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Do you want to improve your graphic recording and facilitation skills? Attend a Doodle Jam.

In Active Learning, Cartooning, Communication, Cool Ideas, facilitation skills, How To on March 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

A Jam Session (according to Wikipedia) is “a musical act where musicians play — i.e. ‘jam’ — by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used by musicians to develop new material, find suitable arrangements, or simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to sophisticated improvised recording sessions intended to be edited and released to the public.”

A "doodle jam" can serve as an ice breaker or an energizer activity.

A “doodle jam” can serve as an ice breaker or an energizer activity.

Doodles created by the  participants can serve as a reservoir of icons and images to be used later in the meeting. This technique honors the participants' ideas, increases buy-in, and may save you time if you're serving as a graphic recorder.

Doodles created by the participants can serve as a reservoir of icons and images to be used later in the meeting. This technique honors the participants’ ideas, increases buy-in, and may save you time if you’re serving as a graphic recorder.

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  1. I love that you provided the background of jam sessions and carried the musical metaphor throughout. It sounds like a great event. Thanks for sharing.

  2. [...] A Jam Session (according to Wikipedia) is "a musical act where musicians play — i.e. 'jam' — by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used b…  [...]

  3. Thanks John for leading the doodle jam. It was fun and it really stretched my visual thinking :D

  4. […] A Jam Session (according to Wikipedia) is "a musical act where musicians play — i.e. 'jam' — by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used b…  […]

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