Wondering about a creative career and finding your own path? The UBC Department of Educational Studies brought together alumni of the EDST program (which included me as a graphic facilitator!) to talk about how we’ve forged our own way. All co-panelists shared their personal journeys – and our ups and downs of self-employment – and … Read more ICYMI – finding your own path and creative career
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
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
Do you spend a lot of your time in meetings wondering, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of our time?” That doesn’t sound fun. Drawing Change can show you a better way. We want you to create meetings with more belonging and connection – using visual facilitation and graphic recording. And … Read more Online Graphic Facilitation Training – May 2021 with Drawing Change
A colleague asked me “what do you do when you lose your groove while facilitating / graphic recording?” Losing my creative flow state happens to anyone creative, so what do you like to do? Managing creative flow when I’m thrown off in the moment – is about how I manage my triggers. There will be … Read more How do you get unstuck?
Earlier this year, someone (brilliantly) said to me that when we meet online, we have the opportunity to create good meeting habits, and leave our bad meeting habits behind. Let’s come together for purpose and creativity – Meetings shouldn’t be a collapse across the finish line. So I asked my favourite facilitators and graphic recorders … Read more Meetings in 2021 should have more ….
Recently, I had the pleasure of being on the Creative Pulse podcast. It was a joy to talk with Angela de Burger about being a creative professional and my process. Find the link here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1209869/6743668 We touched on: personal creative style what I do for a process when approaching a new project why graphic recording … Read more Creative Pulse Podcast and Graphic Recording
I’m helping to facilitate no less than 5 awesome sessions before the end of the year – ranging from trans inclusion in sexual health to helping an executive team in education hold meaningful conversations in a challenging time. I’m really looking forward to planning this 100+ person event coming up: we have a unique Zoom … Read more Visual Instructions for a Big Zoom Breakout – Conference
Creative people must be actively anti-racist. Here is a short list of some qualities of white supremacy organizations that we need to dismantle. This is a partial list from a foundational article from 2001: The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, a Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork. https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html And … Read more Visual practice and challenging white supremacy culture
I was a student in a multi-day online courses recently, and I noticed that I hadn’t said anything out loud in front of the full group by the end of Day 1. So it was much harder for me to speak up by Day 2. Wait, suddenly I was that student who hadn’t spoken up … Read more 15 ways to increase participation in your next online meeting
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
I recently completed a 6-month #facilitation certification with Diane Musho Hamilton. The Integral Facilitator® Certification is a “professional training program that combines masterful facilitation with leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach”. These are a handful of the facilitation skills I’m working on that stand out … Read more Always learning – new facilitation certificate
September 2020 update: Zoom is going to enable participants to self-select breakout rooms if everyone has the most recent Zoom! Recently, I ran my first online Open Space Technology using Zoom for 250+ people. Open Space allows the group – of any size- to create the agenda together, quickly. And one of the important features … Read more Open Space Technology and Zoom – flexible online spaces
When your webinar is about leaders creating joy – bring joy inside the webinar with art, graphic recording, poetry, and meaningful connection! Royal Roads University is hosting a leadership webinar series, “Leading in Extraordinary Times”. In this first session, Niels Agger-Gupta and Susan Thackeray explored, “Creating Joy and Community while Leading Through Difficult Times.” This … Read more Creating Joy While Leading in Extraordinary Times
The best part about being part of a wide facilitation network – being surrounded by talented colleagues who offer great trainings! I recently attended more than 20 hours of how to move your meetings effectively online, and I brought my ipad for live digital graphic recording at the same time. We use graphic recording and … Read more Digital Graphic Recordings – tips for great online meetings