Episode 133: Ashton Rodenhiser – Visual Note Taking: How Graphic Recording Can Improve Your Meetings

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This episode explores the power of visualizing ideas through the art of graphic recording with Ashton Rodenhiser. Ashton explains how she turned her creative skills into a career as a graphic recorder, capturing the key ideas and insights from meetings, conferences, and presentations through illustrations. She discusses how graphic recording can improve meetings by helping people engage, remember information, and make connections visually.

Ashton shares tips for how anyone can start incorporating visual note taking into their own lives through simple doodling and drawing techniques. She recommends starting with basic shapes like lines, circles, and squares and building a “visual vocabulary” of icons that represent multiple ideas. Ashton stresses that the drawings don't have to be perfect – it's the process of listening, processing, and visually representing information that matters most.

Key takeaways from the episode:

  • Graphic recording can improve meetings by helping up to 80% of “visual learners” engage and remember information presented.
  • Simple doodling techniques like drawing lines to connect ideas or using icons can boost information retention by up to 29%.
  • Anyone can learn the basics of visual note taking – it just requires practice drawing simple shapes and building a set of visual “shortcuts” that represent multiple concepts. Neatness and artistic ability are not important.
  • The illustrations created through graphic recording can be used as accountability tools, reminders, and even marketing materials to demonstrate the value of meetings and presentations.

Ashton Rodenhiser worked with diverse groups, from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.

Ashton Rodenhiser is passionate about lifting the creative spirit in everyone that she meets. For the past seven years, she has followed her passion for helping people communicate their ideas and combined that with creativity by founding Mind's Eye Creative Consulting.

You’ll often find her with markers in hand as she’s helping bring ideas to life through graphic recording and graphic facilitation practices.

She’s worked with diverse groups, from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. It may appear as if she’s the silent illustrator in the room. In fact, she’s helping to break down complex concepts and notions into an easily understandable visual language, helping others retain more information while inspiring people to continue practicing her techniques in the world.

Over the years, she has brought close to a thousand presentations and conversations to life either on paper or digitally.

When she’s not working with clients, she’s being silly with her three young kids and husband in rural Canada.


  • Introduction
    • Ashton explains what graphic recording is and how she got into the field
  • The benefits of graphic recording
    • Helping visual learners engage and remember information
    • Improving facilitation and communication
    • Capturing key insights that may otherwise be lost
    • Using the illustrations as accountability tools and reminders
  • Getting started with visual note taking
    • Using simple shapes, lines, and icons
    • Building a “visual vocabulary”
    • Focusing on the process, not the artistic ability
    • Practicing and gaining confidence over time
  • Graphic recording in different contexts
    • Facilitated meetings and strategic planning sessions
    • Conferences and presentations
    • Webinars, podcasts, and blog posts

Get $5 OFF on Ashton's Ebook NOW! (not sure when this will expire, so definitely check it out asap if you're interested!)

Ebook Title: The Beginners Guide to Sketchnoting
Buy link:  ⁠http://www.sketchnote.school/book⁠
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