Creative Pursuits logo

Mandy Kotzman, Ph.D.

Professional Development and Personal Coaching Services
Picture of life coach Mandy

Who is Mandy?

I am a personal life coach and interpersonal skills development facilitator, passionate about making things happen and helping other people to do the same.

Recognising that our quality of life is inextricably linked to our ability to get along well with ourselves and other people, I focus my energy on helping to develop communication skills - within and between individuals. It is amazing to see what can be achieved when we:
  • uncover what we really want, that is, clarify our intentions
  • develop the strategies and skills needed to achieve those goals.
Each opportunity to be a catalyst in this process is a treat for me.

Over the years I have been a research and teaching biologist, a cabinetmaker, whitewater kayak instructor, trampoliner and belly dancer. I still do some of these things, and also like to hike, ski, swim, sew, garden, scuba dive, bird watch and spend time with family and friends whenever I'm able.

I grew up, studied and worked in southeastern Australia, and then worked in Israel and California before establishing a home base, with my husband, in Colorado. I enjoy Colorado's outdoor lifestyle and environments created by mountains and streams, but I also need regular exposure to Australian landscapes and culture to nurture my "Aussie" spirit.

My psychologist mother, Anne Kotzman, and I recently published The New Expanded Listen to Me, Listen to You: A practical guide to self-awareness, communications skills and conflict management (2007), Penguin Group (Australia), and its companion volume, Listen to Me, Listen to You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Communication Skills Training (2008), Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER Press).

How we experience life depends a great deal on what we say - to ourselves and to other people - the way we narrate our lives. Yet aside from a lifetime of trial and error, most of us have little training in communicating effectively and often find our self surprised and confounded by the outcomes of our efforts. To help people improve their lives by improving their communication skills, I offer a variety of customised communication skills training programmes.

According to my family, friends and colleagues, I am a natural teacher and have been 'coaching' informally for years. In recent years I have undertaken specific life coach training and certification, and I've joined the Galliard Group's network of trained Small Business Advisors, in order to provide high quality coaching to both private and corporate clients. I am a member of the International Coach Federation, bound by its professional standards and code of ethics.

My formal qualifications include:
  • 2010 - Small Business Advisor, Level 1. Galliard Group (USA)
  • 2010 - Personal Fitness Trainer Certification. America Aerobic Association International and International Sports Medicine Association (USA)
  • 2007 - Certified Instructor for moving and whitewater kayaking. American Canoe Association (USA)
  • 2006 - Nonviolent Communication Workshop, Naropa University, Boulder (USA)
  • 2004 - Certified Life Coach. Institute for Life Coach Training (USA)
  • 2002 - Mediation, Certificate of Achievement. Queensland Justice Department (Australia)
  • 1987 - Dip.Ed. Monash University, Clayton (Australia)
  • 1986 - Ph.D. Monash University, Clayton (Australia)
  • 1980 - B.Sc. (Honours) Monash University, Clayton (Australia)

Picture of Mandy Kotzman scuba diving Picture of Mandy Kotzman bird watching Picture of Mandy Kotzman kayaking Picture of Mandy Kotzman doing woodwork

Click here for more about Mandy

Home  ¦  Contact Us  ¦  Devel. programs  ¦  Coaching: What?   Who?   Why?  ¦  Presentations: Upcoming  and Past  ¦ 

Complimentary session  ¦  Costs  ¦  About Mandy  ¦  Satisfaction quiz  ¦  Inspiring quotes  ¦  Testimonials  ¦  The Folly


Creative Pursuits LLC  *  P.O. Box 1084  *  LaPorte  *  Colorado 80535
(970) 581 4982 (USA Mountain Time Zone)