Interview of Richard Laurent, coach, mediator.

Interview of Richard Laurent, coach, mediator.

A few words to introduce yourself?

After more than twenty years as a functional framework for Human Resources Management, I started since 2010 to re-direct my career towards coaching, facilitation and mediation business.

Liberal professional, I graduated with Master II Coaching and Personal Development in business (Panthéon-Assas University ¬) and with Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS – Paris) among others. My work contributes to the development of harmonious relations within organizations working . My continued search in personal development and self-education led me to meet Olivier PIAZZA, co-creator of @ Story Board, then use this tool to facilitate in my various professional practices.

What brings you a picture over words?

The image is a generator of words and ideas, drawing its energy from the creative inspiration of the person.

The visualization of a word is sometimes restrictive, if I see it written before me I will probably give him only one sense, whereas the image will help to initiate a “polysemy.”

For example, the picture story@board “the faded flower” (picture No. XX), I can think intuitively about a lack of water, lack of care. But I can look inside me some others perceptions: they went on vacation and forgot to add water their plants! If they went on vacation, it is rather positive, in contrast to the first vision.

So this self-questioning opens a wider scope to the “way of saying” to “make things get out.”

What can an image give to you in a mediation?

It can make the mediated (a party) out of his silence and reveale to me his story, and this, without using brutality of some words. Although these images do not show speech bubbles, as in a cartoon, taken together they permit to reveal the subject of the dispute, the parties’ positions and perhaps even needs. Sometimes, this visualisation makes the party step back and dispassionate situation or conflict.

When you do not know how to name emotions, feelings, prejudices, it’s nice to be able to put a picture on it. And as I have said above, image called words.

Exploring the mediated (or parties involved) ‘s cartoons  allows me to invest the third version of the story : part that they have in common.

What gave you the desire to use the story board @ tool?

Behind the the tool usability described by Olivier PIAZZA, I love the creative power that could emanate from this for both the facilitator and participants. I imagined very naturally how story@board could take place during my training sessions in a first step. The result appreciated by participants from the HR function has even lead them to take the product references.

In fact on this point. Considering games and children, how would you see story@board in the child-rearing field?

Creating its own repository over an image and allow it to name things in relation to his emotions. A child goes to the dictionary to understand the meaning of the word. Here, the image would be represented reality, it would create its own meaning of this picture. Reverse phenomenon dictionary. What would bring him here? Of curiosity, stimulate their curiosity, develop their intelligence.

Have you ever had the opportunity to use @ story board in your personal life?

In a circle of friends so, with a friend to help her new career. I accompanied him in the visualization of his thought posterized with @ story board, projecting on a large sheet of 3 meters long ideas, using images and extending them with drawings she created, the connectors. (Gives the protocol for using “Google maps” Ed). She had fun, she enjoyed with fifty pens made available to create, to shades, she put big words in neon, it was an explosion around a game, the “I” .

Vi-sua-li-service, everything is there! The need to see with my own eyes what I’m talking about an awareness of the words and think about how my message will be understood by the other, and why I said.

Visualize things gives another meaning to the words used. You know, the communication is the rule of “3 V”, 55% visual, 38% vocal and verbal … 7% according to the study by Professor Albert Mehrabian.

@ Story Board can work on 7% where the interest of “focuser” materialize words and be conscious in the way we use them in our social, friendly and professional links.

The final word?

And if we share our experiences of using the tool during cafes Story @ board organized in Paris, a chance to meet in real life?

Richard LAURENT:


Interviewed by Alexandre FRANK, story@board Team

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