Testimonials

Speaking and Training

“Feedback was overwhelmingly positive:  Numerous leaders said it was the best training they ever attended, you received a rating of 4.8 out 5. Months later I am still using the tools you gave us everyday to stay calm, steady, and taking action on what I can control everyday in our uncertain environment. I’ve used the strategies to gain buy-in and get people on board with my requests. It was incredibly helpful”   Sofie Snauwaert, VP, Procter and Gamble
”I was absolutely stunned by the results. I see immediate changes. Productivity, morale, and team performance are at an all-time high. Her understanding of the human mind and behavior is remarkable. If you’re looking for a ‘silver bullet’ to help high-potential employees at all levels expand beyond current success level to performance beyond belief, look no further.”  Clare Dolan, V.P., Oracle Corp
“The best tools for effectiveness I have ever learned, bar none”    Corethia Oates, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
“A terrific team training — engaging, invigorating and a truly fresh look at common challenges.  We have gotten rave reviews on how her material has been helpful in very immediate and practical ways. And she is delightful to work with. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Most highly recommended.”   Nora Cashion, Director, Merck
“Your webinar was packed with useful information, I took pages and pages of notes. Tools I learned dramatically reduced my stress and increased my productivity.”   Marti Boylan, Bank of America
“This AMAZING 1-day workshop on Resilience goes above and beyond anything we’ve experienced before.  She delivered above expectations to equip colleagues with tools to effectively manage the things they can control for enhanced productivity and value delivery to the organization.”   Saunjah Powell-Pointer, Associate Director, Merck
“Priceless. She gives you a toolkit of strategies to change your mindset and your physiology, so you can set a clear vision and have tools to impact your day to day. It was extremely useful to rebalance priorities and life, and stop worrying about things. She shows you how much is within your control to be the leader that you want to be and have impact in any situation”   Judy Robinson, SVP, Wells Fargo
“The training exceeded our expectations of how much the participants would be engaged. I personally found it to be life-transforming.” Xiaoli Wang, Procter and Gamble, Beijing
“From what I learned in your training I become much more confident and bold. I’ve made relationships with key players who sponsored me for a promotion, and I have been given much more visibility (and even an award). Thank you for what you have taught us!” Eliza Southard, GE
“The tools you provided for Success under Stress are practical, applicable, flexible, and appealing. Your approach is very empowering and inspiring – it has made a massive difference in my effectiveness and helped me put myself out there as a leader.” Magdalene Campbell, Pfizer, London
“Your program was outstanding, It was full of very practical take-aways for me to apply on a daily basis. I really appreciated the refocus on being impeccable for my 50% and also revisiting what value I truly provide and am held accountable for. Everyone in our organization needs these skills.” Joe Dervartanian, Verizon Wireless
“This is the right training at the right time. We now have practical tools to keep up our performance in these times of change. Our next One Pfizer event has a hard act to follow.” Steve Polton, SVP, Pfizer
“Sharon’s presentation was an incredible experience, one of the best events we’ve had. The ideas hit home for me. Just like everyone else who is busier than ever, and has increasing pressures to face, Sharon’s advice and tips were powerful as well as practical. We only heard positive feedback from our participants and would love to bring her back again next year.” Sanford Gold, American Society for Training and Development, NY Training Directors SIG Chair
“Wow, Sharon you gave us a truckload of practical, helpful tips on how instantly reduce our stress in the heat of a busy and often overloaded workday, and working with co-workers and bosses that may stress us out. I personally found your customized approach incredibly helpful with my specific challenge. I would encourage anyone who works in an office or has any amount of stress at home or at work to take a course with you!” Cicilia Selinger – Organizer – I.D.E.A.S (International Digital Executive Assistant Seminars)
“Phenomenal! Sharon shared business-focused solutions combined with techniques to personally de-stress. I put them to use immediately to make a business challenge go smoothly!” Sandy Haddad, General Mills
“She communicated very practical action items I can use with anyone, regardless of corporate status. She helped me identify a huge personal road block and tools to over come it. The message was applicable to professionals at any level. I loved this training, it was an excellent experience!” Anna Patel, General Electric, Multicultural Women’s Conference
“Wow! We received rave reviews about your presentation. This work is profoundly powerful yet readily accessible – the simplicity is just outstanding. You have translated deep psychology into concrete steps and actionable practices to achieve rapid transformational change with executive clients. I could hardly think of a client for whom these concepts wouldn’t be extremely valuable.”
Steve Lishansky, CEO, Executive Coaching Institute Chair, National Speakers Association Business Coaching Expert Group
”I wouldn’t recommend this training if I didn’t think it was exceptional. A finely tuned, expertly crafted training on things you might “know” in your head about your approach at work, but haven’t been able to take into your life. She gave practical tools that are extremely effective for making changes in my perspective and performance. I still use them many months later.” Sandra Ashe, VP, Speakeasy Communications Inc
“Nothing short of fantastic…And I’m a tough guy to impress.” Dan Orlovsky, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
“I see a million of these kinds of presentations, and am a tough audience to crack. The practical tools you provided in a short period of time were unique, thought-provoking, action-packed, and immensely helpful. We definitely want you to do more training in our organization.” Christopher deWeaver, Prudential Douglas Elliman
“The single best explanation I have ever heard for how people get in their own way and how they can move forward fast.” Billie Colombaro, NY Women in TV and Film
“Absolutely fantastic! Morale in our West Side office improved 180 degrees within weeks after that one talk you gave.” David Mishonski, CEO, Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy
“The strategies you shared on the webinar were really valuable, our office LOVED it! It has been so helpful for how to handle stress and approach people effectively. Of course, everyone is still using the breathing techniques.” Crystal Gardner, Office of Communications and Marketing, Daniels College of Business | University of Denver
“Our group of advanced business owners set a high bar for the training and Sharon exceeded our expectations dramatically! There was profound learning and powerful new insights in an enjoyable program. Both her content and delivery are outstanding. I enthusiastically recommend her trainings to any group or individual who wants to increase their personal effectiveness, leadership, and well-being.” Mindy Goodfriend, Chapter President, Women Presidents Organization
“One of the best speakers I have ever heard. Sharon is a gift.” Melanie Carbone
“Your workshop is fantastic and indescribable! Like going to the Mind Gym. You gave us practical tools to have a new perspective and a mindset that puts me at the top of my game. I finally understand why I do bad habits I’ve done my whole life, and now I just don’t do them anymore.” Helen Karuba, ABIO Realty
“Sharon’s Strong under Stress workshop was AMAZING. Its amazing to me nobody ever told me this info before, basic info on how our nervous system works, how our brains work, how we mentally process stressful circumstances, etc. We learned super easy really short exercises that can give us an incredible control over our responses to stress, leave us calmer, more focused, and have our brains working better. Everybody should take this workshop.” Lisa Zaslow
“Dr. Melnick’s Strong Under Stress was life altering – like yoga for the mind. I have taken courses like this before but they never worked. She doesn’t just teach unique methods for dealing with stress, she teaches the complex biological and medical foundations behind it. Understanding the why, made putting the how into practice that much more powerful. Her techniques work every time.” Jennifer Pybus, www.thinkalphagirl.com
“Sharon’s high-energy presentation was very well received by our audience, thanks in large part to her meticulous preparation and her obvious love for helping people excel. Our most common response to her
presentation was some version of “Wow! I can use that information today – right now!” We were lucky – and delighted to have her provide real solutions to real business people who are trying to do more with
less. I highly recommend her and her techniques to anyone and everyone trying to find concrete ways to drive personal change. Sharon is the best.” Steve Lefkovits, Executive Producer, Apartment Internet Marketing Conference
“I loved your program on Monday night. I train speakers for a living and I have to say – You were everything I look for in a great presenter: engaging, passionate, energetic, funny and most importantly
– right on target.” Jerry Michaels, JAMWARE Communications
“Dr. Sharon was a knowledgeable and fascinating guest with great on air presence. Listener feedback from her interview about confidence was, in a word, “RIVETING!” Margaret Lynch, Host of “Stress Vs Success” radio show on VoiceAmerica Radio Network (www.voiceamerica.com)

Individual Coaching

“I have turbo-charged my professional life. I let go of trying to get other people’s approval and now focus on what’s best for the organization. I contribute more and my self evaluation is positive not negative. Its like I was driving a clunky car that doesn’t turn well, and now I’ve stepped into Porsche; the performance is just superior.””I have been pulled aside for recognition by colleagues, and complimented by the President of my organization. I have been able to tee up a more meaningful role in my organization and the next stage of my career. I eliminated behaviors that would have hurt my professional advancement and now act consistent with my nomination to a position of greater leadership.Her portfolio of techniques is very powerful; in fact, much more powerful than I had originally hoped. I was skeptical at the beginning when she said I could make changes quickly, after I had tried for so long to make improvements based on others’ techniques. What we discussed were things I had heard about and known intellectually, but Sharon was able to breakthrough to me emotionally. She helped me find and identify the internal “glass wall” that had been holding me back. Now I am confident and act with clarity and purpose.Its been unbelievable and its been worth every penny; no, even much much more!” Mark M.

“A better, deeper, faster method than I’ve come across in 20 years of this work.” Mark Bonchek, CEO Truman Company
“I’ve been busier than ever at work and focusing only on the important things. My business is already up 80% for the year. Things that would derail me for days and sometimes weeks now roll off my back in under an hour. Most importantly, I now have an indescribable faith in myself.” Craig L. Meadows, CLU, CLTC, ChFC Managing Director Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
“It’s unbelievable how much progress I’ve made so quickly! I now deal with stress like water off a duck’s
back. This has been an incredible process of self-discovery, I am so happy with the career choice to start my own company and I would have never come to it if I hadn’t gone through this with you.” Jim Bean
“Your process is life altering at the foundation, and the transformation happens fast. It shows how you’ve developed an adaptation to external circumstances that affects every area of your life. Then you get a chest of tools to move forward and be different. It makes you much more effective in your job, reduces your stress, and brings you happiness and satisfaction in your life. Your process cuts through the noise and clutter. It’s not a band-aid, everything has changed for me and the changes get better over time. The ROI is huge!” Ranaan Miller, CTO, Sionex Corp.
“A spectacular experience! You immediately grasp what is going on at a deeper level. You have an arsenal of painless, quick, and powerful strategies to get the person unstuck and feeling confident – to see the situation clearly and to be ” in their power”. It’s as dramatically effective as if the client is given Batman’s “utility belt” — clever, handy tools to respond to any conceivable challenge in a balanced, constructive way. Every single time we talk it’s extremely productive.” Judy M., Attorney
“I built a new inner voice and made practical changes in my behavior. I used to take much more blame on myself, worry about what other people thought, and think that I wasn’t quite good enough. Now it’s a whole different picture: I started the most successful service line in our region. I developed a very influential position in the firm and have the most confidence I’ve ever had in my whole professional career!” Karen V., Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
“I went from “good” to “great” – and fast! I’ve never been more streamlined. I’m doing the things I’ve set out to do. My pipeline is more robust than it has been in 14 years. My business is already up 40% this year. Now I can concentrate on the things I enjoy. I had a lot of faith in the things you said, and when I applied them, they absolutely worked. This hit the bullseye!” Peter Cleary, V.P., UBS Financial Services
“Since learning your strategies I have been working feverishly and I have been really focused. For the first time in years I have contributed efforts that will benefit the knowledge base for everyone in the department. My boss keeps thanking me. I’ve been to the gym more times in the last 2 weeks than I’ve ever been. I’ve spent more time with my kids since than in years. I feel solid to the core. Its been life changing, really.” I got so much done in those three months that my boss said “Wow, I’m impressed”. I just got moved into a role I LOVE.” Beverly S., Capital One
“I shifted my whole belief system, from who I thought I was, all the negative, “not enough” thoughts to a clean slate. It was totally freeing, so much more than a typical career coaching. It was a construction project – we took down the roadblocks piece by piece to clear the way for me – to get this next career move that I’m wildly excited about, to improve the way I manage other people, and to grow my relationship leaps and bounds to the point of marriage. I learned so much about myself – this had a HUGE positive impact on my life.” Beth R., VP, NurseFinders
“The mental shift gave me a humongous leap forward in my career trajectory…I now make use of the credibility I’ve built with others. “I am who I am” and I’m finally ok with that!” Orla N, Oracle Corporation
“The best tools for effectiveness I have ever learned, bar none.” Corethia Oates, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
“I no longer agonize over every little thing that is said, or written in my emails. I just don’t care that much anymore about what other people think, but in a good way. All that worrying, what a waste! Its so liberating to not give a crap. Now I just put my effort into my own plans and behaviors to get where I want to go. I no longer tolerate people who want to intrude on my time. I flat out no longer focus on things that are a waste of time and I don’t fret over what I can’t control. I now get home from work an hour earlier than everyday last month, AND I just inked my biggest deal ever — in the midst of a serious financial crisis.” Paul David, Investment Banker
“An immediate noticeable turnaround in the client’s electiveness with colleagues.” Cindy Morgan, Director of OD, Visiting Nurse’s Service, NY
“Sharon’s successes with my managing director are the benchmark by which we now measure the effectiveness of coaching.” ER, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
“Brings a level of peace and confidence that changes the way you do business. People respect me more…people want to work with me. So much more comfortable place to be, I look forward to coming to work, it’s a lot of fun now. I let things roll off my back now…. I’ve earned a seat at the table.” Pamela Naples
“After two years with no significant deal activity, within 4 months I completed the largest deal in my firm’s history, and went from being told that my position in the firm was not secure, to being told by the Chairman that even without further activity this year my position in the firm is set for a few years.” Partner, Private equity firm
“A better, deeper, faster mousetrap than I’ve come across in 20 years of this work…What you do is transformational versus incremental. Some coaches are like trainers. They will make sure you do your reps and help you make incremental gains. What you do is help people do what Tiger Woods did. He knew he couldn’t get his game to the next level by simply getting better at his current swing. So he went through a process to break his swing down and then rebuild it. His new swing fit him better and he played with greater ease and better scores. Your process is the same for being a leader – it makes you more authentic, more powerful, and more influential.” Mark Bonchek, CEO Tapestry Networks (2006)
“I’ve felt a surge in energy and breakthroughs in my confidence. I’m much more engaged with people in both personal and professional environments. Sharon has helped me to effectively and positively deal with stress in all facets of my life. This was awesome!” M.G.,CEO, Boston based Biotech company

Online programs

“The procrastination I used to do is over. I no longer ruminate, reconsider, stew on things, and then do nothing. Now I make the call, get the meeting, present the idea, and watch my prospect light up to work with me. I’ve done lots of programs in my life, but not with this result. What Sharon does works! Like magic, I’m a different person. My world is now abundant and rich.” Lynn St. Andres, Commercial Real Estate
“Overcome self doubt, build rock solid confidence, and trust yourself: I used to wake in the morning to negative voices that would set up how my day would go. Now they are just not there.” Sarah Rosen, Marketing Consultant
“Your webinar was packed with useful information, I took pages and pages of notes. Tools I learned dramatically reduced my stress and increased my productivity.” Marti Boylan, Bank of America
“I learned that I do not have to get others approval in order to get from where I am to where I want to be. The direct path made a huge difference. I did a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise, like write a book, become a public speaker – All of which has opened up a lot of client opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. The success I’ve had is beyond what was even within my imagination at the time.” Larry Lane, Lane Architecture
“I found it incredibly informative and helpful to learn techniques to “de-stress” yourself and process through trying times. I definitely got tools I could put right into practice. You were very upbeat and personable … easy to relate to, and definitely engaging with the audience throughout! The webinar was very well done, great job!” Stephanie Ruphan, Merck
“You learn where your doubts come from and how you might be living on automatic pilot, then get clear on your path forward. Events used to dictate how things went for me, now I feel powerful and in charge of my own life. I now walk through the office with my chest out, having the confidence to know that I deserve being in my position. She’s helped me not continue behaviors of the past and to get to new circumstances, fast! What I got is positive, its actionable, and it works. This was a life changing experience.” Richard M.
“Now I don’t worry what other people think and I make my own decisions. Before I would consult with different people instead of consulting with myself, just spin my wheels. Now I listen to myself more, know what I want. I really trust myself. Now I know I am enough, I can depend on myself and my spiritual connection to guide me, and really do what I feel authentically instead of doing things for other people. It’s profound!” Michele Ester
“I produced so much in those three months, my boss said ‘I’m impressed!’…Now I am ready for more, and he’s ready to move me into the next position.” Executive Assistant, Omnicom
“My whole way of being in the world is different – my energy level, my tone of voice, how I react to what other people are saying – or don’t react. People are telling me they notice that I handle stress like water off a duck’s back. When I have a thought from before, my awareness is so high now I don’t think I could ever slip back.” Angela Miele, Washington Mutual
“I didn’t realize how much of my energy was wasting time getting involved in other people’s situations, trying to make them approve of me, and maybe getting angry at them when really it wasn’t my problem to deal with them. Now I’m focusing what I need to do. I feel now that I am in better control of myself, and the increase in what I’ve been getting done in my week is INCREDIBLE. I stopped chatting with people, stopped surfing on the computer, stopped procrastinating, stopped questioning “can I do it?” – instead I went right to the job. The best thing is that already this weekend I got the outcome I wanted, a new client!” Jewel Buff, Prudential Douglas Elliman
“I saved at least an hour a day by not dropping what I was doing to get involved in others’ stuff and then having to reset myself to come back to my own work. Now I’m not taking on problems that I don’t own, and when I do have to get involved with others’ problems, I can do so on my terms. The most valuable part of this program is that she gives you the understanding of not only WHAT you are doing, but WHY you are doing it. For things you are not conscious of, this program has been very insightful. Its been a ‘Wow’, eye-opening for me. Understanding why you are doing it ‘wrong’ goes a long way towards helping you to do it ‘right’, it has truly helped me to make that systemic change.” Margaret Holverstott
“My retainers have increased 5 fold, and I made more money in the last 7 days than in the last 5 months…After seeing myself in the pattern you described, I stopped putting everyone else’s interests ahead of mine and letting them steal my time. I said “No More” to people pleasing and selling myself short and not asking for retainers. Already I’ve freed up several hours a week in time, my retainers have increased 5 fold, and I made more money in the last 7 days than in the last 5 months. Even if I didn’t have the confidence at the beginning, the confidence is coming to me now. Whatever you said, it is working, I’ve never taken action like this in my life!!” JD Coons, Lawyer, Ottowa Canada
“It makes it so much easier at work when you know exactly how to deal with people and how to not get upset over situations. I am so much more in control and I don’t have to spend any time worrying about how to talk to people about situations or replaying what I said and wondering if it was wrong. I am in control of my 50% and it’s great. The tools really worked, Everybody should take this workshop!” Annette Cutrino, Visiting Nurses Service, NY
This program was hugely valuable! I am more productive and more relaxed, its easier for me to deal with everyone else as well as me to deal with myself! I am clear about exactly how to respond to stressful situations so I move through them faster. The result is I freed up 5 hours in my week. Fabulous. Sharon is so effective at laying out the issues in a way you hadn’t thought about before and then gives you hands-on solutions. Her approach is much more effective than other gurus who talk about similar issues.” Margo Goodale, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy
“What you get is: “what do I do to get in my own way”, “why do I do that”, and “how can I do it differently everywhere in my life, immediately”. Sharon’s model is brilliant and her methods work every time.” Jane Maloney
“Life-changing. You come to accept yourself and finally have the power to use who you are and what you have effectively. You know how to deal with things and get immediately back on track towards what you want. You don’t rehash your issues, it just opens your mind and give you tools to breakthrough to the next level. My sales performance increased noticeably and my relationships with my boss, as well as with family members, have dramatically improved.” Sal Padula, Berkeley Global Ltd
“Well worth every penny I spent. The return was unbelievable!” Jeff Winick
“Saw an immediate difference in how I approach stressful situations at work. I move through things faster and more easily in my job and in my personal life. The degree of confidence I now feel is significant.” Renald G, Attorney
“The BEST workshop I have ever participated in.” Vivian VanLier
“A zillion books and courses purport to help you get out of your own way, very few really deliver, THIS ONE DOES! What is different from the thousands of others out there is you first learn to deconstruct the ways you arrived at how you do things now, so you can actually use the tools you learn to move forward in a positive way. If you don’t understand where your behaviors are coming from, tools you’ve learned probably won’t take hold.” Susan P., Solo Entrepreneur
“I used to wake up to many negative thoughts each day, now I wake up to…none. Because I don’t do the negative spiral anymore, I’m so much more productive” Elizabeth Halstead, Independent Consultant