1 minute animated guide to finding the right #visualthinking approach for your organisations #learning, #engagement, #collaboration and #communication needs

Crackerjack Visual Thinking helps people think, learn and collaborate more effectively using a range of visual thinking approaches that engage people, increase understanding and improve communication.

Take a look at our 1 minute guide below to find the right visual thinking approach for your needs and then contact us and visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com to discuss your specific requirements in more detail.

Great day helping the #Interflora leadership team #develop their #visualthinking skills!

I spent yesterday running a Scribble Lab session with the Interflora senior leadership team helping them being to develop their visual thinking skills – in particular their drawing and graphic recording techniques.

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It was great to see the team really engage with the workshop and commit to using the tools and techniques learnt during the Scribble Lab session to help visualise, explore, clarify and communicate both their own and their teams thinking.

To find out more about how Crackerjack Visual Thinking can help you, please CONTACT US.


John Ashton
Crackerjack Visual Thinking

Crackerjack Visual Thinking to develop the #visualthinking skills of the #Interflora senior leadership team

I’m pleased to share with you that Crackerjack Visual Thinking will be working with the Interflora senior leadership team (SLT) in November to help them develop their visual thinking skill set.

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We’ll be focussing on helping them develop both confidence and technique in drawing and also capturing information visually in a live environment.

The goal will be to enable the SLT to begin using these approaches in their own meetings to drive better conversations and enable ideas to be explored and captured more effectively.

If you and your colleagues would also benefit from developing these visual thinking skills, please do CONTACT US.

John Ashton
Director – Crackerjack Visual Thinking

Give your people the power to draw (a.k.a. communicate more effectively)! #visualthinking #communicate #engage #teamdevelopment

Getting people and teams to communicate effectively is one of the key challenges facing organisations of all shapes and sizes.

We here at Crackerjack Visual Thinking believe that helping people to feel confident and empowered to use sketches, diagrams and drawings to communicate thoughts and ideas can create a significant cultural change in an organisation.


We have witnessed people having numerous ‘lightbulb’ moments which were only possible because information and ideas were shared visually (rather than the more traditional formats for sharing information including reports, bullet-point presentations etc).

That’s why we are passionate about helping people develop their drawing skills and offer a number of training workshops which we call ‘Scribble Labs™‘.

Scribble Lab 1

Scribble Lab™ 1: Get Scribbling! is ideal for those people wanting to develop their drawing skills. We can offer this as a standalone 1 day workshop or can tailor it to your teams specific needs. Ideal as part of a team development activity.

We also offer a 1:1 coaching option if that better suits your needs.

To find out more about how our Scribble Labs™ can help your people to communicate more effectively, please contact us

We’ll soon be ‘revealing all’ about our busy summer here at Crackerjack! #visualthinking #communication #engagement

Hope you all had a great summer!

Whilst we’ve been able to fit a few holidays in over the summer, we’ve also been busy supporting clients  in a number of different ways. Whilst we can’t yet reveal everything we’ve been doing (client confidentiality, hence the blurred images below!), we can tell that we’ve doing lots including:

  • Creating a new interactive toolkit to help managers improve quality and care at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. The toolkit is due to be launched in the next few days.


  • Graphic recording for number of clients including Northumbrian Water, National Trust and Oxford University Hospitals.

  • Delivering our first 1:1 Scribble Lab coaching programme for a client at EVHR Consulting.

  • Creating a rich picture detailing Solent NHS Trusts new strategic direction.

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We’ll be revealing more details on this work over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, why not visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com to find out more about our work. Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.


Great feedback for Crackerjack’s first 1:1 Scribble Lab coaching session! #visualthinking


Here’s some great feedback Crackerjack received from Sian Lloyd at EV HR Consulting following on from the first ever 1:1 Scribble Lab coaching session we ran for her:

“John’s graphic recording coaching is not only extremely valuable but also hugely enjoyable. My individual Scribble Lab session had been carefully planned to build on my abilities and with a clear direction of the goals I had said I wanted to achieve. Having this one to one attention from someone so experienced enabled me to move through my learning quickly and find answers to my many questions. A very inspiring day!”

This initial session helped Sian develop her drawing and page layout skills and will be followed up by four 1 hour on-line coaching sessions to help her develop her graphic recording technique.

To find out how Crackerjack Visual Thinking could help you develop your own visual thinking skills or support you in your work, please visit our website or contact us.


House of Fraser L&D team develop their scribbling skills! #visualthinking

I spent half a day yesterday running a bespoke version of Scribble Lab 1™ with 12 members of the House of Fraser learning and development (L&D) team.

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The team is keen to incorporate visual thinking approaches into their work and the workshop helped them begin to develop the core drawing skills needed to do this.

Developing these core drawing skills will enable them to feel confident in creating images to communicate information and drive conversation during the design and delivery phases of their work across multiple learning channels.

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At the end of the session, the session participants were all able to identify immediate ways in which they could incorporate the skills learnt during the Scribble Lab into their current and future work.

To find out more about Scribble Labs™ and how they could benefit your organisation and teams, please contact us.

House of Fraser chooses Crackerjack Visual Thinking’s Scribble Lab™ 1 to help develop its #visualthinking skills!

Crackerjack Visual Thinking is very pleased to have been asked to deliver a bespoke version of our Scribble Lab™ 1 visual thinking training workshop to House of Fraser’s learning and development team later this month.

Scribble Lab™ 1 enables participants to draw great graphics and use simple visual tools in the meetings and events they lead (ideal for learning and development teams).

To find out more about Scribble Labs™ click here or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

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NEW Scribble Lab™ Visual Thinking Skills Workshops

Crackerjack’s Scribble Labs™ are designed to help you explore and develop the skills you need to use the power of Visual Thinking in your work.

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We currently offer three different Scribble Labs™ and all are facilitated by John Ashton (owner of Crackerjack Visual Thinking). Available as both open and in-house workshops, we ensure that:

  • All of our workshops are run using best practise visual thinking and graphic facilitation principles.
  • No more than 8 people attend each workshop, so you can be sure you will receive plenty of direct coaching and support from John during your chosen Scribble Lab™.

To find about each of our Scribble Labs™ and decide which one is right for your needs, please read the overview of each workshop below and then click on the heading for more information:

Scribble Lab™ 1: Get Scribbling!

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Enabling you to draw great graphics and simple visual tools that you can use in the meetings and events you lead.

Scribble Lab™ 2: Listen, Think, Scribble!

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Introducing you to the art of creating real-time visual records of meetings and events (often referred to as Live Scribing or Graphic Recording) as they happen.

Scribble Lab™ 3: Including Scribbling In Your Event Design!

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Helping you unleash the power of Visual Thinking in your meeting, workshop and event designs!


If you have any questions about our Scribble Labs™ then please do contact us or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com