‘It’s so hard to capture the whole conversation in my visual notes.’
‘It is. So why do you try to capture everything then?’ I ask in return.
‘Because I don’t want to miss anything important.’
Wanting to capture the capture the whole conversation and not making choices about what to capture and what not, is one of the pitfalls you might fall into when you start making visual note taking a practice during coaching sessions or actually any conversation.
Did you give taking visual notes a try?
Have you noticed how your brain is talking quite loud to you while you made your first attempts? It’s quite likely you have fallen in one or more of the pitfalls that appear when you want to make visual note-taking a practice.
Perhaps you even already stopped taking visual notes because of it. Let’s turn the page and start a new. Knowing which pitfalls will come on your way, you can now make progress, because you know when to pass.
Know the pitfalls before you fall into them so you succeed in making visual note-taking a practice.
The 5 pitfalls that stop you from taking visual notes after a few attempts
PITFALL 1 – YOU TAKE VISUAL NOTE-TAKING TOO SERIOUS
PITFALL 2 – YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR VISUAL NOTES PERFECT
PITFALL 3 – YOU JUDGE WHAT YOU CREATE ALL THE TIME
PITFALL 4 – YOU WANT HIGHLY QUALITATIVE VISUAL NOTES FOR YOUR CLIENT RIGHT AWAY
PITFALL 5 – YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IT ALL
- 1 > You take visual note-taking too serious
- 2 > You want to make your visual notes perfect
- 3 > You constantly judge what you create
- 4 > You immediately want highly qualitative visual notes for your client
- 5 > You want to capture it all
Which of these pitfalls do you fall into?
Please share your reflection with me in the comments.
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.