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Some Reflections from a GR Newbie

So, you want to be a graphic recorder? Well, buckle up, because it's a wild ride. I should know, I'm an aspiring graphic recorder who has recently found myself on the board of a team of highly talented and experienced graphic recorders. And let me tell you, it's a bit like being the new kid in school.

First of all, let's talk about the equipment. Oh, the equipment. I had no idea there were so many different types of markers and pens and papers. I bought the starter kit from Nueland and so far I’m impressed and overwhelmed! It's like a whole new world. But, like any good student, I'm learning.

Next, let's talk about the lingo. I had no idea that there were so many different terms for things like "Agile".  Then there's the debate between "recorder" vs. “facilitator” and lately the term “personas” has popped up a lot. And, let's be real, I'm still not entirely sure what they mean. But, I'm trying my best to keep up and not look like a total novice.

But, the real kicker is the actual graphic recording itself. I'm not going to lie, it's hard. Like, really hard. I thought I had an advantage because I’m an experienced Illustrator and Live Caricature artist but in some ways that kinda works against me. The name of the game is listening and recording and sometimes fancy pants drawing gets in the way.  Jilly recorded our last BOD meeting beautifully with all of the relevant information complete with pretty icons and handwriting, meanwhile, I was taking notes at the same time, and let’s just say no one here will ever see that. But, that's where my team comes in. They're patient and understanding and always willing to offer a helping hand or a bit of advice. And, I'm slowly but surely getting the hang of it.

But, even with all the challenges, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It's been a learning curve, to be sure, but it's also been incredibly rewarding. I've met some amazing people, learned a lot about this industry, and even managed to create a few pieces that I'm truly proud of.

So, if you're thinking about becoming a graphic recorder, I say go for it. It's not going to be easy, but it's definitely going to be worth it.