Discover how to create simple hand drawn graphics that will ignite your creativity, bring your training to life and win you more work

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Are you a freelance trainer who is experiencing the following?

  • You love training but wish you could inject more creativity into your training design and delivery.
  • In your heart you don’t believe in Death by PowerPoint yet you find yourself turning to it time and time again.
  • You are itching to really bring your training to life.
  • You feel like you don’t bring enough of YOU into your work.
  • You’re so busy delivering training you don’t have time to stop and think about how to make it more fun, engaging and interactive.
  • Every time you see a stock photo of ‘office people’ with shiny hair and perfect teeth you want to scream.
  • You’d love to win more work AND have more impact.

Why Trainers Don’t Draw


Hi, I’m Emer (that’s me on the left). I’ve trained almost 300 trainers in simple graphics and these are some of the common barriers they face. Can you relate to any of these?

– You love the IDEA of using simple drawings in the training room but you just don’t know where to start.

– You know where to start. You start. And then you see someone else doing ‘better’ drawings. You think ‘I’ll never be as good as that person’ so you put your markers down.

– You’re overwhelmed by the amount of information out there about using simple graphics in the training room and you’re concerned about time it will take to learn how to master this skill.

– You want to learn how to draw but you almost feel guilty doing it! A part of your brain is thinking, ‘Shouldn’t I be spending time growing my business instead?’

It niggles away at the back of your mind. Every time you see another trainer sharing their cool drawings on social media you feel a pang because you wish you could do that.


A word from Emma the trainer:

‘Emer brings fun and joy to a subject that many people find challenging – drawing. Her knowledge and approach have really helped me with the basics (making a flip chart look soooo much better) to encouraging me to pick up distal tools to create templates for workshops and images for social media. I have attended Emer’s courses both face to face and virtual and both have been excellent. I’d recommended her – especially if you think “I can’t draw”‘

Emma Williams

Researcher Development | Author | Speaker, EJW Solutions Ltd.

Don’t underestimate the impact of the little niggle that tells you that you, your learners and your clients would benefit from hand drawn graphics!

It has a knock on negative impact on your business…

  • Your handouts, flipcharts, marketing materials and more lack a certain quality and humanity that
    you really want to communicate.
  • You go for an interview for some associate work and struggle to differentiate yourself from all the other trainers specialising in the same subject.
  • You bring less of yourself into your work, meaning you’re not always fully aligned with what you
    are delivering.
  • As such you are less confident in how you show up in the world which inevitably can have a knock
    on impact on your bottom line.

Let’s eliminate this ‘niggle’ for once and for all! Imagine…


The Professional Benefits

Having hand drawn handouts, slides, and flipcharts that your learners and clients LOVE and can’t stop talking about!

Winning work A former client emailed me recently to say she secured an associate training contract because the company said they loved how she used hand drawn graphics in her interview. Well done Nic!


Adding unique branding to your website (without having to be a graphic designer, web developer or all round tech-y person)

social media

Only ever being a piece of paper, a marker and your phone away from a social media post! (That’s a direct quote from Emma who you met above :))

Having a library of ideas to turn to anytime you want to inject a little creativity into a training session.

The personal benefits 

Having more fun, light and energy in your life.

Feeling confident that your drawings are good enough. (I will show you how.)

 Tuning in to your creativity – developing professionally AND personally


Giving your mental health a boost.

The benefits to your learners

Being able to quickly sketch out ideas for your participants.

Enhancing participation and engagement in your workshops and trainings

Making learning experiences more memorable and brain friendly for your learners.

Creating long lasting impact

‘I highly recommend Emer’s simple graphics course. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but could never make the face-face days – this format enabled me to take part in a way that fitted around my other commitments. Emer is a superb facilitator, and takes you through a clearly structured process, whilst really building your confidence and courage to draw and to then share your drawings. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now finding myself finding opportunities to use graphics whenever I can!

Emily Hutchinson

Occupational Pyschologist

Emer is wonderful human being, who also happens to be a talented facilitator, coach and graphic illustrator.

I attended her online Secrets of Simple Graphics course to improve the quality of the training materials that I provide in my work. In short, I really loved it.

It was delivered in short, bite-size sessions, which meant that I never felt overwhelmed and could, bit by bit, absorb what we were learning. There’s also plenty of room for you to make the sessions and the exercises relevant to your world, work and interests. The weekly homework  I found them to be wonderful mindful activities that improved my mental health too, which I have really valued.

Sarah Lowes

Trainer, Facilitator. Coach

High quality, well delivered, enaging training course. High quality resources and materials. Enjoyable fun sessions. Everyone on the course made measurable progress. I cannot recommend Secrets of Simple Graphics online highly enough. I have benefited in long lasting ways! Thank you!

Anne-Marie Tuck

Director | Cloverhill Solutions Ltd.

Introducing…*BRAND NEW*

Secrets of Simple Graphics



 Secrets of Simple Graphics has been running as a successful training course for freelance trainers since 2016 – it started as a one day face to face course, then in 2020 it turned into a virtual 6 week programme. Now it’s time for the next evolutionary shift.

The course is offered in 6 learning modules. Each module is immediatedly available as soon as you sign up and includes video, downloadable tools, skill-building exercises, and the opportunity to apply the content immediately to your work!

Here’s what’s included…


6 Learning Modules with bite sized step-by-step videos


Markers and More: Your visual Graphics Resource Kit

Visual Templates

Downloadable Tools and Templates

Quizzes to embed your learning

Pop Up Live Q & As

Module 1: How to Develop A Visual Thinking Mindset

Gain a quick win by discovering and applying the biggest Secret of Simple Graphics – developing a visual thinking mindset.

Learn fun ways to banish limiting beliefs and feel emboldened to pick up those markers!


  • Why ‘drawing talent’ isn’t everything. Discover what you, daVinci, Monet and all the greats have in common
  • The No. 1 shift between learning how to draw and actually drawing
  • Why it really doesn’t matter if your drawings look funky or not (and how to embrace this!)
  • The statistic that will instantly make you feel more relaxed about drawing


Visual Thinking Journal Pages 

Module 2: Lettering Made Simple

Learn about the role of lettering in simple graphics and get your step by step guide to creating simple, impactful lettering.


  • The most important thing to remember when it comes to using lettering in simple graphics
  • Quick style tips – minimum effort, maximum impact.
  • What to do when your natural handwriting style is illegible
  • Troubleshooting – when lettering goes wrong and what to do about it


Lettering Worksheets – pop on some music and practice the size and style of your lettering.


Module 3: Icons and More

Follow along step by step as I show you exactly how to draw simple icons that you can recreate time and time again. 


  • Step by step videos on how to draw people, arrows, bullet points, borders, speech bubbles and more
  • Your simplest guide to drawing facial expressions
  • 30 key icons you can use in your training room this week
  • My No. 1 tip for building muscle memory when it comes to drawing


*Brand New* Icon Library – your go-to reference guide

Module 4: Bringing it all Together

Learn to bring lettering, icons, bullet points and more together on the one page (and how to make it all fit!)


  • The One Pager: Your ultimate guide
  • How to create a visual template
  • Layouts, formats and how to use colour
  • Examples of simple graphics by other trainers


Your go-to templates for creating a piece of simple graphics

Module 5: Graphics in Practice

Take your drawings from the page into working with a group. 


  • Four key ways to use graphics in your work
  • What graphic facilitation actually is – this will surprise you!
  • Visual icebreakers for use in training and faciltation 
  • Top Tips for visual facilitation with groups


Your personalised action plan (visual of course 🙂)

Graphics Action Plan

Module 6: Taking Things Digital

Your step by step guide to creating digital images on the go. There is something in here for everyone, whether you want to dip your toe in or do a deep dive.


  • 3 minutes to a .jpeg for your social media post
  • My no. iPad app for drawing (and how to use it!)
  • Digital drawings with a laptop (no tablet necessary)


Digital Drawing Resource List – save precious time by accessing all my go-to digital resources, including the Digital Drawing App checklist!

But that’s not alll…

55 more icons

55 bonus icons as requested by freelance trainers in the last year. These include:

  • Stewardship
  • Leadership
  • Time Management  ….and 52 more 🙂


Pop Up Q & As

I’ll offer up Pop Up sessions throughout the year to reignite your motivation, ask me any questions and get feedback on your work.


Receive updates including the latest tools and tips  throughout the year.

Why this works so well as an online self-paced course

You don’t have to wait until a live cohort starts before you start learning.

The learning is bite-sized, making it easy both to fit into your working day AND to quickly find what you’re looking for.

You don’t have to turn down work opportunities to take part in the course!


If you are looking to improve your ability to draw simple graphics, I highly recommend you get in touch with Emer. She is a skilled illustrator and facilitator, has a lovely, helpful nature, and a true desire to help people learn. Over six weeks, I improved both my drawing skills and confidence. And best of all, I am having fun drawing again – which I haven’t felt for decades! Thank you, Emer!

Beth Collier

Creativity, Communications and Leadership Expert

I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks for the fabulous course you put together. The content, delivery style and learning experience were all just spot on and I have learned so much from the whole experience. Your wonderfully calm and relaxing pace, set a fabulous ‘tone’ to the sessions, and I feel I have learned a lesson there, for myself, that I will definitely be putting into practice once we are allowed to deliver sessions back in workplaces.

Heather Ballantine

Be the Best Training

I particpated in Emer’s 6 week online Secrets of Simple Graphics course. It gave me skills and confidence to use hand-drawn graphics to enhance my training and coaching, both live in the room and as preprepared resources. Also it was fun and I’ve gained a new hobby, drawing, and ditched my inner critic which told me I can’t draw. 

Rachel Weiss

Partner, Founder, Rowan Consultancy, Menopause Cafe

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Sign up today, try all of the materials for 30 days and if you are not entirely confident that you will ignite your creativity and bring your training to life with the information in this course then email me at emer [at] emeroleary.com and I will provide a full refund, no questions asked.

Thank you Emer for such an enjoyable and inspiring course. Really well structured and varied content. I have taken awy plenty of learning to apply directly into my everyday work. I’d highly recommend this course to facilitators.

Sam, Class of February 2021

This course has inspired me to include graphics and to visually illustrate content that I want to share. I feel more confident in doing this and thank you, thank you so much !!

Charlotte, Class of February 2021

So much value in this course from the very practical aspects of drawing to the simply act of taking time out to be more creative. Exceeded my expectations, has giving me confidence in my drawings and using them in a business setting. Thank you Emer!

Katherine, Class of February 2021

Why simple graphics is not just a 'nice-to-have'

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I truly believe that every self employed person is intrinsically creative.

We have to be.

What with juggling project management, accounting, client relationships, marketing, business development, not to mention IT challenges – well we wouldn’t get very far if we weren’t creative!

In order to BE creative we need to feed and nourish our creativity. Learning how to create simple graphics not only feeds your creativity; it makes you and your work more appealing to your clients who are seeking creativity too.

Not a freelancer trainer? Get in touch to find out about offers for organisations. Email emer [at] emeroleary.com


Is this just a bunch of videos of you on the flipchart?

No! It is so much more than that. In fact I don’t feature on the flipchart much at all 🙂 All of the drawing videos are shot with an overhead camera so you can see in close up detail how I draw each image. I also create videos using the iPad, hand drawn PowerPoint and more. Besides, this is much more than a bunch of videos!

Q. Do I have to be able to draw to take this course?

Absolutely not! Don’t worry if you haven’t drawn anything for years, or believe you can’t draw. You’re in exactly the right place to build your confidence and practice step-by-step at your own pace.


Q. Is it about graphic facilitation or something else?

The course is an introduction to the different ways simple graphics can be used. Graphic facilitation is one of these ways and is covered in Module 4. You will get lots of tips on how to create simple hand drawn images quickly, which you can use for presentations, training or simply to explain an aspect of your work.

Q. Will you be judging our drawings?

You can be assured I won’t be judging anything! As a group we will look at what we have produced and discuss its effectiveness and application in a work setting. It may help you to know I don’t have a background in art. On the course you’ll also learn how graphics differs from art (phew!).

Q. Is it just for trainers and facilitators?

Anyone who delivers training, gives presentations, coaches or facilitates groups will benefit from this course. If you work for an organisation get in touch to discuss licensing options. 

Q. Is it just for trainers and facilitators?

No. We have had people from areas as diverse as law, marketing, interior design and counselling as well as trainers, facilitators, coaches, presenters. If you are in the business of communicating you will benefit from this personal development course.

‘The course was fantastic – really inspiring and instilled confidence that you can use graphics in your own workplace – no matter what your intended audience.’
Alison Marron, Solicitor | Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

‘Undoubtedly the most fun CPD course I have ever attended!’
Dr Nicky Imrie, Training Officer | Scotland’s Urban Past 

Q. How long do I get access to the materials?

You have lifetime access to the materials! This course will be your go-to resource for all things graphics in training for many years to come.

Q. What about course support?

Throughout the year I will offer pop up Q&As where you can ask me any question you like and/or get support for a particular project you are working on.