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7 Graphic Facilitation Resources to Inspire Creatives

Posted on June 4, 2016
By Elayne Greeley

Seven years ago I mentioned at the dinner table one night that I was interested in drawing meetings. It was a casual remark that my husband took it seriously. He is a committed creative who was helping me navigate a new career in community development after 15 years as FTA (full time artist). After a quick search he found David Sibbet’s Visual Meetings book and surprised me with a gift.  This was the beginning of my love affair with sketching meetings.

David Sibbet is the godfather of visual meetings and brain behind The Grove, with 30 years of experience in group visual Graphic Facilitation Resourcesfacilitation. This book is a must have text book for anyone who wants to make their facilitation more impactful. Two other excellent books by him that you might like are Visual Leaders and Visual Teams.

Mike Roheo’s The Sketchnote Handbook is super handy also. In fact it a great place to start if you want ideas about how to quietly draw in your meeting notebook. Its a low risk introduction if you are not a confident facilitator but want to challenge your note taking. My favourite thing about this book is the example sketch notes of his friends. Everyone’s style is so different that it encouraged me to develop my own style. I’m working on that.

Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life is desert for the eyes and creative heart. It is blocked with artist sketch book pages. Ahhhhh, so lovely.

Who has my copy of the facilitation bible Gamestorming. I keep loaning it out for meeting emergencies and I didn’t get it back this time. You probably have this book already so I’ll save my effusive remarks about David Gray, James Macanufo and Sunni Brown. Well maybe a shout out to the The Doodle Revolution. I love it and saw on twitter this week that she is working on another book – her enthusiasm is contagious.

Let me know if you have a great resource to share. I am not a chronic resource chaser who stacks her shelf full of unread resources. So if its good I will take your word for it and check it out.

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Elayne Greeley

By Elayne Greeley

Elayne Greeley is a community developer and partnership facilitator through the Community Career and Employment Partnership (

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