Virtual events have become a ubiquitous part of our lives, as the pandemic has forced many organisations to adapt to remote working and virtual meetings. While virtual spaces offer a range of benefits, they also present new challenges, especially when it comes to presenting ideas and engaging audiences.
Visualising ideas using visual thinking is an effective way to make virtual spaces more engaging. It can enhance communication by employing visual thinking techniques, such as creating diagrams, charts, and infographics, so participants can more easily understand and absorb information.
Visual thinking also helps to break down complex or abstract concepts into more digestible parts, making it easier for participants to grasp the overall picture. This can keep audiences engaged and interested in the topic being discussed, which is particularly important for virtual events where distractions can be abundant.
Additionally, visual thinking can create a shared understanding between participants, which can facilitate better communication and collaboration. When ideas are presented visually, participants can see and interact with them in a more tangible way, which can lead to more productive discussions
and better outcomes.
One way to incorporate visual thinking is through visual notes, also known as sketchnotes, which are a form of visual storytelling that helps to bring ideas to life. They are a combination of hand-drawn illustrations, symbols, and annotations that help to convey complex information in a clear and engaging manner. Visual notes are an ideal tool for virtual events, as they allow presenters to visualise their ideas that can be shared with attendees in real time.
Live illustrations are another powerful tool for visualising ideas in virtual spaces. They involve a professional illustrator who creates illustrations in real-time, in response to the speaker’s presentation.
The illustrations are then shared with the audience, either via screen sharing or in a digital format. This technique is particularly effective for presentations where the speaker wants to bring a story to life or explain a complex concept in a visual manner.
When used in combination, visual notes and live illustrations can engage and inspire audiences in virtual events. They help to break up the monotony of long presentations and keep attendees’ attention focused on the speaker’s message. Moreover, the visual elements created during virtual events can be reused in other contexts, such as on websites, social media platforms, or in marketing materials.
Whether through visual notes or live illustrations, the use of visual elements can help to bring presentations to life and leave a lasting impression on attendees. By incorporating visual elements into your virtual events, you can elevate your presentations to the next level and make your ideas come to life.
Let’s visualise ideas for your next event! Why not have Ortus Draws listen in? With a live illustrator present, you’ll have a concise, coherent, and colourful visual representation of the discussion ready to catch the eyes and engage viewers.
Ortus Draws is a live sketchnoting company that specialises in bringing ideas to life with creative and informative mind maps. Our sketchnotes capture the key points of virtual events, roundtables, webinars, discussions, conferences, presentations, pitches, interviews, and internal meetings. Are you looking for an illustrator for your event? Contact us now!