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Recovery Coach Alida Schuyler

Interview with Recovery Coach Alida Schuyler

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of We are a website that matches coaches with clients based on fit. I am here with Alida Schuyler. She is a professional recovery coach. She is the co-founder of the Recovery Coaches International. She is also the director of Crossroads Recovery Coaching. Welcome Alida.

Recovery Coach Alida: Welcome. Thank you for having me.

Corey: It’s great to have you here. So, can you share with us why you started Crossroads?

Recovery Coach Alida: I started Crossroads [in 1998] because once I became a coach, I would find myself in 12-step meetings and just notice that people would be having problems that they didn’t solve very quickly, and week after week, I hear the same thing and I think, “Golly, if they just had a coach, you know, we would have solved that by now.” And so, I just got convinced that there is a really good match between addiction recovery and coaching. So, I started Crossroads. I began, you know, as a personal coach and then eventually began training people to be professional recovery coaches.

Corey: Could you share a little about what Crossroads does?

Recovery Coach Alida: Well, Crossroads primarily trains people who want to be professional Recovery Coaches. There is a grass roots movement, but that’s almost all volunteer or very low pay and it’s really not very similar. But I train people who want to make their living and have a profession of being life coaches to people who are either, you know, starting to address addiction recovery, maybe they are already in recovery and they want to have a higher quality of life.

Corey: Great.

Recovery Coach Alida: Yeah.

Corey: And so, when should someone consider working with you as a recovery coach?

Recovery Coach Alida: Well, I really strongly believe that problems are easier to resolve when they are addressed early. You know, if you had diabetes, or God knows what, it is better if you deal with it sooner rather than later. So, I think that is true with drinking problems, drug problems, or you know, if there is someone in you family that you are concerned about. So, you know, I just think it is a good idea to get, you know, when you think there is a problem, it is a good time to get started.

Corey: Yeah. And who is an ideal client for you?

Recovery Coach Alida: An ideal client for me is someone who wants to explore their options and find what really works for them, because you know, there is a lot of kind of “one size fits all.” Almost everybody gets into treatment and then in an abstinence-based 12-step treatment, and that works for many people, but there are other people who it just doesn’t work for. So, I can help them sort out. You know, I’m very fond of 12 steps but I also work with controlling drinking and harm reduction and moderation. Wherever they are willing to start, I will support them to do that successfully. If it doesn’t work, we will figure out what does.

Corey: In your experience as a coach, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

Recovery Coach Alida: I don’t work with people that I don’t feel committed to supporting. You know, that is saying that I like them and I believe that I can help them. There are people that I like, but I refer to someone else because they have more expertise. I don’t work with anorexia for instance. So, it is important that the coach have the competency to be able – even though coaching is a partnership model– the coach does need to have some expertise in the topic that they are coaching on. And so, for me an ideal client is somebody who really wants to sort it out and is willing to tell me what they most prefer and care about – because it has to work for them. I mean, it can’t be me telling them what to do.

Corey: That’s right. They have to want it. They have to want to go through the process and do the work.

Recovery Coach Alida: Well, yeah they need to want. I don’t know what they need to want except maybe to stop hurting or stop suffering. That’s a good place to start. They may not be clear about what exactly they want, but we will help them figure that out over time.

Corey: Could you share with us a success story?

Recovery Coach Alida: I’d like to share two success stories because I do work with families and with the people who use drugs and alcohol. So, I wanted to start with one from the family side. I had a client who was the only person in her family who did not suffer from some form of addiction. Both her parents were heavy drinkers, sisters had drug problems and eating disorders, brothers had alcoholism, and you know, chaos. And I worked with her, you know, in part to just kind of sort some of that out, help her business do well, and over time, it was really clear that the place where you know, her suffering occurred, was in around money. She made a good living, but she spent a lot. She used credit cards. She had immense amounts of debt and it was a problem in her marriage. It was a problem for her business. So, we worked really hard on, you know, helping her

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feel like she had enough and feel safe and happy, but get a handle on how much she got to spend and to start saving and dealing with her debt. And then last year, she was able to buy a house in California, which is not an easy thing.

Corey: That’s right.

Recovery Coach Alida: And she called me up and said this wouldn’t have happened if I had not worked with her on all of those issues.

Corey: Wonderful.

Recovery Coach Alida: On the side of people who struggle with drinking and drugging, I would say one of my success stories is another young woman, that when I started with her, she had gone through treatment. She had relapsed, and I worked with her for about a year while

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she was drinking and smoking pot, which a lot of people would not do, but I did. Eventually she stopped drinking and drugging, became a member of a 12-step program and has about three years right now.

Corey: That’s wonderful.

Recovery Coach Alida: Yeah. And I could keep going on and on about her. Yeah. Yeah. So those were two [examples].

About Recovery Coach Alida Schuyler

Alida Schuyler MS, PCC, is a leading expert, trainer, speaker and consultant for Recovery Coaching worldwide. She is co-founder of Recovery Coaches International and Director of Crossroads Recovery Coaching Inc. Her company provides consulting and coaching services to select treatment centers on the cutting edge that wish to be known for protecting their clients’ investment in treatment. Alida Schuyler provides private coaching to select individuals. About her coaching she says:

My coaching reflects my vast life experience. I am in long-term addiction recovery and am a life-long learner. I studied art and psychology at Berea College, and have a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. I also studied pre-med and enjoyed three semesters of Naturopathic medical school. I studied clinical hypnotherapy the Wellness Institute and addiction studies at a Seattle community college.

My training in life coaching came from the Academy of Coach Training (now InviteChange). I am certified by International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach and have been coaching continuously since 1997. For the last six years I have been training people to become professional Recovery Coaches.

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Life Coach Jennifer Macaluso Gilmore

Interview with Life Coach and Trainer Jennifer Macaluso Gilmore

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of We are a site that helps clients get matched up with coaches based on personality fit. I am here with Jennifer Macaluso Gilmore. She is a trainer and a life coach. Welcome Jennifer!

Life Coach Jennifer: Thank you Corey.

Corey: Could you share with us, why are you a life coach?

Life Coach Jennifer: Well, I’m a life coach I think by happy accident. I really feel like it was my calling. Many, many years ago, to be honest, what I did was I started out on my own path of healing only solely for myself, with no intention of helping anyone else, and yeah, rather selfishly, I call it the gift of desperation. I just set out to kind of learn everything I could to heal myself from my own life. So you know, you name a self-help book, I read it. Of course, seminar, I have definitely taken it. Any healing modality that’s available or accessible in New York City, I’ve tried it, and as a result, as a by-product of all that education, you know, which I now look back at and realize was 10 years of probably my training for my life’s work. My life started to change dramatically. All the dreams that I have once only fantasized about became a reality. Everyone around me started to say, you know, what’s happened to you? I want some of that! Can you tell me? Can you share? And I felt very compelled to share what I have learned. I had like this burning desire to just let people know what I had learned because I have struggled myself for so long. So I would start to pass it on and everywhere I went, people would say, “Wow! You should teach a course!” And eventually, I have heard that enough that I said, alright, let’s try this. You know, the first class was just three friends and they loved it so much the next week, nine strangers came back and the rest is history. You know, I’ve been doing this for almost a decade now. It’s been over 800 women, all word of mouth. I don’t advertise at all. And to be honest, I really feel like I am a lucky one. I mean, I feel like I have the greatest job in the world. I get up every morning and I get to help people be their best selves and to realize their dreams. It’s great.

Corey: Wow. That’s a great story. I love it. You started from your own journey through self help and you were able to use that to help others. I think that’s really great. So, when should a client consider coming to one of your courses or coming to you on a one-on-one basis?

Life Coach Jennifer: A client [Inaudible 02:33] work primarily, I work solely with women. It’s no offense to men. I think men are amazing and lots of men sign their wives up and their girlfriends up and their sisters up. I’m you know, a big fan, but because I’m a woman and I do think there are particular issues for women, I work solely with women. So I would say when a woman should reach out is when you know, she is ready and willing to make positive changes in their lives. So, you know, I get two types of women, women that either their lives are really great on every [Inaudible 03:02], they are just looking on even bigger, better, fuller lives, or I get women that are struggling in one or more area in their lives. You know, maybe they want that special relationship with someone and it eludes them or they want to make more money. They want to find work that they love. They want to be happier. So, that would be the ideal woman to contact me.

Corey: Okay. So, could you share with me the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Jennifer: Yeah. Actually, I think it’s extremely important and I think it’s brilliant, what you’re doing. You know, like I mentioned to you earlier, reason being, I think it’s everything. You know, chemistry between two people is everything and in fact, that’s why I work the way that I do. So for me, if a woman comes to me, I will never work with her one-on-one until she has taken my foundation course. That’s the prerequisite to work with me individually. It is a 6-week course called “The Power of Right Now” and basically, what it does is it lays out every philosophy, school of thought, theory, concept that I believe is [Inaudible 04:05] in making positive changes in their lives. So women come in. They take that class and they experience a lot of change very quickly. It is very proactive. They get a real sense of me, my style, my energy, you know, how much I care about really investing and getting invested in helping them in bettering their lives. So, they like me. They like my style. They like what I’m about. They then have that opportunity if they’d like to work with me one on one. So I really let the clients dictate everything including how frequently she feels she needs to see me now. You know, if I had an opinion and they ask for it, I will absolutely voice it. There is a time where I do feel it would be very beneficial to work once a week, but there are times when I think, you know, someone does very well on their own and they are very capable of, you know, taking actions on their own. So, it might be [Inaudible 04:52] just monthly. So I really allow my clients to dictate what they need and I am here to help them in any way that they feel is necessary.

Corey: That’s great. So could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Jennifer: You know what, I cannot pick one success story. Honestly, I have witnessed so many amazing, you

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know, miracles and dreams materialize. I feel like I would offend my clients by just you know, singled out one of them. Honestly, one of my greatest, like perks to my job is getting to my inbox every single morning and finding a few e-mails and like, “Thank you so much Jen Mac! You know, I can’t believe this happened when I came to you.” But I would say, you know, I have had many, many women come to me that have been like you know, out of the dating scene for a decade plus or have been single or burned. They come to me and throw a work together. They’ll open their heart up and let in a wonderful guy to learn how to really effectively communicate. They’ll get married. They’ll have children. They’ll buy their dream home. I have also had women come to me that were in tremendous amounts of debt. I’d help them you know, debt [Inaudible 06:04] noble idea for some people and learn how to start to save towards dreams realized by beach homes, start businesses. I have got a lot of moms that wants to run the workforce and felt like, Jen Mac, there is no way I could work from home doing what I love and I’m like, yes there is! Let’s do it. Let’s design it. Let’s you know, create this and now I am happy to say I’ve got many moms who are working from home doing what they love, making more money than they made when they were working in the office, and I think one of the things I feel most proud of being a part of how many clients would come to me, where they were on medication and they really believe they are going to be on medication the rest of their lives. Now, I’m a huge believer in you know, modern medicine or science being used. I think it is great being used to get people through a period of life or to deal with some, you know, deep-rooted issues, but I don’t believe that for the majority of people, that people have to be medicated their whole lives. So, there have been people that have come to me with you know – not for everyone, I’m just saying for lots of people I worked with, but they have come to me and said you know, I have been on anti-depression medication forever and I don’t want to be on it and you know, what if their doctor obviously is slowly weaning them off, but also doing this work and finding new ways to cope and skill – you know, coping mechanisms or skills to deal with life on the extremes, they have been able to get off their medications, and that’s something I feel so you know, proud about that I have been to [Inaudible 07:35] that kind of journey for people and that they are free and they now know how to find happiness within, without, having to use anything.

Corey: That’s great. Thank you so much Jennifer for spending some time with us today.

Life Coach Jennifer: You are very welcome Corey. Thank you.

About Life Coach and Trainer Jennifer Macaluso Gilmore:

Life coach JenniferSince January 4, 2003, Jennifer has taught her ‘Something Different For Women’ courses to over 700 women here in New York City as well as females around the globe; women in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Boston, Wisconsin, Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, Copenhagen, Paris, Dubai, Cairo, Yemen & Malaysia. Her ‘Something Different for Women’ series of courses was born out of endless requests from friends and strangers alike, who, over the course of many years, were attracted to Jennifer’s positive energy, inspirational words and her own personal successes and self motivation.

Jennifer’s diverse training is a compilation of 21 years studying with various schools, programs and courses for her own personal growth. She has in depth knowledge and first hand experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (completing an intensive eight years of individual therapy and four years of group therapy). She has also studied Core Energetics here in New York City, has fifteen years experience with the program of AA, various other twelve step programs and for three years studied women’s history and the art of relationships (completing and assisting several advanced level courses at “Relationship Technologies”). In addition to all classes, courses and schooling, Jennifer has read hundreds of books on women’s studies, addiction, co-dependence, goal setting, quantum physics, eastern philosophies and the powers of consciousness.

Aside from teaching her courses, Jennifer also leads corporate trainings & speaks for organizations in and around New York City.

Jennifer is happily married to her husband & best friend for over ten years, Matt. They have a son, Tyler & a daughter, Reese. She splits her time between their two residences in New York City & Marshall’s Creek, Pennsylvania.

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Business Coach Amy Applebaum

Interview with Business Coach Amy Applebaum

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn, and I am the founder of We are a site that matches you up with great coaches based on personality fit. I am here with Amy Applebaum. She is a success coach. Welcome Amy.

Business Coach Amy: Thank you for having me.

Corey: Absolutely. So, why are you a coach?

Business Coach Amy: You know, I think we were all born to do something and I am the oldest of five kids, kind of bossy, problem solver. I think I was born to be a coach really.

Corey: You are born into it.

Business Coach Amy: I really feel that. I really feel that everybody has a thing they’re good at and this is like, it couldn’t be a better fit for me.

Corey: So as a coach, when should a potential client consider coming to visit with you and work with you?

Business Coach Amy: Well, me specifically, when they are ready to really make whatever it is they want to make happen happen. So, I really focus on business coaching at this point. The business coaching is not just about business as we all know, especially when I am working with women. There are often times calls the need for community, the need for confidence building, really learning how to move past fears, so for me, business coaching is about the step by step process of building your business on one parallel and on another parallel. It is really about self-development so that you could really get where you want to get to.

Corey: So, who is your ideal client?

Business Coach Amy: My ideal client is somebody who is – well, from a prototype or makeup of the individual standpoint, somebody who has a business and/or want one, has an incredible idea but does not know how to launch it or they are struggling as an entrepreneur and they really just, they have all the passion, all the dedication, but they need the step by step process and all the mental and emotional skills as well as business building skills to get there. They are ready to go. They are ready to commit time, energy, and make an investment.

Corey: So you are able to bring them both the business skills as well as the emotional skills to get their business up and running, get it the next level?

Business Coach Amy: Absolutely. I mean, I’ve been doing this for – I’m on my twelfth year now, and I started off as strictly a life coach, and I actually [Inaudible 02:19] to business because it turned out those were some of my most favorite clients because they were taking everything that they knew and putting that passion into something that created success for them, and actually Corey, I think that entrepreneurship is an analogy for life. When you can really learn how to be an entrepreneur, and put something into action, you can do it in every area of your life. So I think that’s why I grabbed a take towards business now.

Corey: I like that. That’s really cool. So in your 12 years now of coaching experience, in your opinion, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

Business Coach Amy: Critical. I absolutely love what you are doing because it is not just critical, it’s beyond critical, if there’s a word past critical. There is no success if you don’t have the right relationship with your coach. Not just liking them, trust, respect, because they should be able to push you past where you want to go, and sometimes, that’s going to piss you off. But you trust them so much that you will do what they tell you to do, not without questioning, but you trust that you will get there because you are with this person. It’s just you can’t – it’s the only way.

Corey: Could you share a success story with me please?

Business Coach Amy: I’d love to share a success story with you. There are so many. I want to use one in particular because I think that she is a perfect example of an entrepreneur. Even though not on first glance, people don’t always think that. She is a singer/songwriter. Her name is Jes Hudak. You may know her because she is first seen on the music scene right now. She was just on Bravo’s new show, Platinum Hit. She placed second. Ohh!! It was like this close to being first, and her career is taking off. But when she came to me, she was miserable, depressed, sitting on the couch watching people’s work. That’s the way she likes to describe it. She knew she was an incredible talent and that’s often the case with entrepreneurs. They know they are good at something, whatever their expertise is, but she didn’t know how to turn that into a career or a business, and singer/songwriters are technicians in the same way that somebody who is good at PR or they are a great writer, or whatever it is they are good at, that does not mean that they know how to turn that into a business. And so, what we did was we spent a lot of time building her business starting from the vision, really turning her into a brand. Who am I? Who is my target demographic? You know, who am I trying to reach out to and move, touch and inspire with my music? And then, how do I actually go through the step by step process of building myself as a business? She had none of those skills. So, we went through all of that, all the way to elevating her platform, which means getting a broader reach through year of services or whatever it is you are offering for her with music. You know, she is doing so well and she is making money. So she is making a living from the thing that she is incredibly passionate about. So I think she is a really good example.

Corey: That’s wonderful. Thank you so much Amy for spending some time with us today.

Business Coach Amy: Thank you so much for having me. Thank you so much Corey. I love what you are doing.

Corey: Thank you so much.

About Business Coach Amy Applebaum

Amy Applebaum is the prominent Success Coach behind Amy Applebaum, Inc. and the Release Your Inner Millionairess coaching program designed to create life changing breakthroughs in her clients.

Amy’s groundbreaking Six Step process has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs break through barriers inhibiting their success and happiness allowing them to accomplish goals they never imagined possible.

Amy’s coaching success has led to high-profile appearances on ABC News, CNN, TLC, Martha Stewart to name a few. Amy also serves as an ongoing expert to publications including The NY Times, The International Herald Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Figure Magazine, and Woman’s World.

In addition to being an author, consultant and success coach, Amy’s credentials include a BA in Speech and Organizational Communications, Certifications as a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Timeline Therapist, and she is a trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold

Meet ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold and hear why he became a coach.

Interview with ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold

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My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of We are a site that matches clients with coaches based on fit. I am here with Dan Weigold. He is an ADHD coach. Welcome Dan.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Welcome Corey and thanks for allowing me to be on this program of yours.

Corey: I am very happy that you’re here with me. Tell me, why are you a coach?

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, one of the reasons that I am a coach is because we are experiencing this profound change in the world today. It is something that is so dramatic, so new, so different, and like many people have experienced it. In fact, we are in the midst of it, so we were sort of like being that frog in the water and coaching is a way to help people see that we got to make some fundamental changes in order to move ourselves forward in terms of our economy, in terms of to start a life in general. I mean, there are so many different stress factors that we are experiencing these days that many people don’t even realize that they are just boiling in this turmoil. Coaching is a process that creates change – transformational change, lasting change that really enables people to be all that they can be.

Corey: Wonderful. So, when should someone consider working with you as a coach?

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, just by a number of reasons and one is they recognize that they have to make the change and they’re going, “I’m tired of being right where I’m at in. I’m frustrated. I’m not getting where I want to be.” And they sense that there is something missing in their life and they’d go, “I want to make the change.” That’s really the point is, when you’re ready to make a change.

Corey: Okay. So then, who is your ideal client?

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well right now, my ideal clients tend to be the people with ADHD and they are the ones that – Oh! They experience a lot more frustration and there are issues at work because of the way their brain functions and the differences in the way their brain functions, and they’re going, “It’s not working. I want something that works in my life.” And through some process changes and some realization, and [inaudible 00:02:10] knowing that there are other people out there that have ADHD, somebody that they can relate to and tell their story and go, “Okay, I’m not alone. Now, how do I make the process forward? How do I make my life a lot more rewarding and how do I engage in a place where my skills and abilities and passions fit into a world that this largely linear, sequential, and logistical?” It’s really, you know – ADHD is really about creativity and imagination, and if you look at how that is, how do you make those skills blossom in a world that is not really looking at those types of skills right now?

Corey: That’s interesting. It’s great. So, in your experience as a coach, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well I think, you know, you really don’t start out with this idea of a match. You start out with an idea of what needs to change, and then as you are talking through it, is the coach the right person that’s going to help you make those changes? Since some people like a directive coach and since somebody is really going to be forceful in their face and go, what’s going to trigger that breakthrough that’s going to break [inaudible 00:03:21] it’s holding you back from being it, and then there’s other people that are going, “Let’s address your emotions. What are the core emotions that you’re dealing with? What are your beliefs? What are your values? And how do we intercept those and say, what’s holding you back? What are the fears that are holding you back from being that person that you really want to be?” So there is a different – there is a spectrum of coaches out there, and each coach has a style that matches the client, and part of the interview process is finding out where those matches happen.

Corey: Yeah.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Where are those connections? Where is that synergy? That creates just a place, a [inaudible 00:03:59] for change perhaps. It is a melting point you go, now ideas can flow together and these “aha” moments bubble up and pretty soon, a transformation happens.

Corey: That’s where the magic is.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: The magic is there, yes.

Corey: That’s great. Can you share with me a success story please?

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, sure. I can share. When I was trying to think of just one success story, there’s really this combination of success stories. It’s not just one success story.

Corey: Great. Just go for it.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: What happens when somebody has that “aha” moment and they go, “Wow, that was amazing!” And those are the things that you are going, as a coach you are not really doing those things. You are allowing a person, a client to experience their own sense of identity and reality and finding out what their purpose is and where they want to go and a coach is really just a catalyst of asking questions that breaks through layers and layers and layers of [inaudible 00:05:00] that have built up over years and habits that have built up over years that have held people back. So each person that I coached is usually going to find an “aha” moment, a place that they’re going to go, “Wow! This is amazing!” And it can happen in just a couple of hours. It may happen over 10 hours. It all depends on where, and how far and how deep that [inaudible 00:05:21] is and as soon as it starts to dissolve and break through, it’s like they can see.

Corey: Wonderful.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: Now there’s – I suppose there are some specific stories I can go in to, but part of it in coaching is maintaining the confidentiality of the client and their story. So bringing in and sweeping these

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stories together, it’s really an amazing event when people get to that point of going, “I’ve made it. Now, I can move forward.”

Corey: Yes. I know that feeling. It is pretty amazing. So, thank you so much Dan for being with us today.

ADHD Life Coach Dan: You’re welcome. Thank you very much.

Corey: Okay.

About ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold:

Dan Weigold, has a MA in Leadership from Duquense University and obtained his coach training through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Dan is a certified Keirsey Temperament Certified professional and a “Energy Leadership Index” Master Practitioner.

Dan worked as a software developer, IT Manager, and a R&D Test manager for over 20 years at Hewlett Packard/Agilent . Dan’s then served at Compassion International as a process manager and project manager. Dan is now working as a coach to help people improve their success and fulfillment in life and in work.

Dan is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Denver Coaching Federation (DCF) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dan is an avid bicyclist with commuting, cross-country, and racing experience and he enjoys outdoor photography.

Dan writes the popular Coach with Heart blog, exploring the personal development and leadership issues.

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Life Coach and Business Coach Annabelle Drumm

Meet business coach and life coach Annabelle Drumm and hear why she feels that a match between a coach and client is so critical.

Interview with Life Coach and Business Coach: Annabelle Drumm

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn, and I am the founder of We are a site that matches you up with great coaches based on fit. I am here with Annabelle Drumm. She is a creative business and life coach. Welcome Annabelle.

Life Coach Annabelle: Thank you very much!

Corey: Tell me, why are you are coach?

Life Coach Annabelle: Well, I’ve basically been a coach all my life. I didn’t actually realize I was doing it. Even in elementary school, I was helping other kids with their studies and their public speaking. I ran a dance company in my early 20’s and the best part of that was actually nurturing the careers of other dancers, even though some of them were older than me. I ran an entertainment booking agency for about 15 years and in that, I really loved helping artists get their ideas more commercially viable. So basically, it seems like a very natural progression to go and get into my qualifications and make this a specialty job.

Corey: Very good. And so, when should someone consider working with you as a life coach or a business coach?

Life Coach Annabelle: Well, I find that people often need me when they get to a high point in their career or they are working as many hours as they possibly can and they don’t know where to turn to from there, especially if they are not really enjoying where they are at the moment. Sometimes, it is hard to know who to talk to about that sort of thing. So you might go to a business mentor for example and they’ll teach you how to work harder and go higher up, you know. And then, other times you might talk to your family or friends, or your work colleagues and they’ll be answering your questions with that little personal agenda thing going on. So, you know, there are things that they want themselves as well as what they want for you. So sometimes, it is really nice to look outside the circle, to somebody you can trust and talk to without any personal agenda, and find the answers that are going to suit you the best.

Corey: So, thank you. That’s wonderful. I agree, by the way. Who is your ideal client?

Life Coach Annabelle: My ideal client? Well, I often do group training courses for people that are new into their industries or just working at mid-level. But the ones that I coach on a one-to-one basis are usually people who are very well established in their creative job. I find they are usually aware that something big needs to change. Perhaps they’ve been trying to solve something for some years and they can’t figure how to get around it.  These are the good clients for me. I love the challenge. I love people that are open-minded and can try new ideas, and sometimes they are hard to accept, but to try even new ideas is good. Ones that can work their way through the full series focusing on that goal rather than moving around too much and I think the ones that I get the best results for are the ones that dream big.

Corey: Great. So in your experience as a life and business coach, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Annabelle: Oh, it’s crucial. I mean, Corey, you said it yourself on the website. It is important to get really good match with your clients because even if you get offered somebody who is a coach, who appears to be the best in the world, but if you can’t get along with them or your egos are clashing, you know, or you are wondering if what you are saying to them is not going to be kept confidential, or you are not being heard, then you really are wasting your time and money, and that’s important for me too. This is why I like to have a chat with my client before we start a series to make sure I can get along as well, because I don’t want to be working with someone who I can’t do the best job for.

Corey: That’s right.

Life Coach Annabelle: Yeah. It is really important that both the client and the coach are confident that they have chosen well before they start.

Corey: That’s right. It goes both ways.

Life Coach Annabelle: It sure does.

Corey: Yes. So, could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Annabelle: Yeah. I had a client who finished his series a couple of weeks ago and he was a documentary maker. He was getting some really good commercial work. But it wasn’t the kind of work that he wanted, even though he wasn’t quite sure what it was that he wanted. So he set the goal. I lead a thriving business with a clear identity and purpose, so there were sort of two sides to that. The thriving business side was to increase the income, and the clear identity and purpose was about finding what it was that he wanted and then attracting that kind of work in. So, we worked fortnightly for a six-month period and he came out at the other end with a vastly different business and income. He now earns 4-1/2 times as much as what he did when he started, though he is working very little more hours. It was just about similar hours to what he was doing before. He has figured out exactly the kind of work that he wants and we have managed to somehow, bring in the right kind of clients. The only work he gets offered now is the work that he loves. It’s very odd. It’s very odd. And also, he still has time to help underprivileged youth in teaching them how to make their own documentaries and have their own voice. So, the self-confidence has grown. The satisfaction of his work is massive, and I’ve been told that he is actually a finally pleasant person to be around now. So having all that stuff worked out has improved his personal and work relationships and really given him good peace of mind.

Corey: Wow. That’s a wonderful story.

Life Coach Annabelle: It is. It makes me feel good. That’s what it’s all about.

Corey: Congratulations on that.

Life Coach Annabelle: Thank you.

Corey: Thank you so much Annabelle for taking some time with us today.

Life Coach Annabelle: You’re welcome.

About Life Coach and Business Coach Annabelle Drumm:

life coach business coach AnnabelleAnnabelle Drumm has come from a solid background in Television, Theatre, Fashion, Promotions and Corporate Events – both behind the scenes and out front. She was a professional Performer for 10 years, ran a Dance company for 6 years and a multi-national Entertainment agency for 15 years.

Her vast knowledge about the hindrances that can get in the way of a creative professional career is unique. Combining this knowledge with her people skills, generosity, sense of humour and wisdom makes her incomparable in the field of coaching.

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Life Coach Steve Truitt

Meet Steve Truitt, life coach and hear about why he became a coach and why he thinks a match between a coach and client is so critical.

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of We are a site that matches clients with great coaches. I am here with Steve Truitt. He is an author. He is a life coach. Welcome Steve.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Thanks Corey. Good to be with you.

Corey: So, could you tell me why did you become a life coach?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: It was kind of a slow process that started when I was a kid. I mean, I was consulting my friends when they were having problems way back in elementary school, and I guess I just kind of have this empathetic nature about why I could understand people’s problems and kind of help them through it. I’ve always been that way and in 1999, I took some courses to my own to kind of make a shift in my life and I was so profoundly impacted by those courses. I ended up teaching those courses and then just getting my certification in NLP, which is Narrow Linguistic Programming, and getting that on the road in helping people, you know, for a living.

Corey: That’s great. So, when should someone consider working with you?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: The best time to come see me is when you feel that you have reached an impasse in your life and you don’t know where else to go, but you are absolutely ready for a change. I have had people come to me and say, “Well, you know, I’m unhappy but I don’t know why and I don’t know what to do about it. Here’s some money. Just fix it.” I don’t work with people like that. I work with people who are ready to have a change in their life and I always say to them, don’t hire me unless you are absolutely ready to have a change because it’s going to happen.

Corey: That’s good. So then, who is an ideal client for you?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: You know, an ideal client for me would be someone who is struggling in a certain area, whether it’s with addiction, whether it’s with weight gain, whether it’s career transition, relationships. Wherever they feel stuck but they know that all they need is a little shift and they’re ready for a tweak and they’d come to me for help. That’s the ideal client. Someone who is ready to be open, does challenge me and themselves, but is open to change and open to actually getting what they want – the stronger the better. You know, I’ve worked with people who you know, have got their stuff together, but maybe there’s just one little tweak they need or some kind of breakthrough they need in their life and they are ready for it. That is really the key.

Corey: So tell me, in your experience now as being a life coach, what is the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: You know, in my business, there is no more important thing than that initial connection. You have to feel related to your coach. You have to feel like you trust them. You have to feel like they care. My main motivation in life is transformation. It’s not money. So, I am up for transforming your life. That’s what I care about, and I tell people, “I’m not a life coach. I am your coach for life.” And so, that’s what I am committed to is, we are going to do what it takes to get you transformed. That’s what I’m up to and I keep in touch with all my clients and they could call me all the time and we talk about stuff and maintain great friendships to people as well, and I continue to coach them not for money, but just because if I take someone on and I am responsible for the transformation, you know, I take that responsibility seriously and it goes way past our working together professionally.

Corey: Could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure. I just had two actually. I’ll tell you one, my most recent, I’m working with a woman in Los Angeles who is a celebrity chef and a celebrity nutritionist and she was absolutely stuck in the area of powerful relationships. She was in a bad marriage. She loved the wrong person, got divorced, but you know good for her. She knew how to get out of it. But she was really lost in the area of her own power in relationships. Here she is, a successful business woman who has got this growing business. She is gaining a lot of attention, a lot of media attention. She is writing books. She is going on talk shows, but for the life of her, she can’t figure out why she can’t find the right man. We got to the bottom of this very quickly, and that’s really what I do because I get to the bottom of people’s issues really quickly. I work very fast. I don’t keep people around for a long time. We do quick breakthrough sessions and off they go because the shift can be greatly dramatic. So her shift was very dramatic. We got dirty. We got our hands dirty. We got into it. I had a big breakthrough session for her. She had a huge breakthrough, and she just met this guy recently. I mean, the breakthrough session we did was about three months. She has just met somebody and he’s perfect for her. I made sure I met him. I checked him out. He is not what she has gone through before, but he is right in line with what she is up to now in her power, and she is really happy.

Corey: It’s amazing about being really clear about what you want, how that helps things to manifest in your life.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure, and it’s easy to say, well I want love in my life. Okay. Everyone does but do you love yourself? What does that love look like? What are you prepared to do? If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Do you give your power away for love? What do you sacrifice for love? You know, all of these things have to be taken into account, and if people are giving away their power just to have love, you deserve neither.

Corey: That’s great. Well, thanks Steve for spending some time with us today. I appreciate it.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure. I appreciate it Corey.

About Steve Truitt

life coach steve truittSteve is an award-winning author and TV producer, host and speaker who has also made an indelible mark in the corporate world. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President Affiliate Relations/Head of Talent for Westwood One/Metro Television as a nationwide talent recruiter, coach and consultant to news stations. Steve is also a performance coach to creative and media professionals, working with people in the business world, as well as film, TV, radio, print, music and the Internet, bringing them the experience, techniques and inspiration to take their businesses, ideas, careers and media savvy to new levels of success.


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Life Coach and Psychologist Linda Pucci

Meet life coach and psychologist Linda Pucci and hear why she became a coach and the importance of a match between a client and coach.

Interview with Life Coach and Psychologist Linda Pucci

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of, where we help you get matched up with great coaches. I am here with Linda Pucci. She is a psychologist, a trainer, and a life coach. Welcome Linda!

Life Coach Linda: Thank you Corey. It’s nice to be here.

Corey: So, why are you a life coach?

Life Coach Linda: Well, I got into life coaching in the year 2000, after practicing for over 20 years as a psychologist. As a psychologist, I did a lot of psychotherapy and the focus in psychotherapy is usually helping someone regain some level of functioning that they’ve lost, and the focus is often on the past and on problems, and what I found is that I really was interested in helping people who wanted to [inaudible 00:57] lives and go further than they even thought they could by focusing on the present and the future. And so for me, I could use the experience of helping people change their lives and all the techniques that I learned as a psychologist, but use it in a different format in life coaching.

Corey: And how is life coaching different or complimentary to the therapy work that you do?

Life Coach Linda: Actually, for the past 10 years, I’ve been doing both and so, whether I’m calling it psychotherapy – psychotherapy has to be done in an office, usually face to face, whereas life coaching can be done over the phone, and the focus in therapy is usually on the past and uncovering some sort of problem in the past and finding a way around it, so that a person can regain the level of functioning that they had previously, and life coaching is really about helping people stretch themselves, learn new skills or use the resources that they have inside and to really obtain the goals and the kind of life that they really want to have.

Corey: That’s great. Thank you. Thank you for sharing that. So, when should someone consider working with you?

Life Coach Linda: Well, when they’re ready to change. My focus is on helping people really take action. That is something I’m extraordinarily good at. And so when people are really ready to make a change, I may be the best person to help them because I work with a lot of different techniques that help people make their change rapidly. So, I like to work with people who are impatient. People who don’t want to spend five years or ten years sorting through things in their lives. They want to make the change and move on. One of the things I really specialize in is helping people with what I refer to as mental clutter, and mental clutter is composed of negative emotions from the past. Negative emotions might be something like anger, sadness, hurt, fear, guilt or anxiety, and limiting beliefs that people form based on their past experiences, but there are beliefs that kind of become unconscious, and like a bad computer virus, kind of chugged away beneath the surface, messing up your best laid plans. So, my focus and what I work with a lot is people who are looking to make changes, sometimes even big changes and really do it as rapidly as possible, because I am able to help people make pretty big changes in their lives in a shorter period or days.

Corey: That’s great.

Life Coach Linda: So that one of the things that I do is I work

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sometimes with people very intensively over a 4-day period to bring about a complete breakthrough in some area of their life. And what I tell people is that I really love the people that I work with, but there really is no need for us all to grow old together. So, I am about wanting to help people move on.

Corey: Good. Very good. Do you have a sense of an ideal client for you?

Life Coach Linda: Sure. Probably my ideal client is a woman business owner or entrepreneur, usually someone who is usually between the ages of 35 and 55, who is feeling stuck in their life or in their business, and they may be women who have undergone or are in the middle of – or facing some big transition. Something like divorce or job change, promotion, emptiness, something that has kind of [inaudible 05:05] them a bit, something that is a big change for them, because I find that people are often really willing to make big changes when they are in their transition period.

Corey: Great. Could you share with me your thoughts on the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Linda: Oh, I think it is really vital, and the service that you are providing, Corey, is just of such importance.

Corey: Thank you.

Life Coach Linda: I think one of the things that’s really vital in a match between a coach and a client is the ability to build trust, and the better the client has a sense for what the coach can offer, the more likely they’re going to be able to build the necessary trust that’s going to make the coaching relationship work. So, I really applaud what you are doing.

Corey: Thank you so much. If trust is the foundation –

Life Coach Linda: Absolutely.

Corey: Could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Linda: Sure. Recently, I worked with a woman from out of state, and she came and we did a 4-day intensive. She is a woman who had an advanced degree, but due to her husband’s move and the family moving, she was really not able to practice that profession in the state that they had moved to. And so, she was a stay-at-home mom for three children, and at the time that she came to see me, she was questioning whether or not to stay in her marriage, she was not sure what she wanted to do as a career, and she was feeling pretty overwhelmed. And so, what we did is I worked with her over a 4-day period, working several hours a day, about 20 hours total and we focused on letting go of negative emotions from the past, some things from childhood, limiting beliefs, including perfectionism. She identified what her values were and realized that she and her husband really shared their important values and she was able to come up with a plan to help the relationship move forward past the tough times they’ve been having, and she identified what was important to her in a career and ultimately, was able to figure out what she is going to do once her youngest child, who I think is four, is going to – you know, what she’s going to pursue when her youngest child goes into school. So she left here after four days and with much greater clarity, she had a step-by-step plan about how she was going to proceed and was feeling much more confident and capable of bringing things to pervasion for her, and what she told me was that the biggest change for her was that she had been able to conquer herself out. And so, she was really able to move forward and my contacts with her since then have been – that’s exactly what she has been doing.

Corey: Wow. That’s great.

Life Coach Linda: So, yeah.

Corey: That’s a very pervasive change, and it sounds like at the right time.

Life Coach Linda: It’s huge. Yeah. It’s huge.

Corey: It’s great.

Life Coach Linda: Which is exciting for me because I get to see it happen right before my very eyes.

Corey: Thank you so much [inaudible 08:37] today.

Life Coach Linda: Thanks very much Corey.

Corey: Okay.

Life Coach Linda: Take care.

Corey: You too.

About life coach and psychologist Linda Pucci:

Life coach and psychologistLinda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach, trainer and expert in helping people find and develop their inner resources for life and business. She has the credentials and experience to help you change the things that aren’t working.

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Life Coach Maria Martinez Interview

Meet Life Coach Maria Martinez, and learn why she became a life coach and hear about the importance of a match between a client and their life coach.

Interview with life coach Maria Martinez:

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of, where we match clients with great coaches. I am here with Maria Martinez, life coach. Welcome.

Life Coach Maria: Hey, Corey. Thank you.

Corey: Thanks for joining me. Could you share with me why you became a life coach?

Life Coach Maria: Yes, Corey. Thank you for having me. Well, I became a life coach a couple of years ago and as we know, life will take us in several paths. My own path took me to a point where I wanted to reinvent myself. The last two jobs I held where in fact very rewarding. What I noticed that I was running low on that passion gas tank, what I call the passion gas tank, and that’s nothing but that level of energy and excitement that you feel everyday when it’s time to go to work. Well, when my tank started to run low, I came to the realization that I wanted to reassess what I wanted from life and that path, that journey as I call it, took me to better understanding my values, my skills, my abilities, and when I put all of that together and I blended it with what I love to do the most which is leading and empowering all the people to reach their goals, really the choice of becoming a coach, it was a no-brainer.

Corey: Great. That’s a great story. Can you share with me when should someone consider working with you as a life coach?

Life Coach Maria: That’s a great question and in fact a lot of the people that I speak to, even though they think they need a coach or they’re not quite sure whether they need a coach, they always come with that question in their mind. Let me start by saying – to answer the question – let me start by saying or quoting something I heard awhile, but they helped me get to where am I today and that is that when the student is ready, the teacher will not be [inaudible 00:01:52]. I would really encourage everyone to pursue their goals and their dreams, because the truth is that we have so much potential and most of the time we barely, barely scratch the surface. We barely touch on it and explore it, but I personally work with people that are ready to make a change, that are ready to take their lives to a new level. Typically, they are going to a transition or they are stuck in a change or in a challenge, and unfortunately, a lot of times, we are not really ready to invest in ourselves until we experience a level of pain or discomfort and that’s typically what people come to me. When I team up with people that are ready, like I said to make a change, to do something in their lives, people that want to untie their potential, reach greater levels of success, and live happier, healthier lives, and in my practice, I just give them motivation and support so that they can get to that next level. So the reason why somebody would work with me is not just because I am a hundred percent committed to their success, but because they deserve it and I want them to hear that message that they deserve to reach their fullest potential.

Corey: Is there an ideal client that you like to work with?

Life Coach Maria: Another good question.

Corey: Yeah.

Life Coach Maria: And the answer, I think for most coaches you know, is always you know, what’s your niche? What did you specialize in? And for me, Corey, my clients come packaged in different sizes and labels and backgrounds. Typically, people that are successful that might get stuck. You know, we all get into that funk once in a while. But the common threat for me is somebody that is craving to do more, craving to achieve more, to get to the next level. Recently I am attracting a lot of men and women, mostly in their midlife, contemplating a change that is going to lead into a more fulfilling life at a personal and professional levels, whether that is through health and wellness, which is one of the areas that I am really an advocate for or in a career move, in terms of a new leadership approach in the relationship. The bottom, the common threat is that deep desire, that craving to do something else with their lives and get to a new level.

Corey: Great. So in your experience, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Maria: For me, that match is far amount. You may find other coaches, other people that don’t see as a deal breaker, but for me it is important to have a level of chemistry, something in common. It doesn’t mean that we are going to agree on absolutely everything every single time, but if there is a certain level of, “I can relate with you in some extent,” I think it brings that ability to relate much faster so that we can make things happen that faster. Having said that, my job as a coach is to get my clients to look at things from a different perspective, to challenge them, and to stretch them, but that can be done with respect and with empathy, because we don’t know where they’re coming from, right? So, the way I see it, that match is essential because it is the foundation for a good coaching relationship, and therefore a good coaching experience.

Corey: Thank you. Can you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Maria: I’d love to. The one that comes to mind, because he’s fairly recent, is a client who came to me to work specifically in productivity and goal setting. He just wanted to be on top of his game and through our work together, we started to explore values and purpose and what was his life mission and what was he really trying to accomplish with those goals and being productive and getting things checked on the to-do list. Well, after a couple of sessions, we realized that it was more [inaudible 00:06:00] journey about – not so much about the outcome, although that is really important, but about enjoying each moment, each step of the way, and being present. About increasing that awareness that makes you enjoy, so that the gas in gas tanks stays full or as high as you can have it, and with self-care and putting things in place, of continuity, of consistent goal setting, keeping the eye on the price while taking care himself, he has been able to achieve that and more. So he is happy and I couldn’t be happier.

Corey: Good. That’s wonderful. I love that. Well, thank you so much for spending some time with me today Maria. I very much appreciate it.

Life Coach Maria: I appreciate that. Thanks Corey.

Corey: Okay, thank you.

About Maria Martinez:

life coach maria martinezMaria Martinez, MBA is Personal Development Coach. She completed her training through the Institute for Life Coach Training and is a member of the International Coach Federation; the leading global organization for the coaching industry. Maria is the Membership Chair for the Tampa Bay Professional Coaches Association and the current Secretary/Treasurer of BNI Capital Gainers Chapter. Maria is also passionate and very involved with the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and Toastmaster’s International.

Besides coaching, Maria enjoys writing and public speaking. In her presentations and articles, she talks about work-life balance, wellness, positive thinking, leadership and other topics of interest. Her blog as well as articles, which can be found at the Examiner, ezine Articles and give practical advice to individuals who want more of their lives and are ready to take the next steps towards a more fulfilling life experience.

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Life Coach Dr. Marjorie Rand Interview

Meet Life Coach and therapist, Dr. Marjorie Rand and hear why she became a life coach and the importance of a match between a coach and client.


Interview with life coach: Dr. Marjorie Rand

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of, where we match we match clients with great coaches. I am here today with Dr. Marjorie Rand. She is a therapist and a life coach. Welcome Marjorie.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Hi Corey.

Corey: Thanks for joining me today. Could you tell me, why did you become a life coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, I think coaching came in to existence. I don’t know about 15 years ago or so? But I think it’s just exploded these days because people don’t have the luxury of really spending years in therapy, doing extremely deep work. They have issues that are happening right here and now that need to be solved, and so I found myself more and more focusing in non-specific issues with people as opposed to doing long-term depth psychotherapy with them. So, that I called coaching. So I sort of switched acts back and forth.

Corey: And how long have you been a therapist?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: I’ve been a therapist, licensed, for 35 years.

Corey: Wow. So you bring a lot of that I bet into the coaching practice.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Yes, absolutely. It’s just a different direction. Therapy is more vertical and coaching is more horizontal, if that makes any sense to you.

Corey: Say more about that if you would.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, with coaching you are more problem-solving, helping people get unstuck, working on accountability, and it is more narrowly focused. So, it could be just one issue, like I could be an anxiety coach for people and teach them how to meditate and how to breathe and do mindfulness and not talk about other things, just that one thing. So it is more focused that way. If you have accountability in coaching, that means they have to make contracts or agreements about what they are going to do. They have to report back to you. Therapists don’t do that, but eventually, I think it’s an intermediate step for them to be able to learn how to be accountable to themselves.

Corey: Great. So, when should someone consider working with you as a coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Okay. I think when people are stuck, whether it’s stuck in a relationship, stuck in a job that they hate. When they cannot figure out how to shift and change, they need help with the coach to show them the way to get there.

Corey: Help them to get past that “stuckness”. Ok, great. Do you have a sense of who your ideal client is?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, ideally, I would love to have someone who is highly motivated and ready to change. It is not usually the case. Usually, see their way out of the problem and that is back to the “stuckness” theory again, but I help people in a lot of different areas. That is why probably life coaches maybe the best title because it’s like a lot of things. I am a health coach, so people who have issues with well-being, health, nutrition, anything related to the body that would be an ideal client for me, chronic pain clients – because I have the tools to teach them what they need to do. They have to go home and practice. So the person would have to be willing to do the work.

Corey: So in your practice, in your experience, how important is a match between a client and coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: I think whether it’s a client and a therapist or a client and a coach, I think the relationship is the most important thing that there is. If you don’t have rapport with somebody or you can’t form an alliance with them, there’s going to be resistance, and they are not going to be able to receive what you have to give them. So, I think your relationship is the whole thing and that’s why having your website with therapists’ and coaches’ matching is just such a great idea.

Corey: Thank you. Thank you. I agree by the way. So could you share a coaching success story?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, there are a number of them okay. One of them, I mentioned nutrition earlier. This is not so much about like losing weight, not that kind of dieting, but working with somebody who has lots of issues with food and giving them the tools that they need to do to be able to successfully get past their block. For instance, writing their food down, going to Trader Joe’s for example, or Whole Food’s or something like that and discovering the right kind of food to buy, keeping a record of your exercise, so forth and so on. I had somebody who could not lose weight, could not motivate herself to exercise, and she did one thing at a time, just what was doable. This week, just one thing, an6nd change their thinking from fat thinking to thin thinking or a way from a dieting mentality to a weight-release mentality, a lifestyle change, and one week at a time, she added one more task and she is completely transformed and loss 30 pounds in 2 months.

Corey: Oh, how wonderful.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: But also it is exercising and meditating, and coaching yourself. So that’s one example and it helps a lot of people get out of jobs that they absolutely hated to be in, but they just couldn’t leave. So those are the type of things.

Corey: Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for your time Marjorie. I really appreciate it.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: You are very welcome. It was a pleasure.


About Dr. Marjorie Rand

life coach dr. marjorie randI have been a psychotherapist for 35 years, written 3 books, many published articles and trained therapists worldwide. I am a marriage counselor and a divorce mediator. I’ve raised 6 kids and have been a stepmom. So I can claim to be a specialist in parenting and step parenting. In addition I have been a Yoga practitioner for 30 years and am a certified Yoga Therapist and meditation teacher.

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Warrior Life Coach Beau Chatham Interview

Meet warrior life coach, Beau Chatham, as he is interviewed by founder, Corey Quinn

Interview with Warrior Life Coach: Beau Chatham

Corey: My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of, where we help match clients with great coaches. I’m here with Beau Chatham. He is a life coach. Welcome Beau.

Warrior Life Coach: Thanks Corey.

Corey: Could you tell me why you are life coach?

Warrior Life Coach: Well, I will tell you that specifically, I founded a business to raise my hand to the world to say that I’m a life coach. I feel like I’ve been doing some parts of coaching throughout my career in several different roads that I’ve been on, but I think it’s first and foremost to serve a higher purpose.

Corey: Okay. So, why should someone work with you or when is the good time for someone to work with you?

Warrior Life Coach: I would say that when you are looking to change a behaviour that doesn’t work for you, to move forward and really, that’s the essence of coaching. Those are probably the best clients that I work with.

Corey: Okay, and then, who is your ideal client?

Warrior Life Coach: I will say – I want to branch that specifically into two because I have a very unique focus in my coaching practice and I work with wounded combat veterans, but the techniques and the tools that I used for them clearly, if they can work for someone in the tough spot like they are, they would work for mostly anyone else. But I will say that then as a civilian, and you could have served or not, but I will say it’s the young working professional that has a [inaudible 00:01:42] on their plate that is looking to go to the next level, whether in performance in their job, or even within the relationship that they are in.

Corey: Okay. So, in your experiences through coaching your clients, what is the – can you talk a little bit about the importance of a match between your clients and a coach?

Warrior Life Coach: Sure. Specifically for those clients that come out and I would say, it’s in order for us to be empathetic with our clients, they probably need to have a sense that we can kind of walk in their shoes or we at least have an understanding of what it is that they are going through, and I think that that part of the matching, you know, is important. You know, if I’m working with someone that I don’t think has a clue of what I’m talking about, but they just want to help me, it just doesn’t feel as authentic for their tools to fit with me.

Corey: That makes sense. That makes sense. Could you share with me a success story?

Warrior Life Coach: Certainly. I have a client – a female client came to me who had work with actually several therapists, posttraumatic stress. You know, served in Iraq, and had nightmares and obviously was very hyper vigilant and was affecting her relationships with her family, and you know, couldn’t even go out to – she loves hockey, and couldn’t even go to a hockey game because if you have ever been to any of these outdoor arenas, they are always setting off pyrotechnics or everything, and big crowds or just something that people don’t like to do. But I will tell you that during a follow-up session with this client, some of the tools and techniques that I used to help them refocus themselves, she was able to tell me where in the middle of a nightmare she woke up and found herself, because she had been practicing the tools and techniques that we have kind of set up and agreed that she would work with, that she said she automatically found herself doing that, even in that slumber state of between dream and reality. She said she found herself doing that. So, I find that when we agree with our clients to do something, you know, that’s really what the essence of coaching is as we help develop and plan, but just like a coach that would be over an athletic team, they are kind off of in the sidelines and the player or the client is actually doing the work, and here was a case where we agreed on a plan and the client executed it, probably at the time when they needed it the most.

Corey: That’s great. That sounds like you, that you guys had a really strong rapport. That she really trusted you in this process.

Warrior Life Coach: Well, I think honestly, being a combat veteran myself helps in that regard. So, you know, that’s a place that where you start, but in the same regard to, even if you haven’t served, I would submit that we are all warriors, Corey. I mean, we are all struggling against something. I just [inaudible 00:05:09] the value of 10 years in military service and served in lots of training and instructional roles, and I applied those same principles if you will, that our Armed Forces used when they engage with the enemy.

Corey: Oh, it’s great. Well, thank you very much for your time today Beau. I appreciate it.

Warrior Life Coach: Absolutely.

About Beau Chatham

life coach beau chathamBeau Chatham is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer. He is combat tested, Airborne-Ranger qualified, and had the privilege to lead troops at both the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Division. Additionally, he served at the National Training Center as a Combat Trainer (OC), and was a member of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course (SGI) Small Group Tactics Team. He has walked in the boots of a soldier and understands many of the challenges facing today’s servicemen and women.

As a civilian, he brings over 15 years of experience to the table from the fields of medicine and technology. His passions are in neurology and cardiovascular treatments; specifically focusing on anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and disease management instruction. His tenure as a corporate trainer in one of the country’s premier pharmaceutical companies is testament to the trust instilled in this enthusiastic trainer and educator.

Beau believes that evidence-based therapies offer the best means of providing a reasonable and predictable result. That is what initially attracted him to The SR® Life Coaching process, where today he pursues a Master’s Certification. Through his military service, medical education background, and life coaching certification process, he has compiled an impressive arsenal of tools, techniques, and procedures to effectively engage the toughest challenges that we all face in reaching a higher level of personal performance. Although he works with civilians, his love for warriors is his “calling.” He speaks and writes with a military flair and seeks the toughest assignments, especially when a wounded warrior is in need.

You can learn more about Beau and his life coaching business here.