Testimonials - TJ Guttormsen


On this page you will find a small selection of testimonials from TJ's coaching clients, as well as event organizers and workshop attendees. 
Some of these testimonials have been translated from other languages. Some have been shortened.

Coaching clients:

Fredrik S.
Sales & Coaching

My experience with TJ as a coach has been nothing but positive.

I've used him at several occasions throughout the years. To write this testimonial I had to spend a lot of time listing the things I've improved, simply because they have been so many.

I started out planning to sign up for his 4 month program, but when I saw how valuble it was for my own growth I signed up for another 6 months, and I'm currently considering more!

TJ gets right to the source of the challenge, rather than focus on superficial techniques. This helps you understand what the right actions are, whether you're talking about your career, your social life, etc. He helps you create the right mindsets, and follows you up with support constantly while at the same time pushing you to be better, it quickly makes you feel invincible!

He genuinely wants you to succeed with getting the results you want, while ensuring that you yourself take full responisbility for your efforts.

I know who pretty much every major [communication] coach in Norway is, and I can safely say that TJ is the best one!


- Deepak Ranade
Director of engineering

TJ’s coaching helped me get rid of the stress that I’d been experiencing my whole life. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders, and all my relationships are better for it.

The funny thing is, I hired him to help me communicate better, but it turned out the problem wasn’t my words and he recognized that through our sessions.

When he shared with me what he had seen in me, my whole world started to change for the better.


- Øyvind Dragsten
Senior software developer Norconsult

TJ is a great coach and course instructor. I have had tremendous changes in my life after I started working with TJ in 2010.

His work has a solid foundation in scientifically proven methods and personal experience. I like this combination, as I come from a scientific background myself.

He knows how to explain complicated things in an easily understandable and entertaining way. You can always rely on Torkel. He delivers what he promises. I highly recommend Torkel as a coach and instructor.

- Yann Com-Nougue
Lead Online Developer at UBISOFT

TJ is a captivating speaker that connects on a personal level with his audience. I attended many of his workshops and seminars and was always impressed by his calm presence, and the clarity with which he communicated his message.

As a team lead in a fast paced, high-tech company, I more than once modeled some of TJ's teaching and communication style in meetings or when giving small group coaching. Very pleased with the results.


- Maria Johnson

TJ helped me get rid of my social insecurities so fast that I almost didn’t notice it happening.

I now feel much more confident and social. I’ve been able to get a new and better job, and I wouldn’t have been where I am if not for his coaching.

Mikael L Nurse

The first time I signed up for a workshop with TJ my self-esteem was something completely different than now. Through the workshop, old myths that were holding me back were disproven and I started to learn that my old ideas just weren't true.

Later that fall I signed up for TJ's 4 month coaching program, where I worked on my challenges week by week, all the while guided and supported by TJ.

Through this process I learned who I am as a person, and my old, negative self-image was erased. I have now created better and more healthy habits for myself, become more empathic, clear on what my boundaries are, and more open and socially successful. Through this process I also met a wonderful woman who I now live with.

TJ has a lot of knowledge, but even more importantly he was able to guide me in practical situations that were relevant for my life. He listens and pays attention to my goals, and gives me honest feedback along the way. Whenever I've needed anything, he's been easily available to me. He also made sure that he put the responsibility of making the necessary efforts on me, so that I, myself, was the one to create all the progress I've made.

- Heine Kolltveit
Life coach

As I started out as a public speaking life coach TJ helped me out with setting it up and even did the first seminar with me.

He knows a ton of stuff on how to be your best self and got both the personal and the coaching experience to back it up. And he knows how to transfer that to seminar participants or coaching clients.

Seminars and workshops:

Lillian Rydning
Cognitive psychologist

TJ Guttormsen is an authority in his field. He is very knowledgable and bases his teachings on documented and effective strategies, which sets him apart from most coaches out there.

And he has a unique ability to teach in an engaging way.

Elisabeth Diana Åshagen President of JCI Evolution

TJ Guttormsen is a knowledgable and engaging speaker. Everyone at our conference had a positive experience of the weekend.

They felt that the tools they learned from this course would make it easier to master several challenges in their every-day life.

We warmly recommend TJ Guttormsen as a speaker.

Linn Emilie Schäffer
Project manager, Start Norwegian University of Science and Technology

TJ presented his topic in a fun and engaging way. Our audience identified with many of his scenarios, and the end result was an easy-going and nice experience.

The feedback we've received from our attendees after the seminar have been incredibly positive. Many stated that TJ Guttormsen was a positive surprise at our event, and that the seminar was educational and inspiring.

We are very happy with TJ's contribution to ensuring a professional image for our event, and strongly recommend TJ Guttormsen as a speaker!

Andreas Ursin Hellebust
JCI International

We hired [TJ] for our conference in Junior Chamber International in Trondheim in May 2013.

He’s a very motivating speaker, and makes sure all his theories are tried in practice. We got to try some new, as well as refresh some old tools for getting our career goals on the right path. Involving and inspiring. I highly recommend Torkel as a speaker and coach, and wish him good luck in the future.

Jonas P.
Workshop attendee

I learned things on this workshop that I didn't even know I needed to learn. The fact that it was a small and intimate workshop also helped make it easy to ask questions.

TJ is an fantastically good teacher, and you can feel how much he cares about you learning what he's teaching. I definitely feel like I've gotten better at communicating from this workshop, and I now also know what I want to get good at (something I didn't really know before attending).

I definitely recommend his workshops.

Workshop attendee

I've been making a joke about the workshop since I attended, accusingly saying, "I went there to become a new man, instead I just became better me than ever before."

That might be what has surprised me the most; how great one can actually feel about oneself, as long as your have the right mindset and take the right actions.

Cato M
Workshop attendee

I did a workshop that helped me undersand how women think, and how to have more success in the dating arena. I got a lot of mental upgrades, and started developing more confidence.

I now live in Warszawa and I'm dating a woman I met walking down the street, while also dating others [openly and honestly]. Thank you for all the support and positivity you've given me, the workshop was the start of a new and better life!

Workshop attendee

The workshop and the reading material [TJ ] provided both there and via email has helped me a lot both privately and professionally. It revealed a lot of things that were holding me back from socializing well, and meeting mew people, and I am now married, with a son.

The genious thing about [TJ's] work is that you learn how to be good from the inside and out, and it gives me a wonderful feeling every time I see the people around me happy.

I could've written a dissertation about this, but I'll finish here for now. Thank you for all the help, TJ, I will keep watching what you do."

More testimonials and references available upon request.