Graphic Recording and Visual Facilitation

7 metres – 3.5 hours
2.5 metres -1.5 hours




What is Sketchnoting, Graphic Recording and Visual Facilitation?

Sketchnoting is a personal visualisation technique that involves listening to a conversation, synthesising the key messages, and expressing the content using simple imagery and text.

Graphic recording involves drawing up a meeting or workshop on a large piece of paper, usually in front of a live audience to add tangibility to an event.  It gives attendees reference points to recall content and start additional discussions.

Visual facilitation elicits additional participation by getting attendees involved with the contents recorded, such as by jointly drawing a mindmap, or using elements of recorded content to create (and record) new ideas / discussions. Visuals created are ideal for sharing, and excellent records for re-living a workshop or event.

Benefits of Visual Thinking

  1. In a personal setting, visual thinking engages all of the senses to aide in cognitive processing and memory retention.
  2. Graphic recorded or visual facilitated events give attendees reference points to start or recollect discussions based on well-organised drawings.
  3. Drawings act as a deflector for miscommunication or conflict as participants have a common object to focus on outside of themselves (Brandy Agerbeck).
  4. Drawings are great for sharing with participants and a powerful way to close out an event or workshop.
  5. In group settings, participants gain an external perspective that may be different to theirs.
  6. Add a heightened experience to your meeting.

Work Samples


Visual facilitator and graphic recorder Zhi Lee teaching the art of Sketchnoting at the 2018 NZ IT Architecture Forum in Auckland. Sketchnoting is a personal form of hand-drawn visualisation, distilling key messages and expressing them with a combination of text and imagery. Training options are a 45 minute talk, half or full day workshops.  Get in touch now to learn how we could run a workshop at your premises.





Our next full day public course “Practical Sketchnoting and Visual Facilitation” is on 22 October, in Auckland.

Download the Slides from Zhi’s Talk “Visual Story-Telling with Sketchnotes.

Video of the talk, kindly made available by Conferenz

A more recent FREE 1-hour introduction to visual thinking is available here.

About Zhi

Zhi is a bikablo graduate from Visual Friends.  He has been featured on the Visual Friends website as a case study for Visualisation as an Agile Coaching Tool. He works as a visual facilitator at Interactionz.

Listen to Zhi on Soundcloud

The bikablo visualisation technique originates from the German business consultancy Kommunikationslotsen. Initially an internal method, they’ve opened up to sharing and teaching the technique due to popular demand.  It is an accessible drawing method based on the philosophy that anyone can draw.  bikablo visuals are clean and simple, and focus on speed and clarity.  It provides a structured approach to drawing so that everyone can learn it in just 2 days.  If you are interested in the bikablo method, please get in touch, and we will be happy to refer you to the Visual Friends with a discount code.