What is a Transition Coach?

As a transition coach, I help you create a vision of the future that you want, then support you as you pursue it.

This is a straightforward description, but as you can imagine, it’s a lot more colorful in practice. Say you’re a lawyer, and you feel like you’re destined to do something more. At first, you are aware that you are uncomfortable where you are -- your career feels like a jacket that just doesn’t fit anymore. The style is wrong, it’s uncomfortable and you want out.

And you feel like you want something more. You want to make a more meaningful contribution. Well that’s clear, but it’s also vague. That’s when we start to create your new reality.

We work to build a vision of this reality -- kind of the way an architect will design a rendering of a new home. We co-design this concept, this idea of what your life will be like. 

So say this lawyer is engaged and she and her partner, who both grew up in the NY metro area, want out. They want to move -- maybe to Colorado.

We put Colorado on the map, and look at the attributes of the life she’s envisioning. Why Colorado? What’s the change she is seeking from that place? We’ll start to think about her career -- does she still want to practice law, or perhaps she’d like to move into advocacy. Or would she like to get involved with the cannabis industry that’s taken root in Colorado?

We discuss, we plot, we test out ideas, by moving forward on multiple paths to decide what works and what doesn’t.

Your transition is an iterative process. I partner with you and coach you through it.

I’ve developed an expertise as a transition coach by coaching thousands of clients over the last 15 years. I’ve seen a lot of dreamy “it’s so crazy it might just work” ideas become reality, and I know how to work with clients to support you toward a future that delights you.

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There are many terms for this: transition coach, personal development coach, action coach, personal coach, life mentor, life coach.

I am your coach, your partner, your friend during this intense time of hard work and transition. Your expertise is you, you are responsible for knowing yourself. My expertise is powerful questioning, and change management. I am your accountability partner during this time.

In order to deliver outstanding coaching to you, I am a student of neuroscience (how the brain works), mindfulness, transition and change theory, and behavioral economics. Scroll down to the section on industry thought leaders to see how I nourish my brain.

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What does a transition coach do?

As a transition coach, I partner with you to effectuate change. I use the same process with all clients, whether they are career, life or transition coaching clients. 

We meet regularly in my office (or via Zoom or phone) for the duration of our program. These are your strategy sessions, where you move through stuck points and clear out any limiting beliefs that keep your thinking small. I help you focus on options, one at a time, so that you can zero in on the one that is a fit for you . These one-on-one strategy sessions create a regular structure  for change during our program. These meetings, like a steady drumbeat, create the steady, dependable structure for for your change.

And throughout your coaching program, I am available via email between sessions. Some clients email me every morning and night to plan out and review the day’s accomplishments. Others will write a long “here’s where I am” note in the middle of the week so that we can explore their thinking together. 

The in-person strategy sessions are where we strategize, the time between sessions are where you execute the strategy we’ve discussed. And I’m always there for you -- celebrating your wins, and encouraging you to do that thing we discussed if you stall.

When I say I’m there to celebrate your wins I mean it; celebrating wins is a key part of our work. As a coach, I often receive wonderful letters and images at key life moments, whether it’s “I quit!”, “I’m pregnant!”, “We just got engaged!”, or -- and yes, even, “They offered me a $50,000 signing bonus we talked about!!” 

It is a great honor to be part of the celebration at these key life moments. It’s why my clients hire me -- to effectuate change. and It’s an honor to share in and celebrate these moments with my clients.

What does a career transition coach do?

As a career transition coach, I support you as you make a significant career change. You may have recently been laid off, or are returning to work after a five or 10-year hiatus. Maybe you took leave to care for a loved one, maybe you started a family. Perhaps you’re in a job and “doing well” according to traditional metrics of success, but it just doesn’t feel right to you.

Client reach out to me when you are in transition, or when you are stuck and want to get unstuck and move forward towards something different. 

Some call this a career coach, a transition coach, a life coach, or a career transition coach. Call it whatever you like. You can find more details on my coaching process here.

What is the difference between a transition coach and a transformation coach?

Not to be a grammar nerd (though I am), it’s about nouns and verbs. I use transition as a verb and transformation as a noun. Transition is an action. We transition to achieve a transformation. I verb. We verb. Your result is a noun. You want to hire a coach who can verb. If you want to make change, you want a coach who sets strategy and focuses on action. Insight, action, results.

As a transition coach, I coach you through a change. The obvious metaphor is a butterfly -- your caterpillar self calls me, and we build the chrysalis. It might look quiet in there; but it’s not. No more quiet than growing a baby. We’re building! Doing work! Making the moves, growing wings...we may appear dormant to the outside world because change isn’t visible yet. But believe me, you’re working your tush off and a big change is about to be revealed. But first, the work.

The transition is the act of making change happen. The transformation is the result, the goal, the reveal. I’ll help you build the chrysalis and evolve inside it. On the other side of that evolution is the reveal, the transformation. Our coaching work, the transition coaching, is the work that drives the transformation.

The work is in the chrysalis. It’s un-sexy, not-instagrammable hard work. This is where we sit, side by side and roll up our sleeves together. We strategize, then do the work. This is where I live and provide the partnership to you when you’re doing the work that needs to be done.

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What are your life coach qualifications?

I hold myself to the highest professional and personal standards. I am continually pursuing my best self so that I can help you pursue your best self.

Have a look at my bio and you can read all about where I’ve been and what I’ve done, before, after and during my last 15 years as a professional coach.

Are you one of the best life coaches?

I am a member of the International Coaching Federation. This is the leading global organization of coaches. As a group, we set the gold standard for coaching, globally.

I am certified at the PCC (professionally certified coach) level, which is the penultimate level of achievement for coaches. I am pursuing my MCC (master certified coach) certification, and I intend to sit for the MCC exam in late 2020. There are fewer than 1000 MCC coaches in the world; I intend to be one of them.

I take my continuing education seriously, and realistically. I can fill up a resume with lots of education, but the rubber hits the road in sessions with clients. It’s my coaching presence, our connection, and our collaboration that will help push you over the finish line.

If we have that strong coaching relationship, we can move mountains. I strive to develop that relationship in collaboration with you.

Have a look at my Google reviews and see what former clients have said about me. Please note that these were voluntary reviews; my clients felt strongly enough about their experience with me that they took the time to leave a review and put their name on it.

I used to think there was nothing I could get from a career coach that I couldn't get from my existing network of mentors. Then I was given a copy of Allison's book. It opened my eyes to things about my professional self I hadn't acknowledged before and to a new way about thinking about my work, my career and myself. So, I signed up for an intro coaching session and hoped I was making a worthy investment of money I really didn't have to spend. In that first session, I learned a lot about the way I work, how I want to work and who I am. In subsequent sessions, I began to see opportunities for myself I had refused to open my eyes to in the past and the fears, societal and cultural expectations that I was allowing to limit my possibilities. With Allison's support, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and into some of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I'm still finding my way, but my framework for thinking about my career and professional decision-making has changed. I am more confident in saying no to opportunities that aren't for me (and that I would have fretted over) and have a much better idea of what it is I want out of work and by extension life.
Meena Thiruvengadam
Meena Thiruvengadam
17:07 19 Aug 19
There truly is not enough space here to share all the wonderful things I experienced working with Allison. I am so appreciative she has chosen to apply her intelligence, positive energy, empathy and commitment to helping others through her coaching business. She has made a tremendous difference in my life for which I am so grateful. I had been suffering from 'analysis paralysis' for years, stuck obsessing over different opportunities available to me after working in network television as an investigative journalist. I had reached out to other professionals for help in sorting through all my ideas to get some traction in my life, but I realized they didn't seem to be able to relate to my thought process and I was only confusing them. I sensed I should reach out to Allison after I invited her to speak at a meetup group I organize locally. After my first personal session with her, it's as if the sun finally came out from behind the clouds in my mind. She helped me get all the jumbled up ideas in my head - out of my head so we could review each of them and decide which to prioritize now, later or toss out completely. She even guided me on how to test some of the ideas, with action vs going all in. And, I am using a terrific method to structure my day that she introduced to me.If you really want to create change in your life, work toward your best life, bring clarity to your life, I believe 100% Allison is the one to call. As her client I am expected to compensate her for her expertise and guidance, but I felt like she gave me far more than what I gave her. She fantastic!
maria afsharian
maria afsharian
05:29 29 Jul 19
I had just one session with Allison because I felt I needed a boost of motivation to get me going - both with my career and personal goals. After having my second baby, I was feeling stuck and frustrated and most importantly ready to make a change. In that one session Allison helped me come up with a plan and gave me the push that I needed.
Donna Dotan
Donna Dotan
17:42 24 Jul 19
Allison is a true star at what she does. She guided me through a career change with ease. She is a fresh perspective when things seem hopeless. The whole experience with her just amazing. She showed me that I was beyond capable to make the changes that I wanted to make in my life. With her support I was able to see the best in myself and make the necessary changes. She will not do the work for you but show you how to do it for yourself which is even more valuable. If you are considering working with her don’t hesitate for a second, you will not regret it!
Kristina J
Kristina J
21:08 22 Mar 19
I cannot recommend Allison enough. I find myself referring to our sessions & her book regularly. When you work with her, you have a true partner. I learned to verbalize my goals. I've gained clarity on my values and what is actually important to me, not just what I've told myself is important to me. My career has shifted. My creative life is flourishing. I've booked additional sessions. For as long as she's coaching, I'll be a client.
Nolan Denker
Nolan Denker
01:47 12 Feb 19
I had a terrific experience with Allison. When I started my 8-session package with her, I felt stuck professionally and full of self doubt. Undaunted, Allison Task was up for the task! Having finished the package with Allison a few weeks ago, I am astounded by her tenacity and willingness to hop right in and roll up her sleeves. She’s smart and laser focused! She kept me on message in terms of recognizing many entrenched and damaging mindsets. Doing this successfully is often the first step in making change happen. Allison has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, providing clients with a forum to articulate feelings. She is also great at framing key issues so they're seen in a whole new light. Allison’s presence, energy, and ability to cut right to what's important is rare. Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
18:04 24 Jan 19
Allison is such a positive and special person to be around. She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement. I’m so greatful to her and I had a wonderful experience. She is truly professional and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to excel in life.
Chana Deena Benjamin
Chana Deena Benjamin
17:21 16 Jan 19
I went to see Allison this past week after reading her amazing reviews online. In our 75 minute intro season, She not only helped me figure out the best way to achieve my career goals, but also helped me identify parallels in my personal and professional life. It was an eye opening and invaluable experience. I feel more confident and secure in my decision making skills. She helped me see my value as an employee and showed me how I can achieve my goals in a reasonable time period. Her organizational skills are unmatched and she even emails you a recap of the session so you have something in writing to reflect on. I have already recommended her to my family and friends! Go see Allison - you won’t regret it!
17:14 17 Nov 18

Transition Coaching Mentors and Thought Leaders

I stand on the shoulders of giants . To follow is a list of historical and contemporary coaching, personal development, neuroscience, happiness, transition, behavior, connection, and positive psychology thought leaders. These individuals are my teachers. I have read their books, seen them at conferences, taken their classes, and listened to their podcasts and Ted Talks. These are the experts I’ve chosen to learn from.

As one client recently shared with me:

“Wisdom is the mix of love and intelligence. It’s one thing you can never have too much of. It’s what [I as a] client pay [you] for and value most and helps create the powerful emotional reality that you hold for [me].”

On that note, as a curious learner, I am open to suggestions and eager to learn more, so send me the names of books and authors you want me to know about!

A Final Word on Transition Coaching

One important value I have is that I’m not turning you into something that you are not. When we work, we drill down deeper into who you are. I think of my work as helping you return to you, a returning to your self not a re-creation or re-invention. We’re not creating something new, we’re coming home.

To paraphrase Michelangelo, we’re chipping away at the marble to reveal the you that’s already there.

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