Hello! Welcome to Whiteboard Wednesday. We are so glad you are here.
At the Whiteboard Academy, we're on a mission to help others unlock awesome through visual thinking! As Innovation Strategists, we partner with top organizations and leaders around the world to BRING IDEAS TO LIFE.
We absolutely love working with teams and individuals like you to rethink better business processes, develop winning strategies and create new products, tools and apps to solve your clients' most pressing problems. We specialize in finding and bringing out the awesome in you and your team by harnessing the amazing super powers of visual thinking!
Today we are launching a new feature called "Whiteboard Wednesdays." Each month, we will be bringing you bite-sized lessons that you can use to BE AWESOME @ WORK!
Today, we're going to show you how to begin to bring ideas to life by using simple icons. You can use this approach to capture your own ideas and "see" what you're thinking. Then, as you add simple icons to your to-do list, you will notice that you're having more focus and getting more done. Soon, you'll be using icons in your notes as you lean in and listen with a pen at meetings and conferences. Before long, you'll begin to stand out as a key "go to" person to help bring bigger and bigger ideas to life!
At this point you may be thinking, "BUT I CAN'T DRAW." That's okay! There is no art ability needed - this is about ideas. It doesn't have to be good. Just grab something to WRITE WITH and something to WRITE ON, and let's take a few baby steps together. We'll show you some of our favorite easy icons to start with to dip your toe into the world of visual thinking.
Visual learning is a powerful tool for critical thinking, problem solving and strategic planning. When you can see your ideas, strategies become clear and you will know what to do to succeed! And it all starts with getting your ideas on paper.
To help you get started with getting your ideas on paper, we created a list of the TOP 50 ICONS we find ourselves using over and over with our clients. We want to share these icons with you so you can start to build your creative thinking skills and unlock awesome at work.
Here is what you are going to do...
Once you start playing with simple icons to map out your work processes or think through business models in a fun and visual way, you will come up with so many more ways you can use simple icons to unlock awesome through visual thinking.
So grab a pen, grab some sticky notes and let's get started!
You're doing great! Keep it up!
Remember, it doesn't have to be good. Sticky notes are disposable, so don't be afraid to try each icon a few times until you start to get the feel for it. You have unlimited do-overs. Keep practicing, because practice makes progress.
UNLOCK AWESOME at WORK. You got this!
Cheers, Muddy and Diane
Co-Founders, Whiteboard Academy
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