In every program I present, I advocate the use of images in addition to words to facilitate communication. Last weekend at the 19th Annual Nothwest Dispute Resolution Conference, that advocacy was taken to whole new level because I was fortunate to have Nancy White graphically record my presentation. Take a look at her masterpiece above (click to enlarge). It is obvious why she is one of the world's top gurus of the processes of graphic recording and graphic facilitation!
Coincidentally, today Globe and Mail published a fine article on using images and the visual components of thinking. From "For polished presentations, think visually":
Visual thinking is an approach that uses art to develop critical thinking, communication and visual literacy skills. Incorporating sketching and visual note-taking skills for meeting facilitation in real time instead of using PowerPoint presentations is an effective way to solve problems, articulate ideas and communicate with clients and team members.
Here are ten things about visual thinking that will help you to facilitate a highly interactive, productive and enjoyable meeting.
Click to read the rest.
To read why the brain likes images, take a look at
- Opening the Mind's Eye: How Images and Language Teach Us How To See
- The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
And here are a couple of past blog posts about the value of images in communication and conflict resolution:
- Images can help you paint a bright resolution to conflict
- Are you involved in half-brained mediations? Let's promote full-brained conflict resolution
Now get out your utensils—chalks, pencils, crayolas, pens, whatever—and draw. Doing so will take you to new places in your brain, new solutions and resolutions, new ways of seeing.
Note (added May 9, 2012): Recent post at idealawg: Another way to incorporate images, pictures, drawings in conflict resolution.
Note (added May 10, 2012): New post here: How do you listen attentively? Well, first you grab a paint brush, a pencil, or a piece of chalk.