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Pre-Conference Sessions

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Pre-Conference Sessions are Open for Registration

We are excited to offer 3 workshops at the 2019 Montclair Conference. Courses have limited capacity and are filled on a first come basis. (Pre-conference registration signs you up for one of these courses and does not register you for the rest of the conference week.)

NOTE THAT MEMBERS WHO ARE SIGNED IN WILL RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT FROM THE REGULAR PRICE WHEN THEY GO TO REGISTER! If you are not a member and want to join, you can do so at this link.

This pre-conference year, we are piloting the tracking of paid training hours for IFVP members. The first pilot includes the total number of hours for these courses. Stay tuned for more information as we roll out this pilot program. Make sure to register below! BE SURE THAT WHEN YOU DO YOU ARE SIGNED IN IF YOU ARE A MEMBER TO INSURE THAT THE SPECIAL 25% OFF PRICING SHOWS UP!!!

GR101: The IFVP Signature Course!
The Basics of Graphic Recording - a full day workshop conducted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Current SIGNED IN IFVP member: $600  Nonmember $800

Do you want to learn the basics of graphic recording or hone the skills you already have? Spend a focused and fun hands-on day, practice at the big wall, and wrap it all up with a panel of esteemed seasoned practitioners. Reserve your spot today!

GR101 provides a one-day introduction to graphic recording for visual practitioners of all types. Whether you are a facilitator who works with groups and wants to expand your toolkit using visuals, or you are new to the graphic recording industry and want to build your experience, GR101 is for you! We'll cover:

  • Tools for graphic recording
  • Lettering and typography
  • Bullets, basic icons, and drawing representations of people
  • Tying visuals together with boxes, banners, arrows, shading, and titles
  • Adding color and detail to your charts
  • Small and large format graphic recording
  • Listening skills
GR101 will be led by Tanya Gerber and Bea Broskova, both seasoned practitioners who will teach a basic understanding of the craft, the tools, and the techniques of graphic recording. They will share their real life stories and insights from their own practices and invite several other IFVP members to join the group for a question and answer session at the end of the day.

GR201 with Anthony Weeks
The Art and Ethics of Listening in Visual Practice - a full day workshop conducted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Current SIGNED IN IFVP member $750 Nonmember $1000

What separates visual practice (graphic recording, graphic facilitation, visual scribing, strategic illustration) from merely drawing pictures and making marks on a page? It is the listening. Although we often give lip service to listening as a core component of our practice, we have not committed ourselves as intentionally to the development of our listening skills as we have our visual/artistic skills. This workshop is all about centering listening in visual practice and is available to visual practitioners at all levels of experience. Through a variety of listening exercises, group discussions, experiential activities, and individual reflection, participants will:

  • Develop an awareness of listening as a choice, an intention, and a competency
  • Discover skills and strategies for creating space (internal and external) for intentional and deep listening to happen
  • Understand a taxonomy of different listening styles and their functions and attributes in the world
  • Explore one’s own listening styles and how they serve one’s relationships with others
  • Practice listening by making it visible and manifest on the page
  • Create a learning plan to strengthen one's abilities as a flexible listener, depending on context, need, and ethics around listening
GR201 will be led by Anthony Weeks, MSW, MFA. Along with experience as a clinical social worker and documentary filmmaker, Anthony has 20 years of experience as a graphic facilitator, visual storyteller, and public listener. He has worked with teams around the world to deepen their listening, discover their collective wisdom, and turn data into stories. For the past three years, Anthony has been researching listening by interviewing people across contexts and geographies to find out how they listen and why it matters. 

MG Taylor Methodology for Visual Practitioners:The Collaboration CodeÒ
Collaborative Facilitation Process Design - a workshop conducted for a half day on Monday, July 29 and full day on Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Current SIGNED IN IFVP member $1250  Nonmember $1667

This 2-day (16 hour) workshop is for practitioners who are looking to gain a basic understanding of key patterns, models, and tools of The Collaboration CodeÒ, a systematic description of state-of-the-art breakthrough methods for designing and delivering collaborative workshops. By the end of this class, participants will:

  • Understand and be able to apply essential patterns, models, and core principles of design thinking and collaboration that create the conditions for true GroupGenius
  • Know how to work with client executives and stakeholders in advance of and during their workshops to increase the probability of success
  • Be able to create the physical and energetic environments that promote breakthrough thinking and acting
  • Increase their ability to use and create visual/conceptual models to help guide the work of their groups
  • Master a “starter kit” of the most versatile and useful workshops tools and modules and know how to use their copies of The Collaboration CodeÒ to expand their knowledge
  • Increase their competence – and confidence – in leading groups to successful outcomes

MG Taylor Methodology workshop schedule*:
Monday, July 29: 1pm -8pm (including a working dinner)
Tuesday, July 30: 8am - 5pm (including a working lunch, with Conference reception, to follow)
*While we take sufficient breaks each day, participants will be expected to completely clear their schedules of other responsibilities to allow them to focus effectively. Participants will also be expected to complete homework each evening.

The course will be led by Rob Evans, who is widely recognized as one of the most skilled designers and facilitators in the world today. Rob was the founder and for ten years the global leader of the breakthrough Accelerated Solutions Environment (Ernst & Young/Capgemini) and is the author of The Collaboration CodeÒ. Participants will receive personal copies of Patterns, Tools, and Models, the first three volumes of this systematic description of state-of-the-art approach to collaborative working ($395 value).

A continental breakfast and snacks will be provided for all Pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, July 30. All workshop participants are invited to stay for the conference Reception following the conference registration activities on Tuesday evening. Register now!

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellation requests must be made via email to and received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time June 28, 2019.  A refund minus a $500 administrative fee will be issued within two weeks.  

Cancellations received on or after June 29, 2019 are non-refundable.

If you cannot attend the IFVP Montclair 2019 Pre-conference you can transfer your registration.  Send an email to Becky Ramsey at


July 29th, 2019 1:00 PM through July 30th, 2019 5:00 PM
Pre-conference Workshops
GR 101 $ 800.00
GR 201 $ 1,000.00
MG Taylor Methodology For Visual Practitioners $ 1,667.00