Over the last 12 years, I have coached a broad range of clients including business people, executives, sales people, lawyers, managers, media personalities, entrepreneurs, coaches, people commencing their own business and others re-entering the work force after an absence. This testimonial page will give you some insight into the variety of experiences clients have had.
Now a successful businessman and coach
Coaching is about…recognising our own potential, getting out there and doing it for ourselves, whilst knowing we have a confidential, unbiased, and honest, friend and cheerleader on our side the whole time! When I commenced coaching with Anthony, I had three very vague areas of my life I wanted to focus on: Relationships, Career and Health. I was astounded when I evaluated the impact after 12 weeks and identified 104 positive changes and personal goals achieved! My perspective on life has changed, and the journey is so wonderful I set up my own coaching business!
Noel Posus, Director of Incredible Awareness Coaching (2008 and 2009 Coach of the Year – Australian New Zealand Institute of Coaching)
Took me from the generic to the specific
Coaching has been one of the very best things I have done for my life in a long time. It has been a fabulous opportunity to really find out what I want out of life – in specific terms not just generic. Having Anthony to listen, encourage, challenge, and most importantly, help me get clear about what I really want has made the life shifts required appear a natural progression rather than the struggle of the past.
Jenny, OH&S Consultant & Business Owner
Network marketer gets under way
Since ‘Dare to be Your Best’ my life has changed dramatically. My home business is growing fast as I’ve increased from 3% to a strong 9% Leaders Club, my cash back has increased by a several hundreds of dollars per month, 8 new people have entered my business with another 3 about to sign up……..which has taken me to a new level. Through Anthony’s coaching gave me the success that previously eluded me.
Tom Perak, Network Builder
Tasted a new life; will never go back
I had many liberating moments of self-realisation that brought greater control in my life. Everything started working for me as I made a persistent, conscious effort to get things in order. Coaching helped me create the life I always thought impossible, including more confidence and changed relationships with my family and friends. I’m more pro-active at work and the positive changes I’ve made now affect all aspects of my life. I could never go back to being the person I was before.
Tamara Cousins, Executive Personal Assistant
Clarity gave me purpose which gave me courage. (New Zealand)
Some amazing experiences and changes came out of our sessions – the most notable being a clear and present sense of purpose, which has given me the courage to take on new challenges. If for any reason, there comes a time in your life, when you are unsure of your path, where you want to be, need objective assistance in formulating goals – then a coach like Anthony IS your answer.…… and I hope that many more people have the courage to take that all-important first step to realising their full potential.
Mark Chamberlain, National Film Program Manager
Give yourself a gift
“A life guided by clarity and conviction would be a life worth living. Through Anthony’s coaching, both of these qualities have intensified and the new understanding I have of myself has taken me to a new level entirely. Our sessions most definitely made and continue TO make a major contribution to the way I live, and influence the choices I make. I cannot recommend this man’s work ethic, integrity, intuition and knowledge highly enough. Consider it a gift to yourself.”
Dean Carey, Director – ACTORS CENTRE AUSTRALIA
Should have done it sooner (Rural VIC)
With Anthony’s guidance and coaxing, I have realized so much of my own potential and have learnt to trust myself with decisions and goal setting with so much more clarity and certainty. Learning, identifying and consciously being aware of my values allows my day-to-day life transactions to run much smoother. This has resulted in more confidence and stability. It’s such a nice place to be.
The conclusion to my sessions with Anthony coincided with a change of employment which has since resulted in other areas in my personal life “falling in” accordingly. believe I now have the tools I need to forge on and make plans as necessary. Thank you ever so much Anthony, for this transformation and for your kind attention. It wouldn’t have been possible without you and I have no regrets other than, I should have done it sooner.
Josie Caruso, Sales Executive
I am now creating my life instead of cruising (Sydney, Australia)
I was born with a silver teaspoon in my mouth. In my past 30 years, I have never been challenged, motivated or had any initiative to better myself. Everything was provided to me without much effort, all appeared good and my friends were envious of me. Pleasant it may seem from the outside, it was a different picture on the inside. I had no purpose/direction in life, always settled for second- or even third-best, and just tagged along in my own comfort zone.
During the 12-week coaching program, I gained a new perspective to what living was all about. I began to understand that there will be struggles during my journey to better myself, and I will have to face each struggle head-on. The program used quite a lot of quantitative numbers to evaluate my growth and understanding of myself. More important was the qualitative benefits I received from coaching which brought out my subconscious beliefs and identified my hidden values. These beliefs and values have now evolved to become my ultimate dreams and goals in life. My coach assisted me in working out how to achieve those dreams and goals.
I now believe that there is a whole world out there waiting for my sincere and personal contribution. No one is going to take me there except myself and I now have the hope, courage, belief and tools to execute changes which I initially thought was unobtainable.
Paul Wong, Commercial Property Consultant
I have managed to lose a life that was as ‘ordinary’ and gained one that is ‘extraordinary’! (Sydney NSW)
I have always been a very happy and bubbly person, content with the hand that I had been dealt. However, my life had become stagnant and I was stuck in a rut. I lacked focus, direction and any real purpose in life and it just wasn’t good enough any more. I needed to gain some accountability, direction, clarity and more substance to my life. I decided to do the ‘Dare to be your Best’ 12 week life coaching programme. It turned out to be one of the smartest moves I had ever made. With Anthony’s support and guidance, the course enabled me to unlock my dreams again. I now understand, not only what makes me tick, but also why and how. By the end of the course I had made over 150 positive changes to my life and was ecstatic that I was beginning to the live the life that I had chosen. Through this life altering experience I have managed to lose a life that was defined as ‘ordinary’ and gain one that is filled with the ‘extraordinary’!
Ann Brodie, Property Consultant
Birthday letter from a very grateful client (Director of multinational company New York USA)
Yesterday was my 41st birthday and for me, my birthday is a time of reflection. I like to reflect on the year past and look to the next year in the future. I think this tradition is rooted in the common practice of blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. I feel that I have only one wish per year when I blow out the candles and I make sure the wish is a good one.
In my 41 years of blowing out candles, yesterday was the first time that I ever wished for the future to be as happy as the present! This is an incredible advance for me since the last several years have been my unhappiest. While I have a magnificent wife, two healthy, beautiful children, a good job and a healthy bank account, my life lacked the simple happiness that humans need to survive. I recognized this deficiency in my life many years ago, but despite multiple attempts with self help books, psychologists, mentors and coaches, I failed to establish myself as a happy, confident adult.
While I realize that there is no single person or event that changed my life, it was through your coaching that I was able to face some VERY difficult issues and identify what I REALLY wanted in life and what I needed to do to try to get there.
I want to thank you for having the courage to talk to me directly especially when what you had to say was difficult and unpopular. Even though you were direct, you were never disrespectful. I always clearly understood that what you were saying was driven by your desire to help me.
I want to thank you for your patience and putting up with me when I was very difficult and negative. It was very easy for you to allow me to quit the process, but you continued to push me and allow me to recognize that quitting was no answer.
I want to thank you for focusing on results and offering to coach me for free if I didn’t feel that I got the results I desired from our sessions. This offer demonstrates your commitment to the coaching process and your commitment to results.
Finally, I want to thank you for your friendship. I understand that as a professional, you try to keep a professional distance from your clients. It enables you to be more objective and protects you from getting too involved in your clients’ challenges. At some point however, I felt it was our friendship that allowed us to reach a higher level in the coaching process.
I am looking forward to working with you again in the future and meeting you face to face.
Name withheld by request (Director of multinational company)
It’s still working a year later
It is a year since I started working with Anthony. I delayed writing a reference until now because I was not looking for a quick fix, rather a long-term direction.
The catalyst for me to work through the Dare to be your Best program was an anticipated career change. My early expectations of the program were that I would discover my calling and transition into a new career position. This did not eventuate during the program, though the back to basics approach allowed me to build a strong foundation and map out my path. I have exceeded my own goals and continue the processes that were put in place during the program. These include setting and managing goals, meditation, visualizing my future, developing good habits and regularly taking stock.
Anthony brings his significant life experience to the sessions and is an excellent listener, very balanced and never judgmental. He pushed me when I needed to be pushed and picked the right times for reflection. I would recommend Anthony’s coaching to anyone.
Timothy Roberts, Marketing Director of Catalyst Communications and Training
Clouds gone – new business under way (WA)
As I reflect on my recent coaching experience, I’m still coming to turns with the fact of just how high my self-awareness skyrocketed. This was despite believing that I was a very self aware person. At the beginning of my coaching, I was quite unclear on my future directions and this clouded a lot of my goal setting which in turn led me to procrastinate big time. While externally I was very successful in life, internally I was conflicted and unsure of my next move. The approach that Anthony used in my coaching gave me so much clarity that it was like seeing the first blue patch of sky after a huge storm. The clouds were gone. Coaching with Anthony has given me a firmer foundation for the future that is clear, positive and motivating. I am now well and truly underway building a successful business.
Scott, Business Owner, Perth
At crossroads …. but this time it worked (NSW)
When I decided to take up “Dare to be Your Best” coaching program I was in the middle of a crossroads with my career. The previous 12 months in my job had been frustrating and fulfilling. De-motivated and not confident about what my next steps might be, coaching has pointed me in new directions and to see opportunities I had not previously considered.
After the first 12 weeks of coaching I have continued to meet with Anthony on a fortnightly basis to plan and strategise, as I continue to build a successful events management business. Anthony has been a pillar of support, regular encourager and also a fantastic mentor. His support and guidance helped me set goals, get through hurdles and achieve my ambitions. I have attempted to start my own business in the past but was never able to get to where I am today. Thank you Anthony for your guidance and “push” to bring out the best in me.
Cheryl Arianta, Concilio Pty Ltd www.concilio.com.au
It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be (USA)
Anthony’s experience, patience, and coaching ability brought an exciting session into my home office for 12 weeks. I rarely look forward to working on personal growth, but Anthony’s style and the ‘Dare to be Your Best’ workbook allowed me to take a closer look at my core beliefs and weaknesses in a totally safe non judgemental atmosphere bringing about self change that I can rely on to come into play when needed. Coaching provided the ground work for me to retake control of my life in a positive, growth oriented manner. The work we did on my core values and beliefs has been a gift I will cherish for many years to come. Understanding now that many of my answers lie within, has given me permission to tap into this inner source with trust and confidence. I continue to implement the tools I gained to keep me on a solid path and provide motivation to move me towards the long term goals I have now created.
Michael Filighera, Director of Operations – Revere Data LLC, San Francisco USA
I was sceptical….but now I am re-inventing myself (Central Coast NSW)
After conducting months of extensive due diligence on the coaching process overall, on coaches that fitted my needs, and on Anthony himself as a coach, I admittedly still approached coaching with some level of scepticism that it might exist somewhere between scented candles, crystal therapy and dolphin rebirthing. Should this have eventuated I was prepared to chalk coaching up to a life experience, quickly move on, and write the investment off as a bad debt.
Thankfully none of this eventuated.
Working with Anthony through the ‘Dare to be Your Best’ program, I believe we explored 3 areas that are integrally linked: clarity, consciousness and confidence.
This program created the space for me to become clear about who I was, where I was, and what I really wanted in life. While this sounds esoteric, which personally is my complete antithesis, using the analytical techniques of this program to map and track my progress relieved my initial hesitations.
With the clarity I gained around my aspirations, I became more conscious regarding what I and others around me where doing to achieve and / or sabotage these goals, and the resulting impact.
With both clarity around what I wanted to achieve, and the awareness of what was occurring and the consequences, this engendered the confidence to challenge and confront various obstacles that were previously holding me back. An unexpected pleasant and surprising by product of this was the degree of excitement about the future that was generated.
Anthony has always acted in the most committed and professional manner, on occasions going beyond what was reasonable to expect. His obvious experience comes through as he can pick the right time to push forward, challenge and confront; or encourage the other party to explore options in a judgement free environment.
I was relieved to never hear mention of candles or crystals, and no dolphins were harmed during the 12 week program.
Luke (a teacher, re-inventing himself after 20 years in the educational profession)
Retired Naval Officer finds new direction (USA)
During the course of the 12-week “Dare to Be Your Best” program, I experienced a sustained, cumulative positive effect on my growth as an integrated personality. Anthony’s coaching has given me clarity of purpose. It also allowed me to focus on understanding myself (my strengths and weakness, my limitations and my gifts). I gained the insight to take action in my own and others’ best interests. I had already achieved 121 of my dreams/goals by the end of the program. It has been a truly productive period at this transitional time in my life. I would most highly recommend coaching to anyone interested in targeted growth in any and all aspects of life. It was well worth the investment of my time and effort to set my course for the next decade and the rest of my life as well.
William R. Graham, retired US Navy officer
HIV+ but now with hope and future (United Kingdom)
I have been HIV positive since 1996 and on the surface I was doing OK – my health was good, work was going well and friendships had cemented. Yet deep down I was conscious that my HIV diagnosis was in some respects holding me back – and in particular my fears about the future were limiting the impact of the present. When I started the course with Anthony Venn-Brown I was initially a little sceptical – what impact were these twelve weeks really going to have on me and how would I respond to this new kind of accountability? However, by the end of the programme I had gained valuable insights into my own life and how my HIV status had become a limiting factor. The fears of ill health made me too cautious about making constructive plans for the future. The coaching sessions were a dramatic turning point for me – the fears and uncertainties no longer hold me back and I now enjoy the “present” with happiness and have a sense of optimistic expectation. I can honestly say that the last several years since doing the program have been some of the most productive of my life.
I. G, Senior Executive for National Non-profit organisation UK