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Graphic recording in meetings provides the best results when it is built into the design of the agenda from the beginning.

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Are you a visual thinker?

It's not just left-brain / right-brain, it's whole brain engagement.

It’s not just left-brain / right-brain, it’s whole brain engagement.

Visual thinking strategies are being used more broadly in education, particularly in the lower grades where how one thinks matures and becomes a pattern for later in life. This work is imbedding in schools, museums and support facilities for young people with disabilities, particularly autism and related conditions. Continue Reading…

Is creativity in meetings a waste of time?

We support all types of creativity in meetings.

We support all types of creativity in meetings.

There seems to be an increasing desire to include creative ways of interacting within meetings. There is positive thinking on this and there are those who feel that adding creativity into meetings is a distraction and unhelpful. Continue Reading…

Can virtual meetings be visual?

Virtual working is more the norm. Do it well!

Virtual working is more the norm. Do it well!

With the growth of tablet technology we are absolutely able to support your virtual meetings with visual communications and graphic recording. Having visual virtual meetings will not only make that individual meeting stronger but will help address some of the stress of the global versus local issue.

Virtual meetings can work for worldwide organisations or for smaller organisations that have chosen to work in distributed teams and work group. Virtual meetings are becoming a norm in many companies. Doing it well is not yet a norm, which can undermine successful conversations and overall communications. Continue Reading…

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.

How do you sustain institutional knowledge?

One of the major challenges organisations face in our modern, fast-paced, ever-changing world is sustaining, and indeed, improving institutional knowledge. How do individuals, groups, teams, managers and leaders stay on top of the mountains of information, conversations, data and input in a way that helps the organisation stay in touch with what it knows.

One answer is reports. Another is white papers. Another is keeping mounds of card deck presentations. And so it goes. Keeping it all together and in a way that is useful is nearly impossible, it would seem. Continue Reading…

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…