Listen Now!

Doug O'Brien

Welcome to the essential coaching skills podcast. In this podcast we will be interviewing coaching experts in various descriptions in various fields to discover what their secrets and systems are set make them successful in business and ultimately successful in helping their clients succeed in the way they desire.

In episode #1 your host, Doug O'Brien, describes how this came to exist and what you can expect.

Coach Dave Buck

In this episode, my first interview with a top-tier coach, I speak with Dave Buck. Dave is the CEO of CoachVille.com and one of the leaders in the field of coaching since its inception.

Connect more with Dave here:


Stephen Gilligan, PhD

No one is more qualified to talk about Ericksonian Hypnosis than Stephen Gilligan, PhD. Today, with Robert Dilts, co-developer of NLP, he has created the IAGC, The International Association of Generative Change, a wholly new approach to therapy and Coaching.

Connect more with Stephen here:


Bruce Teall

On today's episode we welcome Bruce Teall, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. He has been involved in mental health treatment for over twenty years and most recently he has been involved in research and treatment of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Connect more with Bruce here:

[email protected]

Andy Smith

Appreciative inquiry uses ways of asking questions and envisioning the future in order to foster positive relationships and build on the present potential of a person or organization.

Andy Smith is an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, Emotional Intelligence coach, and NLP Trainer who is from England, lives in France, and conducts trainings all over the world.

Today he will tell us all about Appreciative Inquiry and how that can be used in coaching teams and individuals.

Connect more with Andy here:


Nick Kemp

Join us today for this awesome interview with Nick Kemp. Nick is the creator of the Provocative Change Works model for communication. The common theme throughout his all work is “problem-solving” and “creative solutions” whether this is in a business, coaching, training, or therapeutic context. 

Connect more with Nick here:



Connirae Andreas

Together with her late husband Steve, Connirae Andreas founded Real People Press in the 1970s and published most of the important early NLP books. In 1979 they founded NLP Comprehensive, a major NLP Training Center in Colorado. She is the creator of Core Transformation. One could make the argument that without them we would not know of NLP at all. Wait until you hear about the new stuff she's bringing into the world! This is a delightful conversation. Enjoy!

Connect more with Connirae here:


Rachel Hott

Dr. Rachel Hott is a Clinical Psychologist and NLP Trainer and Ericksonian Hypnotherapist.  Since 1986 she has been co-director with Steven Leeds of The NLP Center of New York. Rachel does both...she works privately with clients and couples as well as providing training in both NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Connect more with Rachel here:

Mark Schall

Mark Schall has been an Executive and Life Coach for over 13 years. He is a Lead Instructor for iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), one of the top coach training schools in the world. To date, he has trained close to 2500 certified coaches around the globe including the US, Canada, and Europe. He has also recently gotten certified in NLP and we’re going to find out why.


Connect More with Mark here:


Dug McGuirk

Dug McGuirk is a dynamic and multi-talented guy! He is an accomplished entrepreneur, musician, producer, and transformational inspirational speaker. He is a Master Practitioner and Licensed Trainer of NLP and Neo Ericksonian Hypnosis. Dug was a top speaker/trainer for Tony Robbins and co-authored Multiple Streams of Inspiration with Jack Canfield.  As a Master Coach, Dug has helped thousands of clients transform at seminars as well as in his private practice. His joy is in helping clients overcome personal obstacles to achieve maximum success. His greatest passion is to help human beings achieve their full potential to live their dreams. His training and experience have given him keen insights and skills to support his clients to “Feed their Passion, and Starve their Fear”.

Connect more with Dug here:


Stephen Gross

Stephen is a Licensed Master Social Worker, a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a practitioner of Zen meditation of over 20 years. He is a graduate of Fordham University’s School of Social Service and is currently pursuing his MBA at Stony Brook University.

Stephen believes that obstacles and challenges can be used to access our own unique and powerful inner resources.  Each individual’s experience is a workable situation and provides opportunity for greater joy in their life.  Clients are encouraged to nurture a positive relationship with themselves so they may identify, develop, and realize their goals and aspirations.

Connect more with Stephen here:


Dan Millman

Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.

After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan’s teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior’s Way, expressed fully in his books and lectures. His work continues to evolve over time, to meet the needs of a changing world.
Dan’s seventeen books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, have inspired and informed millions of readers in 29 languages worldwide. The feature film, “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, was adapted from Dan’s first book, based upon incidents from his life.

Much of Dan’s time is devoted to writing and speaking. His keynotes, seminars, and workshops span the generations to influence men and women from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment, and the arts.
Dan and his wife Joy live in Brooklyn, NY. They have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Connect more with Dan here:


Doug O'Brien

Doug O'Brien is the host of the Essential Coaching Skills Podcast. He is also a certified coach, an NLP Master Trainer, and a Trainer of Hypnosis and the Havening Techniques®. In today's episode, he talks about what he thinks are some essential skills for you to hone to be the best coach you can be and to be successful at coaching.

Connect more with Doug here.

Julie French

Building on a successful career as a senior manager leading large teams, managing multi-million-pound budgets and operating at board level, Julie now works with companies and organizations that are going through change and need to improve their internal relationships. Her specific expertise is in people management, handling conflict, and effective communication.

Julie is an outstanding executive coach. She’s a certified master trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Certified Coach, a certified trainer in Everything DiSC®, a certified Havening Techniques® practitioner, a certified professional speaker, and also a firewalk instructor. Combining exceptional listening skills with a creative and empowering approach, Julie assists organizations and individuals to realize their vision.

Julie loves life and one of her great characteristics is in ‘exploding warmth’ wherever she goes!

Connect more with Julie here:


Jonathan Altfeld

Jonathan Altfeld helps people achieve their goals and dreams as a uniquely talented NLP Master Trainer. Since 1997, after a successful career in AI (Artificial Intelligence), Jonathan has been offering unique and innovative NLP-based workshops around the globe. He is also very funny, very nice, and very well-spoken. His Christopher Walken imitation is almost as good as mine. You decide.

Connect more with Jonathan here:


Tanya Ezekiel

What do the spiritual practice of Kabbalah, Wall Street Banking and Coaching have in common? 

Tanya Ezekiel.

After a spiritual awakening inspired her to walk away from her Wall Street Career, Tanya Ezekiel found a way to integrate her deep connection to her spiritual practice with a successful Executive coaching business as the founder and CEO of Conductive Coaching. Find out how in this fascinating episode.

Connect more with Tanya here:


Mimi Peak

Mimi Peak is the founder and owner of Peak Experiences Coaching, a company that offers the best executive, success and life coaching and coaching-related products to clients worldwide. She has worked with a wide variety of people from billionaires to folks just starting out and is an expert at helping people create lives of satisfaction, success, balance, joy, health and love

Connect more with Mimi here: