This section has already introduced you to many different ways to work with sticky notes and big paper. I want to zoom in a little closer on some of the techniques that will help you succeed with these formats, particularly working with sticky notes, dot votes, and big paper.
As you can see from the different examples I have described already, many of the tools for visual meetings are large graphic frameworks and movable, visual chunks of information, the easiest of which to create and use are sticky notes. This creates a gamelike environment for figuring out patterns that make sense based on the stated outcomes of the meeting. While there are many variations, there is an underlying pattern that works no matter what specific sticky note activity you are leading. It is outlined in detail in the box on this page. Read over the steps listed in the steps-at-a-glance box to the right.
Taking care with the first few setup steps will ensure that people are well oriented and productive. It also increases the quality of the contribution. If you take care of the basics everyone else can concentrate on the work they need to do and not on trying to figure out the activity.