Recently I gave up a Saturday to support a strategic away day for a charitable organisation. Among the activities were a number of breakout workshops. Each workshop was given a question to discuss and the findings were to be presented back to the main group.
The groups I worked with produced many flip charts to capture all their ideas. However, as raw output, these would have proved too much to present back in the time allowed.
The subsequent presentations were concise and focussed on the key ideas and conclusions. The audience found it easy to recall the main points.
The visual organisation of the ideas is simple yet powerful – a demonstration of how ideas can be presented visually with little or no artistic talent – and in next to no time.