(& Visual Facilitation)
VISUALS ARE POWERFUL.
What we see has a profound effect on how we feel and what we remember. Not only do images stimulate the brain to think in new and creative ways, they also have the ability to translate complex ideas clearly and succinctly. As a graphic recorder, my goal is to use the power of visuals, and deep listening, to promote opportunities for learning, connection and transformation. I use visual language to revitalize the energy and interest level of participants. Ideas are captured as they emerge, fostering greater clarity, synergy and shared understanding for the people in the room.
VISUALS PROMOTE CREATIVITY.
The right and left hemispheres of our brain process information differently. The right brain focuses on the visual, looking at the whole picture and then honing in on the details. The left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way. When visuals are combined with text, the power of both hemispheres is activated. Participants are able to retain knowledge better and to access new and creative ways for thinking about complex problems.
VISUALS ENGAGE PEOPLE.
Audiences are craving meetings and presentations that offer creative and fresh approaches that move beyond the slideware status quo. Murals, or large chart work, create unique and interactive opportunities for brainstorming, information transfer and dialogue. These physical artifacts remain in the room long after a presentation has ended, offering a graphic reminder, or cues for further discussion.
MURALS CAN BE DESIGNED FOR:
Agendas . Visions & Strategies . Context Maps . Graphic Histories . Organizational Story Maps . Stakeholder Maps . Visual Summaries .
VISUALS ADD VALUE.
Visuals, when combined with text, can enhance presentations and meetings in a variety of ways:
Image: J. Ashley Nixon
Build a VISUAL SUMMARY of event or session.
Squeeze the WISDOM FROM THE GROUP & capture it in TANGIBLE form.
Expand RETENTION & UNDERSTANDING of main ideas.
Make meetings more FUN!
Help to build a COMMON VISION.
Bring CLARITY to complex ideas or issues.
Adapted from Christina Merkley (2005). The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals.
THE POWER OF GRAPHIC RECORDING.
A graphic recording (also referred to visual note-taking, idea harvesting, scribing, visual recording) captures thoughts and ideas in the form of words and images. Recording is done 'in-the-moment', just as the ideas, themes, and perspectives are emerging. Capture the essence of key note speakers, the ideas in your world cafe or group brainstorm in a way that is attractive and memorable. Visuals created during a graphic recording can be captured digitally as a graphic overview of the key ideas generated in your meeting or event.
Graphic recording take place on large (4' x 8'...or larger!) pieces of paper/foam core or in smaller sketchnotes (8.5"x11").
THE POWER OF VISUAL FACILITATION.
Tired of chart paper strewn around the room? Bring visuals and large charts into your process work. Whether it is a strategic planning session, a visioning exercise or a focus group, this interactive and real-time process uses the world of visual thinking to tap into the creativity in the room, to connect ideas and to ignite group intelligence. The charts are built as a part of a facilitated process and act as a visual record of the collective work the group has done.