Add more VOOM! to your visualisations with smarter visual frameworks

Live online interactive class • Ben Crothers Ben Crothers

Frameworks and templates make visualising meetings easier, but they can be a trap. Learn the EARSHOTS method to listen better, synthesise better, and draw better.

$38 USD (Convert to your currency)

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Proudly part of the Visual Thinking Global Summit, a hybrid on-site and online conference, happening 27-30 JULY 2022!

Bring more vitality, verve and victory to your visuals!

A drawing of a graphic recorder capturing a conversation as a drawing on a wall

Are you tired of using the same visual layouts all the time? Do you want your ‘rich pictures’ to be a lot richer? Do you need inspiration, to bring out more meaning in your visualisations?

In this highly-interactive 2-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • The easy-to-remember ‘EARSHOTS’ method to tune into what your clients are saying more effectively
  • How to capture conversations in more creative ways with the help of some smart visual frameworks and templates.
  • How to pinpoint and improve areas in your own style to get more satisfying results in your visualisations.
  • How to create better layouts using popular collaboration canvas software (like Mural and Miro) for online and hybrid gatherings.

Let’s make more meaning from all the mess

This workshop is for you if you know the value of visuals, and want to level-up your skills in graphic recording and drawing ‘rich pictures’, concept maps, and other diagrams for your team or clients.

This workshop is great for:

  • First-timers who want some grounding in how to turn a conversation into a visualisation
  • Graphic recorders who want to up their skills in meaningful layouts
  • Facilitators who want to add more templates to their toolkit
  • Consultants who want to use meeting visualisation with clients as a competitive advantage

Serious value for visual changemakers

You’re hungry for change, and you’re investing in your success as a changemaker. We take that investment seriously, by packing serious value into this class.

This workshop gives you access to:

  • 2 hours of real-time interactive instruction
  • Opportunities to share, and learn from each other
  • PDF templates to use with your team after the class
  • Access to the recording after the workshop, included for free
  • An ongoing community of changemakers on the Bright Pilots Slack channel

Use whatever materials you’re comfortable with

A picture of some blank paper and markers for drawing

You’ll be drawing along with your instructor, as well as creating drawings according to various scenarios, as a way of applying what you learn.

With this in mind, use whatever you are comfortable to draw with, but at a minimum you will need:

  • A drawing pad or sketchbook, or loose-leaf blank paper
  • A fine-line black or blue marker, as long as it’s not too thick

If you have them, it’s great to also have a variety of colour pens or markers. If you prefer to draw using a tablet, that’s perfectly fine too.

Your instructor: Ben Crothers

Ben is Principal Facilitator at Bright Pilots, and is on a mission to help make everyone just as comfortable with the whiteboard as they are with the keyboard. He helps teams at a wide variety of organisations think, create, and work better together, through workshop facilitation, and training in design, facilitation, strategy, and business drawing.

Ben is the author of Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design, Draw in 4, and 50 Remote-Friendly Icebreakers.

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Ben Crothers

Learn the EARSHOTS visualisation method

A visual hand-drawn map of the EARSHOTS method

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$38 USD

(Convert to your currency)

This workshop gives you access to:

  • 2 hours of real-time interactive instruction
  • Opportunities to share, and learn from each other
  • PDF templates to use with your team after the class
  • Access to the recording after the workshop, included for free
  • An ongoing community of changemakers on the Bright Pilots Slack channel

Check the time!

Class times are shown for Central European Time (CET, or GMT +2 hours).

Workshop option Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
CET 10am - 12pm 3pm - 5pm 7pm - 9pm
AEST 6pm - 8pm 11pm - 1am 3am - 5am
PDT 1am - 3am 6am - 8am 10am - 12pm
EDT 4am - 6am 9am - 11am 1pm - 3pm

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Shake it to shape it!

This workshop is being held in proud partnership with the Visual Thinking Global Summit, a hybrid on-site and online conference, happening 27-30 JULY 2022!

The theme of this conference is SHAKE IT TO SHAPE IT. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shaken up the world in so many ways. But this is our opportunity to be more proactive about how we can shape the world around us, by shaping ourselves... using visual thinking!

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Got questions? Here are some answers

This class costs $38 USD (Convert to another currency). Newsletter subscribers sometimes get discounts (subscribe here, hint hint).
This class runs for 2 hours in real-time. As opposed to... IDK bullet-time or ‘dog years’ time.
There are no prerequisites or assumed knowledge needed to get the most out of this workshop. Sometimes your instructor will ask about some specific topics at the beginning, but this is mostly to help guide the examples given.

You’ll receive a welcome email with links to add the class to your own calendar, plus the Zoom link to use. You’ll also receive a reminder email 1 day before the class, just as a reminder.

We use the videoconferencing platform Zoom for our classes, which you can use via your web browser, or download here. We sometimes use online canvas applications like Mural or Miro, which you should be able to access and use via your web browser.

If you’re attending one of our drawing classes, you’ll need something to draw with, and something to draw on. We recommend a fine black marker (e.g. Artline200 Fineliner 0.4) or similar. For this sort of drawing, it’s best not to use Sharpies, as they are too thick, and they bleed through regular paper. For the paper, a blank sketchbook is great, but plain ol’ blank office paper is perfectly fine.

Drawing on a digital tablet is great too, and using other markers and pencils (e.g. tint markers like Tombow or Copic, and colour pencils) is also fab.

Bright Pilots is proudly partnering with the Visual Thinking Global Summit, a hybrid on-site and online conference, happening 27-30 JULY 2022. The on-site conference part is being held in Bilbao, Spain, with various interactions happening throughout that time to unite the physical and digital experiences as much as possible.

Ben (your instructor) will be there on-site, so if you’re there, please make sure to say hi!

This workshop will include an interactive demonstration of Ben’s ‘EARSHOTS’ visual thinking method, with various activities sprinkled throughout, followed by a range of examples of how to apply the method to different types of meetings and conversations (e.g. strategy and planning, team identity and purpose, alignment and decisions). If you have any questions regarding the content, we’re more than happy to help, and you can drop us a line.

We’re all about involving everyone in an engaging productive way, so all our classes and workshops are pretty interactive.

Our classes and workshops have a range of practical and conversational activities, ranging from simple icebreakers to individual hands-on exercises, to discussions in groups of 2, 3 or 4 using breakout groups. There will also be time for Q&A throughout the class, and at the end as well.

Some classes’ activities also include using an online canvas (like Mural or Miro), which all class participants use together.

We understand that sometimes things come up and plans need to change. If you can no longer make it, please let us know at least 2 days before the workshop date, and we will give you a refund.

You can cancel your registration within 2 days of the workshop without giving any reason, and receive a full refund. The refund will be paid back within 7 business days of submitting your cancellation request. To cancel, simply contact us here, or email support@brightpilots.com.

Yes! We do provide promotional discounts from time to time. The best way to find out when, is by signing up to the Bright Pilots newsletter. Sometimes there are discounts and other promotions for subscribers only.

If you would like to arrange a group booking, we offer a 25% discount for non-profits.

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