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What word sums up high-quality graphic recording?

There is a lot of focus within the graphic recording community about what constitutes good recording and what do we call ourselves and what do we really offer our clients. These are all important conversations and we support those discussions. That said, I helped train Meeting Magic’s Advanced Facilitation workshop these past few days. Interestingly, none of those topics came up from our clients. But there was one word we kept hearing and talking about.

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Happy new year (early!) or How to have a good 2015 by learning from 2014

It’s a little over 10 weeks to the end of 2014 and the beginning of the new year. It will be here sooner than you think!

Looking back over 2014 you have probably achieved and shared a lot. Now is the traditional time to gaze back over those achievements and shared experiences in order to take your learning forward and to imbed those into your plans for 2015. Or, if you have completed your plans for next year consider how to imbed your learning into the actions you have committed to so you can achieve even more. Your 2014 offers a rich source of information waiting to be looked at in a new way. Continue Reading…

What’s happened to leadership and why am I so flustered?

Leadership used to be a rung on the ladder of success. People aspired to leadership, especially after working hard in the trenches learning a thing or two developing skills and knowledge and even a bit of wisdom. Being the next great leader who would change the world, or at least one small bit of it, was a goal that demonstrated initiative and desire for advancement. Continue Reading…

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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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.

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.

Why wait? Poke, poke!

This is kind of a poke in the behind! Get us involved early in your process of meeting planning. Include graphic recording in the entire meeting process because then the meeting is solidly built with the graphic impact and outputs in mind. Continue Reading…