In-Person Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation

What is Graphic Recording? What do you do?

When I am Graphic Recording I am acting as a silent partner during an event to capture and reflect content and ideas. Essentially what I do is map-out the presentation (in real time!) to show patterns, connect ideas, and uncover the big picture ideas.

It helps facilitate focus in the group, and documents the event in a unique and memorable way. This method can be used alongside keynote speakers at a conference, in meetings, AGMs, training sessions, workshops and more!

Check out my Blog post on this topic: Graphic Recording vs Graphic Facilitation

What is Graphic Facilitation?

Graphic Facilitation takes visual learning and engagement to the next level. Working alongside another facilitation or on my own I use visuals to create a more interactive, engaging environment. This method allows participants to engage with the visual representation of their ideas in real-time (they can see what they are saying, as they are saying it!).

This is an extremely effective method of capturing ideas, and facilitating conversations that otherwise may get side-tracked or confusing. Graphic Facilitation is used in workshops, group discussions, conference break-out sessions, brainstorming, strategic planning sessions, World Cafe, Open Space discussions, and anywhere where ideas are being shared, hashed out, debated or discussed.

Check out my Blog post on this topic: Graphic Recording vs Graphic Facilitation 

What does that look like?

If you’ve never seen a Graphic Recorder or Facilitator in action, you might still be unsure of what it is that I actually do. Please check out my Portfolio Page to see examples of my work, and the various clients I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I’d be happy to chat with you and offer more clarification if you need it!

Are they the same as Sketchnoting? Visual Thinking? Visual note-taking?

Sketchnoting and Visual note-taking are methods used by visual thinkers to take comprehensive notes that they can understand more clearly than a list or paragraph of words. Visual learners benefit from visual cues, so drawing helps them articulate concepts they would otherwise be unable to jot down quickly. Graphic recording/facilitation are services which grew out of this need of visual learners– So yes they are similar in the sense that the process is the same (articulating content in a visual form) however graphic recording/facilitation is the public version of this. It allows for a more in depth understanding both for the individual (as in Sketchnoting) but also opens the door for conversations, multiple perspectives, and collective understanding of concepts.

I talk about Visual Note-Taking in this Blog post: Graphic Recording vs Graphic Facilitation

My field is specialized and complex, will you be able to understand clearly enough to capture the speakers accurately? Do you need me to supply transcripts/background information?

I have worked with a wide variety of professionals in a wide variety of fields (check out my client page for some examples). In my experience, most conference presentations and most group discussions are based on the foundations of universal topics; strategy, human issues, business of doing business, relationships, and challenges. Through my experience, I am confident that I can learn and adapt to convey the areas of the conversation that are specific to your industry and company. Usually I can pull most background/contextual information from your company website/a quick google search– If there is something very specific you need me to know, contact me and we can discuss it.

What does Graphic Recording contribute to a speaker’s talk at a conference? Does it really help? Can’t people just take notes, or discuss ideas?

Graphic Recording contributes to a presentation in two main ways; during the talk, and after it is done. During the talk it functions as a real-time aid to the focus of the attendees. Presentation viewers are proven to be more engaged in the content of the talk when they see the visual translation of the spoken words being synthesised in front of them. Good note-taking is a relatively rare skill, and even if the participants are excellent note takers it is always beneficial to have a shared resource to spark conversation and reflection.

How does Graphic Facilitation help in a business meeting?

It can be difficult to tackle hard questions in a business meeting– Each individual present has a lot on their plate, and probably a lot of work that they feel they should be doing. As a facilitator, I have the luxury of entering the room with a fresh mind, with 100% of my attention and energy focused on the topic of the meeting. By listening closely, linking ideas, and mapping out the conversation as it unfolds, a graphic facilitator can help keep everyone focused and help them digest what is being said (and see problems and solutions in new ways).

Won’t you be distracting people from the speaker?

What do you consider a distraction? Most folks get distracted by their own thoughts, “hm, what’s for lunch, hope it’s pizza”. I tell clients it’s a good thing if participants are looking over to the graphic recording as it’s been drawn out during a talk. It’s helping them confirm what they heard, helping them stay focused on the content and solidify that information even deeper in their brain! Cool huh?

What is a visual learner?

A visual learner is one of three learning styles (Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic) made popular by Neil D. Fleming in his VAK model of learning. A visual learner is essentially someone who learns by seeing information laid out in front of them (ie visually!).  There have been several studies looking at learning styles over the years. The results are clear that over half the participants in all of these studies are visual learners (65% according to Mind Tools).

While there are still many who fall in the other two categories (Auditory and Kinesthetic), visual learners are generally the majority. Consider that fact, then consider the fact that most presentations are mainly focused on auditory aspects (speech) with insufficient attention paid to creating effective visuals. This is where Graphic Recorders and Graphic Facilitators come in! Engaging visual learners is key to getting your message across, and understood by everyone in the room. Many people learn through a combination of stimulus (auditory and visual cues), so including a dynamic visual element to a conference talk or meeting just makes sense!

Need help adding visuals to your presentation? Mind’s Eye Creative offers a Presentation Design service! Find out more by clicking here.

Visual Videos

Do you do those cool whiteboard explainer videos?

Short answer: Yes! 

Long answer: Kind of. We don’t use a white board. Mind’s Eye Creative videos creates visually engaging, hand drawn videos that have a similar feel to the highly popular whiteboard style videos. Using high quality markers on paper, we can create videos that really pop– and eliminate the issue of glare from a shiny whiteboard. Click here to see the Visual Videos portfolio page!

How long does it take to make a video? I have a deadline…

Each video project is unique, so there is really no one-size-fits-all response to this question. That said, get in touch and let us know about your deadline up front, and we will let you know if it is realistic for us to meet it.

Do you have examples of your video work?

Yes — Click here!

How much does a Visual Video cost?

Submit a project proposal and we will give you a quote 🙂

Presentation Design

What does presentation design actually mean?

Have you ever been to events and conferences trying to hear the message from the speaker and end up feeling confused and unsure of what they were trying to teach you? Ya, me too. I help people craft their story and message and put a visual spin on it by slide design. I can be hired for the whole design of the presentation or just part of it.

Do you create slides in powerpoint?

Ideally all creative work and slide creation would be finalized in powerpoint. We can certainly help you format in keynote if required.

I need crafting my story or message, can you help with that?

Sure can! Feel free to read the first question in this list as well but I can help you craft your story and message. I’m a communicator FIRST visual pro second. Without a clear message and story, there are no visuals, so let’s knock that out of the park first before we get to the images.

How I Work

So, this is your side gig right? What do you do for a real job?

My job? – Well, you’re looking at it. I think I have the best job. I get to travel or work at home in my PJs and create visuals for amazing clients I adore – and they pay me to do that because they understand the power of visuals.

What equipment do I need to supply?

For Graphic Recording/Facilitation, most of the time I look after everything. I bring many supplies with me and I also typically get supplies delivered to the location if I’m travelling for the event or gathering. Typically I charge a supplies fee for these items. I don’t include kraft tubes for the paper recordings to go in, but can certainly order them for you (since I know what to get!). More information about this is determined throughout the hiring process.

Do you offer workshops or classes?

YES! I offer a beginners workshop; Graphic Recording 101 and (soon!) Graphic Recording 201 (advanced workshop) coming soon. I also offer day long or half day in-house workshops that are tailored to the specific needs of the group.

Do you offer online courses?

In 2020 I’ll be releasing my first online course on visual communication. Please reach out if you’d like to learn more when it’s available.

What do you do with the recording/image after a presentation?

Any paper charts are yours to keep. Some people will give to speakers as a gift or take them back to their office and hang them up. It’s totally up to you what you want to do with them. I always photograph them and you get the high quality cleaned up images post event.

Where are you based? I am organizing a conference in X (city, country). Are you willing to travel?

I am based in Nova Scotia (which is in Canada, it’s beautiful, google it!) 

I do travel for many of my Graphic Recording jobs; across Canada, and Internationally. Let me know where your event is and we can discuss the details.

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