Graphic Recording is the real time visual capture of ideas. I do both physical and virtual meetings.[i]
While the meeting or keynote is underway I create a large mural on the wall that captures the ideas in the roomUsing drawings, color, and words I help people follow the meeting, remember what has been said, and see connections.
After the meeting is over, I take a photo of the mural (using ambient lighting) and then give the original to the client. I clean up the digital image within a few days of the meeting[ii].
After the meeting is over, the chart can be referred to as condensed and readily comprehended notes, sparking further thinking and conversation.
After interviewing stakeholders, I present a visual map of how individuals and organizations contribute to a goal. Or, I help create an image of current conditions. In all cases, seeing what is hoped for and what is helps with understanding.
Small scale more personal notes that can be tweeted immediately following a meeting or keynote. Sketchnotes can be used to capture the feel of breakout groups and can be helpful in reporting back.
Visualizing information presentation helps with clarifying the story you want to tell, the purpose of telling the story, and the identifying the needs of the audience and how to how to present it in the way they will best understand.
History maps, journey maps, and planning goals can all be clarified through visualization. This can be with an individual or small group. These maps are developed over time and can be designed to tell a story to others or for clarification of an individuals journey.
Creativity training, half and full day workshops in creativity strategies.
Sketchnoting: a new way to listen. Sketchnoting is a valuable educational toolsWorkshops for both teachers and students in learning to listen and synthesize information.
Visual Tools: No Artistic Skills Required!: A half day workshop using predesigned templates. Facilitators learn how to select templates for best meeting design, sources of templates, and also learn easy scribing skills to improve focus and attention of meeting participants.
Using visual practice I draw out of clients ideas they have not yet been able to articulate.
This is a rapid process that clients report results in concrete results. For example, one client was having difficulty in putting together a book proposal on an education subject. In one session, I was able to help her see the overarching concept. After three months the client told me the book was half written.
Another client was given a grant to participate in a startup incubator. In one session we identified a missing component to her business and helped her identify what she needed before entering the incubator space.
[i] When I am hired to do virtual meetings (phone conferences, etc) clients have reported that there is more follow up commitment by the participants.
[ii] Photos are taken using ambient light and cleaned up with photoshop. You can see the results in my portfolio.