Anyone can take visual notes, but a seasoned strategic illustrator is listening at a deeper level. Hidden behind the words are key metaphors that reflect both the content and the consciousness of the team. The better these metaphors are reflected in the visuals, the more alignment the participants will feel at the end of the meeting. This will help your team work better together when challenges arise and have a visual reference to remind themselves where they are going and why.
Visual facilitation is the act of drawing concepts and ideas while seamlessly facilitating your team meeting. This requires a high level of focus and attention coupled with the ability to run the room. There are only a few skilled “facillustrators” in the world who can maintain the engagement and flow of idea generation to get your results on paper quickly, succinctly and with flair. Your team will be inspired to grab their pens and go to the whiteboard to join in the fun.
Visual Facilitation Tools I Use
Visual facilitation tools are roadmaps to your team’s success. They’re literal visuals that your team can use to capture their own content. For example, they can be a guide, or a meeting in a box filled with markers and game pieces to help drive engagement and enthusiasm.
A gamestormer by training, I help you to design an offsite by building a game participants can play in the room to help them solve the challenges they are facing. One of these tools, How to Create a Dynamic Workshop is a simple facilitator tool to help anyone create a powerful and engaging experience, no matter the content.
A vision drawing is a pictorial representation of your team or organization’s vision of the future. Helping you to define your vision and determine the key strategic pillars that you’ll use to achieve it, is an essential element of our engagement. No matter your level in the company, I’ll invite you to take pen in hand to sketch your ideas, so that I can help you bring that visual and content to life.