Christina Merkley, MA
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What is a Visual Practitioner?
As Visual Practitioners we weave a graphic component into our work. We literally draw information out of people, functioning as facilitators and scribes to get the wisdom of groups into a tangible form . . . read more

History and Evolution of the Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation Field
This article is an attempt to answer the question of "Where DID this way of working come from? What are the historical roots of your field? Questions that I get asked as I go about my work in my own graphic facilitation and graphic coaching practice . . . read more

Meeting Graphics 101: Overview and Basic Definitions
I tend to use this graphic and these definitions in my introductory "Meeting Graphics 101" Workshop: To help orient workshop participants to the Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording field and the spectrum of graphic applications within it . . . read more

22 Tips for Practicing Your Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation Skills
Are you new to Graphic Recording? Are you a facilitator who wants to add graphics to your toolkit? If so, below are 22 tips and techniques to help you develop your new
graphic skills . . . read more

The Benefits of Graphic Facilitation: More Than Just Pretty Pictures
Graphic Facilitation is a facilitation method that uses a visual approach to help people SEE their thoughts, communicate and make decisions. Often confused with its more illustrative cousin (Graphic Recording), Graphic Facilitation is more than just 'pretty pictures.' It is a sophisticated thinking tool to help groups talk, brainstorm, analyze, dialogue, resolve conflict, reach consensus and move forward . . . read more

So Ya Wanna Be a Graphic Recorder (or Graphic Facilitator)!?
A few times a month I get a call or an email from someone who is very interested in the Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation Field and who wants to know how I got into the field and any advice I might offer them to do the same. This article is written as a response for those kinds of inquiries from people who are primarily interested in being full-time, self-employed Graphic Recorders or Facilitators. I've taken the general questions that people ask me and have written my responses . . . read more

For articles on graphic coaching, see Christina's SHIFT-IT Coach site.
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AUDIO INTERVIEWS

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Christina Merkley
Graphic Facilitator/ Coach & Mapmaker

Two calls where Christina explains the basics of the Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation genres. 

Call One: The Four Categories of Interactive Graphics Work and the History of the Graphic Recording & Graphic Facilitation Fields.  Get the basics on Custom Chart Work, Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation & Graphic Coaching – and the W5s of how this unique and creative field has evolved. 
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Call Two: Christina shares her own evolutionary story: her educational background, how she stumbled upon the field, how she came to work with the top pioneering group graphics firm, rode the Silicon Valley wave … and how her work has morphed from graphic recording to graphic facilitation – into training, mentoring and graphic coaching.  She offers tips, suggestions and guidance for how to develop your own skills and how to break into the field.
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Leslie

Leslie Salmon-Zhu
Graphic Recorder

www.graphicrecorders.com

Christina interviews friend and esteemed colleague, Leslie Salmon-Zhu, from Alameda, California.  Leslie has been a graphic recorder for over 21 years … in this interview she shares the story of how she developed her skills, what she loves about this specialty profession – as well as plenty of encouraging advice for ‘newbies’ and clients alike.
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Jim

Jim Channon
Magic Marker, Storyteller & Visionary

www.jimchannon.com

One of the pioneers of the interactive graphics field.  Learn how Jim’s intense experiences as a Vietnam reconnaissance scout trained him to draw, think and process information in 3D, 4D and 5D.  And how he eventually left the military for a civilian career creating graphic visions for governments and Top 100 companies.  Hear some surprising inside scoop on what he is witnessing behind those closed corporate doors and how he makes his living from his Hawaiian home base. 
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Peter

Peter Durand
Creative Director, Alphachimp Inc

www.alphachimp.com
http://graphicfacilitation.blogs.com

Listen as Peter explains his entry into the field via a temp agency ad in 1996 … to his creation of the Center for Graphic Facilitation (a growing online hub for info graphics).  Based in Pittsburgh, he explains the ‘family tree’ of many East Coast practitioners of the work as well as a new documentation technology (called Missing Link) that his studio is working on to make graphic meeting outputs much more accessible and user friendly.  He also gives tips to newcomers (steal, steal, steal) and shares his thoughts about the future of our very interesting field.
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