After spending a lot of time working in groups, I've found that visualizing a conversation or work session an be a powerful tool to translate from just talking about an idea to making it a reality. When working collaboratively, it allows you to take ambiguous information and capture it in a way that facilitates shared understanding, faster comprehension, and optimizes for meaning and decision-making. It's like magic to watch a group re-focus on a problem and how to solve during an effective visualization session - be the medium whiteboards, paper, or even powdery wood dust.
Sorting through all the noise to find the signal is the beauty of synthesis. I've always loved learning as much as possible about something, and then distilling it into its essential parts to understand it better and allow it to be communicated, used as the foundation for a creative project, or as the backbone to a rich story.
In design teams, brainstorming sessions or meetings, I'm usually the one with pen in hand collecting and filtering all the incoming information to target key ideas, visualize patterns and relationships, and help make abstract conversation concrete. I strongly believe in the power of visualization and synthesis to translate ideas into reality, bring teams together and make big things happen.