Gifts for Teachers and Moms

In case you need a unique gift for Teacher Appreciation Week (beginning May 7th) or Mother's Day (May 13th), consider a little something from Hello, Strategies.

Jackie and I have our entire Etsy shop on sale - 25% all products.  No coupon code required, just get on over there and purchase something fun!

For teachers, consider our question cards or You are Awesome nickels.  It would be lovely to see both of those products being used in a classroom or school to amplify engagement and positivity.

For your favorite moms, I think our coaching cards make a great self-care item - which you can pair with a candle or essential oil.  If you mom doesn't understand how to use the cards, instruct them to our video page here and they can see the cards in use.

I am the lead shipper this month, so put me to work.  Ha!  And, as always, thank you for supporting this shop and our dream, Hello Strategies.


Best Places to Find Research on Coaching

Before I share the top places to find research on the impact and benefits of coaching, let us enjoy what I believe could be the movie poster for an action-thriller starring Miss O and I taken hereOr perhaps, we look too smiley and friendly.  What do you think?

I am asked frequently about the science and research surrounding coaching. Years ago, I don't think I could have said, "There is so much research and scientific discoveries out there touting the benefits and impact of coaching."  Alas, I can now.  There really is so much.

If you like data, hard core studies, dissertations, and case studies, please enjoy the following:

  • Harvard's Institute of Coaching - They especially do a great job of sharing the neuro-effects of coaching on performance, engagement, and productivity.  And, it's Harvard.
  • The International Coach Federation (ICF)- Besides being the gold standard in coaching and the largest accreditation body for coaches and coaching programs, ICF maintains a ginormous database of research.  You will feel like you hit the motherlode of coaching research here.
  • Case Studies and Award Winning Programs - The Prism Awards (given by ICF) are another great place to see coaching case studies (and be inspired).  Though the case studies are not hardcore research, per se, they all do provide evidence of the impact of coaching on an organization.
  • Blog Post on Coaching at my College - Yes, I snuck this one onto the list.  I wrote this blog post to explain how my college got into the business of training coaches.  It has some research and is more about describing the journey of our program as it is unique for a community college to offer an accredited coach training program.
  • Learning Objectives for a Coach Training Program - Sometimes people want to know what coaches learn in coach training. Check out my college's Engagement Coach Training Program and you will see all the learning objectives for the program.  You really can teach this stuff - coaching!
I will add more resources when more are available.  If you have any questions related to coaching, please reach out.  At this point, I think you know...I could talk about coaching all day.


Hello, 2018!

Family hike and portrait 2018

And just like that, 2018 begins!

I'm looking forward to....

  • Training more coaches at my college and beyond
  • Traveling to London for the first time this spring
  • Keeping in shape throughout the winter
  • Using my core values to guide me as to when to say "no, thank you" or "Heck yes!" to invites and opportunities
  • Making my immediate family and BFFs a priority (I'm going to return to my coffee dates as one way to support this goal)
  • Trying out a new style of coaching on some select victims clients open-minded friends
What about you?  What's on your 2018 list of awesomeness?

Happy New Year's,

Collaboration, Mean Girls, and No Apologies

A week ago, before Thanksgiving, a big crew of us went to see the pre-Broadway production of Mean Girls (written by Tina Fey).

Mean Girls Playbill

Holy moly, y'all.  That show is hilarious and off-the-chain creative.  It is no longer running in DC (or at least it ends it's pre-Broadway debut here this weekend), but you catch it on the real Broadway starting in March 2018 in NYC.  And GO see it!  It is soooooo good.  I literally left the show in DC and started looking for tickets to see it again.  Miss O enjoyed it, too.  I was happy that 10% of the humor was over-her-head.  After all, she's just a tween still (though she appears taller than me in the photo below.....I like the "appears" part). 

I can neither confirm nor deny her height compared to mine.  Ha ha ha.

Miss O and her mama

On a professional and passionate front, I just collaborated with the CC Daily to write a blog post about.....drum roll, please....coaching.  This post, however, is a bit different than my other coaching blog posts so far as it outlines how my college's coach training program came to be and what our next steps are including hardcore research related to it.  If you have an interest or just want to hear me speak in my informal, blog voice on an academic blog, go here.

Y'all, I cannot write like a professional, academic anymore.  I can only write in my bloggy voice.

And, I'm not apologizing ;)

I gotta be me.

Happy December,


Sale Ends Tomorrow on Taco Tuesday

Is this graphic gigantic or what?!  Go shop if you need a fun gift for a great educator or coach.  25% off shop-wide (no coupon code necessary) through Taco Tuesday at our new Etsy shop.

It's just fun to say Taco Tuesday, isn't it?