Am I a Visual Thinker?

Watch Brandy Agerbeck's video invitation to the annual ENVISION Visual Thinkers Virtual Expo, "17 Signs You May Be a Visual Thinker" 

 

How many of the 17 signs resonated with you? 

 

Since publishing this video across social media in 2020, I have seen steady but infrequent comments of "there's no such thing as a visual thinker" or "learning styles are BS." 

Concurrently, the comments of "Hey, isn't this just neurodiversity" has grown every year.

I may get around to writing an article debunking the debunking of learning styles someday... 

But fundamentally, you can choose to see... 

A
... visual thinking as how you are wired.

You easily picture thoughts or memories in your head.

Spatial reasoning comes easily whether it's on a standardized test, or arranging your living room.

You can't not be noticing patterns, connections, or how details fit into a bigger context. 

I was made this way. I am a visual thinker.

B
... visual thinking as a preference.

You notice that you are more engaged with new information when it is visually presented. You recall information better when you can picture it in your memory.

You don't have a single way of working, no one does, but you notice visual/spatial/hands-on methods work well for you.

I find that visual tools and approaches appeal to me and work better. 

C
... visual thinking as a tool in your tool box

Different goals need different tools. One goal may need a good ol' list. Another needs to be be mapped out on a whiteboard.

You notice that you think differently when you write out a list vs. draw out a sketch. It's another approach that helps you develop a rounder, more complete view of your work.  

I use visual thinking as a tool to do and see my work in a different way. 

D
All of the above

Great! You are in the right place.

E
None of the above

Okay. You probably haven't gotten this far on this page or even visited this site.

You do you, Boo.

Keep reading to see some "types" of visual thinkers defined by how they are using visual thinking personally and professionally.

This is not to label people or throw them in one bucket.

This is a way of giving this incredibly versatile skillset a bit more definition. Some useful edges.

As you read on, notice which types resonate and which ones don't. 

While there may be more than 5 types of visual thinkers, here is who Brandy Agerbeck serves: 

You use visual thinking for:

  • a tool of reflection
  • decision-making
  • project planning
  • envisioning your future

Click below to read more about using visual thinking for your own self-awareness and growth 

Visual Thinking for Personal Work & Productivity

You use visual thinking for:

  • finding shape of your message improving writing
  • more engaging and clear speaking and presenting
  • reaching your audience more effectively

Click below to read more about using visual thinking to get your message out in the world and understood

Visual Thinking for Writing & Speaking

You use visual thinking for:

  • solving juicy, challenging problems¬†
  • managing complex projects
  • mapping out the Big Picture

Click below to read more about using visual thinking to get clarity on complex issues

Visual Thinking for Mapping Complex Systems

Mess Wranglers & Complexity Tacklers

You use visual thinking for:

  • staying focused and engaged while learning and teaching
  • turning new learning into knowledge
  • learning¬†the¬†tools¬†that support lifelong curiosity and exploration

Click below to read more about using visual thinking to make learning hands-on and more engaging

Visual Thinking for Learning & Teaching

You use visual thinking for:

  • Making people feel truly listened to
  • Giving teammates more ways to engage and¬†contribute fully
  • Creating more full, aligned, and¬† innovative¬†outcomes in meetings¬†

Click below to read more about using visual thinking for helping individuals and groups make positive change

Visual Thinking for Facilitation & Collaboration

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