Get your scribe on: 5 reasons why live scribing elevates your event

Ever been to a conference and experienced an involuntary coma due to the amount of content to take in?

Or as an organiser, being so encouraged by all the great ideas and action points on the day but they never amount to anything?

Or wished you hadn't daydreamed about the potential quiche on offer for lunch during that keynote before the break?


First of all, what the hell is it?

Live scribing (AKA graphic recording, graphic facilitation, sketch noting) is real time illustration of the key themes discussed at a meeting, conference, event or workshop. ‘Scribes’ work manually, recording ideas using pens and boards, or digitally using an iPad and projector screen (my preferred method).

Audiences can see illustrations progress throughout the event, helping viewers to understand ideas, engage with content and take away visual summaries post event.

Cool...but how does it work?

Watch the handy summary below of why visual storytelling through live scribing works. in what context would I use it?

Live scribing is ideal for:

  • Strategy meetings - scribes visually piece together abstract ideas to form a cohesive image that makes communicating strategy post event, simple. You could also use visual thinking to gain clarity in strategy conception.

  • Workshops - scribes help audiences keep up with content and reflect on what they have learned by recording the presenters' information AND the experiences and questions of the group.

  • Conferences - with SO MUCH going on with panels, keynotes and workshops, scribes enable audiences to visually keep track, capture crucial ideas and offer a useful summary of the event to be used in the wrap up.

Hmmm sounds interesting, but surely it's just some meaningless pretty pictures, right?

WRONG! Live scribing elevates your event by:

1. Adding a deeper level of attendee engagement - when audiences know that their experience and contributions are visually recorded, they take a greater interest in the content and are more likely to offer insight. Example: Live scribing opens up panel discussion at Academia and Business event for University of East Anglia

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2. Enables delegates to make new connections between disparate ideas - taking ideas from the auditory and the abstract and making them visual and concrete, allows participants to see links and understand concepts in new ways. Example: Live scribing helps researchers transfer ideas across species on end of life on Interspecies Entanglement for University of York

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3. Provides a succinct, visual summary that drives action post event - in our time poor world, we want quick and easy data to digest so that we can act on it more efficiently; live scribe storyboards are that quick and easy data that drive delegates to do something with those action points that they agreed to in the heat of the moment. Example: Ideas for mobilising research on Social Isolation and Loneliness amongst Minority Ethnic Groups for University of Sheffield.

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4. Outputs can be shared instantly that keeps event momentum going - Nifty Fox specialises in digital live scribing, which means audiences see images created in real time on a screen, are instantly shareable via email or social media, and are shared with absent colleagues post event. Example: Panel Discussion Video at White Rose Partnership Business Boost Event

5. Live scribing images leave a legacy of the event - we've all been to inspiring conferences but forgotten exactly why they were so awesome; the visuals produced on the day outlast the post event buzz if used as an ongoing resource that participants can keep coming back to. Example: Funding Map for Entrepreneurs developed at Natwest Accelerator Event


I'm sold! So how do I make this happen?

Like what you've seen here? Take a look at Nifty Fox Creative's live scribing information pack here, and get in touch!