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ABOUT PURPLE COW CAREER COACHING
“I truly appreciate your insights, your ideas around organizing thoughts, and the importance of focusing on strengths. Thank you for such a useful conversation!”  ―Maggie, coaching client

“Working with Greg Stevens was one of the most inspiring and profound moments of my professional career. Greg helped me to uncover who I am professionally and personally. I started working with Greg thinking we’d spend our time revising my cover letter and résumé. Instead, Greg took me through a deep, meaningful and fully accessible process that helped me to examine the job description and institution, as well as how my strengths and interests aligned with the position. When it came time to interview, I felt confident about my written materials, my responses to questions and my presentation of myself as a professional ready to move into a leadership position.”Erica, coaching client

“The coaching session really helped me understand that my current résumé was communicating something other than I wished to communicate. Interestingly, the summary statement you helped me draft has already helped me identify a new opportunity. The guidance you provided in the coaching together with the application deadline is motivating me to make the necessary changes to submit an aligned and compelling application. Thank you, again. I am now looking forward to my career transition!”―Joanna, coaching client

“While attending Greg’s month-long, eight-session webinar series on ‘Careers in Transition,’ I was impressed by his deeply knowledgeable, friendly manner, and I decided to book a personalized consultation with him, hoping he could give me some pointers on how to make my résumé more engaging and advise me on how to better my skills in writing cover letters. Immediately, Greg put me at ease with his forthright, thoughtful observations and advice. He had thoroughly familiarized himself with all the writing samples I had sent him, and he asked thought-provoking questions that showed me multiple new ways of looking at my own experiences. The guidance I received was immensely helpful, and I have already decided I will be going to him with any future concerns. No matter where you are in your career, you will get both support and solid recommendations from Greg. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”Shaune, coaching client and webinar series participant

“When Greg and I began our work together I was in a very challenging post, coasting in neutral, and dreading going to work every day. With just the right mix of encouragement, understanding, and persistence, he coached me through self-doubt and pushed me to tell the narrative of my diverse background in inventive new ways. Greg helped me gain an understanding of how my skills are transferable, assisted me with modernizing my CV and cover letters, and challenged me to quantify my accomplishments. Greg opened my eyes to how others see me. He provides the feedback you need to hear, not the feedback you want to hear. Greg’s hallmark is accountability. Our work together gave me renewed confidence and optimism to imagine the next chapter in my career.”James, coaching client

“Greg was an incredible guide in helping me to find the words to define my experience, goals, and passions, and a path forward. When we met, I was discouraged, stymied and bored in my professional life. Greg patiently and enthusiastically supported my journey toward discovering what I want and need from my career. Thanks to our work together, I have a strong sense of my own talents and potential for contributing to my field. Greg is a terrific coach. His goal-oriented process is undergirded by his empathy, openness, and desire to help people feel satisfied and successful.”Zachary, coaching client

“Your words of advice helped prepare me for my interviews and thinking through my next steps. I’m very much looking forward to getting back to doing what I love.Rachel, coaching client

“I worked with Greg in a workshop and in private, and got wonderful advice from him for my job search and interviewing. In particular, his STAR system was a huge help in making sure I had a good understanding of my knowledge, skills, and abilities and how to talk about them.”Tom, coaching client

“Greg’s career coaching was valuable to me in so many ways. He’s great at helping maintain perspective during the inevitable peaks and valleys of a job search. He brings his professional experience and research (which is considerable) to his coaching. Greg is a good listener and at the same time provides thoughtful feedback.”Wayne, coaching client

“Thank you for helping me to ensure I was set up for success. Your strategies prepared me thoroughly for the interview and the critiques on my résumé/cover letter undoubtedly made me stand out as an applicant.”Ibrahim, coaching client

“Greg has been more effective in a short period than many of my career mentors over the years combined. He provided immediate improvement and created a professional foundation that I will use for years to come.”Patrick, coaching client

“I highly recommend working with Greg. He is smart, articulate, creative and kind. He is approachable, and his answers are clear and insightful. Greg meets you where you are in your career and elevates you in whatever area you are seeking guidance.”Erica, coaching client

“Meeting with you forced me to take a good, hard look at the image I present to the world. I think it made all the difference to sit down and think about ‘value’ as opposed to accomplishments. Thank you for all your help.”Allie, coaching client

“Greg was approachable and engaging, energetic and positive, open and non-judgemental the entire workshop. Greg made me hopeful for my future.”David, participant, interviewing workshop

“Thank you for helping me prepare for the interview for my NEW JOB! The skills you taught me helped through the whole process.”Aimee, coaching client

“I really enjoyed our sessions. People began to appreciate my work more and I got really excited about the next steps in my career.”Gaby, coaching client

“Greg scrutinized my writing, contemplated my ideas, and tirelessly responded to my questions with thoughtful encouragement and insightful direction. His personalized and earnest feedback clearly showed his investment in my future career. His guidance challenged and gave focus to my career goals, which he helped me craft into a strong résumé. Greg pushed and challenged me to be the best version of myself.”Brittany, coaching client

“I have been the beneficiary of Greg’s extensive professional expertise, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Throughout my recent job search, Greg was a font of counsel and sound advice, a keen and thorough eye on my resume and cover letters, and a solid voice of experience with interview preparation. Greg helped me understand and tell my own story more effectively than I had before we began to work together. I felt emboldened and full of confidence going into the interview for my current position knowing how best to address both typical and “out of the ordinary” interview questions.”Richard, coaching client

“Greg has shown repeatedly that he is the ideal mentor and career counselor. He was always readily available for any concerns or questions I had, communicated his thoughts in a clear manner, and gave consistent, constructive feedback when it came to the work–ranging from building a network to refining my skills. He listened intently when I shared my background and future goals and used this to give me career guidance while simultaneously helping me identify and utilize both my skills and passions. Greg has been helpful in coaching me through my résumé and cover letters, allowing me to communicate my accomplishments in an effective manner.”Patrick, coaching client

ABOUT THE REDDIT MUSEUMPROS ASK-ME-ANYTHING ONLINE DISCUSSION
“Thank you so much for participating [in the
MuseumPros Ask-Me-Anything]! I think that is the most thoroughly answered AMA I’ve ever seen on Reddit. I think it was (and will be) a great resource that people can look back on. Great job!”―Scott, Reddit r/MuseumPros moderator

“You were GREAT, really beyond what we expected. Your answers, complete with links to even more information, are so valuable to our community.  We can’t thank you enough…there is really no comparison to your experience. The link to the [MuseumPros Ask-Me-Anything] will be permanently put into the menu at right and we will continue to direct people there when they have career questions. Access to a museum career expert is a special “event” for MuseumPros, which doubled our daily traffic. Again, thank you so much for your time and knowledge.”―Blaire, Reddit r/MuseumPros moderator

“Thank you so much for such a thorough and thoughtful response to my questions, as well as for all your resources! I’ll try to make time in the next few days to watch your webinars and explore your suggestions further.”―Participant, Reddit r/MuseumPros Ask-Me-Anything

“Thanks so much for your detailed answer, lots to think about. I am really grateful for your time!”―Participant, Reddit r/MuseumPros Ask-Me-Anything

ABOUT THE YOUR CAREER IN TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES
“I want to express my thanks to you for hosting the professional development webinar series over the past month. 
As a furloughed, junior-level museum worker now considering a drastic shift in the direction of my career, the seminars helped me think about and begin to take action towards this transition. I’m glad to have these webinar recordings to return to when I prepare application packages.” ―Sam, webinar series participant

“I want to let you know how much I appreciated the ‘Your Career in Transition’ webinar series. Other career development workshops I have attended in the past have been fairly generic, but yours was specially tailored for professionals in transition. Something else which set it apart from other webinar series is that while the content seemed to build, each session was also strong enough to stand on its own. The format of featuring a different guest speaker each week was both interesting and effective and spoke to the power of networkiné. It was fun and engaging, and I left with so many meaningful takeaways! In particular, the tips about codifying and aligning the keywords in the job description with the résumé were illuminating. I also appreciated the proposed cover letter format. Meanwhile, the STAR method, which was new to me, seems like a useful and practical model for interview prep and follow-up. These are techniques which not only resonate, but which I feel I can immediately implement as I continue my job search. ‘Your Career in Transition’ has renewed my confidence during uncertain times. Thank you so much!”―Joanna, webinar series participant

“In this time of uncertainty, many people’s careers are on hold due to COVID-19 and the lockdown. The ‘Career in Transition’ webinars were a perfect remedy. Greg Stevens began each of the eight webinars by putting the viewer at ease by welcoming everyone to the session and asking all to introduce themselves. These introductions broke the ice and greatly assisted with the viewers to talk freely in the chatbox when taking part in the interactive sections. This welcoming and professional presentation style continued later into the series. At the end of every show, the audience was encouraged to make small steps for significant impact. Excellent guest speakers assisted with the series with expertise across several industries. The series was interactive with Greg asking questions throughout for the audience to answer, making an engaging experience. The well-attended sessions saw many viewers returning for all eight webinars as they found it a positive experience with a proactive approach in development for the next stage in their careers. The webinars motivated me to think and work on my career development after lockdown. Greg is commendable for his hard work in the production of these webinars.”―Gilbey, webinar series participant

ABOUT A LIFE IN MUSEUMS: MANAGING YOUR MUSEUM CAREER
“I have found A Life in Museums extremely valuable in helping me take perspective on my own career path. Greg Stevens – a recognized leader in career development in museums – helps to make this book entertaining, easy to digest, thoughtful, and very honest.”―Jonathan, review, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career

“Absolutely brilliant book and advice. Each chapter was so helpful and provided great insight. It has reaffirmed my love for the field and my hopes for a career in it. Thank you so much!”―Rebecca, review, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career

“This book was exactly what I needed. The sections on cover letters and résumés have helped tremendously. Before using their advice, I wasn’t getting any responses to my job applications. Now, I’m getting responses to jobs I thought I’d never have a chance at! Well done!”―Tiffany, review, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career

“Greg Stevens has amazing insight into what museum employers are looking for. If you are an emerging museum professional or thinking about transitioning into the museum world, this book is a must-read and will provide you with all the information you need to make a good and lasting impression as well as navigate your career successfully.”―T. Hardy, review, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career

“I 100% used your STAR method and the chapter from your book when interviewing for my new job! Thanks again for all your help in reworking my résumé and thinking more about my own personal philosophy.”―Audrey, coaching client

“I feel now more confident to take on new challenges after working on some basic tools such as a well-crafted résumé and interviewing skills. Thank you for putting this book together for many of us out there in need of guidance and mentoring.”―Daniel, review, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career

ABOUT GREG STEVENS
“You exemplify the best—connecting the dots, building creativity everywhere, reaching out with welcome, kindness, humor and beyond boundaries.”—Mary Case, co-founder, Qm2 Consulting Community

“After attending a career lab led by Greg, I gained a better understanding of how to identify my skills, brand myself and build my network. He presented the overwhelming topic of career development as an approachable and manageable plan. Greg also helped me recraft my résumé and cover letter for over an hour in a one-on-one coaching session. As a result of his thoughtfulness and professional insight, my documents are strong communication tools for a competitive job market.”―Anna, participant, career workshop

“Greg is a skilled mentor and coach and has helped hundreds of professionals—many emerging in the field—find their voice, passion, and path. When approaching his work, Greg plans with the results in mind.”―Nathan Richie, Director, Golden History Museums and Park

“Greg is passionate about helping people succeed through professional development and training. He is creative, thoughtful and organized. He has done more to support mid-career museum professionals than anyone I know.”―Carol Bossert, Exhibition Specialist, Radio Talk Show Host

“Greg does a remarkable job of coaching the best work out of people. Greg’s leadership style is inclusive and targeted. Greg clearly believes there’s no “right way” to accomplish a project or solve a problem. He delights in the learning process of discovery, exploration, and experimentation with a results-oriented focus and is a consummate cheerleader for those journeying along with him. This is one of the skills and characteristics that makes Greg such an extraordinary teacher, coach, and curriculum developer.”―Ann Fortescue, Executive Director, Springfield Museum of Art

“You are a polished and professional reflective practitioner who can motivate anyone with whom you come in contact.”―Lotte Lent, Assistant Director, Museum Education Program, The George Washington University

“Smart and creative, kind and generous, Greg Stevens has helped countless professionals—including me—do their jobs better. He’s fun to work with—good-humored, but extremely disciplined—and his projects always result in high-quality programs, efficiently produced with meaningful impact. Greg knows that success requires a systematic, goal-oriented approach to keep projects on track. He makes it look easy. He’s also a master of social chemistry, blessed with the ability to work with all kinds of personalities, bringing out the best in partners.”―Tim Hallman, Director of Communications and Business Development, Asian Art Museum

“Greg is an incredibly talented individual. He brings to the table program planning and project management skills and adds in creativity and a talent for bringing people together. He is someone I have volunteered for, learned from, and worked with. I would recommend unconditionally his expertise and the passion for what he does.”―Jennifer Thomas, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Museums

“I have the greatest confidence and trust in you and value your passion and commitment to your work.”―Dean Phelus, Senior Director, Leadership Programs, American Alliance of Museums

“How amazing it is that one person can have such an impact on his field.”―Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder, LearningTimes, LLC