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?
P.S. Places are already going fast for the next Secrets of Simple Graphics course on April 26th 2019. Secure your place now.