When you can’t get your message across visually, you risk loosing your visually learning audience. And a lot of fun as well!
When I speak to former participants of any of my visual skills training, I hear either about the progress they make, the increased results they get with the visual aids they create or about the positive feedback they receive from clients and participants. Or, I hear about what stops them from practicing and not employing their visual skills as much as they would like.
Not employing visual skills is indeed not only related to the level of skillfulness or experience. ANYONE who picks up a pencil to express themselves visually can face many of the blocks that stop us from practicing or employing our visual skills all together. I guess you are reading this message because you like to learn more about using your visual skills. And I guess you like to learn what you can do to stay in the practice.
I’ve summed up 7 causes that may keep you from practicing and employing your visual skills, as well as what you can do to shift back into the learning.
The 7 factors that easily stop you from practicing your visual skills
FACTOR 1 – YOU BELIEVE VISUAL EXPRESSION IS ONLY A FORM OF ART
FACTOR 2 – YOU MISTAKE INTERPRETATION WITH OBSERVATION
FACTOR 3 – YOU TAKE TOO LITTLE TIME FOR OBSERVING AND TOO MUCH FOR DRAWING
FACTOR 4 – YOU WANT TO GO FASTER THAN YOU CAN
FACTOR 5 – YOU HAVE TROUBLE DRAWING COMPLEX OBJECTS
FACTOR 6 – MAKING VISUALS MORE DETAILED THAN NEEDED
FACTOR 7 – YOU PRACTICE TOO LITTLE
- 1 > Visual expression is NOT a form of art but of communication
- 2 > Understand the difference between interpretation and observation
- 3 > Observe longer than the time you take to draw
- 4 > Slow down
- 5 > Learn to take things apart and become good at assembling
- 6 > Simplify what you draw by loosing the right details
- 7 > Practice, practice, practice
Which of these factors stop you from practicing?
Please share your reflection with me in the comments.
Increase the impact of your communication by becoming visually literate!
My name is Mireille van Bremen and I believe that with empathy, clarity and transparency, we experience more understanding, connection, inclusion, participation, leadership, creativity and trust in our relationships, communities and society.
My clients hire me to design infographics & visual summaries, and visual tools for training or workshop purposes. My participants join the online and live visual communication programs in my Online Training Platform. My programs enable people to express themselves visually and increase the impact of their communication.