Why there is a need to do something different from Death by PowerPoint…

by Penny on 1st October 2014

If you need to present, train or facilitate groups, then this video is for you. Have a look and see how we can bring things to life with graphics. You’ll find some useful tips that you can use with your groups immediately.

So, how was that for you? Did that help you? How will you be using the graphics? How effective do you feel that an online programme to develop your graphics would be for you?

Please comment below.

Until next time… all the best!

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Penny October 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Please let us know what you think about these graphics and whether it worked for you.

The video is hosted on Vimeo, so if you can’t see it at work, try it at home or ask your IT support allow it through.

Tilla Brook October 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

Hi Penny
This works really well on video. It shows both the process of creation and the end impact. If I hadn’t already done the course I’d be itching to have a go.

Suggestion for future videos – bring the camera back a bit so I can see more of you and a larger piece of paper? To give that sense of freedom to draw that you so beautifully demonstrated on the course.


John Murphy October 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

I’d agree with Tilla about the camera position and size of whiteboard. Delivery pace is good, idea is worthwhile pursuing and medium is good.

Claudia October 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

Thanks Penny for the video. As I couldn’t come on the face-to-face training I found this video approach very helpful, and you made it look very do-able. I’m certainly encouraged now to give those ideas a try.

Lorraine Rytz October 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

Kudos Penny!
This online platform makes GME much more accessable to those who cannot (because of time, family, or finances) attend your course in person. Am so excited (and eager) that we will have the opportunity to train with you.

This step 1 presentation was uncomplicated (therefore, easy!). I could imitate as I watched – nailed it ;^).

Speaking as a newbie, I would like to see a video about tools and materials selection, which also demonstrates how to use them. For example: markers – size, tip style, brand(s), colours, tips & tricks, sources, etc. Other topics could be paper, boards, transport cases, additional supplies… whatever I need to investment in to be properly equipped to do a professional job.

Yes, more please!
with many thanks, Lorraine

Nancy Settle-Murphy October 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Great, easy-to-apply tips! I can see how the shading and different symbols really make everything pop! Looking forward to the next clip. Thanks!

Nancy October 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Very nice — simple & effective. I like it! Looking forward to more!

Penny October 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Wow – thanks for joining in the discussion, everyone!

Tilla, John, Claudia, Lorraine, Nancy and Nancy: I’m delighted that the medium works for you and you’ve really encouraged me that this can work online. Thanks for the tips re videoing too – my microphone cable was just a bit short so the longer cable I’ve ordered will help with that, next time.

Lorraine, I’m so glad you nailed it. Congratulations! This video series (there will be three videos in total) is a taster for the full online programme, which I will be opening up later in October. In that programme, we will cover all of the things that you ask about, namely tools, materials, markers, some sources, paper, boards, transport cases and other supplies (things like pastels) and much, much more. My aim for that full programme to make sure you are both confident and competent at using graphics in your work, even if you’ve never used anything like this before, and to answer your questions as we go long. These tasters are just short clips so we can’t pack much in 🙂

I’ll share a bit more about the contents and how you can be part of the full programme in later videos.

Liz Ford October 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I found the introduction a bit slow, particularly with such a bland background. However once you started adding to the flipchart I felt more interested. Seeing you build up the graphics was particularly helpful and the bigger impact was easy to see. I look forward to more.

Brian Harris October 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Hello Penny,

I really enjoyed the video and believe that by building up a library of short clips you will be able to take people who are not “artists” and help them to be creative. I particularly liked the point you made that it does not need to be perfect.

The shading and the different sized arrows in this clip made the points standout.

Drawing a boarder to bring it all together had such a visual impact.

I look forward to seeing the second instalment.

Steven Kelly October 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

That’s great, Penny – the video medium is perfect for the real magic of Graphics Made Easy: we get to enjoy the journey, not just the destination.

As Liz pointed out, the intro feels slow on video. “Wadsworth’s Constant” says you can skip the first 30% of any internet video, and it’s more than true here :). I think a lot of the intro would have been better in text.

There were several points (e.g. 4:05) where the camera’s automatic exposure and focus tried to react to something it sensed, and the resulting change in the picture was distracting. For something like this where the scene is the same throughout, you’re better off putting the camera into manual mode if you can. Generally you can point it at an ‘average’ scene on auto, to let it get the right setting, then switch to manual to lock that setting. That should also help make cuts smoother.

Well done on the sound quality!

susan mulholland October 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for this. I definitely would be interested in an on line programme (at the right price of course!)

Penny October 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Liz, Brian, Steven and Susan – it’s great to have your input. I’m delighted that you can enjoy the graphics as they develop – that means it is working even in this remote environment. That’s good news…

You’re right Brian, I’m not an artist by profession either but someone who works as a consultant with tricky projects and change. My own experience is that graphics help a great deal when dealing with change and I’d like to get that out to a wider world, not just once a year in Nottingham, UK in June!

With regards intros, I get the hint! Stacey, my e-learning consultant, is helping me design the programme itself with the appropriate mix of text, video, images, interaction, 1:1 coaching and group discussion. Perhaps she’ll join in the discussion? As this is video no 1, I felt an intro was needed, but will drop it for the other two taster videos. Thanks for that helpful feedback.

Glad you liked the sound Steve. I hadn’t even noticed the camera issue, but you’re right. I think I was relieved to have the video complete and online.

Susan, delighted you liked it! Yes, it does need to be at the right price… For this first online programme, I will be offering a ‘first-time through’ discount, so I hope that works out well for you.

Paula Smith October 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Thanks for this Penny.

I enjoyed the video. Easy and simple to understand and very visual. Looking forward to the next intalment

Joseph Kaggwa October 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Thanks a lot Penny for this initiative.

I liked and enjoyed the video. It may be very difficult for me to come to the UK from Uganda but through these videos, I hope to learn a lot. I am looking forward the next video.

Sarah October 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Hi Penny

Great video.. very clear. Your tips are always helpful!

Agree with the comments that the intro is a bit long and slow. Maybe you could overlay some of your squiggle people or other pictures with a voiceover instead of just having you talk for the intro?

Seeing a bit more of you in the picture would also be good as seems all a bit close up and intense.

Also for people like me with short attention spans, a video of 3 or so minutes in total would be ideal 🙂

Keep up the great work and look forward to when you release the online programme.

Keith White October 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Penny,

Thanks for the short video and I can certainly see me using these graphics in the session I run. looking forward to the next installments

Kees Vonk October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Hi Penny, Good idea to put this out on video. Looked good, perhaps you can shorten it a bit (say 3 mins) by fastforwarding the drawing itself (so not your words!). I personally did that when I understood what you were after (shading for instance) and did not need to see how this is done one image after the other. Might make it more attractive, and you know how busy everybody is today! Warm regards, Kees

P.S. Looking forward to the next video!

Penny October 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Paula, Joseph, Sarah, Keith and Kees – thanks for your input.

Paula, delighted that it works for you!
Joseph, hopefully the online programme will mean that you’re able to learn and practise even if you can’t travel to the UK.
Sarah, thanks for your voiceover idea – yes I like that one – I will definitely try this for the next video! I’m also thinking about New Zealand people when I launch the online programme as we’ll make sure to have the webinars at a time that works for you too.
Keith – why not send me a picture when you use it for real?
Kees – I get the message that short is best! I did actually jump from shading one arrow so that you didn’t need to sit through me shading the other two (you can thank Stacey, my e-learning colleague for that). The videos do two things; they demonstrate some of the sort of techniques you’ll learn in the programme and also to let you know about the programme too.

Rob October 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Hi Penny, great to have little videos as bite sized chunks. I look forward to seeing more, and also having then available as a back catalog (when they build up) as a resource for the future when I need some inspiration.

Pierre Goirand October 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the video – great reminder!
my struggle is that I speed and write badly at the flipchart
anything on that ?

Penny October 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hi Rob – glad the bite sized chunks work for you! Pierre – thanks for your feedback. With regards handwriting, yes, that can be sorted with a bit of time and effort. We’ll go through this step by step on the online programme.

Have you seen the new video? It’s all about adding colour and it’s here: https://graphicsmadeeasy.co.uk/2014/10/09/adding-colour-to-be-even-more-engaging/

Linda Walker October 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for this Penny – super little bite sized learning. I’ve often use asterisks as bullet points but really like the shaded arrows! Roll on next week’s training session to put it into practice!

Rokon October 12, 2014 at 5:29 am

This initiative will be very much helpful for me. I’m looking for ward to seeing the next one. Thank you.

Milcah October 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hello Penny,
I love these presentation and i will training our global fund partners on finance issues, the first week of November 2014 and i would like my Organization to buy into addition of graphics in training and presentations, so that when i suggest about the online training i can be sponsored.
Thank for working towards lively presentations

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