Deborah’s unique method of helping organizations internally really helped us communicate better, understand our own strengths as well as our teammates and how to pair up departments to be more productive, innovative and successful. Her comforting, non-judgmental demeanor allowed me personally to open up and face and understand some of my own struggles. Because she is so down to earth and with her innate ability to connect with people, I believe she could help anyone.
I first want to say Deborah is a consummate professional. She has helped me revitalize my career. She understands people and digs deeper than any professional I’ve ever met. Deborah is the most thorough and approachable person I could recommend for anyone wanting to grow personally and professionally. I would give Deborah an 11 on a scale of 1-10. She really is that great.
I took the Gallup Strengths test because I thought it would be nice to learn about my ‘talents’. But after meeting with Deborah Edwards to learn what my talents really meant, it was so much more than just interesting; it was helpful and even life changing!
She also worked with me and my husbands together to help us better understand each other, we work better together in our relationship after learning how to understand each other’s different talents and strengths.
Deborah can teach you how your talents mesh or don’t mesh with others, and how to understand other people’s talents as well as your own. The exercises and coaching she gives is something that I feel everyone would benefit from. It is so helpful.
I met Deborah Edwards when I suddenly found myself in career transition and needing some direction on how to go about a job search after having gone through two job changes in the last three years. Deborah gave me more value than two career consultants I had worked with previously. With her guidance I was able to pinpoint my strengths and talents after going through an Action Planning process, and her ideas for how to present myself and explain situations became much more powerful. Throughout our conversations Deborah kept my confidence high with positive feedback: “You have so much more knowledge and insight than you realize right now!” “Trust the process—clear the clouds! “Hold yourself with grace and strength!” I became more focused on career direction and strengthened my approach to presenting my strengths and talents. Deborah’s expertise, intuitiveness, and from-the-heart guidance and encouragement can change lives.
This woman is truly remarkable. Deborah is accommodating and enthusiastic not just about what she does but also about her clients. She really understands people. I now understand my strengths and talents so much more clearly and have learned how to use them optimally. She gave me tools and tips that make me feel more confident and successful. I seriously would work with Deborah on any project, any time. She delivers.
Deborah is able to bring out the important points that are relevant to advancement and productivity. She helped me to identify my strengths and deploy them in a positive way. I feel like I am doing a better job of integrating with my team in the most positive and productive way.
To say that Deborah is exceptional as a coach for both personal life and business is a complete understatement. Deborah was born to do this and in such a strong way that every fiber of her being makes her the most extraordinary coach you could ever work with. Her past experiences both personal and professional, and formal training really comes thru. She draws in all people having them leave feeling uplifted and truly special.
Deborah just naturally knows how to handle even the most stressful of interactions between people, giving everyone what is needed. She communicates in a way that is easy to understand. The lessons she chooses for you are always effective.
I have worked with her personally, professionally and now with her couples coaching process and in each and every situation the experience was exceptional. The application was different, and the value was so much more than I/we expected. The way she holds herself in any situation demonstrates a confidence that you just feel. Deborah will make a huge impact in your life. I know as she has changed my life in many ways, forever. My personal life and my professional life, including the effectiveness of my board of directors, have elevated.
Deborah truly is that rare gem that you meet that once in a lifetime and you don’t want to miss the opportunity for her to coach you on how using your strengths can positively affect everything you do.
Deborah has a way of working with our team that makes us all feel super comfortable in sharing with her and making progress as a team to work most efficiently. It’s helped to elevate me as a leader, rely on a team, acknowledge my accomplishments and justify what I choose to pay myself and how little I want to work. The team building meetings have made the biggest impact. We’ve been able to iron out our process a bit more and determine our hiring and how we want to evolve moving forward. If we can just secure the right team, we’ll be in good shape this year!
Because of Deborah, I have a better understanding of, not only, my strengths, but those of my teammates. This knowledge guides me in my communication style around work issues with my team. The days when I am to meet with Deborah are calming days where I focus on our conversation, the feedback and the next steps. I don’t feel stressed after my time with Deborah, but rather energized. I have a better sense of self which I allow into my work and my professional relationships – I also look at others differently based on what I perceive their strengths as. I have more direction and guidance in my daily activities.
The best way to describe it is having Deborah as a resource feels like having a parachute on the days when work and life gets unbalanced. She is very good at steering the ship and getting things back into perspective. Deborah is a wonderful professional who really cares about the company and people that she works with. I feel like she is a mentor as much as she is a business coach.
Deborah has been my business and personal coach for the last year. Over that time, I have learned my leadership strengths and weaknesses and adjusted my personal and business strategies to better suit my strengths. Not only has my work become more rewarding emotionally, it has become more rewarding financially. I have been able to double IT consulting revenue in the last year as well make more of a difference in our client’s outcomes. For instance, in one initiative with our customer, Beachbody, I was able to add an extra $23 Million per quarter through using my strengths of being Strategic, an amazing Learner, and my ability of Winning Others Over (WOO). Through Deborah’s sessions, I have become more focused in how I can make the most difference in the least amount of effort; it is through these outcomes that I have found the most happiness.
Deborah has been instrumental in my growth as a new agent and professional, as well as a businesswoman! Deborah is my sales coach guru. She’s given me guidance on Prospecting and follow-up, better skills with communicating and addressing issues, goal setting and better client management. She increased my productivity by pressing me to strive for more. I love working with Deborah!
Deborah has a way of getting her clients to find their better selves in their own way, rather than just telling someone what they should think about themselves. She is a coach in every sense of the word, rather than a manager; if you’re not open for coaching, her services don’t work. But if you allow her process to work, you will see changes you didn’t think possible.
I have found there is a new energy in pursuing my professional goals, like a compass pointing in the right direction. Deborah has helped me see the playing field in many ways beyond new business numbers, and I consider her a great friend.
My work with Deborah has changed my ability to earn new business in a quantifiable way. I’ve been in insurance for 18 years, I didn’t need a cold-calling coach, I needed something to take me to the next level in understanding the aspects of the sale I needed work in. For me, that has shown much more in my closing ratio, which if we’re honest is more important than anything. If I close a bigger percentage of opportunities, I can make much more happen than just blindly hoping for better results from more volume of outbound solicitation.
Deborah has helped me understand that I am stronger and better in my craft than I thought I was. The pessimism and lack of self-confidence I had before working with Deborah is gone and knowing I can walk into any appointment with the confidence I’ve gained in working with Deborah.
When I started working with Deborah, I was a new manager with no real management or leadership experience. There was a key moment in our meetings where Deborah said something that has stuck with me since then. “There is a major difference between a Leader and a manager and you are managing.” It was that one statement that pushed me to invest the time to improve as a professional in my new role. Every opportunity that I have, I check in and ask myself if I am acting as a Leader or a Manager. I am so very grateful when I get confirmation from her that I’ve grown into a strong leader.
Getting to know myself and my leading strengths through the Gallup Assessment process has made the biggest impact for me. With Restorative as my number one strength, it was an eye opener why I sometimes was being viewed as negative without intending to. In reviewing that strength and its characteristics, I learned how much I lead with and look for problems that I could solve. From my perspective it was not a negative thing (I was looking for solutions too), but I was being perceived as negative. Once I was able to identify that for myself, I have been able to work with that strength in different ways. I have been able adjust to others and their strengths to still get to the solution but present the problem in a different way. So much of my work with Deborah has been from getting to know and understand myself which ultimately has allowed me to also better connect and understand my team.
Deborah-You are invaluable to me. I would not be who I am today without your mentorship and coaching.
We are not a very communicative group. It takes a lot to get them to work through issues on their own. I think involving Deborah brought things to the surface. Working with her has helped me connect with my team, understand their needs, and outsource certain growth and development. It has helped me be more confident in the decisions I am making and where I am taking the firm. The biggest impact for me was her work with my team and giving me feedback and confidence when needed and helping with group tensions.
Deborah showed a genuine interest in the development of our strengths and awareness of our weaknesses. This has been extremely helpful in our self-awareness. I feel I’m more in tune with who I am. I feel that I know what I need to do to be successful. It’s just about doing it. No excuses!! I think I’ve further evolved in my selling style. I’m approaching from more of a relationship play as opposed to pounding the pavement through mundane activity. Understanding my weaknesses aids me in my approach and how I believe I’m viewed and perceived.
Deborah is a phenomenal speaker, motivator and leader. I have seen Deborah speak to groups of 30 to 300 attendees. Deborah is always full of knowledge, zest for life and knows how help others make an impact in their personal and professional lives.
Since working with Deborah, I feel like I have a better understanding of who I am, what I’m good at and who I want to be. I’ve become more focused and driven in the areas where I know that I can make a difference. I feel like I can see the bigger picture and she has instilled confidence in me that has made me a better professional.
Deborah- You are something special 🙂 I have loved everything about working with you. The way that you are able to listen, ask questions and then provide opportunities for thought is incredible. You understand people better than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s almost like you already know what I’m feeling or what I’m going to say before I’ve even thought it or said it. I like the way you guide our meetings, provide takeaways and action items and give us enough time in between meetings for things to take effect.
You are just simply amazing, and I am so lucky you are in my life!
Working with Deborah through the full assessment has been truly life changing for me, personally and in my business. Before I met Deborah, I took the Strength Finder assessment that showed my top 5 rock star strengths. While I agreed with it, I struggled with the fact that I was not accomplishing my goals. Deborah introduced me to the full 34-strength assessment, and from that, things became crystal clear. Deborah helped me understand why what I thought I should be doing was not working for me. More importantly, she showed me a way to use my mid-range strengths to accomplish the goals I set. Working with Deborah has helped me focus on my true strengths, and equally important, allowed me to give myself permission to let go of the notion that I should be different than I am. Deborah will change the way you look at yourself and show up in the world. She is in a word, “brilliant.”
One of the first things I look at when I look for any kind of coach is their desire to be good at their trade. Since I first met Deborah, she has carried a very special energy, one that very few people I have come across in life have. You can feel this energy as soon as you start talking to her, and you can’t help but become excited along with her. She brings expertise, passion and an open mind, and there is no doubt that you will learn and grow from your time with her. I believe it is because of her desire that this takes place.
Working with Deborah over the last few years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. She is extremely knowledgeable, but most importantly she knows how to motivate people. She’s encouraged me do stuff that I never thought I could accomplish. She is one of the biggest reasons for my newest successes in life. She is very driven and genuinely cares for her clients. She’s gone above and beyond to help me reach my personal goals, career goals and even my relationship goals.
She is thorough in her assessment to discover your weaknesses and strengths and explains to you exactly what you need to do to improve in those areas. Her program forces you to work hard and smart. Deborah’s dedication to coaching at her best is all the motivation I needed to give my all in everything I do. The results associated with her program are the real deal, and as long as you put in the work, you will not be disappointed! Thank You Deborah for everything!!