SHARING INSIGHTS – THE SPLASH PROJECTS BLOG
Any leadership or team-building training usually has one thing in common – there’s a lot to remember. So how do you recall all that you’ve covered so that you can put it into practice when you get back to the office, or even in your own personal life?
Benoit Pacaud has a solution and it doesn’t involve reaching for a tablet, or even a conventional writing pen and paper. Benoit uses art to capture learning outcomes. While others like to write or type notes in our intensive After Action Review, Benoit supports the process by creating brilliant illustrations.
“I find that a technique using visualisation and graphic facilitation helps people to better anchor key messages,” he said. “It makes the learnings visual and by creating a map it helps people to see and refine their ideas.”
Plus when Benoit is working for clients such as INSEAD or leadership development programmes, the participants taking part are from all four corners of the globe. While the talented participants are multi-lingual, there’s nothing quite like art – which is a universal language all of its own.
“I find art quickly allows participants to refine their ideas and share them with peers because engaging visuals create a common language which everyone immediately understands,” added Benoit, who works for Ways of Working, which supports company objectives through producing art.
There’s evidence which suggests it’s often easier for people to recall things visually than through words and people also learn in very distinct ways too. So adding illustrations to some of the After Action Reviews is a good way to help embed learnings to ensure that everyone takes back real solutions from their Splash Project which they can remember and review for their future careers.
So the next time you’re getting ready to take part in a team-building or leadership course, don’t forget to pack your sketch book alongside your tablet.