Custom Strategies to Get What You Really Want!

Client Successes
Success stories and comments from my wonderful clients!

Table of Contents:

Some Lovely Comments
Typical Reasons to Seek Coaching
An Overview of Client Successes
Examples

Achieving Professional Excellence
Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream
Finding the Right Career
Coping More Effectively with ADD/ADHD
Building a Happy, Fulfilled Life

Ruth Ledesma 
Professional Coach
and
Creative Strategist


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Some Lovely Comments from My Wonderful Clients:

"I can't express enough in words what you've given me. You've stood strong as my creative strategist and collaborator through thick and thin (meaning, my stubbornness). When I didn't want to do another schmooze workshop or presentation, you'd laugh at me and prod me to do otherwise. When I didn't want to be recognized as a schmooze, you reminded me that I am "the" authentic schmooze. When I didn't want to write a book, you pushed me through the fears and now I'm authoring a book. Whatever I wanted to run from, was afraid of,  pissed off by, strong-headed about -- in your magical and sage-like way, you moved me through it. I've embraced more of my greatness in working with you than all the mentors I've had for many years."

                                                   Genece Hamby
                                                   The Authentic Schmooze, artist, poet and advocate for Stillness
                                       www.shibuistudio.com
 

"Having you as my personal creative strategist was instrumental in my achievement, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You helped me explore and appreciate "the real me."  Reducing clutter, identifying tolerations, and rewarding myself for my accomplishments were instrumental in building the self-confidence I needed to move forward with my life and my dreams."
                                                  Katrina Solomon, Owner
                                                  Organizing Step-by-Step
                                                  Greensboro, NC
 

"With your help, I am able to organize my work better and accomplish my professional goals much easier than I could alone.  You reassure and endorse me when I begin to doubt my own abilities.  You take away my guilt feelings by encouraging me to take care of my self, rather than satisfy everyone else."
                                                              S. M., Philadelphia, PA
 

"Ruth constantly encourages me to be and to do my very best, to build a life and a career that I can be proud of, yet guards with me against overextending myself and courting burnout."
                                                  M. K., Charlotte, NC
 

"You motivate me to keep moving toward my goals when I might otherwise fall by the wayside.  I look forward to my weekly doses of optimism and encouragement about my life, gifts, possibilities, etc."
                                                              D. M., Waxhaw, NC
 

"Since you came into my life, things have really started happening and my life just gets better and better."
                                                              C. W., Durham, NC
 

"The encouragement and direction I found with you was enormously helpful to me in realizing that I really can arrange my life the way I want it to be."
                                                              B. L., Durham, NC
 

"It's wonderful knowing you and having you in my life.  You have really turned my life around."
                                                              K. V., Durham, NC


Typical Reasons to Seek a Creative Strategist serving as a Professional Coach
  • You are ready to be very sure you are making the very best decisions
  • Or you have made up your mind to make a difference in this world -- a BIG difference!
  • Or maybe you work too hard and accomplish too little and you are ready to do something about it.
  • Or perhaps your career has taken over your entire life and you are ready to change that.
  • Or you might feel something is missing in your life and you are ready to find it.
  • Or you want to be "there" instead of "here" and you are ready to take action.
The key is that you are ready to do something about it, to take action, to make the changes you see as essential to having your life and your career the way you want it to be.  You may:
  • Want a wise, confidential, success partner who will always tell you the truth 
  • Want someone safe to talk with who will actually hear what you are saying
  • Be facing a major decision in your life
  • Want guidance in finding just the right career for you
  • Want help getting organized, setting priorities, staying focused
  • Be having problems managing time, stress, money, "space"
  • Be ready to simplify your life, get back to the essentials
  • Be successful in any number of endeavors, but not to the extent you know you can be
  • Feel you have so much potential that hasn't been realized - yet!
  • Be facing the huge challenges that can come with a major disabling condition
  • Want to upgrade your communication and interpersonal skills
In other words, regardless of the individual indicators you are seeing in your life, success as you define it is still just out of reach.  You want to craft a life and career in which you can grow and evolve into the best person you can become, a life which reflects the values you hold dear - and you don't want to start back at "square one" to do it!

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An Overview of Typical Client Successes
  • Increased ability to focus
  • Greater clarity in one's thinking
  • Spiritual growth
  • Increased honesty with one's self
  • More awareness of various options
  • Better decisions, based on the truth
  • More action
  • Quicker results
  • Less hard work - as in "effort"
  • Achieve more goals
  • Higher productivity
  • Reduced stress
  • Better health
  • Improved relationships
  • More time for family, leisure - more to life than just work
  • Greater satisfaction in life
  • More joy in life
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EXAMPLES
ACHIEVING PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AND RECOGNITION

"With your help, I am able to organize my work better and accomplish my professional goals much easier than I could alone.  You reassure and endorse me when I begin to doubt my own abilities.  You take away my guilt feelings by encouraging me to take care of my self, rather than satisfy everyone else."

"S" is a gifted mathematician, now in her 40's, who was on the faculty of a minor medical school on the East Coast.  At the time she came to coaching she had successfully balanced a successful marriage, raising three children and obtaining a Ph.D. in Biostatistics, but felt she was now stuck in an isolated, mediocre position with little opportunity or support from professional colleagues to advance professionally.

With my collaboration she came to recognize that her extraordinary abilities were being under-utilized in her present position and that a far more prestigious medical school nearby had just the atmosphere which would best support her efforts.  Through professional contacts, "S" let the word leak that she was interested in making a move.  Within three months she was 'recruited' and then settled into her new environment.  She continued with me, working on selecting only research projects SHE found interesting, rather than becoming overloaded by saying "Yes" to far too many of the requests she was receiving for professional collaboration.  She now enjoys the prestige and camaraderie that comes with being at the top of her field.

She credits my services with helping:

  • Organize thinking and work activity into clearly achievable components
  • Clarify her professional goals
  • Explore options in an orderly way
  • Maintain focus while identifying and implementing the right course of action for her
  • Enhance networking and other interpersonal skills necessary for her career success
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FULFILLING A LIFELONG DREAM

"You motivate me to keep moving toward my goals when I might otherwise fall by the wayside.  I look forward to my weekly doses of optimism and encouragement about my life, gifts, possibilities, etc."

"D" is a Godly woman, now in her 50's, who had spent most of her adult life raising her children and helping her husband support their family while taking a course now and then to obtain a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She had dreamed for years of obtaining a master's in counseling, but life in the form of bills, illness, etc. kept getting in the way.  When she started with me, she was working as a newspaper reporter and hating it.

Through our dialogue she came to realize that

  • God was the source of her desire to be a therapist
  • She had the innate gifts to excel as a therapist:  intelligence, empathy, compassion, communication, and more 
  • A well established, nationally recognized seminary based in the Northeast, with one of three campuses nearby, offered a program she could take at her own pace
  • She could obtain work as a freelance writer to meet living costs
  • Additional funding in loans, etc. could be arranged to pay for her graduate degree
  • With diligence, she could obtain the degree in less than three years
  • Her income could be expected to increase considerably after completing the degree and embarking on her work as a therapist
  • "D" applied and was immediately accepted to the seminary's graduate program in counseling.  She ended her full-time work as a newspaper reporter and became a freelance writer to help support herself and her family.  She obtained very low interest loans to cover the educational costs of her graduate program.

    Ten months after she began, "D" successfully began graduate classes.  She credits my services with helping to 

    • Clarify her life purpose
    • Explore options in an orderly way
    • Maintain focus while identifying jut the right course of action for her
    • Motivate her to implement planned activity in an effective manner
    "D" completed her graduate studies cum laude 12/00 and became lead therapist in a church-based counseling program.  Who says dreams can't come true?

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    Finding the Right Career

    "Having you as my personal creative strategist was instrumental in my achievement, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You helped me explore and appreciate "the real me."  Reducing clutter, identifying tolerations, and rewarding myself for my accomplishments were instrumental in building the self-confidence I needed to move forward with my life and my dreams."

    Katrina was exploring options for a new career.  Not that she wasn't successful with the one she had, but the passion was missing.  After a brief three months of our collaboration Katrina had found the career of her dreams and the courage to take the risk and make her dream a reality.  She is now the owner of her own business "Organizing Step-by-Step."

    If you want help with getting organized, you can do no better than to e-mail orgstepbystep@aol.com or phone Katrina Solomon at 336-273-3456.  Katrina is a member of the National Assn. of Professional Organizers and the American Society of Training & Development.

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    COPING MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH ADD/ADHD

    "It's wonderful knowing you and having you in my life.  You have really turned my life around."

    "K" is a talented, ambitious young woman who sought my assistance in navigating the intricate process of returning to graduate school in counseling.  When she came to me she was feeling overwhelmed with the multiple forms and steps required for application to graduate school and finding the appropriate funding source(s) which would make her continued studies possible.  After a plan of action was worked out, emphasis was placed on focusing on each step in its right sequence, without undue concern about the steps that were to come later.

    With my encouragement and support, "K" successfully entered her graduate studies, completed her program with an outstanding GPA, and is now making a significant contribution in her field.  She recognizes my supportive services as a source of assistance with 

    • Focusing 
    • Organizing 
    • Prioritizing 
    • Implementing planned activities in an orderly fashion.
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    BUILDING A HAPPY, FULFILLED LIFE

    "Since you came into my life, things have really started happening and my life just gets better and better."
                                                                                                   Christa Wessel

    Christa Wessel is a very bright, creative young woman who had been drifting from one job to another, with no long-term goals other than her elusive search for happiness.  When she came to me, she was totally focused on all the things that were "wrong" in her life, particularly her job.  She gave up the full-time job that she found so unrewarding and for some time had three (count 'em, three!) part-time jobs that she loved.  At this time she works full-time as webmaster and announcer with TheClassicalStation heard around the world.  Christa has found her own special way to make a positive difference in the lives of many, many people as she combines her interests in music and the internet.

    With my strategic services, she has received the reassurance that she is a worthy person who can make a huge contribution to others and achieve a significant degree of personal happiness.  Christa continues to refine her understanding of her personal values and exactly what activities, work and relationships reflect those values.  She has learned that happiness and joy come from within and, even after five years of collaboration, she continues to explore her near infinite potential for manifesting in her life that which she finds the most rewarding and fulfilling.
     

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