Starting Your Graphic Recorder Career – first projects and wise practices

I got an email this week that gave me goosebumps. My graphic recordings were part of a final report, and it turns out that when the Big Decision Maker saw the images, she was moved to tears – saying she could “see” the voices in the meeting talking about the impact their sector is making. … Read more Starting Your Graphic Recorder Career – first projects and wise practices

A new, free facilitation resource for creative meetings in 2022

Next Generation Meetings: 8 Wise Practices and Creative Tools  Here’s my webinar for Tech Soup Canada: Improve online gatherings and foster connection! This far into a pandemic, we’ve all changed our perspectives on what makes a good meeting. Do you find yourself wondering, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of our … Read more A new, free facilitation resource for creative meetings in 2022

Successful Marketing Facilitation Services: For the Reluctant Marketer

Are you also a facilitator who gets squeamish about self promotion? or is that just me? Marketing can be a way to share your facilitation perspective and true voice. The International Association of Facilitators asked me to give a talk to the Europe and Middle East branch of the IAF. I’ve pulled together my favourite tips … Read more Successful Marketing Facilitation Services: For the Reluctant Marketer

Get the most value from Graphic Recordings – after your meeting

What’s the best thing to do with graphic recording images after a meeting? Use them! But how? Meetings are a major investment in time and effort. You may have invited graphic recording to help you: inform* people about something, consult and get feedback, involve key groups in discussion or refining ideas, collaborate in decision-making, or … Read more Get the most value from Graphic Recordings – after your meeting

Advice for Your Younger Facilitator Self

What advice might you give to your younger, facilitator Self? My facilitation community of practice explored this question recently. I invited us to be time travellers, back to a version of our younger selves. Think back to a time when you were an emerging facilitator – could be any place, any age – when you felt … Read more Advice for Your Younger Facilitator Self

9 resources to inspire creativity and connect online

Thank you. Everything you’re doing to keep yourself and others safe during this new reality we’re navigating together is appreciated. I know these uncertain times can be overwhelming, and it varies hour by hour. We are in this together, and I want to stay connected with you while new ways of being together emerge. I … Read more 9 resources to inspire creativity and connect online

New book: World of Visual Facilitation and IFVP 2019 highlights

At this year’s IFVP International Forum of Visual Practitioners conference, a new book was launched! The World of Visual Facilitation shares new approaches and stories from 50 visual facilitators all around the world. New Book: World of Visual Facilitation I’m pleased to have two chapters in the new book, the World of Visual Facilitation. It’s … Read more New book: World of Visual Facilitation and IFVP 2019 highlights

Business skills for creatives and graphic facilitators

My first freelance facilitation project, twelve years ago, was for a 3-hour offsite meeting. I charged them 3 hours to design and facilitate a 3-hour retreat – but I charged them $25/hr because that was the hourly rate of the office staff. A grand total of $75. It was a rookie move. I remember some … Read more Business skills for creatives and graphic facilitators

How to Have Better Meetings in 2019

  When it started getting dark at 3pm, we knew it was time to reach out to our graphic facilitation community and compile our annual wrap-up post. This time last year, we asked what the field of visual practice needed to do next – but was avoiding. This year, we wanted to know what advice … Read more How to Have Better Meetings in 2019

Our favourite visual facilitation books to add to your backpack

Updated September 2019 with some new titles! Summer is in full swing – hopefully this means you’re working at a slower pace lately, and maybe have a little extra time to flip a few pages at the beach. Personally, I’m trying to catch up on my reading-for-fun. Here’s a few books that Drawing Change graphic … Read more Our favourite visual facilitation books to add to your backpack

How to Get Started as a Graphic Recorder

It’s time for a Frequently Asked Questions! Summer roundup of questions I’ve been asked from folks new to the field lately: I’m new. How do get started as a graphic recorder? I love this question Welcome, fellow visual thinker! Six opinionated ideas and highly subjective advice: Start. I want you to START drawing! I am … Read more How to Get Started as a Graphic Recorder

Growing your visual practice business – planning tools

Most creative people want to make stuff, not run the business side of things. Maybe this is familiar: you’ve launched your visual practice business (great!) and it’s been more than a year (congratulations!) and now maybe you’re wondering – how do I get more of the work I really want?  I’m home from teaching “Beyond … Read more Growing your visual practice business – planning tools

Growing your Visual Practice Business

Most creative people want to make stuff, not run the business side of things. Maybe this is familiar: you’ve launched your visual practice business (great!) and it’s been more than a year (congratulations!) and now maybe you’re wondering – how do I get more of the work I really want?  I’m home from teaching “Beyond … Read more Growing your Visual Practice Business

2018 Beyond the Basics: Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Portland, Oregon

Beyond the Basics with Graphic Facilitation The graphic facilitation and graphic field is booming – are you getting the work you want? Sophia Liang and Sam Bradd designed this course to teach what they wish someone had taught them when they started out as graphic facilitators. Experts say, in order to scale or grow your … Read more 2018 Beyond the Basics: Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Portland, Oregon

Question Well – a reflection tool for visual practitioners

the Question Well tool Hello! We’re Jennifer Shepherd and Sam Bradd. We’re visual practitioners, educators and facilitators. We live across the country from each other in Canada, and have collaborated on a range of writing projects about visual practice in the last few years. This tool below is an excerpt from a chapter you’ll find … Read more Question Well – a reflection tool for visual practitioners