The Power Of Visual Note Taking

1 - Recording concepts and ideas with graphic symbols

2 - So ideas can be easily shared amongst a group

3 - To save time and reduce risk

These are three benefits to visual note taking, in the 21st Century this is very useful for meetings, workshops, training, presentations - anywhere smart busy experts share what they know for the benefit of the group.

In a sense, we started doing this 40,000 years ago on the walls of caves when tribes sheltered deep underground and visualized with pigment how to hunt and survive.

Each member of the community did what they do best for the benefit of the group. Those with the best aim and who could run the fastest hunted, some stayed at camp preparing food, some looked after the young, and some would visualize stories and hunting tactics on the walls of the caves so they could share and organize how to continue and thrive.

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Our tools have changed, but we still function in groups called start-ups, companies and organisations working with talented others to generate value and progress.

I am a huge believer in visualizing concepts and ideas especially here in Beijing China where so many people work in a second language.

1 - Visualizing saves time

2 - Visualising reduces complexity

3 - Visualizing reduces risk

We have been doing it for 40,000 years, and it works. Anyone can learn to sketch, and there are tons of benefits to putting pen to paper, click this link for a simple guide to sketching better-proportioned stick people.

Recently I was at an interesting EO San Li Tun event where four inspiring experts shared their ideas on B-Corp, a certification for companies to reach which means they are more sustainable and environmentally aware while still being a competitive business.

If you were not able to make it, then let me share with you below my visual sketch notes which capture some of the most important points so you can start to see how business can be a force for good.

Thanks to Xu Jing, Min Ko, Jade Gray, Skott Taylor, AJ Warner, and the EO San Li Tun team for hosting the event.


For a live stream video of the B-Corp talk click this link.


Thank you for reading this far, I appreciate your time.

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