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Graphic recording stands in service of the group

One of our core beliefs is that the role of the graphic recorder, and indeed the charts created during meetings, is to serve the group and support group process. The minute the visual output becomes the focus by the graphic recorder we believe the service falls down. The focus of the recorder has got to be the group, not the drawing.

For more information on how we work in service of the group give us a call at +44 (0)1628 471 114 or complete the contact form. We’ll reply as quickly as we can.

It is not about drawing a pretty picture or the quality of artistic achievement. Graphic recording is about supporting group thinking and making thoughts visible.

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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…

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…

Thinking about listening in new ways.

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For the new year it is valuable to take some time to think a little differently. We find that looking at how meetings happen is useful and supportive of our graphic recording and visual work.

When thinking about meeting this year we will be concentrating on what we call the 5C’s: connecting, collaborating, conversations, co-creating and culture. By thinking about these from the graphic recording perspective we find that we support our meeting facilitators and meeting sponsors so they get a depth of experience from us.

Visual thinking and recording those thoughts can support each of the 5C’s in capturing how they appear or exhibit themselves in your meetings, or in your organisation’s culture. We’ll be exploring these in more detail as the year progresses. Let us know how we can help you explore your 5C’s.

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 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…

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.