1.How is this sketchnoting technique different to the traditional note taking?

When you take notes by just writing, you are not really thinking that much or even listening to what is being said in a productive way. One can understand each line as individual without really linking the whole speech until it is finished or you have read all your notes again to make some meaning of it.

However, sketchnoting takes more thinking while listening. I try to search the connection between all the ideas or examples being explained by going back and forth in my diagram or sketches, so it all ends up connected. This way, I can look at the connections between the detailed sketches and without any words I am able to understand the whole meaning.

2.How does this visual approach facilitate communication of your ideas? Conversely, how does it prevent it?

When sketchnoting, one can visually specify in a better way an important idea, or the connection between them. In an easy and quick way, without wasting the time of actually write everything you hear, you can just create meaningful sketches to be able to both understand what it is being said, and aftewards create your own opinion about it.

However, sketchnoting can be tricky if done incorrectly. If you don’t use as much words but fail to reflect important ideas and linking connections between them, it is going to be hard to understand the whole thing later. This can happen by being distracted while listening too carefully or not having the time to get all the ideas on paper.

3.Personal challenges as a sketchnoter.

I am personally quite used to taking notes in a visual way with diagrams, so I have practiced drawing fast sketches while listening and connecting some ideas in the meantime. However, as I said before, any distraction can result in loosing important points and that is what I have to be careful about.