Testimonials

What past participants say about their experience with Fundamentals of Interactive Visuals training:

HER ENCOURAGEMENT GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO FULLY STEP OUT AS A VISUAL RECORDER – NOW I HAVE SO MUCH BUSINESS I’M CRAVING TIME TO CATCH MY BREATH!

“I’ve now taken two of Christina’s workshops and both have been excellent. She creates a lively and stimulating atmosphere, showers us with valuable resources, and is unfailingly helpful both during the workshop and in post-workshop coaching. It’s great to have a generous pro like Christina share her expertise. Her encouragement gave me the confidence to fully step out as a Graphic Recorder, and she’s continued to show a real interest in my progress – even made me one of her Preferred Partners! Now I have so much business I’m craving time to catch my breath! Amazing and exciting.”

Avril Orloff
Graphic Recorder
Vancouver, British Columbia

Anne Mann Graphic Recorder

I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH … BEST 9 WEEKS EVER SPENT

“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.
www.annemannstudio.com

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I FOUND HER COURSE CONTENT TO BE THOROUGH, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND WELL ORGANIZED …

“Christina Merkley offers a number of fantastic programs (both online and in-person) for personal and professional development in and around the various fields related to Graphic Facilitation.

In attending Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals I found her presentations and course content to be thorough, knowledgeable, and well organized …her utilization of current technology to be convenient, practical (and highly advantageous)…and, her manner and personality to be professional, yet warm and encouraging as well. I highly encourage other Process Professionals to take advantage of the many wonderful growth opportunities Christina has to offer!”

Greg Whicker
Graphic Recorder and Illustrator
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
www.facilitationgraphics.com

GAVE ME THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO PURSUE MY VISION TO OPERATE MY OWN PROCESS BUSINESS … NOW WITH ‘VISUALS’ AS A TANGIBLE TOOL TO ASSIST.

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, Graphic Recorder | Mural Maker
“I was introduced to the world of Graphic Recording in 2009 during a professional development seminar for teachers. I was fascinated by the increased level of engagement from participants as the use of the visual medium increased their interest and buy-in. I continued to observe Graphic Recording in various venues and used a Graphic Recorder in my thesis research.

I began to seriously consider Graphic Recording \ Graphic Facilitation as a career path and was fortunate to find Christina’s Fundamentals of Working Visually. I traveled to lovely Victoria British Columbia for 3 packed days with her and a fabulous room full of diverse Process Professionals.

Returning home I set up my studio and within 5 days had completed my first pro bono mural, for a local organization, which is now proudly displayed in their lobby!

Fast on its heels, Christina referred a quick turnaround project from Florida. He loved his mural and I loved my first taste of providing Studio Work from a distance (was an effective and fun experience). I received my first pay cheque 2 weeks after completing the course! I definitely want to do more!

I believe strongly in the power of working visually and its application is so wide-ranging. I’m using charts directly in my teaching, templates to interactively engage my groups, and having a blast creating murals and visual aids (and doing Graphic Recording) for other teachers, presenters, leaders, and consultants.

I’m SO GLAD I followed my instincts to pursue work that speaks so strongly to me. And that I have Christina as my mentor to coach me. Ok Calgary and world-at-large, me and my markers are here!”

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, MA
Graphic Recorder | Mural Maker
ViClarity Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

NOW MY VISUAL WORLD IS DIVIDED INTO 2 PARTS: BEFORE AND AFTER TRAINING WITH YOU

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  • Professionally organized. Clearly informed to participate effectively;
  • Highly detailed materials, perspectives, techniques, methods, samples, videos and other resources;
  • Gave me a wide perspective about how can I integrate my landscape architecture, drawing, coaching, team facilitation, and training skills;
  • Satisfied my left brain: What the distinctions of the work are: recorder, facilitator, coach. What my strengths and weaknesses are. What my vision as a Visual Practitioner is and what I want to create for my practice here in Turkey and why. My next steps all wrapped up in a visual action plan.
  • And my right brain jumped into the depths of the visual ocean with Christina’s leadership: listening, being in the moment, creativity, sharing, generosity, integrity, professionalism, vulnerability, flexibility, openness to learning, spirituality and alignment with visual/metaphorical world inside of me…

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals was a birthday present from my dear boss. I would attend the online seminars and then excitedly share ideas with my work team. With their curiosity and support, I am integrating visuals into the consulting, training and coaching work we do with our clients. This has so exceeded my expectations … I’m on my way!”

Sema K. Tezar, Visual Practitioner
Ankara, Turkey
Denge Merkezi Training and Consultancy

AN ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR FUTURE LEADERS!

“One of the most important aspects of leadership is the ability to communicate. Using visuals enhances communication and therefore is an essential tool for future leaders”.

Lachlan Whatley
Department Chair, Business Dept., University of the Fraser Valley
www.ucfv.ca

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RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING, I KNEW I WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE

“I can’t describe how grateful I am that I invested in Christina’s Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals. What an amazing course. Right from the beginning I just knew I was in the right place. Even though I had been doing Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording sporadically over the years my confidence was low and I knew I would benefit from boosting this (together with my skills) as my business started to grow. One of the best things about the course was the drills we were given between classes which Christina then provided feedback on. I learned so much, it has given a tremendous boost to my practice, not just in terms of what I am delivering for clients but also in how I communicate what I do and attract clients to my business. Thanks so much, Christina, I’m so glad I found you when I did!”

Emer O’Leary
Graphic Facilitator and Trainer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
www.emeroleary.com

Clare North Internal Change Leader and Facilitator/Coach

HAS THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF MATERIALS, IS PROFESSIONALLY PRESENTED AND INCLUDES A HUGE RANGE OF RESOURCES

“I participated from the United Kingdom in the online version of Fundamentals of Working Visually. The course has the highest quality of materials, is professionally presented and includes a huge range of resources.

This program clarified my thoughts about which kind of interactive visuals I’m most drawn to (Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching). It had lots of opportunities to practice and experiment, giving a taste test of the experiential learning I hadn’t received from previous book-based learning.

Also, via some sensitive coaching from Christina, I examined my resistance to doing this work at a deeper level which allowed me to move past some negative programming in order to try some stuff out. Raised my awareness of how my background/experience is feeding into this work and making it my natural next step. I feel super confident now to go and do and have already gone and done! I’ve started sharing my work on twitter, I couldn’t have imagined doing that before this supportive course!”

Clare North
Business Transformation Leader in Large U.S. Corporation & Coach
Cheadle, Cheshire, United Kingdom
www.clarenorth.com

EQUIPS YOU TO ADD VALUE TO CONVERSATIONS LARGE AND SMALL

“A challenging and informative workshop that equips you in the different ways of using visuals to add value to conversations large and small. I’m now implementing my skills here in Ireland – and Christina please share in the glory of the wonderful comments I’m receiving from our consulting clients … ‘this is brilliant’ and ‘many, many thanks, we are so pleased’. This work is so very rewarding and great fun!”

Elfie Rocher, Visual Recorder, Corporate Community, Dublin, Ireland

NEW WAY TO CREATIVELY BRIDGE CHAOS AND COMPLEXITY

“These skills offer me a new way to creatively bridge chaos and complexity, a value add to my skills as a consultant working with whole systems and culture-shifting in organizations!”

Michael Keller
Consultant and Faculty at Royal Roads University, Leadership & Training Program

Shannon Bruce Using Her New Visual Skills

LEFT WITH THE ABILITY TO DRAW, CREATE TEMPLATES AND FACILITATE/COACH IN A NEW VISUAL WAY

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is an excellent course for Process Workers who want to integrate other modalities of learning into their work. I left with the ability to draw, create templates, and facilitate / coach in a new visual way.

This comprehensive course is LOADED with valuable content, insights, resources, materials, and skills. Christina is a generous, authentic, trustworthy guide and mentor who balances both encouragement and challenge. I’m grateful for her giving me the gift of my creativity, which has been dormant throughout my career until now.”

Shannon Bruce, CPCC, PCC
Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach
Puget Sound, Washington, U.S.A.
www.storybridgecoaching.com

DELIGHTED I SAID YES AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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“Delighted I said “Yes!” to Fundamentals Interactive-Visuals. It exceeded my expectations. This online course was a whole lot of fun and nicely paced with the workbook and videos. My favorite bedtime reading for a quite a few nights plus my magic marker collection is getting a workout.

Christina’s masterful teaching made it a comfortable deep dive into the he(art) of working visually with groups and individuals. Now I’m confidently integrating the skills she taught into my practice including creating my own visual templates. Clients love their maps and light up in their visual sessions. Highly recommend!”

Rev. Michele Grace Lessirard
Vero Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
www.MarketingForHealers.com

THANK GOD I DIDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER!

“Christina’s top-notch mentoring gave me the missing link to turn what I was doing as a hobby into an actual business. She sharpened my current skills, gave me structure and functionality (was missing as a more right-brained person) – and addressed new skills that I didn’t even know I needed!

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals was an investment in myself, not a cost – I trusted it would pay off and it did … recognized by our company President who gave me visibility on an international corporate level, saying “I’m going to honor you for having invested in yourself”. Within a month I launched Crow-Hill Conversations and had my first professional gig – a 3-day graphic recording for 150 … and my practice is quickly growing. I thought about taking this training for a year – Thank God I didn’t wait any longer!”

Allison Crow
Austin, Texas
www.crowhillconversations.com

CHRISTINA’S ONLINE GRAPHIC FACILITATION TRAINING MORE THAN DELIVERED ON MY EXPECTATIONS… AND I HAD PRETTY HIGH EXPECTATIONS!

Annette Leslie Management Consultant Graphic Facilitation

“I wanted to refresh and update my knowledge on graphic facilitation and having researched my local and online options, decided Christina Merkley was the go-to lady. Many courses offer to teach you how to doodle, very little though on how to actually support process work through the use of spontaneous or co-built visuals. Christina’s online Graphic Facilitation Training more than delivered on my expectations, and I had pretty high expectations!

I loved how interactive her webinars are, especially when she demo’d things for us to better understand issues and ideas. Enjoyed seeing my colleagues from many geographies, their work and getting to interact with them. Very helpful for the sharing of ideas and experiences.

My only concern prior to joining was how out of sync I would feel from the UK, being in such a different time zone. No worries, I sat down at 8pm and joined in the online classroom, and loved it. Also, want to comment on how generous Christina is with her time and material; every question and query was worked through – very impressive.”

Annette Leslie
Management Consultant / Speaker
United Kingdom

LEARNING FROM A PIONEER IN THE FIELD HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND I NOW KNOW WHY SO MANY INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES SEEK CHRISTINA OUT

Ann Leach
Grief and Loss Specialist
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.

“I’ve worked with Christina for several years now, using her as my personal coach and then as my trainer for the Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals. Working in a visual way has been a dream of mine for a while, and finding Christina and her support showed me that it is possible to learn these skills despite no artistic talent at all!

I was ready to incorporate the process into my work with women coping with loss and change in a bigger way this year and knew I needed some support in making it happen. I saw Christina’s notice about the Magic Marker Retreat and knew it was meant for me.

Through the four months of interactive work and discussion, I received a major A-ha! for my business: I do my best work in an 11 x 17 tablet. I appreciate my mastermind partners’ support of me in clarifying my desire to do custom chart work and visual coaching in this way. It has changed how I approach my business and how I market my services to potential clients. And the results are more engaged clients (they love taking home their weekly map of next steps), a more unique positioning in the marketplace and an additional stand-alone income stream

I loved being in this group with others of varying skill levels, fields and interests. Christina effectively created a welcoming space in which to share ideas, give friendly critiques and to visualize our next steps to success. Learning from a pioneer in the field has been an honor and I now know why so many individuals and businesses seek Christina out: she’s committed, professional, wise and wonderful. Our in-person retreat was truly magical and I have carried that energy and business focus with me ever since. Thanks Christina and fellow Masterminders!”

Ann Leach
Grief and Loss Specialist
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.
www.lifepreservers.com

WAS INVALUABLE AND THE VISUAL WAY OF WORKING HAS BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE

Francesca de Bastiani Facilitator, Trainer & Curriculum Developer
“Are you a visual person? Do you like to work with images that evoke thoughts, emotions and concepts? Do you enjoy using colour, simple lines and succinct vocabulary to tell a story? Do you enjoy discovering with like-minded individuals?

Do you like being mentored by an exciting individual who has a keen ability to “get you” quickly and coach you to develop a clear action plan with meaningful, concrete activity to move you closer to your goals?

When I signed up for Christina Merkley’s Magic Marker Retreat (MMM), I wasn’t sure what to expect. However I knew that after experiencing her “Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals” I wanted more! And MORE I got …

I recommend MMM to anyone inclined to explore a fun and direct craft for getting messages across for work, personal life or continuous learning. Be ready to work large, Large, LARGE! The experience is very liberating in an extremely safe environment. I am in no way an artist but I love learning about capturing ideas and perspective quickly in a visual manner. I had the pleasure of learning with individuals who I would consider to be artists and excellent conceptual planners but felt that my participation was just as valuable. The experience for me was one of honouring my capacity to learn the craft at my own pace. Sure there were people that were better and more driven to produce. I never once felt that I had to keep up, rather, was coached to be where I was at and this made the experience very rich and enjoyable.

MMM is of particular use to someone, like me, who is in a position of facilitation, process planning, recorder of meetings, instruction and lesson planning. Was invaluable and the visual way of working has become a very important part of my life. I encourage you to dive in and embrace The Magic Marker Retreat. You will learn a lot, enjoy what you are learning and be able to help others along the way too. Christina Merkley makes sure of that!”

Francesca de Bastiani
Facilitator, Trainer & Curriculum Developer
Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada

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

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

YOU AREN’T FEEDING ME FISH, YOU ARE TEACHING ME TO FISH AND AS WE’VE SEEN IT’S ALREADY PAYING OFF!

“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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Shelley Nessman Consultant on Strategic Initiatives

GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WORK AND YOUR GRACIOUS GENEROSITY

“I know you realize the power of the deep spiritual nature of the work that you do- I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me over the last few months with SHIFT-IT Online and Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals.

I can’t think of any course that I have done or even taught over the last few years that had such a freeing effect on me and I wanted to let you know that I truly am grateful for your work and your gracious generosity! I learned so much on so many levels … and it continues as I refine my SHIFT-IT maps!

I really appreciated the opportunities for us to connect with each other as a cohort and as friends … a really wonderful part of your curriculum! I made great connections and got to share bits of myself too (which brought me such wonderful understanding!)

There is something about holding space for co-creation mixed with individual creation and growth that is so powerful! I am looking at ways to build this aspect into my work – particularly with people who are labeled developmentally disabled. Often the people I work with are incredibly wise and creative- and are actually hungry for space to create without parameter. This isn’t about your curriculum per se, more about the energy and style you brought to us … so thank you for the modeling!

I am dipping my toe into the graphics piece slowly – still battling some gremlins there … and may repeat SHIFT-IT again in the fall. Am reading Ask And It Is Given and watching tons of Abraham Hicks – really resonates for me (thanks for introducing the Law of Attraction aspect, truly wonderful).”

Shelley Nessman
Consultant on Strategic Initiatives
Spectrum Society for Community Living
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
www.spectrumsociety.org

POWERFUL LESSON IN HOW GOOD COACHING IMPROVES ONE’S WORK, AND WHY I CONSIDER CHRISTINA ONE OF THE GREAT MENTORS IN MY LIFE

Aaron Johannes Certified Visual Coach®“The day I got word of my successful completion of Visual Coach Certification® I was working on a new chart for a client who comes annually for visual project updates. It’s great for them, and I love how much airplay the charts get in their work with various teams around the province.

On that significant day of completion, I got to compare three charts; one from 3 years ago, another from 2 years ago and then the current one (made on the heels of the last 13 months in SHIFT-IT Online, The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals and Visual Coach Certification). Comparing my charts was yet another powerful lesson in how good coaching can improve one’s work, and why I consider Christina Merkley one of the great mentors in my life.

While that’s about the improvement of technical skills, there’s also been an amazing shift in me as a person too. I think the word that comes to mind most about this program for me is “trust.” Becoming a Visual Coach with individuals was a leap for me after years of co-facilitating groups in various kinds of team planning processes. I had worked with individuals with disabilities using the PATH Process, however I was now trusted to add the SHIFT-IT tools to my toolkit too.

I made my way through the base training part of the program then progressed to working with clients: suddenly there was this one person (my first official visual coaching client); hopeful, daunted, nervous, wondering, and trusting to be coached, by me. In that moment (once I remembered to breathe) I recalled how Christina had told me the truth even when it was hard to hear, and also when she told me what she liked about what I had done and how I had improved – she asked me to try something different, in my graphics and in my life, and I trusted her sense of what I was capable of. And it worked. And she sent me back to redo something. Not many people send me back to do things over. Oddly, I liked that a lot.

All day I mulled over these ideas and then, as I coached someone through a shift in their life, they said, “I really trust your sense of this – I know I can trust you to help me get where I want to go.”

Aaron Johannes
Co-Director, Spectrum Society | Graphic Facilitator & Coach
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Kelcy Benedict

I LOVE GROUP FACILITATION AND AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING WAYS TO HELP GROUPS HAVE RICHER CONVERSATIONS AND ENGAGE THEM IN THE PROCESS.

“I circled around Christina’s work for a couple of years before jumping in. I love group facilitation and am always researching ways to help groups have richer conversations and engage them in the process. When I found her site I was just starting to understand this body of work called Graphic Facilitation and was seeking resources to develop my skills.

What struck me when I found her was how effectively she integrates graphic illustrations and templates as part of the group process and with coaching! I thought it was brilliant.

I chose to make it all about me first so I started with The SHIFT-IT Home Study Kit. I loved how extensive and complete it was. This enabled me to work through it on my own and on my own schedule.

Next I studied Business Essentials for Process Professionals, the deluxe version with the one-on-one coaching calls with her. They were awesome and helped me successfully process some dynamics occurring in my practice.

Currently I’m working my way through the Fundamental of Interactive-Visuals Kit in preparation for the Magic Marker Retreat coming up in Victoria, British Columbia. I’m SO EXCITED to engage this work in person with her and the other participants!

I’m really supported as I integrate these powerful new skills into my work with organizations, teams and personal growth groups. Thanks Christina!”

Kelcy Benedict
Senior Facilitator and Consultant, Facilitation Plus Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
www.facilitationplus.ca

Geri Briggs-Simpson Community Services Supervisor & Graphic Recorder/Facilitator

CHRISTINA’S CLASSES ARE WELL PACED AND PROGRESSIVE … PROVIDE YOU WITH A SET OF PROFESSIONAL TOOLS FOR YOUR REPERTOIRE. I AM THRILLED I TOOK THE CHANCE AND REGISTERED.

“People I respect suggested I join them for SHIFT-IT Online by Christina Merkley. I reviewed her site and felt this program was exactly what I was looking for. For 7 weeks, participants from all over the USA, Canada and Europe met online to explore, share, and develop plans for our own professional and personal growth – guided expertly by Christina. It was very exciting to hear others ideas and learn together. Through out my education and work career I have done various self discovery programs, but none produced the clarity and process that SHIFT-IT did.

SHIFT-IT helped solidify my plan to further build my skills as a Graphic Recorder/Facilitator. So I next attended her Fundamental of Interactive-Visuals which was fabulous! Well organized, excellent resources and Christina was incredibly supportive and encouraging. She hosts an environment that allows you to take chances while building skills and professional confidence.

Christina’s classes are well paced and progressive … providing you with a set of “professional tools” for your repertoire. I am thrilled I took the chance and registered. I am looking forward to attending Magic Marker Retreat next!”

Geri Briggs-Simpson
Community Services Supervisor & Graphic Recorder/Facilitator
City of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Lisa Moore Accounting & Software Specialist

WE ALL HAVE GIFTS TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. I’M GLAD CHRISTINA SHARES HERS, BECAUSE SHE IS HELPING ME TO SHARE MINE!

“I met Christina in fall 2012 when I joined a 12-week webinar program she co-hosted (Thrive In the Time of Awakening). During the next months, I was simply awed by her intuitive and compassionate facilitation as participants worked through sensitive connections and integrations.

Later, I followed an unlikely inner prompting (considering that I have a beloved career in accounting) and joined the spring 2013 Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals in beautiful Victoria, BC. I was concerned I might feel like an outsider, but I felt welcomed in a group of graphic and process professionals as she blended detailed training with facilitation of personal expression and expansion for each of us.

Most recently, I joined SHIFT-IT Online. I had been exposed to some of her visual maps in my earlier work, but this was an opportunity to dive deep. The maps helped me zero in on functional areas of my life I would like to improve without colliding with my internal resistance. And now, I am excited to venture into private coaching!

What I love about my work with Christina is that I know I can trust her to follow her intuition and internal guidance as she helps me to reveal to myself what I might not quickly see on my own. She recognizes and honors that inspiration is important to me. It’s my work to do, but it’s really nice to have her by my side. We all have gifts to share with the world. I’m glad Christina shares hers, because she is helping me to share mine!”

Lisa Moore
Accounting & Software Specialist
Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Alexa Linton Coach & Certified BodyTalk

Alexa Linton
Coach & Certified BodyTalk

A POTENCY AND STRENGTH AS A MENTOR THAT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND

“Working with Christina Merkley has been a powerful experience! Not only is she an incredible coach, teacher and facilitator, she also has a potency and strength as a mentor that goes above and beyond. She is deeply committed to her own personal work and the well-being and happiness of her clients, colleagues and friends. And she inspires so many to follow in her footsteps towards a rich, fun and fulfilling life.

I love incorporating ‘working visually’ into my healing and coaching practice. The support during her Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals course was outstanding, helping me move through big blocks to see the goldmine that lay beneath my resistance.

SHIFT-IT Online was also a great help – allowing me to further process limitations; which parlayed into one of the most successful years of my career while still being authentically and openly me.

I am also blessed to work with Christina doing BodyTalk – love her powerhouse sessions that incorporate her deep wisdom, knowledge and understanding and her cut-to-the-chase coaching style and blast through stuck spots.

Thanks Christina for all your support, teachings and inspiration!”

Alexa Linton
Coach and Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
www.alexalinton.com

Sonia-Talwar

Sonia Talwar
Organizational Leader

INSPIRING, GROUNDED AND PRAGMATIC

Fundamentals of Working Visually was inspiring, grounded and pragmatic. I really liked the format covering the main ways of working (recording, facilitation and coaching), it worked very well. And I enjoyed the demos and having lots of practice time.

It’s valuable to internalize the skills and to know, from having taken this course, that with practice, I can work visually too.

Initially I heard of Christina via word of mouth, but honestly, when I went to her site I was initially skeptical since it seemed heavily branded and it turned me off a bit (though I realize this is my own stuff, perhaps others feel similar). I registered anyway since I was drawn to her visual work – I found myself pleasantly surprised by her authenticity.

The opportunity to leverage Christina’s experience as a visual entrepreneur has been a gift to myself and my work – long overdue!”

Sonia Talwar
Organizational Leader
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Joseph Briante, BodyTalk Practitioner

WAS CHALLENGED TO BE BOTH CURIOUS AND BRAVE … TO JUMP IN AND MAKE MARKS, MISTAKES AND GET OVER MYSELF!

“Coming from a background in business, personal growth and healing, I resonated with Christina Merkley and her work instantly. She’s professional, clear and innovative, always exploring into new process territory.

I loved Fundamentals of Working Visually, it was practical skills development, creativity and self-discovery in one concise package. Christina is very clear, positive and holds space seamlessly, a real skill given the wonderfully wide spectrum of practitioners and interests present.

I was challenged to be both curious and brave … to jump in and make marks, mistakes and get over myself (stop comparing to others and worrying about perfection). Now I can think and visualize out loud, with myself and others.

It’s been really meaningful to reconnect my logical and creative sides and to spot all the applications for working visually, including mapping out processes I do regularly.

Took me to a new place. Highly recommend.”

Joseph Briante
BodyTalk Practitioner
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Judy Southwell Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer

“I have been involved in adult education for 25 years as an instructor, facilitator, and in curriculum design and program development. I really enjoy learning experiences where interactive, reflective and illustration methods are incorporated.

It is an ongoing goal of mine to illustrate confidently, use colour effectively, and instinctively use visual processing methods to interpret and apply information. It was for these reasons that I was drawn to Christina’s courses.

I’ve taken SHIFT-IT Online, Fundamentals of Working Visually, Business Essentials for Process Professionals and, most recently, Magic Marker Retreat.

I enjoyed SHIFT-IT for its comprehensive documentation and helpful templates, and loved using coloured pens and illustrations to bring clarity to the reflective exercises.

Fundamentals of Working Visually was a turning point. It is a really well designed online course. My learning was greatly enhanced through the combo of written materials, weekly lectures, Christina’s generous sharing of her knowledge and expertise, as well as the extra time to answer participants’ personal questions. Assignments were relevant, and it was fun to participate in the forum where co-learners shared projects and encouragement. I immersed myself–taking my sketch book everywhere (still do!).

Business Essentials was an eye opener, especially with regards to figuring out my ideal clients, potential offerings, a company name and elevator pitch, and how to stay afloat financially. I took this course online and enjoyed taking my time to think about and refine project work. I also thoroughly enjoyed the video interviews with experts and past participants.

Magic Marker Retreat was a super opportunity to gather with other visual keeners in person. It was wonderful to see Christina apply her craft as she drew out classmates to shift and break through resistance. It was remarkable to see the profound insights that occurred.

I have applied visual processing most notably in the planning and implementation of Instructional Skills and Facilitator Development Workshops in Ghana via a CIDA project between Vancouver Island University and a polytechnic in Sunyani.

I designed a pre-workbook (with visual templates), and I also instructed trainee facilitators on how to draw icons and use headings and colour when generating purposeful feedback. Workshop participants took up their new skills with great enthusiasm and applied them really effectively to record feedback on flipcharts and chalkboards. It was also fun to watch the Ghanaian humour unfold through their icons!

A Ghanaian colleague recently asked when I would be going back to Sunyani so they can learn more about visual processing! I’m looking forward to exploring effective applications for visual processing in instructional and other settings in local and international environments.”

Judy Southwell
Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Estelle Gibson, CPA Speaker, Trainer and Coach

ONE OF THE REASONS I WAS SELECTED WAS BECAUSE DURING MY INTERVIEW I SHARED HOW I WOULD USE INTERACTIVE-VISUALS – THEY WERE REALLY INTERESTED AND EXCITED ABOUT THE IDEA!

“As a CPA and Financial Coach I work with Creative and Heart Centered Business Owners using an inner and outer approach with their money and mindset.

I attended Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals last fall. Wow, I just reviewed my desired outcomes I jotted down when the course began — to be able to create coaching notes and creative worksheets for my clients – get away from the boring spreadsheets.

Christina expertly provided the missing link for me. I now have the ability to create visual tools for my clients to more effectively introduce financial topics and help them see and change their complex and emotional money issues.

In my private coaching with Christina we brainstormed ways to make my workshop presentations more interesting, inviting and dynamic. Next month I’m presenting at the International Coach Federation Conference. I believe one of the reasons I was selected was because during my interview I shared how I would use Interactive-Visuals – they were really interested and excited about the idea!

Thanks Christina for your awesome step-by-step course and all the help and support you provide.”

Estelle Gibson, CPA
Speaker, Trainer, Coach
Ohio, USA
www.journey-to-freedom.com

Anne Marie Turnbull

HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER COURSES AND CAN VIRTUALLY GUARANTEE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO STOP AT JUST ONE!

“I was first exposed to working visually in 2010 when I began to cast about for more interesting ways to engage leaders in the wide variety of offsites that I lead. After reading a number of books and applying general concepts, I knew that I would benefit from some more structured “hands on” learning. Enter Christina Merkley. I started with her beginning course and was hooked!

Fundamentals of Working Visually was an incredibly rich learning experience. Christina’s intellectual generosity is unparalleled. She not only skillfully taught the basics but also shared tips and tricks to accelerate my learning. Critical for me as I am not a natural artist! There had been icons that I had consistently struggled with and one particular session broke my logjam. My facilitation clients have proactively commented on the power of my visuals to focus and enable their conversations that matter.

Magic Marker Mastermind was my next opportunity to further stretch. While the calls were a great way to get feedback and to share insights, I found the real-time, ‘at the wall’ retreats invaluable for application and experimentation. A fertile environment for breakthroughs of which I had many!

Emboldened by success with facilitation clients, I decided to pursue using visuals with my coaching clients. While I often found myself drawing in sessions, Christina’s approach is more deliberate and intentional. I enrolled in Visual Coach Certification (which I’ll finish next month). The three coaches that I have taken through The SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching Process® were extremely positive about this inner work/outer work framework and the power of the visuals to spur deeper thinking.

I cannot speak highly enough about Christina and her programs. She is truly a pleasure to work with. She lives what she teaches and coaches. Her openness, generosity of spirit, creativity and resourcefulness are a pleasure to experience and a model to emulate. I highly recommend her courses and can virtually guarantee that you will not be able to stop at just one!”

Anne Marie Turnbull, President, AMT Associates
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
www.amtassociates.ca

Kristin Wiens, Educator & Graphic Recorder

SUCH A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE THAT FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS …

“Taking the Fundamentals of Working Visually was such a positive experience that FAR exceeded my expectations. The workshop was motivating, inspiring, educational and fun. Christina creates a wonderfully supportive learning environment and guides participants through a carefully crafted curriculum designed to get participants actively using visuals right way.

I left the workshop with new confidence and applied my visual skills at work immediately. Christina very generously shares her knowledge, experience and passion. I can’t wait to take another course with her. An added bonus was the wonderful people from all over that I met. I highly recommend this training to anyone considering it. Go for it!”

Kristin Wiens
Curriculum Coordinator, PATH Trainer & Facilitator | Graphic Recorder
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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VALUE, VALUE, VALUE … WAS SO WORTH IT!

“Value, Value, Value!!! Fundamentals of Working Visually (online) was SO WORTH IT! Christina’s runs a top notch program — from the materials coming to my house prior, to the live web classes, her generous Q&A after, the class video and audio recordings, guest videos, to the private 45-minute session included. Her assistant, Patricia, is on top of everything.

The cool thing was I put what I was learning into action right away in my own meetings and folks were delighted … EVEN as I was in the learner role. Did I mention FUN? That too!

The on-line version was right for me, as I could slowly absorb and practice the techniques, receive feedback, and participate in the class forum – a real community. It was just like being there, with Christina and participants on webcam. I was happy to not have to travel. Our group developed friendships: giving encouragement and sharing experiences and resources. Many have stayed connected as we continue to integrate working visually into our work and lives.”

Eileen Caroscio, Coach & Presenter, Virginia, U.S.A.
www.passagewayscoaching.net

P.S. I so enjoyed my experience that I’m now in Visual Coach Certification – loving this dynamic cohort too!

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH STRONG RELATONSHIPS WITH COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD!

“Being the volunteer for the Life Map demo was a great experience! I loved the demos done by Christina and her encouragement as we did them on our own. Limiting the participant count allows for a comfortable setting and creates a wonderful opportunity to establish strong relationships with colleagues from across the world. Since being back I’ve been doing lots of pre-charting and practicing. My husband has threatened to tear down the walls so I can’t put up any more paper and create my trails of dust (pretty colored pastel dust)!”

Jan Spaulding
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Battle Creek, MI

CAME HOME WITH A PRODUCT I CAN USE RIGHT AWAY – I’M REFERRING YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES!

“Thank you so much for the most excellent training. I learned so much. The one-on-one time with you to draw on your vast experience with Graphic Recording and especially Graphic Facilitation – priceless. I learned so much AND came home with a product that I can use right away. My clients are going to be thrilled when I show them what I can do for them thanks to my training with you. I’m referring you to my colleagues!”

Judi Adams
Adams & Adams Consulting Inc.
San Diego

AMAZING RESULTS … CHRISTINA IS A VERY CONVINCING & PERSUASIVE PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINER

“Rich experience, solid preparation and presentation. Seeing all the amazing results of the group. A very solid and well-balanced training experience. Christina is a VERY convincing / persuasive professional and trainer.”

Suzanne Hoogwater
Legal Visuals Inc, Lawyer, and Info Designer
Netherlands and Denver, CO

ALLOWED US TO SEE THINGS WE’D BEEN TRYING TO COMPREHEND FOR WEEKS

“I’ve worked with Christina on over a dozen consulting and change management projects since ’97. She’s exceptional. Reactions to her work have ranged from happily impressed to outright awe. On a particularly high-level e-business strategy workshop for a Fortune 20 client, a member of the Dow-30, the executives’ collective opinion was that her abilities ‘allowed us to see things we’d been trying to comprehend for weeks.”

Ken Weitzel
Director, The Corporate Executive Board
Washington, D.C

THE WORK ITSELF IS QUITE PROFOUND BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY

Heather Martinez

“New to visual recording, I have found that the work itself is quite profound both professionally and personally. After taking the Fundamentals of Working Visually, I took the opportunity to meet with Christina for a 1:1 coaching session. Her ability to listen and share the type of resources I needed to take my next steps has launched me into sharing new ideas at work and fulfill myself personally through further training in working visually. I’m currently taking the SHIFT-IT Online Group and short of turning into a navel-gazer, I’m discovering my true essence, what motivates me, and how I can embrace my highest potential. I look forward to experiencing what the coming weeks will bring and how I can apply my “new found self” to my existing life in new ways.

Of all the healing modalities and techniques I have studied, Christina’s approach to her work is impeccable. We are fortunate that she shares her gift with the world.”

Heather Martinez
Graphic Designer / Visual Practitioner
Colorado, U.S.A.

AFTER CHRISTINA’S TRAINING I IMMEDIATELY USED INTERACTIVE-VISUALS IN MY SEMINARS… AND PEOPLE LOVE IT!

Lisa Edwards

“Graphics have changed my life! Taking Fundamentals of Working Visually was the best professional development favor that I’ve done for myself in a LONG time. Christina is a wealth of knowledge and experience… and I especially appreciate her practicality.

Participants get plenty of “ink time” plus in-depth info about visuals, visual learning and consulting… and connecting with the amazing people that are also drawn to this material. Afterward, I immediately began using visuals in my seminars, and people LOVE IT!”

Lisa Edwards
Corporate Wellness Consultant
www.radiatewell.com

FOLKS WERE FASCINATED WITH THE VISUAL RECORDINGS

Katie Proctor“Fundamentals of Working Visually! Not only did I get some amazing new skills but you also took me deeper in my personal journey …I have another community now too!

I’ve just returned from a Quality Academy for healthcare professionals that we teach – a 6-month residency program … where I did my first public Visual Recording. It was a little scary, but once I got up there, it was fine. Folks were just fascinated with it and wanted pictures because the visual recordings help them remember the content of the presentations.

I now understand how the icons get embedded in your cells. I used the icons in your book to get inspiration and have started my own icon library. Am continuing to practice your lettering tricks and have rolls of the large white paper on order. Extreme fun! You are what I needed next. I will stay in touch for ongoing coaching!”

Katie Procter
Healthcare Quality Leader
Vancouver, British Columbia

Lilia Lee

GUIDANCE NOT ONLY ON AN OUTWARD LEVEL BUT ALSO THE MEANS FOR ME TO CHANGE MY INNER MINDSET

“I’ve worked with Christina as my mentor and guide in several capacities: Fundamentals of Working Visually, SHIFT-IT Online Group, a 6-month business incubator and now private coaching.Before her, I’d been forever scratching my head about my business and next steps. Frustrated that I couldn’t formulate my ideas well enough to get the pieces together and move forward. Never had time to flesh it out and make it real. Working with her is the best thing I have done for my business success. Guidance not only on an outward level but also the means for me to change my inner mindset … clearing the negative programming that had plagued me for so long. I’ve grown on a spiritual level as a whole person, something other business teachers/coaches have ignored. My development as a shamanic apprentice is encouraged and she’s helped me to see how to incorporate all aspects of me into what I do.

I highly recommend working with Christina in any capacity you are called to. Worth every penny I invested!”

Lilia Lee
Online Biz Strategist & Shamanic Apprentice

THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT IN MYSELF AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

“Christina has been my Coach and Mentor for several years and I have attended pretty much every program she has ever run. This is the second Mastermind group I have been a member of and as with all Christina’s programs and trainings it delivered huge value on multiple levels. As a developing visual practitioner, MMM gave me a hotbed incubator environment to support developing and growing my visual skills, expand into new learning territories such as digital scribing and also benefit hugely from the rich mix of experience and knowledge of the other mastermind participants. As always Christina attracts high calibre, quality students from around the globe and this group was no exception.

Weekly group calls meant maintained and consistent coaching and support plus the ever-important element of an in-person retreat gave all of us a super strong springboard from which to bounce. For me this has resulted in an accelerated expansion of my visual skills as a recorder and enhanced my facilitation processes and also my confidence has soared. As a direct result of being part of MMM, I have landed more graphic recording work, seen an increase in the number of referrals and repeat business for my practice and the personal 1-2-1 coaching I have received from Christina has significantly helped me hone and focus my business development and services offered. It is without doubt the most important investment in myself and my business development this year and I have already made back the investment price several times over through increased work I have received. If you want to expand your visual skills, develop your visual business offerings and be mentored by an industry pioneer you can learn from no better mentor than Christina.”

Tamsyn Hawkins
Business consultant and Visual Facilitator
London, UK
www.siriuscommunication.co.uk

VERY SUCCESSFUL CLIENT WORK RIGHT AWAY

“Christina’s visual facilitation work takes coaching to a new level of expression and connection with clients. I just attended Meeting Graphics 101 (after reading her article in the Coaches Training Institute newsletter) — truly a valuable way of expressing ideas and working with clients. One of THE MOST INTERESTING courses I have EVER taken. The sky is the limit as to how I will be applying graphics to my practice. I’ve already had two very successful experiences with clients using what she taught me, and it’s only been two weeks since the workshop!”

Shannan Brown
formerly Coast Community Credit Union, HR, Now Independent Coach & Consultant

GENEROUS TEACHER – SAFE AND FUN CONTAINER!

“Christina is a supportive and generous teacher. She creates a ‘container’ that makes self-expression, self-discovery and self-exposure stimulating, safe and fun. I’m so excited to use these new skills in my work with clients!”

Andrea Williams
Life Launcher
Hillsboro, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
www.fearlessfabulouslife.com

HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ADDED VISUALS TO MY WORK AS A SPEAKER, FACILITATOR & VIDEOGRAPHER

“One of the best trainings I have ever taken! Real-world applications, genuine information, and a comfortable learning lab – I recommend MEETING GRAPHICS 101 and THE GRAPHIC BOOTCAMP to anyone interested in making the world a better place. I’ve taken ALL of Christina’s offerings – including SHIFT-IT coaching. Have successfully added visuals to my work as a speaker, facilitator, and videographer … and am doing gigs as a Visual Recorder too! The follow-up coaching after client engagements has been awesome – refines my learning and helps me apply lessons to my own business development. I’m totally stoked!”

Erik Hanson
Speaker/Facilitator, Extreme Kindness Crew
Vancouver Island, B.C.
www.extremekindness.com