Project: National Principals Conference #NPC17

Project: National Principals Conference #NPC17

On July 10th I had the chance to provide graphic recording for NASSP at the National School Principal Conference.  This conference brought over a thousand K-12 principals from across the country to Philadelphia, PA.  In the evening, the NASSP had their Salute to Leaders Recognition and Awards program.

Here are some pictures from the event. I can’t wait until next year, I really enjoy sharing the power of visual learning with education leaders.

National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

The Jostens Team (yes, the company you bought your graduation ring from!)

Display Setup in Expo Hall give attendees time to reflect.

National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

Breakout session led by Jayne Ellspermann & Tom Dodd


Keynote Speaker Simon Bailey, “Releasing Leadership Brilliance”


National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

NASSP Salute to Leaders, recognition and awards


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Project: Social Enterprise Symposium – University of Maryland

Project: Social Enterprise Symposium – University of Maryland

I love these kinds of projects, because I get to learn something new about business!  I provided graphic recording for the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at their Social Enterprise Symposium.

My favorite quote of the day came from the keynote speaker, Shannon Schuyler of PwC.  She said “Creating a better world is smart for business.”  I agree, 100%.

Great speakers and special thanks to lead sponsors Price Waterhouse Coopers, EarthColor, and Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

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Social Enterprise Symposium - UMD Graphic Recording by Lisa Nelson

Social Enterprise Symposium - Graphic Recording, sketchnotes by Lisa Nelson

Getting started with quotes from the keynote speaker, Shannon Schuyler of PwC

Graphic Recording, Social Enterprise Symposium at UMD Robert Smith School

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Project: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards #1uMLK

Project: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards #1uMLK

On Sunday, January 15th I created this 4’x8′ chart in real-time for the AFL-CIO.  The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards took place at the Hamilton in Washington, DC.  There were 8 award recipients, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and actor Jussie Smollett.

Graphic recording sketchnotes by Lisa Nelson, Washington, DC #1umlk

Graphic recording by Lisa Nelson for #1uMLK. The Hamilton, Washington, DC

I enjoyed working on this project for so many reasons.  One reason is because I come from a family of union workers. When award recipient, Carmen Perez, mentioned the 1199 union it made me smile.

Another reason I enjoyed this project was because of the program itself.  It was so rich with stories of ordinary people doing amazing things.

AFL-CIO Program for #1umlk, Washington, DC

I love this quote that was printed on the program.  It speaks to the labor movement and matched the occasion perfectly.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I used pieces from the music selection, video segments, and stories from the honorees to make the chart a collage.

Click here to see a 15 second video of the complete chart.

Project: GE Advanced Manufacturing Summit

Project: GE Advanced Manufacturing Summit

This week I had the privilege of working with Wildman Event Group and GE for the #AdvancedManufacturing Summit. Speakers included Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio and Steve Case, founder of AOL. This event brought over 300 attendees together to discuss the future of Advanced Manufacturing (#futurefactory).

The Advanced Manufacturing Summit was held at Dock5 Union Market, Washington DC.  This was my first time at this event space and it was an awesome venue.

Graphic Recording #AdvancedManufacturing #futurefactory Washington, DC

This ceiling had tons of light bulbs hanging down and it was so reminiscent of GE.   I even included some light bulbs in my chart!

GE Ventures, Dock5 Union Market, Washington DC

Completed Chart - Graphic Recording for GE Ventures, Washington DC

#Futurefactory Completed Chart of Graphic Recording

Here is the completed chart showing the key points from the presentations, panel discussions and input from attendees.

I even saved space for ideas from attendees during the reception.  My favorite response from an attendee was about the future of Advanced Manufacturing, his answer was “Making things is going to be COOL”.

What stands out for you in the chart? Leave a comment and let me know.


Use Video to Help Your Participants Remember

Use Video to Help Your Participants Remember

How can you make sure the people in the room will remember the key points of your meeting?

According to Hubspot, 80% of users recall a video they saw in the last 30 days.  I’m not surprised at all.  As a matter of fact, I started my graphic recording business as a result of stumbling on a YouTube video and I still remember it!  Here is another factoid from Insivia, 75% of executives watch work-related videos on business websites at least once a week.

So… I found a really effective way to EXTEND graphic recording with video.  You might be saying, “what is graphic recording?”.  Graphic recording is a skill used to capture and summarize meeting content by using hand drawn pictures and text.

Lisa Nelson Graphic Recorder Washington, DCOn Saturday, I attended the Reinvention Weekend business conference. My setup was very simple, I was sitting in the audience drawing in my sketchbook as I listened to the keynote speaker, Melinda Emerson.  When I finished graphic recording, I scanned the picture (see photo) and used the image in a short video that walks through the key points of Melinda’s presentation.

Graphic Recording with Video
Sharing a video will help your participants refresh their memory after your meeting or event.  Don’t forget the people who could not attend, they will really appreciate it and say “I felt like I was there!”  The video below is only 1 minute long but a rich takeaway for participants. Imagine sending your attendees a video like this.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Conference

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Conference

The International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP) had their annual conference in Washington, DC this year.

You know what that means.  It means I had to be there!  I live in the DC metro area, so I was delighted to spend 4 days with a group of folks that love visual thinking as much as I do.

Here are 5 ways to make the most out of your next conference.  I will use IFVP as an example, so here we go…

  1. Have a Plan.  Conferences can be overwhelming, especially when it spans several days.  One hack I tried that worked very well for me is setting an intention each day.  Each day before I arrived, I determined what I wanted to practice and what I wanted to learn from others.  For example, on Day2 I wanted to practice graphic recording using my iPad.   At the end of each day I felt a huge sense of accomplishment because I was focused and intentional.
  2. Participate.  The best way to learn is to DO.  After all, that’s why you are at the conference.  I know it’s tough, especially when sessions run one after the other and it seems like you have a IV drip of coffee.  Make an effort to participate no matter how small.  Ask questions during your sessions, talk with your neighbor, and jump in on the exercises and group activities.  That’s what I did and it always helped me connect with the people at my table.
    Group exercise - drawing - IFVP Arlington, VA

    Group exercise for building a mobile.

    IFVP Mobile Graphic Recording Arlington, VA

    Completed mobile. WOW. Designed by Team Sculptures


  3. Make time to meet up.  Conferences are the perfect time to meet up with friends you don’t see often.  The best advice I have for this is to plan before the conference.  Find out who is attending and connect with them early so you can make plans for a morning walk or happy hour.  I was so happy to see my buddies from the #CincyTakesOnPoverty project.Friends IFVP Arlington, VA
  4. Talk to the Vendors.  The vendors participating at a conference can give you fresh ideas on how to help your clients. They also have insight on trends in your industry, so learn what’s hot and what’s not from them.  You can usually buy supplies, get significant discounts and save on shipping.
    Neuland Markers Graphic Recording Tools Supplies

    Neuland was in the house, so that means stock up on ink and markers. I picked up my free gift too, love the marker bag!

    Scribes-to-GO Printing Graphic Recording

    Scribes-To-Go shared ideas on using print materials to make our events POP!

  5. Have Fun!  Look at this crowd.  Yes, the photographer told us to say cheese or something like that.  But we were all genuinely having FUN together.  Such a supportive community to be a part of.  The conference theme came true in this picture for us, United We Scribe!

What’s your best tip for getting the most out of a conference? Please share and comment below.

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