Ever heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? It’s true. Visual images help people remember information. Pictures linked with words form great bite sized chunks of information that are even easier to digest. When you can ‘see’ what someone is talking about, decisions are easier to make. Problems are easier to solve. It’s like giving you a better language to work with. Graphic Facilitation stimulates discussion and clarity, understanding and communication and provides a path to innovation and creativity.
So what is graphic facilitation?
It’s about translating your ideas into powerful messages with visual impact that everyone can connect with. Graphic Facilitation is a special facilitation technique that utilizes the power of visuals to help groups of people see their thinking and really ‘get their head around’ their particular situation. As well as providing a much greater level of insight and understanding, Graphic facilitation also adds energy, excitement and buzz to any meeting. Your room is alive with colour and vibrancy.
Where can graphic facilitation be used?
Graphic facilitation is appropriate in any meeting including:
- Large conferences
- Strategy and planning sessions
- Creativity and Innovation programs
- Training programs
- Panel discussions
- Community discussions
- Boardroom meetings
Graphic facilitation ensures that key points are recorded and that there isn’t anything missed in the session that may normally be washed over or missed. The Visuals created can be reviewed at any time during the day to see that discussions are on track and as a way of revisiting key points.
Importantly, instead of taking scribbled notes away from a session, each delegate can have a powerful yet simple visual message that captures the key concepts from the day and most importantly, provides a strong anchor for keeping the information alive.
Train the trainer
If you are a trainer and you want to create great visuals for your delegates, we are very happy to show you how. Drawing is like changing a tire. It is a skill that can be learnt Over 1-2 days, we give you skills and importantly, the confidence necessary to create fantastic visual presentations so that you can bring your presentations to life.
With a background in both the arts and corporate facilitation, VisualFunk brings a wealth of experience to the graphic facilitation process. We understand business and we understand drawing so graphic facilitation comes pretty naturally and a perfect blend of our skills.
“Simon, many thanks again for a great morning. We all got lots out it and feel much better equipped to be facilitators who connect visually with our participants. Thanks again. Am looking forward to practicing my new graphics facilitation skills. And to our paths crossing again.” Vivente
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