Good multi-tasking this morning. Got JJ walked, got some sun and some beach … all while listening away to the Test Client call of one of our 2014 Visual Coach candidates. Really beautiful morning!
Visual Coach Certification is a thorough program. There are 10 training webinars, a self paced client phase (where students accumulate 24 hours of Visual Coaching time with their clients), plus a final ‘Exit Exam’ … where they submit their work for my review, including a recording of their session with a client (doing a map of my choice).
That’s what I was doing on the beach (listening to this coach’s call with her client and reviewing her work, in this case the ‘Focus on Me’ move).
This particular coach did a great job, I’ll release congratulations once we’re fully through the test process.
REMEMBER VISUAL COACHES: USE RED SPARINGLY
One thing she needs to remember, as do some of her colleagues, is to use red sparingly. Red (and black) are SUPER POWERFUL colors, which are very useful. We want to save them for content that is also super powerful (and on a few other things like titles, sub-titles and bullets … as an aesthetic enhancer). We don’t want to use red to record run of the mill content. If we do that, then its like the “Peter and Wolf story”, nobody will pay attention when we do use it. So use red only for the really important stuff, that way its power will remain strong and the eye will be drawn on the page to the stuff that is red (same goes for orange and for black).
OTHER COLOR TIPS:
While I’m at it, here are some other general color tips for Visual Coaching (and other template based work).
Main Content Colors: Blue, Brown, Green and Purple (main points in CAPITALS, supplemental in lower case … black ok for lower case, but don’t use on capitals unless is a title, sub-title or something super important).
Highlighting: Yellow and Orange (and other pastels, depending on nature of content).
Important Content: Black and Red (in capitals), and arches over or under.
Titles, Sub-Titles & Bullets: Black and Red (or if you use other color, keep it consistent across whole chart and only use for these things, not regular content).
Icons: Black (then a color layer of appropriate color afterwards, either inside the lines or outside as a halo).
Shadow/Depth: Grey (all the ‘lefts’ and ‘bottoms’ of shapes and icons)
The ‘only way out is through’ Visual Coaches … the more you do the work the more ‘unconsciously competent’ it becomes. Mileage, mileage, mileage is the name of the game!
The SHIFT-IT Coach and Interactive-Visuals Mentor
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