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The Art of Listening like a Graphic Recorder

How do you know what to listen for?”

It’s a common question I hear as a graphic recorder, and one that’s not always easy to explain! But over the years I’ve found there are key attributes to the art of listening in graphic recording or graphic facilitation.

These listening skills can be applied to a wide variety of situations beyond graphic recording. Discussions between co-workers; conflicts between spouses; reading the news and wanting to understand the full perspective… strong listening promotes deeper discussions and solution-finding.

So how does a graphic recorder listen?

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Interactive Graphic Recording

Meetings can be host to a large number of participants from various industries, backgrounds, and perspectives… how do you encourage people to engage with the topics being presented instead of being idle observers? How do you capture the thoughts of 200+ participants? Or 400+?

Graphic recording enhances meetings in many ways – from capturing speakers’ presentations to designing custom graphics to help guide a discussion. But interactive graphic recording can directly engage participants and capture their ideas, impressions, and reactions to the conference! 

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Graphic Recording in Health Care

Health care is evolving with the needs of people and changing technologies. Sometimes progress is slow, other times it’s more immediate. But no matter the pace of change, it’s crucial the health system adapts so it’s sustainable and provides quality care.

Graphic recording in health care, and other visual communications, are powerful tools when integrated with planning or public engagement/appreciative inquiry.

As a graphic recorder, it requires a keen sensitivity to the topics being discussed, a full-system perspective, and understanding of medical terminology and patient experiences. With this in mind, there are many ways graphic recording and visual communication is helping to shift the health system.

How Graphics Facilitate Strategic Work

There are two general terms for translating a meeting discussion into visuals in real-time:

Graphic recording – the meeting is captured by a graphic recorder, who is dedicated to listening, synthesizing, and organizing the content into visuals and text.

Graphic facilitation – the meeting is facilitated by one person who simultaneously uses graphics to help guide the discussion and organize action items. Often pre-designed charts are used – these large scale templates help focus the group.

I operate as a hybrid of the two – graphic recording the discussion, and closely involved in planning the graphic templates that will help guide the discussion.

5 Ways of Using Completed Graphic Recordings

You’ve got these fantastic graphic recordings from your meeting, but how will you use them?

In advertising, the more you expose people to a brand or message the more likely they are to commit to it. The same holds true for the outcomes and action items in a meeting. Graphic recordings are already an engaging visual record of your meeting, but it’s important they are displayed throughout the year to keep the content top-of-mind and ensure long-term commitment to the action items.