Project: Graphic Recording NeighborWorks America #DCNTI

Project: Graphic Recording NeighborWorks America #DCNTI

It’s exciting to see art, culture and community development come together. That’s exactly what happened at NeighborWorks America #DCNTI. The agenda was interactive and creative.  See In Colors supported the conference by drawing visual notes real time (graphic recording) for attendees.  This convening was held on December 14, 2017 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.

Click on the image below to watch the quick video of visual notes.


Creative Introduction

Creative Introduction with Holly Bass and local artist playing the drums.

graphic recording DCNTI funding sources

Panel discussion on funding sources

Our closing for the day was a community poem created by all participants.  As the poem was read aloud, I listened and captured some of the highlights in this graphic recording.  I loved seeing the creativity throughout the day, because “out of the box” thinking is how we move toward new ideas and solutions.

#DCNTI Neighborworks America Graphic Recording

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Stop, Continue, Start Template – A Visual Tool for Planning

Stop, Continue, Start Template – A Visual Tool for Planning

Time waits for no one.  Especially when it’s getting close to the end of the year.  Ever notice how things speed up after October.  What’s up with that?

This is the time to think about how you will manage your business, team, or your career in the next year.  I created this visual template that allows you to focus on 3 key areas:

  1. Stop:  What are the things you need to STOP doing in order to meet your goals.
  2. Continue:  What activities have moved you closer to your goal?  What will you continue to do to achieve your goal?
  3. Start:  What are the things you need to start doing to reach your goals? Stop, Continue, Start Template - Graphic Facilitation

Click here to print the Stop, Continue, Start template and instructions.

Of course you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to use this exercise.  Here are some ideas on how you can use this template anytime:

  • Maybe you’re an event/meeting planner, use this exercise with your team after you finish a large project.  Build on your success and drop whatever is holding you back.
  • What if you are in a leadership position.  Use this exercise with your team at the end of each quarter or mid-year.  This allows you to make course corrections early.
  • Maybe you’re a consultant or trainer, use this exercise during your workshop to help your group take lessons learned and make adjustments.

Larger wall size versions of this template are available, perfect for group activities and workshops.

Are you ready to use visual communication for your next meeting, just contact me for ideas.  I’m happy to help.

Project: Graphic Recording for the OCLC Conference – “Smarter Libraries”

Project: Graphic Recording for the OCLC Conference – “Smarter Libraries”

We recently finished up an awesome project with OCLC for their annual meeting at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel..  See In Colors provided graphic recording for hundreds of attendees.  OCLC is a global library cooperative whose members are librarians, researchers, and pioneers.  Check out the video for a recap of the visual summaries.

Graphic Recording Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace - Lisa Nelson

Lots and lots of drawing!

Word Cloud - Innovative - Graphic Recording

Attendees took a poll on 1 word that summarizes the future. When the results came on the screen, I drew this picture for the word INNOVATIVE.

I loved working with the OCLC team.  They were created an interactive atmosphere and leveraged all the power of visual communications.

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Are you or maybe someone you know planning a conference?  Keep the attendees engaged, they need to SEE the big picture.  Just contact me for a free consultation.  I’m happy to help (smile).

National Cyber Security Month

National Cyber Security Month

Did you know October is National Cyber Security Month?

The news is filled with stories about cyber attacks, data breaches, identity theft, viruses, lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

It can get a bit overwhelming.  I remember my former employer would periodically test us to ensure we were following security guidelines.  Yes…. we were tested.  Information is valuable and you pay a heavy price when you don’t keep it secure.

The topic of Cyber Security reminded me of a great talk I heard by Alex Schoof at TedxHerndon.  See In Colors was a community sponsor for TedxHerndon and I had the opportunity to draw these visual notes (graphic recording) based on his talk.

Cyber Security Graphic Recording Tedx

Take precautions to keep your data safe and secure.  It may take an extra step, but it’s always worth it.

Thanks for reading! I appreciate all the comments and feedback that you send me (smile). If you want to use the power of visual communications at your next conference, just contact us.

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.

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