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Testimonials | Academic Life Coaching & Life Coach Training


  • It has been a privilege to facilitate the Academic Life Coaching Program and to witness the huge transformations that are occurring in the students I work with. The program provides teens with concrete tools they can use to gain confidence in life and academics and assists them in developing their own leadership style. The Academic Life Coaching Program is personalized and customized to each student's needs. It is pro-active, challenging, compassionate, and supportive of the student to develop and reveal their true selves and passions. ALC allows students to break through their own personal obstacles and to live into their more authentic selves with the right skills to succeed and to lead a fulfilled life.

    Stephanie Kwong Los Angeles, CA
  • I’m now requiring all my counsellors to go through the training. I’ve found it to be an essential part of our value added proposition to families and local schools.

    Justine Campbell
    Justine Campbell Mindquest Group, Hong Kong, China
  • Your training has helped us expand our reach and services to the students who need it most. Thank you for your generosity and passion in the field of education.

    Pravienna Nadoo
    Pravienna Nadoo Brain Dynamics, Johannesburgh, South Africa
  • I can’t tell you how excited parents get when I explain what I’m learning as an Academic Life Coach. It’s like you’ve created something that specifically address all the concerns and worries that parents have for their children. The program really is fantastic.

    Lori Hopkinson
    Lori Hopkinson Chicago, Illinois
  • Your life coach training program truly exceeded my expectations. I’m so excited to be certified to work with teenagers and students!

    Adeline Hutchinson

“I just wanted to say thanks again for the direction and advice earlier today. I am motivated to work harder and focus on making my calls structurally sound as the “next step” in becoming a Master coach.

I appreciate all your help and guidance through this process!”

-Brittany Barden

“Just want to say thank you again for the opportunity to take your class and learn so much. I think the best evidence of the change ALC has brought in my life is my family and friends commenting on the passion they see in me and how supportive and encouraging they are. Your support and encouragement also means a lot and I keep that present when I am coaching. You have a truly remarkable mission that you are sharing with the world and I am honored to be able to join in that mission.”

-Colleen Gecawich

(From an email Colleen sent a few months later)

“Hey I just want to let you  know I had a very nice phone call today from the mother of the teen I coached this summer.  She told me his pediatrician asked about his summer and he proceeded to tell the Dr. about the ALC program and how much he learned and how valuable it was and how he is using what he learned now as far as his studies and in school. The mother was almost in tears because she didn’t realize until then how much value he got from his sessions (and then I was almost in tears).  Anyway, it was great to hear and the Dr. asked for brochures to hand out so yea for me and the ALC program!
I know you are starting a new class tonight- it won’t be as good as ours, but enjoy!  :)”

“I have missed you all over the past few weeks – being away and things happening in my life but I am eager to connect back and work with you again.

I have been entertained and inspired watching you all in the videos – Your openness and generosity with each other and the commitment to learning is so encouraging and refreshing.

My mission statement headline is “to be a source of en-couragement to all I meet and work with” so it is great seeing you all do that for each other.

There are not many places you can go to watch people coach and express how useful it can be and help you get the most from it.

Of course John is great and helpfully  instructional which provides such a great foundation. The review sharing sessions after the coaching sessions are just great!!

It remains a joy to be an a group with you and I hope we can get even more ‘good stuff’ over the next few weeks.

I look forward to ‘meeting’ up and working together again   …. very soon!!”

-Iyare Umweni

“I just wanted to say that I am loving the format where we get to coach, be coached, and be an observer.  It is great to be in such a safe and learning environment.  I get to play around with my coaching presence and see where I think things are going well, and what I  need to change in order to get better.  This is definitely a coach approach to learning how to coach!  :-)”

-Natalie O’Connor

“I am blown away with your attention to detail, your professionalism and encouragement and want to say how much I am in AWE OF WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED AND CONTINUE TO CREATE EVERYDAY.
Thank you.”

-Sergio Gonzalez

“A lightbulb definitely went off tonight. It was GREAT having you on tonight’s call. The good news is that this class is actually the one constant bit of fun and enjoyment for me at this “stage of the game.”

-Joan Lockwood

“Things have come together for me in a very profound way this past week. I didn’t find the concepts difficult to grasp – but I just didn’t “feel it” until this past week. Now I have got it – I feel it in a very deep way and am on fire. I feel no internal resistance when sharing this program with others.”

-Reed Mendenhall

I am so excited to be coaching a new client and student that I had to share with you how good it feels to be “back in the world of Academic Life Coaching”. (After what seems like I was so long away while I finished CTI certification!)

Revisiting the motivation and learning styles, well designed outcomes, and hearing your voice on recordings again puts me right back on my Tuesday calls! I am happy and pleased to be doing academic life coaching, it feels so right and purposeful!

-Barbara Buckner

“Thanks, John. I was able to listen to the whole class last night, up until the break off point, and wow, powerful stuff with the assumptions and limiting beliefs. Love, too, that its so quick. Once you really create awareness and start to pick them out during your day ( eventually our client’s session), its like oh ok. I THINK this, it rolls right into the more detailed perspective, and of course action and Boom, you have it. I have that image with the arrows in my brain – and will be using it in my own life for sure.”

– Alison Manley

“You are so right on about your program…Academic life Coaching for our youth…it is just what our youth need. It is life transforming for them and us.”

-Mary Lu O’Hollaran

“Andrew was home this weekend.  I am so proud of how he is doing.  He is organized, making good grades, friends, and good choices.  He said that the thing that most prepared him for college was his life coaching seminar.  He also had the opportunity to “coach” a friend that was struggling in a relationship.  They were up until 3 am!!!! Thank you, John.  I am forever grateful.”

-Annie Smith

“First of all, your ALC training class is already exceeding any expectations I had (and honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect). Love all aspects!”

-Mim Sichel

“Just want to take a second to thank you for every moment in today’s class a teachable moment…in the coaching demo, I felt like I was kind of going through it blindly, but your feedback helped me actually learn quite a bit throughout the process. I also appreciate the freedom you’ve set up to fail and try again–it’s such a unique learning environment.

“Thanks again for making today’s class such a rich experience! Looking forward to next week’s session.”
-Sarah Glassburner

“John, thank you so much for your thoughts. They were incredibly helpful and when I reminded myself that I don’t have to fix all the problems. That’s something I know, but perhaps have forgotten, especially as the numbers have increased and I start looking for efficiency rather than thoroughness.

I took those concepts into my calls on Friday and has some absolutely incredible calls! Listening at level 2 actually became much easier once I reminded myself I wasn’t responsible for the outcome.
All that to say, thank you! I appreciate the support and am excited to keep learning and growing!”
-Matt Holsinger
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