Success Stories – Individual Coaching
Here’s how clients describe their work with Merideth…
“I have worked with other coaches and Merideth’s approach was very different, tailoring the entire process and approach to my personality and strengths. In contrast to other coaches I have worked with who seemed to work on a more superficial level, with Merideth we got much deeper into the process. For example, the resume creation process was very individualized.
Merideth is very intelligent, thoughtful, creative, analytical and personable at the same time. She provides a strong, step-by-step methodology. She pushed me at the right times and adapted well as conditions changed. Merideth was very supportive, always believing in me. In fact, there were times when she believed in me more than I believed in myself.
When I met Merideth I was using LinkedIn but hadn’t figured out how to use it to support an effective search campaign – she showed me how to do that, including very specific things like how to walk the fine line of how to message someone without being intrusive while at the same time getting a response. She showed me how to find compelling companies, people in positions of influence and how to engage with C-level executives. Now that I’m in my new role, I continue to employ the LinkedIn strategies Merideth taught me to be successful on the job.
I’ve joined an organization that I feel truly satisfied to be a part of, and I feel absolutely certain that I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Merideth.”
“Merideth was instrumental in my transition from graduate school to the corporate world. She provides a perfect blend of personalism and professionalism and tailors her output to reflect the need of the client. She helped me define what I was searching for and assisted me in finding it. Without her, I would not be where I am today. I cannot say enough good things about Merideth!”
“I was at a crossroads in my career when I began working with Merideth, and she helped me to clarify my professional profile and positioning the marketplace. She helped me focus on what was important so that I could keep my career moving forward. Her approach is based on achieving outcomes, then she helps you identify strengths and interests and how to present this information, verbally and in writing, so that others can quickly grasp your value and skill sets. Her coaching made all the difference in interviews I had with several organizations, and she offered excellent advice in evaluating and negotiating multiple offers. On top of everything else, Merideth is supportive, personable and takes a genuine interest in helping you achieve your goals.”
“Merideth, thank you for the most life-changing six months of my life. I love the process that we went through together and can’t imagine going through it with someone other than you. You are a rare combo of “get up and go” and “sit here and breathe,” and you hold the perfect balance of “order” and “spontaneity.” And your face looks like a big smiling sun to me, in my mind. I love myself so much, thanks to your sharing and support.
And to people considering working with Merideth: You need to know that she is an awesome career coach, especially if you need an active partner in holding yourself accountable. From the start, I asked her to focus on what she does best and not let me get off-track by procrastination and distractions. I invited her to question me when I showed resistance to doing the work that any life transformation requires. I am so pleased that I invited her in to support me in this process. Looking at my life passion brought up a lot of stuff that I needed to face, write about, work with and work around. Merideth is a compassionate and focused guide who helped me get the most out of the coaching process, even when I felt challenged by what came up for me. I have seen great results from the coaching: in just 6 short months I have reached or surpassed 7 out of 8 of my goals and I’m working on the final one!”
“I reached out to Merideth when I just couldn’t find time for creative writing, improving my physical fitness, and making long term career plans on top of working my 8-to-5 job. I felt like a run-down work robot, not like the real me! Now, I write a weekly blog, exercise 4 to 5 days per week and spend time each week researching and networking to lay the groundwork for my next move–all while receiving positive reviews at my current job. Without Merideth’s skill and insights, I wouldn’t have found a way to fit all the pieces together.”
“When I started my solo acupuncture practice in 2011, I knew finding a business coach was a top priority. Merideth was introduced to me at a networking event and I was immediately struck by her attention to detail and felt she understood me. I had already interviewed another coach and had a good comparison of two quality coaches. I went with Merideth because I felt she could help me propel my business forward and meet my goals while tackling some core habits with compassion. I started being somewhat disorganized in my “back office” habits, struggling with feeling overwhelmed and sometimes fearful as well as at a loss on how to market my events and set realistic targets to accomplish my aggressive business goals. Soon after starting with Merideth, the organization of the accounting and back office was settled and planned out. We tackled the daunting task of marketing my events and came up with a plan that works to this day! I learned skills that will benefit me for the rest of my career and life about setting realistic goals and getting things done.
Thanks to Merideth, I not only met my aggressive financial and growth goals, but exceeded them only 10 months into my new business! Merideth really worked with my abilities and preferences. She was flexible but provided structure and challenges to keep me engaged. I can sincerely say it was the most essential time and best money spend on my business.”
“I’m incredibly pleased with how well my resume turned out. It’s clear and professional and yet filled with my personality and experience, almost like it tells a story about where I was and where I’m going. Throughout the whole process, Merideth listened deeply to me and helped me find that thread of the story. Her recommendations were always very clear, practical, and specific. Now when I present my resume, I feel like it sincerely represents me and the contributions I want to make.”
“When I came to coaching, I didn’t have – or had forgotten – the tools and mindset of being able to pull myself into the place I needed to be. Merideth was able to focus on the things that needed to be done to move to that place. As a spark, it was great to motivate me to get on a path that I already knew was there and was not getting on for all those years, and to get over the fear of starting. It seemed like a giant thing to decide and commit to my next path, but I came to see as an approachable set of steps.
I found enlightening that the things I thought would be the most fearsome and difficult just weren’t, such as asking for letters of recommendation for my Ph.D program. And, conversely, things I thought would not be a big deal were. I liked how we worked through those items to keep me going. It was good to have someone keeping me to it in the way that Merideth did. Once I got far enough along the path, the fact that I made a commitment just kind of snuck up on me.
I was beginning to fear that I was losing the capacity for the kind of fundamental transformation I was craving; I have always reveled in the ability to cast off and start new, bringing the good things along and dropping the bad. It has been enormously re-affirming to me and my self-confidence to realize that I still have got it.”
“When I hit a wall at the company I had worked at for 8 years, I knew it wasn’t feeling right anymore but wasn’t sure how to proceed to make change. I am grateful that during this very confusing time, a trusted colleague recommended Merideth’s career coaching program. Merideth helped me get clarity around my existing work situation while helping me to define my ideal work profile outside of any one job description. In doing the work to define this, I gained a confidence and focus that has helped me make a conscious play on my next career move. I appreciate Merideth’s nurturing yet structured approach which mixes disciplined exercises, discussion and coaching to get to tangible results. She’s an excellent listener who can hone in your needs and help you define and reach your career goals. I recommend Merideth without hesitation to anyone sitting in the haze of work-life imbalance or career uncertainty, she will help you get clear and focused.“
“When we first met Merideth, we were barely getting by in our cleaning business. Since working with her, we now support a six-figure income. What a difference – thanks coach!”
“Thanks to Merideth, I achieved my career transition goals and found the ideal job. My new position uses my strongest skills and meets all my criteria, even those that had seemed like wishful thinking. Without Merideth as my coach, the process would have moved more slowly, my career search materials would have been much less effective, and I would have struggled to maintain hope in a positive outcome. Merideth’s strong business knowledge plus her blend of structure, creativity and kindness kept me on track and got me the results I sought.”
A year and a half ago I went to Merideth looking for my purpose in life and a new path. What seemed like a huge task was broken down into simple steps that not only gave me confidence but lead to a dream role within my company. No matter what challenges, fears, or confusion I faced, she always knew what questions to ask that lead me to clarity. Her approach, intuition, wisdom and experience have helped me create a life that I love! Someone once said for every $1 you spend on a coach that $1 is turned into $5. From my experience with Merideth, this is 100% true.
“When I started coaching with Merideth, I faced an impending lay off
from my company of 29 years. I felt apprehensive, scattered and
uncertain of how to approach the job market and how to transition to a
satisfying role in a new organization.
Merideth put me at ease immediately with her balanced personal and
professional approach. Not only does she take an interest in you as a
person, she also really knows her stuff. She helped me determine what
matters most in my work and helped me evaluate the various paths
forward from the perspective of what will be most fulfilling. As we
moved through a variety of reflective exercises and discussions, my
apprehension disappeared. I discovered that the skills I most enjoy
using are quite marketable and can be translated into concrete job
When we completed my resume and prepared for interviews, I felt a
tremendous sense of relief and pride. I had an end product that
represents what most matters to me in my work and the words to talk
about what I offer in a comfortable and authentic way. Ultimately, I
decided to remain in the transportation industry, but for the right
reasons. I am now working in an environment that allows me to do the
type of work I enjoy.
I firmly believe that working with Merideth was one of the best
investments I made in moving my career forward.”
“With Merideth’s guidance I was able to take off my blinders and clearly see opportunities where I felt few had existed before. The process was insightful and thorough – and opened my mind to thinking more broadly and optimistically. It was a powerful mind “adjustment,” and I recommend Merideth to anyone and everyone who is in the process of evaluating their career and life direction. Since working with Merideth I have obtained the job of my dreams.”
“Merideth is intelligent, committed, passionate and truly a great listener. She helped me develop an in-depth, yet fluid snapshot of a multifaceted career that received plenty of attention when I put it out in the world. In this very challenging job market, my resume secured a number of interviews and within four months I was offered a terrific position at a world leading insurance company. Merideth is a terrific coach with plenty of exercises up her sleeve to put you on top of your game. I would recommend her to anyone looking for career guidance.”
“When I made the decision to find a career coach, I was unhappy in my job, doubting my self worth and expertise, and paralyzed from making decisions that were healthy for my career development.
I interviewed several career coaches, and many were too ‘touchy-feely’ for my Midwestern style. A friend recommended Merideth, and I called for an interview. What a blessing it was to speak with her—an intelligent, analytical, down-to-earth person who sounded sincere about helping me achieve my goals!
Six months later, I have a new job, a pay increase equal to my expertise, and a much better work and home life balance. Not only were those immediate results exciting, but I also have tools to help me advance my career in years to come. I recommend Merideth Mehlberg for any person willing to explore their current career situation and make changes to better their life.”
“As a result of working with Merideth over the past four+ years, I have increased my confidence, my ability to focus on my professional goals and objectives, and to advocate for them. Initially, I engaged her to help me figure out my next career move. Our discussions ultimately led to my taking on an executive role in another organization, across the country. Both before and after the move, Merideth helped me to improve my ability to navigate within the company and advance my professional profile.
Now, even when we’re not working regularly together, I have developed a good toolkit that I regularly apply to challenges. For example, I can actively develop, communicate and market a vision of what I can do for the organization in a way that flows naturally, and allows me to do the work that I want.
Our relationship is such that I feel comfortable that I can re-engage with Merideth as needed to hone my career vision and skills further so I can tackle new challenges as they arise.”
“I’d recommend Merideth Mehlberg for any person looking to make a career transition. Merideth provided a great service to me by initially helping me take a full inventory of my skills and then helping me formulate what my ideal position would be, based on my core strengths. She then helped me craft a resume that spoke to these core strengths, by highlighting my skills at the beginning of my resume.”
“After having lost my job of 12 years, I was full of questions and self doubt. Through coaching, Merideth helped me identify my core values, skills and career goals. With this information, I was then able to construct a profile of my ideal work. As I faced the job market, I felt better equipped to evaluate potential job opportunities to make sure that my next position fit my career aspirations and life priorities. Merideth also helped me tune up my job search materials and formulate an action plan to move forward in my job search. Thank you Merideth for helping me realize my unique strengths and teaching me the skills to secure an excellent position at Adobe Systems. As a result of our work together, I feel energized about my potential and I have regained my confidence.”
“Working with Merideth has encouraged me to move to a new level of business growth and development. Her ability to hear my passion and desire for growth and success and her help to fine tune it into a transformational strategy has been amazing. I feel that since I began working with Merideth, I’ve taken my business and myself as a professional more seriously. Merideth has helped me step by step strategize my way to a more successful practice.“
“Merideth Mehlberg has been remarkable to work with. With her guidance I have been able to put my life as well as my business back on track. She works with you in a way that is uniquely supportive. She is very balanced in her approach and knowledgeable on the subject matter. This process which can be very emotionally heart-wrenching feels safe and comfortable with Merideth. “
“Merideth sincerely believes in what she does and more importantly has demonstrated her support for my work and my business. The work we have done together has already made a difference in my business revenue and the appearance and functionality of the office. She is inspiring, engaging and delightful which makes it easy and fun to approach difficult challenges. I highly recommend her to any entrepreneur serious about building their business.”
“A coaching session from Merideth Mehlberg offered me a very open permissive space to explore some conflicting feelings I’ve had regarding my future career direction. She asked penetrating questions which allowed me to clarify what I truly value, and she gave me creative suggestions at appropriate moments. Perhaps most importantly, she spoke to my highest purpose and intention, and inspired me to believe that I can take this next challenging career step, because it’s the truth of what I need to do! Thank you, Merideth.”