It’s Never Too Late!

It’s Never Too Late!

The year is winding down… so fast.  How did that happen?

I am reflecting on all of the good times and the challenges of the year.  It’s easy to think to yourself “Oh, it’s too late for me to  _______ (fill in the blank).

Well, it’s never too late!  Consider this…

  • Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car.
  • Morgan Freeman’s acting career didn’t take off until he was 52.  That year, he appeared in the films Glory, Driving Miss Daisy and Lean on Me.
  • Julia Child worked in advertising and media before writing her first cookbook when she was 50, launching her career as a celebrity chef.

Here is a drawing I created that sums it all up.  I hope it inspires you to do greater things starting TODAY.  It’s never too late to start something great!

Never too late, Sketchnote, Lisa Nelson Washington DC

What will you start TODAY?

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.

 

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.

Technology Solutions for Small Business Owners

Technology Solutions for Small Business Owners

This week I attended my first event with Her Corner.  Her Corner provides face-to-face networking for women entrepreneurs through various events.  The speaker series for July focused on technology solutions for small business owners.  The guest speaker was social media and technology expert Lena West, founder of Influence Expansion.

This was such a fun and informative session.   It’s one thing to hear about tools, but when someone explains how they are using it… well that takes it to another level.  Lena shared some of her favorite tools for getting clients, keeping clients and growing your business.  I created this visual summary using my iPad.

I can’t wait to attend the next Her Corner event.  I really enjoyed being in a room full of supportive women that are fired up about business 😀

See the visual summary below.

technology-solutions-small-business-lena-west

For a larger view, click the image to expand.

Have you signed up for any of these services?  What was your favorite tip?  Comment below.

 

Adam Ostrow of Mashable Shares Trends in Social Media

Adam Ostrow of Mashable Shares Trends in Social Media

I did some really interesting work recently featuring Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer of Mashable.  Social@Ogilvy asked me to create sketchnotes of the presentation by Adam Ostrow to their agency on trends in social media.

When preparing to create visual summaries, I always do some research on the speaker.  I was excited to find out that Adam was a graduate of University of Maryland, just a few miles from my office 😀

I enjoyed hearing Adam talk about the Oreo tweet sensation that happened during the superbowl.  Can you find the Oreo in the picture?

See my sketchnotes that were created on the iPad below for the highlights from this presentation.

For a larger view, click the image to expand.

 

Speaker: Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer at Mashable

 

For the complete article on the Social Ogilvy blog, click here.

What was your biggest takeaway? Please share and comment below.

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