I met Mike at an impromptu #CoffeeChat in Portland, Oregon while more than 3,000 people were visiting for the World Domination Summit (a conference conceived of by author and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau). Mike and I are “social-network” connected through ANOTHER author and big-time thinker, a guy named Mike Vardy.

During a quick conversation over a soy latte (me) and an espresso (Mike), I realized that I wanted to know more about what Mike Rohde does – so we decided to exchange books. (As an author, it’s one way that I’ve been able to keep my book spending down…I offer to trade books with folks.)

A week later, I got the “Video Edition” of The Sketchnote Handbook, and within 3 hours over a 2-day weekend I went through all 20 videos and read the book, cover to cover. To make things that much more “real,” I filled in 14 pages of what I’m calling “My First Sketchbook.”

Here’s the review on Amazon.com…

Why I’d STRONGLY recommend this book, and who’d I recommend it to…are you ready?

1. If you are at all responsible for listening to, thinking about, managing and presenting information, you’re going to want to go through this book. Get the video edition, and jump DIRECTLY to videos

  • 3: the Value of Sketchnoting
  • 5: Prepping for an Event
  • 9: Sketchnote from Start to Finish
  • 13: Drawing Simple Objects

I can already say my “notes” are different; on the white board behind me here in my office, I’ve already drawn the “5 basic shapes” so that I can refer to them as I’m idea-ting.

2. There’s a three-step model I teach to “being productive;” and, I think Mike Rohde and I share a common philosophy. The way that I say it is a bit different (Focus, Ignore, Do) than Mike, but we both believe in the same end result. A series of tactics and specific tools make it easier to be open to the information available to us.

As I was reading through the book, I also had the feeling that Mike was inspiring, not just educating, me to want to get better. There, he introduced me to other authors, and showed his sketch notes of conferences that he’d attended. (Conferences that are now on my “to look at list” for next year.)

Thank you, Mike, for delivering something we can use. You did good work.