We had the honor of being invited by the Oregon Department of Education to deliver a derivative version of our November 2013 Visual Thinking School topic, “Visual Frameworks for Effective Meetings.” On February 18, XPLANErs Patrick Dodson, senior vice president, business development, and myself spent two hours with 20 remarkable educators in Salem.


The workshop focused on teaching participants how to create custom visual canvases to plan and run more meaningful meetings that make effective use of everyone’s time and deliver better results. The result of meeting canvases is two-fold:

• Maintain meeting focus and overall mental alignment of the group through a discussion

• Instant documentation of the meeting in already-organized template or worksheet

For more information on creating and running visual meetings, see Kathryn Jarrell’s xBlog post,

XPLANE-ify Your Meetings”.