I want to really encourage you to consider ways to use sessions where participants are working on their own. Not because it is the best way to do it— I think sessions are most successful when they are facilitated— but because they are a value add for the participant that take very little effort from you.
Ways to Use Asynchronous Sessions
Asynchronous (not at the same time) sessions are those you set up ahead of time (or link to an automatically setup session).
Using the Ipad
The ImageCenter now works on the iPad. This means you can use the ImageCenter anywhere you have connection to the internet. Working on the iPad is really interesting— you regain some of the tactile experience of working with the printed tools.
You don’t need a special app, just point your Safari browser to http://imagecenter.visualsspeak.com
You can facilitate or have people participate (or both.) Just remember if you are in a public space with shared wifi, it can be slow on the facilitation side if you have a group. In other words, the Brady Bunch view takes a lot of resources. When you are face to face, you can set up an asynchronous session and hand someone the ipad.
When to Use Asynchronous Sessions
This is an overview of some of the ways you can use these sessions. If you think of others, share them with us in the comments below.
Marketing and Sales
You can use these session in your marketing and sales by setting them up for people on a trial basis. I’m also finding myself setting up sessions for myself on the the iPad and handing it to the person I am trying to explain VisualsSpeak to. Much easier than finding words, at least for me.
Getting Comfortable and Building Trust
This is particularly helpful with people who have never done a creative experiential technique. You can let them try it beforehand so they get used to the process. Also helpful with people who are less comfortable with the technology.
You can set up sessions ahead of time so people will come to you with a shared experience. This can be helpful at the beginning of a class or group.
Use sessions in this area to help reinforce the learning or potential change process. One of the biggest challenges is getting people to apply what it is you are working on with them.
Ways to Use Asynchronous Sessions
The ImageCenter makes a great contribution to each of these areas. Compliment it with worksheets and questionnaires as appropriate.
You might use this if you have a wide range of experience with the topic in your group. Or if you want them to start thinking about the topic so they are ready to dive in when you begin. It can be used to prepare people to learn/experience/explore.
You can use this approach if you don’t know the people in the group, and you want to get a sense of how they are thinking about the topic. Or to get a sense of where an individual is starting. Encourage them to use the notes feature so they are sharing words with you along with the image.
Use this approach between sessions. Ask people to reflect on the content of the session they have experienced, or start them thinking deeply about what you will cover next. This can also be powerful to keep the individual work going between live sessions when there will be more time that would be ideal— think over vacations.
Use this to get a sense of what people learned from the engagement.
This is to help remind people to bring whatever it is you worked on into practice.
Here are some examples of the types of questions you might use when you set up asynchronous sessions. You can use them for individual sessions as well as embedded into classes.
- What is money?
- What is my relationship to money?
- What is money in my family of origin?
- What is money in my relationship?
- What have I learned about money?
- How would I like to see money in five years?