The Art of Storytelling

The past few months have seen me busy ‘drawing out’ the discussions, ideas and presentations of people, teams and organisations focusing on a wide range of issues from: enhancing the welfare of our Returned and Services League (RSL), leadership of Queensland nursing and midwifery through to wine strategies, research commercialisation and Far North Queensland education. You can now SEE how I capture these important group discussions in a time-lapse video which was taken of me graphic recording at the UniQuest Research Commercialisation Workshop — which shows how I visually capture two days of workshop discussions and presentations in just 97 secondshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUzu9Ew-O2A&t=12s

The art of my visual storytelling is all about listening + interpreting + synthesising information which I then translate into words and pictures = YOUR Story. This visual approach is a powerful way of engaging with people as I am considered an independent in the room and only draw what I hear which allows teams, groups, clients and stakeholders with the unique opportunity to be heard. By capturing discussions I am also able to show people the ‘Big Picture’ and take people on a journey vs the standard Powerpoint approach. The visuals that I create are also an important communication tool which can be used throughout and post-workshops, conferences and meetings as a point of reflection, a visual representation to share with others and a reminder of the key messages and outcomes from the day.

You can see more of my visual storytelling and client stories via my Graphic Recording and please don’t hesitate to contact me at sue.pillans@internode.on.net if you would like me to help you or your organisation to “Picture your ideas“! You can also follow my creative journey via my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish and @suepillans on Twitter and Instagram.

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