Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 17, December 20, 2014


Had a lovely time last week providing a 2-Day Visual Skills in-house workshop to a group of Process Professionals in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thank you Erin Campbell Howell of ECHI Consulting Inc. for making this happen (including the schlepping of materials and this trainer!).

As I wrote last issue, I was a little concerned about going to the prairies in the middle of December, but the weather was surprisingly balmy (I totally lucked out ... or prairie hospitality goes above and beyond in turning the temp up for their guest!).

I appreciate doing in-house trainings because it gives me a chance to work with a group that is more cohesive than the public workshops I generally run (where attendees come from all over with wide ranging backgrounds and experience levels).

Not only was this group all from the same geographical area (and most knew each other) they were also nicely seasoned process leaders well versed in change management, organizational development, strategic planning and the like. So I could craft the training to their needs and speak at a higher level of sophistication ... mostly focused on Studio Work and Graphic Facilitation (with a little Graphic Coaching thrown in for good measure).

If you are in an organization and have 12 or more people interested in the visual way of working, please keep me in mind for a customized in-house workshop. Also great for individuals (like Erin) who want to take the lead in bringing visual skills to their geographical area and peer cohort.

Happy HolidaysWell, this season whipped by and we find ourselves at the brick of winter holidays.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of all of us here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. (Christina, Patricia, Theresa, Elizabeth and Jessica) to wish you and yours a very Merry Xmas and holiday season!

As per usual at this time of year, I'm gifting my MINI SHIFT-IT RETREAT eBook, complete with four visual maps and instructions. Plus this year I've made an accompanying video to explain this simple yet effective personal planning process in more detail.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Erin Campbell Howell

"Christina, thank you for coming to Regina, Saskatchewan (in winter no less!) to lead our cohort of 17 internal and external leaders through your 2-day Fundamentals of Working Visually in-house workshop. We are inspired and excited about the endless possibilities for Graphic Facilitation and have come away with some incredible tools that we can immediately apply to our work. We loved the training and you! Wishing you the best in birthing this class into the Home Study Kit ... so even more Process Professionals can access these useful skills."

Erin Campbell Howell
Echci Consulting Inc.
Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada


For Beginners Or Repeaters:

Visual Skills for Process Work with Groups and Individuals

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). Attracts folks from across the English speaking world - your Visual Tribe!

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Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and desire another round.

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Getting your visual basics is half the equation - the other is competency and creation of a viable practice (whether you are internal or independent). This 2-day Boot Camp takes your visual practice to the next level: chock full of at-the-wall drills, project brainstorming (bring work for feedback and ideas), and identity/brand/financial coaching. Work your brain, your fingers and dissolve your resistance, all in deep community with your visual tribe.

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March 26-27, 2015, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada* Just 7 5 Spots Left
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Note: Pre-requisite is Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (or equivalent experience).

7 Weeks Online: Feb. 7 - March 21, 2015
Video Webinars: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific

Ready to get what you want?! My signature coaching group - gets you what you next want in your personal and/or professional life. You develop a crystal clear vision, unravel your resistance ... and rapidly SHIFT your world. Practical real-world strategic planning coupled with leading-edge energy alignment --- all in my innovative 'Visual Coaching' style. Join this supportive community with other like-minded SHIFTers from across the globe. The SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit® with 17 visual maps is included, plus handy Repeater Option for those joining us again!

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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.

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Tuesdays Noon-1:30 pm Pacific

Become a Certified Visual Coach®. For coaches, counselors, and therapists from around the globe. Add the power and innovation of Visual Coaching to your own professional practice. Includes advanced Visual Coaching techniques, use of my SHIFT-IT System® with your clientele (17 visual maps), guidance in the 'template-izing' of your own intellectual property, plus marketing and biz development support.

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Two Pre-requisites: SHIFT-IT Online and Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (or equivalent experience).

In-Person and Distance Sessions

Public workshops are wonderful, however sometimes only private attention will do. Book me as your private coach, mentor and energy worker ... to clarify and align to your Best Self. Custom sessions tailored just for you and your circumstances on a range of outer and inner themes: Private Training, Private Coaching and now new Distance BodyTalk Sessions!



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Whether you are an old hand at Visual Coaching or are completely new to it, we can all benefit from reflecting on our lives every once in a while: to identify what mid-course corrections we might want to make. Sooooo, in the spirit of this holiday season ... I'm gifting you my Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat, complete with 4 Visual Maps and Instruction eBook.

Ideal Retreat Times:
A Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat can be conducted at any time. However I find that the calendar holds some special spots when reflection of this nature is particularly helpful. Like over the Xmas holidays when a brand new year is upon us, summer vacation or another getaway, and connection to a significant milestone (birthday, marriage anniversary, graduation, relationship change, health challenge, death of a loved one, kids leaving home, etc).

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The Benefits of the Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat:
This quick little Visual Retreat helps you quickly appreciate what you have accomplished (what you've already manifested and attracted) - and to identify what's next brewing on your horizon - and the outer and inner shifts you will need to make to get there. The Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat puts your life into perspective. Gives you relief, satisfaction and an organized feeling -knowing you have taken a step to deliberately create what you want (not what you don't want).

How To Do a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat:
Set aside about 30-90 minutes, depending on how deep you want to go. Print off the four Visual Maps and Instruction eBook (see link below). Gather some pens (you can go as simple or as elaborate as you like). And, then ....


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OUTER AND INNER COACHING: Distance and In-Person

pursuingIn the scheme of things, life is short. It's a shame not to live it in alignment with who you truly are. I have successfully SHIFTed to a life of authenticity, creativity and abundance that is congruent with who I am. Let me assist you in doing the same via private coaching (either by distance or in-person).

My clientele are passionate individuals who deeply desire the manifestation of their Full Selves. Most want to get their 'special it' into the world (entrepreneurs, biz owners, leaders, teachers, consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, visual practitioners, etc.).

I employ a customized blend of both Outer (left brain) and Inner (right brain) approaches that get you firmly into the reality of what you want. Eliminate confusion, resistance and procrastination. Enhance clarity, alignment and flow.

Stop splitting your energy - create a congruent life that works for you and help the planet in the process!

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Are you a process professional with a creative bend? Are you intrigued with the visual way I work with my clients? I've trained hundreds of facilitators, consultants, trainers and now coaches, counselors, social workers, etc from around the globe. Learn fundamental visual skills that you can use in your own work with groups and individuals. Come join the visual tribe!

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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Interactive-Visuals Mentor

SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. is a boutique training and coaching company specializing in visual process work for groups and individuals. Founded by Christina Merkley, pioneering Visual Facilitator and Coach, we work deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what you really want. We also train Process Professionals from across the globe in our innovative ways of working. For more information visit and

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