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September  - Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2014 Calendar 
Celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21st and other holidays from around the world with us!

The Doodle Institute Mini Session: Sketchbook Basics  - September 18, 2014 
Join The Doodle Institute for Sketchbook Basics and discover the wonderful world of doodling.

Be Bold: Tell Them What You Believe! - September 23, 2014 
Create an internal dialog that pinpoints the heart of why you do what you do. Learn new methods to share your beliefs to maximize every opportunity.

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Mini Session: Sketchbook Basics

September 18, 2014


Discover the wonderful world of doodling. We created this as the first in the series to guide you through the basics of how to draw. We have heard thousands of people say, “I can’t draw.” You CAN.


DI_Events_Sketchbook_basicsWe believe you can and we will show you how. Once you know the basics, there are literally hundreds of ways you can apply it from early childhood, elementary and secondary school and well into your adult life. From infancy to industry, doodling has practical and powerful applications. Mathematicians and scientists use doodles to explain complex theories and equations. Business people use doodles to map business plans and strategies. Across the globe, people from all walks of life are doodling to help them communicate – to give visual representation and meaning to their ideas and to help others. Doodles help people innovate. Doodling has been around forever. Just look at the cave walls and you will see that we, as people, need to communicate using drawings. Doodling connects your hand and mind, which enhances your ability to absorb new information, process it, and remember it later. Doodling can help you unlock your hopes and dreams.




Session Objectives:


- Learn the basics of the drawing shapes, people and color.
- Create simple, colorful and dynamic diagrams.
- Build roadmaps and flow charts designed for ideation.
- Discover the power of arts and healing.
- Explore tools you can use to build your doodle toolkit.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: $30


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2014_Diane_Durand_VizWorld_Headshot_smDiane Durand is a woman of many talents which include facilitator, doodler, teacher, mentor, graphic facilitator and spiritual business leader. Her mission is to unlock all whiteboards for business, healthcare, education and families. As a leading visual facilitator, Diane believes when you connect pen to paper you have the power to access insight, intuition and inspiration.



She is President, Managing Director & Lead Facilitator at Discovery Doodles, LLC and Chief Transformation Officer for She facilitates workshops with leaders across business, healthcare and education, inspiring people to discover, dream and doodle. Diane has been artist-in-residence for TEDMED events, leading conversations around the ever-changing healthcare landscape. The National Association of Professional Woman named Diane 2013-2014 Woman of Year for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to her profession and the advancement of women.

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Be Bold: Tell Them What You Believe!

September 23, 2014




Brian talks of the importance of being bold by communicating what you believe. Through real-world and personal examples, Brian will have you thinking, laughing, and asking questions. You’ll leave with practical take-aways that will immediately improve the way you communicate.



These take-aways include:

Create an internal dialog that pinpoints the heart of why you do what you do. Learn new methods to share your beliefs to maximize every opportunity.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

 Cost: $30


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Brian headshotBrian believes nothing in business is more powerful than communications. It’s the backbone of every industry and operation. Based on principles found in science and psychology, Brian and his team at SquarePlanet Presentations & Strategy help individuals and organizations connect with audiences at a deeper level, with real authenticity, to drive growth.



Brian’s method may seem simple, but it’s not necessarily easy. Weaving together elements of social interaction, storytelling and cognitive theory, Brian challenges the norm by raising “the ugly Truth” – that most of the time we miss the opportunity to connect when we communicate. Through his keynote speeches and workshops, he will challenge your thought process and strategy while providing a fool-proof method for effective communications.


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September 2014 Calendar


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