Draw Your Big Idea: What’s In Your Toolbelt?


Draw Your Big Idea hits the shelves on June 21st! We wanted to celebrate by sharing some of Nora and Heather’s favorite pages from the book.

Drawing from Nora and Heather’s extraordinary experience as artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and graphic facilitators, Draw Your Big Idea is like a take home graphic facilitation workshop in entrepreneurship.  From chapter one through ten, Draw Your Big Idea is chock full of exercises tailored to brainstorming, refining, and executing ideas.

Published by Chronicle Books, Draw Your Big Idea gives readers the visual toolsets that ImageThink’s graphic recorders use to support strategy sessions, conferences, and brainstorm meetings.

In the first chapters we walk you through taking stock of your strengths, picturing your dreams, and exploring what excites you and clarifying your purpose.  Chapters 5 and 6 help you generate ideas that relate to your passion, test the feasibility of these ideas, and take stock of your resources. In Chapters 7 to 10 you put these pieces together to picture your ideal customer, formulate how you will speak to them and set goals for the future.


We are so excited that we wanted to start sharing some of our favorite graphic facilitation exercises in the book. We begin with Chapter 2: Reflecting.  In this chapter you will establish where you are today, reflect on past triumphs and concerns, and uncover your aspirations and anxieties about the future. We help you create an inventory of what you have and what you might need to develop. In doing so, you will take the first step towards actualizing your dream.

The Visual Tool Belt exercise on page 43 helps you identify what skills and attributes you possess that will allow you to build your vision. We chose the visual metaphor of a tool belt, as each of our strengths and skills can be seen as tool that we can deploy in building towards the future. Like a real tool belt, we rely on some tools more than others, but occasionally the specialized and hardly used tool is the perfect fit required. Other times we find that we have to improvise with what we have. 

Taking inventory of your skills gives you confidence to begin working. After completing this exercise, people are often surprised how many tools they already have. They are ready to start building. Knowing where your strengths are can direct you to places you are ready to jump into.  Equally as important, it helps you identify places in your journey where you need help or training. This way you can identify when you need to reach out for assistance. 

Want more exercises, templates, and guiding visual tools? Order Draw Your Big Idea now!

Want to learn about ImageThink’s customized graphic facilitation workshops? Get in touch with us at info@imagethink.net.

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