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Mike Rohdes, Brandy Agenbeck,… there are so many super cool Sketchnoters… and what is my added value on this subject? why I write on this topic also?

…  Why not me?
For several years now I sketch for myself, my employer, for events… I am literally conquered by this tool. Yes, I think this way of taking notes is a super effective tool (when well used) of communication in the same like of writing or speech.

I am quite a pragmatic person and when I try to learn something new, I start by looking for, reading, learning from (books, research on the internet, research in my knowledge) and after putting into practice what I have learned or understood, I go on testing. For Sketchnotes, I first started by reading Brandy Agenbeck’s „The Graphic Facilitator“ then I took a pen, a block note and started off. At that time nobody in my entourage did this kind of thing, they were even a little sceptical, so to say.

Sketchnotes essential materialSo when I started to develop my website and my blog, naturally I had the same approach: I started by getting a book on blog development and watching on the web for what already existed on the topic of visual notes… and there …… Ahhhhhhhhhrrrrggg I was caught up by an overwhelming fright!

Panic: Why ME? What is my added value on this subject? Should I write again on this subject?

1-take one’s own legitimacy

In the book Born to Blog authors Mark W. Schaefer and Stanford A. Smith talk about Ernie Watts, and quote:

When you think about it, how many photographers or authors are there in the world … thousands. I imagine we all have the same question about legitimacy. Each of us has his or her place and has the right to expression (whatever the tool used).

2-give a new perspective

It’s not about re-doing or reinventing the wheel, it’s about closing another angle. To give a subject another perspective. Getting a new approach for a tool or some other way of using it. In her blog Sacha Chua also talks about the obstacles that we can face and hence taking a different approach on a subject to break the deadlock.

Every day we hear remixes of songs and music more or less old, so why not „remix“ the use of a technique or „remix“ an idea?

3-share

For me, internet is a means of connection between people, so one of the first added value for me would be the contact with others because I love to exchange and meet new people.

My conclusion: There are probably many other reasons to embark on a new project. And if I did, there’s no reason you can’t. Neither am I Mikes Rhodes nor do I have the presence and experience of Brandy Agenbeck. I do not draw either on the back of towels (1) like Dan Roam but here I am, Sabine with her IPad and her ideas. I bring you my point of view on the visualization of subjects and how to use this interesting and innovative resource to synthesize, retain and innovate.

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