Appreciative Inquiry #2

Appreciative Inquiry #2

My second AI session was with a group of AI facilitators-in-training in mid-April. The group was fantastic – energetic, inquisitive, and full of great metaphors and creative ideas. I was inspired by the AI materials and their use of the daisy, so I incorporated the flowers as a tool to organize group contributions. However, organization continues to pose challenges for me in real-time situations. I guess this is always a challenge – choosing what to write, how to represent it (i.e., text, pictures, which pictures will evoke the best connection to the original idea, etc.) and where to put it on the poster. If I over-think this part, I am immobilized and waste valuable time that I could be using for listening and filtering more from the group. If I start committing too soon, I may miss an opportunity for more appropriate placement of ideas. I’m not getting too stressed about this in the moment, as I think it could ruin the entire experience; however, I do reflect on this process afterwards and wonder whether and how I could have done things differently.

I was particularly pleased with the content of this poster, as I again was pressed for time – 1.5 hours total and no post-session edits. There is a lot of white space, but it seems to work with this particular poster. The colours are appealing, and I think I was able to really capture the essence of the entire segment I attended.

There was a lot of interest from the group about graphic recording, and the facilitators invited me to come back at the end of the week to give a short presentation on my experiences of graphic recording – specifically in the 2 AI sessions I have done.

I am even more eager to complete the AI facilitator training now, as I think it will give me more insights into the process that will help me to provide better representations of these sessions.

Thank you to the attendees of this group, who were so complimentary and enthusiastic about having me record their session. It was a pleasure to meet you all, and to be involved in your training week!

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2 thoughts on “Appreciative Inquiry #2

  1. Ruth Hickey says:

    I think a trait all successful graphic recorders possess is the ability to attend a session in a non-obtrusive way, yet still capture what is happening in a session. I can confidently say that Jennifer modeled this during our session to come up with great visual representation. Well done.

    • jennwicks says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Ruth! I am glad you thought I was unobtrusive…it’s sometimes difficult when there are such interesting conversations going on! I’m so used to being a participant that I really have to remind myself to just listen and stay focused on the big picture (pardon the pun!).

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