Primary school teacher and now a part-time graphic scribe

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Matt Handley

Matt Handley

Primary school teacher and now a part-time graphic scribe

tick Anyone can learn visualisation. Once you learn basic icons, fill your page and get a grasp on shading, the world is your oyster.

From teacher to a graphic scribe

Matt loves his work. “I’ve always been creative and being a primary school teacher provides a creative outlet.”

Now that Matt knows bikablo®, his work has become even more interesting. And not just for Matt but also for his colleagues.

Like many of our students, Matt saw bikablo® in action when someone was scribing at a meeting. Matt always enjoyed taking notes, but this seemed to be next level. Curious, he began researching visualisation skills and came across Visual Friends.

“I saw what people can do, it’s quite inspiring. I thought it would be great to take my knowledge to the next level.”

With the support of his principal, who understood the great benefit of bringing such applicable skill to the school, Matt enrolled in bikablo® fundamentals training.

Teachers can be fussy students, but he found the course really useful. “It was hands on from the word go which is the best way to learn. I learnt to use the space in a smart way and it gave me confidence to work through a page.”

As a teacher, Matt also appreciated the research behind visualisation. “It engages all areas of a learner.”   What also appealed was how easy it was to learn this skill and how much you could achieve once you understood the basic principles.

“It’s not that complicated. Once you learn basic icons, fill your page and get a grasp on  shading, the world is your oyster. You can then go on and develop your own style.”

Younito is thinking

Writing as a Social Process

Matt Handley

Matt feels that’s an important part of learning visualisation or any other subject for that matter – to build on your skills and develop your way of doing things. 

“I think the key is to be flexible and just draw things that stand out to you. It’s about making it your own, whether it’s using your own font or your favourite picture. It doesn’t have to be perfect. And of course, the more you practice, the better you get.”

That’s exactly what Matt has been doing.  

Since completing the course, he has been giving back to his workplace, creating posters, helping with presentations and meetings.  Matt’s three-meter canvas describing school’s self-improvement project journey was displayed at the school library and generated some interesting discussions.

“People have been looking at it and talking about it.  Some say they wouldn’t be able to do something like that, but I assure them that with a bit of practice everyone can do it.”

Following his original interest, Matt also took his notetaking to the next level and tried live scribing at school events.

“It was stressful, but it also taught me to focus on the main points instead of trying to capture every word. Those key points are the ones that will trigger people’s memories and will facilitate the conversation.”

Matt is pleased with the feedback he’s received so far. “People comment on how easy it is to read and follow two hours worth of talking on one page.”

Younito has an idea

Journey of Learning – Matt Handley

The skills Matt has leant with Visual Friends are definitely making a difference at his workplace. Visualisation is now seeping in the way the school does things.

“In terms of transcribing and professional development, it’s been more than beneficial for our staff and school. Our principal is pleased with how it has turned out.”

Matt is pretty happy too. He has developed a long-term interest in visualisation and added a unique skill to his toolbox that will have a positive effect on his career.

“It’s definitely something I see myself using in the future, wherever my career takes me. It’s a great tool you can share with others.”

P.S. Since we’ve interviewed Matt, he has started his own business  working as a graphic scribe in his spare time. You can find him on instagram  @_highlyvisual.

The article was written by Natalia Tsygankova. Natalia has always loved words and talking to people. She has put that passion to good use and has been sharing people’s stories in the community radio, TV and print media for the last 10 years. Natalia is also a big fan of true storytelling events and regularly volunteers at the most famous one – The Moth, interviewing the winner. You can hear her own story of moving to Australia from Russia in 1999 here. Natalia believes that everyone has a story – So what’s yours? Contact her today to share your story.