Marina has WITHOUT A DOUBT been an instrumental part in the growth of my business. She works on the blind spots that stand in the way of me reaching my full potential. No matter how complicated the issue, be it personal or professional, she provides insight that turns into measurable results. I would not be where I am without her and look forward to working with her for many years to come!
I started working with Marina almost 3 years ago and to say she changed my life is putting it mildly. When I met her I was at a crossroad. I had quit my day job and didn't know what I wanted to do next. I've been working in the whiskey industry for several years and to me it is an art form. But I was aching to have something of my own. Something built by me. Something that combined my passion for whiskey, for storytelling and art. From this was born. My company that I started three years ago and combines all of these passions in a way I could not imagined 3 years ago. Every year things evolve magically and naturally. It's so interesting how things have a way of working out. With Marina, we broke down my goals/dreams in a way that made them seem achievable. Step by step I get closer to my path of purpose. This is what sets Marina apart from other coaches. She doesn't just help you take action. She helps you take inspired action that aligns with who you are. So set up a meeting with her. And you just might learn a thing or two about yourself. She just might change your life too.
Marina is that motivating voice you wish you've always had in your head telling you to get it done in a way that doesn't stress you out. She's not only a great listener, but intuitively guides you in the right direction with a personalized plan-that even anxious writer artist comedian people can execute. I'm so happy to call Marina my coach and my friend. I've accomplished so much in such a short time and have never felt more balanced. Best money I've spent on myself and my work. Read longer version
Marina is a fantastic coach and even better human being. She listens carefully to everything you say, and intuitively helps surface what’s most important to you and why. I found working with her invaluable. She helped me gain visibility and clarity, translate it into an actionable plan, and most importantly, helped motivate me to get it done. From years of working with her, I can tell you that she has your best interest at heart and will guide you from that perspective towards meaningful outcomes.
I have done individual and group coaching with Marina and I cannot say enough good things about working with her. She honed in on my overwhelmed state and broke my huge goals down into doable baby steps on a weekly basis and taught me to develop habits of a successful entrepreneur. She structured my days with easy to follow guides that truly WORK. She eliminates the reasons why you can't and focuses on all the reasons you can. She's a consistent source of love and a pillar of support to anyone creating a business or project. I cannot recommend her highly enough! She's the real deal, an absolute GEM!
I first started working with Marina in July 2009. I still lived in New York full time, I was ‘trying’ to be an actor and one of my deepest desires was to be able to spend 6 months of the year in India with my family – my dreams were big. Naturally I had no idea what I was doing, I had no plan — I was running from audition to audition, class to class, and agent to agent and naturally I was frustrated with the results. I wanted to act and write screenplays and live in India but it seemed like it wasn’t ever going to happen.
Then I met Marina. She helped me figure out exactly what I needed to do. First she correctly diagnosed my fear of failure – I was so afraid of not ‘making it’ that I wasn’t really trying very hard. Marina forced me to start small. I had to come up with achievable goals and put a schedule together so I could achieve them. Then I had to simply sit down and do the work. We started with a blog once in three weeks, moved to a full-length one-woman show within a year, then a second show two years later, then I moved to India, wrote my first book, started a bi-monthly column with the Times of India and a weekly radio show in Mumbai. Marina also pushed me to keep up with Shugs&Fats
a web series I co-created out of New York. I was flying to New York, shooting through the jet lag and then flying back home. Not to brag too much (!) but the series won a Gotham Award and was screened at TriBeCa Film Festival. What! So yea - whenever I am tired and want to give anything up – be it my blog, or a show or my web series – I call Marina who then forces me to re-look at my schedule. She never lets me be a baby. I always have to find the time to do the work and she always holds me accountable.
What I am most grateful for is that Marina thinks about my career every day. She comes up with ideas for how I can move forward, what the next steps should be, who I should be trying to contact. She understands me at a deeper level than anyone I have ever worked with in the past — taking in to consideration my strengths, weaknesses and fears before recommending a course of action.
Everyone should be as lucky as I was — run, don’t walk, to Marina. Before she came along I was ‘trying’ a lot of different things – now I am doing them. And before I do anything I simply as ‘wtf would Marina do?’
“I can’t possibly recommend her highly enough!”
Marina Romashko has had an indelible impact on my life. I’ve worked with other coaches — including master-certified coaches as well as former senior executives at Fortune 500 companies — and despite all of that, Marina is the first coach who I’ve truly felt connected to. She almost immediately makes you feel as though she’s on your team, as if your projects are her projects. She has perfect timing during meetings, and excellent intuition, making it so you always feel as though you are both in control and being guided. Combine all of this with a project management background and what you end up with are pure results. In less than a year we’ve overcome limitations that I struggled with for a decade, and made incredible progress on all of my ventures. I can’t possibly recommend her highly enough!
You might be like me... someone who is busy and gets things accomplished and so therefore you don’t think you’d need someone like Marina helping you, no need for an idea coach. If you are, then you’re also like me in that you’re wrong.
I kid you not, after one session with her I realized how much I did need to work with her — I saw how many ideas and tasks I had been ’planning to do’ but in reality I was not getting to. Despite my best intentions, there was a world of productivity and accomplishment that I was not coming any where near enough. Sitting across from Marina at our first meeting showed me also how much help I needed in thinking concretely about what steps are required to get to where I wanted to go, and how to think about everything in efficient and immediate ways. Within a very short amount of time, I was making progress in my business (my improv school) and also in creating new projects that I had assumed would take much longer to begin.
Why I always refer people to Marina is because she has a very unique blend of many talents you don’t find in someone with her job title. She is extremely focused and yet also flexible and very open. She is an extraordinary listener and can pick up on things that I haven’t realized I’ve said, which helps her figure out how best to keep us moving forward. She can also pick up on my own hesitations, fears or passions and excitements better than I can! And all of that data is extremely useful. Lastly, she has a magical way of knowing what doable next steps are at the end of each session, and knowing what steps are too big to take as well, so she’s always helping you be successful in whatever you take on.
I’ve always been an idea-person, generating hundreds of ideas a week. Unfortunately, while my mind is buzzing 1000 miles a minute, my body doesn’t want to actually sit down and start executing my projects from start (and here’s the key word here) to finish. I started writing my comedic novel, Unintentionally Celibate, in 2010. It was taking me forever to write and rewrite and edit. I kept getting stuck in the process.
Until I hired Marina Romashko. Six months after I hired her, my book was for sale.
She continually helps me organize and execute my ideas. My productivity since I started working with her has more than tripled. People often ask me, «How can you afford a coach?» I often respond," How can I afford not to?"
Marina is an amazing coach, friend, and even occasionally my therapist. She has a brilliant way of adapting to the individual needs of her clients. She has been such a blessing in my life and has helped me accomplish some of my largest goals.
If you’re on the fence. Work with Marina. If you wanna get shit done. Work with Marina. If you have raging ADD. Work with Marina. It’s the best investment you’ll ever make in yourself, your talent, and your idea.
Sometimes while on the road to success you can get lost. You get overly consumed by life, business , family and so much more. This is exactly what happened to me. I was working very hard but felt as though I was running in circles. I reach out to a group of friends to get recommendations for a coach and 3 people recommended Marina. I reached out and instantly i was amazed! Marina helped me to sort out my company as well as my life in order to become more efficient and focused. At one of the craziest times in my life, Marina was there to help me to stay on my path to success! I know that if anyone asks me for a coach recommendation Marina is my go to girl!
Working with Marina to develop a volunteer program for Women’s Education Project, was a great experience. During the outlined time for our project, she helped design the WEP Ambassadors program — a team of dedicated volunteers who help WEP reach specific fundraising and social media goals. The idea pinpointed our exact needs and showed me how to get people involved and excited in joining WEP. Soon we had thirty volunteers who registered for WEP Ambassadors and signed up for Events or Social Media team, knowing exactly how they could help WEP. Marina’s tactics were specific — she was understanding and practical about reaching goals and made the project enjoyable. In the time that we worked together, she gave me the tools to keep me and my future projects on track. Even after the project, Marina is still a supporter and I feel like a permanent cheerleader for our work.
Working together with Marina helped to me believe that Project Management can be applied to creative people without restraining innovative flow. When I started working with Marina back in August 2009 I had a couple of ideas. I came from an Advertising background, I taught and performed Improv, and photography and fashion were my passions. Based on my interests, skills and personality type Marina helped me develop a photography product — Mis’enscene — that combined all the things I love to do. As I continued with my journey Marina helped me discover new opportunities and today I have a production company and several other projects in the pipeline.
Working with Marina has helped me become goal and action oriented. Her ability to break down a big idea in to workable components helped me gradually build confidence in my own ideas and abilities. She is an extremely intuitive person which is why she is able to gently move an idea forward without you even knowing it! What sets her apart is that she is always there to recognize my accomplishments and help me to confront my weaknesses.
Most important of all Marina helped me to overcome the fear of being a business owner and artist at the same time.
When we set out to accomplish big, significant, and inspiring goals in our life, I have found it’s nearly impossible to make this journey on your own. Even though we may feel in our hearts and minds that it’s possible to accomplish something. Often, in order to access new capacities in our self, we need not only a partner to reflect our ideas back to us, but an accountability structure that will hold the right amount of tension that pushes us ever so gently to unlock these deeper capacities. Marina has been and continues to be that partner with me and my work. Thank you!
Where do I start with Marina? I know this is suppose to be for Idea coaching. It’s suppose to tackle one or two projects you’ve want to make a reality, but the amazing work I’ve done with Marina has rippled it’s way into many aspects of my life, causing profound and positive results. She gets me inspired. Bottom line. She helps make ideas a reality. This person has said «YES» to me, my goals, my dreams, and has taught me how to say «YES AND…» to my life and myself with respect, gusto, and the art of a good work ethic. It’s not all lolly pops and rainbows mind you, but instead it is DOING, trial and error, investigation, goal setting, deadlines, DOING some more, and discovering fun is a major priority not to be ignored. I have learned so much and DONE SO MUCH in such a sort amount of time. I am on the road to listening to myself and my world astutely, and enjoying the ride. Do you have an idea dying to come out and show it’s self to the world, but you think against for a 105 million reasons….Think again with Marina.
Working with Marina gave me a chance to take a broader look at not only my business but myself. Being a small business owner and wearing so many hats, it is a challenge to get the small stuff done and keep my vision on the bigger picture but together with Marina we found a great balance and I was able to not only grow my business but take some big personal leaps. The best part of working with Marina is getting the chance to be with her. She has a knack of bringing out the best in someone and making them feel like they really can move their elephants.
It started out with an idea....But I didn’t have a plan!
.... And I knew from experience it would be the end of the journey if I didn’t take action!
In the first meeting I had with Marina she said to me, «Action is Transformative» and I held that thought throughout this process. For me, I had the idea but Marina’s role was to Sheppard me through the process; to begin anywhere and acknowledge that the process had a beginning, a middle and an end and isn’t that always the tough part? «To Begin Anywhere»
Our work began with agreed upon milestones and deliverables. Each week after our meetings via Skype (I’m in Dallas, She is NYC) I received a summary of meeting notes and an action plan based upon our discussions. From there I was on my own schedule but frequently checked in with her just to share notes or ask questions. I knew I had a deliverable and a hard date and a draft to share via email prior to a meeting.
I kept a log during this process of touch points that I would often refer back to if I got stuck on something and this log became a history of ideas that Marina came up with even though she is not the subject matter expert in my line of work. What I find amazing in looking back over this log is the number of suggestions that Marina contributed to the process. The ideas seem so obvious to me know and I wonder why I didn’t think of them as I write this. But that is part of the magic. Two heads are better than one and one ‘iDEA’ a dream makes.