A NOTE FROM CHRISTINA:
Oh it's been an interesting couple of weeks for those of us interested in process work. So many issues in our world are bubbling to the surface, hopefully as part of the process of working things out to a better, higher vibe place. I'm so optimistic about where we might be headed, but the terrain is definitely bumpy as we go!
Here in Canada, besides all the other important issues bubbling (Bill C51 for instance) there has been a slew of sexual harassment cases these last months: CBC Radio's Gian Ghomeshi, the junior ski coach facing 47 charges, military sexual misconduct report and now the Toronto female news reporter standing up to the disgusting FHRITP meme.
Things are heating up and it's actually nice for a change to see allegations being followed up, charges being laid, and perhaps even a shift in public awareness about these kinds of important issues. Are we in the midst of a SHIFT here? I sure hope so!
I've always wondered why sexual allegations are seemingly so hard for some organizations and people to deal with. Why first reactions are so lacking in some places. And why complainants and other whistleblowers often get wracked over the coals in a double whammy when they come forward.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how I look at it) I now have new knowledge about these dynamics, watching up close as someone I respect goes through a complaint process for a sexual violation. It's not fun but its certainly educational about why these things are so difficult to change. And the fortitude one must have to follow things through to systemic change.
This topic overall is coming out of the closet --- celebrated author Jon Krakauer has courageously zeroed in on common dynamics in his new book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. I agree with Newsweek when they write "Krakauer has done a great service by taking on this subject". It's about time that this subject comes into the light of day so we can understand it and improve it for all.
Now, on a completely different note ... I've decided to write this issue's article on the subject of working visually ... more specifically how ALL SORTS of Process Professionals can benefit by adding visual skills to their toolkit for their work with groups or individuals. And how NO, you DO NOT need to be an artist to effectively add an effective visual element to your process work. Although artists do have a role in the range of possibilities available in visual process work too.
Yours in SHIFTing IT,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Interactive-Visuals Mentor
IN YOUR WORDS: TANYA GADSBY
IT WAS CHRISTINA'S INTUITIVE ABILITY
TO GET TO THE HEART OF MY PROBLEMS THAT
MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON MY WORK AND LIFE
Graphic Recorder & Whiteboard Videos
"As a completely self-taught Graphic Recorder, over four years I'd built up a graphic recording & whiteboard video business. But I found myself feeling isolated and overwhelmed by the business side of things, and dealing with persistent issues that all artists struggle with -- that awful critical voice in my head!
Resources to address what I was struggling with were few because of how specific our industry is. Fortunately, Christina Merkley was offering a Magic Marker Retreat: a two-day intensive that focuses on the more advanced aspects of our work. She developed the agenda based on what the participants wanted -- anything from techniques, business development, confidence issues... you name it!
Over the course of two days we learned from each other; the other Graphic Facilitators and Graphic Recorders in the course had questions that I hadn't thought of, and likewise they had answers to some of my questions.
However, it was Christina's intuitive ability to get to the heart of my problems that made a huge impact on my work and life. She gently pulled the blinders off the sides of my head and we identified things I hadn't considered that were hindering my ability to grow. I've had a massive change in my outlook. I no longer feel like I'm overwhelmed and I have the tools to deal the things I'd been struggling with. Two of the exercises we went through are tacked to the wall above my office computer, where I see them every day.
Magic Marker Retreat couldn't have come at a better time, and I know Christina's a trusted resource when I need coaching in the future!"
Graphic Recording & Whiteboard Videos
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERACTIVE-VISUALS®
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This professional skills training (in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) thoroughly covers the four main ways of working visually: Studio Work, Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching. Over 87% of your consulting, facilitation, training, teaching, counseling and coaching clients are Visual Thinkers - these powerful visual skills boost the effectiveness of how you work with groups and/or individuals. Also great for Illustrators, Designers, Artists and other creatives who want to expand their skills into new zones. FYI, you DO NOT have to be an artist or even consider yourself particularly artistic to do functional visual work. There is range for everyone who is interested to apply these techniques for greater efficiency, clarity and fun in your work!
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MAGIC MARKER RETREATS ®
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 Visual Practitioners
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Note: Pre-requisite is Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (or equivalent experience).
5 WAYS NON-ARTISTS CAN WORK VISUALLY TOO
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Working visually in Process Work with groups and individuals is growing rapidly. Having been a practitioner for over 20 years (a teacher for 15 of those years) I often encounter people who are really attracted to the visual way of working but are worried they can't do it because they "aren't artists".
It's a shame when people allow this limiting mindset to stand in the way of them using a methodology that they resonate with and one that can positively serve the populations they work with. And totally unnecessary too, as I'm here to tell you that you DO NOT need to be an artist to do effective visual process work.
Here's are 5 ways that non-artists can work visually too:
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>>In Your Words
5 Ways Non-Artists Can Work Visually Too
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