Author: Julie Gieseke, Visual Facilitator (Email)
Did you know that more than 80% of us are visual learners? Yet, our standard meeting structure is to get a bunch of people in a room or online and talk. Sometimes we include a presentation slide deck, but the slides are often just text with an image or two. Studies show that visual images combined with text, increases memory retention up to 89% (Robert Horn, Stanford University). Before you suffer through yet another lengthy Zoom meeting, consider that there is a better way.
Visual facilitation is the real-time capture in images and words of the conversation or presentation in meetings, and it can be used whether the meeting is with just a few people or thousands. As a visual facilitator I listen for salient points in the group conversation, synthesizing them and translating them into a visual form. When I work with groups in person, I use a huge sheet of paper in front of the room. When I facilitate virtually, I create digital drawings that can be shared in real time or at key moments of group reflection and discernment.
Here’s what visual facilitation can bring to your meeting:
Raftelis is one of only a handful of companies in the country that have an internal resource for graphic recording and visual facilitation.