Every so often, XPLANE offers immersive two-day visual thinking learning experiences for individuals. This post covers who should attend and what skills one can expect to learn.
Throughout the year, XPLANE offers two immersive learning experiences for individuals:
Visual Thinking 101: The Foundations
Visual Thinking 201: Applying it to your Org
Below we'll address who should attend the workshops (and who shouldn't) and skills one can expect to walk away with post-workshops.
Professionals in large organizations who want to leverage visual communications. Use case examples include using visuals to ensure everyone on your team understands the process, testing new ideas, or having strategic conversations in less time by using diagrams instead of slide decks.
Change management practitioners and independent consultants who want to incorporate more visuals into their communications and facilitation style.
Seasoned visual thinking practitioners and designers. If you work as a visual facilitator professionally, we recommend you skip the 101-level and go straight to the 201-level.
Visual Thinking School attendees who have attended our monthly VTS event and you want more in-depth skills and hands-on training, this is for you.
If you want to strengthen your facilitation skills, get live-practice, and learn to map which activities and exercises to lead for various types of problems and groups, this is not the workshop for you.
If you want to become a Design Thinker and learn how to shape user insights into testable prototypes, this is not the workshop for you. Learn more about the differences between Visual Thinking vs. Design Thinking.
101 Workshop Skills: The Foundations of Visual Thinking
Understand the visual alphabet and build your visual vocabulary
Practice visualizing common scenarios, behaviors, and moments you experience in the workplace
Learn how and when to use different visual frameworks to organize information and answer specific audience questions
Apply information design techniques to your visuals to solve problems and connect information with nodes and flows
You will leave the workshop with hands-on practice using a real-world scenario that combines the skills above to create a visual communication model targeted for a specific audience.
201 Workshop Skills: Applying Visual Thinking to your Organization
Visual sensemaking; the process of wrestling with a complex idea until landing upon the perfect visual to explain it
Practice visualizing use cases within your organization
Understand visual tools and techniques to create a storyboard for a user experience, customer journey, value proposition, or vision statement, all using.. you guessed it, visuals.
Build assessment skills to determine what types of meetings can be re-designed to incorporate visuals and how to apply visuals in meetings for greater engagement and impact
Learn which visual frameworks XPLANE uses with Fortune 500 clients to gain alignment, make decisions, and uncover gaps in understanding
Yes and yes! The workshops are a cumulative visual thinking training course. The 201-level will start with the assumption that you already have the 101-level skills. We highly recommend that you take the 101 Workshop before the 201 Workshop (unless you are a visual facilitator professionally, in which case we recommend you skip the 101-level).
Yes! While XPLANE is not an accredited educational institution, we will provide you with a certificate upon successful completion of the course. This can be helpful in acquiring professional development funds to cover the cost of the course.