So you’ve just stepped out of yet another workshop. It’s your 4th of the day. And while it was characterised by plenty of lively discussion, you can’t quite figure out why you’ve had to sacrifice yet another hour of your workday.
Sure you covered a few key points. Yes you brought the rest of the team up to speed on the latest developments. But what have you actually achieved? And will anyone remember what you discussed in two hours’ time?
The problem is that meetings and workshops have simply become far too commonplace in today’s corporate environment. These days, it seems we’ll call meetings to discuss just about anything. The cafeteria menu. The décor for the staff party. Hell, even the weather. Because who doesn’t love to discuss how hot it is outside?
The thing is that meetings and workshops, if properly run and carefully considered, can in fact be invaluable in driving any enterprise’s development. Getting collaborators together to discuss a project is critical to achieving success, and ultimately we need our colleagues and team leaders to keep us on track and hold us accountable for our actions.
So how do you make your group working sessions more memorable and productive? It might be time to introduce a visual element into the mix. Graphic facilitation is rapidly finding favour amongst Fortune 500 companies like Google and Johnson & Johnson, largely as a result of its ability to convey information more succinctly and make it stick.
Here’s why this relatively new discipline is making waves and giving business owners bigger bang for their bucks:
It keeps energy levels up
After a long day of work, it’s not always easy to keep everyone focused on the task at hand. But with a graphic facilitator in the room capturing peoples’ thoughts and views, workshop participants are more likely to feel heard, and thus more inclined to actively contribute to the session. The developing mural also keeps employees focused on the points discussed, and is a far greater tool than coffee when it comes to sustaining high energy levels.
It paints a bigger picture
Too often we get lost in the minutiae of a meeting, focusing on small details and losing sight of the bigger picture. Graphic facilitation helps to keep priorities in order by mapping out the most important pieces of information, thus ensuring that all participants are able to keep track of even the most complex ideas and constructs.
It breaks down cultural barriers
We live in a multi-cultural world, and the reality is that language isn’t always able to cut it when it comes to conveying key strategic information. Graphic facilitation helps to break down cultural divides, using imagery rather than verbal cues to stimulate understanding, thereby avoiding any confusion that might arise.
It helps you to achieve those ‘Ah Ha’ moments
When trying to assimilate vast amounts of information, it’s often difficult to identify tangible links between ideas. But with a graphic recorder on hand to visually document concepts and structure thought processes, meeting participants are able to literally see ideas unfolding in front of them, and clearly understand how they’re interlinked. This helps to facilitate those critical ‘ah ha’ moments that make enterprises extraordinary.
It paints a roadmap for the future
More often than not, meeting participants are quick to forget the roles and responsibilities outlined in a group session. And with so many meetings on the cards these days, that’s hardly a surprise. But with a concrete visual reminder of what was discussed, everyone has a far clearer understanding of his or her responsibilities going forward, with something tangible to refer back to at any stage. A visual representation also helps to more clearly identify targets, deliverables and outcomes, which can easily be marked off as they’re achieved.
Make your next meeting or workshop an EXTRAORDINARY one with team Engage Me! We offer specialised graphic facilitation services, designed to take your next group session to the next level.