My first personal coaching client was Sharon Wood, 1st N.A. woman to summit Mount Everest. 

“Bruce’s friendship and personal coaching have supported me in navigating 25 years of the life I dared to long for. His voice, insight and wisdom are a part of the inner everyday language I used to climb Mount Everest, raise kids, pioneer a school, take dance lessons, deliver over a thousand presentations, and take on many more courageous adventures.”

Sharon Wood, Climber, Guide, Mother, Alternative School Founder
On Top Of The World!

Personal Life Design Coaching

When Sharon returned from her triumph, I helped her reinvent herself as a motivational speaker.

Since then, I’ve coached, spoken to and done workshops for thousands of clients on six continents.

From single moms to CE0s, doctors to deputy ministers, actors to activists, entrepreneurs to environmentalists, homemakers to home business wannabes—and a host of writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers and creatives.

My Life Design coaching is based on organizing framework for effective action that integrates vision, reality, action, and learning in support of much-desired results.

“Bruce knows what it takes to rise above dysfunctional patterns and organize your life to support what you most want. His coaching helped me create a simple, rich and successful life by uncovering and focusing on my passion.

Sonna Atawell, Coach/Counsellor, Victoria, BC

Professional Coach

Trainer Bruce

At the Action Studies Institute, I designed programs for developing generic skills for individuals, business and education.

I developed a Coach Training Program for Peer Resources in Victoria, BC. And helped coaches set up and implement successful practices.

I was an Advanced Instructor for Robert Fritz’s Technologies for Creating (TFC) program, facilitated TFC and Organizational TFC workshops for nine years.

I consulted, coached, designed programs, and facilitated training for: ALCAN, Motorola, Ciba-Geigy, Scotia-McLeod, Banff Centre, Open Learning Agency of BC, Mount Royal College, Sierra Club, BC, Council of Canadians, and numerous other organizations.

“The best two days of trining I have ever attended.”

— Glen Farrell, President, Open Learning Agency of BC

Professional Challenge Programs

A Younger Bruce

I created and ran Earthways: Experiences In Personal and Environmental Exploration: a summer, wilderness camp for teens. And The Winter Workshop, a monthly follow up, with coaching, for Earthways participants

I helped start the Banff School of Environment, and was a Faculty member in the Environmental Decision-Making for Managers program.

I was the founding Director of Yamnuska Mountain School, transforming it from a defunct, money-losing, YMCA program into a profitable, world-class Mountain Leadership school.

For the international adventure and motivational company, One Step Beyond, I developed and ran retreats and team-building programs for professionals and executives.

In the Canadian Rockies, I ran multi-day programs for companies such as Ciba-Geigy Canada, Scotia McLeod, Control Data Institute, and Pemberton Securities.

“Unbelievable effect and impact. We’ve never come together like this. A fantastic job. You have a skill industry can use.”

Al Redmond, Senior VP, Ciba-Geigy Canada

Writer and Writer’s Coach

Writing Simplicity and Success

I’ve written five books, published a bi-weekly newsletter and blog, and placed articles in numerous print and on-line magazines and blogs.

I’m currently working on a memoir describing how I worked my way from a depressed high school teacher, through a myriad of institutional and personal barriers, simplified my life, and created purposeful day job, with plenty of time for writing

More about my writing journey here.

“Bruce is an accomplished personal coach and this comes across in his writing. His ebook Thrive! is enabling others to bloom. Best of all, the book is free — available now for download. Read “Thrive!” and enjoy!”

Patricia Lustig, Consultant, LASA Development UK Ltd

For information about my Writer’s Coach work, visit Life Design For Writers/Creatives.

For a deeper dive into my personal/professional struggles and development, go to FINDING PURPOSE

A 3-D photo of the ebook Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin. It is standing on a white surface, throwing a shadow. The back ground the bluish cover is a photo of a mountain with a man looking up at it from a foreground ridge

FREE INFO PACKAGE: Email with “Story” as subject.


Books by Bruce Elkin

Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin.
Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.
Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
Creating Sustainable Success, by Bruce Elkin.
The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
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