Are you a facilitator who is looking to incorporate hand drawn visuals into your work?

In its purest form visual facilitation is about embedding the use of large scale visual templates into your facilitation process – ideal if you’re looking to take your facilitation practice to the next level and to increase engagement and participation.

Visual facilitation can be conducted as a solo practitioner or by working in tandem with a visual (graphic) recorder. These tips relate to working as a solo practitioner. 

To get started:
1. Remember that the visuals are used as a tool to enhance facilitation – your facilitation skills are more important than your drawing skills.
2. Map out your existing facilitation process – start with a short session you run regularly, perhaps a planning meeting or focus group.
3. Outline your outcomes and timings for each part of the process.
4. Decide which parts of the process are important to be captured visually.
5. Play around with related metaphors and themes – what imagery lends itself well to the topic?
5. Create a series of large templates (if it feels more comfortable to start with flipchart paper then by all means do so) each containing a key question or statement under discussion. More tips on creating templates here. Remember to leave lots of white space! (Tip: Think about your timings and how much content you’d like to capture) If using a template created by someone else be sure to credit them. 

Tune in next week for tips on how to run the session.

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