Using Visuals in Facilitated Meetings and Workshops

“There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem.

According to Dan Roam, in The Back of the Napkin, a simple drawing on a humble napkin can be more powerful than the slickest PowerPoint presentation.  As facilitators, we can help our groups clarify problems, and understand ideas better, by using a simple set of visual tools. Our experience at Masterful Facilitation Institute confirms Roam assertion that almost everyone seems born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can’t draw. In our fun visual/graphics courses, we show you how to use simple lines and shapes to create graphics, visual metaphors, and basic images to help bring meeting results to life.

By adding visual thinking and simple graphic skills to your competencies, not only do you become a more effective facilitator; you also gain a powerful ability to discover, develop and sell new ideas, solve problems in unexpected ways, and dramatically improve your ability to share your insights with others.

Take a few moments to watch Roam’s video on The Back of a Napkin. If you are a self-directed learner, you may want to buy his book. And if like many of us, you learn best by doing, then consider bringing our visual/graphics courses in-house. You’ll have a blast, as you quickly up-level your visual thinking and graphic facilitation skills.

Author: myriamlaberge

M.A. (Economics), Certified Professional Facilitator Founder & Managing Director