I am both a registered architect and award winning artist. I attended the AU/NTL program in organization development and am deeply read in neurocognition. All these skill sets are applied to the graphic recording I do.
Knowledge of organization development practice enhances my understanding of the needs of the facilitator and ability to listen on multiple levels to what is happening in the room. I respond to words, emotions, who is speaking, and language style. We are intensely social beings and observe the reactions of others when making meaning out of information. I try to include this complex interaction in the way the graphic recording evolves as the meeting progresses.
As an architect, I listen to the structure of a conversation and help participants see both immediate information and the big picture, applying systems thinking to the mural. Complex issues become more understandable when they are defined at multiple levels.
As an artist, I rely on a large set of icons I can quickly draw. A good idea captures complex issues in one go. Plus, new evidence shows that our brains respond to pictures in a different way than words. Only 3% of the brain is dedicated to auditory processing, while 30% of the brain is dedicated to visual processing. Using more of the brain in a meeting leads to keener focus, richer discussion and greater productivity.