A Reductionist Guide to Graphical Facilitation

Step 1: Find Material. Which went like this: 

I realised that most of the suggestions were presentations, not panels: concise, structured ideas which were crafted for impact. And also a less difficult task to scribe according to M. So this prolonged my hunt for material that is 1) a panel discussion, 2) more in style of a conference than a chaotic workshop, 3) on subjects that light my bulb. Here's a library of them.

Step Two: Practice. This screenshot is hopefully self-explanatory; these are notes from my meeting with M before she jetted off for the summer. The sketches are a selection of frames to capture content, and tips and tricks of graphical capture. I will share in days to come the fruits of visual exercises, which will incorporated the following guidelines:

  • Experiment with different anchors, metaphors, frames
  • Synthesise content by picking up patterns that could unlock conversations
  • Evaluate the content I chose to capture, and then trying it again differently
  • Force restriction to capture a few main points 
  • Hold back from scribing for the first 10 minutes
  • Observe the shape of the discussion, when the energy goes up or down
  • Get creative with reframing space when the conversation ends too soon or you run out of space

She shared about her first attempt to the story of Goldilocks, and finished with a blank board. And today she captures these. Idea synthesis is beautiful.