Graphic facilitation is about leading a process using pictures interactively


Graphic facilitation is about facilitating a process by using images interactively. Preferably through large visual templates. The images that emerge contribute to participation, creativity and clarity.

Questions to explore by drawing can be: What does our organization look like? That is, what is not visible in the formal organization chart. What does our corporate culture look like? What does our way of working look like? What does our customer’s situation look like? What does our decision-making process look like? What is the path to achieving our vision and our goals?

Sometimes we start on the white paper and explore the issues, sometimes we prepare through templates.

Virtually all development processes and dilemmas can be explored by making them more visible. The questions are endless.

Examples of areas: Vision work, innovation processes, research and development, goal and strategy work, business plan, values, analysis of the surrounding world, storytelling.

Contact me to discuss what could be communicated more clearly in your organization by using pictures.


About facilitation:

A facilitator works to get a group of people or an organization to work towards a common result through participation, creativity and clarity. It can be about a single meeting or an entire change process. As a facilitator, I focus on the process and stay neutral on the issues.

Below is an example of a large template we worked on with an international client. The branches symbolize different themes, the groups chose a theme and filled the tree with sticky notes  created for this session. The sun represented the vision. The result was clear and transparent for all participants.


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Graphic facilitation

Using visual templates in graphic facilitation:

Graphic facilitation sometimes means designing and drawing large templates to support the dialogue during workshops. The large templates filled with emerging pictures make it easier for the participants to see both their process and the result. The large visual template support the participants to create meaning, clarity and desire in the many meetings that lack focus, purpose and goals. Our brain is visual and by using pictures we help the visual thinking process. Visual thinking is often described as seeing words in pictures, kind of like a storyboard. By combining facilitation and large visual templates, you can get a focus in the group, help the participants to easier understand the task quickly and thus create commitment and desire.When you see the set-up and can follow it step by step, you understand that there is a prepared flow for the meeting – the group gets calm. It also makes it much easier for the facilitator because you are forced to prepare, think through and really understand what to do. Important to keep in mind before making the visual template: What type of meeting should I work with? How could the visual expression support the process? What is the purpose of the meeting and what result should be created? Is this meeting a phase in a change work, is it an idea generation or a decision meeting? What issues and themes should be addressed? How can different metaphors strengthen the message? Can we find other visual elements of the organization that can be used? Example of a layout with graphic facilitation and graphic recording: 1. Together with the client and the group, we arrive at which issues are to be discussed and which result we are to reach. Sometimes we have worked out a visual template that we start from.2. The group talks based on the given questions. One of the participants is appointed as an internal facilitator, who is responsible for ensuring that the right issues are discussed and that the group has the right focus based on the purpose. I myself ask clarifying questions and make sure that the space is shared by everyone.