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Graphic Facilitation

Graphic Facilitation Services Laura Dunkley

Graphic illustration is a powerful tool to enhance the workshop experience as it helps capture thoughts, ideas, and processes in an interactive and engaging way;  “A picture is worth a thousand words”  is especially true. 

Using graphic facilitation techniques, you and your team have the benefit of integrating both sides of the brain as you watch your ideas come to life in real-time.

If you are a small business owner, not-for-profit executive director, or part of the management team in any organization, you know that meetings are an essential part of growing and effectively managing day-to-day operations.  With increasing performance demands, and limited time and resources, getting the most out of each meeting means ensuring people attend, offer valuable input during the meeting, and have a clear understanding of the actionable items.

Graphic Facilitation Services

Graphic Illustration in Real-Time

With expertise both in communications and strategic planning, as well as illustration and graphic design, Laura offers ‘whole-brain’ value to the facilitation experience.

Laura helps capture the information as it is provided; combining both text and visual elements in a creative and meaningful way.  Incorporating a variety of materials and styles, both traditional and digital, the leadership team works with the participants to help guide the creative process in a visual and interactive way.  After the workshop, some graphic elements created during the session can be incorporated into follow up materials (e.g. summary reports and vision boards). 

Through a strategic understanding of organizational processes, keen listening skills, and the ability to synthesize the information gathered, relevant visuals are created to document and enhance the meeting. These graphics can be used to supplement followup materials including a final report. 

Graphic Recording

Enhance a workshop or meeting report with a visual illustration of the meeting notes or report already taken.  As well, graphic recording services can include being a part of your workshop/meeting to record the notes and then provide a visual illustration upon completion.  

What types of meetings and workshops benefit from graphic facilitation techniques?

  • Strategic Planning | Goal setting for business owners, management teams, board of directors
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Customer Journey
  • Management & Operations
  • Communications Strategies
  • Designing Campaigns & Programs
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Employee or Volunteer Development
  • Meetings | Weekly, Monthly, Annual | Sales, Marketing, Management

Ask how graphics and the strategic illustration of ideas can take your workshops and meetings to the next level!

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Whole-Brain Facilitation

People learn, assimilate data and solve problems in a variety of ways. Customized to meet the unique cognitive and engagement style the group, we will provide all participants with a creative, innovative and meaningful experience; one that supports independent, critical thought, collaborative opportunities, encourages and supports involvement, and fosters effective decision making. 

Incorporating a holistic style of facilitation, we offer a combination of kinaesthetic, visual and auditory techniques, as well as tools and materials to encourage whole-brain thinking. This approach to facilitation builds engagement, participation and inclusion.

We will plan, guide and manage the workshops to ensure objectives and anticipated outcomes are met effectively; with clear thinking, positive participation and contribution from everyone who is involved. Leveraging digital technology, the right tools can create a collaborative, flexible workspace for employees and workers to connect and respond as needed. 

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Benefits of Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

In this increasingly visual age, images speak louder than words. 

Mental imagery impacts the cognitive processes in the brain including attention, perception, planning, and memory.  Practising mental imagery enhances motivation, builds confidence, and improves motor skills which are all key factors in success.

As part of the holistic approach, visuals are created to help communicate and engage participants before, during, and after the event.

Graphic/visual design is provided by Laura Dunkley, L. Dunkley Communications and will include either/or/combination of, computer generated and hand-drawn materials.  Materials designed may include, and are not limited to, slide decks, attendee package inserts (i.e. agendas, backgrounder, survey results), large white paper graphics, flip charts, newsletters, surveys, creativity hand-outs, and summary reports.

Studies show that images also help people think and problem solve.

When appropriate, we encourage our participants to be part of the visual / graphic creation process, to contribute to the discussion and engagement.

“When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive,” says the designer Milton Glaser, an author of a 2008 monograph titled Drawing Is Thinking. “And it’s that act of attention that allows you to really grasp something, to become fully conscious of it."



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