Testimonials - TJ Guttormsen


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

Coaching testimonials:

These are testimonial from clients who have received personal coaching over a prolonged period of time.

Mikael L.

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.  While on it 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.

Fredrik S.
Sales & Coaching

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

I've used him on several occasions throughout the years. And 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 valuable 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. In effect it quickly makes you feel invincible!

He genuinely wants you to succeed at getting the results you want while ensuring that you yourself take full responsibility 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!

Øyvind Dragsten
Senior software developer Norconsult

TJ is a great coach and course instructor. And 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. And you can always rely on Torkel. He delivers what he promises. I highly recommend Torkel as a coach and instructor.

Carson C.

I had a great time being coached by TJ at a recent bootcamp in Amsterdam.

There are two things I’d like to highlight. Firstly that the guy’s very accomplished. The other thing is that the guy’s a great coach. And he’s very enthusiastic, really seems to connect with the students, and is constantly giving solid advice and hints & tips. I suffer from approach anxiety and was really dreading the first night out. However, hanging out with TJ this mostly went away, and instead, I really enjoyed myself.

Finally, I’d say that TJ genuinely wants people to succeed and would definitely recommend him as a coach.

John A.

I have now proven to myself that I can build a social circle of women. And [even] open relationships if I want to. Not to mention that I became comfortable going out alone to meet people, without knowing anyone there. In other words, I now know that I can do this without being dependent on other people. And the sense of accountability of having a coach behind me in this process was most important, and what made me go out and make the necessary effort.

Espen J.

I have developed higher self-esteem, better social skills, more confidence, and more drive.

This process isn't as scary as it might seem. And it gives you a sense of accomplishment and the feeling that "I can handle it."

Tord P.

Life, as it is now, seems almost unreal. A life I’ve never even dared to dream about before is suddenly a reality. For this, a huge thanks go to TJ. Because it’s mostly because of his amazing mindsets and incredible ability to inspire others that have gotten me to where I am today. Genuine connections is a gift that no one should say no to!

Kjetil B.

My problem used to be a lack of focus and a lot of negative thoughts. But this has been so much easier to deal with when working with someone so positive who helps me see opportunities rather than obstacles. This has helped me a lot. And I have a whole new sense of motivation and focus than I used to.

Tom Paulsen

Solid and to-the-point. This helped me significantly. [TJ] is a very down-to-earth coach, and it was definitely worth the money.

Event hosts:

These are testimonials from organizers and hosts of events or seminars I've spoken at.

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.

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.


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.

Seminar and workshop participants:

These are testimonials from participants on seminars and workshops. The participants all gave these testimonials on their own initiative.

Navid Siamaki
Workshop attendee

After learning from TJ it wasn't just my relationships that changed dramatically. But I now have the confidence to follow my passions. And it's been the most amazing adventure ever since.

I couldn't have done that without the confidence I got from his workshop.

Jonas P.
Workshop attendee

I learned things on this workshop that I didn't even know I needed to learn. And 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.

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. The workshop gave me a lot of mental upgrades, and I started developing more confidence.

I now live in Warszawa and I'm dating a woman I met walking down the street. And I'm 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. And it has revealed a lot of things that were holding me back from socializing well, and meeting new 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. Furthermore, 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.

Ragnar J.
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.

More testimonials and references available upon request.

After a decade+ long career, the amount of testimonials I've gathered is becoming quite long. The testimonials listed here are either the most recent ones or the testimonials that best describe what I do.