Engage Attendees by Encouraging Doodling

Learn the how, when, where and why of successful doodling.

Want to capture attendees’ attention and ensure that participants retain information during important meetings? Then encourage them to doodle. Yes, doodle!

Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, recently shared her effective doodling tips with Fast Company. The human mind is often in linguistic mode, with all of the reading, writing and speaking we do. As Brown explains in the article, doodling helps the brain shift to a visual medium, which helps produce creative insights.

Tips for Allowing Attendees to Doodle Their Way to Meeting Success

  • Doodle during lessons or presentations. Visual attention doesn’t compete with what participants are hearing and can actually help the learning process. Both abstract doodling and “info-doodles,” which are a combination of images and key words, help people absorb information.
  • Attendees don’t have to be accomplished artists to doodle effectively. Successful doodling is spontaneous. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even recognizable to anyone else.
  • Brown recommends three doodling exercises to help people rethink the familiar. Encourage attendees to try these exercises during an Ideate, Produce or Educate meeting.
    • Atomization. This exercise entails taking an object and breaking it down into small parts, which can include parts of the object or its environment. This helps people see things they wouldn’t normally notice when considering the objects as a whole.
    • Game-Storming. Take two unrelated things and break them down into their atomized parts. Drawings that fuse these parts together will help attendees see things from different angles and points of view.
    • Process Map. Create what Brown calls a “cause and effect” doodle, which is a visual that illustrates the sequence of events in any given problem. This can help attendees make better sense of complex situations.