Wechat groups as a way to enage & teach

微信群,玩到更学到。
Wechat groups are an awesome way to enage & teach

 

1 - 手绘,每个人都能掌握的实用工具
2 - 实践,创造结果并提升效率。
3 - 微信群,一个了不起的地方,帮助培养你的能动力。

1 - Sketching is a tool anyone can learn
2 - Practice creates results and saves time
3 - Wechat is a fantastic place to gather momentum

 

 

它到底是什么?

#Sketch30InJune 这个微信群汇集了将近200个,在手绘方面有兴致的小伙伴儿 - 在6月份的30天里,每天我都会在群里发起一个“每日手绘挑战”,群里的小伙伴儿都会被邀请,根据挑战要求,分享他们个人的手绘作品。

What?

#Sketch30InJune is a Wechat group with almost 200 people interested in sketching - every day for the 30 days of June I posted a daily sketching challenge where everyone is invited to share their interpretation as a sketch.

 

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他们是谁?

群成员的范围从以绘图为本职工作的建筑师,到想要放飞手绘梦想的初学者。群内学习气氛浓烈,大家学习和提高的效果显著,同时
彼此分享,互帮互助。我们每天的活动的参与率从最初的2%~3%,一直上升到目前70%,大家上传自己的手绘作品,这些作品可能来自手机绘图软件,会议室里的白板,百事贴和手绘本。

Who?
The group members range from architects who draw for a living to total beginners finding their sketching wings. The vibe in the group is excellent, and people are visibly learning and improving as well as sharing and supporting. We have had daily sketch contributions ranging from 2-3% up to 70% with people adding sketches they have done with APPs on their phones, in meeting rooms on whiteboards, post-it notes, and sketchbooks.

 

 

为何这么干?

我设立这个群的目的,是想展示给你们 - 手绘和绘画不是一回事。
这种 “绘画”的压力,是非常令人不安的。因为一段时间以来,我们渐渐失去像小孩子那时候用蜡笔、钢笔,在纸张和墙壁自由涂画,玩转颜色的兴趣。
Why?
My goal with the group is to show you how sketching and drawing are not the same things. The pressure of being able to 'draw' can be very off-putting if since some time as a kid you lost interest in scribbling with crayons, pens, across paper and maybe walls drawing freely and playing with color.

我却认为:绘画是项技能,手绘是种工具

I see it this way - drawing is a skill, sketching is a tool.

任何人都可以使用锤子,但不是每个人都可以制作优雅的木制橱柜。

Anyone can use a hammer not everyone can craft an elegant wooden cabinet. We can all sketch we may not all be able to craft fine furniture 

 

即然希望使用可视化工具,就不要让手绘成为一项学术技能,让你觉得无法从中受益。
With this point of view of wanting to use visualizing as a tool do not let sketching be a learned skill you feel you can't benefit from.

 

 

经过一番专注的练习之后,手绘即可成为工具。伴随着已知的视觉符号表和一些特定的涂鸦练习,你可以在短到中期从中受益,并且在工作和生活中,与其他人更融洽的沟通与交流。

 

Sketching is the tool that after some deliberate practice, accompanied with knowing the visual alphabet and some focused doodling you can in short to medium term benefit from sketching by visualizing ideas and communicating more easily with others at work and home.

 

请参阅今年“Sketch30InJune”挑战中的一些手绘作品,我们将在夏季上传一个完成版的作品集。
Please see below a selection of some of the sketches from this year's #Sketch30InJune challenge, and we will upload a full gallery over the summer.

简单提及下所有的群成员,感谢你们为之贡献的每一份力量。

Quick shout out to all the group members, thank you for all your contributions.

我百分之百确信,手绘是一项每个人都可以掌握的技能。它有切实的好处,让你的想法如行云流水一般 - 手绘是构建创意的工具,而微信群组是让你熟练使用手绘工具并乐于分享的好地方。

I 100% believe sketching is a skill we can all do and it has tangible benefits which get ideas moving - a sketch is a tool for building ideas, and Wechat groups is a great place to practice and share using tools.

了解更多我的手绘创意,请点击以下链接:

To see more of my sketching ideas, please click these links:

Rock The Whiteboard
Pages from my artschool sketchbooks 1995-1999
Starting to sketch is tough

1 - 手绘,每个人都能掌握的实用工具
2 - 实践,创造结果并提升效率。
3 - 微信群,一个了不起的地方,帮助培养你的能动力。

1 - Sketching is a tool anyone can learn
2 - Practice creates results and saves time
3 - Wechat is a fantastic place to gather momentum

感谢你读完这篇文章,我知道大家时间宝贵,所以如果你有任何关于手绘或者图像化方面的问题,欢迎在下方留言,我会及时跟进。

Thank you for reading this far, I know your time is valuable if your have any sketching or visualizing questions please leave a message below, and I will follow up.

Martin

 

 

Big thank you to Fisher for helping with the translation.  💪🙏👊

三个“科技“小故事 Three Chinese Technology Stories

三个“科技“小故事  Three Chinese Technology Stories



#1 独立谋生的司机奶奶 The Grandma Hustle

#2 热爱平面艺术的老爷爷 Graphic Art Grandpa

#3 古老和现代的融合 Old School New School Interaction

毫无疑问,在中国科技的发展越来越好,且前景一片光明。

It is no doubt that technology is very comfortable in China and has a big bright future here.

 

装有定位系统的共享单车随处可见。

With GPS-enabled bikes for short term rent on every street corner. 

 

骑着三轮车的蔬果小贩支持微信付款。微信的月活跃用户达到了7亿。

Mobile payments as an option for fruit and veg off the back of a three-wheel bike.

Wechat Moments Post

Wechat Moments Post

 

如果你对科技感兴趣的话,这绝对是个最好的时代!

And Wechats monthly active users north of 800million this is an exciting time and place to be if tech is your thing.

http://chinachannel.co

http://chinachannel.co

这也是一把双刃剑,我们在虚拟世界花费了越来越多的时间,却忽视了现实世界的亲人朋友们。就像生活中的很多事一样,我们应该从中寻求一个平衡点。不过,事实依然是,我们正变得越来越善于利用科技帮助我们更好地生活。
This is a double-edged point of view as we spend more and more time next to people in the physical world who are miles away in the virtual world. Like most things in life, I think it comes down to finding balance and moderation, but there is no denying the fact we are more enabled and capable of using tech to help us.

http://www.thiscityart.org

http://www.thiscityart.org


我是一个演讲培训师,我看到了诸如智能手机、实时聊天工具和云计算这些强大的工具,如何帮助我们更好地构建想法,制作演讲资料和绘图。不过,今天我想分享的,却是我目睹的科技如何助力普罗大众生活的三个故事。
As a presentation trainer, I see smartphones, real-time chatting, and the cloud as incredible empowering factors for helping us always have our hands on our pitches, presentations, and profiles but what I want to share today are three stories where I have witnessed technology giving a wide range of people a boost.


#1 独立谋生的司机奶奶 The Grandma hustle

最近,我们在用滴滴打车时,遇到了一位年过花甲却非常聪慧的女司机。她看起来不超过五十岁,不过却是我们这段时间见过的开车最平稳的司机之一了。我们看到她非常熟练地使用智能手机接单,用地图软件导航。科技使她能够通过辛勤劳动,靠自己的双手赚钱。我希望我年老时也能如此。
Recently we hailed a taxi via DiDiDaChi, and our driver was a brilliant lady driver in her 60’s, she didn’t look a day over 51, and she was one of the calmest smoothest drivers we have had in a while. Plus she was very comfortable using her smartphone to find her next fare and navigate with GPS. This was impressive as technology was empowering her natural hard working attitude and she was hustling and earning on her own terms. All I can say is I hope I am as capable when I’m her age.

 

#2 热爱平面艺术的老爷爷 Graphic Art Grandpa

第二个经历是在2013年,那时我在一个公共场所举办了一场快闪展览,观众通过扫面二维码欣赏数字艺术作品。
The second experience was in 2013 when I hosted a pop-up art exhibition in public space using QRcodes as a way to view and enjoy digital artwork.

我站在一旁,一边喝啤酒一边和朋友聊天。这时,一位85岁的中国老爷爷走近我们,询问:“这是个新鲜玩意儿吧?”“是的。”我们回应道。“我就说嘛,我试着拍了这些二维码,但什么也没有。”他说道。
As I stood having a beer and chatting with a friend, an 85-year-old Chinese gentleman approached us asking if this was something creative. “Yes” we replied, “I Thought so,” he said, “How does it work, I’m photographing these QRCodes, but nothing is happening” he continued.

显然他有一部智能手机。我们问:“你有4G网络吗?“”当然。“他答道。哇!好棒!我忽然想到,自己的母亲比这位爷爷还年轻,可是她就不愿意用手机。眼前的这位绅士真的很令人惊叹
He obviously had a smartphone “Do you have a 4G?” We asked, “Of course," he said. Wow, I thought, my mother isn’t close to his age, and she refuses to have a phone, this gentleman who’s lived through a lot is seriously impressive.

后来我们发现他也会使用微信,再一次令我们刮目相看。我们向他展示了如何扫描二维码后看到那些艺术作品,他觉得太神奇了。之后他便自己沿着亮马运河,扫描着后面的45个二维码,享受接下来的艺术之旅了。希望我年老时,也能这么潮!
We then found out he was also all set in Wechat. Wow again. So we showed him how to scan a QRCode and then access the online artwork, and with a quick exclamation he was off exploring the 45 artwork QRCodes spotted along the Liang Ma Canal. Again I hope I’m as up to date when I’m his age.
 



#3 古老和现代的融合 Old School New School Interaction

第三个故事呢,来自于我在去年教艺术基础课程时结识的一个学设计的学生。她设计制作了一个简单而优雅同时非常有创意的物件。灵感来源于平日我们在北京忍受的拥堵交通。这是一个由木头、滑轮和绳子精细制作而成的老式自动化装置,她设计了一个北京三环的模型,当你摇动上面的一个把手时,全部的汽车模型就会动起来。

The third is a story of one of my design students who I taught last year on an art foundation course. She designed and engineered a simple and elegant creative expression commenting on her frustration with the dense traffic we suffer in Beijing. Like an old school puppet beautifully crafted out of wood, pulleys, and string she made a scale model 3rd Ring Road where a whole batch of model cars would crawl along when you turned a table football like handle.

这令人非常印象深刻。她那时正在研究互动设计,与大多数UX/UI设计师不同,她并没有将关注点放在APP的布局以及图标的设计上,而是回归本源,回归到互动的本质上。参与,改变一个点,通过新的思考方式得到一个新的结果。
This was most impressive because she was studying interactive design and unlike most UX/UI designers she wasn’t creating more APP layouts and icons she was, in fact, going back to basics and understanding interaction: I engage, move something, get a result and think in a new way.


真得很赞!我那时就想,她做的数字设计,一定也会很特别。因为她是在以一种真正与众不同的视角解决问题,她一定大有所为。
Double wow - I was left thinking when she does design something digital it will be special as she is coming to problem-solving from a truly different angle, her future is bright.


结论
这三个故事真得很令人印象深刻,在中国也还有很多这样的人。随着科技在不同领域的应用,中国正在飞速迈入21世纪,从学生到花甲老人,每一个人都参与其中。这也意味着,科技正在渗入每一个人的生活,我们将会看到各种惊人省时的新科技和服务,帮助我们实现更加平衡而美好的生活。不管怎样,这是我们所希望的。

同时,我们还应对如何构建和使用现代科技负起责任,从我观察到的生活实例以及从创始人那里听到的讨论,我相信我们正在朝着正确的方向迈进。

Conclusion
These three outliers are super impressive, and there are more people like this all over China and go to show that along with the massive investment in new technologies in almost every sector China is leaping into the 21st century with real engagement and usage at both student level and from senior citizens. This means technology has found a place in every walk of life and soon we will be blossoming with all sorts of amazing and time-saving features and services to help us live more balanced and empowering lives.

That's the hope anyway but we are responsible for how we build and use tech, and I think from all the real life use cases and pitches from founders I hear I believe that we are going in the right direction.

非常感谢您的时间,也非常感谢您能看完这篇文章。
As always thank you for your time, and I appreciate you reading this far.

 

How long is a good presentation?

Insight

Every time I host an event I set up a Wechat group as a way to share the content from the talk and also stay connected with the audience and answer questions.

In China Wechat is an insanely powerful tool as it is never more than arm's reach away and if you do the battery test on the iPhone, it's always in the top three apps that people spend their battery life and attention using, so it's always good to be where the action is.

Question

Recently Kevin in one of my presentation focused groups asked me "how long should a presentation be?" Thanks, Kevin this is a good question, it doesn’t have one simple answer but let me share the structure and approach I use.

 

Answer

As with all things presentation related it all comes down to your audience your goals and why you are engaging people with your ideas.

There isn’t a single answer, but there are some structures and frameworks you can apply, to decide how long a presentation should be, always ask yourself:

  1. Who am I engaging?
  2. What is the goal?
  3. Why am I sharing my insights?
  4. How much time do we have?

 

How much time do we have?

Time is the one asset we all have the same amount of each day, and it all comes down to what we do with it that counts. Knowing how long you have with the audience allows you to structure the content in the most suitable way to make sure your audience appreciates their time with you.

As a rule of thumb, I use the following six structures A - F as a framework to engage with people.

A) 7 seconds

B) 10-40 seconds

C) 1-2 minutes

D) 3-8 minutes

E) 10-25 minutes

F) 25-50 minutes

 

These six structures range from super quick pitch introductions at networking to longer format presentations at conferences and events.

 

Let me break each one down

A) 7 seconds at a networking event is a great duration to say hello and introduce yourself sharing why you do what you do which then leads to a conversation.

 

B) 10-40 seconds is good for a short elevator pitch which avoids too many details but gives people enough information to have a clear understanding and retain something memorable from your exchange.

 

C) 1-2 minutes for an introduction to a project, product or service where you can highlight who you help, why that matters and some wow reveal that is memorable for the audience in front of you.

 

D) 3-8 minutes to share a topic and one short story which goes into more detail and starts to establish your expert status and insights but does not overload people with correct but non-essential details and facts.

 

E) 10-25 minutes for sharing up to three different stories which clearly define a deep understanding of an industry or issue and provides context and understanding along with well-structured data.

 

F) 25-50 minutes for captivating and entertaining an audience and informing them with your unique skills and establishing expert status, in-depth knowledge, key insights and background information which is relevant.

 

Conclusion

Any more than 50 minutes and people's energy levels for effectively staying focused starts to drain and your message and presentation starts to deliver diminishing returns, so the best thing to do is keep a presentation within 50 minutes or schedule in short 5 minute breaks to give everyone time to stretch and refresh.

These timeframes are of course just a guide and framework as it always comes down to addressing the audience in front of you, knowing your goals and structuring the best content to achieve these goals.

 

So thanks to Kevin in the Wechat group for asking the question and I hope this framework helps you structure your presentation, be more memorable and efficient as you present.

Thank you for reading this far, I appreciate your time, if you have any questions, please ask below in the comments, and I will do my best to answer them.