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I want to thank you for the time that you spent with me as my business coach.

Throughout the year and a half that we worked together several profound changes took place for my business and for me. The largest change that I experienced was that I now truly feel and act like a business owner. Prior to coaching with you, my attitudes and feelings were much more like that of an employee.

I found that the systems that you work with as a Coach are really meant to bring results: from the 5 ways business chassis to the 10 by 10 marketing plan. It was so simple to look at the different areas of the 5 ways and make small but meaningful changes. Having a coach on my side gave me confidence to raise my shop rates to a high level. Raising my rates was something that always terrified me. With your encouragement I increased my rates by a much higher level than I ever had done before without any fear.

Another profitable implementation was the use of scripts that we developed together. My service adviser and I use them everyday and this has streamlined our process of quickly weeding out the undesirable prospects and enrolling those people who really want our service.

I always appreciated being able to call you with a marketing idea or a business challenge. You were always readily available to help me in anyway. The many resources that you introduced me to, helped develop my business, and me personally: I am much more of a leader, a much better salesman and a better teacher to my staff.

Overall my business looks much different than when we started. It looks much more professional, with a fabulous office and excellent staff. Our clients really appreciate the excellent business that we have become. My attitude is that of the business owner that I always wanted to be. Thank you for the skills and the systems that you brought to my business and my life.

Bernie Pawlik: Pawlik Automotive

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