Measuring the Value of the Visual Practice, beyond Anecdotal Data

Thanks to the International Forum for Visual Practitioners for another inspiring event. We had a dynamic and exciting dialog about data and the importance of validating the field through a combination of quantitative and qualitative data on results. I must admit, I never thought I would be promoting number crunching, but it was highly satisfying to see the positive numbers to confirm what we believe to be true. As many found the lexicon from my report to be a helpful guide, I am placing it here for quick reference. Listening to the conversation and buzz of a field in fast growth, is exciting. I appreciate all of your support for the research and I hope you will continue to use the results and build on them. Enjoy!!
Lexicon of Visual Practice

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Interview on Research on Value of Visual Practice

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130418 Rock the Monkey with Heidi Forbes Oste from Alphachimp Studio Inc. on Vimeo.

Thanks to Peter Durand at AlphaChimp Studios for a great opportunity to share my research with the visual practice community. The  video (click on image to right) shows the visual recording he did while we spoke as well as being able to hear the interview. He breaks it down into sections in his blogpost, if you only want to hear specific parts.: http://alphachimpu.com/rock-the-monkey-visual-practice-with-heidi-forbes-oste/

I am glad to know that the research has been helpful so far to the community of practitioners. I hope it will help grow the field and the adoption of these practices in formal meetings and events. I am happy to share my research and further thoughts on the practice at events and meetings. If you have any research or materials that provide evidence, please share them.  Together, we can strengthen the argument. Education will lead the visual practice from a “nice to have” to “must have” in the first stage of planning.

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Strategic Visualisation in Action on #vine

Thanks @Ilspiration for letting me share this Strategic Visualisation session on the impact of innovation based incubators. This visualisation was based on a one hour session. The photos were captured by Atelje Lena. Great to work with such talent.

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Innovation Incubator Impact a la Ilspiration

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Always inspiring work with Ilspiration on a Strategic Visualisation session. Put two redheads together and magic happens.t

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Great New Reads on Visual Practice

I have recently been asked to review a few books on and products for the visual practice, and each of them has been a delight to discover.  I thought I would take a moment here to make note as people often ask me for recommended reads and tools in this area.

In Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organization Change, David Sibbet shows his strength in putting visual work to practice in change management and visioning.  Another great release to join his previous releases of visual meetings and visual teams. Great references and practice work for anyone in the field and others interested in putting visuals to practice.

Mike Rohde has produced a great Handbook to the art of Sketchnotes that provides an equally accessible resource for practitioners and those new to the art.  A piece of art in itself, the book practices what it preaches as he delivers his content in sketchnote format.  His invitation to others to share their styles and tips makes for both entertaining and enlightening perusal. Last but not least he invites you to play and learn within the pages.  Enjoy!

Sketching at work by Martin Eppler is a great guide to practical application of visual tools for strategic collaboration and communication in business.  He invites the reader to explore the world of visuals from diagrams to free hand drawing.  The newest book, coming soon is fully interactive.  We need to wait a bit for the English version, but it will be worth the wait if I know Martin.

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Another brilliant release from the innovative mind of Jim Marggraff, the inventor behind Leapfrog educational tools.  I got hooked on using the Livescribe at SxSW last year, but this latest is what I have been waiting for, WiFi.  Livescribe 4 GB Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen (APX-00011)  Like freeing your heels when telemarking skiing, this pen frees us from the cables that bind us synching handwritten notes with our digital lives beautifully.

While I am at it, I will mention my favorite tools for digital sketchnoting:

Brushes3 App for iPad and my faithful Bamboo Stylus and extra tips (a must when doing events – always carry a spare!)

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Bamboo_Stylus-2What are your favourite tools?  Any new reads?  There are some great books out there. Some are still in translation.

 

Keep an eye out for the English version of Mia Nillson’s Låt Bilden Göra Jobbet, coming soon with increased visuals in content.

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Visual Practice strong at over 80% more effective than Traditional meeting

Visual Practice effectiveness survey still showing more than 80% more effective than traditional meetings

The Value of Visual Practice survey has been live for over a month and the overwhelming response is very positive. Respondents are from all over the world, with a wide range of organizational roles and levels, ages and exposure to the visual practice. The one thing that remains consistent is more the 80% of respondents find using Graphic Facilitators in meetings more effective or excellent in comparison to traditional meetings.

In conjunction with the survey, I am conducting interviews from leading practitioners and gathering testimonials from clients to get an understanding of where the field is going, and how to help that journey. In invite you to share your input and comments on your experience as well.

As practitioners, please take and share the survey with your clients. The more data the stronger the argument and the more lessons for us to learn to improve the field. Feel free to use the results to support your conversations on the value proposition for graphic facilitation.

For those of you considering whether it is worth the investment to use graphic facilitators, let the data speak for what your instinct knows already. A picture says a thousand words, and one created together carries a thousand hearts. Yes, I know that it is the “soft” stuff, but I mean it.

Research shows that more ways the brain is stimulated using all senses, the greater the memory retention, understanding and engagement in a concept or process. Add the dimension of global teams not sharing a native language or culture. Graphic facilitation encourages the visual, kinesthetic, auditory, verbal, emotional and rational interaction. Not to mention the documentation acts as a dynamic form of memory trigger than is fun to interact with. After all, when was the last time you read the entire meeting minutes without needing a caffeine injection.

The results are posted on the Research pages and will continue to be updated. Please continue to share. Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input. Keep it up!

A special Thanks and shout out this week to Center for Graphic Facilitation, VizwerxGroup, Jami Breese, Kate Shahid, Patricia McDougall, Debbie Roberts and Kevin Dulle, Louise Wester and Terese Ellnestam for your support in share the survey. Keep up the great work! The more data the more usable the results.

For those of you who want to watch the animated intro again, here it is!

Share and Share again, click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeasureVizPractice

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Results showing strong argument for Visual Practice

Visual Practice compared to Traditional Meetings Research results

Visual Practice compared to Traditional Meetings Research results

The Value of Visual Practice survey has been live for a month and the overwhelming response is very positive. Respondents (72 as of this post) are all over the world, with a wide range of organizational roles and levels, ages and exposure to the visual practice.  The one thing that remains consistent is more the 80% of respondents find using Graphic Facilitators in meetings more effective or excellent in comparison to traditional meetings.

In conjunction with the survey, I am conducting interviews from leading practitioners and gathering testimonials from clients to get an understanding of where the field is going, and how to help that journey.  In invite you to share your input and comments on your experience as well.

As practitioners, please take and share the survey with your clients. The more data the stronger the argument and the more lessons for us to learn to improve the field.  Feel free to use the results to support your conversations on the value proposition for graphic facilitation.

For those of you considering whether it is worth the investment to use graphic facilitators, let the data speak for what your instinct knows already.  A picture says a thousand words, and one created together carries a thousand hearts. Yes, I know that it is the “soft” stuff, but I mean it.

Research shows that more ways the brain is stimulated using all senses, the greater the memory retention, understanding and engagement in a concept or process. Add the dimension of global teams not sharing a native language or culture.  Graphic facilitation encourages the visual, kinesthetic, auditory, verbal, emotional and rational interaction.  Not to mention the documentation acts as a dynamic form of memory trigger than is fun to interact with. After all, when was the last time you read the entire meeting minutes without needing a caffeine injection.

The results are posted on the Research pages and will continue to be updated weekly. Please continue to share. Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input. Keep it up!

A special shout out this week to Mike Rhode for your taking the time for interviews and Martin Eppler for a great collaboration on our live study.

For those of you who want to watch the animated intro again, here it is!

Share and Share again, click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeasureVizPractice

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Latest Measurement of Visual Practice

Data continues to come in from around the world and theValue of Visual Practice survey is being shared. The results are posted on the Research pages. Please continue to share. The more responses, the more usable the data will be for everyone.

Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input. Keep it up!

A special shout out to David Sibbet, Rachel Smith, Ole Qvist-Sørensen and Brandy Agerbeck for your help with sharing to your networks!

For those of you who want to watch the animated intro again, here it is!

Don’t forget to Share and Share again, click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeasureVizPractice

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Measuring the Value of Visual Practice survey results for week 42

Data is coming in from around the world and the survey is being shared.  The results are posted on the Research pages. Please continue to share. The more responses, the more usable the data will be for everyone.

Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input.  Keep it up!

A special shout out to Roberta Faulhaber and Inbal Demri for your help with sharing to your networks!  You gals ROCK!!

For those of you who want to watch the animated intro again, here it is!

Don’t forget to Share and Share again, click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeasureVizPractice

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Data from Survey Coming in from Around the World

Data is coming in from around the world and the survey is being shared.  The first results are posted on the Research pages. Please continue to share. The more responses, the more usable the data will be for everyone.  Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input.

A special shout out to Stine Arensbach and Fat Studio for your help with the awesome introduction video!  You guys ROCK!!

For those of you who want to watch it again, here it is!

Don’t forget to Share and Share again, click here to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeasureVizPractice

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