Graphic Facilitation Skills
As the principle of Paper Plane, Nicola couples her own experience from eighteen years in sales and marketing at IBM and Microsoft with Graphic Facilitation skills.
Paper Plane offers three things:
Every business faces huge challenges in communication. Team meetings and off-sites tend to be long drawn out processes and are usually complicated, with lots of ideas offered and argued about.
We bring ideas to life, simplify complex concepts, and present information visually and vividly to help groups achieve their desired outcomes and arrive at a plan of action.
Graphic Facilitation Skills Training
Paper Plane runs two day in-house training sessions for a maximum of twelve people.
This means that a map of your conversations and discussions will be recorded, in real-time and in front of everyone, so that you have a visual summary of what was said and how progress developed.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a group needs to accomplish something very important together, such as create a 5-year strategic plan, or plan a big project, or forge a strategic alliance, I am hired to facilitate the process to achieve the desired outcomes. I use large graphical charts to give a framework to the activities and to record the discussions, decisions, plan of action, next steps. With an independent facilitator managing the process, the group can, without distraction, fully participate in the content.
With the help of large hand drawn charts, I focus the group, show them the shape of their work and document their accomplishments. The charts are large – about 2 metres wide by 1 metre deep. I will use text and drawings to capture the discussion.
I am a graphic recorder and a graphic facilitator. A graphic recorder is a silent partner. They will be working on the wall but will rarely engage with the group unless they need to ask a clarifying question. I manage everything about the meeting from creating the agenda, talking to all the participants in advance, setting up the venue, hand drawing charts and templates, framing activities, recording on large charts, injecting humour, pulling everything together to finish on time and creating the report which includes processed photographs of all charts/posters and people. All you need to do is to be really clear about the purpose of the workshop, and what the desired outcomes are, and then get the people in the room on the day. After that relax, you are in safe, experienced hands.