The Power of Visualisation

Discover Pinboard Meetings

Why Visualistion is key to Pinboard Facilitation

This week I had the pleasure of meeting a new client who wanted to learn more about Pinboard Meetings and how the technique could make their meetings more effective. I took along a Pinboard and ran through a brief presentation to explain how the process works and the benefits of visualising the meeting. At the end of which we had lots of ideas for using Pinboard Meetings within their organisation, and I realised how important it had been for me to visualise the process for them.

That got me thinking about visualisation, so I thought I would share my visual on the benefits of Pinboard Meetings, and some thoughts on the power of visualisation in the Pinboard process.

Visualisation – making thoughts visible – sits at the heart of Pinboard Facilitation. Everything we do is visualised on the Pinboards!

The process addresses all the learning styles

We all learn in different ways:

  • The auditory learner likes to hear it
  • The visual learner likes to see it
  • The kinaesthetic learner likes to do it

At Pinboard meetings all ideas are written for the visual learner, spoken aloud for the auditory learner and active contribution makes the process work for the kinaesthetic learner.

And helps with retention of information

We retain more information through experience:

  • Hearing = 20% of information retained
  • Seeing = 30% retained
  • Hearing and seeing = 50% retained
  • Discovering information oneself = 90% retained

Visualisation = Success in Pinboard Meetings

So as we can see visulisation does so much more than just record the spoken word – it works for all learning types and helps us retain information and in a Pinboard Meeting we use it to:

  1. Focus the attention of all participants
  2. Involve everyone in the process
  3. Make reaching consensus and making decisions much easier
  4. Orientate the group throughout the session
  5. Make the information more easily understandable
  6. Keep speaking time short
  7. Increase the receptiveness of the brain – creating a dynamic effect on the thought process
  8. Encourage active participation
  9. Enable connections to be made between ideas, sparking new thoughts and ideas
  10. Help determine what is really important whilst recording all the information
  11. Enable everyone to identify with the results because they can see their contribution

And of course the results of the meeting are photographed and shared as a long lasting and accurate record of the meeting. This means that difficulties are less likely to occur later when interpreting or summarising the results of the meeting.

Happy visualising!


Ps. All the senses contribute to the learning process which is why live meetings work – it’s also why the choice of venue is so important to the success of your meeting.

Source: The World of Moderation, Michele Neuland