The other day, I gave an internal talk, and I tried an experiment. Using my iPad and the GoodNotes app, I drew all of my slides while I was talking (except the first slide, which I drew in advance).
I’ve always been in awe of people who can draw, I’ve never been good at it.
When I was asked to present to a team, I wanted to use my drawings rather than do traditional slides. I actually hate using tools like PowerPoint and Google Slides to do presentations. Typically I use Deckset, but in this case, I wanted to do them all drawn.
I started off by drawing out my slides in advance. But then I thought, “instead of showing pre-drawn slides, why don’t I draw the slides as I talk? That way, people will know where to look because they’ll look at where I’m drawing.”
I still had to prepare the presentation in advance. I drew all of the slides beforehand. And then I printed them out and had them in front of me so that I could re-draw them during the talk. Since it was done over Zoom, people couldn’t actually see that I was working from the print-outs (although they might have heard the paper rustling).
One benefit of this technique was that it made it easier to answer questions, because I could draw out my answer. When I was writing the text at the top, somebody asked, “Is that something like a root cause chain?” I drew the boxes and arrows in response, to explain how this isn’t chain-like, but instead is more like a web.
The selected images above should give you a sense of what my slides looked like. I had fun doing the presentation, and I’d try this approach again. It was certainly more enjoyable than futzing with slide layout.