I think I must have re-written this email a thousand times trying to find the words to say “thank you”. “Thank you” always seems like such a small word, especially when you cross paths with someone who touches your life in such a meaningful way and possibly will never know how much it has meant!
For everything you have done for us… for all of your time spent speaking with me, your care, patience, generosity and inspiring energy!! “thank you”!! from the bottom of my heart..
— Parent of a twice-exceptional gifted boy. Queensland, Australia.
Your book ‘Bright’ was full of light bulb moments! Excuse the pun! It is clear and came at exactly the right time for me personally and for our family. I love the concept of getting out of the way. This is how I have felt for a long time, but haven’t known how to do it. I understand it on an intellectual level, but I want to feel it… We want the boys to fly but most importantly be the ones who choose when to take off rather than us and to be exploring and building on their passions.
I am so excited and relieved to have found you and your work.
We are all ready and open to possibility.
— Parent of a gifted boy. Australia.
I thought I’d give you an update on my son. After he decided to change his major it was like a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. 2 months in and he loves it. He talks and asks questions about what he is doing and is working really hard FINALLY. He is even doing a lot of outside reading and mentioned something about doing honours… Whew.
Another Alan success story. Thanks for the kick in the right direction!
All the best,”
— Dr E. M. Frank. Parent of a 17yo boy. Australia.
Thanks for your great coaching experience. We have really enjoyed our time with you.
Providing us with an understanding of our son’s strengths and talents really helped me as a parent (especially the “lightbulb” moments) and gave him incredible confidence. I was surprised how effortlessly he was drawn to you and was willing to participate in every challenge and assessment. He looked forward to every session.
Your coaching has also given me the confidence to be an advocate in his education.
Thanks for recommending various people and resources to help me in supporting our son through his life journey. Thanks also for being available and committed.”
— Leanne Zappia. Parent of an 8yo boy. Australia.
“He loves working with you! He’s so talkative when he’s in coaching sessions with you. I’ve never seen him like that with anyone—not even his own mum! What’s your secret?”
— Parent of a gifted boy. Perth, Australia
The last session was really powerful. I am so proud of where our son has taken this! He had not shared his lifewrite with us, until yesterday when he was reading it out. He is so much clearer, articulate and positive! Your coaching and his willingness to listen, along with passion and his innate communication skills and genius have taken him on this amazing path. WE see him clearly now. It’s exciting instead of exhausting.”
— Parent of a 14yo gifted boy. Sydney, Australia.
“Something just clicked from your coaching with him… he loves learning now, he’s getting distinctions! He’s asking questions, he’s taken on his own tutors. His curiosity and motivation is getting better all the time.”
— Parent of a gifted boy. Perth, Australia.
“Fun and excitement is the key area. In hearing your coaching with my daughter, I realised that she can reflect quite extensively on what she is talking [about]. So I think some of her depths of her feedback of her assessment is quite interesting to me. Also, she said more than she would have said normally to me. You drew her out!”
— Anna. Parent of a gifted girl. Sydney, Australia.
“Alan, here are my biggest insights from our 12 coaching sessions together. I’ve changed degrees! I’ve dropped things that don’t interest me. I’ve gained a better understanding of what makes me tick, and how I can assist myself ticking! In terms of moving forward, I have a better grasp of how I should approach topics, problems, and associated roadblocks. I’m not sure I’ll always be able to avoid “the grind” (as I call it), but I’ll be able to deal with it a bit better, knowing that I have a passion which will drive me through it. That’s my big takeaway!”
— Bill. Gifted boy. Perth, Australia.
“Thanks Alan. I saw a new option available to my girls tonight in talking to you and it is good to chat to someone who has such a depth in this area. I have told my girls about the coaching and both are interested in understanding their quirkiness better and are intrigued by what you offer.”
— Parent of a gifted girl. Perth, Australia.
“I’ve never had a conversation like that ever in my life. No-one has ever spoken to me like that before. You’ve given me a lot to think about, and a lot to get started with!”
— Peter. Perth, Australia.
I just want to touch base to thank you from the bottom of my heart for popping into my world. I tend to meet people at exactly the right time in my life and this has happened with you. I’ve been asking for help with challenges and so badly needed it and you my dear friend helped me to progress and move forward.
Keep doing what you’re doing Alan because what you’re doing, not just in sessions but by being in-tune and connected with your life, is making a difference in such a big way to those you just happen to meet and walk and talk with.
Sending you lots of love.
With much appreciation,
— Amy. Perth, Australia.
“Now I am talking this as just a normal person…. So I think, the push you gave me was what I exactly needed accordingly to what I think, you are a person who could figure out gaps. Not just figure out, you know how to bridge them. Honestly, I have not tested myself on a full scale yet. I like your critical evaluation, the push you give, the pressure, everything!”
— Charlie. India.
“Update: I’m HIRED! After only 9 sessions with you, I’ve been offered my dream job. Thanks for boosting my confidence, assuring my capabilities and providing me guidance with actions. The results have been phenomenal.”
— Victoria. Sydney, Australia.
“Alan encourages my natural tendency to think big but doesn’t allow that to be the end point. He invests himself in my visions and projects and has become a team member, rather than an observer. He consistently provides practical insight and points out blind spots. I have experienced a surprising infusion of clarity as to my life direction and without doubt am back in the game and on the path of increase after a period on the bench drinking the kool-aid! I am grateful to have Alan as part of my team.”
— Stephen. Perth, Australia.
“I recently relocated from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney. The change of work and life environment has put me in a challenging position. Since starting coaching with Alan, it has helped me tremendously. I am more focussed on my goals and working together with Alan to achieve them. Alan is a very dedicated and supportive coach; the coaching journey has empowered me with positive energy and a new mindset.”
– Yin. Sydney, Australia.
“Alan’s coaching approach is almost like a pediatrician, dealing with serious challenges while at the same time offering playfulness and care. Our sessions have been positive and full of laughter, more conversational than just ‘questions and answers’.”
– Sarah. Sydney, Australia.
*Due to the confidential nature of the work I do with my clients, sometimes only first name and city (or state or country) is used, and sometimes names have been changed to protect their privacy.