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PoshSeven Magazine: Melanie Ott

These are some of the questions Melanie Ott would like to ask you. Then, together, you would explore ideas, create goals, find a simple way to get there and, finally, she would help you go from intention to action. Why does she do this? “Because,” she says, “my life goal is to live a rich and meaningful life and to inspire others do the same thing.” …Continue Reading

Virginia Living Magazine:  Movin’ On – Life Coach Helps Clients Remove Roadblocks To Change

It’s a question most of us- college graduates still living with parents, unfulfilled executives, retirees-will face someday: now what? Melanie Ott can help.

Through her Chantilly, Virginia-based business, Leap Forward Coaching, Ott provides career and life coaching to individuals who, she says, want to make some positive changes in their lives.

Ott was inspired to start her business in 2006 after working as an HR exec for 25 years. At the time, she was preparing for a promotion. Even though it had been a long-term goal, she didn’t want it anymore, but she didn’t know exactly why. Ott sought out a life coach, and explains she was “so excited and energized by the process as a result” she decided to become a coach herself. Now she holds a credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Ott usually meets with her clients for one to two hours every few weeks, over a minimum of five to six months. She uses personality assessments and skill and interest inventories to help clients set targeted, short-term goals. “It’s very action-oriented,” she says. “You will move forward; something will change.”

How does Ott measure her success? “If I’m a really good coach,” she says, “my clients ideally will not need me when they’re done.”
-By Sandra Shelley