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Why WHY? It’s a loop.

We live in a HOW world. How do we do this? How do we accomplish that? How can I get work done now? How can I project manage this, that and the other thing? From how of learning to the how of work plans and actions. How dominates the landscape and drives most business decisions.

But there is a huge gap in that landscape.

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When you add graphics to a meeting are you just jazzing up command and control or are you collaborting...really?

Katherine Woods #

Are you planning your next year? Want a change from the same-old, same-old?

You review the numbers. You review the sales figures. You review your team’s performance. You review your team members. You review the marketplace, the economy, the state of the world. Then what?

Are you stuck in the same-old same-old meeting agenda design and meeting process? Are you futzing with the same-old hoping for a new-old? What ever it is you want ain’t gonna happen using the same-old. That old agenda design. That old team introduction. That old ‘go-around the room’ for ideas stuff. The same-old is so…same-old.

There are ways to make your meeting more engaging. Working visually is a place to start since 65% of your peeps are visual learners. Adding some ways to engage your kinesthetic learners helps, too, since about 15% of your peeps think that way. That’s a huge chunk of people the same-old isn’t reaching.

Have you tried a visual agenda, with maybe some written roles and rules for who is in the room, what they bring and how this meeting will be conducted? That one simple step speaks volumes to how your peeps will engage during this one meeting. Add a couple of simple templates for gathering and sharing ideas and you are on your way. (You don’t have to know how to draw to do these things. Visualising words only speaks louder than the voice. Make your meetings engaging and visually stimulating and we guarantee results that are different from your same-old same-old.

Let us know how you do. Or bring us in to show you how it all works. We love to break the same-old same-old mold.

The more objects resemble each other, the more they will assemble.

Gestalt Theory #

How does your team stack up visually?

When you think about your team or work group, or indeed, your organisation, and when you think about working visually or graphically as a group, what do you notice?

How does each group member engage in meetings and how do they tend to take notes for themselves? Do they talk in simile or metaphor? “This job is like a bridge to my future.” “When we talk about change I see huge walls blocking us.”

Listen to the language your team uses during meetings. Watch how they take notes. Or do the doodle (maybe when you think they should be listening attentively.) Are they vocal? Quiet?

Observing your team can tell you a lot about how they are engaging with information and data. For instance, doodlers tend to be visual thinkers, and maybe kinesthetic as well. They need to engage the visual, creative side of their brain in order to process information. The kinesthetic doodlers needs be moving in order to engage their brains.

Working visually and graphically can engage all learning types and can broaden and deepen understanding and engagement. How to do that is the question. Using a graphic recording or meeting scribe can help. Using template that your team fills in can help as well. There are lots of solutions we can assist you with in planning your agendas to reach those critical outcomes. Draw us a verbal picture and we’ll help you engage your team fully.

When to practice graphic recording?

One question we get all the time is “how can I practice my graphic recording skills when I am so busy?” We understand ‘busy’ and we know that practicing is what makes a good recorder. Practicing is an ongoing commitment of a good recorder.

The image above is a simple example by Katherine Woods. Our full team was on our weekly virtual call. This call was a graphic training opportunity, which we do regularly together to give feedback on recently completed graphics from client meetings to learn what worked and what might need some attention for future sessions. Katherine was not the virtual graphic recorder, one of our other team members had that role for this meeting.

And yet, Katherine took the opportunity to practice her own recording by creating her own chart of the virtual conversation being recorded by one of our team members. Katherine recorded it in her style at her desk on paper. Doing her own recording of our virtual meeting kept her engaged and she was able to practice her already ample skills.

We believe you have to practice all the time at every chance you get in order to master graphic recording. Once you have your basic skills you can build on them by practicing, and then have others feedback what works and what needs attention. Give us a shout to learn more about learning and how to practice.

Graphic recording: keep it simple.

Learning graphic recording skills takes time. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Learning graphic recording skills takes time. Practice. Practice. Practice.

If you are doing your own graphic recording for your meetings we have a simple rule to help you out. Keep it simple! Don’t complicate it because you want it to look pretty or you want to make sure your drawings are good. Keep it simple because it’s about the conversations in your meetings.

To keep it simple focus on your writing, use of colour, how to use lines and blank space. Those three skills will serve you very well. You can add icons and flow arrows and pictures as you feel more skilled. Meeting graphic recording is about serving the meeting delegates / participants, not serving your needs to draw. Continue Reading…