Sketching at Work Seminar Reaping the benefits of sketching may sometimes seem difficult, as managers, consultants, trainers, or sales professionals are not familiar with the basic shapes and forms needed for ad-hoc drawing. To address this need, we have designed the seminary “Visual Problem Solving and Collaboration”. The seminar should provide help and inspiration to speak, coordinate, and guide with the help of diagrams and visual metaphors. The skills acquired in this seminar will help you when you need to: prepare a project meeting facilitate a team workshop plan an event with a team capture the attention of journalists during a press conference ease the tension during a negotiation clarify your main points in a board room discussion stand out from the crowd of presenters at a management conference Seminar Objectives Raise awareness for the advantages of visualization in collaborative business environments Develop presentation and communication skills Raise your VQ (visual literacy quotient) both as a viewer of management visuals and as a creator Develop personal sketching skills and the ability to design your own graphic templates rapidly Create a personal library of ready-to-use, effective visualization templates Seminar Design The duration of the seminar will be one day (7 hours of in-class work). The following topics will be covered: Topics that are covered Examining the benefits of sketching for business and management Why should managers be interested in sketching for their daily work? One of the main reasons may be the high number of benefits that such analytical (as opposed to technical or artistic) hand drawings can provide for collaboration and decision making in management. We will discuss and demonstrate the benefits of sketching in general and then focus more specifically on sketching as a collaborative practice in management. You will learn from great examples of sketching in business, both live and with the help of video material. Developing your own sketching skills Sketching is simple, but not banal. To maximize the benefits of hand drawings in business, managers and other professionals should follow a few simple guidelines and avoid the common pitfalls of sketching. This module aims at improving the participants’ sketching abilities by simulating real-life settings and letting you try out different sketching methods yourself so you can judge if they also work for you. Developing your own sketching templates A sketch after all has to fit your personal style, drawing abilities, and corporate context and culture. We thus guide you in the process that you can follow to prototype and develop your own sketching templates for business.