Devoted and direct, Dyana is part seer, part urban priestess, part cheerleader. She's my secret weapon for deeper creativity and expanded possibilities, and I'm as grateful as can be to have found her. If you're looking for true insight and someone to just believe in your greatness… AND give you the 1-2-3 of how to get it off the ground… ASAP, then you're in the right place.
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Dyana is no-nonsense. She has the ability to listen to business ideas and presentations then glean the essence of the project to ensure they are vibrant and dynamic. She improves the quality of my presentations and gives me the supportive (and the tough love) feedback to make sure I come across clearly and effectively in front of an audience. Dyana absolutely over-delivers when it comes to her coaching programs. I continue to hire her because she makes my best BETTER.
-Jodi Womack, No More Nylons
Dyana pulls the truth out of you in a way no one else can (no matter how weird or unconventional that truth may be), and encourages you to revel in it. She's intuitive and encouraging – skills that have helped me develop and articulate my own business schpiel when networking. Dyana's got an energy like no other; her passion shines!
Velvette De Laney, Dewdrop Studios
I saw Dyana speak and she woke up the room and slapped us all into a new awareness (no, she didn't literally slap us). Her speaking is compelling and her insights into human behavior are uncanny. I wish I could have her around all the time to inspire me, but after hearing her at the conference her voice is still in the back of my head when I need it.
-Lloyd Dangle, Troubletown
Dyana is a coach extraordinaire! I've worked with her to get clarity on several business projects, and she's always been able to quickly find the hidden gem in my crazy mess of ideas. She's like a heat-seeking missile for undiscovered energy… If you get the chance to work with her, in any capacity, go for it!
-Melanie Orndorff, Rock Unemployment
Dyana uses a reactive, quick-fire style of word and phrase association to start unearthing the backbone of your business. She quickly crafts a profound statement that pitches the story of your business in a short, memorable and noticeable way.
-Melissa Balkon, Strong Design Studios
Dyana not only nailed it, but nailed it quickly. Within just the first couple minutes of explaining my project and current mind-set in general, she was able to give me several perspectives and ways of executing that I hadn't even come close to considering. Her comprehensive plan gave me new and fresh excitement and feelings of great possibility! Thanks, Dyana!
-Matt Cornwall, DJ, Writer, Actor, Producer
Dyana can match my entrepreneurial energies, my strategic whipperies and my slippery ways. BAM!
-Erika Lyremark, The Daily Whip
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"Dyana always brings the serious sit-it-down-and-listen-hard mojo, and since I’ve had the honor of benefiting from a session with Dyana, I can say this with all confidence! She is incredibly skilled at giving people permission to live as their fullest selves–it’s truly her gift. She does it by being an example of the rewards of embracing your natural grain, and opening yourself up to the gifts that come with self-confidence. If anyone reading this is in a space of creative flow (or if the flow is a bit stuck!), Dyana’s your go-to instigator for keeping your creativity in full flow, aligned with your highest gifts, and of service to our world. I truly appreciate [Dyana's] work and what [her] gifts represent. It's a bit self-serving (for me), actually—because [Dyana is] proof for me that honing in on what I call my "2.2 second zone" (my gifts) is a worthwhile endeavor."
Dyana has the ability to harness and focus your creative passions for positive execution. Her energy and drive for possibility are infectious.
-Vanessa Lunnon, Actress & Model
Some people are natural-born geniuses. Some people have a knack for insightful problem-solving. Some people are energetic cheerleaders. Some people have a gift for candor. Dyana Valentine sparkles with all of these qualities – she's a ruby and the real deal. Honestly, if I had to be shipwrecked on a desert island, I'd want Dyana with me. We've worked together in a number of ways: she's been a client of mine, I've enjoyed the benefit of her services and we've developed workshops together. Her unflagging optimism, keen intellect and vivid personality make her a blast to be around, and perhaps most beneficial of all, Dyana will hold your feet to the fire – she will not let you run and hide from your own greatness. Need clarity? Want fast results? Pay Dyana ten times what she's asking and you'll still get the bargain of a lifetime. But be forewarned: she's not going to let you get away with any of your usual funny business. She's kind of a white witch like that.
-Samantha Bennett, The Organized Artist Company
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When your mojo has gone missing, call Dyana and she'll help you find it. Within 20 minutes, she'll give you 20 ideas to help you out of whatever hole you've dug for yourself. More than that, she'll lend you the courage and enthusiasm to keep moving your projects and your life forward. Dyana's got the third eye we all wish we had. The good news is, she'll lend it to you when you need it. She can see through to the heart of a problem or issue and give you 10 solutions off the top of her head. Workable solutions. Why-didn't-I-think-of-that solutions. You need this woman's wisdom and care. Give yourself the gift of her services. My business wouldn't exist if it weren't for Dyana. My first 5 clients came out of Dyana's vast pool of friends and contacts. If you read Malcolm Gladwell's book, THE TIPPING POINT, you'll recognize in Dyana all the qualities of a quintessential "connector." Dyana and her network can help you get where you want to go.
-Karen Sydney, Made For Monday
So there's this (___) named (__) & she (___). 1) Creative Instigator/Speaker/Idea Potentate 2) @DyanaValentine 3) jolts me into action! #FF
-Carla Fisher, Follow Carla On Twitter
Dyana helped me navigate the most challenging six months of my professional career to date. When I started working with her I was completely overwhelmed: planning my book tour and book release, launching two new websites, launching three new online products, and filming a promotional video--on top of moving and starting a new relationship! Looking back, I see how invaluable she was to bringing order to the chaos of my creative process. Sometimes serving as a compassionate girlfriend and sometimes as a swift kick in the pants, Dyana helped me to calm me, tell me what ideas were worth pursuing and what were worth waiting on (or letting go of), and how to prioritize and delegate. At the end of this big growth spurt I feel tremendously inspired and empowered. I am grateful!
I can't think of a more creative, supportive, professional, dedicated motivator and collaborator than Dyana Valentine. Her compassionate positive enthusiasm, along with her great capacity to access a productive step by step process 'to get it done' is remarkable. I feel so honored to be working with such a gift. What are you waiting for?
-Cheray O’Neal, Actor, Singer, Writer
I highly recommend Dyana Valentine. She’s a rare combo. She knows her stuff inside out & round & round. She’s bright, insightful and has the most amazing Pitch Perfect workshop. Dyana knows how to teach. She pushes you and doesn’t take any guff while at the same time being tremendously supportive and inspiring.
-Lee-Anne Ragan, Rock Paper Scissors
I've listened to some speakers and walked away thinking that I would have done just as well and gotten just as much by skimming through a printout of their slide deck. I couldn't even tell you if Dyana had slides. Her personality lights up the room. She's enlightening. She's energetic. She doesn't just lecture about what she knows; her enthusiasm and encouragement guide you to your own a-ha! moment where you put together things about yourself that you didn't even know you knew. You'll walk out of the room feeling inspired, invigorated and ready to take on the world. And that's why Dyana rocks.
-Alisa Bonsignore, Clarifying Complex Ideas
Dyana's relentless enthusiasm and no-holds-barred approach to everything she does is both inspirational and practical. She demands accountability in a way that you want to impress her! She makes me better, because I know she asks nothing of others she doesn't also require of herself. It is an honor to work with her.
Dyana is a deep well of surprise and stability – just the kind of person that new worlds are built upon.
-K.I., Educator and Activist
Dyana is amazing and talented! She has an incredible ability to see past all of the junk that clouds your mind and help you focus on the best way to present yourself to your audience.
-Beth Goldfarb, Causefarm Creative
Dyana, you are the patron saint of blocked writers. And you make me feel like my words will change the world.
-Traci Post, Young Adult novelist
Dyana is a collaborator extraordinaire! Recently she created a custom three-day format for our collaboration that was just sensational. Hands down the most fun and productive new year planning session I've ever had. A session with Dyana is a very rich experience, whatever the format. She listens well, asks good questions, and expresses genuine enthusiasm for all the things she finds good and interesting about you and your project (and she finds a lot of them)! What keeps me coming back is the MAGIC. Dyana never fails to bring to light at least one gem of insight (typically several) that makes my brain explode with a cascade of connections, clarifications, implications, and most importantly, effective actions. Then, I return to the session recordings and find more; they support repeated mining. The return on investment has been amazing. Dyana's magic is priceless.
-Cindy Morefield, Painter and Creative Facilitator, Scratching The Surface Studio
Dyana is a creative genius! I hired her to collaborate with me on writing my book proposal. Each meeting it was like having a secret weapon that catapulted the project to new heights! Her energy, creativity, and passion are priceless.
-Amy Ahlers, Wake Up Call Coaching
Dyana Valentine was a powerful catalyst in helping me to recognize my own skills and potential. She helped me to realize my underutilized resources and recognized several good client matches for my consulting services. After our first meeting, I was catapulted into re-envisioning my career and on my way towards creating exciting, innovative projects.
After chatting with Dyana, I felt refreshingly raw—like new layers of my potential had been exposed to the fresh air. Dyana asks poignant questions and listens actively. She doesn't hold back, and she doesn't let you hold back either.
She absolutely sizzles. She is pure inspiration and joy. She tells you like it is with a big dose of funny and a side of fun and sexy. She's dynamic, entertaining, and knows her stuff.
-Kate Northrup Moller, AuthentiKate
Dyana is relentlessly enthusiastic. She can see the value in an artist's work, even when the artist can't. She brings many skills to the process: a highly developed aesthetic sensibility, the ability to identify the big picture and help develop ways to implement it, and can create a nurturing environment for artists to work in. Dyana connects people with disparate interests and abilities to develop interesting, unique synergies. She is also a highly accomplished artist in her own right, giving her a unique insight into the intuitive creative process. Dyana does all this with a sense of calm and great good humor. Yes, she'll get the job done, whatever it is, but insists that the hard work also be fun along the way.
-Douglas Hill, Photographer
What an amazing talent Dyana has! In four hours she coached and guided me to publish a professional website that I have been pondering and procrastinating about for nearly a year! She asked astute questions, dug deeper into the material and honored my feelings as we worked. At the same time, she very pragmatically kept me on track. I'm thrilled and stunned by how much we accomplished in such a short period of time.
-Charlotte Bradley, Counselor and Coach
Filling out Dyana's project assessment almost killed me. Or let's just say it made my palms sweat and my heart beat faster. It also made me realize some big wins I'd already had with my project and how some of my obstacles were similar to blocks I'd faced with previous projects. My session with Dyana was heavy s$%t; but lots of fun, too. In our work we formulated some simple tasks to keep my momentum going. Dyana's got a killer sense of humor. She also managed to slip in some serious intelligence when she wasn't teasing me. No, make that while she was teasing me. In our work we formulated some simple tasks to keep my momentum going. In doing them, I find that my work is dropping into a deeper, more personal & easy space.
After a few collaborative sessions with Dyana Valentine, I turned my job around. Now, others are eager to follow my lead and listen to my better-communicated ideas.
-D.F., Non-Profit Director
Funny how sometimes – especially at huge turning points in your life – when you find something you know is right for you & that it'll help you pull your entire life & happiness together… and then all hell breaks force majeure on your ass? That's how I felt about my phone time with Dyana + my sudden, dire"busy-ness." The call itself, for me, was an emotional experience. While Dyana responded, I felt flushed for the entire call! I felt that because I had such a visceral sense that something significant was about to happen, if I let it. Her advice was spot-on as starter advice, especially with her simple list of principles & her finely tuned intuition. It's also nice to find counsel in someone who seems to truly enjoy seeing others succeed. I'm really looking forward to speaking with Dyana again!
-April Wood, Actress
Working with a coach like Dyana… [after] one hour with her, if you don’t have at least one $10,000 idea, you’ve been asleep or something. The payoff is so immediate in terms of the creativity that you’ll receive and the implementable business changes that you can make.
-ALX Franzen, Promotional Wordsmith
Thank you, Dyana! My phone session was fantastic! It validated my idea, inspired me, and got me geared up to move forward. I appreciate you sharing your ideas and am eager to move on my "homework."
-Lidia Varesco, Lidia Varesco Design
We thought Dyana might be some kind of a self-help guru with the same process as all the rest. She really is the instigator she says she is! Her years of experience and unique approach are truly different. She inspired us to better convey our ideas and our process to everybody around us. Dyana's warm personality and intuition helped her to really "get" us, deciphering and distilling our message down to its essence. She can truly help just about anybody.
-Nick Norris & Kevin Laurino, iDentifiDesign
What a wild journey. Coming to America from Ireland was daunting enough not to mention trying to meet people and trying to get a job. Dyana networked me into a series of events leading to a position at Bulgari on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. I am a firm believer that there are certain people who you are destined to meet. Dyana Valentine should be one of those people for everybody. She is the world's kick in the backside. Just do it!!! It is so refreshing to meet someone with this type of zeal of energy. Dyana is a one of a kind motivator and her techniques can only lead to personal success. After 30 minutes, your confidence and focus are well on their way to helping you achieve your goals. Above all else, you really start to believe in yourself.
-Colin Weldon, Gemologist
Dyana's "thinking outside the box" way has inspired me to really push myself to address my own roadblocks differently. As per her concept, it's just as innovative to stand in front of the wall and observe it for what it is. I am thankful for that.
-Elgee Tavanlar Amato, Painter
Dyana is dynamo. I love her energy. I need to surround myself with more people like her. I feel so inspired and alive when I'm talking to her. She drew out a creative, alive side of me that I hadn't quite exactly felt before and it feels A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. During the call, I felt vibrant, expansive and connected with my most favourite brightest self. After the call, I still felt a buzz and ideas were popping like popcorn. Still today, 2 days later I am reaping the gold from the session. I am so thankful for my time with Dyana, she woke me up to endless possibilities.
-Jennifer Schramm, Self-Esteem Coach and Psychotherapist
Working with Dyana is inspirational and motivational. As a solopreneur, it's nice to have someone there to challenge me, ask questions, give advice and feedback. My dream team is: Dr. Drew, Oprah, Tim Gunn, Dyana, a kick-butt assistant and a masseuse. 1 down, 5 to go!
-Alaia Williams, One Organized Life
Thanks Dyana! Awesome as always. You pinpoint what seems obvious but until you pinpoint it is a giant blurry ball of fuzzy thoughts. You are the queen of clarity!
Dyana made everything that was cloudy become crystal clear. I suddenly had an action plan and knew exactly how to make my visions into realities.
-Fay Wolf, New Order Organizing
alentine is an all-around fantastic person, full of energy to jump-start [and finish] any project. She is always bursting with ideas, sounding board energy and advice for her clients.
-Heather Parlato, Parlato Design
Dyana is smart, intuitive and goal-oriented. She's passionate about her work and I've seen her commitment. I highly recommend Dyana.
Sage advice and guidance can be found in Dyana's presence. A sense of humor…whew…hang on!
-Robin Miller, Webolution #9
Dyana Valentine is going places!! We share the same university and program and it is a delight to know her. She was very instrumental in getting me started with my graduate studies and provided me with numerous ideas in getting started. I would highly recommend Dyana in anything she is attempting to do.
Dyana is a true collaborator. In a world full of folks looking out for number one, Dyana is instead constantly devising fresh new ways to help her clients and colleagues move their own projects and aspirations forward. On many occasions, she has alerted me to programs and resources that have facilitated my professional development. We are currently working together on research about what practices yield rich and diverse professional networks, and how real people make and maintain successful connections. Dyana is reliable, insightful, inspired and inspiring — everything you want in a collaborative partner!
I have had the honor of having Dyana work on my project Newborn Nirvana. She has added so much to my work and my life because of who she is. She brings with her to every meeting the out of the box thinking and ideas that are needed to make any project grow. I wish everyone could have her on their team.
-Kathleen Sullivan, Doula and Infant Specialist, Soft Slumbers
Dyana knows who you need to know, and she is happy to tell you—she is an unlimited community resource. She will help you figure out what is really important about what you want to get done and approaches the process with that in mind. The combination of her breadth of knowledge and her razzmatazz is truly inspiring.
-Nina Madjid, Designs That Rule
Dyana is excellent at helping you cut through to what is actually motivating you or even more importantly, demotivating you in pursuing particular opportunities. She's a constant inspiration for critical thinking in regards to my design practice in finding what works best for me and how to collaborate with others to get your stuff just done and done well.
-Tricia Okin, Papercut Design
Isolation + Outside Input = Hope.
-Gilbert Klein, Writer, Filmmaker
I feel on fire! Before working with Dyana, I was in a cloud of gray muddy overwhelm. The insights, intuitions and fun process of collaborating turned this around completely. I am thrilled about my projects again and have clear next steps toward my goals.
Dyana's talent for matching up human collaborators to create things that wouldn't otherwise exist is profound and noble. Her intellectual curiosity, the breadth of her interests, and the quality and creativity of her reasoning and logic are startling and humbling.
-Henry Lien, Glass Garage Gallery
Dyana not only lit the fire under my creativity, she also helped me SEE myself and my business with a whole new pair of glasses. As a creative, freedom loving, project prone person, I've never been able to fully fit into the business models of my peers, and I've struggled for it. Dyana helped me understand how I operate and gave me permission to not fit in, but to build my business and life around my mo and values. Can you hear me giggle? She freed me up to dream a life that actually fits me and allows me to do and share what I love. I'm still freshly claiming my freedom and letting it settle into all fibers of my universe and creations. I know it will be glorious, and I know, I'll want Dyana on my team.
When I began working with Dyana, I was a emerging fiction writer with some successes behind me and a wealth of aspirations… After my first session with Dyana, I was astounded that someone could link my life struggles so intimately with the intensive work that I was doing on my novel…. Once we got going, things went rocket-fast. I went from writing 500 words a day — at most — to upwards of 1500 (solid) words a day. I learned to take better care of myself. And I became highly attuned to the link between The Work and The Life, which seems simple, but is unbelievably important for a sustainable writing life. I also now have a book pitch, should I have any more meetings with agents in the near future. Potential clients: if you're a self-starter who's ready for more fuel and incredible insights, be prepared to move faster than you've ever moved before. I reached over 100k words on a solid draft while working with Dyana. You've been warned.
-Esmé Weijun Wang, writer
Dyana is an excellent listener who is able to quickly distill what she hears to focus on the important core of what needs to be done. She was able to hone in on my key skills within a few minutes to feed back what she heard so that I am now better able to articulate to others what I have to offer them. Thank you!
I love the energy that Dyana brought to the [Pitch Perfect] class. It was enlightening, encouraging, inspiring and motivating. She certainly gave us a process by which we could come to formulate a pitch that would make sense to whoever receives the message. Like Dyana said, even when we talk about our business with friends or possible connectors, "coach language" or our usual "coach mantras" may not make sense or mean anything to them. We really need to have a clear message and that's exactly what she gave us in that class and we were excited that there is a way to hone that message.
I LOVE your energy, straight talking, style and your fast thinking and have very much enjoyed the topic and finding answers to your questions. Pitch Perfect™ was a very refreshing, mind twisting session and we all LOVED it.
Dyana is like your dream boss. She kicks ass but she's caring. She creates order from chaos. With Dyana, I fully explored my creativity and all the possibilities of what I have to offer and then confidently implemented a new career path with lasting effects. I highly recommend Dyana as a business coach."
Dyana Valentine is an amazing force that will raise the energy of any room she speaks to. I've had the honor of seeing Dyana speak to groups as small as 8 as as big as 400 and every time she showed up in an authentic and loving way. Dyana's material is engaging and inspiring. She leaves the audience with a sense of "there is hope!" and "I can do this!". She gives herself fully to the people she is in front of and frankly, it's hard to keep her from jumping up and down from excitement as she speaks. I fully endorse and recommend her as a speaker.
-Peleg Top, Mentor for Creative Entrepreneurs
Dyana, You are magic. Thank you from the bottom of my frenzied life and admiring heart. I am ready to go out into the world and try the ‘here I am’ part that I spoke of in that poem. You have led me there with skill and totally SEXY intuition, intelligence and guidance. After that BIG sigh of relief and a little break to move my head from spinning to well… stiller. Then I will be back for more with you.
-Danielle Kershaw, Inner Bombshell
Thank you. I've spent the last twenty years practicing shamanism. Including 10+ years learning from indigenous Elders. What you're doing feels like old skool magic + wisdom to me. The way people used to gather + support + strengthen. This is medicine. And what you shared with me? Perfect. Color me deeply grateful + glad to know you.
-Danielle LaPorte, White Hot Truth
-Dr. Diane Chung, Naturopath
-Gail Larsen, Real Speaking
-Susan Hyatt, Ideal Life Design
working with @DyanaValentine is like a warm shot of love wrapped in a jalapeno
-Julie Daley, Unabashedly Female