“A goldmine of graphic facilitation take-aways”
That’s a quote from a participant at my Artful Visual Facilitator workshop last week. (I paid her to say that.) No, but seriously: it was a blast. We had an almost full house, with 15 enthusiastic participants digging in for 2 very full days to learn the fundamentals of graphic recording and a few ways of incorporating visual facilitation into their work. Preparing for a workshop is hard work – no matter how many times I’ve done it, there’s always something new to add, elements to tweak and refine, and of course a million little details to attend to that wake me up at 3:00 in the morning in a cold sweat. But once we’re all in the room working and playing together, the class is always a joy! Each group is different, with its own collective personality, and I always learn at least as much from them as they learn from me.
One thing I changed last year (thank you, Lisa Arora, for the idea!) was to create a Do-It-Yourself agenda for the second day of the workshop. I lay out all the options on sticky notes, like a menu of possibilities, and the students get to vote on which pieces they most want to cover. The ones with the most votes get top priority, and others are added as time permits. I did that again this year, and it was great. The students get what they want the most, and I don’t have to sit up till 2am the night before, rejigging the Day 2 agenda based on what shifted on Day 1! (Because something always shifts, right?)
Here are a few pix from the workshop.