You know it’s not easy talking about oneself and trying to explain what you do … especially when you do unusual things that only certain folks have reference points for.
Thankfully, with the growth of the Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation fields, knowledge and understanding about some of the things I have been doing for decades is now rapidly penetrating mainstream consciousness.
It seems Interactive-Visuals are everywhere nowadays … heck, I was watching TV a while back and a visual explainer video came on for a well known online matchmaking company. You know you aren’t in Kansas anymore when that happens!
Thankfully working visually and other innovative methods for working with groups and individuals, communicating important messages, and energy alignment are finally getting their due. When I entered the work twenty years ago it was a very select and niche field. Its still niche but the growth has been exponential. Every day we field inquiries about our innovation training and coaching offerings from folks across the English Speaking world … even some who don’t speak English who try to ask questions in interesting ways, (hehe … its amazing what stick figures can communicate)!
And I’m finally getting around to updating my messages too (cobblers’ kid syndrome and the problems of just being too busy …which is a good problem to have!). Years ago I was one of the first to have videos up on the web demoing graphic recording, life maps, etc, but they are now SADLY outdated and swamped by growing numbers of folks who have entered the pool.
During my summer vacation I crafted an overarching Explainer Video to attempt to provide a framework for me and my offerings. A video to explain to folks who I am, a bit about my background, and the work that me, my team and our squad of Certified Visual Coaches do here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. And to relay that message in the visual Whiteboard style that is our stock in trade here. And frankly, to also help me more tightly organize my own identity as I do many things and I’m constantly morphing.
I think it was a successful adventure … at least I sure had a GREAT time creating this Whiteboard Animation with the wonderful Sarah Moyle (a past Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals student who has very successfully and rapidly transitioned her internal position in a well known I.T. firm to in-house visual support for her organization).
And I intend to create more videos soon to better explain our popular offerings: Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals, SHIFT-IT Online, Visual Coach Certification and Biz Essentials for Process Professionals).
Lemme know what you think. Does it make sense? Anything we missed? Something that doesn’t make its mark? All feedback (good, bad and hopefully not too ugly) will help us communicate more effectively.
Yours in expansion,
The SHIFT-IT Coach and Interactive-Visuals Mentor