I have been embracing and immersing myself in learning the art and the tools for graphic facilitation and visual scribing in order to understanding how they can add value to my work. My first reflection is WOW. I am so excited about the possibilities here. I have now put it to practice in three different formats (teaching a workshop on social strategy, scribing/harvesting for an event, and scribing/harvesting for a board meeting). First of all, the clients love it, and that feels great. That moment that I strive for and that fuels me, that “A-ha” come quicker and with much more energy. The conversations are more engaged. And despite my sketchy silly drawings, they love them and the way they provide context and clarity.


I have to admit, I feel a bit guilty (nothing like good protestant guilt) because I am having so much fun doing it. I know that sounds strange, I mean, I used to spend hours fixing websites and pictures and films so that they worked together to provide context. But there was a whole lot of exasperated sighs and the occasional outburst when technology failed me and I wanted to literally cast the computer out the window. Now it is just me and my iPad and often a pen and paper. I can’t wait to do more.


The beautiful thing is there is more to do. In the last week I have been contacted three times to put my practice o work. So, I am blessed with the opportunity to teach what I love, the way I love it. Maybe it is time to pull out my guitar in start writing songs again. Well, for now, I will stick with refining my art and methodology and perhaps that guitar will come out sooner or later. For now, I can now call myself confidently a Visual Practitioner.

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Heidi Forbes Öste, Knowledge Sharing, learning, New technologies, personal balance, Reflection, social strategy, visual communications
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  1. Yes Heidi – you are a visual practitioner, and a great one! 🙂

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