Paul’s extensive experience as an educational leader and executive coach has been an invaluable asset as we’ve explored my new role as a school administrator. Our sessions have empowered me to focus on what’s most important as I strive to better serve my students, families and colleagues. Paul is skilled at asking probing questions that help me clarify my thoughts and solidify a plan of action that is oriented at achieving my professional goals. Since Paul is an independent advisor and his sessions are confidential, he’s able to provide frank and neutral advice. Ultimately, what’s most important is that I leave each session inspired and motivated, better prepared to serve and lead.
Paul is a sounding board that does more than reflect or amplify; he asks questions that help me clarify issues in a variety of ways: identifying underlying causes, reframing, seeing patterns, identifying goals and objectives. I arrive at a session with a tangled knot of issues and leave with a renewed sense of where I’m going and how I’m going to get there.
I’ve greatly appreciated and benefited from Paul’s coaching. He’s sympathetic listener and wise guide. At the end of each session, I find that Paul has helped shift my thinking in some subtle but important way, allowing me to move forward in my professional life with greater clarity and confidence.
Paul provides valuable insight as a business coach, thanks in large part to his experience owning and running a business himself. He is easy to talk with and he asks good questions that help establish direction. If you want to have an empathetic and thoughtful business coach with wisdom to share, Paul is your man.
Paul has coached me through the successful transition from Sales Manager to Operations Manager. On a professional level, the insight he’s brought to our meetings has always paid huge dividends my way. Paul brings out the best in people and he cares that you win in your business and personal life.
It is indeed a pleasure to give this testimonial for the Executive Coaching sessions I had with Paul Abra. Paul established a very easy rapport right from the beginning. His explanation about what the sessions would look like and how long they would be were the parameters that helped to establish a safe, collaborative atmosphere.
Change is not easy, but Paul was able to make my journey through the changes I was making in my life and business much less uncomfortable. Paul helped to elicit from me, my own motivation to change. Asking the right kind of question at the right time is one of Paul’s strengths. It was through his questioning techniques that I was able to make a choice about a further action with something or to move in another more positive direction. Frequently, the clarity came a day or two after our sessions (when I had time to ponder our conversations). When I was frustrated with my procrastination tendencies, Paul guided me to establishing some small goals to work on over a specific time period. This helped me immensely. Setting small goals and attaining them can be very satisfying; in time, my bigger goal was achieved!
I have no hesitation in recommending Executive Coaching sessions with Paul Abra.
As a sole proprietor, I was having difficulty with making marketing a priority. Hiring Paul was very helpful – he assisted me with setting goals and reaching them, asking pointed questions and generally encouraging me to think about what I wanted to accomplish and how to get there. Knowing that I had a meeting coming up helped me find the “sense of urgency” that I needed. I would highly recommend Paul.
Sarah L. Klinger