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Garry Schleifer – My Journey to Mastery

Podcast 236

Today’s guest is Garry Schleifer of Choice magazine, who shares his journey to mastery from being a coach to starting a coaching magazine. Garry talks about the importance of ongoing growth and learning in life and how it can make us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Garry’s transition from being a coach to starting a coaching magazine
  • Things that weren’t around in the 90s that are now in the coaching industry
  • Garry’s thoughts on credentialing in the health coaching field
  • Garry’s vision for the Choice magazine
  • The changes that have occurred in coaching over the years 
  • The future of coaching and whether AI could replace face-to-face coaching
  • The good thing about having communities of coaches
  • Why it is crucial for health coaches to maintain their presence, even in challenging times
  • The core competencies that coaches need to adhere to
  • The benefits of subscribing to the Choice magazine and the resources it provides to health coaches

A seasoned businessman bringing over 30 years of experience, Garry Schleifer “walks the talk”. His credentials draw from experience as the visionary behind several multimillion-dollar corporations as well as being the owner and publisher of choice ~ the magazine of professional coaching. (choice-online.com)

Garry comes from a place of “ruthless compassion” when helping his clients. He challenges them with transformative coaching, rigorous goals, an innate sensitivity, good humor, and non-judgment.

His coaching credentials include a graduate of Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a Certified Mentor Coach certificate from inviteCHANGE, and a PCC designation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Garry is also the Past President of the Toronto ICF Chapter and ICF Global Board, as well as several other community-based boards.

He considers himself a digital nomad, living and loving life from wherever he has traveled with his husband Patrick. He loves what he does and loves meeting like-minded business owners looking for their lost freedom.

Memorable Quotes

  • “Every profession has its magazine… So, why shouldn’t our profession have it as well?”
  • “Wouldn’t it be lovely if we saw AI and technology as the stuff that supports us, that allows us to be with the client?”
  • “The good thing about having communities of coaches is that those coach can get together, and they can supervise each other.”


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