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As an executive coach, I work directly with a limited number of high-level professionals.
If you're a self-employed professional or are seeking coaching outside your organization, please read below to learn more. In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you'd like to grow, which may include:
• Defining and clarifying your professional brand
• Growing your visibility in your industry
• Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
• Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
• Dramatically enhancing your online presence and impact
• Launching a new entrepreneurial venture and/or taking your existing practice to the next level
I typically work with clients in the following ways:
– an intensive, 2 1/2 hour strategy session;
– a 3-month focused coaching program for new clients;
– ongoing 12-month coaching (for approved clients);
– year-long mastermind groups.
These are not right for everyone; they're personalized offerings and are priced accordingly. If you'd like to explore free or low-cost resources, please check out my books, online courses, and the more than 700 free articles on my site.
If you'd like to learn more about opportunities for more intensive personal work together, please read below.
Why work with me
Today, I’m the author of Entrepreneurial You and Reinventing You, published by Harvard Business Review Press, and Stand Out, published by Portfolio/Penguin and named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. My books have sold more than 85,000 copies and have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese.
I was fortunate enough to be named one of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50, and the #1 Communication Coach in the World by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. I consult and speak for organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Yale University, the National Park Service, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank.
I teach for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Columbia Business School, HEC-Paris and IE Business School in Madrid (two of Europe’s leading business schools), and have lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America.
I blog regularly for the Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, TIME, and more. I’ve reinvented myself professionally many times and have worked as a journalist, a presidential campaign spokeswoman, and a nonprofit executive director.
I’m active on social media and have been recognized for two years in a row by the Huffington Post as one of the “100 Must Follow” on Twitter. I was named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference,” and recognized in Forbes as one of “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch.”
But it wasn't always that way.
I had three book proposals rejected before I published my first book. In my 20s, I was turned down by every doctoral program I applied to – and now I teach for some of the best business schools in the world. And when I was starting out as a consultant, my entreaties to blog, for free, for top publications were met with silence; they didn’t even have the courtesy to respond. I broke through and have been able to reinvent myself and build a meaningful, exciting, and lucrative career. I’ve learned a lot along the path, and now I look forward to helping you do the same.
The virtual strategy session is ideal for professionals working on a substantial goal (building your brand as a thought leader, writing and marketing a book, taking your coaching or consulting practice to the next level, etc.) who would like to develop a clear action plan for the next 12 months.
You'll start with a 'pre-work' assignment, identifying the top goals and outcomes you'd like from the session. I'll review and analyze your materials and online assets, to understand your business and how your brand is showing up. Then, we’ll work together in an intensive virtual session (roughly 2 1/2 hours), developing a precise, step-by-step action plan for the next year.
I'll share my best insights to help bring you clarity about what to do, when to do it, and how to maximize your efforts to get the best and fastest results. You'll leave with a clear understanding of next steps and where to find the greatest ROI when it comes to your business and brand-building. If you want to move forward effectively and don't want to waste time with trial and error, this is a great option.
Your strategy session includes lifetime membership in my Recognized Expert course and community, which enables you to receive ongoing professional development, as well as support from a cadre of knowledgeable and generous colleagues.
The Virtual Strategy Session costs $8000.
If you think you could benefit from an intensive session where we focus 1-1 on sharpening your brand, enhancing your status as a recognized authority, and taking you to the next level professionally, contact me with questions or to sign up. I look forward to collaborating.
What's it like to work with me?
“Engaging Dorie Clark to conduct an individual strategy session for my personal brand is one of the smartest business decisions I’ve ever made. With her keen insights and creativity, she quickly identified my brand’s points of difference and provided me with a viable, on-point roadmap to bring that expert platform to life. In five months, I’ve used her guidance to launch a new website, bolster my social media presence, publish ten articles and diligently make progress on my book. Would highly recommend her to anyone who is ready to claim the next-level success they deserve.”
– Shira Miller, Coach, Speaker, and Chief Communications Officer of a $2 billion corporation
“I hired Dorie for a virtual strategy session to help me cut through the weeds and develop a year-long action plan. Thank God I did. Dorie provided the big picture view based on her expert knowledge, and then helped me create a roadmap of the exact, specific, detailed steps to take. If you want to cruise the ‘Thought Leaders Autobahn’ at high speeds, hire Dorie!”
– Michael Maddaus, MD, Speaker, Writer, and Former Thoracic Surgeon
“My time with Dorie was extraordinarily helpful, in order to give me the direction that I need to clarify focus in my practice, and execute and scale at a much faster rate. Getting an outside perspective, not only on my business, but on my industry, created an action plan that is unparalleled, even by coaches that niche in my industry. I feel confident that I will get at LEAST a 10x+ ROI on my investment.”
– Meredith C. Moore, Founder and CEO of Artisan Financial Strategies
“I had the unique privilege of working with Dorie over a strategy session related to my executive coaching practice. Because I spend everyday coaching others, it was a gratifying experience having someone who I admire and respect so much provide me feedback, insightful observations and a different lens from which to view my work. While Dorie is one of the most prolific speakers and writers out there in business and leadership, she stands apart in my experience from other highly successful experts due to her genuine desire to share everything she knows with the utmost generosity. She also proves that rewards come from doing the work no matter what and despite her well-deserved success, she is the most down-to-earth colleague and friend one could have. I'm grateful to have met and worked with Dorie and will continue to seek her counsel."
“Working with Dorie gave me insight and confidence to take my coaching practice to the next level. Her guidance and experience helped me understand how to diversify my income, increase my fees, see opportunities for leveraging my expertise and find new outlets and opportunities for growth. Within a year I was able to double my income, land dream clients, and have a clear path for building my platform as a recognized expert."
–Holly Howard, Consultant to creative entrepreneurs
“My virtual strategy session with Dorie was outstanding! Her dynamic style, coupled with her incisive observations and indispensable expertise, allows her to quickly connect and distill your unique value proposition. I walked away from our session with clarity of purpose, a sharpened message and a specific set of actions needed to propel my business forward.”
– Patty Carl, President, Highland Performance Solutions, LLC, Harvard Business Review Ascend contributor
“I got more value out of my strategy session with Dorie Clark than I ever anticipated – and I anticipated a lot. With keen insight, broad knowledge base and quick uptake, Dorie is able to assess the current state of your business, its possibility, and importantly identify the steps that will take you from one to the other. She speaks from her heart and her brain simultaneously, and is able to capture the essence of what’s critical for success quickly in a way that kicks you in the butt and inspires at the same time. I’m very grateful for the experience and look forward to more Dorie time in my future!"
“Dorie Clark’s guidance provided me with incredible value in growing my consultancy, which started off as a simple blog in 2014, and has since grown into a robust international practice, with licensed video content (a part of my consultancy pulled right out of Entrepreneurial You). As a result of our ongoing work, I am now starting a number of new initiatives, which will have a major impact on both the growth of my business as well as strengthening existing offerings. And it’s not a ‘one-off’ experience, as Dorie and I continue to follow up on the work we have started, as well as launching new projects. Speaking both personally and professionally, Dorie is an absolute pleasure to work with, and provides advice and counsel that is not the ’tick the box’ direction that we see so often in the crowded and often noisy field of 'self-improvement.'"
“I would highly recommend it if you get the opportunity to work with Dorie, if you're looking for practical advice and ways to stand out, grow your business, or redefine your brand. I found the strategy session incredibly valuable."
– Dr. Shawn Andrews, Professor, Speaker, and Author of The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide
“The value I've received from working with her is increased confidence and an increased ability to see the direction of where I'm going. She won't just tell you things [to do]; she'll work in partnership with you…She's a fantastic mentor."
– Ryan Honeyman, Consultant and Author of The B-Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good
“Dorie is an insightful and inspiring coach. I wanted to take my business to the next level and needed a clear process for getting there. In two and a half hours of a virtual strategy session with Dorie, we mapped out a plan that will enable me to execute on the critical pillars of building my business. I'm energized and excited to move forward.”
– Susan Peppercorn, Executive coach and Harvard Business Review and Fast Company contributor
“The virtual strategy session I had with Dorie was both exceptionally fun and productive. I left with new ideas for how to move my business forward and a simple, clear plan of action. It was worth every penny and minute of my time.”
“Dorie and I had an in-depth discussion about my business plan that resulted in an action plan that gave me clarity and focus for the first six months of 2020. Having a strong vision and a flexible plan positioned me to successfully launch my book and business in these unprecedented times. Thanks for the insight and support!”
– Kathy Robinson, Executive coach, author, and former Chief Audit Executive at ADP
“Our half-day together was profoundly impactful. Addressing positioning, marketing and selling topics, Dorie led a discussion about what broad strategic directives and specific tangible actions I could take to take to realize my overall goal of becoming a nationally-recognized go-to-market expert in my industry. I left with a clear game plan that I am excited to be pursuing.”
“The strategy session I had with Dorie was nothing short of game changing. She helped me release some of the ideas and plans I had that were “too small,” challenged me to think bigger, and collaborated with me to generate a new strategy that was way more interesting and of greater service to my clients. I feel confident that she saved me years of trial and error. As an entrepreneur, it is impossible to put a price tag on the value of better ideas, fresh strategies, and saved time. Thank you, Dorie!”
– Tegan Trovato, Founder & CEO, Bright Arrow
“As an entrepreneur, one of the most important but hardest things to do is to ruthlessly prioritize. With her expertise as a branding guru, and her experience building an empire based on authenticity, respect and community, I trust Dorie to cut through the clutter to give concise, actionable advice. My time with her – including the Virtual Strategy Session – has always been time well spent."
“Let’s face it: in building a business, at different points we get stuck. Which way to go next? How to prioritize when EVERYTHING feels important? Where do I start? Start with Dorie Clark. Starting with her Recognized Expert community changed the trajectory of my career. Doing a strategy session with her kept me going on my path!”
– Jennifer Fondrevay, Author and Keynote Speaker
“Spending the morning with Dorie was just what I needed to leverage all my assets into a coherent strategy. She showed up for our session fully up to date on my brand, and ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work on reframing my offerings for maximum impact. Mission accomplished!"
The Trajectory Mastermind brings together an intimate group of talented and successful entrepreneurs to help each other grow and scale their businesses, become thought leaders in their field, raise their fees, and leverage more passive income.
It’s a powerful way to connect with like-minded peers, learn from each other, receive personalized guidance and feedback from me, and raise your game. All participants are experienced, mid-six-figure professionals looking to grow their successful businesses even further. The Mastermind is a 12-month program, meeting both virtually and in person, and the cost is $20,000 USD.
3 Month Focused Coaching Program
The 3 Month Focused Coaching Program is for professionals who seek to move their careers and expert reputations forward – quickly and dramatically. The program includes two primary components:
- An initial kickoff strategy session, in which we develop a targeted 12-month action plan for you based on your goals, with a particular emphasis on the exact steps and timeframe we'll follow in our intensive 3-month engagement. (See Strategy Session section above for details. The session can take place virtually or in person, depending on location and availability.)
Clients have focused their 3-month intensive coaching engagements around topics such as preparing for a book launch; making a great impression at a new job; finalizing a book proposal for agents/publishers; transitioning from corporate life to entrepreneurship; identifying their unique message; and developing and implementing a plan to raise their rates, among other topics.
Every two weeks for three months, we’ll have a scheduled hour-long call. You’ll have homework assignments, and will be held accountable for your progress in achieving the milestones we lay out. On each call, we’ll debrief, discuss questions or issues that have arisen, and refine your personal action plan to guide you toward success.
The goal is to move you and your professional objectives forward in a meaningful way in a short period of time.
Your participation in the 3 Month Focused Coaching Program also includes lifetime membership in the Recognized Expert course and community, which enables you to receive ongoing professional development, as well as support from a cadre of knowledgeable and generous colleagues.
The 3 Month Focused Coaching Program costs $20,000.
(After our initial work together, if it's a fit, we may mutually decide to extend our engagement into a year-long, ongoing coaching engagement.)
The 3 Month Focused Coaching Program is a good option for professionals who'd like an accelerated approach to becoming recognized experts. The structured approach keeps you on track and helps you avoid costly mistakes that can waylay your progress. We work together closely to ensure you're moving in the right direction.
Please note that if you're an executive working inside a corporation, more bespoke coaching options – including 360 interviews and working with you and/or your team on-site – may be most useful. We can work together to develop a customized plan; pricing may vary. Learn more here.
Please contact me with questions or to sign up.
What's it like to do coaching with me?
“If you’re looking to expand your own thought leadership, and if you have a brand that you care about and you feel your best work is still ahead of you, hire Dorie Clark and she’ll help you take it to the next level – because that’s what she did for us.”
- –Lisa Earle McLeod, sales and leadership consultant, Forbes contributor, and author of Selling with Noble Purpose
“I’m a client of Dorie’s, and she comes with my full recommendation as a coach and a thought partner.”
- –Darin Rowell, consultant, Harvard Business Review contributor, and former Vanderbilt University adjunct professor.
“I’ve already made back my investment in working with you in the 10 days since we started —due in no small part to your advice and mentoring.”
–Deborah Grayson Riegel, Harvard Business Review and Inc. contributor, Wharton and Columbia instructor, and communication coach
“I have worked with Dorie in a private coaching capacity for several years. She helped me focus my efforts in a crowded and competitive environment, and differentiate myself through my ideas. Since we began working together, I’ve become a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and have written for other prominent publications, including Inc. and Forbes. I’ve also become a frequent guest on many podcasts. This strategic approach has enabled me to become far more successful in closing business, because clients recognize the value and credibility of this intellectual capital. Dorie has been instrumental in this process and I highly recommend working with her.”
– Anne Sugar, Harvard Business Review and Forbes Contributor, and Executive Coach
“Dorie Clark has the ability to be powerfully strategic and yet wonderfully tactical. She will help you craft your long-term goals and then she will show you how to get there, step by step. I don't know anyone else who knows how to do it quite like Dorie. Working with her as my executive coach was one of the best business decisions I have made.”
– Ayse Birsel, Named “One of the 100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company and author of Design the Life You Love
“When I met Dorie, I was successful but not as successful as I knew I could be. I was over-dependent on a few clients, relying exclusively on referrals for new business. I’ve worked with Dorie for 4 years, and the changes have been significant. Dorie brought a wider perspective, and specific techniques to achieve the results I’m looking for in my business. She also helped me broaden my results/expectations. Her engagements are not cheap, the results aren’t overnight, but I continue to work with her because the results are undeniable.
Specifically, she has helped me with: 1) Building my brand by gaining clarity about my core offerings. I was all over the map, I can do many things – but had difficulty focusing on my highest and best use of time. Now I’m honed in. 2) Building my community. She helped me understand the need, and how to create a broader network. 3) Building my social proof. She helped me gain social proof and publicize it. I only wish I’d met her sooner.”
– Karen Walker, Harvard Business Review and Forbes contributor, consultant, and participant in Dorie Clark’s Trajectory Mastermind Program
“If you're looking for wise and practical counsel on making sure your voice is heard, and that it matches what you are most passionate about saying, look no further than Dorie Clark and the brilliance of her research and experience. having had the priviledge of both her generosity and her endless insights, I can say firsthand that her impact has been amazing."
– Ron Carucci, Harvard Business Review and Forbes Contributor, Author, and Owner/Managing Partner of the consulting firm Navalent
Ron also details our work together in this essay he published on LinkedIn, describing the coaching process as “a journey that would forever change my professional life." He writes that as a result of his work in becoming a recognized expert, “People I’d never imagined reaching are finding my ideas and making good use of them. I’m helping leaders all over the globe whom I could have never imagined connecting with."
As he describes in another article he wrote looking back on two years of our coaching work together, “Professionally, I completed my 75th article for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. I did two TEDx talks, one Authors at Google Talk, and one HBR live. I was a guest on more than 60 podcasts. I worked with some amazing clients who inspired me as we watched their organizations transform."
In that article, Ron goes on to say about our coaching relationship, “I hired a coach two years ago, and we’re beginning our third year of work together. When I look back at all I have learned, I feel giddy. At the end of many of the podcasts I was on, when asked what piece of advice I would offer, I answered with, “Get help.” Honestly, help from others is one of life’s greatest gifts. Why on earth would we EVER want to undertake difficult things alone?"
“Dorie is so very smart, pragmatic, savvy, and full of insight that she can help you see just what you need to do to get where you want to go. No platitudes or normative statements about how things ought to be. Just down-to-earth, step-by-step practical guidance with humor and lots of encouragement. She can provide crucial feedback in the most supportive way possible, and provides the necessary nudge of accountability when necessary. Thanks to her valuable advice, I’ve accomplished a number of things I would never have done on my own: given a TEDx talk, become a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Entrepreneur, and am about to start on a book. Plus she’s an awful lot of fun! If you’re looking to expand your platform or advance your professional credibility, I can’t recommend her more highly."
– Liz Kislik, Harvard Business Review and Entrepreneur Contributor
“I learned about Dorie through reading her first 2 books, Reinventing You and Stand Out. When I read on her website she was accepting clients who were seeking a business coach, I jumped at the opportunity. This has been a transformative experience for me. Dorie has the ability to absorb your life story and where you want to go, and then create a path for you to accomplish your goals. I know working with Dorie has saved me years in getting from where I started, to where I am now in my business. It’s like she sees where you are in the maze, and because she has gone through it before you, she is able to tell you where to turn and what to avoid. What drew me to Dorie besides vast knowledge of business start-ups, was her undeniable integrity. She holds the coaching relationship with you as if she had a fiduciary duty to your dreams."
– Chip Massey, Consultant and former FBI Hostage Negotiator
“Dorie’s advice is focused like a laser while also being pragmatic. Working with Dorie is part coaching, part mentoring, and 100% directed toward my goals. If that weren’t enough, she is relentlessly generous in connecting people to one another for mutual learning and fun. Since working with her, I’ve become a Harvard Business Review contributor and have identified powerful new lines of business. She is utterly unique.”
– Constance Dierickx, Harvard Business Review and Forbes Contributor, Consultant/Coach, and Author of High-Stakes Leadership
“Dorie Clark is a creative and influential leader in every sense of the term. She has established herself as a true thought leader and valued partner to leaders who want to deepen their impact. I know this from my personal experience in working with her and from the accolades for Dorie that I regularly hear from others. She is a role model for all and a champion enabler of those who want to bring their best to the world.”
– Scott Eblin, Executive coach and author of The Next Level
“My business came to a standstill when the pandemic hit. With Dorie as my coach, I tested out a new idea, then quickly created new content, sought out social proof, and made sure my network knew how my business had shifted. Within 8 months, I had completely reinvented myself and reached six-figures through revenue streams that had not existed prior to April 2020."
– Robbie Samuels, Keynote, TEDx Speaker, & Relationship-Based Business Strategist