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John Colaruotolo
Friday, September 16, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
Our show is all about applying tools and techniques from the world of graphic facilitation to brainstorm, communicate, co-design, and work better. On Episode 18 (available above), released this week, we respond to another great listener question: “I’m in! I love working this way - but how can I inspire my team to use visuals?”What a terrific question! Visual leadership, collaboration, teams - this is our jam. We share some advice about how to influence those around you to bring visual... More
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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
As someone who is often in the role of facilitating group work, I am always looking for new ways to help people get to know each other fairly quickly and get their creative juice flowing. We have a name for these types of activities: Creative Juice Boxes. On episode 17 (above), released today, NibSqueak co-host Bree Sanchez and I talk about our favorite Creative Juice Boxes. Our friend Liz Ball is our guest on this episode and she makes one thing abundantly clear: these are not your... More
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
What does “visual thinking” really mean? How do some visual thinkers experience the world? How can visual thinking improve your work?Those are the questions we explore on our podcast in Episode 16: Voyages in Visual Thinking (available above). John and I talk about a few weird ways our visual thoughts manifest in our everyday lives - and our work. I talk to our friend and Collective Next’s CEO, Matt Saiia, about his uncanny ability to hear, synthesize, and organize complex conversations... More
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John Colaruotolo
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
If you’re a child of the 80’s (in mainstream America), you may remember pushing your school desk together with a couple of other kids’ desks and participating in cooperative work groups. This week on the NibSqueak Podcast, my co-host Bree describes these short working sessions as “Basically, breakouts for 8-year olds” that, unfortunately, only happened for a few hours a week. I remember most of my classroom time as a kid being spent at my own single desk, and we were all expected to... More
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
I recently visited IdeaPaint headquarters in Boston to interview co-founder Jeff Avallon for our podcast, NibSqueak. When I stepped into IdeaPaint’s office space, I felt a rush of excitement. It was like being the first person on a ski run after a night of snow. As you might expect, IdeaPaint’s offices are decked out with wall to wall, floor to ceiling writable surfaces - as exhilarating in some ways as fresh powder. The day I was there, their collaboration walls were all white,... More
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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
When our dear friend Joan Amidei signed up to facilitate a design session for 80 participants, she was mostly optimistic but a little unsure of what to expect. Would the participants stay engaged? Would they listen to one another and work together? What kinds of ideas would they come up with? Would they enjoy the process? If you have ever facilitated a meeting before, or been in charge of your team’s offsite, you can probably relate. Joan engaged Collective Next to help make the session... More
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
On this week’s episode of NibSqueak, our podcast about visual tools for working better, we’re exploring data visualization. John talks shop with data viz wiz Randy Krum, author of Cool Infographics and President of InfoNewt.Randy shares how he got started in the field, where he finds inspiration, and his favorite data visualization. He outlines a process for creating professional data visualizations that anyone can follow.In the second half of our show, we grab some data (my grocery... More
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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
Presentations are the primary mode of communication for some of the brightest and best ideas in an organization. Yet, presentation-making is not something that comes naturally to most people. Many struggle with where to even begin.Bree, my NibSqueak podcast co-host, and our colleague Geoff, CN’s resident storytelling expert and presentation coach, recently gave a presentation about great presentations. On Episode 11, available above, Bree shares the highlights. We discuss three critical... More
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
We’re thrilled to be leading a session later this week at the Gainsight Pulse 2016 conference in Oakland, California. It’s super meta! We’re giving a presentation about presentations. We’re looking forward to sharing some of the ideas from our presentation with you in the coming episodes.In the meantime, here’s Episode 10, released today, in which we hear a little more from our interview with the infamous and illustrious Mike Rohde. Mike shares his thoughts about sketchnoting tools and... More
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John Colaruotolo
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
In Episode 9 of our podcast NibSqueak, we talk to designer, author, and commander-in-chief of the Sketchnote Army, Mike Rohde. Mike describes his sketch-filled childhood, the origins of his sketchnoting practice, and how he uses these skills in his daily work as a designer. Fascinating stuff! Especially for nerds like us. We hope you’ll enjoy listening.NibSqueak is our podcast about using visuals to communicate, collaborate, and work better. For a complete episode list, visit nibsqueak.... More

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