Ever feel stuck?
Simple drawings are a powerful tool to shift us from a feeling of inertia to one of clarity and control.
If you’re grappling with a problem and haven’t been able to settle on a solution try drawing it out.
By simply drawing out the who, what, when and where of your problem you will soon start to see aspects you hadn’t considered till now. This act of putting pen to paper, of thinking visually allows for new ideas to form and solutions to emerge.
Want to take it further? Here’s your step by step guide (with thanks to David Sibbet):
1. Focus the issue – who, what, when, where
2. Start brainstorming solutions – one idea per post-it
3. Group the notes and label the headings
4. Discuss each proposal
5. Vote on the most promising
6. Discuss top three – pros/cons of each option.
7. Make decision
This becomes particularly powerful when we start working as a group to solve problems and several ideas emerge.
Solving problems as a group and not sure everyone has bought into the decision? Tune in next week for a quick technique that tests this and ensures everyone is on the same page.
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Ever been to a meeting where you didn’t quite know what was going on?
Of if you did, you weren’t quite sure what actions were agreed?
Have you ever turned up to a large meeting not knowing exactly who was in the room?
Or perhaps you’ve had excellent, productive meetings only to forget what was said the next day.
Using a graphic template for your meeting is a great way to ensure clarity, comprehension and direction. It also helps to save time and increase efficiency, reducing the need for repetition.
After all meetings are expensive – it’s so important to make the most of the time spent in the room (or indeed virtually).
All you need to do is think of the key elements of any meeting.
In his excellent book, Visual Meetings, David Sibbet claims that the two things foremost in peoples’ minds when they go into a meeting is, ‘Who’s who in the room?’ and ‘What’s the purpose of this meeting?’, so that’s a good place to start.
Other elements may include:
– Agenda items
– Ground Rules
– Agreed actions
Decide on an overall theme or metaphor and add simple graphics to make your template come to life.
Above is a digital mock up of a graphic template I used recently, based on ideas from The Grove Consultants.
What kind of graphic template would work for your meetings?
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