Tip #1: Tools!

 

Welcome to Tip #1 in my series: 52 tips from The Visual Project Manager.

These tips are focused on all the things that can help you become a Visual Project Manager. 

Tip #1: Tools!

Maybe you know this already:

You should NEVER compromise on equipment.

And the best equipment is the equipment that you use. It doesn't matter what others think or what something cost. If you don't use it, it's worthless.

My main tool: Markers!

When I work with visualising, whether it's visually recording a speech at a conference or a report out at a workshop, or if I'm visually facilitating a group, I'm dependent on my markers performance.

They are my main tool, and they have to do a good job EVERY time.

In my opinion, there's no better marker, than the markers produced and sold by the German company Neuland.

Here are my reasons for using these markers:

  • They are water based. This means they don't smell in any way, and doesn't cause headache
  • They are refillable. This means you just have to buy the marker once, then you can fill it again and again. Good for the wallet, and good for the environment. 
  • They have been designed with visual facilitators in mind. This has produced a good, sturdy marker, that you can work with for hours and hours.
  • They come in many sizes. So you can always find the optimal size marker, weather it's for big size paper or small sticky notes.
  • They come in many colours. Though you don't NEED a lot of different colours in any one drawing, it is nice to have a variety to choose from.

These are the sizes I use the most:

I recommend these products, because I think they are the best on the marked for my needs. And I'm happy to call myself a Neuland Ambassador. You can see my recommendations for which markers to start out with, on my Neuland Ambassador microsite.

If you sign up for my newsletter, and download my free e-book "How to draw 20 icons for projects", you'll also get a voucher for 15% off on your first order in Neulands online store.

Thank you for reading along.

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