I do little prep before a project. I only need a short
context setting call. I don't need my clients' slide
decks or speeches or annotated agendas. This lack
of details isn't a lack of interest. My experience,
responsiveness and adaptability in the
room serves my clients better than knowing a lot of
detail before I go into the room. And
so often those details change.
project was an exception. Knowing I'd need lightning
fast fingers (one of my superpowers) to map 18 minutes
of speech on a four foot by eight foot piece of paper,
I read the speech beforehand. I'm more often mapping
conversations (over presentations) and generally dialogue
starts really ramping up 18 minutes in. I knew the
eighteen minutes would be over in a flash.
Kington and Jim
Reische, VP of Communications for the college,
crafted a speech with a clear shape. As you'll
hear, Dr. Kington describes two types of heroes,
those standing at the front of the room (exemplified
Kofi Annan) and those at back of the room
(exemplified by Septima
Clark). I knew I'd have two key figures facing
each other. In the closing, I could put a third
person in the middle, an audience member, inviting
them to find their powers and gifts. If I had
a few more seconds, I would have added some walls
to the metaphorical room on the drawing to give
a better sense of place.
project was especially important to me. Sure, there's
"TED cred" for be involved in TED
talks. And I was very happy to be part of this
TEDx Youth@DesMoines event. It meant so much more
because it was for my alma mater, Grinnell College.
I was the first in my family to go to college, and
I had no idea what I was doing. Something resonated
with me when I got that their brochure in the mail.
Still wonder what exactly spoke to me and set that
school apart from the others. I applied early admissions,
got in, and thankfully, it was a good choice for me.
A great choice. I loved the intensity and the independence
of Grinnell. The beginning of my graphic facilitation
career started when I decided to map a speech of my
freshman tutorial as I gave it. Mapping the speech
of the college president 20 years later? What a feeling
of accomplishment, a great loop being closed, a big
ribbon being tied.
Kington talks about how no one was written a comic
book about Septima Clark. I think someone should.
facilitator Brandy Agerbeck creates conceptual maps of conversations.
Since 1996, her drawing and thinking skills have facilitated
groups of 2 to 1000 across industries. Brandy's images help
people navigate the complex world around them and bring clarity
to their work.