Ashton Rodenhiser on visualizing ideas, idea retention, making others feel heard, and how AI will change creativity at work (#46)

Ashton Rodenhiser

Ashton Rodenhiser, Founder, Live Illustrator & Sketchnoting Educator of Mind’s Eye Creative Consulting. 

We talk about visualizing ideas, idea retention, making others feel heard, and how AI will change creativity at work.

Contact Ashton

Website: ⁠http://www.mindseyecreative.ca/⁠

Website: ⁠http://www.sketchnote.school⁠

LinkedIn: ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashtonrodenhiser/⁠⁠

Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/MindsEyeCCF⁠

Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/ashtonmindseye/⁠

Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/MindsEyeCreativeCF⁠

YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@sketchnoteschool⁠

Pinterest: ⁠www.pinterest.com/SketchnoteSchool⁠

TikTok: ⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mindseyecreative⁠

About Ashton

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

Over the years, she has brought over 2500 presentations and conversations to life either on paper or digitally. She’s now on a mission to teach sketchnoting skills to students and professionals on how to use doodling and drawing as their best thinking and learning tool. 

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


Sketchnote School
Beginner’s Guide to Sketchnoting
Free video lesson – Draw your First sketchnote in 15 minutes
Parade by Sylvan Esso
Charlotte Cardin
Overcoming Underearning(R): A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life by Barbara Stanny


[02:38] Ashton introduces herself
[03:35] Ashton’s introduction to graphic design
[05:46] Explaining visual facilitation
[09:15] Uses for a graphic recording of an event
[10:41] Using graphic recordings for easy recall
[12:41] An example of what a graphic facilitation project looks like
[15:27] The benefit of bringing in someone from the outside
[17:45] Understanding what success looks like
[22:30] How to ensure people feel seen and heard
[24:35] How to encourage people to contribute
[27:09] Giving people different avenues to communicate
[28:57] Creating a safe space using community guidelines
[30:49] Creativity in the workplace
[31:21] Creativity as the most important skill employers look for
[36:14] How to address someone who says they’re not creative
[44:01] An overview of The Beginner’s Guide to Sketchnoting
[47:34] The daily practice Ashton attributes her well-being to
[48:29] The music Ashton listens to when she needs a confidence boost
[49:20] The book Ashton recommends to the audience
[51:28] The advice Ashton leaves everyone with
[52:30] How to find/reach Ashton Rodenhiser


“That’s what makes me so frustrated about like traditional note taking because our memory retention, is just so poor. And like you said, a lot of people think in pictures, a lot of people learn in a visual way. So why are we not like using visuals in this way in workplaces too?”

“Using these types of things like doodles or other, playful things in the workplace can help in that level engagement and actually help you take that information to do something with an afterwards, which is what I would hope everybody wants.”

“For me, it’s about making sure that we create an environment in that meeting or session or engagement, whatever we’re doing to make this a good use of everybody’s time because asking a hundred leaders to get into a room for a day, that’s a huge ask. It’s very, very difficult to do that.”

“One thing that I always do when I introduce myself is I try to infuse a little humor, everybody relates to laughter, right? And if you can make someone laugh, you’ve already built an instant connection with someone. And. If you can show a little bit of vulnerability and you don’t know any of these people, maybe they can show a little bit of vulnerability.”

“I’ll give people ways to engage with me where they may not feel comfortable also, just like speaking up verbally in a meeting, because I know that can be, that can be a challenge, for a lot of people. So giving people other ways to be able to connect with what I’m doing and making sure that they, have a voice. And what it is that I’m creating.

“Ultimately setting up a really safe company culture would be ideal so that the people that you already have and the people that you’re going to attract to work for you, are, are come with all of these amazing creativity that they, that you can now benefit from and everybody can benefit from in the company and the products that you’re making or the services that you’re providing or what have you.”

“I think creativity in the workplace right now is like a nice to have, but I, my belief is that in a few years, it’s going to be a must have, if it’s not a must have already, it’s going to be because we can rely so much more even just within the last year on technical tools to help us with our jobs.”





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