The Absolute Worst.
The Inner Critic is nefarious.
It's a Grade A Jerkface.
We don't want that.
No one wants that.
Let's NOT do that.
I’ve got the solution to each one of these problems.
It’s at your fingertips.
Are you shifting in your seat? Inner Critic already in your ear saying —
That Inner Critic l❤❤❤❤❤ves to hate drawing.
That is because drawing is the secret weapon for slaying the Inner Critic.
The Inner Critic hates nothing more than transparency.
He/she/they/it can't hide in the shadows if there are no dark corners.
That drawing gives you a new perspective! It sheds light!
The Inner Critic loathes the tangible.
It/they/she/he revels in being slippery and pernicious. (Yeah, I just said pernicious. If you don't know it, it'll become your new favorite word to hiss.)
Making your thoughts and feelings concrete on paper (or tablet, or whiteboard...) gives those thoughts and feelings LIFE! Power! Possibility!
My name is Brandy Agerbeck. I was that kid who drew all the time. That’s me when I was seven, at my family’s cabin. I never stopped drawing. And I am an artist. I even got a Bachelors of Art and was a printmaker (intaglio and monoprints, mostly). See? I know fancy art terms.
But seven year old me or twenty year old me never would have guessed the work I have done for the past 23 years. Alongside writing, teaching and speaking about visual thinking, I’m a graphic facilitator. It's a very strange job!
I make giant, live drawings of a group's work. In front of them, while the are working.
It helps them feel heard, focus, collaborate more with less conflict, align more quickly, be more productive, and see just how productive they have been.
These can be:
For example, internal strategy meetings and brainstorming sessions
Like big annual conference and keynote sessions
When you don't have an event, but you need my superpower of visual synthesis
I get to do my two favorite things for a living: drawing and thinking. And adding my listening skills, I'm unbeatable. It is my role and responsibility to be the Chief Visual Thinker for the clients I’m serving. It is extremely gratifying work to be able to show and shape the words, ideas, thoughts and experiences of the participants.
An example from the Tinkering Summit hosted by the
Chicago Children's Museum in 2013:
A time-lapse video The Kennedy Center created from my work with them in 2016 at their Arts Summit on how to be a Citizen Artist:
The majority of this site is about how I can help you learn these skills for yourself. Not necessarily the role of graphic facilitation, but the visual thinking skills that can help you in countless scenarios.
If you instead want to hire me as a graphic facilitator, to listen/think/draw for you, hop on over here to my page on my graphic facilitation experience.
Contact me to discuss your needs.
A human can recognize an image in as little as 13 milliseconds!
Our culture is increasingly more visual and we are surrounded by media.
You are becoming a more sophisticated viewer of visuals, even if you don’t feel capable of making images. Or you don't have the vocabulary to talk about what you see.
I want to change that. I want you to be confident in making drawings to make meaning for yourself. I want you to put that power into your own hands
I create every single visual thinking resource — books, online courses, live workshops — because I know from both personal and professional experience how powerful drawing is as a thinking tool.
My own first step in bringing anything to life is to grab paper and pen and start sketching. Sometimes those drawings get redrawn and refined later. Often, they don’t need to. That near-scribble of a drawing and scrawl of writing accomplished its task. It shifted my thinking. It got me a step closer to the task at hand.
Here’s a beautiful truth. It’s a secret I am eager to share –
I get it. Drawing is unlikely a part of your daily life. It may feel childish or a thing only artists do. Unnecessary or inaccessible.
Here's 3 free resources that I hope are good context-setters and mind-shifters. Each was crafted to help you see good reasons to put your thinking into your own hands.
I very happily spoke at TEDxWindyCity in 2013. Following the day's theme of Contrast, I spoke of 2 types of learners and how to work in the space they share. You'll see the 5-step process that is the first seeds of The Idea Shapers.
I began 2011 chewing on the question "how do I help people to see how drawing fits in their life?" How it could actually help and *gasp* be fun?
From a lifetime of personal drawing and 22+ years of professional experience, I've discovered that these are the types of folks I am here to serve. I am not saying there are only 5 types of visual thinkers, just that these are people I can help. Take a look and see which ones feel familiar:
There's a lot of ways to learn these skills.
If you want an immediate drawing experience that is highly guided
— just hit play and follow along —
I recommend registering for my mini-course Draw In Your New Year.
I walk you through 4 specific drawings that are super easy to do, but still chock full of meaning-making for yourself.
Get details and register for $97:
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