Testimonials – The Concise Coaching Handbook


Elizabeth is a refined, powerful and gifted coach. Her enthusiasm for life, love for people, intelligence and focus on the power of passion makes her enthusiastic, magnetic and highly effective. If you need to discover that “something” in life that will make you wake up excited each morning ready to conquer the world; if you’re looking for someone to inspire you to live much more fully than you ever thought was possible; if you want to work with a personal motivator filled with heart and soul, who will help hold you accountable in accomplishing your dreams, you should hire Elizabeth. If you do, you’ll dance your way quickly to your heart’s desire.

Val Olson, The Val Olson Group

As the Director of the Performance Excellence Network, I work with many presenters. Elizabeth’s presentation on managing stress was one of the most well done presentations I’ve participated in. After vetting hundreds of ­speakers, I can confidently say Elizabeth is easily in the top 5%. Her content, audience engagement, and presentation style were outstanding.

Beth Neu, M.A., Director of the Performance Excellence Network-Twin Cities Region

Elizabeth is an extraordinary and passionate leader who helps others pursue their best life both personally and professionally. She’s a great speaker and has a knowing wisdom, driven by experience and education, that helps audiences recognize opportunities and create their path forward.

Stephanie Menning, CAE, IOM, ­Energetic Women, Midwest Energy Association

Elizabeth is a powerful and inspiring speaker who engages her attendees to think and dig deep into their own lives. She put lots of creative thought and engaged every single person that attended our conference. Serving as our ­keynote speaker for the Women of Words (WOW) writing conference, not only did she provide thoughtful and motivating thoughts at the start of the conference, but through the creative exercises she was able to bring the conference to a really reinforcing conclusion. Many people remarked on how much they loved Elizabeth’s skillful weaving of the group wisdom with her own thoughts. What made it especially valuable was that we all left having made a personal, individual commitment to put our learning into action to put into our own lives and keep each other accountable. Elizabeth really did help us all put the POW (Pearls of Wisdom) into a WOW experience that left women feeling empowered to take action in their creative endeavors.

Nikki Abramson, Organizer, Women of Words Conference

Elizabeth was delightful as she assisted our engineering members look at their inner personalities which share a place in everyone’s leadership potential. Amid overloaded and hectic lives, she helped people relax, focus and feel the affirmations of being heard. We look forward to working with ­Elizabeth again!

Dana Wheeler Executive Director/Property ­Manager at Minnesota Government Engineers Council

Elizabeth is soft-spoken but has a commanding presence because her ideas are well-researched and delivered. I’d recommend anyone looking for a public speaker to hire her for any topic she presents. She emanates positivity, support, and tenderness.

Kimberly Anez, Sr. Administrative ­Specialist at Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities

Elizabeth Dickinson recently presented “Leadership Using Active Listening” to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, MN Chapter (NARI) at our monthly membership meeting.

Elizabeth was able to bring real world experience to the discussion about listening. Her passion for helping others learn the benefits of listening were evident throughout her time with NARI. She was able to clearly engage the audience in meaningful and useful discussion.

Our members commented that her ability to take listening concepts and assist them in applying the concepts to their specific questions and concerns was impressive. We definitely would ask Elizabeth to present at another meeting in the future.

Nicholas Paul Cichowicz, J.D. E.D. National ­Association of the Remodeling Industry, MN

I left feeling blessed and refreshed. I was impressed by how quickly you moved into dialogue with Annette. The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I had never witnessed a one-on-one in a group with the results you achieved with Annette. Her attitude became positive and I could see that she was at peace by the changed expression on her face. It went from stressed to joy and contentment! Awesome work!

I’m pleased to hear that you will be leading other sessions with the Lupus group. I can attest that a lot of people here would benefit with what you can offer. Thank you for the meditation and kind words.

Larry J. Norgren, attendee at Minnesota Lupus Foundation on “From Stress to Success”

Elizabeth blows me away in her presentations and in her coaching. From the Cargill event where I met her, to my then-company Land O’Lakes hiring her to create a custom program teaching active listening and coaching skills, to my hiring her as my personal coach, everything she does is not only well received, but results in everyone (including myself) becoming a more successful contributor both professionally and personally. I highly recommend her to corporate organizations to take their teams to the next level of success.

As an extremely gifted coach and presenter, Elizabeth always asks the right questions and provides the right resources and supports to help people make breakthroughs and stop being stuck. If you invest in a presentation or in ­personal coaching with Elizabeth, your investment will pay great dividends – she is truly committed and talented at helping people live their best lives.

Alyssa Chilton, Client, Penn State University

In Elizabeth, I found so much more than I expected in a coach. Her ­holistic, individualized, intuitive, and unique approach helped me articulate my ­values, strengths, and passions. Elizabeth helped me discern my personal ­mission and professional direction in a creative and collaborative way. I recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is undertaking life changes in all of their complexity. She provides incredible value.

Karen Woodward, Client

I’m a thinker and I love to come up with lots of ideas, but I struggle to put them into action. Coaching with Elizabeth allowed me to sort out out my thoughts, share my struggles and challenges, and organize myself so I could move forward. Elizabeth acknowledged me when I needed it most and I felt she genuinely cared about me. She’s a great listener and very calm. She’s very easy to talk to and I loved how I could truly be myself.

Kathy Kuklok, Client

I wholeheartedly recommend Elizabeth as a life coach. Over the three months I worked with her, she patiently helped me navigate through many difficult decisions, introducing me to creative and effective methods of problem-solving through inner exploration to identify my intended outcomes. She consistently allowed me to guide my own path, offering me tools and a listening ear when I encountered obstacles or hardships. In other instances, she delicately took the reins when she observed that I wanted more support, suggesting new methods to work through confusion and offering advice on decision making when I requested it.

Her attentiveness and mindfulness extended outside of our coaching sessions, as she regularly connected me to resources, sent me information on events and activities that she knew I would enjoy, and even gave me small gifts as a reminder that she was my active supporter. Not having engaged in life coaching before (and being a little skeptical as to what the process consisted of), Elizabeth shed light on the myriad benefits of working with an experienced and skillful coach and left me with a sense of empowerment that I, with patience to create and pursue a plan, can accomplish anything I set out to do.

Jessie Goff, Client

Elizabeth’s style is a special gift that is so much more than coaching. She is very bright, warm, open, compassionate, honest, non-judgmental and willing to explore new territories with you. She also knows when silence is the best tool to use. I always felt safe, supported and uplifted during our sessions. While, I too, am a coach and “know” where clients can “hide”, Elizabeth takes the coaching experience to a totally different level with her gift of creating customized visualizations, in the moment. She uses this gift brilliantly. It took my coaching sessions to a deeper level quickly and gave me a new tool to surface what was really going on internally. This allowed me to see where I was stuck; where I wanted to go; and what action steps I needed to take.

Judy Ranieri, Client

Elizabeth offers a unique blend of personal qualities and professional skills to her clients. Yes, she has the credentials which provide her with credibility. But it’s her deep understanding of coaching techniques, and her instinct for the right tool at the right time, that sets her apart as a personal coach.

Jay McManus, Client

As I sit here today, a month into coaching with Elizabeth, my life is much more organized, fulfilled and purposeful. The life coaching experience makes me more confident, relaxed and self-assured. In my view, Elizabeth is incredibly well-suited to this profession. Her intelligence, demeanor and personality are all supportive and life-affirming.

I know it may be hard to justify spending money on a life coach. I may have eventually gotten to the point I’m at on my own. However, given the nature of what I am working on with her, I also very likely would’ve been too late for some very important and precious opportunities. This is some of the best money I’ve ever spent (and I really don’t have a lot to spare right now). This investment I’m making in myself will reap important dividends in the years to come, professionally, personally and financially.

Elizabeth is also exposing me to meditation, guided imagery, new authors, and new skills that I’ll be able to take with me to tackle new challenges.

The best metaphor I have is that I’m paying Elizabeth for “CPR training” (or life coaching) so that I know what to do in case of an emergency. Once I’m trained, I’ll have these skills to use for the rest of my life as long as I practice them so I don’t forget. However, in this situation, I’m also in a sort-of “life emergency” right now and Elizabeth helps me figure out how to be able to address these kinds of things on my own next time and prevent them from reaching emergency level in the first place.

I encourage you to take that important, and sometimes scary, first step. Give Elizabeth a chance to help you figure things out. I think you’ll be as pleased as I am with my decision.

Jennifer G., Client


I think Life Coach Elizabeth Dickinson deserves a poster like Barack Obama’s. Because her work is all about hope.

Last year, I was feeling a shortage of hope in many parts of my life: relationships, my job, my house, and my weight. My weekly discussions with ­Elizabeth helped me focus on ways to change, one step at a time. I now feel more empowered and more hopeful about all aspects of my life. My work with Elizabeth differed from my work with a counselor mostly in that at the end of each session I had real, concrete steps to take to effect change.

Elizabeth also had me step back and look at what I most value in life and helped me turn my scattered, distracted, overly-busy attention toward the most important activities and people in my life. I am now more relaxed, appreciative of what I have and do, and confident that I can change what is not going well.

I’m not sure I’d even heard the phrase “life coach” before last year. Now I think everyone would benefit from using one, and Elizabeth is an especially empathetic and intuitive one. Anyone who finds her and has her as a life coach is very, very lucky.

Jackie Walsh, Client

Elizabeth is a natural life coach. Her depth and breadth of experience in working with people and creative processes (art, writing, performance, etc…) comes through in her coaching work. She helps establish a calm, contemplative space from which you can do the work that is needed to help you reach your goals, and realize what things are important to you. I didn’t even know what life coaching was six months ago, but now, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from working with Elizabeth. Give it a shot, what do you have to lose? I can tell you there is much to gain, for me that has been more peace, understanding of my purpose and place in the larger community, and losing 4 inches off my waistline. The best part is these things can happen easily if you have a knowledgeable coach helping you better understand the person holding you back, yourself. I can’t think of a better time to start this work. She’ll even give you a complimentary consultation.

Justin Eibenholzl, Client

Elizabeth provided invaluable service to me in helping me take a longer view of my life’s goals. She assisted me in my first career change, challenging me to see things differently and make my own best choice. Elizabeth also provided great insight and guidance on my passion for creative writing. Through it all, she showed genuine interest and sensitivity. Elizabeth is great at what she does, and I recommend her services highly.

Phillip J. Trobaugh, Client

Having never been coached before I didn’t know what to expect. When you try to move past a difficult point by yourself it’s easy to remain stuck because you keep repeating the same pattern. Elizabeth is warm, genuine, sincere, patient and thorough. Her gentle and upbeat coaching style helped me comfortably see my situation in a different way so I could move ahead. It was a pleasure working with her. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Kevin Klein, Client

I’m writing to share my gratitude and high regard for the Life Coaching I’ve received from Ms. Elizabeth Dickinson.

I reached a crossroads in my life and had a powerful urge to leave my work of the past decade and move into new life work. I wanted someone to lead me through a process that would help me to understand myself and be able to act with clarity and purpose again.

Elizabeth facilitated a process which first blessed the work I’ve done, and helped me to find permission within myself to question the current fit of my old loyalties. She helped me find my voice so I could value my original choice, and also honor the new passion.

She helped me choose several practical steps towards stepping back from my old work. Thus, I made (and kept) a specific set of commitments that began with immediately informing the appropriate people about my decision.

All of this helped me make the space and time I need to begin my next life involving writing. I’m glad to say that that is also working.

My thanks to Elizabeth for coaching me in a very special life moment. I recommend her skills to anyone who wants an advocate with the clarity and skills to walk with them through their important life changes.

Charlie Borden, Co-Founder The Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Minnesota

After a year of being unhappy with my inability to achieve my goals, you made me get up and make the first step. Finally I’m doing something and not just tormenting myself. One day at a time. I just want to say thank you! Thank you for the words that finally made me move.

Tatyana Lederman, Blog Reader

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