Testimonials

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Real Feedback from Real People

" I was nervous about having a coach, but working with Steven felt genuine from the very beginning. Steven is the kind of listener than hears what you’re saying when you’re not even sure what you’re trying to say. I was astonished how quickly we were able to unpack years of my feeling “lost at sea”. Effectively, he helped me find an anchor. After the anchor came a compass, then a new sail, and even the wind to help me drive towards what I looking for all along, in a way that felt honest and heartfelt. What separates Steven from others is that he works from the bottom of his heart. He was there for support in times of crisis, and there to cheer to me on through my successes – a true coach. In short, Steven is: dedicated, grounded, down-to-earth, inspiring, and a blessing. I've never felt more awake about my career and my life. "

Maria Markel

Facilities Engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor


" I had the good fortune to know Steve from a previous job and have been working with him the past month in career coaching. His interview preparation pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me stand out with confidence during my job search. He was invaluable in asking the right questions and providing accountability so I was sure to reach my goals. He made himself available readily and was more than willing to help me through the entire process. I am happy to report that thanks to his natural passion and ability to help others I was able to successfully negotiate an offer that was thousands of dollars higher than I expected! I look forward to working with him during the first 90 days of my new role to ensure I find success by focusing and organizing my efforts from the start. I am really grateful for Steve and his outstanding coaching program! "

Daniel R. Kaminske, EE, MBA, CSM

Senior IT Project Manager at HP



"We had worked with Steven in a Coaching capacity, and when it came up that we were having a meeting in December 2019 where our leadership would be in Austin, we thought it would be a great opportunity to do staff development. Steven offered an Effective Presentation Skills class that really brought tremendous value to our staff. Everyone raved about his energy, course delivery and the excellent coaching each person received during the session. His method of combining very short lecture with video recording, and review really helped the participants see and hear their own steady improvement throughout the day. I would highly recommend anyone looking to improve their public speaking and communication effectiveness to work with Steven. "

Fred Maysonet

General Manager - Texas Region - James Edwards and Companies



"At my wit’s end after a long, frustrating search to find the second  act of my career, I found myself on the phone with Steven. He gave  me some simple advice that I took to heart and put into action.  Within 5 weeks, I had a job offer. I only wish I had called him sooner. "

Stefanie Zellmer

Creative Director at Archer Malmo


"Recently, I decided it was time to hire a coach to help me with some important career path decisions. I interviewed several potential coaches I found on LinkedIn. I really liked Steven, but I actually decided on another coach who advertised a significantly cheaper rate. This was my first time hiring a coach, and I didn't think there would be any real dropoff in quality of service.  In the middle of my first session with the other coach, I realized I had made a big mistake.  I called Steven back immediately and hired him and I received the topnotch coaching I was hoping for. I am now in a new position and loving it. Thanks, Steven!"

Steve Whewell

Head Of School at Excelled Montessori Plus


"I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Steve as my career coach for almost 3 months now. I was stuck in a position that wasn’t fulfilling and as a serial entrepreneur I needed help across the board in terms of finding my next move. Steve has been an invaluable resource by holding me accountable, asking all the right questions, providing structure and resources, and giving me the motivation and direction I needed to find my path. He helped me define what’s important to me again and move out of my comfort zone (which is already pretty wide). Steve has a genuine passion to help others and his consistency, ability to help you view things through a different lens, and willingness to help you between sessions separates him from his peers. It’s not just the sessions where you get value! I often get texts, videos, emails, and introductions throughout the week. He’s always thinking of his client and makes your success a priority. If you aren’t working with Steve YOU SHOULD BE. "

Grant Sadowski

Sales, Marketing and Business Development Leader


"The BlackLocus team greatly benefited from having Steven come work on presentation skills with us. Steven's course was interesting and effective and his feedback was insightful and actionable. He tailored the program to our specific needs. Every participant left the room confident that they'll be better prepared for their next presentation (and some of us are even looking forward to our next one!).  Personally, I learned how to play to my strengths and I feel that my most recent presentation after the course was one of my best."

-Sarah Cox

Manager, Business Operations at BlackLocus - Innovation Lab of Home Depot


 "Steve has been a great coach for me over the last decade. Unofficially back in mid 2000s starting up a factory with Samsung. His positive attitude and willingness to listen impressed me enough to change my own attitude at work. Officially over the last several months he coached me through some personal development decisions in my life. He has a keen ability to ask the right question at the right time to get your mind “unstuck” on a topic so that you can move forward with an action or decision. I highly recommend Steve as a coach in a professional or personal development capacity"

- Tyler Hedegard

Data Scientist/Samsung Austin Semiconductor


"It's very rare that you come across people whereby after sitting and talking with them for a few minutes you find an instant personal, uplifting and inspirational connection. I had the privilege of working with and being coached by Steven for the 6 months I was contracted as a PM at Cirrus Logic. Having witnessed and been affected by Steven’s tenacious enthusiasm and relentless passion for motivating others to be a better version of themselves, not to mention his dependable professionalism inside and out, it’s no wonder he is an effective speaker and leader as Cirrus’ Toastmasters President. I know he will achieve success with any endeavor he pursues."

- Peter Philips  

Project Manager, Dell/EMC


"I greatly benefitted from working with Steven over the course of several months. I initially worked with Steven to focus on interview prep and through his help landed two job offers in a matter of weeks. However, during my time away from the corporate world, I had started developing a business and felt compelled to continue this journey. Steven was there weekly to help me rationalize business and life choices and set clear priorities. As a result, I was able to deliver on my initial 90 day goals in the first 30 days. I felt he sized things up really well and provided actionable feedback to develop some weak points and set a forward direction. There's no mumbo jumbo. Steven's approach and background are big differentiators. Send him a note now, sorry I waited so long "

- Jake Swartz

Marketing Manager and Leader


"I approached Steve to talk through how I can prepare myself for the next stage in my career. Steve gave me incredible guidance stemming from his own experiences and with a deep understanding of the challenges I'm facing. He gave me great perspective on these challenges (personal and professional) and really gave me the tools to thoughtfully seek solutions, maintain a positive mindset, and gain energy. I would highly recommend Steve for his strong ability to listen, connect, encourage, and coach for so many personal and professional scenarios, big or small. "

- Eric Vaughan

Senior Director of Process Architecture, Optum



" I worked with Steven during my 8 years at Samsung and what stood out to me initially was his energy and desire to help develop our employees. I had known he was President of our Toastmasters club, and then when we were looking for new facilitators to teach "Delivering Presentations with Impact", I reached out to Steven. He was excited to get involved. He is a natural and gifted instructor, bringing warmth and compassion to participants. Steven has some of the best evaluations of all the trainers we have worked with, both internal and external. He consistently received rave reviews, with students reporting increased skills and confidence from his coaching and instruction. He brings extensive real world experience as an engineering leader, as well as his learning from world class seminars and development programs he has attended. I would recommend Steven without reservation! "

- Alex Palomo

Sales Training Program Manager, National Instruments


"I had learned about Stevens public speaking coaching through a friend and eventually got on an initial call with him to learn more. I wanted to become a better public speaker because I have a goal of leading a team one day and know you must possess good speaking skills for that kind of role. I also wanted to use these skills in every day life. Steven is a great guy and has given me great feedback throughout the course. Where I was in week one is a huge improvement and it’s all thanks to him and how much he cares for the cohorts improvement. I can speak from experience that watching videos, reading books, etc will only get you so far. If you really want to improve your public speaking skills, I would highly suggest signing up to get coached by Steven."

-Gabriel Diaz

UX Designer

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Working together you are empowered to be your best self in all aspects of life.   I provide a framework for us to work together to help you reach your full potential.  You and I can find the tools, and you can begin to put them into action.

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Take control and plan for the future

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Take control and plan for the future

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Prioritize your time and relationships

Prioritize your time and relationships

Prioritize your time and relationships

Life can be stressful. I want to give you the advice and tools you need to maximize your personal and professional relationships, and how to give yourself the time you deserve.