Visual Meetings course


This is a course for both new and experienced facilitators who want to transform their group sessions, workshops, training or meetings into memorable, interactive visual sessions.

Whether your meeting is virtual or face-to-face, using visual tools gives everyone a big clue that this meeting, session, or workshop is going to be different. When we say ‘visual’ we’re really using a short code to sum up the beneficial traits of working visually: creativity, participation, activity, working together, working alone, ideating, solutionizing… you get the picture.

If you want to take your facilitation skills to the next level, this online course gives you key visual tools and techniques that you can start to use straight away in your workshops, meetings and training sessions, whether you’re working virtually or facilitating in-person events again.

Your tutor Cara Holland


Cara has been a visual facilitator for over 2 decades, working in the UK and around the world.  She has built up a successful graphiking business with all kinds of organisations as clients, from the NHS to Google and IKEA. She’s developed her own personal style and visual facilitation methods through trial and error and has put that learning into this course.

Developed from years of running face-to-face graphic facilitation training, this course is full of tips, techniques and insights Cara has learnt IRL, so that you can boost your facilitation skills with visual tools, techniques and templates.






What our students say

“I love your courses Cara. They are so…carefully paced to allow a rich learning experience which is manageable with a full time job. I really appreciate all the encouragement and support. Thank you.”
Karin H.

“The most valuable feature has been … sending you my work and receiving feedback… Your feedback has been extremely helpful and has helped me to see things I could not yet see.”
Greta R.

You’re ready for this course if…


I'm ready

you’re a new or experienced facilitator who wants to engage participants with visual tools and techniques for memorable sessions

you want practical visual templates you can prepare beforehand to leave you free to focus on delivering an engaging co-operative session on the day


you want the benefit of asking an experienced practitioner questions about technique and implementation when you try out the methods IRL

This course will give you

how-to guides to creating your own unique pre-prepared visual tools and templates for meetings

hacks, tips and techniques learnt over decades of delivering visual sessions that engage and deliver results

the confidence to start working more visually yourself, even to encourage your participants to join you

Course Content

In this course you’ll learn tried-and-tested tips, tricks and sound visual facilitation practice to make your meetings, participant sessions and workshops more effective by being more visual.

Each lesson will focus on a different visual tool to make your sessions more engaging, stimulating, participatory and ultimately fun…whilst still delivering tangible results and outputs. All techniques can be adapted to in person session or video conference platforms.

Here’s an overview of the course content:

Drawing 101 - Free bonus foundation course!
Fast-track lessons to give you a foundation in functional drawing techniques:

  1. Shapes – containers and connectors
  2. Objects – drawing icons
  3. Buildings – building sets
  4. People – basic people, roles, emotions and diversity
  5. Colour – to structure, to highlight, to engage
  6. Text – headings, titles, text body
Visual Dictionary Booster
Boost your own Visual Dictionary with Cara’s own hand-drawn icons from each lesson, collated in one place for you to copy, adapt and be inspired by.
Room Set Up
Best practice tips for how to set up your physical meeting room to have a productive visual meeting
Go Digital
We explore your options (from simple and cost-effective to more expensive) for going ‘digital’ with your new visual props, so you can add them into your video conferences
Virtual Set Up
Practical tips on how to plan and prepare to deliver an engaging visual virtual meeting (usually a video conference), whatever the platform you use
Involve Them!
Simple but powerful techniques to encourage your participants to be more visual and collectively gain the benefits of working together visually
Whiteboard Hacks
Deceptively simple Whiteboard Hacks to take a blank digital screen to an impactful next level to set the tone of your participant session
Visual Agenda
Step-by-step method to create a Visual Agenda that you can use as a guide throughout your facilitation session
Collaborative Agenda
Create and use this powerful one-sheet / one-screen collaborative visual tool to use with your participants to walk them through a session
Parking Places
Create visual templates to give your participants somewhere to park their opinions, concerns and questions during a session so that you can stay on topic and on time
Digital Templates
Step-by-step method to create a layered digital template as an engaging visual framework for a group session
Visual Feedback
Tried and tested methods to quickly gather individual feedback in your group sessions using effective visual tools
After the Session
Real-world tips for how to make the most of your memorable, easily-absorbed visuals after a session, whether in person or virtual
Further Learning Resources
Explore running visual meetings further with our recommendations for books, articles and videos

Why we’re different

You’re already in the Academy so you may already know this, but just in case…

we don't do mass online training

– we see you as an individual and we keep our class sizes small so you get the support to succeed

we give you a deadline

– it’s hard to finish an open-ended course. So we give you a deadline to motivate you to complete the course your organisation paid good money for. We want you back out in the world impressing people with your new visual working skills!

this online course is tutor supported

– you can ask your tutor a question or post your work for feedback and your tutor will respond to you. Individually and directly

your tutor is an experienced practitioner

– so they’ve been there and done it IRL. They’re still doing it! This helps you deal with real world scenarios and learn tips, hacks and best practice from a professional graphic facilitator

our support is personal and direct

– when you email us at support you get a direct reply from a helpful person who responds to your individual needs. Try us out! If you have any questions about whether this course is right for you, email Natasha at

Visual Meetings Course at a glance…

Online course, any device, any time

Instant access upon purchase

11 self-led Lessons

Step-by-step lessons, videos, further resources

Pro tips – learn from years of experience
Digital tips – adapt techniques to online meetings

Bonus Drawing 101 course

£195* single course or £445 for 3 course bundle

Show your coursework for feedback and ask your tutor questions in a private Ask the Tutor area of each lesson

Track your progress from the start to the end of your course

Go at your own pace to fit in with your life

90 days tutor support

For individuals – contact us for team discounts

Downloadable completion certificate

The order form below is for a single student paying by credit card. If you’re interested in a group discount or need to pay by invoice/BACS through your organisation, then email Natasha at

Below you can buy the Visual Meetings course on its own or add in Visual Storytelling and Visual Planning for a discounted bundle price.


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