About Vera

Vera Polyakova’s passion is creating meaningful experiences.

As an Optimization Evangelist at Kaizen Platform, Vera works with clients to create chemistry between their digital marketing experiences and their customers needs and wants.

Experiences that drive others to take action.

Vera utilizes the delicate combination of her skills and background in Psychology, User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, Leadership, and Process Improvement, to devise optimization and creative strategies that accelerate the digital customer experiences and journey.

Equipped with a vivid imagination and abstract ideas.

Vera is an active speaker, career development and life coach, and creator of the UX design framework – MiiR Model©.

Vera empowers people with her unique knowledge and crafted model by speaking at conferences and local events. Her leadership is apparent in her tireless effort to help others achieve their goals.

MiiR Model

MiiR Model© – Designing for the World!

MiiR (Meaningful, inviting, interactive, Reinforcing) is a model I created to best describe the necessary components and principles that make a product or initiative successful.

Build Meaningful Experiences & Engagement

This model is to inspire and guide enablers, product designers, marketers, organizational leaders, and others through the creation and implementation of new products and initiatives that won’t only occupy the market or an organization, but motivates and instills a new way of thinking.

In the Russian language pronunciation of MiiR (meer) sounds like the word – World, hence the title ‘designing for the world’.

Listen to User Experience Design (The MiiR Model) with Vera Polyakova

Bett and Russ speak with, Vera Polyakova, a very passionate user experience design specialist who, as you will hear, clearly spends a lot of time thinking about what it takes to make software products more engaging.

We touch on a wide range of topics related to usability and user experience.  Of special interest is the MiiR model Vera created.

 

 

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Listen to Practical Design with Vera Polyakova - Bridging Communication Gaps in Software Development

Are the empowered individuals in your organization collaborating effectively, avoiding dead ends, and quickly working through differences of opinions? Are the right people being pulled in early enough in the process? If not, how do you get these creative people to avoid wasteful rework and drive quickly toward solutions that leverage the input of the many technical experts available?

Having thought deeply about challenging issues like these, Vera proposes Practical Design as a remedy. What does Vera mean by Practical Design? Listen to this episode to find out.

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Featured - 4 for Success was a success!

‘4 for Success’ is modeled in the same manner as the famed TED Talks, four coaches, members of the International Coach Federation – Tampa Bay will present short motivational and empowering talks offering ‘4 for Success’ attendees specific strategies and examples on how individuals can use proven coaching techniques to realize goals in business, career building, improve relationships and personal well-being – shifting into a success mindset.

 

Learn more about 4 for Success and register!

News

Awards

Vera Polyakova Representing Pasco County Florida

Pasco Economic Development Council – Room to Grow in Tampa Bay  Pasco EDC blog mentions Vera Polyakova in: Pasco companies shine in Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s annual awards Posted on September 30, 2013 Several Pasco County companies are finalists for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s  (TBTF) 10th Annual Industry Achievement Awards.  TBTF is Central Florida’s largest […]
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Events

Vera Organizes BarCamp Tampa Bay Laser Coaching

Laser Coaching for the Next Success This year, Vera Polyakova volunteered on the BarCamp Tampa Bay organizing committee. Her contribution was to organize Laser Coaching at the 2013 BarCamp Tampa Bay. Vera and three other coaches joined forces and help Laser Coaching sessions at BarCamp Tampa Bay. This event was part of the Sip of […]
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News
Mojo Moments 7-15-13 Podcast with Host Barry Foster and guest Vera Polyakova on RhinoOnAir.com

Mojo Moments 7-15-13 Podcast with Host Barry Foster and guest Vera Polyakova on RhinoOnAir.com

Mojo Moments 7-15-13 Podcast with Host Barry Foster and guest Vera Polyakova on RhinoOnAir.com On July 15, 2013 I was invited to speak on an internet radio show Mojo Moments with host Barry Foster. Mojo Moments is aired on Monday mornings. Barry’s passion is to enable listeners to launch their week off with positive energy and Mojo. […]
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Vera Polyakova presenting at the Front-End Design Conference 2013

2013 Front-End Design Conference: A few days of celebrating the awesome people in the design and development community. Vera Polyakova presented “Designing for Relative Advantage” on Day Two of the conference.   2013 Front-End Design Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida highlights: Front-End Design Conference 2013 from Javier Fick on Vimeo. frontenddesignconference.com amoreventplanning.com Highlight video of a […]
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Vera Polyakova in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

Vera Polyakova presented her MiiR model for the first time at the 2012 BarCamp Tampa Bay and was mentioned in the Tampa BuizCurrents by Margaret Cashill in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Technology community turns out for BarCamp/Code Camp BarCamp and Code Camp, two major technology industry gatherings in Tampa Bay, merged into one event that debuted at […]
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Create Meaning in Your Life Through Coaching!

  • Vera #ChangesMeaning

    By Djeneé Dunn When I first met Vera, I wasn’t sure what would come out of the newfound relationship. The next thing I knew, we were exchanging emails in an effort to set up a group meeting with myself and my fellow interns. Little did I know, but that one meeting would allow me to create a tremendous amount of meaning in a few short months. Vera has taught me how to be confident in my age, in my goals, in my career, and in my ability to create meaning in my life. I have been on a journey with Vera to discover what exactly it is I want to value in my life and what things might not be so worthy in the long-run. Vera is a coach with the International Coach Federation: Tampa Bay Charter Chapter. The reason why Vera is so effective is because she is relatable. She is easy to talk to and lets you kind of figure things out on your own during your discussion by asking all the right questions and honestly just leading you in the right direction towards your goals. Vera is a very talented young woman who has a lot to offer to our generation. Please visit the organization’s website to follow up on events where you can hear Vera speak on creating meaning and other life-changing factors. And I must concur with my fellow interns—Vera’s fashion sense is amazing! Please follow Vera on Twitter @ThinkVera!
    You may read the full article and more testimonials at Elevate, Inc. #HelpingOurCity Blog Elevate, Inc. ("Elevate") is a Florida-based strategic business development consulting firm providing a multitude of services. Whether you are looking to expand your public relations efforts, community relations activities, or general marketing endeavors, the Elevate team has the talent, experience, and resources to meet and exceed your organization’s goals.

    Djeneé Dunn Elevate, Inc.
  • Vera #Motivates the Winner in You

    By Tavia Bell In order to be successful, one must understand that success is not a journey that is taken alone. Relationships are critical for success and a successful person must choose relationships wisely and nurture them intentionally. Successful people surround themselves with individuals who are positive and who challenge their way of thinking. Successful people must also surround themselves with individuals who can actively provide constructive criticism and advice that will educate and encourage growth within them. A relationship with Vera Polyakova is imperative for individuals in the Tampa Bay community who are on their journey towards success! While working with Vera, I have gained so much insight into developing my personal and professional growth. Over the past five months Vera has introduced me to many concepts that have improved my professional and personal life. I have learned to realistically determine steps that would be necessary to execute goals that I have sought out for myself. She has also aided me in discovering why I set certain goals for myself and determining whether those goals could truly help with my personal development. She not only offers great advice but also supporting documentation to help you evaluate advice from another point of view through researched articles. She does all of this and more while fashionably sporting her signature favorite color, blue! Vera has become a trustworthy confidant to my fellow interns and me on our journey to success. Without her efforts, I might not have identified the winner in me as quickly as I did. You may read the full article and more testimonials at Elevate, Inc. #HelpingOurCity Blog Elevate, Inc. ("Elevate") is a Florida-based strategic business development consulting firm providing a multitude of services. Whether you are looking to expand your public relations efforts, community relations activities, or general marketing endeavors, the Elevate team has the talent, experience, and resources to meet and exceed your organization’s goals.

    Tavia Bell Elevate, Inc.
  • Vera #CreatesMeaning

    By Ashley Matthews Before I met Vera this semester, I felt overwhelmed with the several positions I had committed myself to, including being a yoga instructor, meditation leader, student coordinator, intern, student, singer, (and not to mention my title as a friend, girlfriend, and sane human being!).  What made me especially stressed was I felt like everyone was expecting too much of me and I was losing sight of why I took these positions in the first place.  It was only until I met Vera that I realized what I was letting get in the way of enjoying my life. Vera reminded me that in a world that is so centered on technology, it is easy to get overwhelmed and also easy to misinterpret the tone of a text message, e-mail, or anything non-verbal.  She reminded me that often times the digital message does not actually convey the person’s real desires or message they are trying to portray.  I realized that the only person stressing me out was—well, me! Another pivotal shift in thinking occurred when I was having my last one-on-one meeting with Vera.  She recognized that I was the type of person who was interested in, and wanted to be involved with everything, which I knew sometimes caused me to spread myself too thin.  Vera reminded me that we cannot do everything at once, and what offers you want to say “yes” to and which to decline should depend on whether that opportunity fulfills a special sort of feeling, or meaning, for you. Vera is personable, relatable, and kind.  She knows how to see the other person’s situation because she has likely been there.  A cultured and worldly young woman from Russia, she is wiser than her years.  If you are feeling like your life could have more meaning, speak with Vera. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention how fashionable she is! You may read the full article and more testimonials at Elevate, Inc. #HelpingOurCity Blog Elevate, Inc. ("Elevate") is a Florida-based strategic business development consulting firm providing a multitude of services. Whether you are looking to expand your public relations efforts, community relations activities, or general marketing endeavors, the Elevate team has the talent, experience, and resources to meet and exceed your organization’s goals.

    Ashley Matthews Elevate, Inc.
  • I found the session to be very comfortable and helpful. It never felt like i was talking to a person, but rather that i was 'thinking out loud'. The few minutes of interaction have brought me clarity on my career goals and gave me a sense of direction to go with.

  • My laser coaching experience was definitely inspiring, it reminded me how much I enjoy the side of consulting where I help people accomplish a goal.  From our 15 minute conversation I have renewed energy towards beginning consulting on my own, but integrating some principles of coaching to try and lead my customers to their own solutions.