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3 Ways to Keep a Remote Team Engaged

3 Ways to Keep a Remote Team Engaged

If you’re like most of us, the development of COVID-19 is making you dramatically reconsider how and where you work. One solution that a lot of big teams are implementing is going totally remote.   As more and more teams work from home and conduct business virtually,...

Three Expectations that are Transforming Communication

Three Expectations that are Transforming Communication

Humans have been communicating for thousands and thousands of years. Whether through unintelligible grunts around a prehistoric campfire or with a 1000+ page book of mind-numbing prose, people have important stuff to share. That hasn’t changed and will probably never...

Our Three Favorite Books for Beginning Graphic Recorders

Our Three Favorite Books for Beginning Graphic Recorders

If you love to sketch, love ideas and love people, Graphic Recording or Live Sketching might be the perfect job for you. Or, if you’re already happily employed but still interested in the world of visual communication, you might want to consider Sketch Notes (or...

Your Company Meeting Needs a Live Artist (4 Reasons Why)

Your Company Meeting Needs a Live Artist (4 Reasons Why)

Think back to your company’s most recent meeting. (Maybe you’re in the middle of one now…in which case, pay attention!) All joking aside, most meetings aren’t that fun. In your average company meeting, most of us fall into two camps: Camp 1: You’re there, but you’re...

5 Reasons Why Digital Sketching is Awesome

5 Reasons Why Digital Sketching is Awesome

We live in an increasingly digital world where information is always right at our fingertips. We expect it to be fast, high quality, and convenient. Perhaps more than anything, our digital world means more and more information is being presented in a visual format....

3 Super Simple Techniques to Take Better Notes

3 Super Simple Techniques to Take Better Notes

If you’re a modern professional, odds are you attend a lot of meetings. A lot of meetings. And if you’re an effective modern professional, you probably take notes. A lot of notes. If you’re like most workplace note-takers, your notes are dense, wordy lines upon...

Want to Learn Better? Just Draw It!

Want to Learn Better? Just Draw It!

I am not a scientist or a researcher. I’m an entrepreneur and a creative—specializing in the field of visual learning. So when I come across amazing science and research about visual learning, I celebrate. After all, the hard science underpins everything our business...

5 Reflections on 5 Years

5 Reflections on 5 Years

Today the Sketch Effect is celebrating its fifth year in business! To honor this big milestone, I’d like to do two things: First, check out this Graphic Recording we made to visualize some important events and key moments in our company’s short but exciting...

A Board Game for the Living Room… and the Conference Room

A Board Game for the Living Room… and the Conference Room

Did you know there’s a board game out there that will not only make your next game night awesome, but will also make you more effective in the workplace? Playing this party game will give you thrills in the living room and skills in the conference room. …a game that...

4 Tips to Become a Better Listener

4 Tips to Become a Better Listener

Of all the skills that could change the world—I mean literally change the world—I truly believe that one skill rises to the top: Listening. Listening improves our relationships. It increases our effectiveness in the workplace. It leads to cooperation. It builds people...

One Technique to Achieve Your Goal Faster

One Technique to Achieve Your Goal Faster

Time for a check in! It’s July, which means we are now half-way through the year. That’s right, people…the year is 50% done. If you’re a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of person, reflect on the last six months and the goals you set for 2018. How are they going? Have you...

What Millennials and Cavemen Have In Common

What Millennials and Cavemen Have In Common

Ok, I realize that question could open a big can of worms, so I’ll just get straight to the point.Millennials, much like their prehistoric cavemen brethren, are experts at communicating ideas through pictures. They are proficient in visual communication. We’ve all...