I’d love to say that it is your general skills, qualities, or personality that will make-or-break your personal success.
But we all know that’s not completely true.
While those are all important - without knowing how to effectively communicate with the world around you, you’ll be left in the dust by those who do.
And that was my experience of life up until 2006.
That's when I decided it was time to make a change..
I did well in school. I was a nice guy, and the people I did have in my life usually had nothing but good things to say about me.
And yet I kept seeing people who did a worse job than me get the promotions I wanted.
I saw people who treated others poorly but still had more friends than I ever had.
And let’s not even get started on all the guys I saw in relationship after relationship even though they never treated their partners well.
What did they have that I didn’t?
The answer, it turned out, was above average communication skills.
The summer of 2006 I finally took charge of my own life.
I started studying social dynamics, communication, and psychology both at my university, and in practically every moment of free time I had.
And with the help of my new knowledge, a coach, and lots of sweat and tears - my life started to change.
Within months, both my social and romantic life had made huge changes for the better.
Within a year I got the promotion I wanted.
And a couple of amazing years after that I had a whole new life and career laid out for me.
All of this took dedication, motivation, and effort. But through the power of coaching and practice, I steadily built a better life for myself - and a better me.
Because perhaps most importantly - I started feeling different too.
I didn’t just feel like I knew what to say and do, I also felt socially confident in a way I never had before.
Eventually I had so many people asking me to help them make the changes I had made, that I decided I would do it full time.
At this point I already had a teacher’s degree in psychology, and I was working on my masters in pedagogy (the science of learning). And to supplement this formal education, I started studying coaching.
I traveled around Europe and North America to learn from the best coaches I could find. And it paid off.
By the summer of 2009 I had the beginnings of my own thriving coaching practice.
That summer I got my own weekly column in a national newspaper. And I was doing a daily segment on national radio about communication and relationships.
Since then I’ve published several books, and been featured over 100 times in the national media of my home country of Norway. Where, even now after I've emigrated to Las Vegas, I continue to be the go-to coach for many journalists.
I’ve also created a series of online courses - all of which have held the title of “highest rated” among the Udemy platform’s 150 000 courses.
I’ve had the honor of working with people ranging from billionaire CEO’s, to award winning artists, to Olympic athletes, and to the "average Joe".
As well as corporate clients ranging from international conglomerates to local mom-and-pop businesses.
I’ve done more personal coaching than I can count, and I’ve spoken on stages in front of audiences ranging from a handful to many hundreds in several different countries.
But my favorite type of work is personal coaching with people like myself.
People who simply want to get more out of life. Who want to improve their communication skills so they can start building the professional, social, or romantic lives they want.
I think they’re my favorite clients simply because I know them. I am them.
Not only do I know the feeling of wanting more, I’ve also walked the path that they’re about to walk.
And there’s nothing more rewarding to me than when someone let's me walk beside them on their journey – even if just for a little while.
I only sign clients that I am confident that I can help reach their goals.
If you'd like to figure out if that's you, I recommend you read about my coaching and requirements here, or reach out to me through the form below for a chat.