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Draw Forth: How to Host Your Own Visual Conversations Without Having to Be a Professional Artist or a Full-On Facilitator Perfect Paperback – November 28, 2014
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As an analytical-minded strategist with no artistic ability whatsoever, I was skeptical about my ability to host visual conversations in my professional programs. But this book gave me the straightforward strategies I needed to overcome my fears and draw in front of people. If you've ever wanted to be able to use a visual language with confidence, believe me: you can benefit from the down-to-earth knowledge in this book! --DOMINIQUE MOLINA, CPA CTC, President, American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches
Jeannel's methods have transformed our strategic planning process! As our business has expanded from a handful of locations to a national franchise, visual conversations have cut much of our implementation time by half! I feel more effective as a leader with a clearer vision and engaged team while drawing forth the results I'm looking for in my business. --FELENA HANSON, Founder and CEO, Hera Hub
From the Back Cover
Draw Forth the Visual Conversationalist in YOU!
- Promote creativity.
- Improve communication.
- Deepen understanding.
- Engage teams.
- Overcome fears.
- Get results.
- Realize visions.
- Use your gifts.
- Live happy.
- Love what you do.
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But with other books on the market that promote visual thinking (e.g. Sunni Brown’s Doodle Revolution, Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, David Sibbet’s Visual Meetings, Roam’s books, etc.) the natural question is if this is a useful addition to your library. In my view, there is a healthy repetition of ideas which is great for reinforcement. You can’t write a book on visual communication and not hit some of the same points that others have hit previously. But here the author often takes a somewhat different approach to those same ideas and/or goes into significantly more depth. And there are certainly numerous new ideas as well. Structuring conversations and the visuals is treated particularly well. I also enjoyed her discussion of how to handle “conversation stoppers” with grace, recovering a discussion from the derailing efforts of an outspoken one or two individuals. Other highlights for me included handling the blank page, using color effectively, and selecting the right tools.
I am not a meeting facilitator. But the ideas in this book seem to be a great starting point for someone like me who wants to incorporate more visual elements into conversations and presentations in order to increase my effectiveness in communicating.
This book is written in a clear, friendly, accessible, and engaging way. As I read the book, I couldn’t help but sense a person who is passionate about visual conversations coming through. And why wouldn’t you want to learn about visual communication from someone like that?
What refrain you from being a visual conversationalist? What are your fears? These are just a couple of questions this book may answer. Jeannel presence and spirit is tangible across all chapters. She talk about her experiences, personal facts and her own journey.
It's not an "I-teach-you-learn-now-is-up-to-you" kind of book, Jeannel creates colored threads and, with them, she waves soft blankets to wrap her readers and make them warm and comfortable.
Well, sometimes you may have the impression that the book is stating the obvious. It could be, we all are at our own levels of awareness and knowledge, however I suggest to not just scratch the surface and ask ourselves a simple question: even if what is written may seems obvious, do I do, live, think, draw it plenty?
I did not have a true grasp of the importance of visual communication until I attended Graduate School. While delving in depth into Accelerated Learning - a light bulb went off. Visual Communication was my most important learning tool. I wish I had this book as a handy guide at that time!
A marvelous and very useful book that will assist the reader with thoughtful & clear communication. .
Draw Forth has become my bible for getting stronger and more practiced at using hand-drawn visuals to engage, interpret, and better facilitate groups of many sizes that what I tried to do through only spoken words.
I'd recommend King's book to people who know that their creativity is an under-rated asset, and who are looking to bring even the roughest creative parts of themselves out to help get complex concepts across. I've actually been lucky enough to take a few workshops from the author and her work here is an excellent, detailed distillation of what we've learned in person.
Her use of metaphors is also striking, especially the music metaphor, where she compares visual conversations to jazz improvisation, meaning to melody. I'm also in love with the harvesting metaphor. These metaphors and others help us grasp the more elusive aspects of the practice of visual conversations.
She also reserves space for drawing with useful exercises that help anchor the learnings in each section. This book is designed for active learning.