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FAQ roundup and 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?

photo: CIPMM (2015)

I love this question. Welcome, fellow visual thinker! Six opinionated ideas and highly subjective advice:

  1. Start. I want you to START drawing! I am not a believer in just “following your passion”. I think you should be inspired to be creative, yes, and make sure you put the work in to get good at things. Don’t leap into your passion and then give up too soon, especially when it gets hard. I don’t wait for creativity to land in my lap. I have to make stuff, and see where it goes. And then, once you make something you have to share it. How will people know what you want to do, otherwise?
  2. Your first projects should personally interest you. Be proud to share them. Deliberately choose to work for trusted people for a few low-stakes projects. Build your confidence.
  3. Find a mentor. This field enables people to bring their professional experience (coaching, facilitating, leading) and apply it to visual work. Like many creative professions with a majority of sole practitioners, the foundation based on apprenticeships, networks, and learning from peers. It’s rapidly growing and I think mentors help us see how collectively as practitioners we can help organizations, clients, individuals.
  4. Take a workshop. Research. Read books. Set up a Skype call. Go to a meetup. Ask your mentor if you can watch them work at a public or appropriate event.  Go to a conference. Try to read forums before asking a 12,000 person Facebook group “what is the best pen to use?” And, take a graphic facilitation workshop to find like-minded people and start building your community. 
  5. Think about how you want to start a business. There’s no one right way. Maybe you’ll have a business partner, maybe you’ll have an unusual niche. Look to other creative fields for the business model that works for you. At minimum, you should clearly show people what you want to be hired for. No sense putting a link to your tattoo website up if you want to be hired to sketchnote.
  6. Be generous. If you’re asking for people’s time, effort, emotional labour from others: ask them/see how you can help them in a reciprocal way.

Favorite markers?

I’m a Neuland ambassador. I love that they’re refillable, non-toxic, and come in vibrant colours and tips, especially the Big Ones. I am a huge, huge fan. Let’s talk markers anytime, and I’ll show you how these ones are designed to not even roll off the table.

What’s are most important skills a graphic facilitator needs to have? 

We are doing more than drawing – we are facilitating and leading, and helping others see their own thoughts. This month I might say: Listening and decision-making about what marks to make; awareness and skills to work on bias; empathy and a strong sense of personal leadership.

Last year I might have said patience, an ability to be reflective, a curiosity about learning (you can’t just draw what you think is happening). This is one of those “one finger pointing out, three fingers pointing back” types of questions.

What you notice or appreciate in others is also something you’re noticing in yourself, of course.

How is this a job? Why haven’t I heard about it? 

RIGHT? Pretty amazing job! Graphic facilitators are becoming more popular – so you may see them more now. But the field began in the 1970s, so it also has a long history, practices, and its own methods. Some folks work inside organizations, and some practitioners are consultants.

Do you pre-plan your layouts? 

No, and yes. I start with a blank page for graphic recording and most facilitation now. When I’m doing live work I am deciding as we go: I am matching the type of structure to the format of the meeting. Open plenary dialogue looks different than rapid-fire report outs, or a strategic plan deciding “three action steps”. These are emergent and not planned ahead of time, because facilitation and scribing is (or can be) emergent.

And when I facilitate meetings, I do pre-plan things in templates – when the group needs to see the structure in a specific way. If we need to do a “what are three next steps” for strategic planning meetings, or using a metaphor to help the group orient themselves over time – structure helps.

New graphic recorders should definitely practice planning sketches and layouts for live graphic recording and beyond. Have a mini sketchbook of layouts that you can turn to when you’re under drawing pressure – I have to mix it up, otherwise all panel presentations look the same (yawn).

graphic faciliatation: This wasn’t pre-planned, but also, it’s not random. Their theory of change swoops in from the left, the focus of their whole organization is central. Drawn over 2.5 hours

 

You travel a lot. What’s the best place you’ve been? 

This is a fun question, because in North America a lot of graphic facilitators are consultants who travel widely – it’s not required, but I love it. (I also follow the rules – I have a visa to work in the US and Canada.) All countries and projects have their unique joys. It’s more about the people than a particular location. I’d rather be with kind people in northern BC than a fancy hotel where no one is using what I’m contributing. But since you asked, there was a project in Tanzania where I was working in a tent in the tropical heat …with a security guard whose job it was to prevent the baboons from climbing on the tables! Work has brought me to 10 countries and remote locations, and I’m noticing more and more – globally and locally we are all working on such similar problems: communication, belonging/connection, displacement, and climate. The world definitely needs more ways of communicating with other in empathetic ways – and I think visuals are one way to do that.

Do I need to be a good artist to learn to do what you do? 

I think about graphic recording/facilitation like writing. Mostly, we don’t take a 2-day course and then suddenly create the Pulitzer Prize winning novel (and if you did, congratulations and then that novel was in you the whole time, no matter who your teacher was!).

I believe writing is a practice, a craft, and maybe also a calling; we all need writing skills even if we don’t become novelists. It’s the same as drawing – if you’re using drawing to communicate, or to help people think through ideas – it doesn’t need to be so fancy. It just needs to get onto the page.

This way, graphic facilitation and graphic recording are part of your toolbox.

… What other questions do you have, fellow visual thinker?  Post your other favourite questions in the comments and I’ll do a Round 2 later on.

2018 workshop with early bird pricing until September 1:

They’re Back: Community Scholar & Volunteer Spots at our Fall 2018 Visual Facilitation Workshop!

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Drawing Change believes in growing the field of visual practice and so TWO Community Scholar spots and 4 Volunteer Spots are back for our Fall 2018 Visual Facilitation Workshop!

*update in August: thanks for the amazing interest and the 2018 spots are full. Stay in touch for early notification for 2019 opportunities!*

We have 2 spaces open to support people working in community, grassroots, and social justice movements. So many professional development are expensive, and assume that participants are being sponsored by well-funded organizations. Instead, Drawing Change wants to spread the skills widely and with an equity lens. Priority will be given to self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour under 30(ish). To apply, email hello@drawingchange.com and tell us why you’re interested, a brief note about your facilitation experience, examples of your drawing skills, what organization/movement you’re a part of, and what your plans are to share these skills afterwards.

Cost: $200 as a deposit (versus $1500 regular rate)  + GST

How it works:

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2018 Graphic Recording and Facilitation Training in Vancouver, Canada


Update: sold out for 2018! Drop me a note to be added to the wait list for next year.

There’s no shortage of information anymore. Even when we have all the data and people in the room, it doesn’t always add up to a great meeting. What’s missing are people who can help groups make sense of information and tools to help people feel heard. This is the moment where graphic recording and graphic facilitation have impact.  

Invest in your meeting skills with this two-day foundational course in Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation – October 13 & 14, 2018. Register here. 

When we see visual process work in action, our eyes, ears, mind and heart begin to make connections. We listen more deeply. The seeds of action start to take root. When we see our words and thoughts expressed in front of us – live – we are rooted into what is happening in the room.

Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators use listening and drawing skills to help groups reach a deeper understanding, engage with each other, and solve problems. With this 2-day foundational workshop, you can make meaning and affect change at your next meeting.

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Graphic recording workshop with Fostering Change BC and Amanda Fenton | photo courtesy of Yumi and Vancouver Foundation team, 2017

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Make an impact with visual thinking! Foundational course in Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation - October 28 & 29, 2017 in Vancouver Canada

2017 Graphic Recording and Facilitation Training in Vancouver, Canada

Hello! To register for our 2018 Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation Workshop, October 13 & 14, 2018, head over here.

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There’s no shortage of information anymore. Even when we have all the data and people in the room, it doesn’t always add up to a great meeting. What’s missing are people who can help groups make sense of information and tools to help people feel heard. This is the moment where visual thinking tools – such as graphic recording and graphic facilitation – have impact.  

When we see visual process work in action, what happens is our eyes, ears, mind and heart begin to make connections. When that happens, we listen more deeply. We care more deeply. The seeds of action start to take root. When we see our words and thoughts expressed in front of us – live – we are pulled deeper into what is happening in the room.

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Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators use listening and drawing skills to help groups reach a deeper understanding. Graphic recording is not “just” doodling: graphic recorders use visuals to create alignment, engagement, and solve problems. And now you can too.

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Graphic recording workshop with Fostering Change BC and Amanda Fenton | photo courtesy of Yumi and Vancouver Foundation team, 2017

THIS TWO-DAY INVESTMENT WILL

  • Expand your leadership tool-box with visual superpowers
  • Elevate your ability to include diverse voices in meetings
  • Develop your capacity to distill information
  • Sharpen your tools to have more effective meetings
  • Teach the visuals you need to improve group engagement
  • Hone your creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Explore visuals as a key tool for systems change
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WHAT WE’LL DO TOGETHER 

Day 1 Graphic Recording & Facilitation Workshop Highlights:

  • Understanding the field: graphic recording and graphic facilitation
  • Work big! Learn how to use space on a big scale
  • Build your visual vocabulary: simple icons to make an impact
  • Hand lettering: how to master one of the biggest trends of 2017
  • Lettering: ways to bring your flip charts to the next level
  • Listening: even more important than drawing. Listening for story and synthesis
  • Putting it all together: Understanding layouts
  • Time for hands-on practice
  • Resources for your success
  • Visual tools for facilitating different meetings, in addition to graphic recording:  templates, timelines, photo-based tools, and other contexts

Day 2 Graphic Recording & Facilitation Workshop Highlights

    • Introducing the new “9-part model for reflection” custom designed for visual practitioners
    • Visual processes: choosing the right visual processes for strategic planning, coaching, curriculum development, and more
    • Case studies: graphic recording skills for listening and drawing live and graphic facilitation opportunities
    • Building your business: how to develop your capacity for visual thinking within an organization and as a consultant
    • Opportunity for participants to co-create part of the agenda, focussing on conversations about visuals and diversity, visuals and conflict, and what is important to you
Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-36701150128

This two-day investment will be highly participatory and hands-on. We are all creative, and importantly – we are most creative when we feel supported and accepted. Participants in this class will build a brave space to take risks and learn together – while supporting each other in reawakening our creativity!

USING VISUALS TO LEAD

This highly participatory graphic recording workshop is intended for facilitators, educators, managers, and innovators – anyone who finds themselves working with groups (isn’t that everyone?).

As part of your work, you might spend a significant amount of your time in meetings or working with people who have competing demands. In those meetings, you might have wondered, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of my skills and my talents?” At Drawing Change, we’ve spent many years in these meetings. We’ve learned there can be a better way.

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Photo credit Josh Berson

WHERE IS GRAPHIC RECORDING AND GRAPHIC FACILITATION USED?

Visual thinking, graphic recording, and graphic facilitation works with groups from two into the hundreds.

Here are some ideas where graphic recording/facilitation skills are useful:

  • Transforming a mission/vision statement into a visual
  • Strategic planning session off-site
  • Getting what’s in your head onto the page
  • When you need to iterate, prototype, and test ideas
  • Small brainstorming meetings
  • Keynote speakers, so everyone has a reminder of their words
  • Customer or client journey mapping to describe a user experience
  • Capturing group discussions during World Cafes
  • Translating an anonymous suggestion box into a summary visual
  • And on a smaller scale, visuals can be a great reminder of individual coaching sessions or feed-forward sessions
  • Taking personal sketchnotes during meetings that you want to back to teams afterwards… Not just file in a corner!
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Graphic Facilitation Example During a Conference

In this class, you will learn how to connect ideas, listen and create visual summaries, as well as develop other visual tools for meetings and events.

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Creative Mornings with Sam Bradd | Photo credit – Rob Shaer robshaer.com

COME JOIN US!

You don’t need to be a super-sketcher to be able to communicate visually. If you’ve ever drawn two overlapping circles to explain something, you’re already using visual thinking. This workshop will enhance how you connect ideas, listen and create visual summaries for meetings and events.

Do you want a hand writing a compelling letter to your employer, asking for professional development funding? Here’s our tips!

PDF download: Drawing Change_How to get your employer to invest in you and your graphic training

This investment aims to push the boundaries of what you do and where you want to go. And I promise you don’t need to be a super-drawer.

INSTRUCTORS

Sam Bradd

Hi! I’m Sam, the owner of Drawing Change – a graphic recording and facilitation agency in western Canada. I work internationally and edited an anthology for visual practitioners, called Drawn Together for Visual Practice.

During the past 15 years, I’ve been fortunate to work with leaders around the world, including the World Health Organization, Google, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, various Fortune 500 companies, as well as Indigenous and public sector organizations.

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Photo credit Aura Mckay

Drawing on my experience and my Masters in Education from the University of British Columbia, I want to share my experience with both new practitioners and skilled colleagues. In my mission to help groups use visuals for better engagement, this workshop will amplify your leadership. I’ve taught graphic recording, sketchnoting, and facilitation classes to a wide range of participants – from city councillors, staff in the social impact sector, and young people.

This course will be joined by Drawing Change Associates, Tiaré Jung or Michelle Buchholz. Michelle and Tiaré have been graphic recording with Drawing Change, using their listening and drawing skills to support groups for a better world.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-36701150128

graphic recording workshop vancouver special kitWHAT YOU GET

Participants will go home with a Graphic Recording kit worth $100, plus an additional exclusive Neuland® Ambassador Marker Kit gift.

  • Two full days of instruction
  • Catered lunch, as well as morning and afternoon coffee breaks for both days
  • Templates, handouts, a book of icons, tools for practice, and a list of favourite books and resources –  Valued at $100
  • 30 minutes of coaching from Sam afterwards
  • PLUS participants receive an exclusive Neuland® Ambassador gift 
  • Opportunity for additional graphic or business development coaching
  • A new network of visual practitioners to support your learning and development after the coursegraphic recording graphic facilitation book drawn together through visual practice sam bradd brandy agerbeck kelvy bird and jennifer shepherd
towards mastery visual practice workshop with sophia liang
Towards Mastery Visual Practice Workshop with Sophia Liang – and Folks from 7 Countries!
 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-36701150128


Do I need to be able to draw?
Nope! Just bring yourself and a willingness to be creative in a group setting.

What are the course dates and times?
Saturday October 28 and  Sunday October 29, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 am, workshop begins at 9:00 am, and ends at 4:00 pm. Stay tuned for detailed logistics. We will take great care of out of town guests.

Where’s the workshop?
Creekside Community Centre is a beautiful venue with a full wall of windows, wood panelled walls, and lots of natural light. Creekside Community Centre is a central hub on the edge of Vancouver’s Seawall.

Our workshop will be located at 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. More logistics and details will be provided to participants.

Remind me what’s included?

  • Two full days of instruction 
  • Catered lunch, as well as morning and afternoon coffee breaks for both days
  • Templates, handouts, a book of icons, tools for practice, and a list of favourite books and resources –  Valued at $100
  • 30 minutes of coaching from Sam afterwards
  • PLUS participants receive an exclusive Neuland® Ambassador gift
  • Opportunity for additional graphic or business development coaching packages – more details soon
  • A new network of visual practitioners to support your learning and development after the course!

You’ll be able to start using your new skills right away!

How many spots are available?
20 Spots are open and previous drawing experience is not required

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How much does it Cost?

  • Early Bird Rate $1300 Canadian + GST until September 15th
  • Regular Rate $1500 Canadan + GST, September 16th onward
  • 2 spaces for Community Youth Scholar Rate $300 + GST (see below)

*Payment plan options available by request. Please contact hello@drawingchange.com.

Curious what other graphic recording workshops cost? I made a chart. And, this workshop is in Canadian dollars, so if you’re American, you can take advantage of extra savings!

Community Youth Scholars – FILLED!
There are two community spaces available for young people, with priority given to self-identified BIPOC youth. These spaces are at $300 to cover the cost of room and food, and I will donate supplies and other costs. If you would like to apply for a community scholar space in this workshop, please send hello@drawingchange.com a short paragraph describing why you’re interested and what organization / movement you’re part of to share these skills afterwards. We will collect names and then select two people by September 15th, so it’s not first-come-first-served. Youth scholars will receive a full supply kit, and there’s no volunteering expectations. (Profiles on the Community Scholars coming soon!)

What’s the refund policy?
We will happily refund the cost minus a $300 processing fee. If you wish to receive a refund, please send us a written request by email before midnight October 1, 2017. Please note we are unable to process refunds October 2nd and after, however, we can transfer your registration fee to another person at no additional cost.  

Can I update my registration information?
Absolutely! Send us an email and we will be happy to update your information. Please contact Drawing Change at hello@drawingchange.com

Is my registration fee transferable?
We are happy to transfer your registration to another participant. Please contact Drawing Change at hello@drawingchange.com

I have more questions. How do I get in touch with you?
We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Drawing Change at hello@drawingchange.com

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-36701150128

The “Towards Mastery Workshop” with Sophia Liang for practitioners with 3+ years experience returns in February 2018 this time in Portland Oregon…visit this page for details!

Custom trainings by request – fantastic for youth / educators, the social impact sector, and off-site sessions. I’ve trained hundreds of people and can’t wait to meet you!

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