Last week I was speaking at the Association of Project Managers annual conference. The artist Vanessa Randall created a “Visual Speech”: a visual representation of my speech, as a record.
It is fascinating seeing key content of my speech in a visual format. Of course I use visuals in my speeches: powerful images, BUT I don’t use powerpoint bullet points! So seeing a record and summary of your messages is fascinating.
I was aware of the five main points: after all, I had introduced these as the 5 top tips to being noticed in the workplace. Vanessa recorded these very clearly. But it was the other content: the asides; the off the cuff remarks and the responses to the audience reactions, that capture the whole experience for the listeners. I certainly didn’t script “Channel your inner Betty” and “Ding Dong” possibly requires some explanation!
And what did my audience say:
Vanessa Randall offers a service, creating a graphic representation of meetings, providing a visual record for participants. Her company, Thinking Visually offers a range of services as well as workshops, if you want to explore how to record in this medium.
As a public speaker, I find this fascinating. Our main communication streams are via visual, audio and kinaesthetic. Certainly these are all included in my speeches. Perhaps I should now consider creating a visual speech as a handout for future audiences.
What do you think? Do you feel the visual representation is a useful business tool?