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- When should I contact a graphic facilitator? ==> Ideally when the session is still being designed, especially when facilitation and visualization are to be combined in the up-coming session (meeting, workshop, team-building and so forth). The idea here to define jointly the role of graphic facilitation throughout the whole session. Bear in mind that even where « simply » graphic recording (live visual capture) is required, the recorder should have the session’s objectives as well as his role’s objective in mind.
- When should graphic facilitation be included into a collective working process ? ==> Graphic facilitation applies when a decision needs to be taken, a situation needs to be mapped out, ideas need to be generated, a project needs to be communicated about = use of visual templates, live structured note-taking. Graphic recording tends to be applied rather during conferences, key-note speaker presentations, group work presentations, plenary sessions. In both cases, the visual impact on the group’s memory is key.
- Graphic facilitation / Graphic recording ? ==> It all really depends on the session’s objective. More details under MY OFFER. Please note: not all graphic facilitators act as group work facilitators, this needs to be discussed with the visual practitioner you are in touch with.
- Can it be used on a one-to-one basis ? ==> Absolutely, in this case facilitation will be key. The idea is to visualize a situation, a challenge, a project and in some cases to jointly work towards a visual summary which will be then used to communicate and engage other parties.
- Graphic facilitation is not… ==> a point of view, nor an illustration. Graphic facilitation supports decision making and helps clarifying a situation based on set objectives. It is therefore key for the problem owner to take time to jointly decide with the graphic facilitator how to integrate visualization into the planned session. As graphic facilitation both structures and clarifies contents whilst it is being produced, it should be considered as consultancy and not as an artistic performance.
- Is it mind mapping ? ==> Not per se. However, when visually recording or designing a visual template, the « branch » principle can be useful to structure ideas. Mind mapping tends to be an individual thinking process rather than a collective one.
- What kind of material do I need to provide ? ==> In most cases I tend to bring my own paper (large size, 1,20m width) as well as my own drawing material (markers etc…). When a session includes parallel working groups, it is best for the client to supply paper / flipcharts and markers for all participants. Unless a dedicated photographer has been appointed, I take pictures of all visual charts and digitally process them.
- How can I get trained ? ==> Once more, graphic facilitation and graphic recording should be considered separately. Group facilitation using visual prompts can be easily learnt and put into practice attending a few training courses, followed by regular practice and building up your own visual vocabulary. A live capture of a verbal production (discussion or speech) that is both visual and structured, should in my opinion be considered as a separate profession that requires a lot of practice and very specific training.
- How much does it cost ? ==> Of course, fees will vary from one visual practitioner to another as well as their positioning (facilitation versus live illustration). Time invested is also a factor impacting the global budget (taking part in designing the session? posters to be prepared in advance? a visual summary produced after the event etc…). On the whole, graphic facilitation fees are similar to those of the consulting world (group facilitation).