Have you ever been to a conference or watched a YouTube video of someone drawing on a whiteboard what the person is saying in a careful, curated way that tells the story in images? The organisation, The RSA, does a great job with their RSA Animates series. These artists are known as Graphic Recorders or Visual Practitioners. I’ve long loved these videos because I’m a visual learner and find that I remember things better when I can see them – as we’ll discover in today’s interview, it’s how I remember names.
I first saw the work of Jessamy Gee from Think in Colour, when I volunteered for TEDxMelbourne, a few years ago. I was really inspired by what flow looked like in action. Jessamy was in her element; it was a beautiful thing to witness.
Our very own Admin Asset, Ness Phillips, recommended Jessamy as a guest and instantly I knew she’d make a great storyteller. She has wowed me with her insights into memory retention, education, social responsibility and how images can add incredible impact to someone speaking.
- Why Jessamy is passionate about communication
- How to be a professional listener who draws
- Why Jessamy needed to pursue Purpose in her work
- The journey of Jessamy’s path to becoming a Graphic Recorder
- And, why her worst boss provided the hardest learning curve but the best one
- How to apply graphic recording for better memory retention
- What Jessamy did to start her own business
- Why it took a four year old to validate her as an artist
- What graphic recording is and when it’s best used and when it’s not appropriate
- How she overcame the fear of drawing in front of a room full of people
- Why intention determines the outcome of a graphic recording well before the pen is picked up
- How to be a graphic recorder and what the Six Golden Eggs of Graphic Recording are
- What the process and product outcomes of using a graphic recorder are and how to get the best results from your chosen artist
- The resources you need to become a graphic recorder and why, if you live in Perth, you need to pay attention
- What Jessamy learned about social responsibility and how its something we all need to apply
- And soooo much more!
Links to Jessamy and things we discuss:
- Jessamy on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest
- The Think-in-Colour website and Facebook
- Samples of Jessamy’s work
- The seven emotions (p.s. the missing emotion is ‘anger’)
- International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP)
- Become a Rockstar Scribe online course
- Dan Roam’s Napkin Academy
- John Medina and memory retention
- Scott McCloud, comic book artist
- And an added bonus for fun, a game to play with facial expressions.
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Episode Gratitude: Junel Estafia for sound engineering, compilation of the music and final editing of this episode. Your continued support and willingness to learn with me is inspiring, thank you!