“Bikablo® was the glue that was needed to pull all these different parts of my working life together – drawing, facilitation, teaching, coaching and working with new people”.
Marc Hundleby, Visual Friends Trainer, Agile Coach, Bikablo® Global Trainer, Project Management Coach and Mentor from Sydney
Four months before Marc taught his first Bikablo® class, he wasn’t aware Bikablo® existed. Back then he was an experienced Project/Program Manager who was seeking a new career direction without much clarity. Bikablo® changed all that.
Today Marc is a proud and excited certified Bikablo® Visualisation Practitioner who simply can’t believe he gets paid to do what he loves. Bikablo® has revitalised his career and brought him back to what always made him happy – drawing.
Coming from a creative family, Marc had a talent for drawing but his career took him elsewhere. He missed it. Receiving a late relatives watercolour set as a gift from his mother reconnected him with his passion. “I started drawing again in my spare time. I’d take this little watercolour set with me when I travelled and made sketches.”
Marc’s roles within Project Management were not creative enough and he tried to incorporate sketches in his work. For the last few years; he’d pepper his workshops, presentations and materials with figures and icons. At one point, he decided to create illustrations in his Agile training materials. It reminded him how much he enjoyed visualisation and highlighted the lack of balance in his role. “I liked the refreshing mindset and ways of working that Agile has brought to organisations but in Waterfall project delivery there was not as much room for fun and creativity.”
A client mentioned Bikablo® and Marc was curious. As soon as he saw the images of Bikablo® posters Marc felt a strong connection to the visualisation style. A course was coming up and he enrolled immediately.
“Something was really driving me towards it. It would have been very easy to say, “There’s too much going on, I’ll leave it for next year” and you miss an opportunity. But I believe that when your intuition is telling you something you need to go for it.”
Though Marc was a little sceptical. He could draw well already so did he really need to spend two days learning the Bikablo® technique?
The course exceeded Marc’s expectations. “It showed me the structure, gave me the confidence to draw in front of people, how to strip out unnecessary detail in my sketching. Essentially, the Bikablo® technique teaches you how to simplify drawing, its not about the drawing its about the insights. While it’s still visual, creative and a lot of fun it gives you the tools to put it all it together quickly and easily. Half way through my first day I was hooked. I felt; this is it! “
Bikablo® seemed to be exactly what Marc was looking for. “It was like the glue that was needed to pull all these different parts of my working life together – drawing, facilitation, teaching and meeting new people”.
The very next day after the course Marc was back at work putting the new skills to use in his workshops. The reaction was really positive, and the participants loved his work.
Marc knew he wanted to pursue visualisation as a new career. It was a case of lucky timing as Visual Friends was looking for new trainers. He was introduced to Marcel van Hove, the company’s co-founder, and asked to send some of this work and a visual answer to why he wanted to become a trainer. This plus a water colour sketch, Marc’s final poster from his Bikablo® class and his illustrations for the Agile training materials were sent and so began an anxious wait. In the meantime, Marc practiced like crazy and sketched daily.
He didn’t need to worry. His passion for drawing, his talent, his excitement about Bikablo® made him a perfect fit for Visual Friends. Within weeks, Marc was at the company’s off site and helping out during a Bikablo® course. A training in Germany followed and finally his very first class as a Visual Facilitator.
“I truly felt privileged to be delivering this wonderful course alongside Danny (Low) in March. There was so much joy in seeing the class pick up the technique so quickly and how thrilled they were to see the results at the end of the two days”.
Marc couldn’t be happier. He feels that Visual Friends has allowed him to reinstate the balance in his working life. “Instead of an occasional drawing, I’m able to inject something that makes me and others happy into my every day.”
In addition to drawing and teaching, one of the most satisfying parts of the job for Marc is helping clients overcome fear and build their confidence. “It’s so interesting to see how people think they can’t do it. It’s really rewarding to see students improve and overcome their inner critics.”
Marc believes that being a Visualisation Trainer allows him to make a positive contribution to the corporate world and more. “I can influence my clients and in turn they can positively impact corporations. A lot of corporations out there are a bit sterile, and people spend so much time at work. If you could make people smile and contribute to a more engaging and fun workplace, they’ll be a lot happier at work, out of work and eventually you can see the potential to make the world a happier place.”
If you feel like sharing the passion for drawing with Marc, want to learn a unique new skill and enrich your life and career with Bikablo® visualisation technique, book the next Sydney Bikablo® course on 11-12 June here. Who knows where it could take you! No experience required.
The article was written by Natalia Tsygankova. Natalia has always loved words and talking to people. She has put that passion to good use and has been sharing people’s stories in the community radio, TV and print media for the last 10 years. Natalia is also a big fan of true storytelling events and regularly volunteers at the most famous one – The Moth, interviewing the winner. You can hear her own story of moving to Australia from Russia in 1999 here. Natalia believes that everyone has a story – So what’s yours? Contact her today to share your story.
What our clients say
The benefits of the 60-day program were fantastic, it gave me a lot of confidence, taught me to be more spontaneous and trust myself. I’m not making a Mona Lisa here. It’s about capturing key messages, not creating a work of art.
This type of Training is just so valuable for anyone. It gives you practical skills for immediate use!
I sent one of my team Alan Kurrle on a Bikablo course recently – I hadn’t heard of it before (thanks Naked Ambition for the recommendation) but it’s a German group teaching everyday people to be gun facilitators by harnessing visualisation and collaboration techniques. To say I was pleased with his learning would be the understatement of 2018. Would strongly recommend to those in your team that love facilitation – it’s already brought so much more life and animation to our team and beyond Epworth.
In doing the Bikablo course I discovered a very powerful way to super charge my creative brainstorming skills! If you are an extrovert like me and find talking about stuff really helps to get into your own head; you should try drawing! It’s been truly liberating! Thanks for your amazing patience John
I was impressed how quickly I learned. Zero to ‘pretty awesome in 2 days? Money well spent!
I’ve attended a one day workshop with Marcel a couple of months ago and I’m glad I did. In one single day I’ve learnt the basic techniques of visual facilitation in a clever, relaxed and fun manner thanks to Marcel great people and technical skills. Since then I had to pleasure to apply the knowledge acquired at my role at AGL and make my role more fun, creativity and engaging to myself and my stakeholders. Such a good investment of my time, energy and money! Thanks Marcel. Please keep up sharing this amazing tool for a better corporate world.
Marcel is an excellent, generous and talented @Bikablo trainer and facilitator. I had the pleasure of attending his course and was able to add value at work straight away by using it in retrospectives, team purpose facilitation, inception workshops and initiative launches. I can highly recommend Marcel’s rich knowledge and experience in this field and his ability to teach and mentor others to become excellent Visual Facilitators.