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What Clients Are Saying - Testimonials and Reviews


Friends have asked me what exactly it is that I've picked up from my talks with Carmine. A year later, I still struggle to encapsulate the lessons, so deeply are they woven into the fabric of my days. All I know is I cope with life and its small shocks better, much better, with greater serenity and strength and a depth of emotional insight that I didn't have before we met. He brings to the surface fundamental truths and gently helps you feel them, and then think them, for yourself. From that you emerge with a trove of tools to question, to grow, to engage better with others -- in short, to evolve daily into better appreciating this small lease of ours on earth.  I couldn't ask for a greater gift.

I stumbled on Carmine by chance in an Internet search and found more than a "coach." He's a remarkable, wise intelligence who listens free of judgment and hones in to help you unpack the stuff of being human with the erudition of a Renaissance man and the open-minded generosity of someone who has traveled the world in time and space, exploring different philosophies and ideas and arriving, in the end, at the same results. He's an old soul and I can honestly say that he quickly, very quickly, became a mentor and a friend. I hope to stay in touch for the rest of our long lives.

Washington, D.C.

There are, of course, many wonderful coaches--competent and truly helpful people. Carmine belongs in a very small subset of that group: the rare and magical coaches.

He can hear you fully in a way that few humans can. He can seemingly suspend time so there's enough for the whole story, while also keeping things moving so you are done when you need to be, having defined your next steps. His knowledge and experience run so broad and so deep--the result of years of curiousity, no doubt--that he can go wherever you need the conversation to go. His integrity is matchless. And--(sorry, Carmine, I know this raises the bar)--he's funny.

The tools and attitudes he helped me hone have taken me to an entirely new level. These days, I feel at peace, or know how to get there, no matter what is going on. My life unfolds in front of me and even the struggles feel like a form of grace.

I can't know how you might look back on your time with Carmine, but I can say that working with him was a highlight of my year--a gift I'm still opening long after its official end.

Mehrzad N. Araghi
Hopkington, Massachussetts

I have worked with Carmine as his student, client and colleague and very much appreciate his deep knowledge and sincere integrity. He has an innate ability to meet you where you are and communicate effectively and productively. Working with him is easy yet challenging because he operates from a place of authenticity and no personal agenda. Whether teaching or coaching, Carmine clearly demonstrates a seasoned level of knowledge and experience and a passion for what he does. His understanding of Emotional Intelligence and coaching in general has helped to propel him into being a credible force and expert in this area.

Bill Sex
President - New England Coaching
Co-President - International Coach Federation New England

Carmine Leo is one of the best in the business. As a trainer he is generous with his knowledge and constructively critical in his praise. As my mentor coach he taught me to think outside the box and to listen to my heart whenever my head got in the way. My work with Carmine opened up new resonances in communicative skills and has changed the way that I work and interact with others. As a practicing and successful creativity coach, I am able to combine the knowledge I gained as a university professor with my ongoing wish to help those who are releasing their own creative energies.

John F. Clark, Ph.D., C.E.C.
Eastham, Massachussetts

I'm writing this testimonial for Carmine Leo because he has been one of most important "forces" in the transformation of my life from being asleep to being awake. Carmine came into my life as my Emotional Intelligence instructor. He was so full of energy, life and commitment for the work he was doing; I couldn't help but be caught up in his passion. It was in the EI course where he was instrumental in opening my eyes to the power of the "universe" and the importance of developing my Emotional Intelligence, including the skills that were required.

As a result of my association with Carmine - I have followed his lead and become an Executive Coach and use the Genos Emotional Intelligence Assessment process in a full time coaching practice. As a direct result of Carmine's coaching, encouragement, enthusiasm, deep listening and insights, I have been encouraged to broaden my own world and business. I'm teaching Emotional Intelligence at the college level and have made considerable inroads into major corporations such as Mitsubishi - all because of his example in his own coaching practice.

I can - without reservation - recommend him to you! He is a great coach and best of all - a great guy!

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach
Chicago, Illinois

I was always in awe at the simplicity in which Carmine could get to the heart of the matter. As the coaches' coach, Carmine helped me to take my listening skills to the next level. His enthusiastic coaching style is encouraging, motivating, and uplifting.

Allison Miller RYT,CEC
Health & Fitness Coach
Old Tappan, New Jersey

The main word that comes to mind about Carmine's coaching is "courageous." He consistently and artfully offered steps, insights, and ideas that stretched me. It would have been easier for some coaches to just go along, but Carmine provided the leadership I needed to press forward - and that's what I hired him to do. As a result, I now have a greater willingness to stand up tall and strong for what I believe are the best strategies in situations throughout my work and life.

Patton Stephens
Silver Springs, Maryland

Carmine Leo is a brilliant coach and trainer whose compassion, understanding and patience with students gives them the advantage they need to become successful in the coaching industry. His empowering support for his clients displays his mastery of the coaching profession.

My personal experience with Carmine gave me the confidence I needed to become a successful coach. Through his mentoring and positive support of my coaching skills, I strengthened my own coaching ability which empowered me to believe that I can accomplish whatever dream I choose for myself in the coaching industry.

When it comes to coaching - Carmine is simply a master!

Sherry M. Hatcher, CEC
Columbia, South Carolina


Man, it's good to have you as a coach!

You are easily the most uplifting person I know. It truly is a gift of yours, and I'm definitely one of your beneficiaries. I know that this coaching relationship is the key ingredient I've been missing for years, and I can see how my success "momentum" will continue gaining steam as we keep examining and evaluating what's working & what's not. How exciting it is to realize my spinning wheels are beginning to grip! Okay, so here we go...

Jimmy Parker
Captain, USMC
Stafford, Virginia

Dear Carmine,

Before we began working together I knew I had the ability to become the person I wanted to be but I was having a hard time achieving it. With your coaching I was able to understand on a deeper level what is important to me, what inspires me, and what I can do right now to make that real. I have renewed motivation to take action toward these goals and dreams.

What changed my life was to make a commitment to take specific action, a commitment to myself and also to you, and to communicate back to you on the progress. I see it is this thorough and practical approach and the power of the coaching partnership that is making it possible. I'm showing you and myself that this is what I am doing with my life. I can tell that you care about my goals and that makes me care more.

Life Coaching has created a snowball effect. Because of our efforts together I am taking detailed action and can see the positive changes. This has created more enthusiasm to forge ahead. My dreams are manifesting and that is exciting.

Tony Bobzien
Artist and Sculptor
Portland, Oregon


I wanted to take a moment and let you know how much I appreciate the impact (the) GSP is having on my professional and personal life. Beginning with the assessment and then continuing with your assistance at putting it into action in my life has improved my basic outlook. We have identified not only strengths but also areas in need for improvement, and improved them. The accountability to a trustworthy coach is an invaluable asset in my life. I am actively recommending it to anyone who will take the time to check it out. Thanks again!

Phillip Stephens
Mortgage Broker
Deltona, Florida

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