Facilitating…the art of making a task easier.

Today, I facilitated an virtual sharing session demonstrating how to graphically facilitate from an IPAD.  If you think there are technology challenges associated with a regular presenter,  try complicating it with an IPAD projecting on to the presenters laptop.   As a good facilitator should, we did a technology dry run.   It worked just fine.   We know that doesn’t guarantee it will work fine the next time.  Especially when there is any change whatsoever with the equipment, or the internet connection.   That was our challenge today.  We moved from a practice run in Paris to a live demo in Chicago with a borrowed ipad.  All in all it was well worth the time and our presenter, Roberta was fabulous.

Here are some of the highlights that I noted from our presentation today:

  • 5 colors plus black is usually enough
  • Suggested stylus for the ipad is a WACOM Bamboo selling on Amazon for about $16.95
  • The new version of Brushes for IPAD is not as good for graphic recording as the older version
  • The new Sketchbook Pro for the IPAD costs about $5.00 and has all of the tools you need including layers.
  • If you want to cut and paste items or graphics, try the software Scanscribe  It will allow you to do that but has other limited capabilities.
  • 3 different textures are enough for graphic facilitating
  • Be sure and use layers – the optimum number of layers is 3
  • When you project your graphic facilitation on a screen, there is a wide variance of success depending on the screen resolution and the lighting in the room
  • You can do separate drawings and then “stitch” them together in Photoshop

This industry of graphic facilitation has the most generous people that I have encountered.  They are very willing to share their ideas and tips.   I can’t wait now to try out the new things I learned today.  Maybe I’ll “graphically represent” the ideas and post my artwork!

Here is a link to the recorded virtual graphic facilitation learning exchange.

If you are interested in presenting your graphic facilitation tips, skills or software demonstration, email  info@virtualfacilitator.us

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