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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…

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…

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.

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…

Your content. Your picture.

You spend a lot of time, effort and resources communicating your messages throughout your organisation. When we scribe your meetings we are actively listening for your key messages and organising them into your visual story. The visual story becomes part of your content. The content of your meeting is yours.

The picture, or visual story, or storymap, that we create with you is also yours. You own it. The icons and images are a part of your lexicon or library of communications. These visuals support your content communications.

There is a trend among some scribes or visualizers to own the images they create as if they are their personal work of art. Scribing Magic does not hold this point of view. We believe we scribe in service to the client and what we create with you is yours. Therefore, you own the copyright and can use the charts or storymaps how you want to. We are happy to manage having them printed and providing high resolution scans for you. But you own them. They are your content.

It is an important question to ask scribes. “Who owns the copyright on the charts created in our meetings?” The consequence of not holding the copyright can lead to a financial impact if you determine you want additional copies printed in any size or format.

We believe you hold the copyright. Give us a shout. We are happy to discuss this with you.

 

 

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.

If music is the art of thinking in sound, then scribing is the art of thinking in pictures.

Katherine Woods #