How To Look Like A Whiteboard Pro
How can you look like a whiteboard pro if you're just starting to work with a marker? Use these 5 insider secrets to look like you're a master at the whiteboard, even if it's your first time.
Secret 1. Pre-write headline
Write the headline before your audience walks into the room. This helps you write legibly and without stress. If you need to redo your writing, no one is watching you erase and rewrite.
Secret 2. Pre-draw frameworks
If you're using a timeline, pre-draw the main lines and time segments. If you're organizing with a windowpane or grid, draw the lines and write in the coordinates.
Without the pressure of a live audience, this is much easier to do. After a short time, you'll feel confident and comfortable drawing in front of a live audience — but give yourself this extra leeway to start out.
Secret 3. Plan colors
Decide in advance what colors you will use. If you've drawn the framework in blue, write new information with green. Changing the color will add variety and professionalism.
Secret 4. Save a color
For extra impact, save a color. For example, draw a red star next to the recommendation you are advocating. This is dramatic and memorable.
Secret 5. Look at your audience
As tempting as it is to face the whiteboard, turn to face your audience. Make direct and open eye contact. Listen to questions and respond while facing the audience. If you want to draw or write something on the board, do so after you have connected directly with your audience.
With these 5 easy tips, you'll look like you've been presenting at the whiteboard for years.