s what you’ll get in return for signing up with us:
- Starting today, as soon as you sign up, we’ll send you your first graphic
- It’s in colour A4 and comes as a pdf file – this means you can print it out from your computer, pick up a pen and get going!
- A week later, and every week for the next three months, you’ll receive a new graphic to try. This gives you the time to get really good at each one.
Enter your information in the boxes below to start receiving your own Versatile Visual Vocabulary.
BONUS OFFER 1: When you include your postal address, we’ll make sure you receive an example of how we use graphics in our work – specifically to get meetings and group sessions started up really effectively (usual cost £5).
BONUS OFFER 2: You’ll receive a leaflet by post showing a range of easy-to-draw people and groups – and ideas of how to use them, when you include your full address below.
Penny and Vanessa
Graphics Made Easy
If you have any queries signing up or would like to get in touch, then please contact us on
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