While your education and innate talents provided an entry to your career, your leadership skills and executive presence will determine how far and how fast you advance. Executive coaching is a very effective way to hone your leadership skills—to become more strategic, communicate more clearly, and better build your professional relationships. Coaching has been proven to deliver a five-fold return on investment in terms of business and financial performance.Executive Coaching will help you:
"Ann Demarais helped me to get past my "stuckness" and reach the next level of influence and responsibility in my organization. She was honest, accurate and direct in helping me see my blind spots and committing to overcome them. She had just the right combination of encouragement and confrontation that I needed to go out of my comfort zone and take some of the "risks" that I needed to take. She has been an invaluable asset in my development."
–Pete Turner, Finance Executive
"My executive coaching was fabulous; I learned things I didn’t know about my leadership style, and importantly, learned what I could do differently, and it made a huge impact. Ann made it easy!”
–Courtney Anderson, Marketing Manager
Most of us have some awareness of how others see us—as well as some blind spots. The Interpersonal Style Survey helps you to learn how others see you based on feedback that is candid and comprehensive:Here is how it works:
"Getting real, honest feedback from people in my everyday life was eye-opening. Perceptions are reality. I felt good about all the positive ways I am seen, and while surprised by a few things – they were easy to change. I learned to ask more questions, and to speak less. It took a little experimenting out of my usual style, but I can honestly see a difference in how people respond to me know, for the better!”
"My First Impressions experience was life-changing. No one ever told me that I came across as aloof! I learned some specific things to do that changed how others see me, and now I'm a lot more socially confident—and successful."
Making the right impression in an interview can get you the offer—and the salary—you desire. But under the pressure of an interview, even the most confident professional may not present him or herself in the best light, or may unknowingly send the wrong messages.Interview-skills coaching will help you:
More than ever, today’s economy demands a proactive approach to managing your career and preparing for the future. Whether you are concerned about the security of your current job or you are seeking a new position, a carefully considered career plan is vital.
For many professionals, career transitioning is a perplexing, emotionally charged experience. Some people become paralyzed, while others engage in a flurry of activity that may not deliver the results they desire. We help you to develop yourself both emotionally and strategically, to put yourself ahead of the curve.
We guide you through a one-on-one personalized transitions workshop, helping you to systematically think through your opportunities and identify your best career path. We work with you to develop an individualized, action-oriented strategic plan, and provide coaching on networking and job-search tactics.Career Transitions Coaching will help you:
"My First Impressions consultant helped me realize my potential to explore new career opportunities, and now I’m in a great place. The coaching helped me make a creative change in my career path.”
–Alexandra Isaacs, Nonprofit Executive
"I loved the interview coaching! It was so helpful to get a professional point of view on how I came across. My coach showed me what I was doing well, and some negative messages I was sending. It was personalized, honest, and powerful. I can honestly say I wouldn't have gotten this job without the coaching."
–Dan O'Neil, Senior Chemical Engineer
Do you know what people think about you when they meet you for the first time? Have you ever met someone with whom you felt you shared chemistry—but found out later that he or she didn’t feel the same? If you understand the specific messages you are unconsciously sending, you have the power to enhance the impression you make, and to connect with people more readily when it counts the most.Social Skills Coaching will help you:
"My First Impressions experience was fascinating. I learned that in an effort to be accepted, I was coming across as a braggart, which is not how I want to come across! I learned to focus on the other person, and less on myself, and it really changed my life around!”
"I loved this experience! I never had objective feedback on the impression I make. And I learned things about myself that were easy to change, and it’s made conversations so much easier and fun. I recommend it to everyone!”
We offer seminars on first impressions, communication, and interpersonal skills. We bring the subject matter to life in a fun, interactive environment seminars are tailored to each client’s needs, interests, and timeframe.We’ll share the secrets of a positive self-presentation, including:
"Our First Impressions seminar was terrific—the participants gained poise, confidence, and self-awareness, and it’s made a lasting impact on their leadership. It’s the first time some of the technical “geeks” really saw the human side of the business. The group loved the activities and Ann’s facilitation.”
–Ron Pannone, Manager, Talent Development and Assessment Division, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey