If you are a trainer, coach or facilitator I bet you’ll recognise the deep satisfaction of knowing you have changed someone’s view on the world even if it’s only in a small way. You’ve given them a skill they will have forever. Shared knowledge with them that they will always have. I mean really it’s frickin amazing!
I love training people. It’s something I’m passionate about. Of course I typically train people to work more visually but what you might not know is that I deliver my training sessions using visual tools. I’m a Graphic Facilitator.
Huh…what is a graphic facilitator?
As trainers, coaches and facilitators you’re already an expert at what you do. Whether you’re training in one topic or across a range of programmes you already have a deep knowledge of your area of work and you probably already use some visuals. Pictures in your powerpoint? A smiley face on your feedback form? You do that already because it makes a difference. It makes things friendlier, more approachable and more accessible. Being a graphic facilitator is all that x1000.
A graphic facilitator uses simple images and visual tools to help sessions be both more enjoyable and more effective. It’s win-win. People understand more of what you’re saying and can remember it for longer (honestly there’s a heap of science behind it). Add to that the fact that they enjoy it more too and you’ve seriously taken your sessions to the next level.
I can’t draw
I know. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s a very common lament, and don’t get me started on the education system that’s left a generation of perfectly capable adults convinced of this fact…anyway...suffice to say it doesn’t matter. There is some drawing involved but it’s functional not artistic. So think stick figures rather than Botticelli. All the drawing skills you need can be taught.
Yes. Even to you my friend.
What does it involve?
That’s a simple one.
Your existing expertise / session plan + visual tools = Next Level
Everything from visual agendas, to flipchart hacks to visual scales and reviews, there are a tonne of tools and methods that can fit in to what you are already delivering. Think of it as the cherry on top. No scrap that, think of it as the icing, the cherry and fizz you’re having with it. It can turn a session from a great cake into afternoon tea at the Ritz.
Sign me up
If you want to know more. Or if you’ve been thinking about it for a while and now you’re fired up to begin we have the course for you. Perhaps not surprisingly it’s called Be a Graphic Facilitator : )
“I really enjoyed this course - very clear and has already inspired me to work more visually” K. Mistry.
“My flip charts will never be the same” R. Rumsey
“The material is fantastic” L. Hurst-Brown
Find out more about training options here www.graphicchange.com/training
Graphic Change is a visual thinking studio that works with individuals and businesses helping them to get the benefits of working visually. If you want to find out more about working visually in meetings join our online course Be a Graphic Facilitator to learn the skills you need, or if you want to chat through a possible project, get in touch.
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