Wisely use Sticky notes in your Workshops

lean-office-manage-sticky-notes It might seem obvious to use but sticky notes are not that easy to use in a workshop. Let’s discover how to use it wisely for the good of your workshop and to achieve the results your participants deserve.

Sticky notes are somehow the most used tools in Innovation, Creativity, Brainstorming, Problem Solving…. well it is the most used tool when dealing with ideas, structuring and organizing things.

As easy as it seems, using the sticky notes at their top power requires some tips we will share with you.

Why are the sticky notes such a Star?

Sticky notes have a bunch of advantages for organizing and structuring ideas of any kinds.

  • Visual: Images are processed 6000 times faster than text. With their colours and shapes it amplify information and provide quick understanding of the underlying contextual contents.
  • They are legions: As they are easy to set, you can catch all ideas coming up in your team life like a streaming of content
  • Movable: as you can rearrange them, it is easy to cluster ideas, create connections and reorganise your thinking

How to get the most out of it?

A sticky note is more than just a piece of coloured paper glued on a wall. It has 4 characteristics giving them their abilities to organize and visually shape your mind:

  1. Writing
    Too much text makes it unreadable and will alter the necessary « quick » understanding, giving too much details.
    Too less text will not give enough contents to understand the deep meaning.
    The good writing of a sticky note should be concise enough to be understood.
  2. Drawing
    Humans understand much better images than text. A sketch illustrating the ideas will ease the understanding. Sketching is also a good way to stay concise.
  3. Colour
    Using different colours allow structuring and managing your different ideas and concepts. One colour, one group, one category is a good technique to stay your workshop organized.
  4. Shape
    Sticky notes are now coming in various size and various shape. Choose the ones that are the most suited for your workshop.
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Last tips

As I have used thousand of sticky notes in hundreds of workshops, I can share with you some tips.They are not definitive, so feel free to add yours as a comment.

I personally use the traditional squared one in different colours (at least 4) and the « citation » one. I categorize the notes and structure my mind.From time to time I like other shapes but only for a dedicated use only. As for an example, I use arrow-shaped ones for process analysis and I have found an bulb-shaped ones for good ideas!

My tips for your next workshop:

  • Be sure the sticky band is positioned on the top to avoid the sticky note to be up side down,
  • Write upper case to be readable from away,
  • Keep the same ink colour during your workshop, unity creates readability.

 

Thanks for reading.

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