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Avril Orloff, Graphic Facilitator

As a graphic facilitator, I create a visual map of the conversation at meetings, workshops, dialogues and other group processes, using words and images to literally draw out people’s thinking and surface the ‘big picture.’ Listening carefully for meaning as well as words, I create a graphic depiction of the conversation as it unfolds, drawing out patterns, themes and connections to weave the parts into an integrated whole.

And how does this contribute to the quality of the process? Simply put, graphic facilitation helps make meetings more productive. Here are some reasons why:

  • People process information in different ways. By adding a visual element, you’re more likely to engage visual learners (who make up over 80% of the population, according to researchers).
  • Graphic recording literally gets everyone “on the same page” and enables people to build on each other’s ideas.
  • Thoughts become visible and explicit, which increases clarity and reduces misunderstanding.
  • People feel acknowledged and heard when they see their ideas take concrete shape. This, in turn, increases trust and reduces conflict.
  • Creative listening begets creative thinking, creative thinking begets better ideas, and better ideas beget more effective processes and products.
  • Participants get a unique and attractive “takeaway” that they can refer back to, share with others who weren’t present, and incorporate into reports to show (not just tell) what went on.
  • And last but not least, graphically facilitated meetings are energizing, engaging, enjoyable…and FUN!

The photo on this page was taken at the 2006 NCDD conference.

Resource Link: http://avrilorloff.com/

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