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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity


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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity

David Sibbet

ISBN: 978-0-470-60178-5 July 2010 288 Pages

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Use eye-popping visual tools to energize your people!

Just as social networking has reclaimed the Internet for human interactivity and co-creation, the visual meetings movement is reclaiming creativity, productivity, and playful exchange for serious work in groups.

Visual Meetings explains how anyone can implement powerful visual tools, and how these tools are being used in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to facilitate both face-to-face and virtual group work. This dynamic and richly illustrated resource gives meeting leaders, presenters, and consultants a slew of exciting tricks and tools, including

  • Graphic recording, visual planning, story boarding, graphic templates, idea mapping, etc.
  • Creative ways to energize team building, sales presentations, staff meetings, strategy sessions, brainstorming, and more
  • Getting beyond paper and whiteboards to engage new media platforms
  • Understanding emerging visual language for leading groups

Unlocking formerly untapped creative resources for business success, Visual Meetings will help you and your team communicate ideas more effectively and engagingly.


The Power of Visual Meetings xi

I: Just Imagine

What if Meetings Were Really Fun AND Productive? 1

1. Visualization Is Worth 80 IQ Points / Tapping Energy, Intelligence, & Creativity 3

2. Everybody Knows Graphic Language / It’s Gesture with a Pen 19

3. Four Easy Ways to Get Started / Personal Visualization, Napkins & Flipcharts, Graphic Templates, & Getting Others to Draw 37

II: Engaging Groups & Building Rapport

Why Visual Listening Is So Compelling (and Easy!) 51

4. Getting People Involved / Using Pictures to Interact 53

5. Presentation without PowerPoint / Simple Drawings & Graphic Templates 69

6. Consulting & Selling with Graphics / Drawing Out Customer Interests 81

7. Hands-On Information / Sticky Notes & Dot Voting 89

8. Using Images & Interaction / Collage & Picture Cards 97

III: Graphics for Visual Thinking

Mapping Ideas & Finding Key Patterns 107

9. Group Graphics / Seven Ways to Write on the Wall 109

10. Problem Solving / Getting Unstuck & Thinking around Corners 133

11. Storyboarding & Idea Mapping / How Innovators & Designers Work 147

12. Visual Planning / Using Graphic Templates to See the Big Picture 157

13. Multiple Meetings & Gallery Walks / Making Sense of Things over Space & Time 173

14. Digital Capture / Extending Your Meeting with Visual Documentation 183

15. Visualizing at a Distance / Using Tablets in Web Meetings 189

IV: Graphics for Enacting Plans

Visuals for Teams, Projects, & Getting Results 195

16. Supporting Team Performance / Visualizing Goals, Roles, & Action Plans 197

17. Decision-Making Meetings / Aligning on Agreements & Getting Commitments 205

18. Project Management Meetings / Mapping Progress with Pictures 209

19. Facilitating Innovation & Change / Playing with Prototypes 215

20. Training & Workshops / Leveraging Action Learning 223

V: Seeing It All Come Together

Tools for the Seriously Hooked 229

21. The Path to Visual Competency / Learning from the Groups You Lead 231

22. The Future Is Visible Now! / Seeds of a Real Revolution in Meetings 237

23. Resources & Networks / Grove Tools, Web Resources, Bibliography 247

Index 255

Praise for Visual Meetings

“David Sibbet is the father of visual facilitation. This book finally lets us see meetings as he sees them—as eye-opening opportunities to discover what people really think. David’s approach to visually recording and visually facilitating meetings will help you become a better meeting leader and participant, see a whole new side of business—and a whole new side of yourself.” –Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin

“I have experienced the transformative power of David’s pioneering visual methods and tools. Open this book and you will get a clear vision of collaboration in the future—groups inspired and energized, tapping into their collective wisdom to create sustainable solutions: the global brain at work.” –Meryem Le Saget, Meryem Le Saget Consulting, Paris

“David Sibbet is a genius. Buy this book, and study it, not only for better meetings, but for better organizations, better teams, and a better future.” –Alan M. Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine

“This amazing book shows you how visualization can bring clarity to the growing complexity around us.” –Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

“This book is like David’s workshops—fun and fruitful. Time and again, I have seen the principles and processes described in this book yield a rich harvest among audiences in Singapore.” –Dawn Yip, Soulbreath Consulting Singapore

“Visual Meetings is an elegant and immensely practical guide to transforming group productivity. It provides novices with a fast start to making the most of scarce group time.” –Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster Visiting Scholar, Stanford Media-X Network

’What If Meetings Were Really Fun AND Productive?’ Can you imagine? Visual meetings master David Sibbet has done it—put all the competency, wisdom, language, technique, resources, tools, everything you need in one delightful book?” –Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century