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Want some graphic facilitation training in the US?

One of our partners in the United States is offering a foundational graphic facilitation training. Crowley & Co have been training The Grove style of graphic recording and how to integrate those tools into meeting facilitation for many years. Deirdre Crowley has over 15 years experience in graphics for meetings, organisational communications and in the meeting facilitation space. Her training is quite popular and quite inspirational.

The training is 2.5 days in the Potomac, Maryland area from April 20-22. You can learn more about the contents and approach to this workshop at the Crowley & Co website.

If you are interested in learning more about graphic facilitation and how it can support your meeting energy, group focus, commitment to agreements and the like give us a call at +44 (0)1628 471 114 or drop us a note via our contact form and tell us what you want to explore about making your meetings more productive.

Decoding complexity using graphic recording

Authored by John Ashton, lead graphic recorder

During a recent assignment for Scribing Magic, I was asked by @TripwireInc to graphically record* two Information Security events over the course of three days (#InfoSec15 and #BSidesLDN2015).

*Graphic recording is the art of capturing the key thoughts, ideas and discussions that happen during meetings and events. This is achieved using hand-drawn images and text created live in real time to produce visual records that act as aide memoirs for participants and a way of understanding what happened for those that were unable to attend. Continue Reading…

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Happy Anniversary to us!

Today is our one year anniversary! One year ago we separated the visual thinking and graphic recording offerings from Meeting Magic to create Scribing Magic as a co-brand and co-creator for working with clients across the board. We are excited about our success so far and look forward to another year of growth and supporting our great clients.

Thank you to those who have engaged us with your visual work. And thank you to our team of graphic recorders, admin and website developers. It has been a very great year. Onward and upward!

If you want to explore how to engage visually and graphically with your groups, with graphic recording, storymaps / rich pictures, corporate animations, illustrations and company cartooning and other visual methods, give us a call at +44 (0)1628 471 114 or complete the contact form with some details of your events. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

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…

London meeting venue.

From time to time we are introduced to interesting meeting venues that are not in the usual lists of places to meet but add a level of interest and locale that can support a meeting or create a new dimension.

The Museum of Brands is one of those London venues that is interesting, quirky, informative and stimulating. Located in the Nottinghill area and off the beaten track, near Portobello Road, it offers one meeting room and the use of their cafe for meals. It is for small to almost medium sized meetings. The staff and customer service are great.

Give them a look and tell them we sent you. I could spend hours in the museum itself but also find the space inviting and supportive. They are fully understanding of graphic recording and what our recorders need. Bring us along and you’ll have a great meeting.

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…

Sharing the den of the dragon.

Piers Linney during his panel on innovation.

Piers Linney during his panel on innovation.

John Ashton recently recorded the Thomson Reuters “Innovation in Market Data Technology.” On one of the panels was Piers Linney, from Dragon’s Den, a UK entreprenurial, reality TV show. While it was a pleasure to meet Mr. Linney, it was more of a pleasure to support the summit with graphics, helping delegates see what they were talking about.

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…

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…

Why WHY? It’s a loop.

We live in a HOW world. How do we do this? How do we accomplish that? How can I get work done now? How can I project manage this, that and the other thing? From how of learning to the how of work plans and actions. How dominates the landscape and drives most business decisions.

But there is a huge gap in that landscape.

Continue Reading…