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Coaches Memo is an area where I share what is going on in my world, the ways in which the power of coaching is affecting my life, and insights I have recently experienced.

Read through some recommendations. - You'll find no blog entries here. Just recommendations. Verifiable recommendations from LinkedIn (Soon you will be able to click on the name of the person at the end of the recommendation to be connected to their LinkedIn Profile. Until then, please visit my LinkedIn profile to read these and many more).

Testimonial: The 10 best things about working with Coach Scott

Coach Scott has been a great help in my personal, career, and business coaching, offering timely insights and supportive materials relevant to my areas of focus.

The 10 best things about working with Coach Scott:

  1. He is able to hold focus on any particular area.
  2. He is great with motivation.
  3. He makes an efficient use of time -- he wants to know what is going to be most helpful.
  4. He is invested in you making process.
  5. He is insightful -- he brings in and shares his personal experiences -- it might not be helpful for other people but it is really helpful for me.
  6. He offers a lot of great supportive information -- he just doesn't offer his advice he tells you about books that he has read that is supportive and useful that the person might not have found elsewhere.
  7. He is able to detect where a person is getting hung up and can make suggestions -- out of experience -- are you getting hung up because of A, B or C.
  8. He is sensitive but really down to earth -- which really increases the comfort level.
  9. Scott sends meeting notes immediately after any session, reiterating discussed points and suggestions. That is a really strong component. I don't have to take notes during our calls, and I can easily go back and review those. My progress does not begin and end with our sessions.
  10. He has a private client website with a lot of resources, worksheets, eBooks, surveys.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on July 9, 2013
    Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Mark Anthony Staniszewski
Account Management, Sales, Internet Marketing, Product Development

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Testimonial: Do you have roadblocks?

Scott knows that being coach means more than holding people accountable: being a great coach means getting clients past the roadblocks which have stopped them before. Whether the obstacles are choices involving tech info, software, vendors, industry background or those debilitating chicken-and-egg questions about what to do next, Scott is my guide.

I chose Scott to be my coach because of certain skills in his background, and how they dove-tailed with what I was trying to accomplish.

What I didn't realize was his unique ability to slice through procrastination, run a smart business, and efficiently network.

If you want a coach, no one gives you more bang for the buck.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 25, 2013
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

Mark Maloney
Consultative & Solution Sales, New Business Development, Networking & Relationship Building

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Testimonial: Get past FEAR

For the longest time, I had been sitting on the idea of starting my own coaching practice. I had been practicing mental health and addiction counseling for over twenty years and had even been using coaching techniques to help my clients solve their mental health and addiction problems. I knew how to coach people.

The problem was I didn’t know the first thing about starting or running a business. I was stuck. Then the obvious answer dawned on me. I’ll hire a coach myself. Then something unexpected happened: FEAR! I knew that one of the many things coaches do is hold their clients accountable. If I hired a coach, I’d actually have to start the business. And that would be hard work. Hearing those thoughts, I realized that I’d never do this without the help of a coach. So I picked up the phone and made the call.

That phone call turned out to be one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. Not only has Scott helped me design and implement my business plan, marketing strategy, website, LinkedIn account, you name it, he’s held me accountable just as I feared he would.

And that has made all the difference.

I can tell you for certain, I would never have started my coaching practice had I not made that phone call.

If you are a therapist thinking about starting a private therapy or coaching practice, you would be crazy not to hire Scott. He can help you with everything you need to learn and do in order to start and run your own private therapy or coaching practice.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 23, 2013
    Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Tom Jordan
Program Director at South Middlesex Opportunity Council

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Testimonial: Stay on track

Scott Graham and I starting working together soon after I abruptly quit my job. I was referred by a friend who highly recommended Scott for the work they have done together.>

Scott is tremendously insightful, resourceful and motivating.

My career transition has been helped by his positive feedback and ability to quickly grasp my point of view and approach to new opportunities.

I am not one to procrastinate. So, what Scott has done for me was keep me on track and assist with reality checks - the 10th day call is a great goal - set to keep my progress moving forward and our great conversations are ample reward.

He always provides his undivided attention, is always focused and on-topic. He hasn't let me deceive myself with doubt or embellishment for a moment. I am on the track that is right for me and grateful to Scott for his encouragement to get here and beyond. He is a great Coach!

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 21, 2013
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Pat Young
IT Director, Application Development, Public-Private Industry Experience, Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems expertise

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Testimonial: Do you need accountability?

Coach Scott and his MasterMind group has been very useful for my personal business growth.

He has an understated way of leading discussion and guiding the group that brings everyone into the conversation. This way advice and ideas come from a variety of people and Scott clarifies it into items that can be acted upon. He then encourages you to make commitments to various actions. The commitment comes from you and Scott looks for ways he and the group can support you in what you are committing to do.

This accountability is one of the most important things I want in a coach or a group.

If I didn't want support I wouldn't have a coach. Coach Scott is just what I want in a coach.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 17, 2013
    Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative

Kris Garnjost
Marketing and Public Relations Consultant

 

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Testimonial: Look deep into yourself

It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Coach Scott Graham. If I was writing a review of Coach Scott for Amazon he would be getting a 5 star rating. His approach to coaching is respectful and insightful. He took the time to get to know me, my business and my goals. He has helped me get my business back on track. More importantly, he has helped me rediscover the joy the business brings to my life and the important contributions it makes in the lives of others.

Unlike many business coaches I have encountered in the past, Coach Scott spent the initial consultation getting to know me and my unique business. Instead of trying to sell me on him and his talents he focused on telling me about the strengths saw in me.

I also so very much appreciate the fact that I never felt like Coach Scott is watching the clock during our consultations. I know going into our meetings that he has taken time to prepare, he has carefully reviewed the prep sheet info I have sent him, he has taken time to research web sites I should check out, classes I could take, books that are applicable to my business. It is obvious that he takes time preparing the “ecap” reports of our consultations; they are very complete and helpful.

I especially respect the fact that he is available to me between scheduled consultations, and I don’t need to worry about getting an outrageous bill. If I have a question I want to run by him he is a phone call or text message away. If I need someone to review a document he is quick to offer helpful comments and suggestions.

When I sat down to write this I was prepared to say that Coach Scott’s best attribute is his ability motivate and empower me. While these skills are a great asset to our relationship, I think the best thing Coach Scott has been able to do for me is to ask questions that cause me to look deep into myself and my business.

One of the questions Coach Scott asks in preparation for our teleconference is “what am I grateful for.” It is an important question as we often overlook the gifts that fill our lives and focus on the problems and conflicts. I for one am so very grateful for my relationship with Coach Scott Graham. It has made a positive impact on my life and my business.

I am happy to give him my highest recommendation.


Initially posted on LinkedIn on May 13, 2013
    Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, Creative

Jed Doherty
Jedlie's Magic Circus

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Testimonial: Get the confidence you need

What sets Coach Graham apart from other Business and Executive Coaches that I have worked with is his unique leadership style. Coach's way of teaching is authentic, genuine, straight forward and right to the point. During our first phone session in which we discussed completing my Masters License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling he said, "do not complicate matters and take this one step at a time". His words set me at ease. Completing my licensure was something I was struggling with for years.

Coach Graham immediately sent back our session notes for my review. I was amazed with his efficiency. He responded in a timely fashion to my correspondence and always went above and beyond the call of duty! Coach Graham made me feel confident that I could do this. Coach said, "you already passed the exam - the rest is simple".

I had a fear for many years and kept talking myself out of completing the application. Coach gave me the confidence that I needed through his advice and guidance and told me that, "you do it the way you would eat an elephant, one piece at a time".

I fully and wholeheartedly recommend Coach Graham. I know he will provide excellent services!!!! Thank you Coach Scott Graham for being there!

Initially posted on LinkedIn on April 17, 2013
    Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Gary Carpenter
Right Fit Careers & Business Collaborative

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Testimonial: Master LinkedIn

I worked with an amazing LinkedIn coach Scott Graham from True Azimuth. I spent only a few hours with him and received a wealth of information.

He is truly an expert of LinkedIn as well as marketing in general. We were able to set goals for LinkedIn in order for people to find me, maximize my professional information, learn how others use LinkedIn and for what purposes along with much more. He was able to give me a lot of tips, tricks for utilizing LinkedIn to its full potential. I learned to manage contacts, connect with people and stay connected. LinkedIn can be a great way to get to know people more through a more professional intimate setting.

Finally Scott Graham followed up with me several times and sent me some tools to ensure my success utilizing the information he imparted. I received a goal planner tool and a focus list of the information. In short Scott Graham is your best resource for those on LinkedIn to grow your career or business. Talk to Scott soon, don’t put it off for another minute.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on December 1, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Martaelena Ochoa
Business Consultant for Higher Profitability

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Testimonial: 30 minutes, free call, great investment

When Coach Scott Graham offered me a free thirty-minute coaching session around the book "8 Dimensions of Leadership," I was skeptical - not skeptical that I could use some help, but that the help from a business coach would be anything more than cheering from the sidelines. I was also put off by the word "leadership."

I'm building a business as a solo entrepreneur; I don't need to lead anybody but myself. And could there be only 8 dimensions of leadership that I would somehow neatly fit into? If I hadn't already heard several good testimonials for Scott's coaching, face-to-face from people I trusted, I would have found a polite way to say no. Now I'm very glad I didn't.

For one thing, the book was a quick read, but the theory behind it rang true. There was enough correspondence between what I already know about myself and what I got from the assessment, that I felt comfortable with the suggestions that came directly from the book. It all made sense.

And Scott's phone call counseling session turned it into achievable goals. "Okay, but how am I going to get there?" became "Okay, I get it: I can do these three specific actions." Scott focused on me, my personal style, and my challenges. He asked questions that led me to find my own ways to build on the strengths I have.

He took me to the edge of my comfort zone, but he didn't leave me hanging. And he really did do it in about 30 minutes. Now I'm now trying to figure out how to fit one of his "tune-ups" into my schedule and budget.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on October 28, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Dean Whitlock
Freelance Writer

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Testimonial: Become stronger

Wow! Coach Scott Graham is awesome! One morning last week I went to the gym to work out and I realized as I walked in that I was feeling pretty good. As I started working out, I realized that something was very different. The weights I was lifting seemed about 25% lighter than usual. "What’s up with this"? I thought. This is good. What have I done different that would cause this?

Had I eaten different foods? Not that I could remember. Was I more rested than usual? No, that wasn’t true. As I thougt it through I realized that the only thing that was different was my elevated mood. Cool, I thought. But what was the cause? Then it came to me.

In attending Coach Scott Graham’s mastermind group, I was reading “The 28 Laws of Attraction” and that and the group discussion was making some very important positive changes in my life. Also I had hired Scott to do a business tuneup that was helping me to be much more efficient in my work. All that had led to elevated mood and had made me stronger. Thank you Coach Scott for making this huge improvement in my life.


Initially posted on LinkedIn on August 8, 2012

Robert Walker
Senior Regional Leader at Primerica

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Testimonial: Build better relationships

Most businesses probably go to Scott to develop strategies on how to improve their Quick Ratio or Current Ratio. They over look a key skill that can help strengthen the foundation to the successes in building relationships amongst the company staff. Bring Scott in to provide your company with group facilitation around any topic, need and you will be amazed at the results.

He is extremely talented in bringing a team together as one! Scott has skills and personality to facilitate group activities to help build a team, help people give honest communication unladen with emotional criticism and help people be receptive to feedback.

 He is truly the most amazing person and we at Henderson's are so thankful for what he has instilled in our company! And yes, he will always be the person we hire to work within our organization.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on July 26 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative

Sylvia Provost
Co-Owner, Henderson's Tree Service & Fine Gardening

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Testimonial: Scott provides "the more"

 I "found" Scott while looking for ways to improve my clinical skills. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Scott has a blog focused on clinical supervision in addition to his life coaching blog and I subscribed to it.

When I found myself promoted to Clinical Director, I knew I needed something more in order to be an effective clinical supervisor -- something more than a focus on direct practice.

Scott provides "the more."

The challenge for any clinical director lies beyond insuring the clinical integrity of a counseling program. That's easy. The real challenge lies in your effectiveness with managers and staff -- motivating them, helping them problem solve and helping them grow in their career. Scott has helped me transfer the skills I already have mastered with clients to the managers and staff I supervise, stakeholders outside the organization and even personal relationships.

I like that Scott calls me on my "stuff." He plays an active role in my professional development and doesn't just sit back. I like that Scott gives me homework to focus on in-between our clinical supervision sessions. It is not just a once-every-10-day-chat.

If you are a clinical director or clinical supervisor, I would heartily encourage you to work with Scott. It is a heavy load being responsible for the clinical integrity of a program and a group of counselors. With Scott, it doesn't feel quite so heavy.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 24, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Judyth Leavitt, MLADC, LiCSW
Clinical Director at Headrest, Inc.

 

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Testimonial: Start your business!

I hired Scott as a mentor coach during my coach training course in 2012, and over a short period of time came to appreciate his many talents.

First, he did not charge an arm and a leg for his services like most established coaches have a tendency to do to new coaches.

Second, his calming nature would immediately put me at ease during each session so I was better able to deal with the stresses associated with holding down a full time job, while starting my own business, and maintaining a positive family life.

Third, I was impressed that he seemed to intuitively know when to “nudge” and when to “back off” and allow me time to catch up if need be.

Finally, I was constantly amazed during each session with the amount of assistance and information he provided to help me start my business and become a better coach even though we are in the same business so to speak.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on June 8, 2012
    Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value

Michelle Lee
Owner at Relish Your Life Now, LLC

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Testimonial: Above and beyond

Scott has gone above and beyond as a coach. He is always over delivering in every area. It is refreshing to work with someone that is dedicated to their client's success. He even takes calls on the way in to surgery! Overall I would recommend Scott for any person looking for personal, career, or business coaching as he focuses on key components of growth ... identifying the goal and plotting a course to get there.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on May 8, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity

Julian Awad
CEO at JSA Interactive

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Testimonial: Launch your business

Scott and I just finished a 3 month coaching commitment. Having developed and coached several work place teams, as well as Hanover youth hockey teams for the last 20 years, I know a little bit about the subject.

I contracted with Scott as I was about to launch a new business and knew that he could help with the process – little did I realize how much.

Good coaches come with a few special traits – they're good listeners, they are good teachers, they are patient, they give you a little bit at a time rather than the whole magilla at once, they build your input into the finished product, they praise as well as constructively correct, they encourage you to do your homework AND they make it fun.

I have only met a couple of good coaches in my first 72 years, and Scott Graham is definitely one of them.


Initially posted on LinkedIn on April 19, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Jim McKeown
Senior Administrative Assistant for Families and Elders

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Testimonial: Are you overwhelmed?

I recommend Coach Scott. He came along when I was feeling overwhelmed, but our first conversation made me realize that there ways to feel less overwhelmed and that he could help me find them and do them. It was immediately freeing.

He and I set goals and a timeline to get them done. I realize that facing issues is easier in the long run than avoiding them -- they become bigger with avoidance and affect so much of your behavior. Life is ever-changing and requires many new directions and insights.

I've learned a lot, with Scott's help. I'm grateful to have found him! Thanks, Scott!

Initially posted on LinkedIn on April 7, 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Brenda Cannon
Project Planner

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Testimonial: Not your typical coach

I wasn't sure at all about health coaching with Scott Graham. So I decided to take him up on his 30-day Health Tune-up to see how he works and what I would gain from coaching, if anything.

During my 30 days with Scott I expected a taskmaster and instead received real support along with simple, straightforward advice that I put to use starting day 1. With Scott's guidance we created a step by step plan for 1 and 2 week intervals with realistic goals. The metrics came after implenting the plan and achieving the base goals. For a person like me that looks at time and goals in a linear way this approach proved that I could get started back to the way I used to feel years ago.

 Scott proved to be exceptional at understanding both my issues and goals. As he has known me for over 2 years in a somewhat personal capacity I could sense his caring for my well being and to see me get back on the right track to better health. His use of various checklists allowed me to focus on more specific health and life goals which I am using even after the 30 days of coaching ended.

I was so pleased with the results I got, I decided to continue to work with Scott past the initial 30 days.

 Scott is not a "rah-rah" coach. He helps you get motivated by helping you to connect with what you want and value. That's a much more lasting source than "rah-rah" cheer-leading. If you want someone who can motivate and inspire you by helping you tap into your own motivation and inspiration, call Scott today.    

Initially posted on LinkedIn on February 16, 2012
    Top qualities: Personable, Creative

Richard A. Paul, Jr., CPA, P.C.

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Testimonial: Are you standing on the sideline?

Someone once told me there are two types of people in life: those that play in the game and those that watch on the sideline. When I initially contacted Scott Graham, it was because I needed a prep plan and test taking strategies for a licensing exam. That's all I wanted. That is all that I expected. I was a "side-liner."

 Sure I had a lot -- very successful in some people's eyes. I thought I had everything -- and my use for Scott Graham was merely pragmatic -- to help me pass an exam.

 Years later, I left my old dead-end job, I am running my own business with enviable contracts, have a stronger more intimate relationship with my husband, have returned to graduate school for my CAGS, engage in a regular meditation practice (he talked me into going to a Vipassana Retreat like he does -- then my husband went -- then the rest was history), do trainings and public speaking -- the list goes on and on and on and on!

If you had come up to me a few years ago and said, "this is where you will be in a few years," I would have fallen on the floor laughing in hysterical disbelief. My profession is counseling and am amazed at the growth I have made. I am now fully playing on the field! If you want more than you bargained for, want to grow more than you think is possible, want to be somewhere in a few years that you can't even imagine is possible today -- call Scott Graham. He has the skill and experience to help you get where you need to without sacrificing balance and equanimity.


Initially posted on LinkedIn on February 15 2012
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

Holly Greenston, M.Ed,CAGS, LADC
Owner at Hamilton Counseling, LLC

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Testimonial: Do you have trouble getting out of your own way?

I got so much from coaching with Scott.

I had gone to a therapist when I was younger and I hated it. Hated it. So I was really skeptical that coaching with Scott would be just like a therapy session. I was very, very skeptical at first that really anything would come out of it.

 I am a talker, so it helps me to talk to a neutral party and just get completely neutral feedback and fresh ideas. That's what coaching with Scott is like.

And I think it is easier working with Scott because it is not just me spilling out my feelings. We talk about ideas of things I can do about things and set a plan for me to do something.

Anyone who is stuck should consider working with Scott. You know, people who just can't get out of their own way and are just stuck in what they are doing and can't really see on their own a way to fix it. That's how I used to be -- I couldn't see a clear way to fix things -- and Scott helps me see other ways to look at things. .. I was in my own way. But not anymore.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on January 16, 2012
    Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Brianna Fowler
Lead Teacher at Village Children's Center

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Testimonial: Transition to business owner

When I hired Scott I was working a full time job while trying to grow my own business. Scott helped me to transition from an employee to a business owner.

During my 4 months working with Scott, I quit my old “job” in a manner which not only maintained but actually cultivated the relationship with my old employer and I started running my business like a business. I learned how to be effective in communicating with referral sources so I could get the business I wanted and not just the business that came my way. I even started using QuickBooks – with Scott, a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, tutoring me along the way.

So if you are tired of working for someone else and want a strong foundation to work for yourself, give Scott a call. He can help you develop as an entrepreneur.

Initially posted on LinkedIn on October 7, 2011
    Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Carri Davis
Residential, Commercial Cleaning and Product Consultant

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