Sometimes a simple picture can cut through complexity. Even if you’re not a visual learner, having a picture can help to refine your idea(s) and then put them into words. The picture above is a simplified, visual aid from a concept described in PRINCE2®. It is a breakdown of a table from page 138, another table from page 146 and a bunch of text in between. It obviously doesn’t represent everything about the complex topic of change and how a Project Manager can deal with it. It is, however, a great starting point for discussions (for the aural/auditory learners) and something to describe (for the verbal/linguistic learners) and something to copy down (for the more physical/kinesthetic learners).
AgilePM® also recommends pictures, models, prototypes just for this reason. All learning styles can benefit from having a picture. On top of which, it reduces mis-communication due to language (I’m both American and British – I know there is more than one use of English, not to mention ALL the other languages), due to cultural differences, due to cognitive biases, or other. A picture can help explain, identify, diagnose and spot alignments and disagreements in ways of thinking.
It’s not the end all be all, instead it’s a great starting point.