Culture Matters: What retirees at Fukushima nuclear plant can teach us

What would you say to me if I was retired and enjoying my golden years and I told you that I felt it was my duty to go work in the nuclear plant I use to work in where I would most likely die a [...]


2 logs for the fire…Processing death & dying…part 2

In the first part of this post, I mentioned that I had been thinking about death and dying because recently a cousin and uncle had died. I related a story about how one community uses a ritual of [...]


2 logs for the fire…Processing death & dying

I’ve been thinking about death lately. Within the space of two weeks an uncle and cousin of mine have died. This has raised the question for me of how would I help people process the loss of [...]


Swimming with Great White Sharks

I just got back from a trip to the East Coast to visit with some friends. I spent a few days on Cape Cod and on one of these days I went to Lighthouse Beach in Chatham. This area is getting a [...]


Using images for personal development

Using images is a great way to get past the places of stuck. You know the times when you try looking at a particular situation or problem from many angles and no solutions emerge? Doing an [...]


What do you want your legacy to be? part 2

In part 1 of this post, I talked about how my business partner and I used this question to explore why we had started VisualsSpeak/Exploring New Options as a way to understand our core values [...]


What do you want your legacy to be?

Use this question in your sessions to get insights into your clients. Christine and I were discussing legacy the other day. We were taking a different conversational path to figuring out why we [...]


Using images to get past the small talk

Are you looking for a way to help you get past the small talk stage and to what matters most to your clients? A method that is fast, fun and doesn’t feel invasive? It’s the get-to-know-you phase, [...]


Your client is overwhelmed…What do you do?

We’ve all had the experience of feeling overwhelmed. It’s not a pleasant state to be in. There are a million things to do, but we can’t seem to be able to pick one and get it done. Watching [...]


3 Ways to Use Visual Tools With Your Clients

How can you use visual tools with your clients? Lots of ways, but here are three to get you started. Use visual tools for the assessment/intake Using visuals at the first meeting is a great way [...]


Give the gift of continuing insights

Would you like to know a simple and easy way to help your clients continue to gain insights long after your session is over? When you use images to help people gain insights into their lives, [...]


Can Our Stories Hold Us Back?

Sometimes the personal identity stories that we tell about ourselves can be the greatest impediment to creating the change in our lives that we want to make. The kinds of stories I’m talking [...]

Defining culture by what it is not

A white guy’s growing understanding of diversity How can we define culture by what it is not? After all, don’t we define culture based on what it is such as our values, languages, [...]


Trademark Issued for VisualsSpeak

Christine Martell and Tom Tiernan, owners of VisualsSpeak LLC, are pleased to announce that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Certificate of Registration for the trademark [...]


What’s your story?

Christine and I were inspired by something we read recently about how to involve a community of people and businesses in donating to non-profits doing exceptional work. This is what we came up [...]


VisualsSpeak ImageSet Receives US Copyright Approval

Christine Martell and Tom Tiernan, co-owners of VisualsSpeak LLC, are pleased to announce that the ‘VisualsSpeak ImageSet’ has been awarded a copyright from the United States [...]

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