One of the most inspiring programs I’ve worked on this past year is the State Summit with the National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society. At each state summit, more than 150 students gather together for a hands-on experiential leadership development program designed to cultivate empowerment and leadership skills. Organized by...Read More »
Take a master class in graphic facilitation this summer with Sam Bradd (Drawing Change) and myself, Sophia Liang (Graphic Footprints) in Decatur, GA. Every year visual practitioners gather together to develop, deepen, and add to their visual toolkit.
Our accelerated pre-conference workshop (evening + 1 day session) is tailored to...Read More »
This year I’ve talked myself out of more than a dozen jobs. And it felt right. Graphic recording/facilitation makes a huge splash in the room, but when does “new and cool” become a hindrance to the event?
When we first start out in our careers, we say yes to everything. Saying...Read More »
This month, I spent 3 days at The Grove Consultants immersing myself in the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance (TP) system. The course was a clarifying experience that validated much of my current experience while working with a team. More than validation, however, the course provided a great model to help...Read More »
Whenever a client says, “Wow, you are an amazing listener,” my first thought goes to my husband. He often tells me that I turn off my professional listening skills when I walk through the front door. And it’s absolutely true. We turn our listening on and off, moment to moment....Read More »
Every year, I get to spend four days with visual practitioners from all over the world. It’s my time to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, learn more skills, and deepen my thinking on the work that we do. I was inspired by colleagues, a new organizational development track,...Read More »
Recently I’ve been pushing myself to go beyond my tried-and-true visual icons. You know, the ones that feel like your most comfortable flannel pajamas that you wear every night. This doesn’t mean I’m practicing complicated versions of elephants and people, but rather I’ve been focusing on self-reflection and listening for...Read More »
“The overall purpose of using graphic recording is to create a reflective experience with the visual chart(s) that inspires an insight or an “a-ha moment” for your participants. When you make it a habit to practice complete collaboration, you can fully integrate visuals in the larger context of...Read More »
A week spent in Dubai was full of listening, intense thinking, drawing, creative collaboration, authentic clients, smart people, and—not to
mention—very tall buildings and two very long plane rides.
Bringing a team together is always fun, but bringing them halfway around the world couldn’t have been complete without Alicia Bramlett, Alece Birnbach,...Read More »
“Art” is a loaded word within the field of visual practitioners and has been a popular topic online. Is what we do considered art? Does it matter? Years ago, I would cringe anytime anyone called me an artist, almost as if it undermined the “true” value of my work or...Read More »
When people get excited about visuals, they grab a marker and start drawing. Then they’re surprised when they get frustrated because something feels off. The first reaction is usually to the image they’ve drawn, “It doesn’t look like an elephant,” or “My handwriting sucks.” And the inner critic inside of...Read More »
Long-term engagements with a single client are my favorite type of work. Working together, we can truly create something great, that leaves a lasting impact on the client, and can affect change.
Experience is an interesting word, defined in the dictionary as the “process of doing and seeing things, and of having things happen to you.” That’s the definition that we all know. But that’s not the only definition. Experience is also defined...Read More »
Our listening and comprehension skills are critical to our field. In the long list of skills that are required to excel at our work, these two rise to the top
of the list. The intersection of listening and comprehension (understanding)
By definition,...Read More »
2015 has been quite a whirlwind: from a new baby, a growing practice, exploring social media (what does it really means to be online), creating a new partnership and program (after 10 years of going at it solo), and balancing all of the above. It might have been wiser...Read More »
In July 2015, 135 visual practitioners gathered in Austin, Texas to connect and learn more about our craft. Our industry association, IFVP (International Forum of Visual Practitioners), is celebrating its 20th year and has grown to over 500 members. It’s been a winding journey for our field, and for...Read More »
When I first came across graphic recording I was a program manager at a strategy think tank/consulting firm. I was responsible for putting together engaging, interactive, content-rich, live and virtual events for our membership program. A colleague decided to take a course at the Grove in graphic facilitation and we...Read More »