On SmallBusiness.com, I’ve just posted the second of a 4-part series on how to use a whiteboard in any type of business meeting by practicing simple drawing and printing skills we all had when we were in the first grade.
In addition to the topic (the ways people use and misuse whiteboards fascinate me), we’ve been experimenting with the use of animated GIFs (instead of embedded video) in how-to posts and this seemed like a good topic for me join in that exercise.
It has turned out to be a much tougher task than I expected it, as the more I’ve deconstructed what I think makes for good use of a whiteboard, the more I realize that so few people, including me, really know how to communicate effectively with markers and a board. Or, even know the reason for why we do it. I’ve at least now thought about it.
My working theory is that whiteboards invite the same bad temptation that PowerPoint does: the desire to write as much as possible to fill up all the space. And like PowerPoint, the more you write and draw, the less you actually communicate.