Testimonials

Michael is a terrific coach. I find Michael to be extremely intelligent, insightful and organized in his approach.  But more importantly he is thoughtful. Michael has step by step taken me through a process of overcoming limiting beliefs and personal discovery.  As a result of Michael’s guidance I’ve simply become more effective both professionally and in my personal life.

     If you are looking for someone to simply agree with the way that you’ve been doing it and not ask the hard questions or hold your feet to the proverbial fire, then this guy is not for you!  However, he moves at a caring and calculated pace and has excellent instincts. There is no doubt that I am exponentially better because of my investment in him, and his in me.

     Michael has seamlessly guided me into areas that frankly, I didn’t realize that I’d been avoiding.  I’m so thankful to have “stumbled upon” Michael and to have him as my coach, but mostly I’m proud and grateful to now have Michael Seaver as a friend.

~ Matt Miller, Miller Commerce, Owner

I loved the DISC assessment so much, I have adopted the approach for my accounting clients and have found ways to integrate the knowledge into my advisory practice.  You walked us through it in a practical way, and used thought-provoking questions and conversation to really help us absorb and utilize the information.

     Your method of presentation, including very real, down-to-earth discussions, engaged me into deeper participation.  You showed real meaning behind the tool and how it best applied to my life (personal and professional).  I was able to solve some mysteries of why things had turned out the way they did, in the past.  I also learned skills to prevent future nightmare conversations, both at work and at home.

     I now have the ability to identify other’s communication style and have been able to make conversations more productive.  You also gave me the permission to be who I am and to pursue what makes me passionate.  I had no idea I needed permission; I didn’t even understand that I wasn’t on the right path.  No boring CPA here; just a person who wants to help others find a path to feeling better through improved health (mentally and physically).  All I do is because of this mission!  I love being aware!

~ Melissa Higdon, Founder, Fit Focus, LLC

 

Michael, my interacting with you has given me a much more positive outlook on my life as a whole.  The simplest function of revamping my resume helped me see that I have measurable value for present and future employers.  The more complex involvement of helping me envision a more positive future has proven invaluable.

     I appreciate the encouragement in every communication from you to achieve great things, reach for the stars, be my best self; those little nuances over time make the ideas more believable, easier to accept as truly possible.  In the nearly two years since we first crossed paths, I have gained confidence in my interpersonal skills and reduced reactivity to workplace factors.

     I can readily vouch for your positive influence and seemingly innate ability to coach others into a mentality of peace and calm in their lives.

~ Beth W., Controller

 

Michael has an uncanny ability to see you two steps farther on your life path than you currently see yourself.   When you finally reach the version of you that he had seen all along, he is another two out in front of you again.  Over the years I’ve learned to stop trying to catch up but instead to enjoy the “aha” moments when I arrive at a place (or understanding) he had weeks or months before shared with me.

     Michael is the epitome of someone who creates and holds safe space for a person to be vulnerable, learn, and grow in.  He never judges, deeply listens, and is fully committed to those he serves.  Michael truly cares about everyone that crosses his path and desires all to live authentically, pursue their mission, face fears head on, to never settle in any area of their life – ultimately to stop living small. 

     He is beyond supportive but at the same time strongly encourages you not to get stuck in yuckiness.  Instead, Michael helps to find ways to redirect your energy towards those things that are in alignment with your life mission and where you can make the most difference.  He is constantly pushing you to be the most awesome version of yourself that you can possibly be because this is how he already sees you.  He just helps to connect dots, recognize patterns, points out synchronicities, and at times merely serves as a mirror so you can see this yourself.

     From our first session together I felt that Michael truly understood me.  Over the years we have worked together I have transitioned between roles twice, started a side business so I can pursue a passion, have ended relationships that no longer serve me, challenged and changed some of my long-held beliefs about myself, grown in confidence, and so much more.  Some of the work we have done together has been painful at times but Michael is always patiently waiting for you to be ready to take the next step.  It is honestly hard to fully describe the influence he has had in my life, but what I can say is that my life has forever been changed by the love, support, and guidance I have received and continue to receive from working with him.

~ Lindsay Smith

 

I met Michael a few months back, but in a context different than his coaching role.  I had heard rave reviews about the material he had presented to Financial Executives International so I reached out to him to speak to my two finance round table groups.  He delivered a fantastic presentation to both round tables on the topic of “Trust as the Cornerstone for Personal and Professional Success”.  The take-a-ways from those presentations were many.  Next, he will deliver a second “people topic” to the entire Arizona Growth Advisors “family”. From our first meeting, it was immediately clear that Michael is a special talent.  One on one, he conveys a sincere interest in knowing all he can about you and your challenges.  He is truly a rare breed of great listeners.  Because of his sincerity, candor and confidence, he immediately develops trust and a special bond with the person across the table.    I would have no hesitation to recommend Michael both as a motivational speaker and as a personal coach.  And I am proud to call him a good friend.

~ John R. Scherer, Growth Advisor and CFO Consultant

 

I met Michael a few years ago when my company was having communication and expectation concerns.  His positive, intuitive insights were well received by the team.   We started explore the teams communication styles and how to respond according depending the person.  It helped me realize the best to interact with my team as well as with each other. We have since brought Michael on to help coach and mentor the team.  The progress and openness has helped us to create a better working environment for all.  We have come a long way in a short amount of time. I highly recommend Michael to anyone who wants to get their team communicating and moving forward in the same direction quickly and efficiently.

~ Ken Varga, CEO, Real Time Consulting

 

Late one night, while up with my 1-month-old son, I was passing the time on LinkedIn.  I was casually looking for individuals who do the work that I, one day, aspire to do.  I came across Michael Seaver and clicked “connect.”  Shortly after, I received a response from Michael asking me to share a little background with him regarding why I wanted to connect.  This thoughtful gesture on Michael’s part was the first of many doors he helped open for me.  Michael graciously offered to talk by phone.  We spoke for nearly 2 hours and he not only listened intently but also provided great recommendations of people to connect with and ideas to explore.    I was searching for something and not entirely sure what “that” something was.  Despite being a bit lost, Michael was an encouraging and supportive voice, providing thoughtful and thought-provoking responses.  After several meetings, by phone and in person, I feel excited, empowered, and eager to take the next steps towards realizing my career ambitions.  I will be taking the assessment to become a certified Professional Behavioral Analyst through TTI Solutions in a few weeks.   Michael’s support and guidance has been the catalyst to overcoming my fears and taking steps towards realizing my potential.  Thank you Michael!

~ Catherine Riley

Michael’s true gift to share with the world is the ability to make the person he is speaking with feel as if the universe has stopped and all that matters is that person and is truly genuine about it. He has a unique way of making people feel comfortable, heard, supported, and important- in a matter of minutes. I have seen this in the coaching he has done with me and even complete strangers. This immediately sends a sense of calm and trust which allows for people to open up and be vulnerable about what is going on in their lives.  “Vulnerability is sexy”, a phrase you will hear him say over and over, is something that he truly believes in and not only asks his clients to embrace but that he practices and shares.  This way of thinking and modeling builds that deeper and more meaningful connection that is necessary for clients to move forward in “unlocking their potential”. Michael doesn’t stop with making you feel as if you are the most important person, he goes the next step to guide you in developing a step-by-step plan on how you make your “unlocked potential” come true and how to narrow your focus to do so. This is not a forced plan but rather one that you feel invested in and want to achieve. Now with that said he will follow up with you and make sure you are doing what you said you would- he is my accountability police!

     Since working with Michael I have found my true passion in life and how to focus  on it, which for a high “I” and extrovert focusing is a challenge in and of itself. As a result of his guidance and coaching I have received a promotion and pay increase, started my own start up, and my family life is even better! Michael has an amazing talent that truly impacts his clients and as a result the world. I would recommend his services to anyone looking to make small to life changing decisions. 100% agree 🙂

~ H.P., Director, CEO, & Founder

 

Michael is one of the most passionate, insightful and intelligent individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not only is he truly committed to the success of his clients, he in an inspiring leader who motivates everyone around him to be the best version of him or herself. Michael has an uncanny ability to set people on a personal and meaningful course of improving their lives and reaching of their fullest potential in a manner that is both authentic and effective.

     Through using the DISC assessment and a series of personal conversations and coaching sessions, Michael was able to help me identify where my true passion lied and an appropriate course of action to align my work to it. He has maintained complete confidence in me, even when I lack it myself. His ongoing support and encouragement has been a tremendous asset in my own personal growth.

     As a result of working with Michael, I have a better idea of the types of career pursuits that are best suited for me, and how I can achieve success in these areas. I have greater confidence in myself and a more realistic timeline and path to achieve various personal and professional goals. Most importantly I feel that I have a coach and advocate who will be a part of my journey and who will help ensure I am successful.

~ Jessica Taylor, Director of Internal Communications, PetSmart, Inc.

Michael was just the person I needed at a juncture in my life when undergoing a period of formidable change and transformation.  Michael was instrumental is guiding me through exercises and conversations that helped reveal critical aspects of my authentic self that were integral to me in my decision-making for my future. I turned to Michael when I knew his expertise gave him merit, and perhaps more importantly, I when I knew I could trust him emphatically with my deeply personal professional and personal deliberations.  Michael has the rare gift of allowing a client to feel safe and valued; an essential for coaching success.  Also, he’s keen to apply objective, individualized assessment data to give depth to our discussions and to offer perspective that greatly energize the notion that what’s possible is far greater than one realizes. When reaching for the stars, I cannot imagine a better professional to partner with.  Michael is thorough, considerate, personable, and witty.  His joy is evident and the resulting impact of working with him, life-changing.

~ Myriam Korstanje, RN MBA

 

Working with Michael was paramount in identifying what should be my career direction. Using a structured approach, I could identify my best skills and what are the most important things for me, in my career and life.  Moreover, I am able to adjust course anytime with the conviction that I am following the best solution. I gained a friend and a trusted advisor in Michael.

~ Ion Vintilescu, Engineering Manager, Boeing – Arizona

I first met Michael through the recommendation of one of my Board Members. He thought Michael would be a great addition to our Board and thought we should meet. During our conversation, I not only thought he would be a great board member, but I found myself opening up to him about other things that had nothing to do with our board. By the end of our almost 3-hour lunch, I felt like I had known Michael for years instead of hours. He just has a way of pulling you in and he is a great listener.

     Now that Michael is on the BBBSAZ Board, he has jumped in feet first to learn everything he can about our organization and the board. He attended every event we had the first few months and took on his committee responsibilities with gusto. He has also been able to help our leadership team in areas where they need support, and continues to coach them to be better versions of themselves.

     He also continues to be a great coach to me. While we don’t have a professional agreement, as a board member, he is one of my go to people when I need advice. He has helped me be a better leader and is always there to give me advice and support. I feel more confident in my decisions and I trust my instincts more than ever, since working with Michael. I feel so fortunate to know Michael and I know our agency will also be better because of his involvement.  I would recommend Michael to anyone seeking leadership advancement as he is a true coach, both in life and in business, and I believe the two are very interconnected.

~ Laura Capello, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona