Monday, September 26, 2011

Why speakers should let audience members doodle

Have you ever been annoyed while speaking--in a meeting or a formal speech--when you notice audience members doodling? Think again, speakers. That might be the listener who's paying the most attention, the one who's going to make the best and most informed decision based on what you're saying.

This under-six-minutes TED talk by Sunni Brown looks at why and how we've looked down on doodling for centuries, and why research shows it can contribute to your audience's ability to take in and comprehend what you're saying. She wants to reframe your view of doodling so you see it as "an incredibly powerful tool."  Her definition? "Doodling is to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think." She reviews how learners take in information, and what they retain, in a short talk that might just change your view of that doodling listener in the audience.

What's your view about audience doodling? Do you doodle in meetings or when you listen to speakers? Did the video change your views? Share them in the comments.

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