GRAPHIC RECORDING, VISUAL SUMMARIES & LEARNING MAPS
TOGETHER WE MAKE THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
Joint Vision of the Future Leaders of the Western Balkans,
created during the Jumbo Meeting of the WeLead Project,
designed, organized and executed by CEF, Ljubljana, Slovenia on July 5h, 2023.
In collaboration with Appreciative Inquiry facilitator Petra Založnik.
VISUAL EMPATHY IS THE ESSENTIAL SKILL IN MY WORK
Every (potential) assignment starts with a conversation with my client, to ensure I really get the picture of what the visual should convey.
In order to grasp the essence and see the bigger picture, I always start off with a conversation. I want to really understand what is needed and wanted, what the purpose of the work is and what motivates you to request a visualization.
Preferably I also involve my clients in the creation process because you are the content expert, I am the visual expert and together we co-create the best possible result.
The creative process is like a silent empathic conversation between my client, speakers, authors, the audience and my markers and heart.
For as long as I am sketching, drawing, designing, or creating a graphic recording, I do not stop empathising with all the stake holders involved. I must attune myself in order to create a meaningful visual that considers everyone’s perspective, background and needs.
Just like a mediator mediates between different parties.
I typically create graphic recordings during …
- joint visions
Depending on the purpose of the work, I believe that graphic recording during a live virtual can happen both visibly as invisible for the audience. Having the graphic recorder present in the background, harvesting the pieces that are used in a series of visuals or combined in one overview serves a higher purpose and offers a chance to increase value, output and stimulates conversations, engagement and connection.
Large sheets of paper, markers, a graphic wall and technical visual skills are the basic tools for graphic recording. A seasoned graphic recorder though, is fluently ‘speaks’ visual language so they can translate and capture what they hear into a meaningful and relevant summary. They also have high (empathic) listening skills and is able to both see the bigger picture as the essential details.
The dimensions range from approximately 1 by 1 meter up to lengthy walls. Most of them are 2-2,5 meters per piece, but larger ones can stretch for multiple day events. I work in English and Dutch, but can also collaborate with translators in other languages.
CEF > WeLead Program > Joint Vision of the Future Leadership of the Western Balkans > Slovenia
Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs > VIENNA +25 World Conference of Human Rights > Austria
ReSPA > Annual Conference Innovation in Public Administration > Montenegro
Veronique Prins > Kick Ass Business Coaching Challenge > Online Event
I typically create visual summaries from …
- joint visions
- strategic directions
- brand visions
- scientific reports
- master thesis
- conferences & summits
Visual summaries and infographics are excellent conversation starters with your (potential) clients. They can help explain complex information, contain multiple visuals and various amounts of text, which is why they are also functional to guide difficult conversations.
The content is either based on the summary of my listening to my client’s words, webinars, keynote speakers, lectures, audio recordings, etc., or it is based on text documents from which I retrieve the essential elements and come up with a concept and visual proposal.
Often visual summaries are created in A3 format. I employ my graphic design and visual communication skills as well as my empathic listening skills to reduce the complexity to the essence of the message.
To ensure what we create is serving, relevant and meaningful, we closely collaborate on selecting the final content and concept.
I typically create learning maps from …
- training programs
- educational events
Learning maps are the result of my listening and visual note-taking during training programs. After I’ve listened, I structure the content, draw up models, and come up with visuals and visual metaphors to convey the meaning of the text. Meanwhile I compile the content in a map that gives a clear overview of it all. This helps the participants see how everything fits together and which relations exist between parts of the content.
The purpose of these learning maps is to increase the integration of the content after the training and supports future participants during and after the training. The trainer can be provided with visual content for presentation slides, workbooks and other (marketing) materials that help increase the impact of their communication, quality of the content and training.
Learning maps are an investment of resources both on your and my end and are therefore particularly interesting for re-occuring programs offered to larger audiences. Language variations are possible.
Organizations already working with me
Are you thinking of co-creating with me too?
business coach, The Netherlands
“I am known as a ‘chatterbox’; I talk fast, I talk a lot, and am passionate about sharing as much knowledge as possible. Because it is ‘lots’ and ‘fast’, not everyone can keep up. I like visualising my examples too, but they remain mere words, and are never as powerful as images.
Therefore Mireille made a graphic recording of a 4-day summit that I organized. After every hour of training, Mireille published its visual representation.
This way, two things happened. Now participants could see in addition to hearing my words, suddenly some extra pennies dropped; often making them understand even better what the training had been about. Because Mireille made it visual, participants could not only understand the training better, they also remembered more.
It made an already powerful training even more valuable for my participants, during but also after our meeting.“
Certified Nonviolent Communication trainer, coach
”All through the process of working with Mireille on several projects I have been impressed and delighted by what she brought in terms of skills at the level of content, very high reliability, ease of working together, creativity and empathic presence.”
I recommend Mireille, because she makes a very professional visual report of the webinar. The content of the webinar is clear at a glance and the results are made visual. The material is also of a very high level and you can use directly in your marketing. Mireille is also a very nice personality to work with. Besides she also advises you how to apply the content created and comes with surprising approaches and possibilities.
I can definitely say this helped me to easier get more clients and that it is an important part of the development of my company’s to make my materials visual as well. Now everything comes together and I can communicate much better and convince people of my message.”
In which languages do you do this kind of work?
- Dutch: native proficiency
- English: full proficiency
- Slovene: sufficient proficiency
- German: basic proficiency
- Other languages: basic documents Dutch, English or Slovene, following documents from translations into other languages.
Do you work internationally?
Absolutely! I love travelling to your venue and I also enjoy working online.