Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 1, January 10, 2015


Happy New Year! As a coach, I love the New Year energy ... when we've swung past those compression days at the end of the year and are slowly but surely opening to more light and momentum.

I hope you had a great holiday and a good break to go along with it. I've had just about three weeks off, which has been WONDERFUL! So important to take much needed time off! Time to decompress, sleep, read, hike, meditate, do some socializing ... ahhhhhhhh, feels really good.

2014 was such an intense year for our planet and many of us Process Workers. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be just as significant however hopefully with more of a sense of the white hats taking the lead. With so many major issues clamoring for attention (financial, agricultural, environmental, technological, etc) more than ever its important we have good, skilled Process Professionals doing your thing with the populations you are called to serve. With the time to rejuice my batteries, I'm feeling very committed to having a great year doing my part (and helping you to do yours) in the big picture unfolding for all of us. Its interesting times we live in for sure!

I'm kicking 2015 off with a few 'pay it forward' ventures. First, is our new Interactive-Visuals eCommunity (a complimentary online forum for grads of our various visual programs). Patricia has begun the launch and invite process (starting with folks who are already members of our NING and branching out from there). Contact her at [email protected] if you are lookin' for your invite. I hope it's a great support for those of you who desire more ongoing community with your visual skills.

Secondly, I'm also going to create a Community BodyTalk Series ... again, with the intention of supporting Process Professionals in the important work we do. BodyTalk is a new love of mine (which is fitting in BEAUTIFULLY with my own process work with groups and individuals). Going to create a complementary 7 Online Session Series, for those who want to drop in for energetic support. No details yet (I've been brewing it up on my hikes with JJ through the wet woods and ocean trails). Just letting you know it is coming and is feeling really yummy and even important (gives me good shivers). Hopefully more to share on that by next issue.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor


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

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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!


The Visual Bio: A Handy Communication Tool

As a Process Professional (visual facilitator, visual coach, energy worker and educator), I often have to introduce myself and/or set context about my work before landing or diving into an engagement. A tool that helps me do that, both online and in-person is my "Visual Bio".

What a Visual Bio Is:
A Visual Bio is like a resume or a curriculum vitae but done in a visual way. In my case, it's in the graphic facilitation style that I'm known for and train others in. A Visual Bio is a summary of your professional identity and the story connected to it (more personally oriented summaries are called Life Maps). That you use to communicate that story effectively to others.

Christina Merkley, Visual Bio

Visual Bios tell the tale of who you are and how you came to be that ... they provide the evidence base for your role and brand. And, if you are like me, they can communicate information about yourself that you might otherwise have a hard time doing. At times I find it embarrassing or awkward to talk directly about myself and my accomplishments. It can feel too "me, me, me" which as a facilitator-type is difficult (as we are usually about you, you, you). However there are occasions where it is important to demonstrate my credentials and legitimacy. So, my Visual Bio helps me talk about myself, sometimes without me ever having to say a word. It also demonstrates the visual way that I usually work in too.

Below are examples of Visual Bios (my own, some I've created for others, and a few from my students) and a video clip of me using my Visual Bio during an online class ... to give you ideas of ways to engage these useful tools.


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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.).

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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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Looking for more rich, SHIFT-IT content? Check out my blog for recent ramblings, resources and general interest features:

[Interactive-Visuals eCommunity] Forum Launch & Invite Process

Visual Coaching Gift: Mini Visual Retreat with 4 Maps

[Los Angeles] See Alum Andrea Spyros At The Success Signature Attunement Summit

The Four Ways of Working Visually

New Certified Visual Coach: Eileen Caroscio

Common Formats for Graphic Facilitation and Other Ways of Working Visually

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