Grant and Paddy of The Visual Jam - SE09 / EP09


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In this episode, I’m joined by Grant Wright and Paddy Dhanda, the two guys who run the super-popular, monthly online meetup, The Visual Jam.

Hear how their Visual Jam plans changed — from a local meetup in Birmingham England — to a truly international gathering during the pandemic and lockdowns of summer 2020 and beyond.

And don’t forget to check out the link for Visual Jam Xtra on Saturday, April 24th, where I’ll deconstruct my sketchnoting process with you.

Enjoy the episode!


This episode is brought to you by Visual Jam Xtra: Live Sketchnoting Deconstructed with Mike Rohde!

In the first ever Visual Jam Xtra, Mike Rohde joins Grant, Paddy and you to deconstruct the process he follows when he creates real-time sketchnotes. Mike will take a popular speech, listen, pause, sketch and talk through his thought process step by step.

In this 2 hour live session, you will be able to immerse yourself by sketching along with Mike, picking up valuable tips and insights along the way. Learn how Mike prepares his sketchnotes, builds his layouts and how he weaves writing, lettering and drawings together, followed by a Q&A to get your questions answered!

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  • Learn tips and tricks and how Mike integrates them into his sketchnotes.
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  • You will receive a full recording of the live session so you can replay at your own pace.

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  • Intro: Who are Grant and Paddy?
  • The origin story of Grant and Paddy in visual thinking and The Visual Jam
  • The pandemic shift
  • International audience and repeat members
  • Exploring Visual Jam Xtra sessions
  • Tools
  • Tips
  • Outro



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Grant’s Tools:

Paddy’s Tools:


Grant’s Tips:

  1. Start with a few simpler words, then expand with visuals
  2. Form a habit of practice

Paddy’s Tips:

  1. Pre draw elements of your sketchnote to reduce pressure
  2. Include hand-drawn elements in your slides



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