Monday, March 7, 2011

Setting the scene with a visual agenda

So, for my workshop last week I took the three page agenda that my client had created and turned it into a one page, Dave Gray inspired visual agenda.

Why bother?

Well, there were a few reasons:

  1. I through a one page summary might be easy to follow;
  2. I knew that we’d planned creative/drawing based activities and wanted to set the scene with the visual agenda; and
  3. I feel if you’re asking workshop participants to draw, you need to show that you’re willing to draw too (oh, and that we’re not talking fine art!). 

Did it work?

Well, I think so. It stayed up on the flip chart for the entire duration of the workshop and people seemed to follow the session and understand what was coming next. There weren’t too many grumbles when we asked the participants to draw their problem - which was a bonus. And, it certainly helped focus my mind on the day and what we were hoping to achieve.

Would I do it again?

Yes! Definitely, but next time I’d try focus purely on the visual agenda and ban the word version. Leaving the facilitators to worry about the detail.