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20NTC Session Proposal

Sketchnotes: Tools and Tips to Improve Visual Communication


Sketchnotes can keep your notebooks tidy, create new ways to organize your thoughts in real time, and create a compelling record of your experiences. For nonprofit professionals, sketchnotes are great for visualizing projects, documenting processes, bringing what you’ve learned at conferences to your colleagues back at the office, and more. In this session, NTC sketchnote veterans will introduce basic concepts of visual note-taking, and share their  colorful, narrative styles.

You’ll learn:

  • Why sketchnotes?
  • How to get started
  • Tools!
  • Strategies for fast-paced environments

The entire session will be hands-on, developing a visual language approach you can start using right away.


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Genie Gratto

Communications Consultant


Genie Gratto is a mission-driven communicator with a passion for storytelling, technology, and social change. She began her career as a reporter, but has spent more than two decades communicating on behalf of nonprofits, fulfilling a broad range of missions including ensuring freedom of choice for all women, progressive police research, labor rights, protecting the public’s health, and promoting diversity in tech.

Adrienne Figus

Project Manager

Smith College Libraries

Digital fundraiser, project manager, artist, and proud holder of an NTEN Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate.

Find me sketching notes at your lecture, getting cranky on Twitter, or swiftly hand-coloring and assembling a few hundred buttons in support of a local ballot initiative (possibly all at the same time!)

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March 14, 2019


1:15pm – 1:45pm
2:00pm – 2:30pm

CFRE Credits

NFR - .5

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