What My Coaching Participants Say…
Testimonials from 1:1 sessions, private coaching, courses, workshops and products
“I was struggling with a professional choice – either going out on my own as an external consultant or consider a full-time job opportunity.”
Working with Chris through private coaching, I was provided not only with pragmatic tools, but also given space to deepen my self-understanding regarding my personal values and belief systems.
He supported my ‘authentic self ‘to emerge to identify what I was truly capable of as a whole person. He takes the time to explore from a deep place in order to offer practical tools.
I was consistently astounded by the tools Chris developed to support my own development. Chris has a never ending well of resources and tools to work with a variety of clients. He offered me templates for resume writing, networking conversations, planning tools and skill mapping. His tools are original and well-thought out.
He offered exactly what I needed to not only find my path but also help me develop my mind set of what my capacity is and could be. To benefit working with Chris, I think you would have to be someone who has done or wants to do introspective work. His work is deeply rooted in self-awareness and introspection.
Working together, I began mapping out what offerings I could have as a consultant while I gained skills in building a better, more informative resume. I built networking interview questions I used. Basically, I used frameworks from Chris to do these things. Out of this, I was quickly hired in a role that fit my skills and financial needs.
“I felt stuck and defeated, trying for a couple years to make everything happen in my business at once with failures, disappointments & lack of resources.”
Working together, I realized my main obstacle wasn’t the decisions I was making, but the way I was making those decisions. During our private coaching, I learned more about myself, approaches to issues and approaching others – along with systems and processes to capitalize on my decision strengths and support on blindspots.
Chris is a decision-making mentor when others can’t see clearly enough on their own.
“I was struggling with self worth – not knowing whether my skills and market offerings provided value or how to move forward…”
I needed guidance, perspective and insight with confidence to actually see my work had value. Chris’ name came to mind because of our history together working on a course. I knew him from the course creation work we had done, so I felt pretty comfortable working with him.
I have been struggling with self worth – not knowing whether my skills and market offerings provided value or how to move forward. I was also wavering in and out of fear for a long time and that, plus family demands created a mega excuse for me.
Chris is more process based and looks at things from a different lens than I do. That is helpful to me unless it feels forced, but with him I don’t think it was. Chris helped me come up with ways to outline my value and reminded me that I have more skills than I was recognizing. He also validated me based on my personality type– reminding me that “NFJ’s” are mentors was very helpful.
He helped me recognize of my own tangible value and what I offer, as well as how my personality type plays in.
He helped me with clear ideas on how to think about my business as well as practices to implement. In looking back at the notes he sent me from the session, I really like the ideas he came up with and the detail he included.
Chris is so thoughtful and organized and provide added insight that many would not see.
I think any number of people would would benefit from his training and wisdom, such as a person in career transition, an entrepreneur that’s feeling a bit stuck, a small business owner that wants to improve operations.
For me, his ability to open up possibilities is huge. I’m so validated that the business I am creating is needed, that I have skills and a unique perspective to find it. I have a bit more of a belief that I can confidently actually do this.
“I was recently going through some personal family issues with my sister.”
Remembering this, Chris gently and compassionately inquired about my sister and her handicapped daughter. It amazed me that someone so engaged with so many different people would remember this personal detail and have genuine concern about them.
Chris has a heart for humanity.
Chris puts people at ease immediately with gentle and loving humor. He is authentic, genuine, generous and open. He almost never opens a conversation with something about his life, he always first asks me what’s going on in my life.
I met with Chris on a single video call and it was very productive and helpful. He helped me generate a list of great ideas. These ideas are very practical, simple to do and I’m sure, going to result in up-leveling my business, getting my message across and bringing in revenue.
I’ve very thankful to Chris for guiding me skillfully out of my business dilemma. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Michael Sujkowski, New Mexico
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“Being unemployed for close to six months has been difficult. I applied for many positions I was qualified for and wasn’t chosen to interview which left me discouraged.”
Luckily I read an article in the newspaper offering a seminar for job search assistance. At the event, I spoke with one of the speakers – Chris, who suggested I change my resume in specific ways to jump out at employers.
Chris helped me improve my resume with very specific, strategic recommendations. Two weeks after overhauling my resume, I started receiving calls from employers.
I had over ten face to face interviews and even more interviews in a three month span. I now have a new job and many more job offers. The timing was awesome, because my unemployment was running out. Chris is an awesome instructor.
“I was trying to boost my social media followers & figure out promotions.”
Chris has really helped me focus when it comes to my work. He gave me lots of great things to research to further benefit my business.
Chris gave me simple concepts and actionable steps that I never thought about. Now I use as a filter for my business.
On our call, having him start by saying keywords such as “know your audience” and “flavor of photography” were simple terms, yes, but ones that I keep in my mind as I think about moving my work forward.
Chris works well with someone really willing to look within and he picks up on what can help inspire you that the person may not have seen before. He enhances what’s insides to become real outside.
“My life and finances were frustrating and I felt I was losing control of my marriage, with only the worst possible outcome possible.”
Chris always tries to figure out things in a calm and rational manner. He lets me speak even when he has something to offer in the conversation. He’s always generous with discussing my issues and helping me, complimenting me more than anyone else. He always makes me feel better about myself.
I know that it’s always a safe space when we speak. I never worry when he counsels me that he’s not coming from a place of love and acceptance.
With Chris, I’ve grown in self-sufficiency and resourcefulness with my marriage and life. My life and finances were frustrating and I felt I was losing control of my marriage, with only the worst possible outcome possible. I realize that staying married is not the worst outcome! I’m moving forward, organizing an artist studio sale and see possibility for income.
Chris works with people who have trouble seeing their own limiting thinking patterns, making the same mistakes but he sees your strengths and potential. We work through all sorts of issues and problems as he looks at things through different angles. His intelligence makes it easy for me to talk with him for hours.
“I felt anxious managing all the possible business development activities with often contradictory advice. I felt frustration with how to keep my heart offering alive while working a job I dislike and feel trapped in.”
While I felt a strong call to offer my gifts, but not as much clarity about what and how to offer them as I would have liked. After working together, I understand even more fully that honing my gift is a lifetime process. My fears and concerns are real, but I don’t need to face and/or overcome them all now. As I work closer and closer to my core gift, there is gentle guidance and fulfillment in that, and things will come together from that place. I’m willing to experiment, and also wanted to get closer to the core of what really lights me up that is also what the world needs.
The fear will always be there, but I can move forward with it when I find a way to work that I truly love and as I become more confident through lots of practice. I see trial and error now more as a playful part of the process. I feel less urgency to do it now. It will happen. I am not trying to manipulate buyers. I am sharing what I love generously with people and my tribe will gather over time. And if not, at least I have had the joy of sharing what I love and taking action!
Oh, man! As a result of working with Chris I feel like I got totally clear marching orders not just for steps of developing my business, but of developing my own unique healing modality. I feel more clear and confident, able to discern, and able to pace myself.
I also LOVE the idea of looking to nature not just for developing my business, but as the core of my offering. As I get soft and quiet and listen, I am practicing what I will do with clients, and getting into mode of being that is inherently nourishing for me.
I received some new ideas about generating income in the short-term that feel edgy, but possible, and much more attuned to me than the ideas I was coming up with for myself. I also feel more emboldened to seeking higher-paid, more alternative sources of short-term income so I have the flexibility to continue to develop my offerings and key skills for expanding them over time.
Chris speaks with his guides and my guides for clarity on who we are and our unique offerings, and then uses his knowledge of business development to translate that insight into clear action steps. I loved the active conversation with your guides, Chris. It made me feel confident in what you were telling me. It made my connection with my own guides feel more real. And it made me feel important in terms of having their attention and support.
Having a business coach talking to his guides? Awesome! Seeing this becoming more mainstream is soooo validating for me. And I need to have this all incorporated for myself. I’m so glad your guides were so insistent with telling me EVERYTHING! I have been doing my best to listen and so wanted to hear it all!
Just about everything you talked about felt totally spot on – validating what I have been sensing for myself, but shifting it all into much clearer focus. It was new, but it was also building on what I already know, which increases my ability to trust myself
After our time working together, I feel more connected with my own unique offering – the idea that I don’t need another teacher or training, but am being called to look within and develop something new. I have a much clearer, realistic plan for developing my business.
I absolutely recommend someone both spiritual and entrepreneurial to consider this work with Chris! The mix of shamanic connection and practical business tools is golden!
“As directives and projects were given to me, I’d follow the other person’s lead, never really knowing where to begin, leaving my work without closure and often leading me to complain.”
With Chris, I learned how to step back, look at a project holistically, then begin my organization and analysis in order to create a successful step-by-step project plan. Chris is effective at matching resources to goals, developing innovative plans and solutions.
Prior, as communications were given to me, I followed the other person’s lead which wasn’t always a good thing leaving my work without closure, often leading me to complain. As employees, we did things we were told to do without questioning “why” we were doing it. It was done certain ways in the past and that’s just what we need to do now. Or, there isn’t enough money in the budget to do things this way so we’ve got to make-do with what we have. This is so close-minded.
Chris taught me clear communication that’s constant, clear and consistent with follow up is always key no matter who you are dealing with. Chris has the ability to communication and appeal to all levels. He is dynamic, a sincere listener with a strong work ethic.
It’s critical to ask “How did I do?” “How are you doing?” “What do we need to stop or continue doing?” “Where do we go next?” I never used to ask these questions before.
Most importantly, from Chris I’ve gained a personal type of achievement in all the work I approach.
No matter who I am doing the work for, now I try to learn something for myself out of it with questions like “What do I know now that I didn’t before?” “How can I use any of these learnings for work I do in the future?”
In our leadership work together, we’ve opened people’s eyes to things they’ve not been exposed to before. People are learning and doing. People are aware. I think in the past these things were taken for granted which made Chris’s training and education curriculum so important. We’re thinking outside the box while still staying within guidelines and policy, of course, but instead being creative to find the answers to our obvious problems.
“If someone is curious, open-minded but also stuck, Chris would be a great person to work with.”
I really didn’t have any expectations working together when we started the coaching session, only a curiosity and desire to connect. But what quickly changed for me was getting more clarity and insight!
What was interesting for me was the comfort Chris has with spiritual themes. He’s a true intuitive coach.
I really liked the powerful questions, especially “what’s one thing you’d like to close the door on, and never do again?” Also that Chris picked up and noticed the nuanced theme I referenced of “the devil” in our conversation and the phrase “seduced by advocacy.”
He also referenced the subtlety of difference between “can’t, can” and “won’t – don’t want” which for me was also huge!
I came away with the benefits of getting clarity and inspiration from this single session.
Chris brings you to deeper and better understanding of what makes people work and how to create a better team.
His ability to assess skills and working strengths is something I wish more people possessed. It helps create better work and improved dynamics across organizations.
Chris is one of only a few people I’ve ever known who is a premier source for professional coaching, business organization and developing employee learning. He provides top level expertise through quality, directed collaborations. He leads by example when setting standards and expectations that work groups and organizations can embrace and internalize.
He helped me refine content and presentations methods to guarantee quality delivery of safety related training to our entire organization. Chris has the ability to see what tools will create the right environment for others to improve or excel with their programs, training and personnel issues.
Chris has been a resource for me and other hiring managers when we needed to create meaningful interview questions or confidential coaching related to employee development.
I have so much gratitude and respect for you. This is exactly why you are a brilliant coach. You help people figure out their own strengths and then sort out how to navigate the rest.