Posts Tagged 'facilitation'

team building with images and visual facilitation

Written on September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Images spark story telling and deeper discussion

Last week, The McCombs School of Business Development and External Relations Department and the University of Texas, held a Team Building Retreat.  It was a blast to facilitate and engage this group.

In addition to graphic facilitation, we used images from VisualsSpeak to get each participant engaged. It is really cool to watch how the images draw the stories out of people.  One of the biggest “Ah Has” that kept coming up last week, was perspective. As someone would see and tell a story about an image, others would realize how differently they saw the exact same image.  The conversations …

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Creating Visual Thinking Templates on the iPad

Written on May 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

Graphic Coaching Template- Visual Template Crow Hill LIfe Rays

In coaching, or in facilitation, one of the ways to get clients engaged is to use visual thinking template tools. Many adults are drawn to visual work, and yet loudly hear the inner critic that says, “YOU CAN’T DRAW.”  (I believe you can…and that message will be for another post).

Fortunately, most adults aren’t afraid of working with a template. Templates allow for the creativity and process with out the clients having to originate the context! In group settings, I often work with large scale templates from the Grove. In strategic planning settings, these create a visual context …

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Two ways, 11.4 reasons visual thinking and large scale graphics work like magic for your meetings.

Written on May 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Visual Thinking- What is so meaningful about Graphic Recording and Facilitation

1.  Just a few (there are many more than listed here) reasons visual thinking works so well. Uses both the left and right sides of the brain, also called “whole-brain” thinking, or ambidextrous thinking that lead to:

  • better overall retention
  • greater comprehension
  • enhanced overall learning
  • creates collective learning through shared learning

It captures attention…literally draws your eye to important points.

2. Stimulates creativity & imagination.
3.  Good ideas are never lost.
4.  Participants feel heard and enjoy seeing their input recorded
5.  Keeps a record of decisions and priorities.
6.  Captures metaphors and stories.
7.  Captures the ESSENCE and details …

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why a conversation?

Written on March 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

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When you think of the word ‘conversation,’ what do you FEEL…not think, but feel.  What is the energy contained in that word for you? For me, it is a casual and authentic exchange of self through words, or even body language.  There is something relaxed about it, and yet intentional.

Tony Golsby-Smith from the Harvard Business Review, in this BLOG post, describes a conversation like this:

Think about a conversation you have with a friend over a cup of coffee. It flows from one topic to another; ideas spark spontaneously. A conversation is alive and interesting, and sometimes even a

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