How It Works

Studies show that learning accelerates and deepens when the whole brain is engaged. VisualsSpeak creates tools that help build a bridge between the left and right sides of our brains.

This makes learning faster, more interesting, and more effective. It also provides users with a richer set of data from which to base critical decisions.

With a wider range of information, participants see their strengths and priorities more clearly, inspiring them to contribute, solve problems, and lead more masterful lives.

VisualsSpeak uses the power of images to identify those beliefs that are most deeply rooted in the mind. Memories and associations that emerge through images are often quite different than those stimulated through verbal interviews and discussion.

In using thoroughly-tested images across the VisualsSpeak system, people quickly enter into richer and more fruitful dialogues where breakthroughs become the norm.

Increased participation. Increased engagement. Increased enthusiasm.

Increased insight.

Get a glimpse at some of the organizations improving performance through VisualsSpeak tools.

What can image-based tools do for you?

Create more engaging processes.

Photographs have a natural way of getting people to look and ask questions. There are usually stories attached to them. Think about the last time you were around someone showing pictures of a recent trip or of their family to a group of people. What happens? Stories get told, people ask questions and the lookers begin to tell stories of their own, because the combination of stories and pictures spark connections for them. People are engaged!

This is very similar to the process that will happen with your VisualsSpeak tool. People will be engaged. And when they get engaged, they participate.

Increase participation.

Because you are using a visual-based tool, you have helped people to engage with the process. This kind of engagement develops a synergy. When one person “gets it,” the others are soon to follow. Even people who had no inclination or desire to participate when they arrived are much more inclined to do so when others get actively involved. Who wants to be the odd one out?

Connect the dots.

Images help participants get below the surface quickly. They create a door between the conscious and subconscious, giving your groups the ability to make associations and connections to information that is not always directly accessible. This linkage allows them to take leaps in their thinking by getting them out of their literal, analytical minds.

Level the playing field for non-native speakers.

If your group consists of non-native speakers of the dominant language, then using images gives them another way to express themselves. The photographs will allow these participants to literally show their thoughts and give them ways to communicate other than just in words. This has the added benefit of helping them feel included and empowered to share more. As a result, VisualsSpeak tools are used successfully across a wide range of intercultural settings.

Inspire storytelling.

Stories are everywhere. They are the basis of communication regardless of culture. Every day we are bombarded with stories in the form of advertisements, movies, news, books, radio, songs and more. Even financial reports are stories told in the language of mathematics! Images help unlock the inner storyteller in your participants.

Increase learning through fun.

Searching through stacks of images is a process that invokes fun in participants. They will compare and share stories about them, and engage in creative dialogues and find new ways to express themselves. Don’t ever doubt the power of increased learning through having fun—especially when it comes to adults!

Break out of habitual patterns.

It is easy to fall into routines of thinking—it’s actually how we develop our expertise! Most of the time this is very helpful, but it can also tip into patterns that do not allow for new possibilities. Using images to spark associations can lead us to new ideas and insights that are beyond what we think about with words alone. The brain processes pictures faster and in larger chunks, so we can further open the possibility of making leaps in our thinking by using images.