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Director of Learning and Engagement, OPERA America

Brava!  Thank you so much for sharing your gifts, experience, and depth of knowledge with us.  Your presentations truly anchored the program.  I really appreciate the time and thought you put into tailoring the information to the opera world and to their personal experiences.  That really made the difference.  I look forward to the rest of the week with this solid footing underneath us. 

— Leah D. Wilson, New York, NY

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"I chose to work with Astrid because of her background in both the arts and business worlds.  After our consultation meeting, it became clear to me that she works with her clients to help them achieve success that rings true for each individual, and doesn't just follow the same formula with everyone.  She is also a terrific listener and very easy to talk to.  There was nothing about the coaching process with Astrid that felt fake or empty -- we got down to nuts and bolts, and took a good look at the motivations behind my current habits as a means of changing those habits when necessary.  As a result of working with her, I have reached a new level of balance in my life, and I have more confidence than before about my business decisions.  Though it wasn't my main goal going into coaching, I also have found I am doing better financially than in the past.  I am now able to approach new situations and apply what I discovered with Astrid, so the benefits of coaching with her have extended beyond the time we were actively working together.  It was an invaluable experience."

— Christina J., Publicist, New York, NY

 

Strategic Account Director in NYC

I was very fortunate to make the acquaintance of career coach Astrid Baumgardner in the June 2014 Encore Transition Program at Pace University.  All of us Encore students were exploring how we might create meaningful “second act careers for social good” for ourselves, and Astrid served as a wise, compassionate and enthusiastic counselor in the process.  She guided us through many valuable reflective exercises to help us discover our personal strengths, identify our transferable skills, understand our core values, and identify our areas of life passions.  Astrid’s open and direct style challenged us all, made us less afraid of the unknowns, and affirmed our new uncharted directions.  We all gained a deeper self understanding and established life purpose statements and action plans through Astrid’s work.  I wholeheartedly recommend Astrid for her career coaching skills.  Her respect and love for people will become evident early in your introduction. 

—Diane Coleman, Strategic Account Director, New York, NY

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I enjoy teaching networking because it involves complex relationship building skills and requires a high degree of emotional intelligence. Rather than thinking of networking as trying to "get" something from others, it is, instead, a powerful way to make new business friends and expand your circle so that you can create a mutually-supportive community.At the heart of networking is creating successful relationships, which is also the goal of emotional intelligence or "EQ": to be aware of and mana...
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Public Speaking For Musician Entrepreneurs: Draw In Your Audience with an Enticing Theme
People love music. It has been around since the early days of human's existence on the planet and it is not going away. But classical music is under attack for being too elitist, too difficult, too alien to the experience of today's audiences.  That's why it is important to find ways to invite audiences into the world of classical music.  One of the most effective ways  to do so is by speaking to audiences about the music that they are about to experience. I have been doing a lot...
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Turning Arts Entrepreneurs into Inspired Leaders: Know Your WHY
My project in working with musicians and arts leaders is not only to teach arts entrepreneurship—the mindset, skillset and process of actualizing an innovative idea—but also to take entrepreneurship to the next level of cultural leadership To do so, I have my students articulate the greater purpose underlying WHY they make music, teach, perform and then communicate that purpose to the audience on whom they want to have an impact. In fact, by knowing your WHY, you can become the kind of le...
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