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Introduction The Power of Visual Meetings xi I: Just Imagine What if Meetings Were Really Fun AND Productive? 1 1. Visualization Is Worth 80 IQ Points / Tapping Energy, Intelligence, & Creativity 3 2. Everybody Knows Graphic Language / It's Gesture with a Pen 19 3. Four Easy Ways to Get Started / Personal Visualization, Napkins & Flipcharts, Graphic Templates, & Getting Others to Draw 37 II: Engaging Groups & Building Rapport Why Visual Listening Is So Compelling (and Easy!) 51 4. Getting People Involved / Using Pictures to Interact 53 5. Presentation without PowerPoint / Simple Drawings & Graphic Templates 69 6. Consulting & Selling with Graphics / Drawing Out Customer Interests 81 7. Hands-On Information / Sticky Notes & Dot Voting 89 8. Using Images & Interaction / Collage & Picture Cards 97 III: Graphics for Visual Thinking Mapping Ideas & Finding Key Patterns 107 9. Group Graphics / Seven Ways to Write on the Wall 109 10. Problem Solving / Getting Unstuck & Thinking around Corners 133 11. Storyboarding & Idea Mapping / How Innovators & Designers Work 147 12. Visual Planning / Using Graphic Templates to See the Big Picture 157 13. Multiple Meetings & Gallery Walks / Making Sense of Things over Space & Time 173 14. Digital Capture / Extending Your Meeting with Visual Documentation 183 15. Visualizing at a Distance / Using Tablets in Web Meetings 189 IV: Graphics for Enacting Plans Visuals for Teams, Projects, & Getting Results 195 16. Supporting Team Performance / Visualizing Goals, Roles, & Action Plans 197 17. Decision-Making Meetings / Aligning on Agreements & Getting Commitments 205 18. Project Management Meetings / Mapping Progress with Pictures 209 19. Facilitating Innovation & Change / Playing with Prototypes 215 20. Training & Workshops / Leveraging Action Learning 223 V: Seeing It All Come Together Tools for the Seriously Hooked 229 21. The Path to Visual Competency / Learning from the Groups You Lead 231 22. The Future Is Visible Now! / Seeds of a Real Revolution in Meetings 237 23. Resources & Networks / Grove Tools, Web Resources, Bibliography 247 Index 255

About the Author

David Sibbet is a world leader in graphic facilitation and visual thinking for groups. He is the founder and president of The Grove Consultants International, a company whose leading-edge group-process tools and services for panoramic visualization, graphic facilitation, team leadership, and organizational transformation are used by consultants and organizations around the world.


Praise for Visual Meetings "David Sibbet is the father of visual facilitation. This book finally lets us see meetings as he sees them-as eye-opening opportunities to discover what people really think. David's approach to visually recording and visually facilitating meetings will help you become a better meeting leader and participant, see a whole new side of business-and a whole new side of yourself." -Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin "I have experienced the transformative power of David's pioneering visual methods and tools. Open this book and you will get a clear vision of collaboration in the future-groups inspired and energized, tapping into their collective wisdom to create sustainable solutions: the global brain at work." -Meryem Le Saget, Meryem Le Saget Consulting, Paris "David Sibbet is a genius. Buy this book, and study it, not only for better meetings, but for better organizations, better teams, and a better future." -Alan M. Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine "This amazing book shows you how visualization can bring clarity to the growing complexity around us." -Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future "This book is like David's workshops-fun and fruitful. Time and again, I have seen the principles and processes described in this book yield a rich harvest among audiences in Singapore." -Dawn Yip, Soulbreath Consulting Singapore "Visual Meetings is an elegant and immensely practical guide to transforming group productivity. It provides novices with a fast start to making the most of scarce group time." -Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster Visiting Scholar, Stanford Media-X Network " 'What If Meetings Were Really Fun AND Productive ?' Can you imagine? Visual meetings master David Sibbet has done it-put all the competency, wisdom, language, technique, resources, tools, everything you need in one delightful book?" -Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21 st Century

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