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Beyond Words: A Guide to Drawing Out Ideas Paperback – May 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898159113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898159110
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The purpose of this book is to demonstrate in easy, concrete steps that anyone can draw well enough to enhance his or her communication skills. Milly Sonneman takes you through initially simple and then progressively more advanced steps that can teach any person, in spite of self-doubts, how to make compelling drawings that will clarify ideas and make them more interesting. Sonneman stresses that your body already knows how to draw and teaches you how to listen to it and learn. This is a fantastic book for teachers, for people who do business presentations, and for anybody who wants to draw for the fun of it!

About the Author

Milly Sonneman is the founder of Hands-On Graphics, a graphic communication and training company with clients including many Fortune 500 companies. Milly is committed to helping you connect with your creativity and learning to use a simple graphic language to enhance communication in your work.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By bluepostcard on February 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are spending 2 hours to make the perfect PowerPoint, this book gives you the confidence to make your own drawings, pictorals, and basic diagrams on any whiteboard or paper easel. I was a statitican (so you know I can't draw) but often needed to work out ideas of my own and in groups. The simple pictures learned in this book helps everyone understand the discussion that's going on. Connect words, ideas, and your audience with esy to draw colorful pictograms of your ideas.
Not sure if you can draw, the publishers sample made me get the book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
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Milly has been able to show in concise, clear terms and through visual example, how easy it is to draw basic images for illustrating anything. An excellent resource for trainers, presenters and anyone designing flip charts or other graphic materials to aid in communicating a message.An excellent tie-in to the workshops that she conducts around the country.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By F. Bayley on July 16, 2005
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All my 50 years I was convinced i could not draw and I was not artistic. This book proved me wrong. Quickly my intuitive mind grasped the concepts and I started drawing. Folks comment all the time how long I have been drawing. Their jaws drop when I tell them for only a year. This book's style was instrumental in making it easy to enjoy drawing.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mian on April 3, 2002
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All these reviewers are right. I opened the book and within 30 seconds i drew the first picture which looked EXACTLY like the one in the book. I have spent hundreds of dollars on books on drawing - all wasted. The beauty of this book is that every concept is applied instantly and transferred to your brain subliminally.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
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I absolutely love this book!! I couldn't even draw good stick people. Now, watch out!!! I am going to add drawings to my currently "boring corporate" driven lessons and make them colorful and fun!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doni Tamblyn on April 23, 2008
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Milly R. Sonneman has really done it: written a book that demonstrates in easy, concrete steps that anyone can draw well enough to enhance their communication skills!

Sonneman takes you through initially simple and then progressively more advanced steps that can teach any person--in spite of self-doubts--how to make compelling drawings that will clarify ideas and make them more interesting. If you have any doubts that this book can help YOU, just have a look at the other reader reviews!

Doni Tamblyn is author of Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training and The Big Book of Humorous Training Games (Big Book of Business Games Series)
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