Tips & Tricks

What To Do After a Meeting?

What To Do After a Meeting?

November 15, 2019

If you’ve ever scheduled a meeting, you know a lot work goes into assembling the minds and voices you want present. Good planning leads to good collaboration, and it’s critical that you follow up after a meeting on all your hard work. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing great ideas get lost to day-to-day business as usual. So let’s set the stage. You’ve planned the perfect meeting. You nailed your agenda. You engaged your team and inspired them to collaborate and ideate. And ImageThink (or another graphic recorder) was on site to capture your best ideas visually. After facilitating and […]

AGENDA DESIGN THINKING

AGENDA DESIGN THINKING

October 28, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, ImageThink wanted to share our process of designing a successful meeting agenda for our clients. ImageThink’s approach to writing a good agenda is steeped in design thinking philosophy, visual theory, and our own ImageThink Method. Applying these principles to our client’s most important challenges, we build tailored, ambitious, and importantly, achievable agendas for their biggest meetings. Successful by DESIGN: Creating a good meeting agenda begins with identifying what needs to be discussed, and this is one area where our devotion to design thinking principles is helpful. In a nutshell, design thinking is a human-centric […]

7 Reasons Your Most Important Meetings Have Been a Waste of Time

7 Reasons Your Most Important Meetings Have Been a Waste of Time

October 17, 2019

Did you know that middle managers spend roughly 35% of their time in meetings? For senior managers, this number can bump up to 50%. And it makes sense. As efficient and convenient as technology has made communication, some conversations need to be had face-to-face. But how much of the time you spend in meetings is wasted? ImageThink understands the course of a meeting can change; new ideas can be sparked, new paths charted. We’re in 300 meetings a year all over the globe. Below are seven meeting pitfalls we protect our Fortune 50 clients from with one simple recommendation. Assign […]

Listen Up! The Number One Skill that will Set You Apart

Listen Up! The Number One Skill that will Set You Apart

September 23, 2019

illustrations by Claud Li Over and over, we’ve heard our clients say they wish they could do what our graphic recorders do, only “they just can’t draw.” Don’t let the fact that you’re not an artist stop you from thinking like our facilitators. It’s true that visualizing ideas in real time requires some dexterity with a marker, and most of our recorders have a background training in the visual arts. But having said that, the real skill on display with a talented graphic recorder is active listening. When scribing, our facilitators are listening, synthesizing, and organizing information in real time. […]

7 Takeaways from an Immersive ImageThink Visual Workshop

7 Takeaways from an Immersive ImageThink Visual Workshop

August 7, 2019

1. Graphic Recording Is More (Neuro) Science Than Art. ImageThink workshops aren’t just about teaching your team how to draw, or why we use whiteboards instead of powerpoint. (We’ll cover that as well, but it’s not all we’ll talk about.) On a fundamental level, our workshops fully immerse attendees in the why of working graphically. Humans are visual animals, wired to process information optically. For instance, 30% of our neurons are devoted to visual inputs, as opposed to 8% for tactile inputs and 3% for auditory input. Visuals are wired into our very survival instincts, which explains why we see […]

5 secret ingredients your Design Thinking Agenda recipe is missing.

5 secret ingredients your Design Thinking Agenda recipe is missing.

March 4, 2019

    From our Live Scribes to you, Our graphic facilitators support nearly 300 events every year at ImageThink, and they’ve learned a thing or two about agenda design along the way. After 10 years of leading the charge in visual strategy, we’re ready to share some of our top learnings for mapping a successful strategy session. Here are a few tips to set the ball rolling for your 2019 strategy. Be Clear On The Purpose It may seem obvious but defining the parameters of your meeting’s purpose is a critical first step that often times gets overlooked. Specificity is […]

Pitch To Win: Seal The Deal With Graphic Recording

Pitch To Win: Seal The Deal With Graphic Recording

January 21, 2019

  Graphic recording helps your business pitch stand out from the crowd. The Art Of The Pitch Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is racing. You’re trying your best to remember your opening line. With symptoms like those, you’re either asking out your middle school crush, trying open mic stand-up for the first time… or pitching your business to a potential new client. Even for the most experienced business leader, planning and executing a pitch can bring about a lot of anxiety. Winning new business demands a thorough understanding of your potential clients’ workplace culture, values, and strengths and challenges. […]

Design and Deliver Right, With Graphic Facilitation

Design and Deliver Right, With Graphic Facilitation

December 10, 2018

Uncover your client’s real design needs with visual thinking When it comes to good design, many clients and consumers assume that execution is the hardest part. After all, the end result is what they normally interface with, so why would they consider anything else? But whether you’re a designer of physical products like vacuum cleaners, or something less tangible like marketing strategies, you know that when it comes to designing for a client base, manufacturing the final product is only the tip of a much larger iceberg. Hiding behind that last stage is a long process of research and ideation […]

Tell Your Brand Story So People Will Listen

Tell Your Brand Story So People Will Listen

November 26, 2018

To Engage Your Client Base, Paint Your Brand Picture In our 10 years of illustrating meetings across industries, we’ve worked with folks from nearly every sector and every level. And while goals and strategies may differ, one thing has been remarkably consistent: the need for the businesses we support to tell their stories better. That’s because whether you’re B2B or B2C; whether you’re a single-person operation or a global enterprise; the success and growth of your company depends on connecting with your clients. And your clients, as all humans do, connect with stories. The most successful businesses know how to […]

Revolutionize The Way You Work With These Visual Thinking Tools

Revolutionize The Way You Work With These Visual Thinking Tools

October 15, 2018

Visualizing A Better Way To Get the Job Done At ImageThink, we believe the power of visual thinking not only as a tool for meeting facilitation, but as a way to improve office workflows and culture as well.  That’s because the concept we’re founded on—that visual communication can not only ignite excitement but also clarify ideas, solidify shared goals, and inspire concrete action—really works.    It holds true across roles and tasks, and it’s a powerful way of keeping an entire team aligned and motivated, even during busy periods. If you want some new tools to manage client pipelines and busy calendars, and to have a […]