Why Graphics Facilitation

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Why Graphics Facilitation

  1. 1. Merapi Indah Sdn Bhd * Inspiring Learning Why Graphics FacilitationI stumbled upon facilitation by accident, about 12 years ago. And it changed my life.While I relearned, unlearned and struggled to understand the concepts of facilitation,facilitating, learning, being in authority, letting go of control, and becoming a facilitator,only the last 7 years I realised how logical and natural facilitation is to someone whoteaches.In this article, I’m going to share three reasons why a teacher, trainer, coach, mentor,counsellor, and whoever deals with groups of people should take up facilitation andleverage on the power of VISUALS in their daily work (class, training, meeting). 1. It eases communication. Yes, it simplifies how you communicate. Just looking at one picture, image, or drawing can ignite thousands of feelings, emotions, words, and thoughts. Our ability to associate images and meaning is so great that it doesn’t require many words to explain what we actually mean. A simple ice-breaking of just drawing what you think of yourself, what you feel that day, a portrait of someone you admire can really spark ideas, conversations, sharing, laughter and it can even evoke memories, good and bad. 2. It nurtures and enhances your intelligences. It does, it does! Using visuals to communicate in a facilitation session definitely celebrates the way people are psychologically wired. It feeds the needs of those who are visual, kinaesthetic, auditory, people-oriented, definitely enhance your own intrapersonal skills and your connection to your surroundings, being in- tuned with nature, the universe. It soothes the soul, when one is be able to reflect, and listen to themselves. 3. It lowers barriers. It lowers inhibitions of those more introverted, who are less skilful in group interactions, when the answer to what you see or what you draw and put down on paper could be anything. It’s the best brainstorming technique, a great ice- breaker, a good way to let go of control and how things should be. When everyone’s on the same wavelength, it’s easier to see that they’re all on the same page, feeling the same way, though they may see things differently, it will help them see that everybody actually want the same thing. Well, maybe almost the same thing. Hedy HasbullahMerapiindah.com.my Page 1

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