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Are you planning your next year? Want a change from the same-old, same-old?

You review the numbers. You review the sales figures. You review your team’s performance. You review your team members. You review the marketplace, the economy, the state of the world. Then what?

Are you stuck in the same-old same-old meeting agenda design and meeting process? Are you futzing with the same-old hoping for a new-old? What ever it is you want ain’t gonna happen using the same-old. That old agenda design. That old team introduction. That old ‘go-around the room’ for ideas stuff. The same-old is so…same-old.

There are ways to make your meeting more engaging. Working visually is a place to start since 65% of your peeps are visual learners. Adding some ways to engage your kinesthetic learners helps, too, since about 15% of your peeps think that way. That’s a huge chunk of people the same-old isn’t reaching.

Have you tried a visual agenda, with maybe some written roles and rules for who is in the room, what they bring and how this meeting will be conducted? That one simple step speaks volumes to how your peeps will engage during this one meeting. Add a couple of simple templates for gathering and sharing ideas and you are on your way. (You don’t have to know how to draw to do these things. Visualising words only speaks louder than the voice. Make your meetings engaging and visually stimulating and we guarantee results that are different from your same-old same-old.

Let us know how you do. Or bring us in to show you how it all works. We love to break the same-old same-old mold.

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…

Scribing change

This topsy-turvey world of ours is in a huge change process, moving from one way of working to something new. What that is will be revealed in time and, apparently, with much pain. Continue Reading…

What is your visual metaphor?

Pictures speak louder than words. One picture is worth a thousand words. Picture it! These phrases and many more like them are part of our daily speech and zeitgeist.

How do we put them into practice? Especially in the organisational context? Visual thinking within groups, teams and entire companies has become a new paradigm. Major global corporations and small start ups are engaging visually. Picture what I am saying is becoming a norm. Continue Reading…

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.