Feb 10, 2022
Who likes to fill out a form…, or to think ‘inside a box’?
Most people will say they don’t like it.
However, in a challenging facilitation process or conversation, clear guiderails can play a very powerful role. And that’s exactly what a template can provide.
It’s a tool, a visual representation to support a process or a conversation.
To be clear: they are not there to replace the skills of the facilitator or to take over the thinking process of the participants. Consider it as a guide to help people explore their own ideas. When we use templates, everyone’s contributions are gathered, no matter their role, and even the shyest person can contribute their ideas.
In the book The World of Visual Facilitation (which is by the way a must-read when you are working or entering the field of visual facilitation), Lynn Carruthers gives us interesting tips on how to use and design templates:
These tips are (as mentioned above) based on the chapter The Joy of Templates, in the book The World of Visual Facilitation.