Our clients get remarkable results. Here's what some amazing leaders have to say about working with The Courage Factory.
VP Sales & Marketing
Just finished a 2 days leadership workshop with Amanda coaching and facilitating our Day 1. We focused on fostering team spirit and the basis for a strong leadership team after a long time working remotely and several teams getting together. It was really great to work with Amanda in the process leading to the off-site as well as during the session where she kept high level energy and engagement within the team. I was impressed how we could embrace mindfulness and align on our team values. This clearly marks the first step to building a winning team that performs united. Thanks Amanda it was a pleasure !
"I’m grateful for my leadership and personal growth journey with Amanda. I felt in good hands and in a totally trusted relationship where I could totally be myself and would definitely recognize I have grown both professionally and personally.
Amanda is a coach that not only looks at the leadership work related kind of development but works on different levels from career to wellbeing to personal. I would warmly recommend her, if you are open to where coaching may lead you and you enjoy mindfulness techniques."
After 3 years of co-founding the Impact Hub Hamburg, and acting as co-Managing Director, I found myself at a strange place. For me, it was one of the first times in my life I felt demotivated with my role, overworked, and financially unsatisfied.
I never thought about getting coaching support, since I have been providing coaching support to entrepreneurs myself, and I believe I spend good time for inner reflection and personal development. However, I slowly started considering the idea, since having an external perspective could be beneficial. I asked people from my network, specially with similar positions, and I was recommended to talk to Amanda from the Impact Hub network.
From our first interaction I found the coaching conversation exciting, open and safe. Our exchanges turned reflective and powerful. I especially like the combination of pause and motivation that Amanda provides.
After working with Amanda I felt more confident on my next steps, and courageous about exploring alternatives that I had not dared looking in the eyes before. I reconnected with my own mission, and the reasons why I started the Impact Hub Hamburg.
I would love continuing working with Amanda in the future and can recommend her as a coaching and sparring professional, specially for entrepreneurs and founders.
I worked with Amanda as part of a leadership development course at BCB Group. Amanda was a fantastic coach, providing tailored and relevant content to the group. Her ability to really encourage us to get to the root cause of our challenges, as well as understand what was really driving us was second to none. The content was practical and I use many of the concepts and frameworks she taught regularly in my work to continue to develop my own leadership skills. I particularly enjoyed her specialist knowledge in the area of emotional intelligence. I would highly recommend Amanda to anyone who is looking for coaching to improve their own career development and leadership skills.
Amanda coached myself and some colleagues as part of a Leadership Coaching Programme at BCB Group. Amanda was an amazing facilitator throughout, she listened but also challenged at the appropriate times, giving us a safe space to voice our opinions and challenges without any fear of judgement. Her ability to read the room, sense uncomfortable situations and know when, or when not to, delve further was incredible. Having now finished the programme, the growth evident in each of us is so clear and I know we will all take away her learnings into our future. I would not hesitate to recommend her to others looking for coaching and I hope our paths cross again! Thank you thank you thank you for your invaluable support.
Program Manager & Scientist
"I am very happy that I got to work with Amanda. Her professionalism and communication were present in all our sessions. Amanda creates a safe place for me to share my thoughts without judgment and clever guidance. I always feel so much better, lighter, and have a clearer direction to go after every session. Additionally, she guides with her own intuition that makes each session very personal and helpful for each period of my life. Throughout the sessions, I notice changes in my own thought and behavior that has been very beneficial. I believe what I have learned from Amanda will continue to support me well into the future."
CEO & Founder
"Amanda's passion for coaching and her unstoppable enthusiasm for people and their stories led me to join her for the Alchemy program. Having been open to working on my leadership skills this was a great opportunity to do it in a structured, emotionally open and intellectually honest way. Amanda's depth of knowledge in the field makes it easier to trust her and accept her as a guide in this journey. She isn't afraid of asking the tough and challenging questions, leading one to great discoveries about individual blind spots and things to work on. What is just as important is her ability to then have tools and exercises ready to tackle these issues in a very productive and constructive manner. I would recommend Amanda's course to anyone who is ready to take their leadership and self-awareness to the next level."
Leader in Tech
"The sessions Amanda led at our company were truly impactful and we are grateful to her for sharing her talents and insights with us! She creates such an open and welcoming space during the sessions and has been great to work with throughout the entire process. Thank you, Amanda, for your kind spirit and for your guidance as we build up our Women's ERG!"
Senior Business Development Manager
"Had a wonderful experience with Amanda and her "Alchemy '' program. The program is intended as a leadership coaching, however, goes in depth into understanding the self. I especially loved Amanda's ability to guide you through certain realizations without being invasive or imposing any opinions. Amanda is a professional coach and a very pleasant communicator creating a relaxing atmosphere of trust in her sessions. She has a lot of material to share to target any specific challenge you might face. Highly recommended!"
My coaching experience with Amanda was totally transformational. I always had issues with saying no to other people and clarifying what I really want. Amanda guided me to question myself what I am saying yes to, if I say no to something. It was a life-changing perspective, and it helped me gain clarity and depth. Then she encouraged me to put myself first and give myself the permission to live the life I want.
During the coaching process, my life changed drastically as I went through a life crisis. Amanda supported me along the way and helped me sort out my priorities, so that I can move on with courage, much self-love and a crystal clear vision.
"Amanda is a thoughtful, fun and positive coach and working with her gave me a renewed sense of energy and focus for my next steps in my business. Amanda helped my to sort through my 'mind-clutter' and positively listen to my inner voice for guidance. She also helped me take practical steps forward and plan where to focus my attention to get the best outcomes. Amanda's coaching is open and forward moving, yet compassionate and caring. I always looked forward to our sessions and I would wholly recommend Amanda as a coach."
Health Financing Associate, MPH
Amanda’s master class was the perfect combination of reflection and action. She is a skilled facilitator who tailors each exercise to the current needs of each individual and really creates a safe space. I was challenged to consider my current ways of thinking and propose new paths forward to begin my goals and carry them towards success. I highly recommend working with Amanda and thank her for being such an inspiration!
Entrepreneur & Content Strategist
"This was the most useful coaching experience I’ve ever had. I think it was a combination of where I was in my business and Amanda’s style, but the session allowed me to imagine alternatives to how I’m able to run my business and serve my clients.
Amanda’s style resonated with me—big picture, but tactical; no-nonsense, but encouraging; non-judgmental, but in a way that holds you accountable.
What was most unique, and probably the most impactful, were the visioning and brainstorming techniques Amanda used. They helped me get out of my head so I could reflect on what I want and what I offer without the filtering and judgement I naturally apply to all my thoughts."
Writer & Business Development Consultant
"Coaching has been extremely meaningful to me. I feel more "awake" than I have in a long time. That can be both exhilarating and painful, but there's no question it's an improvement. There have been so many big insights for me that feel like guideposts I'll use for the rest of my life."
Entrepreneur & Brand Coach
"Amanda has a knack for asking really powerful questions that lead you to your own solutions. What I’ve found from my time with Amanda is, she helps me see that I already know the answer to some of my biggest challenges. She guides me to my own solutions by holding space for me and asking questions that help me see things from a different perspective. She gets me out of my own head. She’s gifted at what she does. Five stars”
Entrepreneur & Founder
"I clearly understand what I want to do in life. I am generally a happier person. I understand my priorities better. Though there is much room for improvement, and much to be done, I like who I see in the mirror every morning. Amanda is a great coach who genuinely cares about what she does and uses her craft to help others. If she can help me, she can help anybody."
UI & UX Product Designer
"I LOVE AMANDA! I highly highly recommend her! Would really love her to be my life-coach again, she is a coach that you can open all your heart to. During my difficult time when I lost my job, having 2-3 months of serious depression, anxiety, hard time to get myself eat properly. I reached out to her by chance and wrote to her about my current situation. I am really glad that I made a decision to invest in myself in her coaching session.
Amanda was really really kind & generous to offer her time to support me in my toughest time. I felt really lucky to be able to have her being my life coach for 3 months. She discovered the deepest struggle that I wasn't able to resolve for years. I remembered there was a time that my anxiety had triggered, she was so kind as to give me a short phone-call and said she believe in me.
During the process, she had helped me to discover my deepest desire, gained back my confidence, and supported my decision making. What I have really learned is that there's no "perfect" in the world. If it wasn't Amanda, I'd still have a problem starting a step forward. I can't thank her enough for all the warm support. It was so hard for me to let her go even though our session had ended."
"Amanda is a powerful and courageous coach - she will create the conditions for you to learn about yourself and move towards your goal, session after session. You can count on her to challenge you or hold the space for you when you need it.
Coaching with Amanda tremendously helped me get the clarity I needed in such a complicated situation; I was able to pinpoint the origin of my anxiety and find creative solutions to circumvent it and manage the situation positively for me and my family. I needed some help in preparing for a big transition: moving from Asia to North America, restarting a life there, helping my kids with the changes and the challenges to come, and, last but not least, reinventing my professional life there.
I want to thank Amanda wholeheartedly for her listening, her empathy and also her direct and no BS approach. It truly helped me in a pivotal moment for me."
Entrepreneur & Mother
"Thanks for being in my life. You help me feel good about myself and I love that you push me and challenge me. I give you permission to push harder and challenge me more. I’m ready. I want it!"
"Within 20 minutes of speaking, Amanda helped remove my mental blocks and helped me come to the realization about the lifestyle I’ve always wanted to live. She explained to me that I always had the answers within myself; she just brought them to the surface."
2nd Plant Manager (Pharma)
"Alchemy is a progressive journey across self-development concepts and tools. Every week we dug into a topic like (Big-) Goal Setting, Self Care or Resilience and connected it all with our immediate situations and surroundings.
Amanda led us through key theory and exercises and allowed for a “choose your own adventure” approach. It was so much fun! I personally found the discovery of Values and creation of my Path of Life the most moving and life-changing.
I finished more mature as a person, eager to revisit and reapply the content and curious to see what else could be on the horizon...
If you would like to explore your inner leader while connecting and exchanging with other fantastic people, I can only recommend this experience."
"Amanda has the ability to understand me even before I understand myself. She is really intuitive and gifted at what she does. She guides you in a way that feels natural for you while still pushing you to go further. The changes I’ve seen during my time with her have already impacted the way I work (and live!) powerfully. I can’t thank her enough and can’t wait to work again with her in the future."
Brand Strategist & Designer
"Amanda is gifted at what she does. She has a demeanor that makes you comfortable right away and allows you to open up. She’s professional, yet friendly. My favorite part was how organized the session was, but how it still flowed very naturally. We got to work right away, she asked the right questions, pushing me to dig deeper and (as cheesy as it may sound) to dream bigger. If you’re willing to do the hard work I am positive that Amanda will direct you towards success by challenging you and supporting you at the same time."
As a 30-something working professional, getting life coaching from someone to whom I can relate and co-create actionable activities to help me achieve my goals has been a challenge. Amanda has been a breath of fresh air and helped me navigate my challenges. For someone who is quite accomplished, she is humble, smart, articulate, available when needed, and unafraid to pivot as and when needed. Overall great experience.
I was struck by your powerful leadership and ability to hold space + bring people forward. You have great mastery Amanda. I know all who you support are touched by your gift.
"I have so enjoyed our sessions together and I have grown so much in the time we have had together - that last session was especially helpful in becoming clearer on who I am and what I offer my clients. I already have some ideas brewing about how to create scale-able products that I can test with potential clients. Thank you! I also felt I really came away with tangible tools and exercises I can use as I continue to practice and grow - especially with setting boundaries and asserting my needs."
Working with Amanda has helped me create space in my life to reflect and understand what I want and maybe even more importantly what I have. Through her thoughtful questions and insistence to find answers that work for me first, I learned how I can continuously grow as a person and as a leader.
"Amanda Parker offers a toolbox of skills that help identify and unblock self-limiting set of beliefs. Her natural curiosity, her engaging warmth and her abundant enthusiasm make her a great coach to work with. Amanda is mindful of time and diligent with commitment. I would highly recommend her as a coach."
"Amanda came into my life as a breath of fresh air. Full of positive energy and indestructible faith in her own and my abilities. After a long time in a company of bullies and toxic working environments, she helped me remember and re-discover my true self. Amanda is very professional, genuine, insightful and empathetic. She "walks the talk" and makes working with her fun! If you are looking for inspiration, energy boost and/or to reorganize your thoughts and goals - the Courage Factory is what you need. Amanda will pour all she has (and some more) into you and you will come out on the other end feeling empowered, secure and overflowing with excitement for what the future holds!"
CEO, Founder & Coach
"Amanda is an inspiring coach to work with. She provides a safe and supportive environment, and I trust her fully. I had been carrying some guilt around for a while, which blocked moving forwards. We spent time working on this and through her coaching, I could go much deeper. Felt a lightness and clarity after our sessions. Her coaching is a powerful experience."
Entrepreneur, Consultant & Team Coach
"Coaching with Amanda was a blast. I had not expected to get so much value out of only one session. Amanda's structured and very professional style, her smart way of asking just the right questions and seeing connections where I myself was blocked, helped me tons. I would always recommend it!"
Senior Executive, U.N.
"Your coaching style is very powerful - pushing me and pushing me. I didn't even know what coaching was and you pushed me to come up with answers on my own. So powerful."
Marketing & Community Builder, Entrepreneur
"I've learned to be kinder to myself, to be more courageous :). I learned that I can take time out without feeling bad about it. I took the leap to go after my dream to try out living in New Zealand. I got my first freelance gig which is a big deal. I said yes to more opportunities (not just job stuff).
I liked that we could laugh together, as well as work through some tough issues. I liked that you used different tools: visualisation, asking the right questions, short exercises etc. I was always looking forward to our sessions."
Entrepreneur & Graphic Designer
"Amanda is brilliant at taking the crazy, swirling thoughts in our minds and breaking them down into actionable steps that feel doable and exciting!"
Amanda is passionate about developing people and organizations. I worked with Amanda for one year on several global leadership and development projects. I observed Amanda work with multiple clients and seamlessly translate ideas and objectives into learning content. Amanda takes the time to understand her clients (and their issues) and build lasting relationships which she is able to translate into creative and effective solutions. Amanda is also an excellent facilitator who can build rapport with and capture the attention of participants in both f2f and virtual environments. As an instructional designer, contributor or leadership development consultant, Amanda would be an asset to any organization interested in developing its people or culture.
Before I started working with Amanda, I was feeling really lost. I was unfulfilled in my freelance career and wasn’t working due to the pandemic. I felt like I had been hustling and searching for all of my twenties and was craving stability and meaning in my life. My biggest fears were financial lack and finding a job that allowed me to create impact and utilize my skills. I doubted my ability, experience, leadership skills and self worth.
My life changed drastically while I was working with Amanda. I moved to a neighborhood with more access to green space, I met my current partner, and was offered a full time salaried Senior role that meets almost all of the aspects I was dreaming about. I had some big insights around trusting my intuition, affirming my self worth, owning what I needed and could have in my life, and recognizing the ways in which I could calm sabotage thoughts. Amanda, helped me build confidence in who I am and held space for me to dream bigger about what my life could look like.
It was a pleasure to attend your workshop, thanks for creating these sessions and a space for women from different walks of life to feel safe, to connect, and to share.
I had a mystical experience while visualizing, it's amazing how the mind has the ability to recreate every sound, texture, color, smell, and even temperature, and it still feels quite vivid, pretty cool stuff! Going all-in, information-less, and therefore without expectations, probably had something to do with it. I just assumed visualizing meant visualizing whatever comes to mind, not how you'd "like to" see yourself. Anyway, I loved the experience and your visual guidance into the meditation was very helpful.
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