A Simple Facilitation Technique: The Parking Lot

A Simple Facilitation Technique: The Parking Lot

What happens when you are running a meeting or a workshop and the group starts to stray away from the agenda?

Maybe someone mentions a topic and another person jumps in to add their thoughts.  Before you know it, the entire group is now discussing something outside the scope of your meeting.  I have seen this happen time and time again.  And so have you right?  When I am supporting a facilitator with graphic recording, I always offer to create a Parking Lot for the meeting.

The Parking Lot is a placeholder for capturing ideas that should be followed up at a later date outside of the meeting.  It keeps your meeting on course and it shows the contributor that you acknowledge their idea/concern.

Here is a quick video that explains how to use the technique.

What’s your favorite method for keeping meetings on track?  I’d love to hear it.

If you want to use visual communication for your next project, meeting or workshop just contact me for ideas.  I’m happy to help.

Project: National Principals Conference #NPC17

Project: National Principals Conference #NPC17

On July 10th I had the chance to provide graphic recording for NASSP at the National School Principal Conference.  This conference brought over a thousand K-12 principals from across the country to Philadelphia, PA.  In the evening, the NASSP had their Salute to Leaders Recognition and Awards program.

Here are some pictures from the event. I can’t wait until next year, I really enjoy sharing the power of visual learning with education leaders.

National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

The Jostens Team (yes, the company you bought your graduation ring from!)

Display Setup in Expo Hall give attendees time to reflect.

National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

Breakout session led by Jayne Ellspermann & Tom Dodd

 

Keynote Speaker Simon Bailey, “Releasing Leadership Brilliance”

 

National Principals Conference, graphic recording, NASSP

NASSP Salute to Leaders, recognition and awards

 

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Project: SURN Leadership Conference

Project: SURN Leadership Conference

Last week I worked with over 200 leaders in education.  It was the 21st SURN Leadership Conference held at the College of Willliam & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  The conference ran from 6/19-6/20 and included speakers and workshops that brought innovative thinking and insight to attendees.  I provided graphic recording for 5 different sessions, check out some of the photos below.

#SURNLC2017

It’s a full house! Educations Leaders ready to engage at #SURNLC2017

BIG Board for BIG Ideas! Title done, now I’m ready for capture.

John Almarode, Opening Keynote, Graphic Recording - Sketchnotes

Here is the after, Visual summary for the Opening Keynote all finished. Speaker: John Almarode

Concurrent Session: Speaker, John Almarode SURN Sketchnotes Graphic Recording

Concurrent Session: Speaker, John Almarode.  Love his presentation style, very active with music and audience participation.

Mike Schmoker was so engaging with the audience. He showed an example about tying shoe laces with his own shoes. Can you find the shoes in my chart? Double click to expand.

Closing session Steven Staples

Closing session by Steven Staples was great. He shared facts and inspiration for leaders.

Lisa Nelson Workshop Presenter for See In Colors

I had the honor of being a presenter this year.

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this workshop.  The participants jumped right in and were so creative.  They even shared their work on social media #SURNLC2017 to inspire others!

Sketchnotes for Beginners Workshop

Teaching Sketchnotes for Beginners to a full class of 30 education leaders.

My final quote to the workshop participants.

This was such a positive and action oriented conference.  I am excited to see the plans for next year!

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How to Draw a Doughnut in 5 Easy Steps

How to Draw a Doughnut in 5 Easy Steps

Many years ago (1984 to be exact) there was a commercial for Dunkin Donuts with a famous line that went “Time to make the doughnuts!“.  Well, you don’t have to get up early and work at Dunkin Donuts to make one!  In this quick lesson I’ll show you how to build your visual vocabulary and draw a doughnut in 5 easy steps.

Let me show you how you can use this image at work, school, or home.

  • Use a doughnut when you are drawing visual notes.  A doughnut image can represent a “reward, treat, dessert, calories, or  indulgence“.
  • Do you have a meeting, training session, or workshop where you will have breaks in the agenda.  Draw your agenda on a flip chart or whiteboard.  Then draw a doughnut next to each break in the agenda to represent a break for sweets.
  • Celebrating an accomplishment for your team, students, or a family member?  Write the word Congratulations on a whiteboard or flipchart and draw a large doughnut next to it.
    How to Draw A Doughnut, sketchnotes

I will leave it up to you, where to buy your donuts!  Personally, I’m a Krispy Kreme fan (smile).

Can you think of more ideas that a doughnut can represent?  I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to use visual thinking for your next project, conference, or strategy session, just contact me for ideas.

 

Project: Highlights From #TedxHerndon

Project: Highlights From #TedxHerndon

On Saturday, May 6th, I had the honor of being a Community Partner for TedxHerndon.  Tedx events are local Ted style talks that are independently managed and driven by the community.

What an awesome experience to see speakers like the legendary Nikki Giovanni, Kwame Alexander and so many others. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Aron Teo Lee, who is also a TedxHerndon veteran speaker.

For this event, I listened to 18 different talks and prepared the charts ahead of time.  I created the 18 hand drawn charts in my studio.  The last step was to construct tower displays in the lobby for attendees.

Here are some of the pictures from the event!

TedxHerndon Graphic Recording Sketchnotes See In Colors

TedXHerndon Entrance

TedxHerndon Graphic Recording Sketchnotes Lisa Nelson

Yep, this tower I made is taller than me!

Graphic Recording Sketchnotes #TedxHerndon

9 different talks displayed in a tower.

Graphic Recording Sketchnotes #TedxHerndon Speakers , Aron Teo Lee, Andrew Tufano, Signe Friedrichs

Graphic Recording Sketchnotes #TedxHerndon

Attendees stop to reflect and take in the content

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