‘How do I start making visual note-taking a practice?’
During the Visual Skills Summer Fest Slovenia a participant asked me this question. There is a difference between how to make the noting a practice and the practicing taking meaningful visual notes.
Today I’ll lay out the 7 steps you can follow to when integrating the practice of of taking visual notes during your coaching sessions. And if you don’t coach anyone, but take notes during conversations and want to share them with your conversation partner(s), these steps aren’t really different.
Why I think it is important to first understand these 7 steps, is because you first create the path to succeed in your attempt. I am sure there are people who don’t need to know these steps, they just need to know how to take visual notes. If you think you might give up on your practice, then this post is for you!
Follow these steps in the right order and give yourself a fair chance to succeed in your attempt to start taking visual notes.
The 7 steps to constructively implement the practice of taking visual notes during coaching sessions
STEP 1 – COLLECT THE RIGHT MATERIALS
STEP 2 – KNOW WHAT TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN TAKING NOTES
STEP 3 – TAKE NOTES JUST FOR YOUR OWN SENSE MAKING
STEP 4 – CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY YOUR LEARNING EDGE
STEP 5 – CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN DEVELOPING YOUR VISUAL NOTE-TAKING SKILLS
STEP 6 – START TAKING NOTES FOR YOUR COACHEE
STEP 7 – ASK FOR FEEDBACK AND INTEGRATE IT
- 1 > Collect the right working material
- 2 > Know what to pay attention to when taking notes
- 3 > Take notes just for your own sense making
- 4 > Continue to identify your learning edge
- 5 > Challenge yourself in developing your skill
- 6 > Start taking notes for your coachee
- 7 > Ask for feedback and integrate it
Do you have a sense like these steps are doable for you?
Are you going to give it a try anyway?
Or if you already take visual notes during your coaching sessions, from which step can you still take advances?
Please share your reflection with me in the comments.
Taking visual notes in your coaching session is a powerful way to give more value to your coachees.
In my upcoming training “With Visual Facilitation for More Autonomy” on September 23 & 24 in Gouderak, The Netherlands, you learn in step-by-step approach to take visual notes.
My name is Mireille van Bremen and I work internationally as a visual catalyst. Everything I do as a graphic recorder, visual mediator, facilitator, visual skills trainer and coach, stems from an intention to invigorate creativity and empathy in order to catalyse potential, prevent conflict,
navigate change and stimulate inclusion.
After a career as a design department leader I nowadays work internationally as a visual catalyst to increase the impact of presentations, workshops, strategic meetings and conferences by providing visual translation and by teaching others how to communicate and facilitate visually.
The training programs I design and offer as live as in the online Visual Skills Training academy I founded, help trainers, facilitators, coaches, educators and leaders from all over the world to become resourceful and self-reliant in their communication so they can facilitate impactful dialogues.