The Aha!NOW Chat with Berry Fowler [Interview]

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This is an interview with the highly successful coach and entrepreneur, Berry Fowler. I’m sure all those interested in and wanting to become entrepreneurs, life coaches, and money making bloggers would love to learn more.

Some of you might not have heard of Berry, but I’m sure that by the end of this interview, you’ll know and appreciate him well, and probably try to emulate him to be a successful entrepreneur yourself.

Moreover, anyone who desires to become a business coach or life coach would love to take his coaching program.

Berry Fowler’s success can be gauged by the Newsweek magazine’s comment that at one time referred him as “Colonel Sanders of Education”.

Not only that, the Success magazine praised his entrepreneurial efforts by reporting, “Everything Berry Fowler touches turns to gold”.

Yes, today’s interviewee on The Aha!NOW Chat is Berry Fowler, the Master Business Coach and entrepreneur, who over the past three decades has started several successful businesses.

Berry was the founder and former Chairman of the highly successful Sylvan ® Learning Systems Inc. and The Little Gym ® International Inc.

He started Sylvan Learning Centers in 1979, which became America’s leading provider of supplemental education to school-age children, and later sold it off in 1985 for millions of dollars.

The Entrepreneur Magazine ranked both the companies started by Berry among the Top 100 Best Franchise Companies in the World.

In 2008, Berry co-founded a coach training company that quickly became the world’s leader in providing online coach training and certification.

Later in 2012, he created the Fowler School of Business and Executive Coaching to offer Master Level Certification to experienced people.

It’s no doubt that Berry Fowler is recognized as one of the world’s leading educational entrepreneurs.

Berry, who is known for his training systems that are effective, practical, and unique, now continues to set standards in life coach training through the Fowler International Academy of Professional Life Coaching (FIA).

So, let’s go ahead and learn the lessons of excellence from Berry Fowler on entrepreneurship and coaching.

Interview with Berry Fowler

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Q1: Berry, Welcome to Aha!NOW. Let’s start with your life experiences. I had read somewhere that you had a difficult college experience. Was this the reason for you to become a teacher?

Berry: Yes, I had managed to fool my way through high school and into college without learning to read well enough to be successful. Because of this, college started off as a horrible experience.

I would go for a semester or two and end up quitting because it was so difficult to keep up. My grades were poor and on several occasions, I was placed on academic probation. So, I would quit school for a while and tried something else. I found I could be successful in the real world, but college was a completely different matter. There I felt stupid.

At age 24, and on my fifth return to college, I finally learned to read. When I was registering for school, I noticed an offering for a non-credit speed-reading class. I signed up immediately thinking if I could learn to read faster, maybe that would solve my problem.

Fortunately, the class was being taught by a wonderful and very astute teacher, who very early in the class determined that speed-reading was not what I needed. Instead, she explained to me that I had missed out on some of the very basic reading skills and concepts and rather than trying to increase my reading rate, she offered to tutor me on the basics.

Working with her for only one semester changed my life. My grades went from a below C average to all A’s. Suddenly, college that had been a place of such frustration became a place of excitement and fulfillment. Most importantly I no longer felt inadequate, I now felt empowered.

It was this experience that led me to becoming a teacher in the public schools and later creating Sylvan.

Q2: When did you realize you could become an entrepreneur, and what led to the start of Sylvan Learning?

Berry: My grandfather was an entrepreneur. He was in the oil business and owned his own company all of his life. We were very close and I had the good fortune of spending much of my childhood, hanging around my granddad.

It was his entrepreneurial spirit and the joy he derived from owning his own business, which led me to start my first business at age 19 when I began drawing portraits and caricatures of tourists. It was a fun business, which I quickly grew by teaching other college students in my drawing methods and hiring them to work at various locations. It provided me with enough money to live well while I finished college.

A few years later, after teaching in a junior high school classroom for five years, I was fully aware of the large percentage of students, who like me, had slipped through the cracks and were struggling in school because they too hadn’t acquired the basic reading skills they needed to succeed. These kids needed help.

I also knew, because of budget cuts and low teacher salaries, many of my teaching colleagues were frustrated with their jobs as well. They loved kids, but wanted an alternative to teaching in the public schools. Sylvan filled both of those needs. We offered individualized instruction to struggling students and a new business opportunity to teachers. It was a win for everyone.

Q3: Sylvan Learning was very successful. Within a span of 6 years, you added hundreds of franchise centers and later sold the entire chain at great profits. You achieved the similar feat with your other venture “The Little Gym International, Inc.”. What as per you were the reasons for your entrepreneurial success?

Berry: There were a number of factors that led to our success. The first was we provided an effective solution to a major problem. When I started Sylvan, about twenty-five percent of the kids in school in the USA, needed help in learning to read. With The Little Gym, childhood obesity was becoming a big problem. Children needed to exercise more and develop skills to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Next, I had a crystal-clear vision of what Sylvan and The Little Gym could become, and the huge number of families we could help. My vision of the future enabled me to stay focused and motivated in the face of the many roadblocks and other obstacles I encountered during the start-up phase of both companies.

Another factor that contributed to my success is my team, and I invested a lot of time in creating very detailed plans of all the things we needed to do to achieve our goals and objectives.

Once that was complete, all we needed to do was to take the action steps necessary to make our vision come true. It wasn’t always easy, but we stuck with it, thanks to having our vision so well defined.

Q4: Many of my blog readers are bloggers wanting to become entrepreneurs and Internet marketers too. Can you tell them what personal qualities and skills should they possess to be successful entrepreneurs and marketers?

Berry: Sure – the best advice I can give to anyone wanting to start or grow their business is to know where you to want to go with your business, create a plan that will get you there, and stay motivated by knowing your business dream can become a reality. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dream.

Q5: What is life coaching? How can a life coach help people?

Berry:  It is often said; life coaching is to the 21st century what therapy was to the 20th century. Life coaching has become a more popular choice for those wishing to improve their lives. Unlike therapy that many times focuses on the past to determine the cause of a problem, life coaching focuses on the future.

Life coaches help people to achieve their full potential and live a happier and more fulfilled life by looking to the future. The relationship between a life coach and his or her client is based on trust and respect. Life coaches do not provide therapy. They do not provide advice or counseling.

A professional life coach is an expert at asking open-ended and probing questions designed to assist clients in identifying and achieving their goals and objectives. Life coaches help clients develop strategies to overcome roadblocks and obstacles, either real or imagined.

They help their clients to create plans and take actions that will enhance their lives. Some life coaches may specialize in a specific niche. They may help their clients to improve their relationships, lose weight, prepare for a new career, start a business, or get ready to enjoy retirement.

Regardless of their particular specialty, all successful coaches have one thing in common. They know to be a great life coach. They don’t need the answers, but they do need the questions. Helping clients to develop the best answers for themselves, gives clients ownership and confidence.

Coaching helps clients to become internally motivated and enthusiastic about the future.

A truly great life coach is a motivator, a cheerleader, and a taskmaster with the clients’ success, happiness, and well-being – at the forefront of their coaching focus.

Q6: Who can become a life coach? Do you need to be a self-development or personal development guru to be a life coach?

Berry: One of the wonderful things about the profession of life coaching is it is open to anyone.Anyone with a genuine desire to help others can learn to be a great life coach by mastering the tools and techniques of professional coaching.

They don’t need a college degree or years of experience in personal development. They just need the desire to help. Over the past six years, my team and I have trained and certified over 5,000 individuals from all over the world and all walks of life to become successful life coaches.

Q7: Why should one become a certified coach? What are the benefits and uses?

Berry: During the past decade, the profession of life coaching has grown dramatically. The main reason for this unprecedented growth is that life coaching really works. Clients are finding joy and happiness by hiring professional life coaches.

The two main reasons a person would want to become a certified coach are:

1) Potential clients are better informed than ever before and they are asking their potential life coaches if they are certified professional coaches. Being certified provides coaches with credibility.

2) The second reason is even more important and that is “know how”. Rather than guessing at what a client may or may not need to achieve their goals and live their dreams, our student’s master a proven professional coaching system that absolutely and truly works. By the time they graduate, each is thoroughly prepared to provide the finest coaching experience to clients from all walks of life, with all types of needs.  

Being a Certified Professional Life Coach is very much like living a dream. You can own your own business, work from home, set your own hours, and enjoy the rewards of a highly paid professional, all while helping others to succeed. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Q8:In spite of being a successful entrepreneur, why did you choose to become a professional coach? What made you start your own professional life coach training and certification company?

Berry: Coaching was very much a part of my success at Sylvan. There I would coach my students to believe in themselves, stay focused and motivated, and build skills to reach their full potential.

When I began offering Sylvan franchises, I continued coaching my franchisees to launch and grow their Sylvan Learning Centers and to balance their personal lives as well. Soon, I discovered I have a proven system of coaching that worked for anyone interested in improving their lives and their businesses. I have been enjoying coaching and training others to coach ever since.

I founded the Fowler Academy of Professional Coaching to provide motivated individuals with the opportunity to become a Certified Professional Coach at an affordable tuition rate. We teach our students how to coach using our proven professional coaching system.

During our twenty hour, Certified Professional Coach training course, our students master the tools and techniques they need to become excellent coaches. Moreover, with our self-paced, home study course, they can earn their coaching credentials from home and on their own schedule.

Together, we are helping thousands of clients to improve their lives for the better. We are building a legacy and improving the world by helping one client at a time.

Q9: What courses do you offer for professional coaching?

Berry: Our main course is our Certified Professional Coach Course where our students earn their Certified Professional Coach (CPC) credential and graduate completely prepared to help others. This is really the foundation of coaching and provides students with everything they need to begin their successful coaching career.

We also offer several business coaching courses for those interested in helping business owners and executives, to achieve a higher level of success. Soon we plan to offer additional courses in weight loss coaching, group coaching, and other areas.

Q10: There are many life coaching courses and institutes around the world. What makes Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching (FIA) special and different from the others?

Berry: There are several things that set us apart from the other coach training organizations.

First, because we teach our students how to coach using our proven professional coach system, our training can be completed in as little as twenty hours.

Second, instead of costing from $3,000 to $10,000 plus other incidentals, our student tuition starts at $795 and includes everything.

Next, students receive a coaching credential that is accepted and respected around the world and it is theirs for a lifetime.

Finally, once a student graduates and receives his or her Certified Professional Coach Certificate, there are no additional requirements or fees.

Because of this we have grown to be one of the world’s leading providers of professional coach training and certification, with graduates coaching on six continents.

Q11. Can coaching really become a business? Can you coach or practice it alongside blogging or marketing? How much can a coach really earn?

Berry: A well-prepared coach can develop an excellent business. It’s all about desire and motivation… and training. Now is the perfect time to start a coaching practice. The coaching profession is still in its infancy. There are lots of opportunities for those who want to help others and own their own business.

You can become a successful coach and still run your other business. Many of our graduates coach part-time. Some combine their coaching with their existing business and find it very rewarding. The beauty about becoming a coach is the flexibility it offers.

The latest research on coach’s incomes that I have found is from a 2012 global survey by the International Coaches Federation. In the summary of the results, they report that the average income for part-time coaches in North America is about $26,000 per year and the average income for full-time coaches in North America is over $83,000 per year.

The average fee for a one-hour coaching session in North America was $214 per hour. The average fee for a one-hour coaching session worldwide was $229.

Q12: Does the FIA training and certification only work in America or is it useful and applicable globally?

Berry: We are proud to report that our certification is accepted and respected worldwide and according to recent research – about one out of every ten certified coaches in the world uses our professional coaching system. That’s why we offer our training in English, Russian, and Spanish.

Q13: Does becoming a life coach help to solve your own problems besides helping others? Can it help people to remove obstacles and create their way towards success?

Berry: This is an excellent question and one that is often answered by our students.

We constantly hear from our graduates just how much our coach-training course has helped them personally. Not only do they learn to be great coaches while taking our course, they also learn to make changes in their own lives as well.

Our graduates learn how to develop strategies to overcome their own roadblocks and move forward, filled with renewed purpose and motivation.

Q14: You have also authored the book – “Return from Krypton: Rational Steps to Entrepreneurial Success”, which is targeted towards small business owners and fledgling entrepreneurs. Can you share some important points from the book for my blogging audience?

Berry: If you were to read my book, you would find much of what we have talked about in this interview. I am a big fan of anyone who has the courage and tenacity to start his or her own business.

The primary message in my book to small business owners and fledgling entrepreneurs is simply “Go for It”. Take the steps necessary to stack the deck in favor of your success, and remember that success happens when our dreams, plans, and actions are working in harmony. When starting a new business or rebuilding an existing one, do the following three things:

1) Create a crystal-clear vision of where you want to go.

2) Develop well-articulated plans of exactly how you are going to get there.

3) Take the action steps necessary to achieve your dreams.

Q15: Lastly, what do you think of Aha!NOW? Do you have a message for its vibrant community?

Berry: I love your mission “Bringing happiness into your life”. It resonates perfectly with all of us who desire to help others.

Aha!NOW provides me with inspirational articles, useful and practical information, and an opportunity to be involved in a community filled with the world’s nicest people. I am honored that you selected me for this interview.

“Live your dream on a daily basis and it will become contagious to those around you.”

Thank you.

I’m sure you want to visit Berry’s site and checkout his awesome course.

Well, if you click on this link or on the Sidebar Ad on this blog, you’ll be taken to his site, where you not only get a chance to attend a FREE webinar, but you’ll also be eligible for a special discount of $70 for course registration that Berry has exclusively offered to the visitors of Aha!NOW.

Whatever you choose to do, I hope this interview enlightened you on some new aspects of entrepreneurship and life coaching.

I’ve finally shortlisted FIA as the institute to earn my Certified Professional Coach (CPC) credentials, and have just started my course to be a life coach!

What about you?

Share Your Thoughts –

What do you think about Berry’s tips for entrepreneurial success? How do you like the idea to be a life coach? Did the Aha!NOW Chat with Berry Fowler inspire you? Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credit: Berry Fowler

Disclaimer: I’m an affiliate of FIA and will make a commission if you register for any of its courses through my links. Thank you in advance if you do that! 🙂



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  1. Profile photo of Harleena Singh

    Harleena Singh

    July 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Berry,

    First of all, I thank you very much for accepting my request for an interview. I’m glad that this interview happened and I’m sure so do all other readers of Aha!NOW because we all have learned a lot from you.

    I appreciate your candid answers to my probing questions and its so enriching to know how you faced and dealt with situations and problems in your entrepreneurial career.

    Certainly, you started a entrepreneurial revolution in education and whoever reported that whatever you touched turns into gold wasn’t wrong – you’re doing that to your coaching business now!

    I’m so lucky to have coincidentally come in contact with you, and I’m more than happy to take the CPC course from your institute to become a certified life coach.

    Thanks for sharing the simple but very practical entrepreneurial and helpful tips for success. And for explaining what life coaching is all about and what does a life coach do. I agree with you that this industry is still in its infancy and the early movers surely will have an edge.

    Yours is certainly the most reliable and affordable certification course in coaching. I hope many others understand its value and take the decision like myself to become a life coach under your expert guidance.

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog and for offering special discount to my blog visitors. I am anxiously waiting to complete your CPC course and write a review on it! 🙂

    • Berry Fowler

      August 7, 2014 at 4:55 am

      Hi Harleena,
      Thank you for inviting me to participate in your interview. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. You obviously attract the world’s nicest folks and it is my pleasure to be here with you.
      I also want to thank everyone for their very kind comments about our interview. They mean a lot to me.
      For those of you who would like to learn more about the many exciting opportunities available to professional coaches, we offer a free live webinar twice each week and we would love to have you join us. Just click on the link in our interview above and you can register for our free webinar. If you decide to become a coach, be sure to save the link to Harleena’s webpage so you can take advantage of our very special tuition savings offer.
      Harleena, thank you again. You are the best and I am looking forward to sharing your beautiful message of “Bringing happiness into your life” with our many Fowler International Academy grads.

  2. donna merrill

    July 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Wow Harleena,

    What a wonderful interview with Berry Fowler! It is great to meet the man behind Sylvan Learning Centers! That’s a house hold name for so many years.

    I’m sure that Berry is the go-to man if someone wants to be a Certified Professional Coach. His vast experience is impressive and the cost of doing this is so fair.

    There are so many out there offering a CPC course that it gets confusing, but Berry is one man that I would choose if I wanted to do this.

    -Donna

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Hi Donna,

      I’m glad you like the interview with Berry. Yes, isn’t it so heartening to see Berry create yet another success story and a household name like Sylvan.

      True, I totally agree with you. I too was searching for the right place to get certified as a life coach, and when I saw that Berry was behind FIA, then it made no sense to look any further. 🙂

      Definitely, I surveyed many institutes that provide life coaching courses, and Berry’s FIA is the most affordable of them all.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this post. Do have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  3. Nikhil Waghdhare

    July 31, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    This is awesome interview. Near about all my questions get solved. The way you represent this interview and the questions and answer series, I love it.

    I will try Fowler’s Coaching program.
    Thank you for sharing this great interview with us…… 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Hi Nikhil,

      Glad you like the interview and it’s great that you could get answers to your questions.

      If you really wish to try Berry’s CPC program than I suggest you do enroll yourself for the free webinar. I’m sure you’ll like it.

      Thanks for dropping in and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  4. Saimon

    July 31, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    What a nice interview. Thanks for this great stuff 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Hi Saimon,

      Welcome to my blog and I’m glad you like the interview.

      I hope to see you more often. Take care. 🙂

  5. Debbie

    August 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Wonderful interview with Berry Harleena.

    This would be a great course to take. How long is he going to be offering it? I have a few things that I have to finish, before starting something new.

    I know in the US the Sylan Learning center has help many children.
    Thank you both for this offer and the great interview.

    Keep up the great work Harleena.
    Debbie:)

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Hi Debbie,

      I’m so glad you like the interview.

      I think Berry would be offering this course for a long time to come, and I’d definitely have my links with special discount here on my blog. Though one thing is quite obvious that the course would get costly with time.

      I opted for FIA because its background and great work that these people did with Sylvan. I can see the helpful intent and the results too, so that’s very reassuring that its CPC course too will stand to its reputation and standards.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Do have a wonderful weekend ahead! 🙂

  6. Balroop Singh

    August 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Hi Harleena,

    That is a nice interview, I am glad to meet such a successful man. It is interesting to note how somebody can draw inspiration and help from one teacher and move ahead with so much enthusiasm. I think if there is just a spark of doing something different, this is the result as the life of Berry shows very clearly.

    Congratulations for the next step…you have so much to look forward to after you complete this course! I wish all the success for treading this busy and double edged path.
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful interview, it would inspire many more persons to follow your footsteps!
    Have a nice week!

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Hi Balroop,

      I’m glad you like the interview. No doubt that Berry is a successful entrepreneur.

      Definitely, Berry’s is a strong case of how he used his weakness and converted it into his strength and more so capitalized on his life learning and experiences into a multi-million dollar business empire. His life sketch clearly shows that he was determined, picked on the right elements for success, planned well and worked hard.

      I’m so excited to be doing this course and then officially become a life coach. I know this means that my life is going to get busier but I’m certain that I’ll be able to manage it in a better way.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts, I appreciate it. Have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  7. Corina Ramos

    August 1, 2014 at 3:15 am

    This was a great interview Harleena. If I were to take a Life Coach course Berry’s would be the one I would sign up to without a doubt.

    He came across as a very motivating person to be around. Thank you for introducing him to us Harleena. 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Hi Corina,

      I’m glad you like the interview. It’s good to know that you too think the same way about Berry’s course.

      Berry is a great educator and motivator. I’ve watched some of his videos, and I’m really impressed. No wonder his coaching really works.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Do have a wonderful weekend ahead! 🙂

  8. Rhonda

    August 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Harleena,
    I very much appreciate this in-depth interview, revealing that Berry Fowler’s program is, as you put it, “certainly the most reliable and affordable certification course in coaching.” After 30 years as a special education teacher, I can’t wait to help teens and adults achieve their potential and lead more fulfilled lives by turning life coaching into my full-time career using Berry’s time-proven principles.
    Thank you!
    Rhonda

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Hi Rhonda,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you like the interview. Yes, there’s no doubt that Berry Fowler’s certification course in coaching is most affordable as well as convenient.

      You’ve got a great teaching experience behind you and I’m sure the certification training consisting of special tools and techniques offered by Berry will help you immensely in achieving your aim to help people.

      I wish you all the best! Thank you for dropping by and sharing your wonderful thoughts. I really appreciate it. Have an enjoyable weekend ahead! 🙂

  9. Ryan Biddulph

    August 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Congratulations on the wonderful interview. Berry is a person of immense influence; well done!

    I find it amazing; SO many folks who become quite powerful and influential in their own right went through hell and back to get there. Barry is an educational icon, yet couldn’t read effectively until he was 24 years old.

    He just lazily went through college until he had a wake up call, got serious, then things turned. Love it.

    I try to tell folks, who envy my island-hopping lifestyle, that I had no idea what a blog was 5 years ago, nor did I know anything about being an entrepreneur. I was a broke, miserable, fired security guard who made a bold decision and acted persistently to create my life.

    Berry, you Harleena, and so many folks have wonderful stories to share. Seeing them, and reading them, and digesting these stories changes so many lives, and heck, even if it were just one life it’d be beyond worth it….because my life was changed simply by seeing folks go from tough circumstances, to creating wonderful ventures which helped many others.

    Thanks Harleena.

    Happy to tweet this one.

    Have a great weekend.

    Ryan

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks, I’m so happy that you liked the interview.

      Yes, it’s great to know Berry and his story. You’re right in that all successful people have struggled and forced their way to progress – nothing comes easy. It appears as if Berry took the situation as a challenge and turned the tables – and more importantly, his story also proves that proper guidance and direction can change the life of a person.

      If it weren’t for the lady teacher, Berry’s story might have been different. I guess this is what life coaches do, they help you change your script and send you on the path to progress and help you change your life.

      You’ve a great lifestyle and you’re one of the lucky ones! Circumstances forced you to choose a different path. Probably you listened to and believed in yourself, trusted your intuition and gut feelings, and of course, planned well and prepared yourself to take a risk.

      True, inspiring life stories deeply impact us if we’re open to receive their effect. You too are an inspiration, Ryan! I’m sure there are many bloggers who look up to you as an inspiration. So, we can learn lessons from everyone in some way or the other.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your so wonderful thoughts. You truly add value to this post and I wish you a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  10. Chad Haynes

    August 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Great interview!

    I’ve always found it so interesting that many successful entrepreneurs were terrible in school. I myself did poorly at school, so in some way that’s encouraging!

    This interview gave me a LOT to think about. I’m launching a blog soon and I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for future reference. Great work Harleena! Always admired your hard work and diligence when it comes to keeping a strong relationship with your audience.

    – Chad

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      Harleena Singh

      August 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Chad,

      Welcome to my blog! Glad you like the interview.

      Yes, this is really interesting. I wonder if there has been any research or study in this aspect. Well, the real life is outside the school, and there are some life skills that you do not learn in schools but through experience. So, a poor performance in school is not the end of your progress, right?

      All the best for your blog. Keep sharing your wonderful thoughts and hope to see you around! 🙂

  11. Bruno Buergi

    August 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    It’s the first time I hear from Berry Fowler. But this is because I live here in Switzerland. I agree with him that everyone can become a coach. Because everyone has life experience and when you are willing to learn, then you can become a coach as well.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Bruno!

      That is right, if we learn from our experiences, we can teach the lessons to others. So, in that sense we all can help others with our wisdom, which is our knowledge and experience, and be life coaches!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hope to see you around! 🙂

  12. Moumita Ghosh

    August 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    You have conducted really a good interview. Before reading this interview Berry Fowler is unknown to me. Now I know something about him. I have learned something from this interview. Thanks Harleena and Berry.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Moumita,

      I’m glad you find the interview useful and helpful. Do let me know if you’ve any questions.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  13. Naveen Rajput

    August 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Hello Harleena
    Very nice interview taken by you of Berry Fowler .I read a lot about Berry Fowler coaching before this awesome interview on the web .Here on your blog i get to know more about him and he is a very inspiring person for me and i think for many also .I am feeling happy on being on your blog
    Thanks

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Naveen,

      It’s good that you already knew about Berry Fowler, and this interview helped you get inspired more.

      Thanks for dropping in and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  14. Swadhin Agrawal

    August 2, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Hello Harleena madam,

    My God what a power packed interview. Filled with enthusiasm and really inspiration. Yes Berry sir has everything you need to get inspired to when it comes to entrepreneurship. He created an opportunity from the existing system and started a business with a primary goal to help others. That’s what we need to do -“create opportunities.”

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Swadhin,

      I’m so glad you liked the interview and that it inspired you too.

      Berry is a successful entrepreneur and yes there’s a lot to learn from him. And, yes, that’s what all successful entrepreneur’s do – create something special out of what we consider as nothing or normal.

      Glad you learned a lesson from the interview. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wonderful thoughts! 🙂

  15. Babanature

    August 2, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Hello Harleena,
    Ah… you’ve reverted your commenting system to the native one? That’s great because the jetpack commenting system do discourages me to comment most of the time, because sometime, it take me like 1day and half just to drop a comment here. Glad you’re back 🙂 .

    Ahhh… This interview is inspiring as the last one. I haven’t heard about Berry before, but the post did connect with me and how my whole journey started.

    Thanks for the inspirational interview post, yet again. Do have a nice weekend

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Babanature

      I told you I’d be experimenting with different commenting systems, and I’m now trying the plain native WP commenting. Thanks for your valuable feedback, and its good to know that this way to comment is much better for you.

      Glad that you found the interview inspiring and connecting to your life experiences. Probably, you should think of becoming a life coach then! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Do have a great weekend!

  16. Latha

    August 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Berry,

    This interview was the much needed kick I needed this morning.

    I am totally excited in having met you and am interested in learning more abt life coaching and whether this concept works in India.

    Do life coaches train via the internet? Using skype? This is interesting and a good investment in ones future.

    Berry i heard abt sylvan and feel honored to have met you. Your entrepreneurial streak has motivated me beyond words.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Latha,

      Wow, glad that this interview could be the kick you needed to get going!

      I can answer on Berry’s behalf that this concept of life coaching works globally, including India. Though it might be relatively a new concept in places like India, but if you’re online, then you can help anybody anywhere in the world!

      I’d like you to visit Berry’s website and you’ll find all the information there and in his videos that life coaching can be done via the Internet, telephone, emails, and chats as well, and of course, via Skype. You can even earn the life coach certificate and credentials online in a matter of days like me.

      Please let me know if you’ve any questions and I’ll be glad to help you with what I can. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Berry Fowler

      August 6, 2014 at 5:16 am

      Latha,
      Thank you for your kind remarks. Best of luck with you entrepreneurial efforts.

  17. Mi Muba

    August 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Every time you bring quite a new topic and if it is an interview you introduce an awesome professional whose authority in his field is above board.

    Educational entrepreneurship is more challenging than other types. Here one has to maintain quality with eyeball-to-eyeball monitoring for quality control.

    Life coaching is quite popular in west but in east it has yet to make its inroads. But reaching the maximum potential is the ultimate objective of each struggling person where-ever he lives. So we can say application of life coaching is universal just its concepts are different.

    While reading this post I never felt I am reading an interview it was just like an effort of two persons to deliver maximum to the readers in a simple and easy to understand way and fully continuing the conversation as well.

    Thanks a lot for sharing a very wonderful interview post on quite an inspiration topic.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Mi Muba,

      You’re absolutely right, educational entrepreneurship requires more responsibility and accountability. In it, you deal with people more on a personal level and especially in life coaching, it’s not just products but also a service and intent to help people to make their daily living better in personal, social, and professional aspects.

      Life coaching is a great concept and will get popular globally sooner than we think, even in the east or the sub-continent if you’re referring to that particularly. You’re right, the scope of life coaching is universal and that’s the good thing about it.

      I’m glad you like the interview and found it inspiring. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wonderful thoughts! 🙂

  18. Mukul Chugh

    August 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    A really nice interview conducted by you Harleena> I appreciate Your Work 🙂

  19. Carol Amato

    August 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    What a fantastic and inspiring interview with Berry Fowler!

    I read your entire article and was encouraged and motivated to be the very best I can be to inspire others like that college teacher did for Berry. What a gift she gave him! The ability to feel empowered after learning to read well.

    The fact that he “fooled his way through” is sad, but even worse is that the educational system today is still allowing this.

    Entrepreneurship usually does run in the family – I know it does for my husband. His father was an entrepreneur, and my husband has always owned and operated his own business.

    First reason for success: ‘He provided an effective solution to a major problem.’ Hmmm, sounds familiar. 🙂

    Crystal clear vision – cool!

    Ah, creating detailed plans…For team. Noted.

    Actions steps (taking notes)

    Love his advice about creating a plan and not letting anyone talk you out of your dream! Love it!

    Love how he clarifies what a life coach is – I’ve learned a great deal. The life coaches need the questions… I understand this now. So if you desire to be internally motivated and enthusiastic about the future, you should get a life coach?

    I have friends who have benefited greatly from Sylvan Learning Centers, and now I know the founder and see the vision behind the company – what a blessing.

    Love that the graduates of coach-training found it to be very helpful to them personally, now that’s a testimony.

    Congrats, Harleena, so happy for you that you took the plunge to become a certified professional life coach! You will be awesome at it!

    I would be interested, but have several projects that need to be finishd. Will consider heavily though. 🙂

    Thanks for the thought-inspiring interview and have a blessed weekend.

    – Carol Amato

  20. Dr. Diana

    August 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Hi,

    Harleena, I feel that you love us so much. That’s why I find new experience on your blog. Your blog settle in each condition. You have a true confidence to write for bloggers, newbies like me. Really thanks a lot.

    Thanks
    Dr. Diana Hardy

  21. Larry Frank

    August 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Hi Harleena,
    I must comfess that was a wow interview with Berry Fowler, I’ve really grabed some motivationals here, from were he said he doesn’t frequent reading and he was like wanting to go for a tutor on incresing his reading spead. It was indeed motivating, I was then propelled to face challenges.
    Thanks for the big share.

  22. Jens-Petter Berget

    August 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    That was a really great interview. I thought about taking a life coach course several years ago in Norway. It looks very interesting, and I’m very curious about life, personal development and people (myself included) in general and I believe that taking to a coach and studying it would be awesome.

    – Jens

  23. Kumar Gauraw

    August 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Wow Harleena! What a privilege to get these insights about Berry and his business straight from the man himself! Wow!

    Sorry for being late to the party. But, I am so glad I am here. This is just terrific!

    Well, I have never considered hiring a life coach or becoming one so far. Due to the mentorship I receive on a regular basis, I didn’t need to look beyond in my personal life and I couldn’t think I could be a life coach. But anyway, I am intrigued to know more about Berry’s program and I want to head out through this like you’ve given and learn a little more about his courses. They surely sound fascinating!

    A very well done interview, full of insights and I can tell you – you have great skills with questions. You ask questions that bring a very insightful response. Thank you 🙂

    Regards,
    Kumar

  24. Maketta

    August 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    This was an excellent interview. I have heard of Sylvan before but I never knew the man behind them. Life coaching sounds like a great field to be in. Helping people has so many benefits and rewards. Thank you for conducting this interview in such a very informative and helpful way. I am taking two courses at this time but this is something I would like to look into later on. Please keep us updated on your progress and how you like it.

  25. Ravi Chahar

    August 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for being so late. I hope party is still going.:)

    It’s my first time that I am reading about Berry. I was not aware about him. Being a life coach he has achieved a lot.

    It’s amazing and motivational too after knowing life history of this wonderful man. He was a painter in his previous days. It’s pretty cool.;)
    I wish I could do that.

    As he said about his grandfather. When we have someone to motivate us then it feels good and encouraging with which we can reach to the peak in business.

    Thanks for making me aware about Berry.

    Hope you have an awesome week.:)

    ~Ravi

  26. Sunday

    August 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Hi Harleena,
    Its so sweet learning about life coach in this post. Its a part of life to consider for personal and business development. To be frank, I have never learn of nor heard of Berry Fowler before now.

    Neither have I come across the Certified Professional Coach (CPC) program before.

    Thankfully, Berry has disected all about himself and the subject of life coaching to instruct and inform people like us today. Its pretty an interesting interview and would love to bookmark for further reading!

    Thanks for revealing Berry Fowler to your readers!

    This post “kingged” or upvoted in kingged.com where it was shared for bloggers,social marketers,and online marketers.

  27. Reginald

    August 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Hey Harleena,

    This is INSANE! Great interview and I remember seeing Berry around the sphere. Glad to see that you made an interview with him!

    Top notch and I even shared on Inbound for ya!

  28. William Butler

    August 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Harleena, and Hi Berry, if you’re reading this.)

    Thank you for an insightful interview.

    I really enjoy stories where people such as Berry Fowler have turned their life around, and to think that one teacher made the difference.
    Then he saw fit to make an even greater differences in the lives of others, and that is really the story behind his success.

    I believe when it is your mission to make this a better world, success is sure to follow.

    Best Regards,
    Bill

  29. Angela McCall

    August 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Wow Harleena…did you just say you started your course to be a Certified Professional Coach?

    Is this the surprise you’re telling us? I am surprise indeed and yet delighted cause I know you are more fit for this type of career!! 😀

    When I was in college, I first wanted to become a Therapist. Major in Psychology. But didn’t go through it all the way thru. Change my mind and majored Commercial Arts instead. I guess a “Life Coach” is the new career in the 21st century. This is great. 🙂

    I like that approach. Not so much about the past. But the here and now. And concentrate more on the plans of the future. Who you want to be doesn’t really have much to do with the way you were raised, your religion, who your friends are, what kind of money you have, buy towards your goals and what you really want to achieve in your business. Forget all these lame excuses.

    Anyway, great interview with Berry.

    And, after me being too busy with a client, I finally made it back to your place. Kudos to you my friend. Have a wonderful week!

    Angela

  30. Ken Kai

    August 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Harleena,

    Terrific interview. I always love reading about other peoples success and their tips & tricks for getting there to speed up our own progress and avoid mistakes a long the way.

    To Question 4: I like that. There’s always someone trying to bring you down in the world. I was in the entertainment industry and just had enormous amounts of backstabbing and blackmail to deal with. I lost over $300,000, from my own employer! A horrible experience, but the worst part is I can’t get it back.. Indonesia’s law system is broken.

    But I will always be persistent. Just as all those who achieve success have done.

    Persistent will get us there.

    Thanks Berry for the interview and thanks Harleena for providing it.

    Ken

  31. Sylviane Nuccio

    August 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Wow, what the nice surprise. I happened to be very familiar with Berry Fowler since I’ve gotten my Life Coaching Certification with his academy earlier this week. I only wish I’d be here earlier, but as you may or may not know, I’m going through some grieving right now having lost my mother.

    For one thing Sylvan academy has caught my eye a long time ago reminding me of my own first name 🙂

    It’s nice to know that someone as successful and entrepreneurial person as Berry did not do great in school, because for years I had believed that I wasn’t smart enough because I’ve never done great in school. The truth is that I’ve never done well in school because of bullying issues, and teachers not getting it. When a student doesn’t do well in school it’s more often than not, not THEIR own fault, but more because they’re not getting the necessary help.

    Now I’m jealous and I wish I had interviewed Berry first 🙂 but I didn’t even think of it, maybe feeling that he wouldn’t. Hum that makes me think now.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview.

  32. Adrienne

    August 8, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I will admit that I’ve never heard of Berry but who hasn’t heard the name of Sylvan Learning Centers. That is a household name and has been for years now. I guess I never paid that much attention of who created it mainly because it wasn’t something I personally needed.

    He is definitely an entrepreneur and a go getter. You can tell he also loves helping people as well which of course made him a wonderful candidate for your interviews which I’m late getting by here for as you know.

    I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I should become a life coach. I guess it’s because of my background, my own struggles and perhaps my attitude on life. I’m not sure but I thought about it. I even bought a book and a lot in there was over my head so I decided it wasn’t really the direction I wanted to go at the time. I think they are important though, I’ve worked with two now and they can help you figure things out that you really weren’t aware of. I can see them really making more of a mark in the world in years to come.

    Thank you for introducing us to Berry and I now know the man behind the businesses.

    ~Adrienne

  33. supreeth bharadwaj

    August 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    great and inspiring post harleena mam
    thanks for such a great interview inspired me to achieve more in blogging
    will be waiting for next aha chat
    (proud to comment here)

  34. Haroon Ashraf Awan

    September 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational interview Harleena Ma’m.I just loved reading it.Its the first time I am hearing about him.He is great!




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