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Visible or invisible. That is the question.

The best graphic recording is there to serve the group. Scribing in meetings is there to add value to your conversations, strengthen commitment to outcomes, and support the group getting to action. Graphic recording is there to help you get your job done.

A recent question we’ve been addressing is how visible is the graphic recorder? How ‘up front’ should the recording itself be? Is the chart front and center for the group to engage? Is the chart in the back of the room capturing a record, much like taking visual minutes of meetings?

This is all important stuff to work out ahead of time with the meeting sponsor, leader or facilitator. We have a series of questions we ask before the meeting. How will you use this graphic recording going forward or is it only to be used by the group in question? What is the role of the recorder in this session? Why are you including graphics in this meeting? Will this specific chart be used again by this group?

Key questions that impact the group and their work are important for the graphic recorder to engage. Planning ahead for including scribing in meetings will create time and thought for how to best utilise graphic and the recorder. Waiting until the last minute to have recording as an add on might add a pretty picture but risks making visual thinking an afterthought rather than a key component to having a successful meeting.

To learn more about making your work visible and knowing how and where to place your graphic recorder, give us a call (+44 (0)1628 471 114 or email us to begin a conversation about graphic recording in your meetings.

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…

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…

Scribing change

This topsy-turvey world of ours is in a huge change process, moving from one way of working to something new. What that is will be revealed in time and, apparently, with much pain. Continue Reading…

What is your visual metaphor?

Pictures speak louder than words. One picture is worth a thousand words. Picture it! These phrases and many more like them are part of our daily speech and zeitgeist.

How do we put them into practice? Especially in the organisational context? Visual thinking within groups, teams and entire companies has become a new paradigm. Major global corporations and small start ups are engaging visually. Picture what I am saying is becoming a norm. Continue Reading…

Scribing Magic in British Airways inflight magazine

 

British Gas – Graphic Recording illustration detail

A section of one of John Ashton’s graphic recordings.

Both Scribing Magic and Meeting Magic are featured in Picture This by Sorrel Downer with illustrations by Neil Webb in the July 2014 issue of British Airways inflight magazine Business Life. John Ashton was interviewed for the piece.

The article is an engaging and accurate description of both graphic facilitation and graphic recording for meetings. We recommend the read and hope you find it stimulating. We are happy to help with any graphic recording, illustrations, animations, cartooning or visual communications projects you have coming up. Give us a shout to talk about what you read in the article or best meeting solutions for your organisation.

Video scribing.

Video scribing seems to be the ‘in’ term these days. What it is is animations using various forms of capture software or media to help tell a story. In our case it is for telling stories within companies or organisations to help drive communications across various stakeholders. Leaders can communicate effectively and impactfully by telling their key stories in media that their employees engage with.

We know that 65% of us are visual learners. We also know that Gen Y and youthful staff enjoy visual and active stimulation as a way to engage and learn. So the smart thing is to engage all of these folks with tools they understand. White papers, slide decks, key note speakers and some of the, can I say this, ‘older’ forms of communicating may not be the best options.

At Scribing Magic we have been engaging visually for 15 years (including our co-brand Meeting Magic). We scribe real time, f2f, in live meetings. We scribe in virtual or remote meetings. We scribe in animations, or video scribing. We scribe with cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. Scribing Magic has many tools to support your visual communication needs. Contact us to review your comms needs and how we can support your comms goals.

Scribing Magic team members are steeped in business language and the importance of one meeting for the whole organisation.

How to find a good graphic recorder.

Finding people who can draw is not difficult. Finding people who draw in a business environment or business meeting is a little more challenging. Finding a high-quality graphic recorder, or scribe, who understands the business of business, can listen for the critical information that needs to be retained by the group, and knows that the visual output of the meeting exists is in service of the group…well, that’s a bigger challenge. Continue Reading…

Listen…think…speak! How public listening supports group work.

You are sitting in a meeting. Your face says it all, “Oh, not that guy droning on and on…again.” Or, “How many times is that going to be repeated, doesn’t anyone listen anymore!”

Yeah, we’ve heard it all, too. There are ways to manage those domineering talkers and the seemingly inattentive participants / delegates in the room. It’s called graphic recording. Or more adroitly ‘public listening.’

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