Marcel van Hove
Visual Facilitation Video .

How to create your own sketch note video?

Todays guest is Matthew Magain from Matthew is a good friend of mine and I’ve been following his journey for quite a while. After Matthew gives us a bit of background of where he came from and how he started with sketch noting as a teacher in Japan we talk about sketch note videos in detail.

A lot of my students ask: “How can I create my own sketch note video” and I am very happy that Matthew opens his big draw of tricks and tips to share his insights with you.

We talk about your first setup and what is essential for a high quality recording. What the pre-production looks like and what steps you can take in the post-production to spice it up. We give an overview about digital tools on an iPad and what outcome you can expect from those tools.

After listening to the podcast you should have a good idea about how you can get started with your own sketch note video.

Please enjoy the interview with Matthew Magain from

  • slideshow of 2-days bikablo® visual facilitation training

slideshow of bikablo® visual facilitation training

A slideshow for everyone

Last week I ran a 2-days class of the bikablo® visual facilitation training again in Melbourne. While I created the photo documentation for participants, I thought why not exporting a slideshow out for everyone to share.

To give a bit of context: On the first day of the training you reactivate your drawing skills and on the second day we put the learnings into practise with group facilitation exercises, visual storytelling and graphic recording.

Get an idea about the training

The original slideshow export was much to long so I cut out graphic recording and the group facilitation exercise from the second day. I think you get an idea about the training anyway. Enjoy the 60 seconds footage!


Eventbrite - Visual Facilitation Training (Fundamentals & Practitioner Day)



  • Meetings are effective, short and fun again!

Why start drawing today and become a visual facilitator tomorrow?

In everyday life our brain processes pictures all the time, for example when we see a car on the street. The brain will immediately connect it to all the information about how fast it is, which direction it is going and if it will be a threat or not. This is happening in pictures, not words and our brain processes visual information very effectively .

Why drawing for yourself?

Drawing for yourself is a great way to create ideas and improve your memory. Most of us learn quicker if we visualise the content to be learnt. When recalling the information a picture comes up in your memory more easily than words.

Drawing also helps us to be creative. As my daughter said when asked why she would draw: “My brain creates new ideas”. That is absolutely right, drawing helps us to focus our mind and create new ideas. Or why do you doodle on the phone?

Why drawing with others?

Drawing for your team is the next step. Brain science shows that about 25% of humans work mainly verbally. Another 30% work mainly visually and about 45% work best with both, words and pictures. So if you are addressing an audience you will only be able to reach 100% with a combination of words and pictures.

You don’t need to be an artist

Why start drawing today and become a visual facilitator yourself

It is not about impressing the team with artistic masterpieces. Everyone can learn to communicate by drawing, there is no artistic talent required. It is about simple drawings that you use to explain what you mean.

Having to solve a problem? Drawing in meetings will start a conversation quicker. In the same way as if you draw for yourself, you will create new ideas easily and you will identify more and more solutions. Having conflicts in a group? Draw the attention to the whiteboard and away from each other.

Become a visual leader

Why start drawing today and become a visual facilitator yourself

You become a leader of the conversation with a white board marker. It brings a lot of focus and clarity into the discussion and helps to understand different points of view. The number of Aha! moments rises, people are much more engaged and it makes meetings much shorter and more effective.

If you have a complex problem to solve, I say you can probably save half of your meeting time just by drawing together. Take a photo of the whiteboard and every participant will be able to recall the meeting at one glance afterwards.

In summary:

Meetings are effective, short and fun again!
  • • You remember more and create new ideas easily
  • • You reach your audience better
  • • You solve conflicts by speaking towards the whiteboard
  • • You create clarity and focus in your next meeting
  • • You become a visual leader
  • • Meetings are shorter, effective and fun again

You can’t draw or think that you can’t facilitate a meeting on a whiteboard yet? I would like to invite you to come to my next bikablo® visual facilitation training and learn the simple drawing technique that so far more than 1000 people world wide have learnt.


Eventbrite - Visual Facilitation Training (Fundamentals & Practitioner Day)



  • Visual facilitation video to explain Frontline business model

Frontline explains their business model in an 80 second video

When Frontline asked me to help them explaining their business model in a short video, I was instantly in it. Frontline is a not for commercial profit, member based retail buying group, working on behalf of the retailers and supplier.

Have a look at Frontline

Frontline helps in areas such as accounting and administration, negotiating discounts and trading terms, group buying opportunities and new technologies, particularly in online retail and wholesale websites.

Here is what and how we did it

  • 1. Kickoff:

    I met the Digital Division Manager from Frontline and we had a short kickoff session in which we talked about the key message. This may sound simple but it isn’t. Quite often your key message a bit hidden between the lines. So instead of getting to that directly – try to listen to stories and try to scribble it on the fly. We had heaps of fun!

  • 2. Frontline drew!

    Inspired by the initial scribbling session, Frontline came back with their own scribbles and a great story about a couple that runs a shop together appeared. Fred and Fran were born! We selected “Being connected with other retailers” and to “Get help whenever needed” as strongest key messages. Even better Frontline also prepared the text for the voice over so that I knew how much drawing roughly is possible. Even if you can adjust the speed of the video, if there is only one sentence and you have a whole page to draw it doesn’t look so well.

  • 3. Marcel drew!

    With that raw story and audio outline I went home and started drawing myself. Whenever I had a slide ready I quickly flicked it through with my iPhone to Frontline and got instant feedback. At the end of the day I had the drawings ticked off.

  • 4. Recoding day!

    Every slide needs to get drawn once again to get recorded. I used my Canon EOS M camera mounted on a microphone stand over the drawing table but my other videos are recorded with and iPhone5. The most important thing here is light and that the camera is exactly over the paper. In this way you have less problems with shadows. After the cutting we met at Frontline for the sound over…

  • 5. Receptionist became rockstar!

    If you call Frontline today you talk to the same person that did the sound over. This fact underpins the idea of being connected. So the same person that Fran spoke to in the video. You can speak to yourself. I love this little fact!

  • Here is what Digital Division Manager, Fleur Vickers says about the work we did:

    “In just over a minute, our new video clearly communicates a business model many of us have struggled to explain for years! Marcel was fun to work with, and helpful in turning our receptionist into our voice over girl. So much so that she may consider leaving us for a new career. Good one Marcel.”, Fleur Vickers, Frontline

  • Video: How is the Business Model working?

    Visual facilitation video to explain Frontline business model

    Visual facilitation video to explain Frontline business model



Graphic Recording of Agile Australia

Last week I had the honour to create a graphic recording for Activate Agile session of the Agile Australia 2014. It was a really nice day which brought students and future employers together.

Students and employers together

Seven great and inspiring agile professionals across different companies described their daily work-life in their agile companies. The audience were mostly students and were invited to ask questions to the panel on stage. Awesome idea of the organizers to bring the graduates of the future together with great employers.

Graphic Recording – Check out the video

The stop-motion video below summarizes the 2:30 hours of lightning talks, question and answers sessions from the seven inspiring Melbournians on stage! Check it out!