Testimonials for Coach Millie Calesky
“I wanted to thank you for
our work together over the past few
months. I had never considered coaching
before and didn't know exactly what
to expect. From our first session
on, you asked the tough questions
that I needed to be asked. You assigned
tasks that brought me through the
woods of my issues and helped me
recognize and harness the momentum
we had created so I could move forward.
I truly believe your coaching has
caused me to not only he happier
at my work, but also to look for
opportunities to create happiness,
to be a better part of the team and
to enjoy the day-to-day moments that
hold joy for me. I am very thankful
for the coaching work that we did
Carolyn DiCarlo, CIC
Sales Manager, Colt Insurance
"I have been working with Millie for almost a year, and I am living proof that she can work wonders. She is a terrific listener, and has the ability to cut right to the important points, recognize obstacles, and break down the steps over or around those obstacles into bite-size manageable pieces. Since working with Millie, not only have I become more focused on my business, but I am seeing the results of that focus as our work together bears fruit."
I started working with Millie, I was looking for a change
and a new direction for my consulting business. During the
year that we’ve worked together, my business has improved
tremendously. I’ve developed several new clients and
taken off in a different direction. More importantly, my
life and work fit together much better now.”
“Through my work with Millie, I substantially increased
my number of patient visits per month. She also helped me
become more efficient and productive.”
Frank Toscanini, DC
It is with great pleasure that I write a testimonial for
Millie Calesky. Millie has been my coach for almost two
years. When we started working together I had just made
a major career change from being a social worker at a local
becoming a photographer. The only things that I really had
going for me were determination, a camera and Millie. I
had no training as a photographer, no business experience
and no clear idea of what exactly it was I wanted to be
photographing. In the two years we have been working together,
Millie has acted as a sounding board, a resource, a cheerleader
and a guide, reminding me not only where I was
going but also where I had been. Millie has a wonderful,
gentle but firm way about her. I quickly learned that if
I made a self denigrating comment, I would be called on
it and asked to find a more positive way to describe myself.
She listens closely and comments wisely. She never imposes
a course of action on me, but encourages me to find my own.
Two years later, my photography business is now breaking
even. A project that Millie and I spent many hours discussing
will be exhibited at a museum. Most recently, I have made
the scary but exhilarating decision to go back to school
this fall. These are major accomplishments for me and without
Millie's support and guidance, I'm not sure I would be at
At the end of each hour Millie asks me what the "gem"
of our conversation has been. I can unequivocally say Millie
is the "gem"!
I worked with Millie for over one year. As a result I now
have a new employer with whom I successfully negotiated
terms of employment that are beneficial both economically
and emotionally. I am an attorney and I began working with
Millie in putting together a flextime proposal with my former
employer, with the goal of spending more time with my daughter.
Shortly thereafter, there was a turn of events at work that
forced me to seek other employment. Millie worked closely
with me (at all hours, I might add), coaching me through
a difficult time and helping me to ultimately land the perfect
position for me. Together we worked out each discussion
with the managing partner that ultimately led to a job offer.
Because of my work with Millie my thoughts were clear and
my message concise when negotiating the position. After
my firm offered me the position, my work with Millie allowed
me to keep an advantage in negotiating and in setting the
terms of my new employment.
I might add that I was pregnant at the time and also landed
a job at my ideal law firm (and they were not seeking an
additional attorney at the time). I believe the success
I achieved was due in large part to my work with Millie.
I have been working with Millie for about two years after
a series of “chance” encounters -- first at
a Toastmasters meeting, then at an entrepreneurial gathering,
then at another meeting/gathering where the same types of
individuals usually were present: positive thinking, intelligent,
creative people who were all capable of alchemy in their
business and personal lives. These were groups that I wanted
to be a part of, and Millie’s personable, grounded,
and sincere interest and caring made me decide to give coaching
a try. What I like about Millie’s coaching is described
She is familiar with almost every philosophical/spiritual/self-help
book, which has influenced me, and is indeed very “evolved”
and savvy. Her life experiences have clearly been varied
and she brings a keen intuition and worldly perspective
to our phone conversations. She is gentle and nurturing
as I put one tentative foot in front of the other in developing
Animal DREAMS, but she is also gifted in being able to call
my bluff when I slip into denial or when I create clever
excuses that hold me back. This is a skill, which I greatly
respect, because I need a coach who can see through my smokescreens!
Yet she never judges or patronizes – she is tactful,
supportive, keeps things in perspective and shows great
integrity. My organization, which has grown in astounding
ways since its inception, would not be as successful, fulfilling
or balanced were it not for Millie’s help as a coach
and mentor. She lives what she offers – and that is
to me, the best proof of a person’s gift at their
calling. We sometimes joke about the “Animal D.R.E.A.M.S.
Team”, and Millie is an integral part of it!
Founder, Animal Dreams
It has been my great pleasure to work with Millie Calesky
as my personal/professional coach since February of 2001.
Her potential value to my established veterinary practice
and my new start up company enticed me, and her delivery
of solid benefits have kept me with her.
Those benefits have included aid in:
Evaluating my position clearly
Evaluating my choices
Long range vision
Productive perspectives during crisis
Realistic and effective goal setting
Acknowledgement of accomplished goals.
I look forward to a time when my business expands to include
employees so I can also send them to Millie to keep the
ship on smooth sailing!
Michele Yasson, DVM
Owner – Holvet Holistic Veterinary Services, VETScripts
Prescription Veterinary Supplements, IHN Pet Supplements
“It’s amazing what’s possible when you
feel as if there’s someone cheering for you. I couldn’t
have made it through my electoral campaign without Millie.
It was as if there were two of us out there knocking on
I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for
Millie Calesky. We have worked together as coach and client
for two years, a partnership that has been vital to a project
of mine. I can say without reservation that without her
encouragement and skills, this project might still be buried
in my inbox.
I learned about Millie Calesky's work when writing an article
about her for the newspaper that I edit. Rather than simply
ask her to explain her work, I decided to ask her to pretend
that I was a client. We jumped right into the hypothetical
client-coach relationship and before the end of that conversation
- much to my surprise - I had resurrected a writing project
that was important to me, but that had been sitting on the
back burner. As a result of that interview I decided to
work with Millie. During the next year I worked to accomplish
many small goals toward the project's completion. As a busy
writer/editor for a weekly paper, I have often prioritized
my time to the neglect of that project; in fact, I had put
it away completely. With her insight and encouragement I
was able to take many small but crucial steps to resurrect
it, to envision it, and to move it toward its completion.
Millie is a gifted coach who seems to have found work that
suits her perfectly.
Writer and editor
considered working with a job coach because I wanted to
take full advantage of the opportunities that my transition
into self-employment offered. Moving from lifelong corporate
employment, I knew I needed help doing this. I began working
with Millie in 2000. I chose her because, with her experience
and background, she understood the challenges that I was
facing as a self-employed person. She understood the issues
I was facing in starting a business, bringing in clients,
developing a network and determining the direction my new
career should take.
Our coaching has helped me focus on creating work that I
love. It has also helped me develop a plan for moving forward
in my field and tools for handling unexpected change. Working
with Millie has also helped me create dedicated time for
evaluating my career direction and goals, allowing me to
ensure that I continue to follow a path that is right for
I love what I do but, without the support and focused advice
of a Career Coach, I probably would have abandoned my new
career and returned to working in a "safer" corporate
environment. Working with Millie has helped me change the
direction of my life.”
Ann E. Johnson
Consultant/Trainer in Information Technology
After the initial session, I decided to work with Millie
because I received the impression of a strong, supportive,
neutral and encouraging person. I was looking for such a
person as a "backbone" so that I could learn to
be independent and create possibilities.
The focus of our work takes the form of honoring myself
and my values, learning to appreciate what I'm doing, and
seeing myself moving forward. The past several months of
coaching have helped me to appreciate aspects of myself
that I couldn't see before. I have more clarity in direction
and intention than ever before. As a result of the confidence,
I can see and take advantage of the opportunities that present
themselves in my life.
“I find working with Millie very helpful. She is honest
and able to push me forward, but not too much. I appreciate
her straightforward manner. She is sincere and informative.”
President, Berkshire County Lock and Maintenance
I met Millie at the Whole Health Expo in Boston in November
2002. I had decided to change my career, to align my work
life with my life work as a health researcher, consultant,
and advocate. I knew that I needed a coach, because I was
not a seasoned businessman, and this venture involved starting
a real business. (I had already had the experience once
before of starting a failing business, something I did not
want to repeat.). Millie seemed very focused and practical,
which was completely compatible with my own temperament.
immediately helped me to focus on the first priorities:
what is it that I want to provide, who is my audience, and
what are the steps I needed to get there: a task list. This
may seem simple and obvious, but it isn’t. Most people
in the workforce have their jobs pretty well defined for
them. Starting and running a business needs tremendous attention
to details with which we have very little experience. It
is very easy to get sidetracked and to procrastinate at
getting things done, especially those that we are not used
to doing all the time.
getting sidetracked or procrastinating isn’t a problem
with Millie as a coach. Each time we met, I knew that I
had a task list that we had jointly prepared that I needed
to have done, or have a damned good excuse for not having
it done. It’s not that she would be annoyed or angry
that a task didn’t get complete. It’s more like
it seemed silly and frankly embarrassing to tell your coach,
with whom you are conferring and whom you are paying to
help you succeed, that you procrastinated!
challenges seemed enormous: to create, from almost nothing,
a convincing series of documents that introduced who I was
and what I offered, and to figure out a way to market my
services. With Millie’s help, guidance, and encouragement,
I was able to create an effective and convincing message
about myself and what I had to offer, and assemble usable
natural therapies that people could use for solving significant
these two initial steps were accomplished, I felt secure
enough to make the decision that offering the therapies
as information for sale would serve more people and have
a better chance of providing a sufficient income than just
offering my consulting services (my initial approach).
have developed a website that has the message that I developed
and the therapies listed for sale. It has top ratings in
google.com, one of the primary search engines on the Internet,
and I have begun to get a few orders literally from all
over the world. It isn’t a flood by any means, but
it is enough that I know that the message is there if people
are looking for it. The business is ready for its second
phase, which I can now handle on my own, since it is in
my own element, using the expertise I gathered in my “work
life.” Thus I am much closer to my life goal.
frankly don’t know whether I could have accomplished
this much without Millie’s help. I do know this: it
would have taken me many more months and into many more
blind alleys. The systematic analysis and questioning of
goals - what it is that I wanted to accomplish and who is
my audience – the focus on task preparation and accomplishment,
and the encouragement she provided during the process guaranteed
that I stayed on track.
Alternative Health Consultant, Writer
found Millie to be both an inspirational as well as a very
practical coach. She helped me launch my coaching business.
During the time that Millie coached me, I developed my website,
was on a local TV talk show, presented two
workshops at a large expo in Manhattan, taught two classes
in adult education on life balance and published an article
on coaching in a national magazine, all of which were "firsts"
for me. Millie helped build my confidence and trust in myself
and my talents. She made herself very available and was
responsive to my needs in every coaching session. During
a dark period when I was extremely frustrated and a bit
despairing, Millie held my hand as well as my vision. When
I was stuck, she was resourceful in helping me to get unstuck
and move back on track. I feel being coached by Millie was
a true blessing.
Janet Catalina, MSW
Founder of The Gift of Coaching.
experience in working with Millie was nothing but positive.
I work by myself and, when we first started working together,
poor organization and motivation problems were leading to
loads of stress. This caused my performance to fall off,
which only caused more stress. I wish I hadn't waited until
near breaking point to get help. Having Millie as my coach
taught me many things. I learned how to work more
effectively. I learned to set goals, learned about limits
(mine and other people's), and prioritization. I am now
working more effectively. While it can still be lonely working
by myself, I have been given the tools that I need to improve
the way I work. My stress is minimal and I have learned
how to handle it when it does come up. The coaching experience
has been a blessing for me.
Thomas P. Sullivan
Persistor Instruments, Inc.
has been both a pleasure and a gift to work with Millie
over the past five months. She has helped me focus and clarify
my goals and vision as I pursued a new job. Throughout this
time, Millie has been a source of encouragement, affirmation,
challenge and insights. If I became discouraged, she always
highlighted the positive progress I made. I am most grateful
to Millie for her expertise and gracious manner, her objectivity
and concerned interest, and her humor. Thank you Millie.
Sister Eleanor Joyce
Director of Religious Education
coaching has really helped me learn patience and perseverance.
Also to not lose sight of my goals. When I sometimes feel
overwhelmed, I always think of the encouragement I received
from you and your kind words of comfort.
Millie has been a tremendous guide in helping me clarify
how I present my work to others. I have gained more self-confidence
and focus, increased my business, and honed my skills in
thinking creatively about expanding my practice.
Millie Calesky has been a valuable personal & professional
coach. Since I started my journey as an entrepreneur, Millie
has been with me every step of the way, both supporting
and motivating me. She would take my feeling of disorganization
and refocus it to organization and direction. Millie can
take anything and turn it into an opportunity. Millie constantly
amazes me in her ability to help me move my business ahead.
I look forward to each session with her and to succeeding
in my business with her help.
Janis Mancini, RN
The world of real estate sales has been going very well
for me. I think about what a significant role you played
in getting me to my goal of passing my certification test
and becoming a real estate agent. I want to thank you again
for doing such a good job of keep me on track as I zigzagged
toward my long-time goal.
About two years ago I sought your help as a personal coach
when I considered making a career change. After some serious
consideration, I recently left the healthcare field to pursue
a new career as a sales representative. I would like to
thank you for helping me move toward my goal of leaving
the healthcare field. I am much happier in the sales profession
selling a product that I like and enjoy selling to others.
worked with Millie Calesky for a couple of months to help
me prepare to give a presentation. Her positive manner enhanced
my confidence. She acknowledged and cheered my accomplishments.
Millie encouraged me in a straightforward, practical and
friendly way. She was full of really good ideas and has
a way about her that is helpful and inspirational.
have gained a new sense of self through the work that Millie
and I have done together. I am a better decision maker and
feel more self-assured in all areas of my life. With someone
taking my concerns seriously, I felt enabled to make changes.
After every session I felt like I had a direction to go,
a path to follow, and a goal to meet with a true fan cheering
me on through it all.
Millie is a trustworthy and kind coach who is very knowledgeable
in her field. I am a sales rep for a hard-driving company.
Millie’s coaching helped me realize that I can be
the best of the best. By working with Millie, I was able
to put more of myself into my career, and set and achieve
concrete goals. That meant achieving 150% of my quota. I’m
now on pace for President’s Club, and plan to win
company-paid trips to London and Paris. I am very thankful
for my coaching experience as Millie helped increase my
self-confidence. She also helped me design a plan that I
now follow on a daily basis.
District Manager, Automatic Data Processing
approached Millie in despair about writing my dissertation.
I had negotiated most of the major academic loopholes, including
my course work, my oral exams and my prospectus. I had even
conducted the study around which my dissertation would be
based. However, in the face of what I experienced as negative
feedback from my professors as I hesitantly began writing,
I was struggling to sustain my belief in my work and in
my ability to construct my argument. While I could articulate
most of my ideas, I had little faith that I could effectively
convey them to an academic audience with the passion I actually
felt for those ideas. My self-esteem and confidence were
suffering and as a
result, I avoided the work.
most important element of my work with Millie has been her
ability to reinforce my past successes. Remembering and
understanding how I had reached the point I was at helped
me to understand how I could negotiate writing my dissertation.
She listened with a sympathetic ear to my concerns (including
my self-doubt), and helped me to carefully think through
my ideas. She constantly reminded me that approaching any
problem with the idea that the glass was half full rather
half-empty, helped me to re-evaluate my professors feedback
and think about how I might use that feedback to strengthen
my ideas and my writing. Establishing a time-line and weekly
goals made the project less daunting.
as I am preparing for my final dissertation exam, I do so
with the knowledge that I am in a much different place than
I was. I also have a job as a professor at a local college.
Not only am convinced that I could not have written the
dissertation without her help, but don't think I would have
done as well as I did throughout the job search process.
Key to finishing my dissertation and preparing for the multiple
interviews the job required was a renewed confidence in
the process of writing and in me. I attribute both directly
to her influence.