How to tell a better story on paper

clarity share workvisual Apr 05, 2019

When it comes to workshops and meetings as such, I prefer to use as many interactive media as possible - especially when I want to share something with the other participants. There is nothing more boring than the same style of presentation all day long.

For flexibility and interactivity, I’ve found the transparent stattys from www.stattys.com my magic weapon. They stick to any surface without glue and are therefore super cool for moving them around without lifting them from the ground.

(Disclaimer: I helped Mikko, the founder of stattys ages ago to get market ready with his products, understand the value proposition of stattys and build his entire brand. I have no stake in the company beyond good friendship and soon some of my products in his store)

 

I’ve captured a video of me making a case for how to use the transparent stattys on a flipchart in one of my training. Go check it out here. Be aware it’s in German with English subtitles. Make sure to activate the subtitles though.

 

 

As you’ve seen it’s a nice way of presenting. You don’t need to draw or write much while you’re presenting. You can focus on your story and gives you not only stronger presentation. Furthermore, you are saving time. When you draw something out while you’re presenting it, your presentations tend to slow down. Sometimes to the fact that they become boring even if the drawing is cool. Be aware of that!

 

In the following pictures, you see a typical preparation setup of mine.

1. Paper with titles (and pencil sketches for the drawings – I’ll write about that technique in the future)

2. Prepared transparent stattys placed in the right order at the right place

 

I like to have the paper visibly prepared as it shows a professional mindset to the participants. They see and feel, that I took my time in preparation as well as it helps me keeping an overview of things and designing the workshop space.

When I write and draw the transparent stattys, I take extra care to sort them in the right order. This way I don’t need to shuffle them through while I’m presenting. Believe me, that sounds obvious, but I needed to learn this by hard experience.

 

 

 

The finished piece is completed with visuals and text at the end of my presentation. It’s not perfectly, but it does the job of telling a good story and doing so piece by piece to keep the attention of the audience.

You see the stattys being a bit glossy on the photo depending on your camera angle. But they work just perfectly on-site and when you be careful with your camera angle while shooting the picture.

 

When and how could you use this presentation technique in one of your next workshops?

Do you have further ideas to keep your sharing phase interactive and fun to follow?

 

 

 


 

Holger is writing about his thoughts on how to create strategic clarity with visual methods. Especially with a focus on how we can work better together to solve our business challenges. As a Strategy Facilitator, he helps teams and leaders solving their strategic problems.
In his workshops and training, he has taught his approach to thousands of people. If you're interested, check out the next dates for his workshops or reach out to him directly.

 

 

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