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Professional summary

I am a top International Coach Federation (ICF), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), veteran career coach, executive coach, job search expert, career development expert, social networking expert, author of several career and job search books, with over 15 years of solid coaching experience in career transitions, workforce strategy, outplacement, and effective job search techniques including resume preparation, LinkedIn, mock interviews, interview preparation, networking, offer evaluation, and salary negotiation.

• Do you want to find a career that you will enjoy and feel satisfaction from?
• Do you want an effective and professional resume and LinkedIn page?
• Do you want to know the perfect words to say to get the job and salary you want?
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Engagement overview

Why Is Coaching a Vital Investment?

As human beings we are unable to see ourselves objectively. But, we crave objectivity anyway. We walk around wondering why our careers and lives are not working. We question why we are unable to make better choices for ourselves.
The value of a coach is we bring to your problem a perspective that you cannot achieve on your own, namely: We are on the outside, looking in. You’re on the inside, looking out.

When you hire me, you get honest, direct feedback and answers to questions.  You are able to clear out what’s not working, so you can you make room for what you really want. You get a fresh perspective and a new way of thinking. You will finally have the tools to make decisions that can change the direction your career and life are taking. This is not a false promise. This is what my clients have been telling me for years.
Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself if you find it valuable to collaborate, to have another viewpoint and to be asked to consider new perspectives. Also, ask yourself if you are ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes in your life.

The fact that you are seeking help and are seriously considering using your hard earned money to work with me, tells me that you are ready to take action. I applaud you greatly for taking an important first step towards creating a career and live you love. Good for you!

Clients

• American Express
• BMW
• Columbia University
• JP Morgan
• Lucent Technologies
• MSNBC
• New York Unversity
• P&G

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Availability
  • East Moriches, NY
  • Email
  • 1-866-511-1898 x9357
  • Contact me for an appointment. I would be happy to set up some time for you.
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Get in there and do your best for the company. Make them money, then negotiate more money for yourself. You cannot turn back the hands of time, but you can change what happens going forward. .. Read more

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Publications

Knowing the growth in the use of social media for both personal and professional use means job seekers need to be very aware of what they are posting to their profiles. Many companies are reviewing these profiles and posts to help them mak... Read more

Interviewing is an important skill. Being able to sit in a room with a complete stranger and sell yourself takes courage and a desire to show your best side that is often difficult to showcase. You can learn and develop your interview ski... Read more

Regardless of the type of business you are in, having great communication skills cannot be overvalued or overlooked. Many people don’t fully understand how to communicate and follow up whether it’s for a job interview, following up on ... Read more

All jobs are not listed online; in fact the simple reality is most jobs are not listed online at all. Many jobs are actually only communicated by word of mouth between company leaders and their own acquaintances who the trust and already ha... Read more

Knowing yourself is extremely important in your personal and professional life. Depending on where you are in your career or job search, you might be ready for a different direction to make a serious change as to what you really want to do... Read more

Knowing how to be a great teammate is really important in the workplace. Unless you are operating a one person operation that pays itself and doesn’t need anyone else at all (which doesn’t exist) you will have to work with others as pa... Read more

We have all had negative feedback at different times and even though it hurts, usually there is some truth to the feedback.  When faced with a bad performance review, approach improvements in your performance constructively and with an ef... Read more

Do you need to step up your volunteering efforts? If you have been out of work for a while, volunteer work in your chosen field will not only help you stay sharp and use up some of your time, but it will also help fill in the gaps in your r... Read more

From Fast Company: "Many experts now say changing jobs in less than five years can actually help your career. Long gone is the time when employees stayed at one job for thirty years until their retirement and much of this is because there ... Read more

Thought Leaders Article: "Not all managers are good leaders, and not all good leaders are fit to manage. Many times a person gains a management position because they excel at what they do and the boss rewards them with the management posit... Read more

Careerealism Article: "Finding yourself bored at work and no longer challenged in the job you currently hold can seriously become a problem if you are in the wrong job. Some of the signs your career has stalled and isn’t making forward p... Read more

Fast Company Article: "Knowing your communication style as well as understanding the communication style of others helps you to be able to communicate needs and understand directions much easier. There are seven different communication sty... Read more

Careerealism Article: "When having trouble finding the right job, many times a person will take a lesser job to cover bills and allow themselves to be able to continue their job search. The trap part comes in when the lesser job ends up ta... Read more

Ask the Headhunter Article: "Have you recently received a job offer that was well below what you feel is a fair price? Did you once work for a company that was paying that wage only to have gained much more experience over several years, y... Read more

Careerealism Article: "If you aren’t motivated, creative, and excited about looking for a job and sending out your resume, how do you expect employers to be excited to work with you? If your resume resembles instruction to install a dish... Read more

The Muse Article: "Will you pass the airport test? Basically it is a test an interviewer asks themselves stating “would I want to be stuck in an airport with this person?” Are you engaging, can you carry on a conversation regarding an... Read more

Does your Resume offer your new employer a return for the salary they are planning to pay you? You are asking an employer to invest in you for what you have to offer them, what are you giving them in return that will show you are worth the... Read more

Fast Company Article: "With the holiday season upon us and in many cases a lot less work to be done now is a great time to reflect and figure out what you need to do in the next year to improve your career and possibly gain a new and better... Read more

American Express Open Forum Article: We all have to negotiate with others in order to get what we want or need in our career. In the best negotiations, both sides leave the discussion feeling they have gotten a good deal, while in a bad on... Read more

Careerealism Article: "We all deal with people at work on a daily basis that we would just rather not have to see, it’s part of life and part of being in a professional environment. Dealing with people who either don’t or aren’t capa... Read more

CNBC Article: "In an effort to help employees balance their work and life together a company in Holland has developed a disappearing office. Promptly at 6pm each day desks and workstations are lifted into the ceiling leaving computers and p... Read more

Careerealism Article: "This question simply boils down to what have you done to keep yourself current with your skills and abilities. Have you taken necessary classes, attended seminars or found ways to expand your knowledge by reading and... Read more

About.com Article: "No one wants to work in a hostile work environment. The definition itself means the environment has become such that work is actually impossible. There is a huge difference between an uncomfortable or unappealing envir... Read more

About.com Article: "As managers and leaders in business time is sometimes short and unfortunately employees don’t always have the best timing, usually through no fault of their own. Remembering your employees are the support structure th... Read more

Bloomberg Business Article: "Studies conducted show many of the working professionals are less likely to reciprocate a good deed to a co-worker than for a personal friend or acquaintance. For some reason the workplace in many cases breeds ... Read more

Testimonials

I am writing to thank you. During the course of the four months in which I received your coaching, my outlook on my career changed tremendously.



Your intuitive nature during our conversations has allowed me to look deep within myself and has given me insight into "why I am the way I am." You have given me the tools to change what I do not like in my career, and to accept the things I cannot change.



Thanks to your coaching, I was recently promoted to a job that I have wanted for a long time. I know I received this promotion because of your coaching. In addition, I have become more productive at work. I no longer allow the "little things" to upset me. I now understand that I am the one who creates my own happiness - no one else.



I will forever be grateful to you for your strength and wisdom.

Laura Friedman, Senior Advertising Executive

For those of us trying our level best to discover the REAL US in our working lives, as well as work our way through the bombardment of career advice that's out there, it's nice to know there is someone like you who can help a serious job searcher nail it.



Our work together has helped me visualize and fine-tune my options. I got a real great sense of being on track, with concrete areas to pursue; areas that really sing for me. I learned organizational strategies that kept me focused. Our sessions were extremely productive, and I now have a plan of attack.



Thanks to our conversations and the helpful e-mail follow-up, I have zeroed in on my real goals, and am enjoying the momentum. I have made the absolute MOST out of an unanticipated stretch of unemployment. Through asking the tough questions, and by pushing the envelope, you have helped me make up for lost time in my career transition. Your zeroing in on what really matters: it's not just the money, but the sense of value in the work I do, that I can finally have a career I love.



I think every career site should have a link to surpassyourdreams.com. Your services have been worth every penny.

David Williams, Senior Level Publishing Executive

I just want to thank you for being such an awesome coach! After our conversation yesterday, I went straight into my boss's office and resigned.



After he got over the initial shock, we had a great conversation. Quitting my job is something that I thought I would never be able to do, and certainly not as powerfully as the way I did.



Although my boss is sad that I will be leaving, he knows that I am a person who will be out there making the world a better place. The best part is he wants to keep me on in a part-time position so he can support my decision to go back to school. Thank you for your support and coaching around this.



I also wanted to let you know how right you were about how not pursuing my dreams was affecting my life. Since I am following my heart, my personal relationships have never been better.



All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kelly Drury, Director of Marketing

I just wanted to write and thank you for all the help you've been the past 6 months. Since I hired you after the 9-11 debacle here in NYC, you've been a Godsend!



I like your cool, calm and collected style, which actually helps me organize my thoughts clearer and keeps me from being the normal "hyper" guy that I am. The guidance, tips and planning you helped me with have been invaluable. Your constant follow-up and attention to detail in our coaching sessions have made a tremendous difference and I am amazed at what I am able to accomplish with your support.



After my business collapsed, I had no idea what I would do next. At first, I really didn't want to look at the opportunities, I just wanted to sulk. Thanks for gently prodding me to set a timeline and create a new plan. I love my new career choice. I do not know if I would have made it as quickly without you. I am grateful that I met you.

Michael Levin, Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development

Deborah was direct, personable, organized and thorough. She helped me make clear decisions about my career, to articulate what type of job it was I really wanted, and to get moving towards actually reaching this goal. (She also helped to determine what it was I definitely did not want which was equally helpful.)



Her method was clear and effective. We brainstormed about the type of job I wanted, the amount of money I required, outlined the results of these ideas, and developed a plan of action which she then strongly encouraged me to adhere to. By the end of the first session I was encouraged to move ahead decisively, and indeed the method along with my own efforts have brought results in a short time period. Within one month I had begun to generate several interviews [and offers], even during a time of year which is traditionally thought of us "dead."



I have finally landed a job that I think will be a good fit. I owe Deborah a debt of gratitude for her capability and her encouragement, as well as for her thoroughly professional approach to job coaching. I'd recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. She has my warmest thanks.

Claire McCurdy, Director for Corporate and Foundation Initiatives

The coaching I received from Deborah was not only direct and pertinent to my day to day business decisions, it affected and molded many other aspects of my life as well.



Deborah was a consistent stand for me to push myself further when I reached barriers that normally would have stopped me cold. I realized how I could distinguish what I was committed to in my business, versus my attachment to what I wanted the final outcome to be. I got very clear that I have the choice to pursue clients that I really want to work with, versus doing what I thought I needed to simply to survive. I now have a new freedom to pursue what inspires me.



The result to date, has been the ability to delegate more of my agency responsibilities to staff so I can pursue a newly developed publishing division and focus on producing fine art reproductions. This passion to visually create art was the primary reason I was inspired to seek this career almost thirty years ago. It now lives again for me.



The added bonus for me in rigorously working with the techniques Deborah coached me in, was the expanded relationships with my wife and my daughters. My ability to be open and self-expressed with them has increased dramatically. I gave up having to be the family problem solver and the "fix it" Dad. This was one of the greatest gifts for me since it freed me to just be with my family.



Deborah's coaching has made a dramatic difference in how I view and address the world today. I was constantly left in a place to be able to seize the day in an extraordinary fashion. She is a consummate professional and an extraordinary friend.

David R. Clark, President

I began coaching with Deborah four months ago as my career was in transition. During this time, she has done a superb job of maintaining my direction and focus.



Her ability to probe with meaningful questions caused me to re-evaluate my career direction. I was trying to play it safe and secure another position right away, rather than pursue a business that would give me a life I really wanted to live. Her support in moving in a new career direction has made the transition much easier than if I had tried it alone. Actually, if it were not for Deborah, it would never have happened at all.



The strong conviction Deborah has that you can and will succeed is contagious. Using her as a resource to assist in developing new ideas has created positive results. For anyone who is in a transition phase in his or her career or who is unhappy in their current environment, Deborah is a resource that can assist you. I do highly recommend her services.

Michael Bruce, President

Before I began coaching with Deborah, I was a full time nanny. I began working as a professional organizer part-time, but never thought it could be my full-time business. Even thought I loved professional organizing, and my work was highly regarded by the clients I had, I procrastinated and stayed at my job, despite the need to grow and move on.



Then I hired Deborah. Her coaching altered my life in a very positive way.



The changes I've made for myself have been dramatic. During our time together, I left my nanny position of 9 years and created my own Professional Organizing Company. I was able to do this despite my fears. Deborah and I worked together to pinpoint my skills, talents, and goals and we put them together in a plan that I was comfortable implementing. She understood my hesitation in making the transition, and my fears of both success and failure. My business has a wholeness to it because of Deborah's insight, support and talents.



I would highly recommend Deborah's services. I have never been happier in my life, and I owe this to her.

Kathleen Lott, President

While in a business transition, I explored the possibility of hiring a coach to help steer me in a new direction. Deborah Brown became my coach during a period when I didn't even know what coaching was all about.



I discovered a wonderful, caring, individual, who methodically guided me to make my own choices and decisions, while leading me in the right direction using proven coaching methods. Deborah has a keen insight, even over the telephone, to evaluate what a person is thinking. As a result, I was able to create an action plan that really worked. Brainstorming with Deborah was an added bonus, as it enabled me to develop new avenues of revenue, and have fun at the same time.



I would recommend Deborah to help steer your career in the direction that makes the most sense for you. Deborah provides understanding, motivation, inspiration, and a real sense for what makes a person surpass their dreams. You will achieve your maximum potential when you work with Deborah as your coach.

Allan Katz, President

I began working with Deborah because I wanted to publish an e-newsletter. Deborah was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and patient. Even though I can maneuver my way around a computer pretty well, I am not 100% on the fine details. But that was ok, because Deborah taught me exactly what I needed to know.



As we worked through the initial e-newsletter project, I realized that Deborah had many other gifts to share, and I hired her as my coach. In three months, I have a new brochure, new business cards, changed my web site, and have lined up a networking meeting where I am very confident in the materials I will bring. I also have three professional offices waiting to receive the new materials, and I have set up meetings to distribute the information.



With Deborah, I was able to refocus my coaching skills to a specific market and feel good about doing this. She was very adept at focusing in on what I really needed to be looking at, and even though there were times I balked at a suggestion or two, I now realize that she knew what she was talking about.



Deborah went well above and beyond our original plan, and I can't thank her enough. I can say with a happy heart and a new sense of confidence that Deborah is a fantastic coach and will be by your side as you get where you be in your coaching practice.

Robin Maier, ADD Coach & Consultant