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Emer O’Leary

Graphic Facilitator and Trainer

"I love when people realise that graphic facilitation is not a tool for the ‘artistic’amongst us, but a tool for everybody".

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Who am I? Text Open

A learning and development professional with a passion for creating inclusive learning experiences.

How do I describe what I do? Text Open

I draw pictures! Well, I use graphics (a combination of simple hand drawn images and words) to facilitate decision making, stimulate creative thinking and communicate ideas.

Who can I help? Text Open

Innovators and leaders looking to communicate ideas, create compelling messages, increase buy in and enhance engagement. Organisations planning for the future. Those with an element of training, facilitating, presenting or coaching in their role who are looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience. Anyone who is fed up with ‘death by PowerPoint’ and has an ache for a simpler, more human, more engaging method of communication.

How did I develop my skills and expertise? Text Open

I trained in Person Centred Planning in 2002 whilst working for a disability organisation in Edinburgh. This opened me up to the wonderful world of graphics. Since then I have been involved in a variety of learning and development projects across voluntary, public and latterly private sectors.

I trained as an NLP Practitioner in 2005 and became a graduate of Christina Merkley’s ‘Fundamentals of Interactive Visuals’ in 2014.

What do I love about my work? Text Open

The a-ha moments. When people feel heard. When people realise that graphic facilitation is not a tool for the ‘artistic’amongst us, but a tool for everybody. When teams say to each other ‘Oh, now I understand what it is you do.’ The laughter, energy, creativity and insights developed in the training room.

What has made me a rock star for my clients? Text Open

Holding a space. Listening, clarifying and understanding. My determination to create an experience that is not just for the training room, but has true practical application in the workplace.

What is an unknown or interesting fact about me? Text Open

I’m dangerous with a microphone. Let’s just say what I lack in skill I make up for with enthusiasm.