“I also teach what we do, from the beginning. I tell the felt tip pen from tip to toe. You get to know the paper, how it coils and how it lies.
You’ll love the chalks.
I must admit: I love doing this.”
– Szilárd Strenner –
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OOur participants can attain techniques at the trainings that enable them to perform their managerial, consultant, facilitator, trainer or presentation jobs in a spectacular, efficient and interactive way.
…whether one has artistic vein, or thinks it’s better not even to try to draw a stickman…
Hungarian Telekom Plc. Visual Techniques Training, Budapest, 2017.
Aims of the training
The ultimate aim of the training is to make a once well-known world accessible for our participants. We strive together to make our clients conscious users of the visual language, to enable them to animate even the over-professionalized, vacuous areas through the playfulness of drawing.
The training is an introduction to the usage of analog visual techniques. It enables people to plan and support development processes, to prepare large-scale templates and analog presentations of a high standard and also for the interactive usage thereof.
Maybe you won’t be or not even want to be a visual illustrator, but sure you want to convince people about something important day by day: that’s what preparing your first analogue presentation on the second day will be probably good for.
As trainer or facilitator, you can find yourself very often in situations where you should harmonise work, and in such cases it would be nice if everyone were at the same stage at the end of a complex, inspirational reflective process. That’s what your self-made templates will solve for you.
…and, once we’re talking profession: are you interested in coaching, or as a manager you have colleagues who need to see through and find solution for a complex issue? Imagine that here’s the drawing, the large-scale sheet and they will serve as super weapons in your hand: whether it’s individual or team consultancy, coaching, supervision, mentoring, therapy, i.e. any kind of – typically 1 on 1 –, situation based on understanding.
But can it also be that your only poster will “merely” be the welcome-poster made for the birthday party of your boss? So what then? This will also be a constructive way of stepping out of your comfort zone and inspiring others.
Besides all these, as part of the training we’ll tell you about the background of the visual facilitation, we’ll introduce to you David Sibbet, the founding father, and you’ll learn about the sources you can use when setting off to your own way of exploration.
You’ll get to know lots of new materials and tools, you’ll learn which ones can be combined and you’ll try so many hints and practices that your head will be buzzing at the end!
WHO ARE THE TYPICAL PARTICIPANTS?
freelance and internal or corporate consultants
teachers / students
and various sorts of experts, dealing with group processes
POSSIBLE FIELDS OF APPLICATION:
Visual recording: you can practice the best-known Grafacity technique as tool for live knowledge and information-management at conferences, in consulting processes, board meetings, workshops, etc. Visual language everywhere and in large scale, where it would be a pity for words to vanish.
Facilitation with large-scale templates. You can prepare templates (structured forms, worksheets) for designed processes of facilitated individual or group processes (strategic and innovative workshops, product and process development, etc.), from A5 cards to a couple of meters long sheets.
Visual consultation: usage of analogous tools in 1 on 1 situations: coaching, consultancy, sales negotiation, etc., with the power of pictures and highlighting the essence.
Presentation: using the „medieval” tools, we won’t have any troubles with file extensions, USB’s and projectors. We deliver special experience, involve the negotiating partner, size up and present the whole picture, work with the system and leave a trace (not on the wall).
AND A FEW MORE ARGUMENTS:
…and it’s still not everything, as these visual tools can be useful not only in the professional life, but also in many areas of our personal life: learning, conversations at home, parenting, keeping a diary, heading a family discussion, or it can come handy even when making up a creative shopping list.
It depends only on us, in what extent do we make our lives more colourful and joyous.
Creativity is not a practice or something we take on for a few minutes for someone else’s sake, but a way of life. Our participants will attain a global language that they understood already before learning to speak. They learn not English or German, but a truly universal language. One that is understood everywhere but spoken only by a few.
“I gained experience what it is like, when my coachee speaks and I support her with real time note taking.
I learned it what it is like to pay attention to a group, while talking to each other in their own pace and i can attend simultaneously while drawing the key messages. I see the joyful reactions of teams on my drawings, and now I know how my visuals can inspire and move teams and individuals. I have learned how it feels when I believe: I can draw, and when I’ve found my own style. Thank You!”
Ágnes Sütöri, FLOW Group – Trainer, Coach
„This training is for you, if You think sometimes simple visuals would boost your work. I could hardly cope with stick figures, but on this training I’ve learned to draw human figures with a few simple lines. It is much easier than I thought, but the training was necessary. Everybody progressed from his/her own level.
No expectations, just feel good and it will work! Everything is given:
1. a cool trainer, adequately casual, but keeps the training on track,
2. every aid and tool – you do not need to invest, you can try all of them,
3. excellent curriculum, so you might practice any time at home,
4. finally: pleasant atmosphere.”
Anna Kaposvári, HR / L&Đ specialist
„The course strengthened my conviction that my work as a consultant / trainer is worth to enrich with visual tools. The first positive feedback came from a Kick-Off meeting, where I tried a mural-size template. It helped us to clearly see the the goals and the framework (where and how we want to get to). It was also much easier to keep the meeting in the right channel.”
Melinda, Gere-Jakó OD Consultant, OD Partner Ltd.
„My flipcharts were terrible before. Ugly writing and the whole thing was a mess. I needed some help. On the course my fear has gone, that I need some kind of qualification in drawing. I took home many simple tricks. People. and figures appear on all my drawings since the training – and this helps to catch the attention and keep focus on my charts. The more beautiful placards I made, the better they served to raise the standard of my trainings. Moreover, I’ve noticed I often apply my visual skills during meetings, and the important side-effect is, that I myself can read my handwritings.”
Gábor Almási, Managing Director at AGORA INSTITUTE
„The visual facilitation of the T-Systems merger process is an entirely positive memory for me because I haven’t yet seen a better solution for communicating the process and results of managers’ meetings to the organisation. People expect to learn what has happened and want to see what will bridge the gap between the current situation and the final outcome, the decisions. Triggering emotions, and spiced with humour, visual recordings communicate the process to the organisation in a lasting and transparent form. Only a few people have the ability to both understand the larger context and monitor the current events and be able to visualise everything immediately. Szilárd and his team succeeded in doing so. I believe in this method and I believe it is a good thing.”
Dr. László Eszes, T-Systems Zrt. – Deputy CEO
„It’s been a real pleasure to work with Szilárd. His energetic presence, honest, open attention and support was inviting and inspiring for the team and for us. His drawings filled the space and inspired work. These drawings helped us get hold of the sensitive issues that could have easily become depressing and discuss them in a focused manner. The added value of Szilárd’s presence appeared immediately on the workshop: our clients clearly used the visual recordings during the workshop and confirmed about how useful they were.”
Attila Bokor and Gergely Szentandrási, OD Partner Ltd.
“This was the best presentation! – acclaimed the participants of the 2 days workshop organised for international experts!” I was host and lecturer of the international workshop of Auchan Retail Hungary on 16-17 February. After having struggled a couple of hours with my presentation, I decided to put my PPT aside and take the plunge into what Szilard taught me! I turned my presentation into a 3 x 1 meter “Lean in Hungary” strategic timeline that I completed with A5 sized cards in course of the presentation picturing the photos of the key moments, just as we’ve learned at the training. The analogous presentation gave it a new impulse and the unique visualisation reinforced me in the idea that it’s worth breaking with the traditional forms of presentation.”
Károly Sarkadi, chief LEAN expert (Auchan Retail Hungary)
“The most exciting thing I experienced here, although I was quite sure “I cannot draw anything”: but even so during the training I have learned I am able to draw any kind of pictograms, decorate flip-charts, I can even create presentations. Joining this training was incredibly useful. I had the opportunity to use the right side of my brain, which I have been lacking for about 30 years. I do recommend this training to any business coaches, consultants and soft-skill trainers, facilitators who would like to emphasise his daily work with simple visuals.”
Dorottya Nagy Józsa I y2ycoaching.hu
“It was like an exciting playground, where everything could be tried out. New impulses came and I learned a lot of new things.
I didn’t think I would be able to draw even a poster by the end, and I was shocked that I succeeded and even liked it.
It was really cool, thank you very much.”
Andrea László I Training-Space Ltd.
“It was super, brutal Inspiring, Szilard’s energies are phenomenal, I loved him. I was very excited to continue. I have heard that I will have very serious knowledge here: what has happened. I had a fantastic time. the structure of the training was brilliant. The facilitaion was inspiring and I got to know some very good tools. I got it that we really had to spend time, energy and attention on this so we have to prepare for a training, because the training we do in this way gives the participants a lot more. I look forward to applying what I have learned in practice.”
Ildiko Fejerdi I JOST Hungary Ltd. HR Manager.
“It was dynamic, I was up to my neck – like when I smothered myself as a kid. I was captivated by the way Szilárd structured the day. I got absolutely out of my comfort zone. I am inspired, I have been given tools, I have practised, I have developed. I want to do it. To get the knowledge to the trainee faster and more effectively in a session this tool will add maximum support. ”
Orsolya Czirkos I Training-Space Ltd.
“This training is about acceptance for me. Even if it’s not perfect, accept it, it’s there, understandable, clear to everyone. It was extremely creative. I still do not know, what Szilard is taking. It was good trolling all day, and steel each other’s ideas.”
Krisztina Varga I Trainer, Coach, Consultant