I've been using Grove templates for eight years, and in that time, I've had some questions about how to use them properly. In this frank, honest, 45 min. recorded web interview, I interview Rachel Smith of the Grove Consultants International about the specifics of using Grove templates and its other intellectual property (IP.)
Rachel answers some of my toughest questions head on, like:
- What's OK and not OK to do with Grove templates,
- What to do when you don't have a template in the room,
- How to design your own templates and steer clear of IP missteps,
- How to legally print Grove templates (hint: there's a license!),
- What NEW templates the Grove has in the pipeline,
- What's coming in her new book project, "Beyond Virtual Meetings,"
- Why there's no book on storymaps,
- What are some master tips for using the templates (hint: did you know you can get custom headers?), and most importantly,
- What Chef Gusteau from "Ratatouille" and David Sibbet have in common.
If you use others' visual templates, this will clear up a lot of ambiguity.
PS: You'll also see some of the earliest versions of the Grove templates, and see how they evolved over time. The highlight of the interview for me was when Rachel said, "Wow! These are like RELICS!"
Disclaimer: Throughout the interview, Rachel specifies moments when the views she shares are her own and not those of the Grove Consultants.
Also: For some reason, I spaced out on starting my sketchnote cam until 7 minutes in. Just stick with it.