Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 3, February 8, 2015


Well, time keeps moving along at its rapid pace, eh. We are into February already.

This month brings the return of regular classes into my schedule. SHIFT-IT Online starts Saturday and Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (the online version) starts on the 23rd. And Visual Coach Certification 2015, is down the line in April.

It's been kind of a slow start to the year so far. I like the slower pace for rejuice reasons; yet also find myself wondering when and if it's going to pop. Been doing lots of Exploratory Chats with interested folks from all over. And our web stats are consistently strong. So I know people are looking and checking things out. However so far we have smaller class numbers compared to our usual stats.

Not a bad thing necessarily ... as it means less on my plate and more time and attention for those of you who participate. However unusual energy compared to how things usually are. With a sense of 'something about to happen'. Back when I used to live in San Francisco this palpable feeling we used to call 'earthquake weather'. The quiet before the movement comes. Is that feeling going on for you too? Pressure building? Anticipatory? A needed release of some sort about to happen?

Lots going on in the world with political tensions back and forth, media attention on certain atrocities, oil manipulations, etc. Seems a trickle down effect going on where we are all moving a bit more slowly or cautiously right now. Its 'interesting' times we live in for sure.

Given this feeling of change in the air ... I felt compelled to write about the good ol' change model for this issue's article.

How pressure building up, in the bigger picture, is a good thing. It evokes needed change and getting us to a higher level. But it can really suck in the interim (technical term that smiley ) until restabilization occurs. Lewin's classic freeze-unfreeze-freeze. Hang in there, we will make it through!

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor

P.S. You Might Benefit From Currency Exchange:
Canadian currency (which my services and products are all in) is significantly low at the moment (30% lower than the US greenback right now). Being an oil producing country, we are getting hammered by current oil manipulations and strategies. Soooooo, if you are American (or in another country that has higher currency than Canada, now is a great time for you to nab a spot in a class or product from me (it is WAY LESS given the exchange differences). See to check how your currency stacks up against Canada's.

Are you a past grad of one of our visual programs? If so, you qualify for entry to our new Interactive-Visuals eCommunity (a complimentary online forum for grads of our various visual programs).

My assistant, Patricia has sent invites to all known grads. Contact her at [email protected] if you can't find yours.

Introduce yourself to the fascinating people from across the globe who, like you, are weaving visuals into your work and mission. Share resources, receive support and mingle with your Visual Tribe!



Anne Mann
Graphic Recorder

"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.


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smileyface-questioningAt the time of writing (February 2015) I feel it's fair to say that our world is in a swirl of chaos. Environmental degradation is closing in on us. Our financial system is in unethical disarray (greatly in need of a reboot). Surveillance of our every digital move is supposedly commonplace (thanks Snowden for heads up). The powers to be (or want to be), in various regions, go back and forth trying to out do each other with sick displays of atrocity and mayhem.

It's enough to make a sensitive soul want to stay under the covers - or at least pull out the classic change models in order to reassure that its ok to get out of bed --- in fact it is imperative!

How do we balance the need to look at what is going on in the world (and in our own lives) with the need to remain optimistic and empowered? Well, according to chaos theory ...


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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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