The story of a life's journey, an organization's mission or the rise of a culture is rarely created on a linear path. Many choices, events, and relationships impact the path along the way and ultimately its final destination. It's why we have metaphors- to explain what is often hard to put into simple terms. Drawing and speaking about topics that influence impact whether the launch of a new product or personal next chapter of life, has been the focus of my work in both the educational and corporate setting for years. Sometimes I capture the content in the room only through visual graphics. The silent fly on the wall who can draw. Sometimes I am asked to facilitate team meetings and group retreats to set context and container through executive lead. And sometimes I incorporate my skills as a graphic and corporate facilitator, presenting my talk on the Tenderness of the Human Experience as a crucial component navigating today's culture whether personal or professional.
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.
"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 as part of the 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.