Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume10 | Issue 3 | May 30, 2014


Whew, where is this year going eh!? Time is whizzing by. It's May ... so that means Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals, the In-Person version. Given the number of online courses I run now, this is one of the few opportunities that I actually get to meet folks face-to-face, and place markers in hot hands!

Agenda Map for Our 3 Days
Agenda Map for Our 3 Days
Teaching Basic Icons
Teaching Basic Icons

Franki ... a repeat offender
(she's been to Victoria 4x now!)

Veronica ... translating her graphic design chops into new frontiers!

It's always a pleasurable (and transformational) experience, and this cohort was a delight. Back in the day, it used to be that folks traveled far and wide to attend this training, and they still do ... however it was cool the high percentage of local people in attendance. The visual way of working (after 30+ years is finally going mainstream). We've got quite the local hub building here in the Pacific Northwest!

Putting Base Skills to Work

Group Work: True
Graphic Facilitation

Our Rowdy 2014 Cohort for FIV In-Person striking star person poses!).

The course schedule for all of my Fall 2014 and 2015 classes has now been posted. There will be two online offering of Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (Oct. and Feb.) and one in-person (early June). Register early to claim your space! Private and in-house trainings also available. Plus biz development and personal growth offerings and Visual Coach Certification®.

I've also made a commitment to return to blog writing ... so see the blog for summaries and more pics on this training, plus tips from my coaching/mentoring practice with Process Professionals from across the English Speaking world, the latest research I'm doing (trauma, BodyTalk, society change) and obnoxious proud mama pics of JJ the wonder Yorkie.

Get out there and change the world all! We need dedicated Process Workers like you to do your thang! More shares in a few weeks.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Eileen Caroscio

Eileen Caroscio
Coach & Presenter

"Value, Value, Value!!! Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (online) was SO WORTH IT! Christina's runs a top notch program --- from the materials coming to my house prior (was early bird sign up), to the live web classes, her generous Q&A after, the class video and audio recordings, guest videos, to the private 45-minute session included. Her assistant, Patricia, is on top of everything.

The cool thing was I put what I was learning into action right away in my own meetings and folks were delighted ... EVEN as I was in the learner role. Did I mention FUN? That too!

The on-line version of FIV was right for me, as I could slowly absorb and practice the techniques, receive feedback, and participate in the class forum - a real community. It was just like being there, with Christina and participants on webcam. I was happy to not have to travel. Our group developed friendships: giving encouragement and sharing experiences and resources. Many have stayed connected as we continue to integrate working visually into our work and lives."

Eileen Caroscio
Coach & Presenter,
Virginia, U.S.A.

P.S. I so enjoyed my experience that I'm now in Visual Coach Certification® - loving this dynamic cohort too!


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Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and are ready for your next shift.

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (On-Line Version)
9 Weeks Online: Oct 6 -Dec 10, 2014
Video Webinars: Mondays & Wednesdays, noon-1pm Pacific

Over 87% of your facilitation, coaching, training and consulting clients are visual thinkers - learn powerful visual skills to boost the effectiveness of how you work with them. This professional skills training (fully online) thoroughly covers the four main applications of working visually with groups and individuals so you can add these powerful tools to your own process toolkit: studio work (charts & videos), graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching. This is the online version of my popular 3-day fundamentals training (no travel required).

Reserve Your Seat: 20 18 Spots Left:
Early Bird Before Sept. 8th

Full Details and Online Registration

  • Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification - only option of taking online this year (so if you don't want to travel for Certification 2014, be sure to register for this online version of FIV)
  • FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and want to refresh.

Online and In-person Options

I have some 2014 availability for customized Private Trainings and Apprenticeships (you come to me, 1-2 days), In-house Trainings (I come to you, groups of 10 or more) and Biz/Life Mentoring Sessions (packs of 1-12 via private webinar). Excellent for keeners desiring one to one attention and rapid acceleration.

* Email [email protected] to book Exploratory Chat to discuss your goals and determine which package best for you.



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I had an interesting conversation with a wanna be Graphic Recorder last week that I wanna share about ...

My flagship training program is FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERACTIVE-VISUALS. It teaches other Process Professionals (consultants, facilitators, trainers, managers, coaches, therapists, educators, budding scribes) how to effectively use visuals in their work with different kinds of groups and individuals.


I prefer "Interactive Visuals" as an umbrella term, as in my opinion there are four main applications of working visually in process work, and the most effective ones are where you use it very interactively with clients (not just off on the side doing your own thing):

Studio Work (pre-prepared posters, charts, murals, videos, etc).

Graphic Recording (live summary of high level talks & presentations)

Graphic Facilitation (live group process work using visuals interactively)

Graphic Coaching (live individual process work using visuals interactively)
* you can interchange 'graphic' with 'visual' too ... same thing!

* Note: for more info on the four main ways of working visually click here. Also, the Intro to Interactive-Visuals Video (90 minutes).

We offer this course online twice a year (9 weeks by webinar), and once in-person over 3 days (in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada).

Nice and Talented Guy Registers:
Anyway ... in the last online version of the course, I had a really nice (and talented) guy register who had been watching me for years on Facebook. He has a teaching background and is also a talented illustrator. He's been fascinated by Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation for awhile ... yearning to get into it. So he finally connected and registered for the course.

As part of the program I include a private 45-minute coaching session with me ... so I can have some private time with each participant and help connect the dots of the hefty volume of info I cover to that person's particular situation. I was just itching to get to the private call with him, as there were a lot of things I wanted to share.

I wanted to reiterate to him ...

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Let me assist you in doing the same via private mentorship. I specialize in individuals who need to get their 'special it' into the world (entrepreneurs, biz owners, team leaders, teachers, consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, visual practitioners, etc.).

I coach you to build/enhance your internal or external practice or small business (including identity/brand, biz basics, creation of effective offerings, necessary systems (tech and socio) and marketing & sales). As well as having a satisfying personal life of supportive family, friends and community. Stop splitting your energy - create a congruent life that truly works for you!

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