Visual Techniques Training Course

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 –

In house Visual Techniques Trainning

What is this?

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.

17 17.

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 OUR TYPICAL PARTICIPANTS?
  • freelance and internal or corporate consultants

  • coaches

  • leaders

  • facilitators

  • trainers

  • supervisors

  • teachers / students

  • and various sorts of experts, dealing with group processes

POSSIBLE FIELDS OF APPLICATION:

Visual language in the everyday life: you’ll write in a more legible, calligraphic manner, use simple visual signs with more confidence: list signs, arrows, figures, „boxes”, etc. Whether you happen to draw on a napkin or on a flipchart, your notes will be more transparent, more structured, and will emphasize the substance.

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). 

Who leads the program?

Szilard Strenner, general manager of Grafacity, graphic artist, illustrator, facilitator, visual coach, strategic and organisation development consultant. He leads and follows up the visual techniques training and gives over the obtainable knowledge.

More about Szilárd

Frequently asked questions:

1. How many participants will there be?

There’s a maximum of 15 people in a group. Our experience shows it’s the ideal headcount, as it guarantees transparency and it gives us the opportunity to optimally combine the individual and small team work phases. This size ensures that there’s sufficient attention for all participants, and thus they can receive direct feedback from the trainer and peers.

2. Who are the participants of the training program?

Based on our experiences, a majority of them are freelancers or fellow workers of a trainer or consultant company, some of them work in Human Resources and a considerable number of them are from NGO’s with consultant and trainer background. However, there are also public activists, graphic artists and general managers. All of them are committed towards team assistance, organisational development and coaching. Most of them are from Hungary, Budapest or from the countryside, but we have had trainings with foreign participants too. This creates perceptibly healthy, varied teams.

3. Where does the training take place?

The training is in Budapest, at a place that is easily accessible by public transport. We share all venue and transport details with registered participants in due course.

4. What’s your process for supporting participants in implementing the material in their own practice?

After some of our earlier trainings, following the intense period of training, with the fading of experiences, participants got stuck in their own development and lost motivation.

Therefore at Grafacity we reinforce the Visual Techniques training by a 2 month follow-up, where participants share with each other their own works, questions, dilemmas and results on the group’s closed online platform. Here they can get new information, instructions and feedback, and peers can help each other as well.

Further possible forms of support:

  • individual consultation,
  • consultation in groups,
  • face to face meetings or online consultation.

We have also launched our Grafacity Visual Techniques Alumni group and workshop in 2017, where we meet up monthly to practise what we have learnt in the course, and to „sharpen our arms”.

 

4. What’s your process for supporting participants in implementing the material in their own practice?

After some of our earlier trainings, following the intense period of training, with the fading of experiences, participants got stuck in their own development and lost motivation.

Therefore at Grafacity we reinforce the Visual Techniques training by a 2 month follow-up, where participants share with each other their own works, questions, dilemmas and results on the group’s closed online platform. Here they can get new information, instructions and feedback, and peers can help each other as well.

Further possible forms of support:

  • individual consultation,
  • consultation in groups,
  • face to face meetings or online consultation.

We have also launched our Grafacity Visual Techniques Alumni group and workshop in 2017, where we meet up monthly to practise what we have learnt in the course, and to „sharpen our arms”.

 

5. What does the participation fee cover?
  • All tools and materials you will be using during the training
  • Training manual and exercise book
  • Rental fee of the room
  • Buffet and refreshments in the breaks: tea, coffee, snacks, vegetables, fruits
  • Great atmosphere
  • A two-months follow-up through the closed online platform set up for the group
  • individual consultation after the training: max. 50 minutes per person, and
  • in case of need, group consultation after the training: max. 3 hours.
     
6. What if I really cannot draw?

Most of the outside spectators who watch us drawing think that this job requires some special kind of talent or capability. Many put it on their application form too, saying „I cannot draw.” Despite this, the visual techniques trainings we’ve run so far proved that everybody, who participates actively and conscientiously and who performs the tasks that are part of the training, will be capable of independently preparing the individual, flipchart-sized or larger, textual and drawn visual tools he or she needs for supporting personal or group processes.

You don’t need to be an artist. We don’t even teach art. What we do is that we renew a communication system that builds up from simple elements. We broke down the tools of the visual process assistance into tiny elements that are attainable for everyone. Sufficiently trained participants can apply it with more and more confidence in their everyday work.

7. What does the 100% guarantee mean?

It means that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. Don’t hesitate to apply to our visual techniques training: as for the participation fee, you risk nothing at all! If you have conscientiously worked through our exercises and we fail to keep our above promise, you can simply return your training book, the tools you got from us and within 30 days after training closure we issue a credit note and return the paid participation fee to your account.

We are certain about the success of the step-by-step led process so we’d like to ease your anxiety before you make this important decision. 

We don’t see many such guarantees in the field of open trainings, and we didn’t offer it in the early years. However, based on our experience we are convinced that these tools are available for EVERYONE, and can be used successfully, regardless of earlier qualifications or artistic talent.

Efféle garanciával nem szoktunk találkozni a nyitott tréningek területén, és mi sem kínáltuk ezt az első években. Tapasztalataink alapján meggyőződtünk, hogy ezek az eszközök MINDENKI számára hozzáférhetőek és sikeresen felhasználhatóak, előképzettségre és tehetségre való tekintet nélkül.

8. Do you teach at the training how to use visual coaching tools of visual facilitation?

At the first, basic level of Visual Techniques Training we don’t teach usage of specific visual coaching tools. In practice, we have a look at what effect the note-taking on large-scale sheet takes on the individual consultations, but we don’t train the participants how to use the special tools of visual coaching. 

During the two days we acquire the basics of visual techniques. The application of these techniques, i.e. in which situations and context the participant will use them, depends on his or her preparedness and on the competences he or she acquired earlier. We only cast an eye on the toolset of visual facilitation, and just briefly. And if we look at it from visual facilitation perspective, then what we basically do during these 2 days, is laying the groundwork for these tools.

9. What’s your process for supporting participants in implementing the material in their own practice?

After some of our earlier trainings, following the intense period of training, with the fading of experiences, participants got stuck in their own development and lost motivation.

Therefore at Grafacity we reinforce the Visual Techniques training by a 2 month follow-up, where participants share with each other their own works, questions, dilemmas and results on the group’s closed online platform. Here they can get new information, instructions and feedback, and peers can help each other as well.

Further possible forms of support:

  • individual consultation,
  • consultation in groups,
  • face to face meetings or online consultation.

VÁLTOZTATott szöveg_: We have also launched our Grafacity Visual Techniques Alumni group and workshop in 2017, where we meet up monthly to practise what we have learnt in the course, and to „sharpen our arms”.

10. What else is important? Logistics…

 

  • It’s worth coming in comfortable shoes and dark clothes. We’ll work quite a bit with felt tip pens and chalk and these may leave traces on your outfit.
  • Come reposed, as the 2 days are going to be REALLY intense. The program will engage hardly ever used nerve tracks and cerebral peripheries that are likely to be less trained. So, we’re all going to get tired.
  • Don’t worry about bringing your “I cannot draw!” thoughts along, because you’ll forget them all while drawing.
  • Lunch is self-sponsored or brought along, but we can help with organisation. We can order from the offer of great in-house facilities or those of the neighbourhood, the selection is wide (lactose-, gluten-, protein-, etc.-free and dietary food), but we’re also ready to organise other cold buffet or hot meal, should the group desire.
11. Do you take on in-house training?

Of course. Each year we make several in-house trainings and workshops for leaders, salesmen, teachers, in-house trainers and students. We configure the optimal training construction for clients from large corporations, universities, NGO’s too, adapted to their needs: it can vary from 2-3 hours’ workshop through a one-day or the “normal” 2-days groundwork laying programs.

The bottleneck is most often the venue: we’ll need vast and even walls to place our papers on.

11. We don’t have 2 days / we want to be trained only in this or that part / can you come for a single day as well?

 

Certainly, a single day can also leave lasting traces on the participant’s competence profile, if the expectations are specific enough: “We want to use it only in sales situations, for 1to1 negotiations.” or “It’s just so that our trainers make nicer notes on flipcharts.”

Even though the timeframe is much tighter in these cases, the group can attain the well-defined target with self-confidence. We get to know the necessary basics in a more focused manner, and exercise generally one technique (tool, application) which has been selected in advance (in comparison with the 5 visual toolset that the 2-day training can cover.)

12. How about the feedback on your trainings?

The feedback is good. Lately, we’ve been following up precisely on our participants’ satisfaction. The average rate for our open trainings measures … (on a scale from 0 to 10). So the satisfaction lately has been between 95-98%.

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.

 

In house Visual Techniques Training

Testimonials

„We’ve worked together with Szilárd at two events already where I’ve grown to be convinced about his 100% professionalism, the way he handles the occurring challenges while remaining flexible. All who were present watched astounded as sentences of a presentation turned into drawings, and not only due to its quality, but also because it enabled us months later to recall clearly all details. The thing the Visual Techniques workshop he’s given was special about was the zest with which he’s succeeded to involve the participants into the work, and also the practical pieces of advice he gave everyone to help to find the hidden talent in him or herself ☺

 

David Konczos, AIESEC /Budapest Corvinus University, vice-chairman (2017-2018)

Testimonials

“Szilárd gave me insight in visual facilitation in a two-hours crash-course. I was surprised to learn not only about conscious usage of colours and forms in such a short timeframe, but also that the basis of it all is body consciousness and harmony. Having been attuned, we have dealt with letters in terms of legibility, with types of frames (cloud, picture-frame, aura, etc.), with the highlighting effect of those, with colour perspective, and with the tricks we can use when making lists. It was a great experience. It had a huge effect on my consciousness and on my flipcharts I make at workshops. At the same time I feel that these two hours have served only as appetisers and I will need the entire training and a great deal of practice to be self-confident and to really have the groove.”

 

Judit Bárány – HR consultant

Testimonials

„Thank you once again for the training! I’ve been practicing since then and it seems that I’ve gotten more than what I expected! Congratulations, and thanks a lot!

Gabor ALMASImanaging director, consultant Franklin Covey Products Kft.

Testimonials

The graphic recording reinforced me further in my belief, that it is worth enriching my trainer/consultant work with the use of visual tools. My first positive feedback after the training was when I tried and made a large-size template at the kick-off meeting of a training. This made them see the targets and framework much more clearly and in a more obvious way (where to start, where to get to), so I could better keep the process in the desired channel.

Melinda Gere-Jakó, organisation development consultant OD Partner Kft.

Testimonials

„The biggest breakthrough of the visual techniques training for me was when I learnt how to take notes and then I developed extremely fast. I got to know many methods to express my thoughts, without having to feel ashamed. Nowadays I take on smaller case conferences (8-15 persons) where I follow the conversation with my drawings, in a way that helps many to understand. I highlight what’s essential, I follow what happens live and illustrate the most important phases. It’s also good to have humor ready at hand. Besides the fact that it helps daily operation, drawing also delights me.”

Kata Bárdos  -Supervisor, mediator, therapist

Testimonials

„If you have work that you could hype up sometimes with some visual elements, then this training is made for you. I was at the level of drawing stickmen only, but during the training I’ve learnt how to sketch human figures with just a few lines. It’s way easier than I thought, but I needed the training to realize it. Here everyone develops on her own scale, there’s no external expectation, you only have to enjoy yourself and it will be great! Everything is provided for this:

  • the trainer is a great guy, relaxed, but keeps things on track 
  • nice surroundings
  • all the tools – you don’t have to invest anything, but you can check out everything
  • great training material that you can use anytime at home too”

Anna KAPOSVARIHR expert, L&D specialist

Testimonials

„A picture is worth a thousand words – I could learn the practical side thereof at Szilard’s graphic facilitator training. You’ll learn knacks that can be learnt without any drawing skills whatsoever, all that in a highly positive, helpful and zappy training. It helps you to think in images, to use structures, to focus on the essentials.

...and as for me, to keep quiet during meetings. I make exciting drawn notes instead of horning in, which often promotes the whole conversation.

I recommend Szilard’s training not only for professional facilitators, but also for everyone, who’d like to use the right hemisphere as well of his brain, when processing the stream of information.”

Barbara MATE change consultant, coach Ascon Consulting Kft.

Testimonials

„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.”

Karoly SARKADI, chief LEAN expert (Auchan Retail Hungary)

Testimonals

“The two day training gave me exactly what I expected: my flipcharts have become easier to see through, maybe even nicer (and I can see it’s worth assigning the time to prepare them), I use more bravely the pin-wand size papers at trainings to present a subject (larger size is more picturesque and give space to more details) and I can start off with more ease when making graphic presentation of the connections within a subject.”

 

Császár Csaba, OD Partner Kft.

Testimonials

„It was definitely worthwhile participating at this training. The participants of my trainings and workshops prefer flipchart presentation to ppt’s, what’s more, they appreciate my drawings a lot. The biggest outcome for me was that I could see that by merely using my visual abilities, it’s already enough to create beautiful things. I take good care of my templates. I save a great amount of time by regularly re-using them. It’s worth preparing my actual flips finely, since I need only a bit of colour on them for a great change. I’m looking forward to the next level of the visual training.”

 

Anita Frisch, OD Partner Kft. – Organisation development consultant, partner

Testimonials

“...I enjoyed the training a lot, I’m glad I have persuaded myself to come.”

 

Andrea Frenyó, partner – Flow Group

Testimonials

“It was really fantastic to see how someone who is not trained in graphic recording at all, can visualise the case I have outlined. Exchange of emails has been still vividly going on even after the course has ended [...], so the process lives on!”

 

Réka Ágostházi, Mambaby Hungary 

Testimonials

“I have gained experience in how it feels when...

I speak and my coach supports me by drawing in the meantime.

my client speaks and I support him/her as a coach by drawing in the meantime.

a person or a group speak following their own pace, while I can listen to them and draw, making notes, highlighting at the same time what’s essential.

an individual or a group for whom I take notes, reacts gladly on what they see.

the individual or the group for whom I take notes is inspired and get new momentum by seeing my drawings.

I give credit to the idea that I am actually able to draw.

I hit upon my own style.”

THANK YOU!

 

Ági Sütöri, FLOW Group

Testimonials

„Szilárd has special talent to visualize what happens in a conference room, at training, or at a lecture. He’s quick, creative, and has extremely good associations. It’s amazing how he turns on both my right and left brain hemisphere. It was Szilárd who initiated me into the secrets of visual facilitation, he taught me how to handle the large size paper, the markers, how to draw figures, shadows, colours, all that in real time, synchronously with what’s happening around. His work, his drawings mean huge help both for participants of workshops / trainings / conferences and for trainers, presenters.”

 

Orsolya Nemes, leading consultant at Milestone Solutions Lab, generations expert

Testimonials

“I also thank you very much for these two days! Proceeding step-by-step and the booklet was a great help. It’s not exactly as it should be, of course, but it’s about to resemble. ☺ I can only recommend the training for everyone!”

 

Titusz Kovács

Testimonials

“I have learnt how a nice flipchart can help absorbing, but I cheat ☺ I copy the images printed from the internet onto the flipcharts I use. I copy the company’s logo, too. The participants always appreciate it. I prepare templates for the group elaborations too, so that the participants speak for sure about the important subjects. I personally enjoy drawing, it’s fun to get prepared for the trainings this way.”

 

Eszter Nagy, consultant

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