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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet

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Chapter 2. Everybody Knows Graphic Language: It's Gesture with a Pen

Get ready for a potentially exciting experience. Having it hinges on your revisiting your early childhood years and decisions you made about whether you could draw. Over the years I've asked people in workshops how many people consider themselves good at drawing. Usually only 20% or less raise their hands. When I ask the others how many stopped drawing in the second grade I get more than half. If you are one of those who hasn't drawn much, or believes you can't, I'll bet you aren't thinking about the kind of graphics this book is about, but about whether or not your horse looked like a horse. If this chapter does its work it will get you to reconsider your decision, and know what you can do to reclaim your ability to be graphic.

The kind of graphics used for meetings are rooted in gesture and simple, universal icons and not in making drawings that look like photographs. If I asked you if you felt comfortable gesturing, I'll bet you would raise your hand. If you had a pen in it and you were near a wall it might look like a straight line!

Gesture Is One of Our First Languages

My first ...

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