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Deepening Strategic Visioning

In a recent visioning session, long-time client Valerie used the ImageSet to help bring focus to a group of nurses who were getting stuck. The nurses were trying hard to get away from their stock [...]

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Can an Image Paint a Thousand Words?

Here’s what’s interesting about the brain.  It relies on memories to develop our values and belief systems. I had to think about that at first because my initial reaction was, don’t I decide what [...]

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Trademark Issued for VisualsSpeak

Christine Martell and Tom Tiernan, owners of VisualsSpeak LLC, are pleased to announce that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Certificate of Registration for the trademark [...]

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New Product Announcement – Visual Energizer

Introducing our new Visual Energizer Ideal for Icebreaker & Group Energizer Exercises What would a tool that: Gets you clients engaged Builds solid connections Doesn’t put people in a [...]

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VisualsSpeak ImageSet Receives US Copyright Approval

Christine Martell and Tom Tiernan, co-owners of VisualsSpeak LLC, are pleased to announce that the ‘VisualsSpeak ImageSet’ has been awarded a copyright from the United States [...]

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Give Your Participants All The Images!

Getting Tough on Time Limits Narrowing image choices may create visual bias. When the choice of images is narrowed down, a specific person’s visual bias may be inserted into the process. In [...]

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Why should I use a background?

In the VisualsSpeak ImageSet manual we suggest using 12″ x 18″ construction paper as a background for assembling images. We do this for a couple of reasons. First, it gives people a [...]

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Is it the picture or the process?

When we design a session, we spend time developing the process around using the pictures. Each session is customized for the individual or group using similar elements. So is it the pictures that [...]

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How do the image categories work?

The image categories were created to help manage visual overload. Each person approaches the task of selecting images in response to a question differently. Some want to have an idea of what [...]

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Why use visuals to spark conversation?

What happens when you use visuals to spark conversation? As the facilitator, there is energy in the room. People are engaged. When people select photos in response to a question or statement, [...]

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Designing the VisualsSpeak ImageSet

We developed a number of prototype VisualsSpeak ImageSets and watched how people used them for two years. The development team used them in sessions and reported back to us. There were a number [...]

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Branding VisualsSpeak

I started with the name. Coming up with it took many months of paying attention to what was happening when I asked people a question and gave them images to spark their answers. I spent a lot of [...]

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Will you sell, rent, or share my personal information?

This is a question from a subscriber. Thank you for asking. We recently re-wrote our website and the Privacy Policy was left out. OOps. Not good. This is another reason why its important to make [...]

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Testing the VisualsSpeak Tool

Testing the VisualsSpeak Tool was a long process of finding and organizing thousands of photographs. I started by cutting out and laminating thousands of photos from books and magazines. Some [...]

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Creative Lightning Bolts

So when did VisualsSpeak really start? In hindsight it has been forming for twenty-five years. But the moment that really stands out for me was in graduate school. I was sitting in my professors [...]

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VisualsSpeak roots

I had two amazing art teachers in high school. Marjorie Keary, who believed I could be an artist long before I thought I could, and Robert Enos. Mr Enos told me that if I wanted to be an artist, [...]