I’m standing at a wall of paper, my arm raised and ready to write. The conference room behind me is arranged with ten round tables, eight people huddled around each. The eighty participants have deliberated at their tables for the last half-hour, scribbling down their thoughts and prioritizing.
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.
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!
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.