Graphic Facilitation Training

3 WAYS TO LEARN: ONLINE, IN PERSON AND VIA HANDY HOME STUDY!

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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF WORKING VISUALLY:

For Leaders, Managers, Consultants, Facilitators, Trainers, Teachers, Coaches, Therapists, Lawyers, Accountants, Analysts and Others Who Work with Groups and Individuals. Also for Illustrators, Designers, Artists, Scribes and Other Creatives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS / QUICK LINKS

FYI, like all of my programs, this course is a comprehensive, high-quality experience. As such, there is plenty to explain about it so you can make an informed decision about your registration. This is a thorough info page, for those who want to skip ahead, here are a list of hyperlinks so you can get to your info fast!

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Overview and Definitions
Benefits of Working Visually
About Your Trainer: Christina Merkley
Training Outcomes & Agenda
Delivery Options and Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
Testimonials
What’s Included In Your Training Package
Fees & Payment Plans
More Testimonials


OVERVIEW AND DEFINITIONS:

The Fundamentals of Working Visually is a comprehensive, useful, and fun training where you learn the foundational theory and skills of working visually… then roll up your sleeves and do it yourself!

With this graphic facilitation training, you emerge with a thorough understanding of the different ways visuals can be used with groups and individuals … and are pleasantly surprised by how much YOU can apply immediately. Thoroughly covers Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Coaching, Graphic Recording and Studio Work (the four main ways of working visually).

Plus you meet other dedicated people doing good work in the world –– members of your global visual tribe!

Research States That Up To 87% Of The Population Are VISUAL THINKERS. Learn To Tap The Power Of VISUAL LANGUAGE To MORE EFFECTIVELY Reach YOUR Clients!

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Christina Presenting Her Definitions Chart With The Four Main Applications Of Visual Work.

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Participants Learning Basic Foundational Shapes and Lettering.

People Retain Around 65% Of What They SEE And Only 15% Of What They HEAR. The Use Of VISUAL LANGUAGE Promotes LASTING IMAGES And RETENTION Of IDEAS.


Before we discuss the workshop in depth, let me explain a bit about the term ‘Working Visually’. I’ve been a Visual Practitioner since 1994, and I’ve worked extensively in all four main applications: Graphic Facilitation (extracting strategic thinking and decisions from groups) and Graphic Coaching (extracting strategic thinking and decisions from individuals and partners), Graphic Recording (live visual meeting notes), and Studio Work (carefully prepared paper, digital and video materials).

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Sonya Putting Final Touches on Her Plan.

Obviously these are a mouthful of terms … so I just simplify it and use the term ‘Working Visually’. As the unifying factor is using visuals in process work to help groups and individuals think, communicate and collaborate. The underlying base skills are the same … just applied in different ways depending on the populations you work with and the role you provide for them.

VIDEO AND ARTICLES:
I’ve written extensively on the various applications of this work and have taught over a thousand Process Professionals from around the globe on how to successfully integrate these useful skills into their own toolkits.

If you aren’t familiar with Working Visually (and even if you are) below are helpful resources to understand the work overall and to get a feel for my style and approach.

[Video] The Four Main Ways To Do Visual Process Work: Below is an excerpt from a recent online training. Watch me explain the four main way of working visually: Studio Work (creating pre-prepared materials), Graphic Facilitation (process work with groups), Graphic Coaching/Counseling (process work with individuals) and Graphic Recording (visual summary notes of speakers, panels, etc).

Additional FREE 90-Minute Info Webinar: Would you like to watch a longer introductory info webinar about this work? If so, sign up for the THREE FREE GOODIES at the top-left hand side of this site. Alternatively, you can register here.

Articles:

How Organizational Leaders, Consultants and Facilitators Can Use Interactive-Visuals

How Speakers, Authors & Trainers Use Interactive-Visuals

How Coaches, Therapists and Other Helping Professionals Use Interactive-Visuals

The History of the Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording Fields.

Common Formats for Working Visually

Tips for Color Use in Visual Process Work

The Merits of In-Person Vs Virtual

5 Ways Non-Artists Can Work Visually Too

Yes, Your Creativity Is Valuable & Worth Developing

7 Tips to Build Your $50-300K Process Practice

For more articles and audios, click here.

A few examples of Working Visually:

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Graphic Recording (visual summary) of Conference Presentation (large view).

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Graphic Facilitation: Strategic Vision for High School
(template courtesy of Grove Consultants) (large view).

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Visual Coaching: Life Map, Part One (large view)

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Visual Coaching, Part Two (large view)

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Graphic Recording From Hypnotherapy Discussion (large view)

My Red Hot Journey
A “Visual Bio” (custom chart) Created for Workshop Leader (large view)

My Red Hot Journey 2
A “Visual Bio” (custom chart) Created for Workshop Leader (large view)

Historical Map of Interactive-Visuals Field (large view)

Model / Flowchart for Training Purposes (large view)

Case Study Mural / Sales Chart for Consultant (large view)

Agenda Chart from Training Workshop ( large view)

The Visual Skills I Teach You Can Be Applied to a Full Range of Processes for Both Groups and Individuals:

In Fundamentals of Working Visually we cover the whole gamut of ways that visuals can be applied in group and individual settings, including but not limited to;
… brainstorming/idea generation, history & life mapping, visioning, strategic planning & action plans, conflict resolution/mediation techniques, succession planning, entrepreneur/partner discussions, family councils, world cafes, dialogue circles, value proposition work, values & mission/vision clarification, product development, process mapping, etc. etc. etc.

Here are some of the many benefits of working visually for you to consider …

THE BENEFITS OF WORKING VISUALLY:

While Working Visually is pleasing to the eye these methodologies are WAY MORE than just pretty pictures! That’s because they…

  • Engage Clients via the Learning Modality They Prefer Most (87% of people are visual thinkers);
  • Sky Rockets the Process of Making Critical Decisions;
  • Enhance Retention & Understanding Of Key Themes And Main Ideas;
  • Increase Clarity And Comprehension (People Literally See What They Mean);
  • Boost Learning For Visual And Kinesthetic Learners (and still gets the auditory types too);
  • Heighten Thinking Levels (Enables Higher and More Complex Levels Of Dialogue And Discussion);
  • Revitalize Energy And Interest Levels… Makes Sessions More Enjoyable and Interesting;
  • Lower Misunderstandings And Helps Resolve Conflict (people feel acknowledged and heard when their ideas are recorded verbatim);
  • Help Clients See How They Are Being Interpreted;
  • Creates A Visual Memory (that can be referred back to);
  • Equips Participants With A Unique and Tangible ‘Takeaway’ Of Their Experience (Paper Or Digital);
  • Ensures Easy Sharing And Communication Of The ‘Gestalt’ Of Their Session;
  • Makes You Stand Out From the Crowd (and makes sales conversations more engaging and increases client closing rates … clients literally see what they are purchasing).
“Research has shown that visual language used in meetings shortens meeting time by 24%. Visual language aids the decision-making process, 64% of participants made decisions after seeing visual displays”.
Millie Sonneman, Hands on Graphics
… as that long list of benefits shows, this way of working is much more than pretty pictures, doodling or ‘art’ … it’s a serious thinking methodology (that also happens to be very enjoyable, for both client and practitioner alike!)

ABOUT YOUR TRAINER: CHRISTINA MERKLEY

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Christina Merkley
Process Professional & Educator

I’ve trained over a 1000 people from across the english speaking world in working visually with groups and individuals and have personally mentored many of the prominent pracitioners in this industry.

With a Masters degree in Organizational Development, I’ve been using visuals in Process Work since the mid 1990s when I was based in San Francisco.

I began my career in corporate, governmental and not-for profit settings via change management and strategic planning interventions … first as a Graphic Recorder (support scribe) then eventually as a lead Graphic Facilitator (process design and facilitation).

Prompted by a strong inner calling I was compelled to integrate visuals with coaching, personal development and spirituality … eventually birthing my SHIFT-IT System® and helping to shepherd this specialty niche worldwide via Visual Coach Certification®.

In 2011 I had a kundalini awakening which expanded my consciousness deeper into metaphysics and energy work. From beautiful Victoria, British Columbia (on the west coast of Canada) I now operate my SHIFT-IT School … a mostly online learning environment that supports clients in various left and right brain pursuits.

For a visual depiction of my journey see the Whiteboard video below:


Partial Client List

Technology:

Microsoft
Institute for the Future
Hewlett-Packard
Digital 4Sight
eBay
Stanford University, IT
Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC)
Nightfire Software Solutions

Healthcare:

Santa Clara Valley: Public Health
St. Mary’s Health Network
Kaiser Permanante
Blue Shield
Health Technology Center

Government:

U.S. Department of Energy
BC Buildings Corp
Public Solutions
Parks Canada
BC Ministry of Family & Children
Land Title & Survey Authority

Foundations:

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Kauffman Foundation
Dewitt-Wallace Readers Digest
Stupski Family Foundation

Associations:

Forum of American School Superintendents
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
California Association of Realtors
California Association of CPAs
Ass’n of Web Entrepreneurs
Nat’l Ass’n of Women Writers
Maryland Ass’n of CPAs

Other:

British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC)
Young Entrepreneurs Org. (YEO)
Chemainus First Nations
Royal Roads University
Great Canadian Dollar Stores
Villages Pizza
Zenmed / Raging Creations
Comox Valley Economic Dev. Society
Contech Electronics
Journey Middle School
Sir James Douglas Elementary School
Single Parent Resource Center
Hill Enterprises, Inc.
Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero / Red Hot Copy
Three E Training
Camosun College
City of Victoria
Motor Dealer Council of BC
Port Coquitlam School District
Tourism Victoria
Michael Port / Book Yourself Solid
United Way of Lower Mainland
Sooke Principals and VP Ass’n
BC OD Network
Annual Marketing Summit

Annual Marketing Summit

Summer Executive Retreat

Summer Executive Retreat


TRAINING OUTCOMES:

Through this course you:
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  • Thoroughly Understand What Working Visually Is All About And Have Your Eyes Opened To The MANY Ways These Skills Can be Applied;
  • Receive Practical Instruction in the Four Main Applications: Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Coaching, Graphic Recording and Studio Work (and identify which applications(s)you are most interested and comfortable in);
  • Feel The Markers And All The Other Creative Supplies In Your Hands … That You Now Have Free License To Play With – As Part Of Your Work!
  • Receive Plenty of Direct and Supportive Feedback On Where You Currently Stand. Know That This Work Isn’t A Hard New Beginning, But Rather A Natural Build Upon Who You Already Are And What You Already Do (that you can immediately bring into your work and start applying);
  • Be Inspired And Impressed By the Interesting People From Across the World Whom You’ll Meet, Learn From, Make Connections and Share Resources With;
  • Exit With A Renewed Interest in Your Profession – Knowing You’ve Found Something That Really Suits You And The Way You Operate In The World. That You Don’t Have To Suppress Your Creative Side – There Is A Way to Enjoyably And Profitably Express It!
You can expect that and more …
Final Touches on Template

Final Touches on Template

Carolyn Learns Common Icons

Carolyn Learns Common Icons


AGENDA:

DAY 1 (Online: Sessions 1-6):

  • History Of The Field, Definitions And Terminology;
  • Four Main Applications (Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Recording, Graphic Coaching and Studio Work);
  • Supplies, Logistics and Space Considerations;;
  • How To Hang And Handle The Large Wall Size Paper;
  • Basic Marker Skills (How To Hold, Color Selection, Textures, Lettering);
  • Drawing Basics (Lines, Shapes, Icons, Basic and Advanced Icon Libraries);
  • Common Formats (How to Structure Your Charts);
  • Studio Work (‘Push’ Charts, Agendas, Models, Process maps, Explainer Videos, etc.);
  • Graphic Recording / Scribing (Spontaneous, Live Visual Notes);
  • Demo of Graphic Recording (Watch Me Do It!);
  • Practice Rounds and Feedback ( You Do It Too!);

Some of the Recommended Materials That Are Discussed

Participants Learning the Ropes – Drawing Icons & Taking Paper Down.

 

DAY 2 (Online: Sessions 7-12):

  • Graphic Facilitation (Applying Visuals to Group Processes: Change Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Visioning, Conflict Resolution,etc. );
  • Demo of Graphic Facilitation (Watch Me Do It!);
  • Practice Rounds and Feedback (You Do It Too!);
  • How to Make Your Own Facilitation and Coaching Templates;
  • Photo Management and Post-Meeting Documentation (photography, scanning, report creation);

Examples of Basic Icons Produced on 1st Day By New Learners.

Two Learners Working Together

 

DAY 3 (Online: Sessions 13-18):

  • Graphic Coaching (Applying Visuals to Coaching, Counseling, Therapy and Other Personal Growth Venues);
  • My Journey as a Visual Coaching Pioneer (Including the Creation of My SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching System);
  • Demo of Graphic Coaching (Watch Me Do It!);
  • Practice Dyads (Do It With a Partner!);
  • How to Involve Clients in Creating Their Own Visuals;
  • Non-Drawing Ways To Bring The Power Of Visuals Into Your Work;
  • Money, Marketing and Sales (How to Successfully Contract and Set Your Fees);
  • Successful Partnering: How to Collaborate with Others (including Illustrators & Designers) and How to Build Facilitator/Recorder Teams;
  • Healthy Mindset (Common Blocks to Working Visually and How to Bust Through Your Resistance);
  • Next Steps and Integration: Keep Your Momentum and Development Going!

Additional Bonus: Video Interviews

  • Neuroscience and Working Visually with Dr. Mandy Wintink
  • Explainer Videos with Liisa Sorsa and Disa Kauk
  • Tablets and Working Digitally with Rachel Smith
  • Materials and Supplies with The Grove Consultants
  • Materials and Supplies with The Neuland Company

PLUS VALUABLE IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT:

  • Free Membership in our Interactive-Visuals eCommunity Upon Graduation (Online Forum With Monthly Drop-in Webinars and Video Library of Past Webinars);
  • Plus the DELUXE VERSION of this Training Includes Three 45-Minute Private Mentoring Sessions.

Delivery Options and Dates:

There are several ways you can participate in The Fundamentals of Working Visually: Online, In-Person and via a handy Home Study Kit. Also Private Training (you come to me) and In-House Trainings (I come to you) are also possible.

UPCOMING DATES AND OPTIONS


The Home Study Kit:
Available at Any Time Via Immediate Download

Spring 2017 | Online Training:
Just 20 10 Spots Left!
February 27 – May 10, 2017
*no class: Mar. 20 & 22 and Apr. 17 & 19
Live Twice-Weekly Webinars: Monday & Wednesdays, Noon-1:00pm Pacific
Scroll Below for More Info & Registration

June 2017 | Annual In-Person Training:
3 Day Intensive: June 1-3, 2017
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Early Bird Deadline: April 20,2017
Scroll Below for More Info & Registration

Private Training & Apprenticeship: You Come To Me
1-3 Days Designed Just For You
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

In-House Training: I Come to You
Have Several Colleagues, Team or Department to Train?
Tailored Training For Your Organization or Community

 

Where Is The Training Held and How Do I Get There?

ONLINE VERSION OF COURSE:

The Online Version is a live 9-week program conducted via twice-a-week webinars (60 minutes each, plus bonus Q&A time afterwards). To participate, you require a computer with decent internet speed (ideally with an embedded or attached videocam). Plus a computer headset for audio connection (a dial-in U.S. phone number is also available). All sessions are video and mp3 recorded for easy replay (should you miss a webinar or want to re-listen).

How the Technology Works – its simple!
At the appointed time, you join us online via your computer to interact live with me and your course colleagues. You also receive an extensive training handbook and access to additional training videos. Plus, we also have a private online forum, which allows us to communicate between sessions (post and comment on assignments, share resources, etc). An awesome way for you to share your work, receive feedback and connect with me and your course colleagues!

IN-PERSON VERSION OF COURSE:

The in-person version of this workshop is held once a year in Spring in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria is a great little city with world class amenities.

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Upon registration you receive the logistics for our meeting location – including travel options (ferry is one way to get here, the other is air). You are sent info on three hotels near the meeting site. Should none of these hotels strike your fancy, no problem, Victoria is a full-service tourism destination with many more to choose from. My assistant at admin@shift-it-coach.com, is available to answer your travel and accommodation questions.

In the meantime, here’s Info on Travel to Victoria, B.C. For a wealth of additional info visit Tourism Victoria’s website.

HOME STUDY VERSION OF THE COURSE

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The Home Study Version is held … well, at your home! I’ve taken a recent Online Version of the course and converted it into a Home Study product (available 24/7), that you can purchase immediately and work your way through the same material, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own surroundings. More Info and Instant Access


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

faqsHere are some other frequently asked questions …

How Many People Are In Each Training?
Who Comes | What Are Other Participants Like?
Can’t Make Dates. When Do You Offer Again?
What If I’m Scared by the Drawing/Art Stuff?
What If I Already Have Experience in Visual Field?
Are You Training Us On Your Visual Coaching Tools?
I Can’t Attend Live, What Is Your Home Study Option?
I Want Customized Training, What Can You Do?
Do You Offer Scholarships or Discounts?


TESTIMONIALS:

What past participants say about their experience with this training:

HER ENCOURAGEMENT GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO FULLY STEP OUT AS A VISUAL RECORDER – NOW I HAVE SO MUCH BUSINESS I’M CRAVING TIME TO CATCH MY BREATH!

“I’ve now taken two of Christina’s workshops and both have been excellent. She creates a lively and stimulating atmosphere, showers us with valuable resources, and is unfailingly helpful both during the workshop and in post-workshop coaching. It’s great to have a generous pro like Christina share her expertise. Her encouragement gave me the confidence to fully step out as a Graphic Recorder, and she’s continued to show a real interest in my progress – even made me one of her Preferred Partners! Now I have so much business I’m craving time to catch my breath! Amazing and exciting.”

Avril Orloff
Graphic Recorder
Vancouver, British Columbia

Anne Mann Graphic Recorder

I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH … BEST 9 WEEKS EVER SPENT

“I took the online version of Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals, via the weekly webinars. Best 9-weeks ever spent!

I am already in the Graphic Recording field but still being new to the industry, decided to register for this ‘fundamentals’ course. I learned so much in that well spent 9 weeks and it’s made my practice stronger for it, particularly in better space and role negotiations with clients, improved formatting of my wall charts and how to effectively handle World Cafe events.

The ongoing support given during and after the class has been great. I’m looking forward to taking more workshops with Christina in the future.”

Anne Mann
Graphic Recorder | Designer
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
www.annemannstudio.com

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I FOUND HER COURSE CONTENT TO BE THOROUGH, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND WELL ORGANIZED …

“Christina Merkley offers a number of fantastic programs (both online and in-person) for personal and professional development in and around the various fields related to Graphic Facilitation.

In attending Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals I found her presentations and course content to be thorough, knowledgeable, and well organized …her utilization of current technology to be convenient, practical (and highly advantageous)…and, her manner and personality to be professional, yet warm and encouraging as well. I highly encourage other Process Professionals to take advantage of the many wonderful growth opportunities Christina has to offer!”

Greg Whicker
Graphic Recorder and Illustrator
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
www.facilitationgraphics.com

GAVE ME THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO PURSUE MY VISION TO OPERATE MY OWN PROCESS BUSINESS … NOW WITH ‘VISUALS’ AS A TANGIBLE TOOL TO ASSIST.

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, Graphic Recorder | Mural Maker
“I was introduced to the world of Graphic Recording in 2009 during a professional development seminar for teachers. I was fascinated by the increased level of engagement from participants as the use of the visual medium increased their interest and buy-in. I continued to observe Graphic Recording in various venues and used a Graphic Recorder in my thesis research.

I began to seriously consider Graphic Recording \ Graphic Facilitation as a career path and was fortunate to find Christina’s Fundamentals of Working Visually. I traveled to lovely Victoria British Columbia for 3 packed days with her and a fabulous room full of diverse Process Professionals.

Returning home I set up my studio and within 5 days had completed my first pro bono mural, for a local organization, which is now proudly displayed in their lobby!

Fast on its heels, Christina referred a quick turnaround project from Florida. He loved his mural and I loved my first taste of providing Studio Work from a distance (was an effective and fun experience). I received my first pay cheque 2 weeks after completing the course! I definitely want to do more!

I believe strongly in the power of working visually and its application is so wide ranging. I’m using charts directly in my teaching, templates to interactively engage my groups, and having a blast creating murals and visual aids (and doing Graphic Recording) for other teachers, presenters, leaders and consultants.

I’m SO GLAD I followed my instincts to pursue work that speaks so strongly to me. And that I have Christina as my mentor to coach me. Ok Calgary and world-at-large, me and my markers are here!”

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, MA
Graphic Recorder | Mural Maker
ViClarity Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

NOW MY VISUAL WORLD IS DIVIDED INTO 2 PARTS: BEFORE AND AFTER TRAINING WITH YOU

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  • Professionally organized. Clearly informed to participate effectively;
  • Highly detailed materials, perspectives, techniques, methods, samples, videos and other resources;
  • Gave me a wide perspective about how can I integrate my landscape architecture, drawing, coaching, team facilitation and training skills;
  • Satisfied my left brain: What the distinctions of the work are: recorder, facilitator, coach. What my strengths and weaknesses are. What my vision as a Visual Practitioner is and what I want to create for my practice here in Turkey and why. My next steps all wrapped up in a visual action plan.
  • And my right brain jumped in to the depths of the visual ocean with Christina’s leadership: listening, being in the moment, creativity, sharing, generosity, integrity, professionalism, vulnerability, flexibility, openness to learning, spirituality and alignment with visual / metaphorical world inside of me…

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals was a birthday present from my dear boss. I would attend the online seminars and then excitedly share ideas with my work team. With their curiosity and support I am integrating visuals into the consulting, training and coaching work we do with our clients. This has so exceeded my expectations … I’m on my way!”

Sema K. Tezar, Visual Practitioner
Ankara, Turkey
Denge Merkezi Training and Consultancy

AN ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR FUTURE LEADERS!

“One of the most important aspects of leadership is the ability to communicate. Using visuals enhances communication and therefore is an essential tool for future leaders”.

Lachlan Whatley
Department Chair, Business Dept., University of the Fraser Valley
www.ucfv.ca

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RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING I KNEW I WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE

“I can’t describe how grateful I am that I invested in Christina’s Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals. What an amazing course. Right from the beginning I just knew I was in the right place. Even though I had been doing Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording sporadically over the years my confidence was low and I knew I would benefit from boosting this (together with my skills) as my business started to grow. One of the best things about the course were the drills we were given between classes which Christina then provided feedback on. I learned so much, it has given a tremendous boost to my practice, not just in terms of what I am delivering for clients but also in how I communicate what I do and attract clients to my business. Thanks so much Christina, I’m so glad I found you when I did!”

Emer O’Leary
Graphic Facilitator and Trainer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
www.emeroleary.com

Clare North Internal Change Leader and Facilitator/Coach

HAS THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF MATERIALS, IS PROFESSIONALLY PRESENTED AND INCLUDES A HUGE RANGE OF RESOURCES

“I participated from the United Kingdom in the online version of Fundamentals of Working Visually. The course has the highest quality of materials, is professionally presented and includes a huge range of resources.

This program clarified my thoughts about which kind of interactive visuals I’m most drawn to (Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching). It had lots of opportunities to practice and experiment, giving a taste test of the experiential learning I hadn’t received from previous book-based learning.

Also, via some sensitive coaching from Christina, I examined my resistance to doing this work at a deeper level which allowed me to move past some negative programming in order to try some stuff out. Raised my awareness of how my background/experience is feeding into this work and making it my natural next step. I feel super confident now to go and do and have already gone and done! I’ve started sharing my work on twitter, I couldn’t have imagined doing that before this supportive course!”

Clare North
Business Transformation Leader in Large U.S. Corporation & Coach
Cheadle, Cheshire, United Kingdom
www.clarenorth.com

EQUIPS YOU TO ADD VALUE TO CONVERSATIONS LARGE AND SMALL

“A challenging and informative workshop that equips you in the different ways of using visuals to add value to conversations large and small. I’m now implementing my skills here in Ireland – and Christina please share in the glory of the wonderful comments I’m receiving from our consulting clients … ‘this is brilliant’ and ‘many, many thanks, we are so pleased’. This work is so very rewarding and great fun!”

Elfie Rocher, Visual Recorder, Corporate Community, Dublin, Ireland

NEW WAY TO CREATIVELY BRIDGE CHAOS AND COMPLEXITY

“These skills offer me a new way to creatively bridge chaos and complexity, a value add to my skills as a consultant working with whole systems and culture-shifting in organizations!”

Michael Keller
Consultant and Faculty at Royal Roads University, Leadership & Training Program

Shannon Bruce Using Her New Visual Skills

LEFT WITH THE ABILITY TO DRAW, CREATE TEMPLATES AND FACILITATE/COACH IN A NEW VISUAL WAY

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is an excellent course for Process Workers who want to integrate other modalities of learning into their work. I left with the ability to draw, create templates, and facilitate / coach in a new visual way.

This comprehensive course is LOADED with valuable content, insights, resources, materials and skills. Christina is a generous, authentic, trustworthy guide and mentor who balances both encouragement and challenge. I’m grateful for her giving me the gift of my creativity, which has been dormant throughout my career until now.”

Shannon Bruce, CPCC, PCC
Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach
Puget Sound, Washington, U.S.A.
www.storybridgecoaching.com

DELIGHTED I SAID YES AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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“Delighted I said “Yes!” to Fundamentals Interactive-Visuals. It exceeded my expectations. This online course was a whole lot of fun and nicely paced with the workbook and videos. My favorite bedtime reading for a quite a few nights plus my magic marker collection is getting a workout.

Christina’s masterful teaching made it a comfortable deep dive into the he(art) of working visually with groups and individuals. Now I’m confidently integrating the skills she taught into my practice including creating my own visual templates. Clients love their maps and light up in their visual sessions. Highly recommend!”

Rev. Michele Grace Lessirard
Vero Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
www.MarketingForHealers.com

THANK GOD I DIDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER!

“Christina’s top-notch mentoring gave me the missing link to turn what I was doing as a hobby into an actual business. She sharpened my current skills, gave me structure and functionality (was missing as a more right-brained person) – and addressed new skills that I didn’t even know I needed!

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals was an investment in myself, not a cost – I trusted it would pay off and it did … recognized by our company President who gave me visibility on an international corporate level, saying “I’m going to honor you for having invested in yourself”. Within a month I launched Crow-Hill Conversations and had my first professional gig – a 3-day graphic recording for 150 … and my practice is quickly growing. I thought about taking this training for a year – Thank God I didn’t wait any longer!”

Allison Crow
Austin, Texas
www.crowhillconversations.com

CHRISTINA’S ONLINE GRAPHIC FACILITATION TRAINING MORE THAN DELIVERED ON MY EXPECTATIONS… AND I HAD PRETTY HIGH EXPECTATIONS!

Annette Leslie Management Consultant Graphic Facilitation

“I wanted to refresh and update my knowledge on graphic facilitation and having researched my local and online options, decided Christina Merkley was the go-to lady. Many courses offer to teach you how to doodle, very little though on how to actually support process work through the use of spontaneous or co-built visuals. Christina’s online Graphic Facilitation Training more than delivered on my expectations, and I had pretty high expectations!

I loved how interactive her webinars are, especially when she demo’d things for us to better understand issues and ideas. Enjoyed seeing my colleagues from many geographies, their work and getting to interact with them. Very helpful for the sharing of ideas and experiences.

My only concern prior to joining was how out of sync I would feel from the UK, being in such a different time zone. No worries, I sat down at 8pm and joined in the online classroom, and loved it. Also want to comment on how generous Christina is with her time and material; every question and query was worked through – very impressive.”

Annette Leslie
Management Consultant / Speaker
United Kingdom

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Online Training:

  • 9 Weeks of Bi-Weekly Live Webinars (18 hours of online instruction)
  • Q&A After Each Class (I stick around for as long as it takes);
  • Webinar Recordings (video and MP3 of every session);
  • Digital Handbook & 10 Instructional Videos;
  • Private Online Forum (for 24/7 connection with your class mates and me);
  • After Graduation: Invite to the Interactive-Visuals eCommunity (free monthly drop-in webinars).

In-Person Workshop:

  • Three Full Training Days (8-5 schedule);
  • Printed Handbook & 2 DVDs
  • Markers Plus Use of All Materials (miles of paper, tape, cutters, pastels, stencils, etc.);
  • Morning and Afternoon Snacks (Plus Optional Dinner Attendance on 2nd Evening);
  • After Graduation: Invite to the Interactive-Visuals eCommunity (free monthly drop-in webinars).

Additional Bonus Videos: Whether you take this class online or in-person, you also receive these bonus videos with special guests:

  • Neuroscience and Working Visually with Dr. Mandy Wintink
  • Explainer Videos with Liisa Sorsa and Disa Kauk
  • Virtual Visual Facilitation with Rachel Smith
  • Materials and Supplies with The Grove Consultants
  • Materials and Supplies with The Neuland Company

PLUS VALUABLE IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT:

  • Free Membership in our Interactive-Visuals eCommunity Upon Graduation (Online Forum With Monthly Drop-in Webinars and Video Library of Past Webinars … THIS IS A VERY VALUABLE PERK);
  • Plus the DELUXE VERSION of this Training Includes Three 45-Minute Private Mentoring Sessions.

YOUR TRAINING INVESTMENT:

When you take valuable professional training don’t just look at what it costs, look at what it’s truly WORTH to you overall. The going day rate for Visual Practitioners is $500 on the low end and $2500 on the mid-range. Some higher end consultants using visual methods charge $5000+. My day rate is $3000, so in essence I’m teaching you my craft for less than what it costs to hire me for one day.

The cost of this workshop can be recouped quickly using your new skills. Or if you’re internal, in the satisfaction of doing your work in a whole new way that pleases you and your employer (perhaps saving them from having to bring in an external resource). The price of this training is very fair given how you are being ‘taught to fish’ – a skill that can keep you feed, happy and intrigued for years to come (let alone all the great insights, breakthroughs and results your clients will reap). As you can read in the testimonials, some participants recoup their investment within weeks and many go on to create new careers or enhance existing ones.
teaching to fish

Also, an important FYI … fees are in Canadian funds. Currently the Canadian dollar is low (it hasn’t been this low for a decade), so for Americans, Europeans and some other locales this translates into additional savings for you! Now is a really good time to secure these highly useful skills. See currency converter.

FEES, LEVELS AND PAYMENT PLANS:

There are THREE LEVELS to choose from: Basic, Deluxe and Repeater. The Deluxe includes three Private Mentoring Sessions at a special rate (45-minutes each delivered by web conferencing). The Repeater is a FREE perk for those who have attended before (or have purchased the Home Study Kit). Early Bird Rates, if in effect, are listed. Several payment plan options are available. Click the links under each class for full details.

REGISTER FOR AN UPCOMING TRAINING:

Click links below to register for the upcoming training of your choice.

Spring 2017 | Online Training:

Just 20 8 Spots Left!
February 27 – May 10, 2017
*no class: Mar. 20 & 22 and Apr. 17 & 19
Weekly Webinars: Monday & Wednesdays, Noon-1:00pm Pacific

Basic

$1497.00

Deluxe

$1997.00

Repeater

$497.00 FREE!

June 2017 | Annual In-Person Training:

Early Bird Deadline: April 20, 2017
3 Day Intensive: June 1-3, 2017
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Basic

$1997.00 $1497.00

Deluxe

$2497.00 $1997.00

Home Study Kit: Available Immediately

Basic

$997.00

Deluxe

$1497.00

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In closing, if you are attracted to the visual way of working, I hope I have made it clear as to why this training is a smart professional investment. Fundamentals of Working Visually is one of the very few places IN THE WORLD where you can receive quality instruction in the full range of visual skills for use in process work with groups and individuals. I look forward to training you and introducing you to your wonderful colleagues!
Yours in visual expansion,
Christina Merkley
Christina Merkley,
Process Skills Mentor & The SHIFT-IT Coach

P.S. Further Questions? Email admin@shift-it-coach.com. You can also request a free ’30-Minute Exploratory Chat’ to chat directly with me if you’d like.

P.P.S. Sometimes people are really pulled to come to this training and don’t quite understand why, as it’s an intuitive hunch not a rational decision. Like my previous attendee Val, who wrote 10 weeks afterwards to tell me she landed an Executive Director position at double her salary by using ‘visuals’ to seal the deal (she used a visual template to not only interview the Board that was interviewing her, but to engage the front line staff as well – which they loved!). She and her initially skeptical husband were very happy with her return on investment from this training and that she followed her intuition to come!


MORE TESTIMONIALS

LEARNING FROM A PIONEER IN THE FIELD HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND I NOW KNOW WHY SO MANY INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES SEEK CHRISTINA OUT

Ann Leach
Grief and Loss Specialist
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.

“I’ve worked with Christina for several years now, using her as my personal coach and then as my trainer for the Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals. Working in a visual way has been a dream of mine for a while, and finding Christina and her support showed me that it is possible to learn these skills despite no artistic talent at all!

I was ready to incorporate the process into my work with women coping with loss and change in a bigger way this year and knew I needed some support in making it happen. I saw Christina’s notice about the Magic Marker Retreat and knew it was meant for me.

Through the four months of interactive work and discussion, I received a major A-ha! for my business: I do my best work in an 11 x 17 tablet. I appreciate my mastermind partners’ support of me in clarifying my desire to do custom chart work and visual coaching in this way. It has changed how I approach my business and how I market my services to potential clients. And the results are more engaged clients (they love taking home their weekly map of next steps), a more unique positioning in the marketplace and an additional stand-alone income stream

I loved being in this group with others of varying skill levels, fields and interests. Christina effectively created a welcoming space in which to share ideas, give friendly critiques and to visualize our next steps to success. Learning from a pioneer in the field has been an honor and I now know why so many individuals and businesses seek Christina out: she’s committed, professional, wise and wonderful. Our in-person retreat was truly magical and I have carried that energy and business focus with me ever since. Thanks Christina and fellow Masterminders!”

Ann Leach
Grief and Loss Specialist
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.
www.lifepreservers.com

WAS INVALUABLE AND THE VISUAL WAY OF WORKING HAS BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE

Francesca de Bastiani Facilitator, Trainer & Curriculum Developer
“Are you a visual person? Do you like to work with images that evoke thoughts, emotions and concepts? Do you enjoy using colour, simple lines and succinct vocabulary to tell a story? Do you enjoy discovering with like-minded individuals?

Do you like being mentored by an exciting individual who has a keen ability to “get you” quickly and coach you to develop a clear action plan with meaningful, concrete activity to move you closer to your goals?

When I signed up for Christina Merkley’s Magic Marker Retreat (MMM), I wasn’t sure what to expect. However I knew that after experiencing her “Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals” I wanted more! And MORE I got …

I recommend MMM to anyone inclined to explore a fun and direct craft for getting messages across for work, personal life or continuous learning. Be ready to work large, Large, LARGE! The experience is very liberating in an extremely safe environment. I am in no way an artist but I love learning about capturing ideas and perspective quickly in a visual manner. I had the pleasure of learning with individuals who I would consider to be artists and excellent conceptual planners but felt that my participation was just as valuable. The experience for me was one of honouring my capacity to learn the craft at my own pace. Sure there were people that were better and more driven to produce. I never once felt that I had to keep up, rather, was coached to be where I was at and this made the experience very rich and enjoyable.

MMM is of particular use to someone, like me, who is in a position of facilitation, process planning, recorder of meetings, instruction and lesson planning. Was invaluable and the visual way of working has become a very important part of my life. I encourage you to dive in and embrace The Magic Marker Retreat. You will learn a lot, enjoy what you are learning and be able to help others along the way too. Christina Merkley makes sure of that!”

Francesca de Bastiani
Facilitator, Trainer & Curriculum Developer
Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada

Hannah Sanford Graphic Recorder, Facilitator & Coach Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Hannah Sanford
Graphic Recorder, Facilitator & Coach
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

YOU AREN’T FEEDING ME FISH, YOU ARE TEACHING ME TO FISH AND AS WE’VE SEEN IT’S ALREADY PAYING OFF!

“Christina, I wanted to say thank you for the many valuable courses I have taken with you, and most particularly for your private coaching.

You’re very welcoming, whether it’s online or in-person, with you there’s always a safe space to learn and share.

Your versatility and willingness to deal with whatever is there AND what’s really there means I can bring anything to our sessions (and sometimes topics come up that I didn’t even know were on my mind) and that I trust you and your intuition to guide us wherever we need to go for best results.

Though you could easily tell me what course of action I should take (and sometimes do), I appreciate how you ask me what I think I should do because it’s training me to think for myself (you’re not feeding me fish, you’re teaching me to fish) and as we’ve seen it’s already paying off!

Through the depth and breadth of your experience (and products), you provide coverage across many topics: from what’s coming through me onto my wall murals to what’s coming through me into my wallet.

You easily switch between inner and outer work, such that in the span of less than an hour we could do deep processing (orphan rescue, etc) as well as discuss technical / logistical topics (contracting conversations, etc). That’s key because as you’ve demonstrated time and again, doing my inner work leads to the outer “work” coming with grace and ease.

Finally, you’re real: you share your space, little JJ, and your honest stories, so that while I respect your expertise and track record, I’m not intimidated by you nor think you are perfect. You demonstrate that I can do it too, and I am!”

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Shelley Nessman Consultant on Strategic Initiatives

GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WORK AND YOUR GRACIOUS GENEROSITY

“I know you realize the power of the deep spiritual nature of the work that you do- I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me over the last few months with SHIFT-IT Online and Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals.

I can’t think of any course that I have done or even taught over the last few years that had such a freeing effect on me and I wanted to let you know that I truly am grateful for your work and your gracious generosity! I learned so much on so many levels … and it continues as I refine my SHIFT-IT maps!

I really appreciated the opportunities for us to connect with each other as a cohort and as friends … a really wonderful part of your curriculum! I made great connections and got to share bits of myself too (which brought me such wonderful understanding!)

There is something about holding space for co-creation mixed with individual creation and growth that is so powerful! I am looking at ways to build this aspect into my work – particularly with people who are labeled developmentally disabled. Often the people I work with are incredibly wise and creative- and are actually hungry for space to create without parameter. This isn’t about your curriculum per se, more about the energy and style you brought to us … so thank you for the modeling!

I am dipping my toe into the graphics piece slowly – still battling some gremlins there … and may repeat SHIFT-IT again in the fall. Am reading Ask And It Is Given and watching tons of Abraham Hicks – really resonates for me (thanks for introducing the Law of Attraction aspect, truly wonderful).”

Shelley Nessman
Consultant on Strategic Initiatives
Spectrum Society for Community Living
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
www.spectrumsociety.org

POWERFUL LESSON IN HOW GOOD COACHING IMPROVES ONE’S WORK, AND WHY I CONSIDER CHRISTINA ONE OF THE GREAT MENTORS IN MY LIFE

Aaron Johannes Certified Visual Coach®“The day I got word of my successful completion of Visual Coach Certification® I was working on a new chart for a client who comes annually for visual project updates. It’s great for them, and I love how much airplay the charts get in their work with various teams around the province.

On that significant day of completion, I got to compare three charts; one from 3 years ago, another from 2 years ago and then the current one (made on the heels of the last 13 months in SHIFT-IT Online, The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals and Visual Coach Certification). Comparing my charts was yet another powerful lesson in how good coaching can improve one’s work, and why I consider Christina Merkley one of the great mentors in my life.

While that’s about the improvement of technical skills, there’s also been an amazing shift in me as a person too. I think the word that comes to mind most about this program for me is “trust.” Becoming a Visual Coach with individuals was a leap for me after years of co-facilitating groups in various kinds of team planning processes. I had worked with individuals with disabilities using the PATH Process, however I was now trusted to add the SHIFT-IT tools to my toolkit too.

I made my way through the base training part of the program then progressed to working with clients: suddenly there was this one person (my first official visual coaching client); hopeful, daunted, nervous, wondering, and trusting to be coached, by me. In that moment (once I remembered to breathe) I recalled how Christina had told me the truth even when it was hard to hear, and also when she told me what she liked about what I had done and how I had improved – she asked me to try something different, in my graphics and in my life, and I trusted her sense of what I was capable of. And it worked. And she sent me back to redo something. Not many people send me back to do things over. Oddly, I liked that a lot.

All day I mulled over these ideas and then, as I coached someone through a shift in their life, they said, “I really trust your sense of this – I know I can trust you to help me get where I want to go.”

Aaron Johannes
Co-Director, Spectrum Society | Graphic Facilitator & Coach
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
imagineacircle.com

Kelcy Benedict

I LOVE GROUP FACILITATION AND AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING WAYS TO HELP GROUPS HAVE RICHER CONVERSATIONS AND ENGAGE THEM IN THE PROCESS.

“I circled around Christina’s work for a couple of years before jumping in. I love group facilitation and am always researching ways to help groups have richer conversations and engage them in the process. When I found her site I was just starting to understand this body of work called Graphic Facilitation and was seeking resources to develop my skills.

What struck me when I found her was how effectively she integrates graphic illustrations and templates as part of the group process and with coaching! I thought it was brilliant.

I chose to make it all about me first so I started with The SHIFT-IT Home Study Kit. I loved how extensive and complete it was. This enabled me to work through it on my own and on my own schedule.

Next I studied Business Essentials for Process Professionals, the deluxe version with the one-on-one coaching calls with her. They were awesome and helped me successfully process some dynamics occurring in my practice.

Currently I’m working my way through the Fundamental of Interactive-Visuals Kit in preparation for the Magic Marker Retreat coming up in Victoria, British Columbia. I’m SO EXCITED to engage this work in person with her and the other participants!

I’m really supported as I integrate these powerful new skills into my work with organizations, teams and personal growth groups. Thanks Christina!”

Kelcy Benedict
Senior Facilitator and Consultant, Facilitation Plus Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
www.facilitationplus.ca

Geri Briggs-Simpson Community Services Supervisor & Graphic Recorder/Facilitator

CHRISTINA’S CLASSES ARE WELL PACED AND PROGRESSIVE … PROVIDE YOU WITH A SET OF PROFESSIONAL TOOLS FOR YOUR REPERTOIRE. I AM THRILLED I TOOK THE CHANCE AND REGISTERED.

“People I respect suggested I join them for SHIFT-IT Online by Christina Merkley. I reviewed her site and felt this program was exactly what I was looking for. For 7 weeks, participants from all over the USA, Canada and Europe met online to explore, share, and develop plans for our own professional and personal growth – guided expertly by Christina. It was very exciting to hear others ideas and learn together. Through out my education and work career I have done various self discovery programs, but none produced the clarity and process that SHIFT-IT did.

SHIFT-IT helped solidify my plan to further build my skills as a Graphic Recorder/Facilitator. So I next attended her Fundamental of Interactive-Visuals which was fabulous! Well organized, excellent resources and Christina was incredibly supportive and encouraging. She hosts an environment that allows you to take chances while building skills and professional confidence.

Christina’s classes are well paced and progressive … providing you with a set of “professional tools” for your repertoire. I am thrilled I took the chance and registered. I am looking forward to attending Magic Marker Retreat next!”

Geri Briggs-Simpson
Community Services Supervisor & Graphic Recorder/Facilitator
City of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Lisa Moore Accounting & Software Specialist

WE ALL HAVE GIFTS TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. I’M GLAD CHRISTINA SHARES HERS, BECAUSE SHE IS HELPING ME TO SHARE MINE!

“I met Christina in fall 2012 when I joined a 12-week webinar program she co-hosted (Thrive In the Time of Awakening). During the next months, I was simply awed by her intuitive and compassionate facilitation as participants worked through sensitive connections and integrations.

Later, I followed an unlikely inner prompting (considering that I have a beloved career in accounting) and joined the spring 2013 Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals in beautiful Victoria, BC. I was concerned I might feel like an outsider, but I felt welcomed in a group of graphic and process professionals as she blended detailed training with facilitation of personal expression and expansion for each of us.

Most recently, I joined SHIFT-IT Online. I had been exposed to some of her visual maps in my earlier work, but this was an opportunity to dive deep. The maps helped me zero in on functional areas of my life I would like to improve without colliding with my internal resistance. And now, I am excited to venture into private coaching!

What I love about my work with Christina is that I know I can trust her to follow her intuition and internal guidance as she helps me to reveal to myself what I might not quickly see on my own. She recognizes and honors that inspiration is important to me. It’s my work to do, but it’s really nice to have her by my side. We all have gifts to share with the world. I’m glad Christina shares hers, because she is helping me to share mine!”

Lisa Moore
Accounting & Software Specialist
Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Alexa Linton Coach & Certified BodyTalk

Alexa Linton
Coach & Certified BodyTalk

A POTENCY AND STRENGTH AS A MENTOR THAT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND

“Working with Christina Merkley has been a powerful experience! Not only is she an incredible coach, teacher and facilitator, she also has a potency and strength as a mentor that goes above and beyond. She is deeply committed to her own personal work and the well-being and happiness of her clients, colleagues and friends. And she inspires so many to follow in her footsteps towards a rich, fun and fulfilling life.

I love incorporating ‘working visually’ into my healing and coaching practice. The support during her Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals course was outstanding, helping me move through big blocks to see the goldmine that lay beneath my resistance.

SHIFT-IT Online was also a great help – allowing me to further process limitations; which parlayed into one of the most successful years of my career while still being authentically and openly me.

I am also blessed to work with Christina doing BodyTalk – love her powerhouse sessions that incorporate her deep wisdom, knowledge and understanding and her cut-to-the-chase coaching style and blast through stuck spots.

Thanks Christina for all your support, teachings and inspiration!”

Alexa Linton
Coach and Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
www.alexalinton.com

Sonia-Talwar

Sonia Talwar
Organizational Leader

INSPIRING, GROUNDED AND PRAGMATIC

Fundamentals of Working Visually was inspiring, grounded and pragmatic. I really liked the format covering the main ways of working (recording, facilitation and coaching), it worked very well. And I enjoyed the demos and having lots of practice time.

It’s valuable to internalize the skills and to know, from having taken this course, that with practice, I can work visually too.

Initially I heard of Christina via word of mouth, but honestly, when I went to her site I was initially skeptical since it seemed heavily branded and it turned me off a bit (though I realize this is my own stuff, perhaps others feel similar). I registered anyway since I was drawn to her visual work – I found myself pleasantly surprised by her authenticity.

The opportunity to leverage Christina’s experience as a visual entrepreneur has been a gift to myself and my work – long overdue!”

Sonia Talwar
Organizational Leader
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Joseph Briante, BodyTalk Practitioner

WAS CHALLENGED TO BE BOTH CURIOUS AND BRAVE … TO JUMP IN AND MAKE MARKS, MISTAKES AND GET OVER MYSELF!

“Coming from a background in business, personal growth and healing, I resonated with Christina Merkley and her work instantly. She’s professional, clear and innovative, always exploring into new process territory.

I loved Fundamentals of Working Visually, it was practical skills development, creativity and self-discovery in one concise package. Christina is very clear, positive and holds space seamlessly, a real skill given the wonderfully wide spectrum of practitioners and interests present.

I was challenged to be both curious and brave … to jump in and make marks, mistakes and get over myself (stop comparing to others and worrying about perfection). Now I can think and visualize out loud, with myself and others.

It’s been really meaningful to reconnect my logical and creative sides and to spot all the applications for working visually, including mapping out processes I do regularly.

Took me to a new place. Highly recommend.”

Joseph Briante
BodyTalk Practitioner
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

loved using coloured pens and illustrations to bring clarity to the reflective exercises

Judy Southwell Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer

“I have been involved in adult education for 25 years as an instructor, facilitator, and in curriculum design and program development. I really enjoy learning experiences where interactive, reflective and illustration methods are incorporated.

It is an ongoing goal of mine to illustrate confidently, use colour effectively, and instinctively use visual processing methods to interpret and apply information. It was for these reasons that I was drawn to Christina’s courses.

I’ve taken SHIFT-IT Online, Fundamentals of Working Visually, Business Essentials for Process Professionals and, most recently, Magic Marker Retreat.

I enjoyed SHIFT-IT for its comprehensive documentation and helpful templates, and loved using coloured pens and illustrations to bring clarity to the reflective exercises.

Fundamentals of Working Visually was a turning point. It is a really well designed online course. My learning was greatly enhanced through the combo of written materials, weekly lectures, Christina’s generous sharing of her knowledge and expertise, as well as the extra time to answer participants’ personal questions. Assignments were relevant, and it was fun to participate in the forum where co-learners shared projects and encouragement. I immersed myself–taking my sketch book everywhere (still do!).

Business Essentials was an eye opener, especially with regards to figuring out my ideal clients, potential offerings, a company name and elevator pitch, and how to stay afloat financially. I took this course online and enjoyed taking my time to think about and refine project work. I also thoroughly enjoyed the video interviews with experts and past participants.

Magic Marker Retreat was a super opportunity to gather with other visual keeners in person. It was wonderful to see Christina apply her craft as she drew out classmates to shift and break through resistance. It was remarkable to see the profound insights that occurred.

I have applied visual processing most notably in the planning and implementation of Instructional Skills and Facilitator Development Workshops in Ghana via a CIDA project between Vancouver Island University and a polytechnic in Sunyani.

I designed a pre-workbook (with visual templates), and I also instructed trainee facilitators on how to draw icons and use headings and colour when generating purposeful feedback. Workshop participants took up their new skills with great enthusiasm and applied them really effectively to record feedback on flipcharts and chalkboards. It was also fun to watch the Ghanaian humour unfold through their icons!

A Ghanaian colleague recently asked when I would be going back to Sunyani so they can learn more about visual processing! I’m looking forward to exploring effective applications for visual processing in instructional and other settings in local and international environments.”

Judy Southwell
Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Estelle Gibson, CPA Speaker, Trainer and Coach

ONE OF THE REASONS I WAS SELECTED WAS BECAUSE DURING MY INTERVIEW I SHARED HOW I WOULD USE INTERACTIVE-VISUALS – THEY WERE REALLY INTERESTED AND EXCITED ABOUT THE IDEA!

“As a CPA and Financial Coach I work with Creative and Heart Centered Business Owners using an inner and outer approach with their money and mindset.

I attended Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals last fall. Wow, I just reviewed my desired outcomes I jotted down when the course began — to be able to create coaching notes and creative worksheets for my clients – get away from the boring spreadsheets.

Christina expertly provided the missing link for me. I now have the ability to create visual tools for my clients to more effectively introduce financial topics and help them see and change their complex and emotional money issues.

In my private coaching with Christina we brainstormed ways to make my workshop presentations more interesting, inviting and dynamic. Next month I’m presenting at the International Coach Federation Conference. I believe one of the reasons I was selected was because during my interview I shared how I would use Interactive-Visuals – they were really interested and excited about the idea!

Thanks Christina for your awesome step-by-step course and all the help and support you provide.”

Estelle Gibson, CPA
Speaker, Trainer, Coach
Ohio, USA
www.journey-to-freedom.com

Anne Marie Turnbull

HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER COURSES AND CAN VIRTUALLY GUARANTEE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO STOP AT JUST ONE!

“I was first exposed to working visually in 2010 when I began to cast about for more interesting ways to engage leaders in the wide variety of offsites that I lead. After reading a number of books and applying general concepts, I knew that I would benefit from some more structured “hands on” learning. Enter Christina Merkley. I started with her beginning course and was hooked!

Fundamentals of Working Visually was an incredibly rich learning experience. Christina’s intellectual generosity is unparalleled. She not only skillfully taught the basics but also shared tips and tricks to accelerate my learning. Critical for me as I am not a natural artist! There had been icons that I had consistently struggled with and one particular session broke my logjam. My facilitation clients have proactively commented on the power of my visuals to focus and enable their conversations that matter.

Magic Marker Mastermind was my next opportunity to further stretch. While the calls were a great way to get feedback and to share insights, I found the real-time, ‘at the wall’ retreats invaluable for application and experimentation. A fertile environment for breakthroughs of which I had many!

Emboldened by success with facilitation clients, I decided to pursue using visuals with my coaching clients. While I often found myself drawing in sessions, Christina’s approach is more deliberate and intentional. I enrolled in Visual Coach Certification (which I’ll finish next month). The three coaches that I have taken through The SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching Process® were extremely positive about this inner work/outer work framework and the power of the visuals to spur deeper thinking.

I cannot speak highly enough about Christina and her programs. She is truly a pleasure to work with. She lives what she teaches and coaches. Her openness, generosity of spirit, creativity and resourcefulness are a pleasure to experience and a model to emulate. I highly recommend her courses and can virtually guarantee that you will not be able to stop at just one!”

Anne Marie Turnbull, President, AMT Associates
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
www.amtassociates.ca

Kristin Wiens, Educator & Graphic Recorder

SUCH A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE THAT FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS …

“Taking the Fundamentals of Working Visually was such a positive experience that FAR exceeded my expectations. The workshop was motivating, inspiring, educational and fun. Christina creates a wonderfully supportive learning environment and guides participants through a carefully crafted curriculum designed to get participants actively using visuals right way.

I left the workshop with new confidence and applied my visual skills at work immediately. Christina very generously shares her knowledge, experience and passion. I can’t wait to take another course with her. An added bonus was the wonderful people from all over that I met. I highly recommend this training to anyone considering it. Go for it!”

Kristin Wiens
Curriculum Coordinator, PATH Trainer & Facilitator | Graphic Recorder
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

eileen-testimonial

VALUE, VALUE, VALUE … WAS SO WORTH IT!

“Value, Value, Value!!! Fundamentals of Working Visually (online) was SO WORTH IT! Christina’s runs a top notch program — from the materials coming to my house prior, 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 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.
www.passagewayscoaching.net

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

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH STRONG RELATONSHIPS WITH COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD!

“Being the volunteer for the Life Map demo was a great experience! I loved the demos done by Christina and her encouragement as we did them on our own. Limiting the participant count allows for a comfortable setting and creates a wonderful opportunity to establish strong relationships with colleagues from across the world. Since being back I’ve been doing lots of pre-charting and practicing. My husband has threatened to tear down the walls so I can’t put up any more paper and create my trails of dust (pretty colored pastel dust)!”

Jan Spaulding
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Battle Creek, MI

CAME HOME WITH A PRODUCT I CAN USE RIGHT AWAY – I’M REFERRING YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES!

“Thank you so much for the most excellent training. I learned so much. The one-on-one time with you to draw on your vast experience with Graphic Recording and especially Graphic Facilitation – priceless. I learned so much AND came home with a product that I can use right way. My clients are going to be thrilled when I show them what I can do for them thanks to my training with you. I’m referring you to my colleagues!”

Judi Adams
Adams & Adams Consulting Inc.
San Diego

AMAZING RESULTS … CHRISTINA IS A VERY CONVINCING & PERSUASIVE PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINER

“Rich experience, solid preparation and presentation. Seeing all the amazing results of the group. A very solid and well-balanced training experience. Christina is a VERY convincing / persuasive professional and trainer.”

Suzanne Hoogwater
Legal Visuals Inc, Lawyer and Info Designer
Netherlands and Denver, CO

ALLOWED US TO SEE THINGS WE’D BEEN TRYING TO COMPREHEND FOR WEEKS

“I’ve worked with Christina on over a dozen consulting and change management projects since ’97. She’s exceptional. Reactions to her work have ranged from happily impressed to outright awe. On a particularly high-level e-business strategy workshop for a Fortune 20 client, a member of the Dow-30, the executives’ collective opinion was that her abilities ‘allowed us to see things we’d been trying to comprehend for weeks.”

Ken Weitzel
Director, The Corporate Executive Board
Washington, D.C

THE WORK ITSELF IS QUITE PROFOUND BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY

Heather Martinez

“New to visual recording, I have found that the work itself is quite profound both professionally and personally. After taking the Fundamentals of Working Visually, I took the opportunity to meet with Christina for a 1:1 coaching session. Her ability to listen and share the type of resources I needed to take my next steps has launched me into sharing new ideas at work and fulfill myself personally through further training in working visually. I’m currently taking the SHIFT-IT Online Group and short of turning into a navel-gazer, I’m discovering my true essence, what motivates me, and how I can embrace my highest potential. I look forward to experiencing what the coming weeks will bring and how I can apply my “new found self” to my existing life in new ways.

Of all the healing modalities and techniques I have studied, Christina’s approach to her work is impeccable. We are fortunate that she shares her gift with the world.”

Heather Martinez
Graphic Designer / Visual Practitioner
Colorado, U.S.A.

AFTER CHRISTINA’S TRAINING I IMMEDIATELY USED INTERACTIVE-VISUALS IN MY SEMINARS… AND PEOPLE LOVE IT!

Lisa Edwards

“Graphics have changed my life! Taking Fundamentals of Working Visually was the best professional development favor that I’ve done for myself in a LONG time. Christina is a wealth of knowledge and experience… and I especially appreciate her practicality.

Participants get plenty of “ink time” plus in-depth info about visuals, visual learning and consulting… and connecting with the amazing people that are also drawn to this material. Afterwards, I immediately began using visuals in my seminars, and people LOVE IT!”

Lisa Edwards
Corporate Wellness Consultant
www.radiatewell.com

FOLKS WERE FASCINATED WITH THE VISUAL RECORDINGS

Katie Proctor“Fundamentals of Working Visually! Not only did I get some amazing new skills but you also took me deeper in my personal journey …I have another community now too!

I’ve just returned from a Quality Academy for healthcare professionals that we teach – a 6-month residency program … where I did my first public Visual Recording. It was a little scary, but once I got up there, it was fine. Folks were just fascinated with it and wanted pictures because the visual recordings help them remember the content of the presentations.

I now understand how the icons get embedded in your cells. I used the icons in your book to get inspiration and have started my own icon library. Am continuing to practice your lettering tricks and have rolls of the large white paper on order. Extreme fun! You are what I needed next. I will stay in touch for ongoing coaching!”

Katie Procter
Healthcare Quality Leader
Vancouver, British Columbia

Lilia Lee

GUIDANCE NOT ONLY ON AN OUTWARD LEVEL BUT ALSO THE MEANS FOR ME TO CHANGE MY INNER MINDSET

“I’ve worked with Christina as my mentor and guide in several capacities: Fundamentals of Working Visually, SHIFT-IT Online Group, a 6-month business incubator and now private coaching.Before her, I’d been forever scratching my head about my business and next steps. Frustrated that I couldn’t formulate my ideas well enough to get the pieces together and move forward. Never had time to flesh it out and make it real.Working with her is the best thing I have done for my business success. Guidance not only on an outward level but also the means for me to change my inner mindset … clearing the negative programming that had plagued me for so long. I’ve grown on a spiritual level as a whole person, something other business teachers/coaches have ignored. My development as a shamanic apprentice is encouraged and she’s helped me to see how to incorporate all aspects of me into what I do.I highly recommend working with Christina in any capacity you are called to. Worth every penny I invested!”
Lilia Lee
Online Biz Strategist & Shamanic Apprentice

THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT IN MYSELF AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

“Christina has been my Coach and Mentor for several years and I have attended pretty much every program she has ever run. This is the second Mastermind group I have been a member of and as with all Christina’s programs and trainings it delivered huge value on multiple levels. As a developing visual practitioner MMM gave me a hotbed incubator environment to support developing and growing my visual skills, expand into new learning territories such as digital scribing and also benefit hugely from the rich mix of experience and knowledge of the other mastermind participants. As always Christina attracts high calibre, quality students from around the globe and this group was no exception.

Weekly group calls meant maintained and consistent coaching and support plus the ever important element of an in-person retreat gave all of us a super strong springboard from which to bounce from. For me this has resulted in an accelerated expansion of my visual skills as a recorder and enhanced my facilitation processes and also my confidence has soared. As a direct result of being part of MMM I have landed more graphic recording work, seen an increase in the number of referrals and repeat business for my practice and the personal 1-2-1 coaching I have received from Christina has significantly helped me hone and focus my business development and services offered. It is without doubt the most important investment in myself and my business development this year and I have already made back the investment price several times over through increased work I have received. If you want to expand your visual skills, develop your visual business offerings and be mentored by an industry pioneer you can learn from no better mentor than Christina.”

Tamsyn Hawkins
Business consultant and Visual Facilitator
London, UK
www.siriuscommunication.co.uk

VERY SUCCESSFUL CLIENT WORK RIGHT AWAY

“Christina’s visual facilitation work takes coaching to a new level of expression and connection with clients. I just attended Meeting Graphics 101 (after reading her article in the Coaches Training Institute newsletter) — truly a valuable way of expressing ideas and working with clients. One of THE MOST INTERESTING courses I have EVER taken. The sky is the limit as to how I will be applying graphics to my practice. I’ve already had two very successful experiences with clients using what she taught me, and it’s only been two weeks since the workshop!”

Shannan Brown
formerly Coast Community Credit Union, HR, Now Independent Coach & Consultant

GENEROUS TEACHER – SAFE AND FUN CONTAINER!

“Christina is a supportive and generous teacher. She creates a ‘container’ that makes self-expression, self-discovery and self-exposure stimulating, safe and fun. I’m so excited to use these new skills in my work with clients!”

Andrea Williams
Life Launcher
Hillsboro, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
www.fearlessfabulouslife.com

HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ADDED VISUALS TO MY WORK AS A SPEAKER, FACILITATOR & VIDEOGRAPHER

“One of the best trainings I have ever taken! Real world applications, genuine information and a comfortable learning lab – I recommend MEETING GRAPHICS 101 and THE GRAPHIC BOOTCAMP to anyone interested in making the world a better place. I’ve taken ALL of Christina’s offerings – including SHIFT-IT coaching. Have successfully added visuals to my work as a speaker, facilitator, and videographer … and am doing gigs as a Visual Recorder too! The follow-up coaching after client engagements has been awesome – refines my learning and helps me apply lessons to my own business development. I’m totally stoked!”

Erik Hanson
Speaker/Facilitator, Extreme Kindness Crew
Vancouver Island, B.C.
www.extremekindness.com

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