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Visual Storytelling: Talking Shop with Lynn Kearny

OPWL Webinar

Everyone knows that storytelling is a great tool to engage people and foster community. Everyone also knows that visuals help people understand and remember. So why not put them together? Join Lynn for examples of visual storytelling (the apps) and some how–to’s (the skills) as she previews her Master’s Series presentation at this year’s ISPI conference.

Why Visual Storytelling?

We will start with examples of visual storytelling: how it has been used for analysis, learning, collaboration, and communicating performance issues/solutions to clients. A sheet of references will point you toward research findings that underpin the use of visuals and storytelling.

How Can You Do That?

How can you tell your story visually if you can’t draw? We will start by playing with a graphic alphabet from which you can build images, just as you use letters to build words. You’ll find you can draw abstractions as well as objects. You’ll get a questionnaire and chart to assess the graphics issue of what’s good, and how good does it have to be?

Next there’s story – how do you find a story that suits your purpose? You’ll get a job aid to guide your thought process.

Finally we’ll move to illustrating the elements of your story… using a storyboard worksheet.

You will leave with these resources to guide your visual storytelling in the future.

  • Lynn Kearny

    Lynn Kearny

    Lynn Kearny, a human performance consultant for 30+ years, works with organizations to improve human performance at the individual, process and organizational levels. A past ISPI Board member, she is co-author of Performance Architecture and Organizational Intelligence, Pfeiffer 2009 and 2010 publications, and is a contributor to the HPT Handbook. She specializes in graphics that help people grasp new ideas quickly. Lynn mixes graphics, stories and hands-on exercises, drawing on solid evidence from learning psychology.

    Lynn Kearny, a human performance consultant for 30+ years, works with organizations to improve human performance at the individual, process and organizational levels. A past ISPI Board member, she is co-author of Performance Architecture and Organizational Intelligence, Pfeiffer 2009 and 2010 publications, and is a contributor to the HPT Handbook. She specializes in graphics that help people grasp new ideas quickly. Lynn mixes graphics, stories and hands-on exercises, drawing on solid evidence from learning psychology.