What Graphic Recording is and How it Works

Graphic recording is the recording of verbal information, as it is spoken, through cartoons, symbols, metaphors, and keywords, as a visible representation of information, ideas and strategies or concepts. 

Graphic recording is always done while the artist is listening to the spoken word, whether in person, online or through audio recording. The visuals that are created dramatically increase your audience retention and recall – long after they have heard the speech, brainstormed the ideas, or listened to the teaching.  I work with teachers, trainers, professional speakers and one-on-one or in groups such as board meetings or leadership training.

As I draw, I am listening carefully to what is being spoken, and at the same time am looking for running themes or threads of thought, patterns, metaphors, concepts and examples. These visual items are what trigger the memories and thoughts of listeners who would otherwise forget while focusing on the main points of a speech or meeting.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Just as a melody, a scent or a photograph will instantly remind the viewer of the moment in time where an experience occurred or an event happened, so graphic recording will trigger those thoughts, ideas and information at the time they heard the information. Click here to view samples from a variety of meeting venues.

Talk to me now about creating a video from your digital voice recording that you can post on your website!


A One-on-One session usually lasts anywhere from one to three hours. I am available to do them by phone, or in person.  By doing it in person you have the added benefit of visualization as we plot out your thoughts and impressions on the flipchart  in front of you.  For more information of what this is like, click here.

Smaller Groups

Hosting a Creative Consultation at your board retreat will enhance the value of discussions and yearly planning in a whole new way.  Creative brainstorming with your key associates takes on a new dynamic as participants are able to see visually what it is they are discussing and triggers the dynamic synergy of creative, out of the box thinking. Contact me for more information about this.

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