All posts in “storymaps”

Graphic recording works when it is done in service to the group.

Meeting Magic #

What is the most important tool for graphic recording?

We are asked all the time what the most important tool is for graphic recording. The questioners are usually thinking along the lines of types and sizes of paper, most useful markers and writing implements, portable walls, tape, best tablets for recording virtually and those types of tools. While these are important and, indeed, critical to successful graphic recording for meetings it is more important that you bring your brain. 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…

We understand what we are looking at most easily by comparing it to what we are most familiar with.

Cognitive Theory #

Perception is not just the result of visual stimuli, but involves a series of mental processes in which we compare what we see to our catalog of memories and perceptions and use those to interpret and analyze.

Cognitive Theory #

In the process of trying to identify things we are looking at, our brains will close incomplete shapes and patterns.

Gestalt Theory #

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.

Complexity! Continue Reading…

Our eyes are inclined to follow lines and curves. If objects are along paths then we perceive a larger construct and also a sense of movement.

Gestalt Theory #

What to do when transparency and clarity go opaque.

We frequently see rows of binders on shelves in our clients offices. The titles reveal a lot. These range from ‘Strategy 2020’ to ‘2013 Business Review’ to ‘Regional Action Plans’ and etc. etc. etc. What happened with these reports? Who created them and why? How much time and resource was spent creating these reports? Are they still being used and referenced? What was learned? What was not learned?

Equally, groups and organisations are increasingly talking about transparency and clarity in their work and with their stakeholders. Continue Reading…