Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 13,  October 25, 2014


Well, it's started ... my yearly plunge into the underworld, haha. Every year when the day light shifts and we move into the last months I go into deep processing and reflecting ... about what's next and what is most important to me now. It's all a prelude to the shifts that will come in the New Year when we move back into an expansion rather than contraction phase.

This year I've got some really interesting topics top of mind (at least I think they are interesting). Given the increasingly gloomy environment of war, strife, economics, environmental degradation, etc. I'm very much feeling the pull to even more dedicate my focus to being a counter to the dark we often see around us as we move through our current transitional period.

I'm extremely privileged to work with seasoned and up-and-coming Process Professionals from around the globe. Who are on the front lines of a wide spectrum of process work being done with groups and individuals. From straight up corporate work to the furthest reaches of the so-called fringe.

What I'm privy to is amazing. There is such good work going on from very dedicated practitioners, who roll up their sleeves (and arm their fingers with markers) to work on the issues of our day wherever they are positioned. I feel it is extremely important to support these folks who are fighting the good fight. It's not easy work but its honorable, brave and so, so, so needed.

I also feel I need to personally develop more of an understanding and maturity of the underbelly, the dark and the shadow. In order to understand how to help myself and others effectively navigate through it. Real change management. As such, I'm increasing my studies in trauma, energy medicine, and meditative/depth work.

It's not necessarily fun, although it is fascinating. And so is the sense of sovereignty, power and strength that comes from looking at these darker aspects and figuring out how to obtain dominion from them. Not be so scared. Reclaim our energies and galvanize our light.

I know that is general and high level and a little amorphous. I'm in the midst of researching several approaches and will get more specific on what I'm studying and integrating in the weeks and months ahead, so more details coming. For now, I'll just say I'm excited and anticipate this impacting the process work I do and even some of the ways I can help support other practitioners too.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

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



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

"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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I'm right smack in the middle of leading one of my Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals online courses.

My course that teaches fellow Process Professionals the ins and outs of working visually with groups and individuals (i.e. studio work, graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching).

We've attracted another wonderful cohort from across the English speaking world: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Scotland and Germany. I wish I could teach in other languages too, but alas I'm just limited to the one language I speak (besides visual language of course).


I'm so excited with the way online technology is moving. Things that were once only figments of my imagination are now popping into reality.

Leading this course via online means is an act in itself (only doable the last few years). Now, with the advent of tablet technology, I can weave all sorts of live demos and teaching segments into the course, rather than just delivering it in static ways.

Working online is not perfect ... as you will witness in the video snippet below. There are delays with fussing with controls and the inevitably audio and visual drops that occur. But it's amazing the kinds of things that can be taught online now very effectively, including tactile and experiential things like learning the ins and outs of graphic recording and graphic facilitation basics.

Below is a snippet from Wednesday's session, where I give a high level summary regarding the selection and use of appropriate color for your creations (whether you are working in the physical world with various paper, whiteboard or foamcore surfaces or in the virtual world with tablets).

Some simple color tips it behooves you to keep in mind to make your visual work as effective as possible, including lettering, icons and highlighting tips ...

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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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