This past spring, Stina Brown and I piloted a new course, Visual Facilitation, through UBC Continuing Studies (now UBC Extended Learning). We had heaps of fun developing and teaching the course, and evidently the folks at UBC were happy with it too, because they’ve asked us to teach it again this fall! So if you’re a coach, facilitator, mediator, educator, or other leader who sees the value in using visual techniques to bring a more holistic and creative approach to your work, this is your chance to expand your visual literacy in a safe, stimulating, and super-fun environment.

The course in a nutshell:

In this collaborative and experiential workshop you’ll learn the why, what, how and when of using visuals, both with groups and as a tool for personal development. Through a combination of presentations, case studies, dialogue and hands-on practice we’ll explore the field of visual practice, the skills for thinking and communicating with images, and the contexts in which these skills can be applied. Working with your own real-world cases, you’ll learn readily applicable visual facilitation techniques to help groups clarify thinking, create shared understanding and deepen trust, and come away with a palette of skills and tools that you can immediately apply in your own context.

Topics we’ll cover include (but aren’t limited to)…

  • Core skills including active listening, drawing, lettering, colour and composition
  • Using visual metaphors to translate complex ideas into simple and effective images
  • Visual frameworks and processes – how and when to use them
  • Creating standard and customized visual tools and templates
  • Facilitating creative, engaged meetings using visual templates
  • Ways to employ visual techniques to achieve strategic outcomes

Dates: November 17-18, 2017 – 9am-4pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $960, including course materials

Registration is open now! The course will be capped at 20 students, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Avril is a gifted visual storyteller with incredible energy and strong interpersonal skills. For five days she facilitated our company’s presence at the TED Conference, documenting conversations between our staff and TED conference attendees. Her bold, colorful graphics were the major draw to our booth space and helped us attract hundreds of curious conference goers. Avril is professional, yet friendly and engaging. She comes with strong ideas but is also highly open to feedback and direction. We photographed all her drawings and have since used them in many sales pitches and proposals. In a world of more expected graphic design, her hand-drawn graphics really stand out in the crowd.
Jennifer Hoffman – Senior Director of Marketing, EverFi, Inc., Washington, DC