In the process of studying non-linear ways of approaching the facilitating process, one state that has always stood out for me is the state of curiosity. While it is related to creativity, it is not the same. It is the essential component behind most design thinking processes whether the design thinking model or project based learning. All require a WHY, the motivation, that itch that we can't help but scratch and that is curiosity. Studies out of UC Davis suggest that when in a curious state, people are able to retain more information for later recall. Curious people are also more likely to be seen as trustworthy and high performers. But what keeps a person curious?
While statistics suggest that more than 85% of us are visual learners, the addition of a component that allows us to conceptualize a topic outside the usual note taking and discussion is a- not so out of the box idea. It's a great way to drive curiosity in a room, engaging, informing and inspiring the audience. Graphic facilitation serves the purpose of the visual. If the intent is to capture the conversation or tone of the day, it becomes a real time storyboard. If the goal is to show process and next steps, incorporating icons, buckets and graphs to show movement and hierarchy works best. The amazing thing about visual captures are they lend themselves to the task at hand, personalizing content to the specific moment while creating an anchor for the process that can be used later as recall, learning, or conversation generator.
Why draw it? My background as a former educator, executive trainer, artist and writer, allows me to listen deeply to the process at hand. I don't draw everything, I specifically capture what has meaning, what drives understanding and what will help cascade the information at hand to other audiences.
And I love to draw! If interested to learn more about how a graphic component could serve a purpose in your next gathering, let's talk.
"The amazing thing about visual captures are they lend themselves to the task at hand, personalizing content to that specific moment."
If you have an event that could benefit from the addition of a visual component, let's talk!
This image was created to serve as part of series of images for a current book project called Two Sisters and A Phone!
This digital image was created as part of a presentation by the co-founder of Mom Warrior at South by Southwest!
This is an example of a work retreat capture at annual investment company session.
This visual created for Social Connection Workshop at UC Berkeley!
This visual was created live during a Community Heroes event where 250+ people participated in 6th Annual Day of Giving.
Commissioned storyboard for gift to celebrate 50th birthday. These storyboards created to capture important life moments.