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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470601787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470601785
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Visual Meetings “David Sibbet is the father of visual facilitation. This book finally lets us see meetings as he sees them—as eye–opening opportunities to discover what people really think. David’s approach to visually recording and visually facilitating meetings will help you become a better meeting leader and participant, see a whole new side of business—and a whole new side of yourself.” –Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin “I have experienced the transformative power of David’s pioneering visual methods and tools. Open this book and you will get a clear vision of collaboration in the future—groups inspired and energized, tapping into their collective wisdom to create sustainable solutions: the global brain at work.” –Meryem Le Saget, Meryem Le Saget Consulting, Paris “David Sibbet is a genius. Buy this book, and study it, not only for better meetings, but for better organizations, better teams, and a better future.” –Alan M. Webber, co–founder of Fast Company magazine “This amazing book shows you how visualization can bring clarity to the growing complexity around us.” –Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future “This book is like David’s workshops—fun and fruitful. Time and again, I have seen the principles and processes described in this book yield a rich harvest among audiences in Singapore.” –Dawn Yip, Soulbreath Consulting Singapore “Visual Meetings is an elegant and immensely practical guide to transforming group productivity. It provides novices with a fast start to making the most of scarce group time.” –Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster Visiting Scholar, Stanford Media–X Network “ ’What If Meetings Were Really Fun AND Productive ?’ Can you imagine? Visual meetings master David Sibbet has done it—put all the competency, wisdom, language, technique, resources, tools, everything you need in one delightful book?” –Robert E. Horn, author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21 st Century 

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Eye–popping visual tools can energy your meetings! When people work visually they have better ideas, make better decisions, and are more committed to producing results. A twenty–first century guide to using the latest visual thinking techniques with your groups and teams, Visual Meetings give you a bounty of tools and tricks to unlock creativity, collaboration, and breakthrough thinking. Use graphic recording, visual planning, storyboarding, idea mapping, and similar techniques Give better presentations without resorting to PowerPoint Consult and sell with graphics and visualization tools Get beyond paper and whiteboards to tablets, iPads, and other new media platforms Make all meetings more interesting and productive Improve both face–to–face and virtual group work And much more… 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Buckingham on 28 Jun 2012
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I loved this book.
It has some wonderful ideas and helps prove that you do not need to be a van Gough to accomplish effective visuals in meetings or the classroom.
My only complaint is that it does try to reinforce the same points again and again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Pullan on 21 Jun 2011
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I think that this book is fabulous.

Why? I was trained in David's methods and tools in 2001. Since then, I've used them with groups of all sizes from England, where I'm based, to New Zealand, the Middle East, Singapore, the USA and all over Europe. This stuff really works.

A visual meeting is quite a different experience from a normal meeting - it's shorter, more memorable, more participative, lots of fun and incredibly productive. Overall, in my experience, visual meetings are far more effective. This inspirational book covers a huge range of tools and methods.

Another review talks about this book being basic as 'it's a beginners guide to drawing'. Well, guess what? Visual meetings mean just that. Visuals. Graphics. Lines, shapes even people, all drawn to support the work of the group. Most people don't have the confidence to be able to draw large pictures or even lines (!) in public in front of groups. Yes, this means that being confident drawing lines, circles etc is important and needs practice. Without confidence, you won't be able to use the really cool stuff in the 99% of the book that isn't about basic drawing.

I would commend this book to everyone, from staff and managers in commercial organisations, to teachers in schools, to government agencies and NGOs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clive Griffiths on 1 Nov 2012
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Back in 1998 had the privilege to attend a training workshop by David Sibbet. I was highly sceptical about the concept sketching out ideas in serious business meetings, but since that training I've used visual techniques with dozens of clients and had quite extraordinary results. So, when I saw Visual Meetings in a book store I had to buy a copy.

You'll find this book useful if you're finding it hard to get agreement when it comes to problem solving, creative ideas and decisions. The author clearly explains the power of visualisation and using sketches for interaction - whether its on a napkin, flip chart or whiteboard. For those who think they can't draw (like you and me) he also explains how to pick up a pen and doodle your way into other people worlds. What a great way to create rapport and joint understanding.

You'll find some very good material in the book and if you approach it a bit like a workshop in print you will get a lot from it.

Unlike many business books this one gets the message across with plenty of graphics (as you might expect) and concise prose.

Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Gadd on 18 Oct 2013
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Well I had high hopes for this book - I thought it was going to be a recipe book regarding meeting strategy. It has some useful insights - but not enough to justify the price. It seemed more aimed at visual artists wanting to capture the proceedings with some snazzy artwork than someone interested in facilitating a call to action. Shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sm Cresswell on 2 Dec 2013
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This book is packed with ideas about how to do graphic facilitation with lots of examples and templates. Having seen it in action ( not by me) and been really impressed by how it works I was keen to try to learn. There's not many books which tackle this but this book does and does it well. I'm now itching to get started and use these approaches in the meetings I attend. All you need is paper, pens and some simple ideas about how to represent ideas. This book gives you that help and confidence to have a go yourself. Excellent!
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On one level this book shares some great tips and guidance on using easy-to-apply tips to get even the most non-artist drawing.

On another level it is one of the best books you will find on how to facilitate meetings, people and ideas - and is truly an outstanding book from a seasoned, experienced practitioner who is open, candid and profound.

I was compelled to write this after seeing some of the other disparaging reviews posted here.

If you are serious about the business of creating and selling ideas, discovering insights and want to make the most of your potential and others - buy this book.
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By Erkki Petäjä on 26 Jan 2013
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Lots of tools for better meetings, very visual and easily adaptable. Recommend to all facilitators and consultants who arrange workshops
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