Greater Sarasota Coaches Alliance meets the third Monday of every month (except in December), from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Each meeting features a presenter. Guests pay $10.00 at the door to attend the program. Members of the GSCA pay an annual fee of $125.00 which covers the cost of the programs. Both members and guests pay for their own lunches.

We have been meeting at the charming Bijoux Cafe for years because of it’s excellent menu and lovely setting. You can go to their website to review the menu, www.bijoucafe.net

We look forward to welcoming you to our group!

*Due to limited seating, RSVP’s must be received by 10:00 AM on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Upcoming Meeting

November 19, 2018

Support Your Coaching Clients to Better Mind-Body Health and Wellness

Presenter: Dr. Sean Stringer

As a coach even though you may be doing excellent work with your clients, they may still feel like they are under-powered and underachieving if they are not actively also working on their health and well-being, both in body and in mind.

Join us as Dr. Sean Stringer takes us on a journey through several modes of alternative medicine with which he can support you and your client’s ultimate well-being.

Dr. Sean Stringer

Our Presenter

Dr. Sean Stringer educates, inspires, and empowers people to add more years to their lives and MORE LIFE to their years!

His areas of focus are in functional and energy medicine. He holds doctorates in chiropractic medicine, indigenous medicine, and monastic medicine. He is a practitioner of strategic intervention and Regenerating Images in Memory (RIM). He also hold a masters in naturopathic oncology. He believes he is a fun loving father of seven children and a great husband.

With over seventeen years of practice, he has helped others find solutions in areas of health and wellness their life in which they wanted to excel. As a wellness coach, he helps others discover how they can harness the power of their body and mind for optimal living.

Previous Meetings

October 15, 2018

Using Email and Social Media to Find and Close New Business
Presented be Barbara Langdon, Owner
Market Momentum LLC

By using social media and email marketing, you can attract prospects and move them from a “shopper’s” mindset to a “buyer’s” mindset. For many businesses this sales process, called a marketing funnel, can be automated, freeing you to manage your business while your marketing continues working for you non-stop in the background. In this seminar we:

  • Explored the changing role of email in the digital marketing mix
  • Described personas (aka avatars) and discuss how to build them for your business
  • Identified what kinds of content you will need to fuel your campaigns
  • Discussed how and where to automate your marketing
  • Reviewed what software needed for gaining marketing efficiency
  • Shared tips, tools, and techniques for moving prospects through the buying journey in a cost and time efficient way.

September 17, 2018

Is Your Website Too Egocentric? Next Level Thinking About Digital Presence
Presented Juergen Berkessel

Is your web presence too egocentric?

For most of us, as solo entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, the answer is yes. Our websites talk mostly about ourselves and focus on showcasing the services we offer. That’s important, but it’s not enough.

From the perspective of attracting new business online, your visitors,  prospects, leads and potential clients are looking for solutions to the issues they are facing.

August 20, 2018

Creative Ways to Grow and Sustain a Coaching Business

We had a lively open group discussion featuring expert coaches sharing and comparing their successful techniques and strategies.

Charles ReithJune 18, 2018

Safely Navigating the Middle Ground:Thoughts from an Environmental Moderate
Presented Charles C. Reith, PhD

What can we learn from Kunwar Ranjeet Singh, India’s celebrated moonwalking traffic cop?

One lesson that it is possible to get people who are heading in different directions to interact with each other in a smoother, organized flow if you do it with humor, understanding sincerity, open-mindedness, and even flair. Even if you can’t dance like Michael Jackson, you can leave an impression with your conviction and creative tactics and language.

Charles Reith shared his experiences as an environmental scientist coaching and working with profit-driven businesses, cautious government agencies, and ideologically spirited nonprofits. In a lively discussion, Dr. Reith will walk us through some of his most compelling challenges and will articulate the moderate’s coaching approach toward preserving progress and reconciling agendas.

April 16, 2018

Embracing the Power of Energy to Maximize Your Coaching Success
Presented by Donna Tarquinio

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have the “success advantage” – so that everything they touch turns to gold? According to a recent survey based on extensive research, higher levels of energy promote long-term sustainable success. Energy is at the core of everything you do, how you show up, how you interact and engage with others, your ability to perform and experience success.

Getting to the core of your coaching success depends upon your ability to lead energy so that it works for you instead of against you.

Donna Tarquinio, a proven corporate leader and leadership development expert, introduced energy leadership™ and the energy leadership index assessment™ as an invaluable resource for creating higher levels of long-term sustainable success.

March 19, 2018

Introducing The Human Design System: the Science of Differentiation
Presented by Karen Spirer

Human Design is a revolutionary new decision-making, problem-solving, and crisis management tool. Human Design differs fundamentally from anything else that exists in the world today. It not only shows you a concrete map or BodyGraph of the mechanics of your unique design, how you energetically take in the world and how the world energetically takes you in, but also tells you how to make correct decisions in your life according to your design. Many call Human Design and its powerful information the “Personal Operating Manual,” the one they didn’t receive at birth.

Karen introduced the basic concepts of Human Design and how it addresses all the domains of our lives.

February 19, 2018

Learn, Grow and Create Sustainable Change with Crisis Communications
Presented by Joseph Grano

You’re a coach, consultant, or HR person. Suddenly your client or company is faced with an unexpected negative situation with serious possible repercussions. Would you know what to do, how to work with them quickly to manage the crisis situation? Whether organizational or personal, unexpected crises require immediate attention.

Joseph Grano, an experienced corporate leader and marketing and communications expert, guided us through the basic steps we need to know in order to successfully and effectively guide our clients and companies on how to make the best decisions and shape the right communications to successfully get through their challenging times.

January 15, 2018

Let’s Talk About Facebook and Your Business
Presented by Marketing Expert Barbara Langdon of Market Momentum LLC

Facebook is becoming the de facto social platform for small business. In this session we discuss how to use Facebook to grow your business. Specific topics included:

  • Deciding if Facebook is the best social platform for your business
  • Creating and posting content that builds engagement with your audience
  • Understanding Facebook etiquette
  • Saving time without compromising effectiveness
  • Determining if your content is working
  • Preparing for Facebook’s upcoming changes

November 20, 2017

Facilitating Through Resistance
Presented by Ingrid Bens

Ingrid took us through a lively exploration of two very different approaches to dealing with resistance. One approach is the standard telling and selling techniques which  we’ve all used at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, this approach of pushing back and selling often tends to build even more resistance.

To counter these effects, skilled facilitators have developed a different, structured approach which allows them to engage the resistor to help them identify and resolve their own resistance.

Brian GerryOctober 16, 2017

How to Have More Fun, Make More Money, and Work Less – Using A Software Coaching Platform
Presented by Brian Geery

Brian led a conversation about reaping the numerous benefits of leveraging coaching software platforms to take your coaching to the next level. He shared what he has learned about coaching software tools, including his take on a few vendors and why he chose the software platform he currently uses.

He also talked about transitioning his practice, including where he is now in the process (hint: early stage), and where he’s planning to go (hint: it floats and it’s 44’).

Michael KlineAugust 21, 2017

Powerful Questions for Coaching Through Difficult Situations
With Michael Kline, Certified Canfield Success Trainer & Coach

Powerful questions are a staple to quality coaching. In our August meeting, Michael shared 9 powerful questions in sequence for coaching through a difficult situation. He’s taught this sequence of questions to teenagers, parents, business leaders, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Army officers, all of whom were amazed by both the simplicity and the depth of the process.

July 17, 2017

Uh-Oh, What Do I Do Now?
Challenges and Adventures in Coaching
An open lively brainstorming discussion
Facilitated by Leslie Austin, Ph.D.

As professional coaches, at one time or another we have all felt completely stuck, frustrated, even thwarted in our coaching efforts. We might be working with a client who is resistant or even argumentative, or even more confusing, simply disengaged. Clients who seem to be going nowhere productive week after week make us wonder why they bother coming for coaching at all, or more disconcerting, how and why we are failing them?

Alternatively, we may suddenly have a major breakthrough with a client but have no clue as to why or how we got there. In either case, we may not know what to do next. At these times, to whom can we turn for positive support and peer coaching? Each other!

June 19, 2017

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): A Transformational Approach to Self-Improvement
Presenter: Dani Fox

Dani  shared her expertise in using multiple transformational approaches to self-improvement with individuals and organizations in her coaching and consulting work. The main focus of her presentation was her work with the fascinating Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping. Dani uses EFT with her clients to help them get unstuck and create powerful, specific positive changes in their lives – quickly and profoundly.

EFT, a relatively new way of working to dissolve and re-wire our internal blocks and challenges is a simple yet profound technique that consistently has positive and lasting effects. Dani’s training and experience afford her an advanced understanding of how to identify and help clear subconscious barriers to success and to foster individual and organizational growth and performance.

Kate AlexanderMay 15, 2017

Speak the Truth: Using Theatre Training to Evoke Authenticity
Presenter: Kate Alexander

Associate Director, Florida Studio Theatre and Founder of the FST Theatre School

The techniques and methods used by directors in the theatre and acting coaches have much to offer coaches, counselors, therapists, and anyone who supervises or works in teams with other people in situations where truthful communications are essential. An actor must be able to authentically and truthfully convey their character’s feelings, thoughts, and behavior or the audience will not believe them and will not empathize with their character. Kate Alexander, who has been with the Florida Studio Theatre for 34 years, will benefit us all by sharing some of her insights and techniques for coaching people to speak and behave truthfully!

Positivity StrategistApril 17, 2017

Moving from the Head-space to the Heart-space
Presenter: Robyn Stratton-Berkessel

Robyn Stratton-Berkessel introducd us to working with Appreciative Inquiry and the powerful results it unleashes. She engaged us with a conversation about the value of strength-based approaches to change with Appreciative Inquiry in organizations and communities. We also learned about the practice of Positivity:

  • What positivity is and how it works and what it produces.
  • How we can all be agents of positive change with a few daily practices.

Robyn is an author, a speaker, a podcast host, a designer and facilitator, and coach. Robyn’s strengths are leading positive change.  She is building a community of Agents for Positive Change.

March 20, 2017

Success Tips for Running a Coaching and Consulting Business
Deb Mazzaferro, Coaching & Consulting for the Specialty Food Trade

Deb Mazzaferro has 17 years’ experience as a sales and marketing strategist in the Specialty Food Trade. With her marketing acumen, she is able to keep the pipeline full.With her sales skills, she is able to close enough business to live a comfortable life, fund her retirement and take a yearly vacation or 2. Everything is about balance and intention. She will share her Best Business Practices for being an entrepreneur on your own terms!


February 20, 2017

Introduction to RIM As An Advanced Coaching Tool
Michael J. Kline, Certified RIM Master

RIM (Regenerating Images in Memory) is a transformational tool which helps clients shift their focus from the relationship between the client and their inner self to their deeper, inherently whole center. As a result, clients are able to turn obstacles and issues into areas in which they can thrive.

Neuroscience affirms our ability to change emotional memory to write new endings to old stories. Testimonials frequently highlight profound results from doing this when dealing with everything from business decisions to life threatening illness.

January 16, 2017

Coaching Beyond Words: The Power of Visual Thinking
Katherine (Kitty) O Heusner, PhD

Are pictures REALLY worth 1,000 words? Explore the power of using visual images to unlock ideas, fears, dreams and hopes. Sometimes thinking beyond words can help us dig deeper and gain unexpected perspective.

In this engaging session consider how you might use visuals in your own coaching practices as well as for presentations and training. Through some simple exercises and discussion with colleagues learn to add to or expand your own tool chest with this powerful tool.

November 21, 2016

Navigating Difficult Relationships
A Guide to Dealing Wisely with Your ‘Trouble’ People
Kim Roman Corle

It’s been a long frustrating day and there you are, finishing up a tedious and testy meeting with your number one client and you are ready to pull your hair out. What do you do when the most difficult person you know is your client or another significant person in your life? How do you manage this tricky path?

Mentor and coach Kim Roman Corle shared her proven tips for managing challenging relationships and gaining a perspective which helps you find a positive point of focus in every situation.

October 17, 2016

Publishing in the Digital Age
Ingrid Bens, M.Ed., CPF

The world of book publishing has been totally transformed by the digital revolution and economic and social trends, resulting in changes in the kind of books that people buy and how they buy them. Anyone wanting to get their words into distribution now has a dizzying array of choices.

Should you try to work with a publisher or go it alone? How do you market a book when there are millions of competing books? Should you even bother to write a book at all? If not, what else can you do to get your ideas out there?

September 19, 2016

Your Authentic Speaking Presence: How to Connect and Engage with your Audience
Pavitra Ciavardone, CPCC

John F. Kennedy once said, “The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” If you ask most coaches “why” we do what we do, almost unanimously, the answer is, “To make a difference in people’s lives.” As we help our clients align with their values to fulfill their own dreams and goals, ours are fulfilled in return.

One of the greatest ways we can impact the lives of others is by “walking our talk” and developing our authentic speaking presence so we truly connect with our audience, whether before an audience of many, or just one person.

August 15, 2016

Personal Branding… Define Yourself!
Jean Juchnowicz

Who are you? What is your value? What impact do you make?

  • Obtain a better understanding of what a personal brand is
  • Understand the necessity of personal branding in today’s world
  • Learn which one of Carl Jung’s twelve archetypes you are
  • Create your brand
  • Discover how to network effectively
  • Learn how to make yourself more visible
  • Prepare to communicate more effectively

June 20, 2016

Practical Intuition
Leslie Austin, Ph.D.

Has this ever happened to you? You are trying to make a decision, not sure which choice to make. Suddenly you get a hunch, an intuition about it, but you ignore it because it doesn’t seem to make logical sense. Besides, you think, I’m probably making it up. So you go ahead and make a decision, ignoring your intuition, and of course later on you wind up wishing you hadn’t!

What is intuition? How does it work? Where do our hunches come from? How do we know what we know? Why, more often than not, are they accurate even if they are not logical?

April 18, 2016

STRESS: The Elephant in the Room:
How to Name it, Tame it and Take Back Control of Your Life!
Jackie Simmons

We all have stress. Even if we don’t notice it, it is there running in the background, giving us energy. Yes, our stresses give us energy, right up until they overwhelm and exhaust us. How to keep stress at an energizing level?

March 21, 2016

The Science of Change: Using Behavioral Science as a Basis to Drive Change
Jennifer Hancock

Old habits are hard to break. A lot of what coaching is … is helping people unlearn old habits so that they can establish new more productive ones. Knowing the behavioral science of how habits are broken can help you help your clients more effectively create the changes they want to make but struggle to adopt.

February 15, 2016

How to Build Your Business by Speaking: The Inside Scoop!
Denise Hedges

Speaking is one of the best – and fastest – ways to grow a business. And, if you’re not out there speaking to your target audience, frankly, you’re
missing the boat! But how do you get started? And how do you learn to navigate all the ins and outs of this powerful strategy?

In this jam-packed presentation, Denise gives you the inside scoop … everything you need to know to successfully market your business through

January 18, 2016

NLP – Mirrorring for Rapport
Art Emrich

Introduction to neuro linguistic programming focusing on how to mirror physiology, voice, and words to get into quick rapport with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

November 16, 2015

The Narcissism Survival Guide
Leslie Austin


  • Learn to recognize the challenging narcissist/bullies around you
  • Learn what’s really going on: what are they thinking, why do they act this way?
  • Basic techniques: Rules that work for dealing with difficult people. Their behavior is   predictable!
  • How to survive with your dignity intact; the lay of the behavioral land
  • Why bother? Looking to the future.

October 19, 2015

Transformative Listening
Phyllis Mufson

For anyone who appreciates the inspiring power of really hearing others and wants to reliably get out of their own way and create more empathy and intimacy. In this presentation you’ll learn a subtle but powerful technique to be truly present, to listen to someone’s essence, as well as their words.

September 21, 2015

Men Need Emotional Intelligence Too!
Hank Clemons, PhD, CEIC

Both men and women have emotional intelligence, but in significantly different ways. An awareness of this is extremely important for today’s workplace and in relationships in general.  People skills have now become more important as a culture of teamwork and partnerships takes precedence over being an independent contributor. Therefore to remain competitive, men need to develop their EI in areas that in the past have been ignored or in some cases purposely dismissed.

August 17, 2015

Curious About Coaching?
Jackie Simmons

Curious about Coaching? Looking for a quick insight? Join us for an informal gathering where you get to pick our collective brains!

At the August meeting, some members of the GSCA will be offering speed/laser coaching demonstrations. Bring your challenges both big and small and the GSCA coaching panel will gladly give you insights into them all! Facilitated by: Jackie Simmons

July 20, 2015

Coaches Resource Show-and-Tell
Ingrid Bens

All coaches and consultants have books and online resources that we use all the time in our work with clients and in managing our practices.

Please bring the resources you rely on for others to check out to our July meeting. After the session we will open a resources list on our group site so that everyone can benefit from these tools.

May 18, 2015

3 Simple Marketing Strategies for Coaches and Consultants
Shauna E VanderHoek
Business and Marketing Strategist

Do you want to make a bigger difference… but don’t have enough clients? Are you putting time and energy into your business… and your revenues still fall short?

Are you working with clients you love… or are you settling for anyone you can get? Do you scratch your head each month and ask: “What can I do next to get people’s attention?”

April 20, 2015

NLP – Fundamentals of Rapport
Art Emrich

What is NLP? 

Neuro – Our neurology (Our experience using our 5 senses.)

Linguistic – Our language (How we communicate to ourselves and others about our experience.)

Programming – How we achieve automatic behavior by installing programs into our unconscious mind (Behaviors like: walking, talking, riding a bike, driving a car, reading, playing a sport, etc.)

What is RAPPORT?

Everyone always tells us, “If you want to be a good communicator, you have to have rapport.” But seldom do we learn what rapport is, how to get it, how to know if you have it, or how to keep it.

In this program you will learn the answers to these (and more) questions and have a chance to practice your rapport-building skills.

March 16, 2015

Dancing with Creativity for Coaches
Gail Condrick

Ready to experience the process that dancers use to create original choreography and apply it to any project for new insights, inspiration, and innovation? Dancing with Creativity for coaches will present the seven stages that Nia dancers use for problem solving and creative flow. You will learn how to FreeDance with your ideas to weave a new creation for yourself and your clients. Unleash your inner Creative Source to reveal unique out of the box ideas to achieve your highest potential in all aspects of life.

February 16, 2015

Stress Intervention Technique Training “SITT”
Jackie Simmons

Do you suffer from one of the Plagues of Today?

anger, depression, guilt, shame, anxiety, obesity, grief, ptsd, blame, despair, frustration, exhaustion?

If you’ve tried “lots of things” and are still being plagued – Stress Intervention Technique Training (“SITT”) is for you!

SITT: The No Talk, No Drama way to reduce your stress and trauma!

SITT is a ten session series of training workshops that build on each other.  The training occurs in a state of deep relaxation and there is no need to share your story in order to learn the techniques or experience their transforming effects. Side-effects of learning SITT include calmness, happiness and joy. The intervention techniques taught in this program have been in use since the early 1990s and have proven effective for the relief of chronic stress and unresolved trauma. Learning these techniques is fun and participants often feel relief from unwanted symptoms after the first 2 hour session.

November 17, 2014

Coaching on Conflict
Marie Beck

One of the most challenging skills to hone is dealing with conflict. The program will focus on the toolbox needed for getting your coaching clients from conflict to collaboration.

Attendees will be more successful coaching on conflict situations by honing the following critical skills:

  • Identifying the dynamics of conflict.
  • Recognizing personal styles for resolving conflict.
  • Applying a process to reach win-win solutions in conflict situations.

October 20, 2014

Emotional Intelligence: Your Competitive Advantage as a Coach
Dr. Hank Clemons

We wonder how others become successful. What’s the secret? Success in the workplace means striking the balance between achieving superb results and working well with other people. Organizations promote teamwork, however, they still reward personal achievement. In order to be recognized, promoted and bonuses, you must maintain a competitive advantage. The same apples to coaching as coaching is your workplace

This presentation is about how developing your emotional intelligence could be your competitive advantage. It also offers tips and suggestions on strategies you can take.

What is a Competitive Advantage?

  • Quick look at EI
  • What do coaches do?
  • How is EI used in coaching
  • Getting the “edge”

September 15, 2014

Cycle of Renewal
Marilyn Thompson

We all know that the only thing constant in life is change. How do we manage our lives or coach others through change to live fulfilling and happy lives?

The Hudson Cycle of Renewal is a powerful framework for understanding life’s changes and transitions. In this presentation you will learn about the four phases of the cycle of renewal and strategies for navigating through each phase.

June 16, 2014

Ten Common Mistakes Made by Life Coaches
Barbie Hall Gummin and Dr. Bob Reck

The devil is in the detail.  In this humorous talk by two experienced Life Coaches, Barbie Gummin and Bob Reck share their experience and education about the more common mistakes coaches make in getting and dealing with their clients.  Come and see if you want to add to the list, share an example, or correct your own errant ways.

May 19, 2014

Meet Your Muse
Phyllis Mufson

For anyone who wants to get below surface brain chatter to tap into their deepest creativity, this workshop includes discussion and a guided visualization to ‘Meet Your Muse,’ the embodiment of personal creative process.

Tap  into your creative core.
Understand your personal creative process.
Learn what sparks creativity and how to fan the spark into a steady burning flame.

April 21, 2014

Decision-Making Made Easy
Jackie Simmons

“Decision-making made easy?” Absolutely! There are only three things that make decision-making challenging and during our April luncheon you will learn effective strategies to efficiently deal with each of them. This entertaining presentation will provide food for thought to go along with the wonderful Bijou fare! Join us at the April GSCA meeting and find out how to ease through the decision-making process. Jackie Simmons, will lead us through an exploration of the three major decision-making challenges and strategies for how to deal with each one. Using real-life stories to illustrate implementation options, this presentation will entertain you and you will leave with a better understanding of what’s getting in the way and how to move past it. So, if your goal is to learn effective strategies for efficient decision-making, then attending this luncheon may be one of the best decisions you can make.

March 17, 2014

Getting Out of the Stress Mess
Judith Rosner

In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, stress is a fact of life.  But stress doesn’t have to be a way of life – you can be in control.  This workshop will help you identify the stress in your life and cut it down to size with tips on how to:

  • Zero in on your “hot buttons”
  • Determine your stress level
  • Relieve tension at work and at home
  • Use the AAAbcs of Stress Management to get control of your stressors.

February 17, 2014

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – the “Tapping” Solution
Presenter: Art Emrich

Art will present a practical application of a technique that is growing in popularity as its results become more widely known. Based on the ancient system of Chinese energy meridians, it is designed to allow energy to flow more freely throughout the body.  In the Chinese system, blocked energy equals disease or discomfort, and free-flowing energy equals health.

The presentation will include recording the initial distress level experience, the set-up statement, the location of the meridian tapping points, the sequence of tapping, and the ending distress level assessment.

Time will be included for everyone to ask questions and do some “tapping” to practice the technique. Handouts will also be available to take home as a reference for future tapping sessions.