"Alan's coaching has been key in my moving forward in not only my career but also in dramatically changing my personal life. I now have a new job at almost twice my previous income. Alan was the perfect 'GPS' that pinpointed exactly where I was and how to get to where I wanted to be. It is worth the time--and worth so much more than the investment." Frank Cole
"When I think about what great coaches do, they have one thing in common. They bring out the very best a person has to offer. Alan has a very keen ability to discover, unlock, and foster those talents within. His specific and customized approach has been extremely impactful in my life.
As a result of working with Alan, I have been the beneficiary of an increased level of confidence, much more effective communication and the ability to bring both my personal and professional life into high definition.
The most exciting results for me however, lie in the gains that have been produced within my relationships and ability to lead individuals in a large and complex environment. In today's business when truly positive sustainable results are at a premium, I can think of nothing that has been more rewarding to that end than the coaching I have received from Alan."
Scott Watson, Regional Sales and Operations Manager, The Brickman Group
"Alan is an exceptional human behavior specialist. I use that phrase because the context whether coaching, speaking, or writing is just the outlet to the value he provides for those who engage him.
You won't want to miss working him when a need arises! Each dollar you spend will have a return on investment 10 fold."
JoAnn Corley, President, Holistic Talent Managment
"When I was transitioning from the number two position to President and CEO of my organization, Alan's coaching and insight was great in helping me make that transition more successful."
SEU Local # 1, Chicago (A Chicago Union)
The following is an article written by author and marketing expert Nick Usborne for his newsletter subscribers, describing his coaching experience with Alan: (Nick's clients have included Disney and Intel)
"Can a business coach help you advance your career or business? This article is a little off the beaten track, and has nothing directly to do with writing for the web. However, we are all employees and freelancers, as well as writers. We have careers or businesses to take care of.
So how about coaching? Is it an effective way to get ahead? Can paying a business coach to talk with you over the phone really make a difference?
I must admit to having a small demon on my shoulder when it comes to coaching. It's probably a second cousin to the demon who whispers in my ear when confronted by a therapist. Part of me is just daring the person to utter that awful phrase, "How does that make you feel?"
Recently I went through a few months of coaching.
And here's the bottom line:
I will make twice as much during the second half of this year as I did during the first half. And next year is looking even better. (Alan's note: Nick wrote me later to update me to the fact he did indeed double his income after his coaching with me ended, and soon after, he tripled his income. When he began his coaching, he was already doing quite well.)
So how does this weird magic work? How can talking with a business coach make that kind of a difference? My coach was Alan Allard.
He's a patient man. I probably spent the first two sessions introducing him to my demon. After all, the guy used to be a therapist himself. And I think he came perilously close to asking me how I felt on a couple of occasions.
For the first few sessions at least, I had very little idea of what he was trying to do with me. I couldn't quite figure out the process he was following. As it turned out, that didn't really matter.In fact, the entire experience was like trying to grab hold of mist. What he did, with his cauldron and frogs and eyes of newt, was re-awaken a level of self-confidence I had somehow lost. Not just in myself, but in my work. (And no, I had no idea I had lost that level of self-confidence. That realization came as quite a shock to me.)
Feeling good is one thing. Feeling good in a way that one can directly apply to one's work or business is quite another. In other words, he didn't just sugar coat me with a cloud of ethereal, feel-good encouragement. He gave me something I could take to the bank.
I have no idea when or how it happened, but he quietly opened a couple of doors deep inside me and then stood back and waited. And I guess that's his skill. To open or re-open doors. To enable people to tap into strengths and depths which they either never knew they had, or had somehow forgotten.
Perhaps Alan won't thank me for describing him in a pointy hat with a large cauldron. I use the analogy simply because I can't unravel the mystery of how he made his magic. All I know is that it worked.
So if you have a feeling that you're not moving ahead in your career as fast as you could, or that your freelance business should be booming, but isn't, consider engaging a business coach. And if you want to speak with Alan, he's a great coach and an outstanding person."
Nick Usborne, Author and Marketing Expert
"Alan Allard is an expert self-esteem builder."
Phil Parmer, Ph.D, Chicago, IL
"Alan…thank you for all your wise insights…I truly respect and appreciate your work and our relationship."
Helen Lerner, CEO, Creative Expressions, Inc.
(E-mail thanking me for being the coach expert on womenworking.com)
About Alan's Speaking/Seminars/Keynotes/Breakout Sessions:
"What a great presentation! You have the ability to inspire while providing such insight into the realities of life and business...thought provoking...Thank you!!
Joann Corley, President, Holistic Talent Management
"Thank you for your recent seminar you conducted for our sales representatives. Your message was both well targeted and received. The feedback that I've gotten from my associates is already overwhelmingly positive.
In our business, dealing with emotions and attitudes is most essential to success. That is why I believe your message was most appropriate for my representatives. They constantly have to deal with rejection, call reluctance and the emotional highs of their successes. Therefore, dealing with their emotions in these areas will certainly benefit them in their sales effort. Once again, Alan I look forward to a continued relationship."
Richard R. Mittman CLU, ChFC
West Dundee, IL
"I have experienced many workshops and seminars in the past 10 years, but none that has had the impact on me like this one. Your vast knowledge, sincere interest, and distinct teaching style made all the difference. You have empowered me to take my business and personal life to new heights, and I am grateful!"
Re/Max of Naperville, IL.
"You amaze me! Your depth of knowledge with regard to pertinent reading material is astounding."
Lisle Township Youth and Family Services
"Your seminar was far more comprehensive than I expected and covered exactly what I needed to be more productive in my career...my production has increased steadily since the seminar.
I thoroughly enjoyed your methods of teaching and felt your personal insights were priceless. I also appreciated how you followed up with phone calls to check on my progress a few weeks after the seminar was completed."
"Participating in your workshop, 'Creating Continual Patterns of Success' was refreshing and enlightening. The atmosphere was warm and genuine.
I found your material to be cutting edge, and I wanted you to know that I began implementing ideas from your workshop immediately. Your grasp for the subject matter, humor, and heartfelt stories made the workshop most interesting. I plan to attend other workshops presented by you in the future, and I have already told several colleagues about the workshop."
Mark Sanders, Professional Speaker and Author
"Thank you for the inspiring and motivational 'Maximum Achievement' seminar that you presented...I have been applying many of the principles that were presented and have found them to be applicable not only on the job but in all aspects of my life.
It is clear to me that the presentation of the material was enhanced greatly by your insights and personal skills. Your ability to understand and communicate how human emotions and thought processes function to make us who we are made the material come to life and find its application.
Thanks again for a most enjoyable and profitable seminar!"
"Your teleseminar was informative and inspiring!"
"Speaking from a personal perspective--and 30 years working in a business environment, including management--I felt your 'Three Golden Keys' to 'Owning Your Career' were very on-point and a roadmap to success."
"The workshop and presentation was very impacting. Somehow you have developed a clear, concise and energetic method of communicating self-development concepts, making them easier to retain. This effective method, coupled with your obvious passion for self-development and achievement creates an enjoyable and satisfying experience.
About Alan's Writing, Articles and Blog Postings:
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Career Coach Institute was founded by Marcia Bench, a former attorney who has shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Depak Chopra and other notable speakers. Marcia is the author of several books including When 9 to 5 Isn't Enough and Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide.
Alan, you have eloquently gotten to the point with an argument I had not thought of. May I reprint your comments in an article I am writing on the subject?
Bob Bly, Author, Marketing Plan Handbook, Magnetic Selling, How To Become A Recognize Expert In Your Field and over twenty-five other books.
"You are the best! I just posted your blog post on our Twitter and FB page too. Tomorrow I’ll spread it around other social media sites."
Helene is the CEO of Creative Expressions, Inc. and founder of womenworking.com. She is the author of more than nine books, an independent public television host, Emmy Award-winning executive producer (more than 20 televised specials) and a Fortune 500 workplace consultant
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