Visual collaboration can increase team productivity

In today’s business environments, information is usually conveyed through many ways, written, oral and visual. To attract audience’s attention these forms of information expression should be enriched with diagrams and images in a creative way.

To succeed in the modern complex business environment, you must express your ideas persuasively, passionately and innovatively. This can be done with the development of a visual story that attracts your audience’s attention.

It becomes evident that visual collaboration for teams is important because it can make projects, meetings and processes more efficient, engaging and impactful.

Below, there are three tips for how to enhance your visual collaboration in team meetings.

1. Draw

Drawing is an important skill for visual collaboration. People apply it from antiquity until nowadays. You can draw either on paper, on a whiteboard, flip chart or even in a tablet. Anyone can draw regardless of role, tenure, or business sector.

While drawing, you can put your thoughts in an order, organize your information, develop new ideas and ignite your imagination. It helps in creating frameworks that facilitate the understanding of a concept and provides the big picture.

The recent advancements in technology provide the opportunity to draw, adjust and share the creations very easy.

Drawing with the other team members makes collaboration more effective. When people draw together, they also learn together. In addition, drawings are a proof that a member has contributed to the team.

2. Create a common visual language

Developing a visual language can help you introduce new graphics and images and compose them in visual sentences able of conveying different meanings. Developing a common visual language for your team will bring you at the same page and will enhance the collaboration. Some of the elements of a visual language system are:

  • Processes. Use various types of shapes to depict order, direction, flow of information, decision making
  • Color. Should be used strategically to differentiate elements, depict relationships and show similarities
  • Forces. Use specific attributes to depict the impact of your ideas

3. Use visual metaphors to build your design

A metaphor can have a great impact in your visual communications. Most presenters tend to use cliché visuals to illustrate their ideas. Instead, try using a metaphor that will connect the dots between the audience’s brains and your idea. It is important to remember that a story can contain various phases, therefore you can use several visual metaphors for each part.

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