Master Certified Coach

My superpower is getting people unstuck so they can have what they want - in life or at work. What's yours?  Let's find out.

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Clarify and Reach Your Goals

Creating your ideal life or career is a series of goals you'll need to clarify and accomplish. Reaching those goals will likely challenge you to grow and develop along the way. It's just like climbing a mountain. First, you have to believe you can reach the summit. Then, begin training and mapping out your plan to get there. Here's the truth: It's not always easy and sometimes it's tempting to turn back or give up.

Where are you?

Ideas and inspiration are everywhere! You can learn how to 'climb your mountain' (reach your goals) on podcasts, in seminars, or reading books. Sometimes, that's all you need! However, you might find yourself getting excited looking at the mountain or talking about it but not actually climbing it. This is when a coach can help. Be honest and ask yourself if you've been merely dreaming about your goals or digging in and taking steps forward with them.

"Kristin was the third coach I had a sample session with, but the outcome of our session was completely different than the first two. If I had to assign a value to Kristin's coaching, it would be priceless. Yes, she inspired, coached, and guided me with my start-up, but she did something much bigger--she gave me my life back. She helped me create and execute a life strategy that allowed me to focus on my number one goal...my family. I have created a life where I am with my amazing wife and kids everyday, while living my dream. How do I put a value on that? "

Corey Clothier
Former US Marine and Business Owner

Welcome!

Hello! I'm Kristin Taliaferro, a career coach and life coach with 20 years of experience plus expertise as a former executive recruiter. My superpower is the ability to get to the 'root of the matter' right away in a direct, warm and inspiring way! 

I am honored to be an MCC, Master Certified Coach, awarded to the top 1% of coaches worldwide by the International Coach Federation. 

You can expect faster results than working with most other coaches - saving you time, frustration, and money. 

When I coach you, I'll deeply listen and track what you're saying to ensure it aligns with your personal and professional goals. Then, I'll ask intelligent questions that push you into a higher level of thinking and acting.

Brainstorming is also included, because knowing what you want and the best step forward isn't always obvious at first!  My coaching style provides the inspiration, clarity, and structure to keep going - no matter what gets in your way.  

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Qualifications and Experience

  • Master Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF) - rigorous process and evaluation of coaching style, client hours, training and satisfaction from previous clients. There are three levels of credentials and MCC is the highest one. Currently awarded to only 1% of my colleagues. This is the gold standard in coaching.  
  • Delivered over 20,000 coaching sessions (one-on-one) plus additional hours in group coaching formats.
  • Appeared in numerous national magazines and publications as a coaching expert such as Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Family Circle. Examples here.
  • B.A. Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
  • Previous career as Executive Recruiter and business owner
  • Directed the employee recruiting department for Fortune 500 healthcare company, Columbia/HCA's home healthcare division - recruited, interviewed, and hired employees nationwide.
  • Based in Dallas, Texas serving clients across the US and other countries.
  • Graduate of two year coach training program - Coach University/Coach Inc.
  • Trained by grandfather of coaching industry, Thomas Leonard
  • Full time professional coach since 1999. Learn more about my story or how to become a coach here.
  • Served as The Life & Career Coach Expert for iVillage's 18 million+ members. Created online community challenges and provided expertise on their Work Channel for 3+ years. High volume of content created for the site and members.
  • Professional training in Positive Neuroplasticity and Neuroscience
  • Lifelong learner - Ongoing continuing education in coaching, intuition, leadership development, disruption, design thinking, nutrition, Abraham Hicks, relationships, psychology, neuroscience, and more
  • Direct, energetic, and warm personality
  • Naturally joyful and grateful person
  • Extensive experience coaching people through career transition, work/life balance, and personal goals. 
  • I always offer at least one "very affordable" online program or option to make coaching more accessible.
  • Big fan of daily habits to feel grounded and happy. For example, my husband and I sit outside (most mornings), look at our garden and chat about the day ahead while I sip my green smoothie. I listen to music, with my eyes closed, before my coaching day to fine-tune my listening skills.
  • 90%+ of clients are referrals 
  • Coached clients while living in Hawaii for 3 years (great place to learn work/life balance!)
  • Adept at making complicated concepts very simple & digestible
  • When clients were asked to describe me in 3 words or short phrases, the most popular answers were "focused, smart and intuitive", "warm yet strong", "inspiring and energizing", "like a supportive big sister", "sees things others don't", "no-nonsense in a non-threatening way", "high standards", "someone I trust with my hopes and fears", "the best part of my week", "the real deal", "action oriented", "changed my life", "easily cuts through chaos", "the best investment ever".
  • Results - of course! Check out client results page
  • Anyone can call themselves a coach - and lots of people do!  To verify my credential or any other coach's International Coach Federation credential, follow this link and enter their name. Many coaches use the term Master Certified Coach, Certified Coach or Business Coach as a marketing tool, even though they are not credentialed by the ICF and might not have any coaching skills training at all.  Don't be fooled or you'll miss out on the true benefits of coaching. Check their credentials first.  "ICF offers the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding and mastery of coaching skills, and dedication to clients."

"I wanted less stress and a dream job. I also wanted to travel the world. I heard about Kristin from one of my clients and I hired her since I immediately connected with her and knew she was someone I would listen to. Kristin coached me to create my dream job, which enabled me to travel the world. For 6.5 months I worked for a famous 'Motivational Guru' as his traveling assistant. "

Dawne Knudsen
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