Guest Blogger Julie Swanson is the owner of What’s Possible Now, dedicated to helping individuals and groups build capacity in communications, strategic narrative, visual thinking and emergent learning design. Julie brings over 25 years of experience in adult education and communication to her work of creating change for a better future for all.
1. Leverage Human Strengths.
Visuals capture our attention. They help us make sense of the world easier and faster. With visuals, you can create conditions so participants say “I see what you mean.”
2. See the Big Picture
You can support groups to see and explore whole systems.
3. Make the Invisible Visible
Graphics make it possible for groups to see relationships, connections, emotions, flow and more.
4. Grow Shared Understanding
Participants can literally “get on the same page.”
5. Change the Way You Listen
Working visually will change the way you listen (I guarantee it!) And when you change the way you listen, you change what you hear. When you change what you hear……you have opened the door to transformational change. This is how we change the world.
How can I get started working visually?
- Start small
Get a notebook (unlined, graph paper or dots). Write your intention statement on the front inside cover or first page.
- Practice out loud in safe spaces
Practice in meetings and on calls
- Take a springboard class
What’s Possible Now will be offering some get started classes in Fall 2018. Participation will be limited. Want to be the first to know? Send an email to [email protected]
Want to see more examples of our visual work.
Want to learn more?
Join us at the September Focus on Facilitation Community of Practice, Thursday, September 20, 11:30-1:00 p.m. (location to be announced). We’ll share what we learned on some of our recent learning journeys. See details at https://focusonfacilitationcop.com/.