About Sketchnotes, Rocketbook Wave and thoughtful sharing

Hi guys

In my holidays – in which I decided to go completely offline – I have been reading some stuff which could be useful in my work as an online course designer. Among other things, like   Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi  and also a bit of romantic bullshit (also  worthy of some stars- in German, as a consequence of my insatiable and eternal  learning desire… I have been reading this highly interesting work by Mike Rohde: ‘The Sketchnote Handbook, The Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking’. Just a matter of spending my limited analogue time in a useful and pleasant way. So I bought a good marker pen and started to think and draw. I don’t think I’m very talented, but Mike and co. firmly state that everybody can learn to draw. Okay then… here’s my very first sketchnote. Tadaaaaa! (bit childish, I guess, but anyhow, it’s thinking and drawing work in progress…)

Got my message in this rather infantile sample of a first sketchnote? I hope so, otherwise I’d love your feedback. But let’s repeat  my point in a slightly more formal way:

Sharing information is a tricky thing. If you share a post every day, because you want to be noticed, forget about it without delay, unless you want to keep annoying people. Because, as a matter of fact we’re being overloaded by information all the time, so spare your connections and skip the addressing-the-whole-world-information attitude. Think of your friend’s poor, frenzy head, take a look at my sketchnote and read a few supremely simple tips…

  • Only share links, books, posts, articles after giving them some profound thinking. Is your information chunk directly useful for some specific connection of yours? Go ahead and please your connections!
    Are you sending it because YOU think it is interesting, but you cannot formulate the point of interest for the receiver? Okay, do him a favour and drop it. Now! Sharing is about giving, not about imposing yourself upon someone…
  • You think the link you’re sending is definitely of interest for your connection(s)? Wrap it up as a gift. Tell him in short why you think this information might be useful for his work. In this way the receiver can decide for himself if it’s okay to invest some of his precious time!

By the way,I worked out this first creation in my Rocketbook Wave. Nice digital thingummy to share drawings, analogue infographics or meeting notes digitally.  And you never ever have to buy a notebook again!!!! For more information: watch this movie.


So, do you think my sketchnote is a fairly good start? Let me know. Do you think my initial drawing skills are rather terrible? Save the world from these creations and inform me…