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.
Updated February 5, 2019
Throughout the year, XPLANE offers two-day immersive learning experiences for individuals called Visual Thinking Boot Camps (formerly known as Visual Thinking Workshops). Here's what our boot camps cover:
Visual Thinking Day 1: The Foundations
You'll start your day by learning a brief history of visual thinking, how it works, and why it's important. After that there will be demonstrations, followed by learning expert techniques, frameworks and approaches. You'll end Day 1 learning tactics and tools to use to effectively create alignment.
Visual Thinking Day 2: Applying it to your Org
On Day 2 of your visual thinking journey, you'll start by identifying a complex idea and finding the perfect visual to explain it. Following that exercise, you'll learn how to apply visual thinking to your organization: prototyping, storyboarding and mapping out a user experience, customer journey, or value proposition. By the end of the day, you'll walk away with numerous exercises, frameworks, tools, and tricks to engage and align your team, clients and/or co-workers.
Below we address who should attend our boot camps (and who shouldn't) and the skills you can expect to walk away with.
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 who work as a visual facilitator professionally and want to level-up their skills.
Visual Thinking School attendees who have attended our monthly VTS event and 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 event for you.
If you want to become a Design Thinker and learn how to shape user insights into testable prototypes, this is not the event for you. Learn more about the differences between Visual Thinking vs. Design Thinking.
Day 1: The Fundamentals
Learn and understand the visual alphabet, and build your visual vocabulary
Practice creating visuals of 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
Leave with hands-on practice using a real-world scenario that combines the skills above to create a use case targeted to a specific audience
Day 2: Application for Impactful Decisions
Complexity busting: the process of wrestling with a complex idea until landing upon the perfect visual to explain it
Practice visualizing using cases from 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! 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.
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