Some feedback from some great clients and colleagues
"Tom is a true coach in that he has helped me to evoke the best in myself. I find myself pondering our conversations days after our appointments. More than once I have come to our appointment wondering what in the world we would talk about - and somehow, the conversations always manage to take on a life of their own. Some would call that the work of the Spirit; I call it that as well. I appreciate Tom's combination of honesty, experience, and good humor as he helps me to understand what it means to be a leader."
Presbytery Executive - Presbyterian Church (USA)
"I have sought Tom Patterson's coaching on a number of occasions, and each time he skillfully helped me get unstuck. I come away from our sessions feeling respected, empowered, and free."
Pastor and Writer
"Tom's coaching has had a significant impact on my work. His insightful question, keen analysis, breadth of experience, sense of humor, and compassionate pushback have helped me navigate adaptive challenges, find creative solutions, keep focused and move intentionally toward greater effectiveness in both ministry and life. Tom's a gifted coach, and this has been the best 'continuing education' investment I've ever made!"
Presbytery Executive - Presbyterian Church (USA)
"If there is a spiritual gift of coaching, Tom Patterson has it...big time!"
"Tom understands leaders and their systems. He helps teams increase the clarity and grace of their communications, and he helps leaders grow in their calm, balanced authority.
Professional Certified Coach and Trainer
“Tom's platform skills are exceptional."
President - Center for Leadership Studies
"My experience with Tom was rather exceptional. When training day came, Tom’s presentation was engaging and well received by staff. Even the naysayers were involved. His genuine warmth and caring set a perfect tone for the session. I’d recommend Tom for any type of training or facilitation need. I’m so impressed – I can’t wait to invite him back!"
Senior Manager - City of Seattle
"I highly recommend Tom Patterson as one of those mentors and coaches who can help pastors during this challenging and exciting transitional time. Tom’s years of experience in ministry, his love for the Lord, and his unique gifts and training have equipped him for this. Not to mention that coaching is a passion and a delight for him. Tom is encouraging and energetic, and he has the heart of a servant—especially for serving fellow pastors. Tom is one of the best listeners I know, and he knows how to ask good questions. In fact, a large part of Tom’s approach to coaching is asking the right questions so that a person can make their own discoveries and draw their own conclusions. And Tom will accentuate the positive in what he is hearing. I have known Tom for five years as colleague and friend and have seen him at work. He’s one of the best."
“Tom exhibits creativity and wisdom in his work as a career coach. With great skill he nurtures in clients commitments and capacities for doing the necessary work to increase professional competence.”
"Without doubt, Tom is one of the most authentic professionals in the field who prioritizes his clients’ needs by keeping them ‘whole’ yet delivering results."
HR Lead - LinkedIn
“One the of most impactful workshops I have been to in the last few years was co-led by Tom. His content was mindful both of personal and business impact and I found it easy to apply in both arenas. His style is warm and engaging. His personal integrity shines through every dealing I've had with him. Lucky are the coaching clients or seminar attendees that work with Tom!”
Senior Microsoft Trainer
“It has been my privilege to work with Tom Patterson as my coach. I personally find his coaching to be thought-provoking and powerfully mind- and life-changing. He has helped me see issues in new ways by drawing out more than I know is within me, by listening deeply, and by giving focused feedback. I always leave our time together having gotten to the essence of my concern and with creative actions plans based on my values and dreams. My personal and professional lives are improved and in much better balance because of our work together. I have also had opportunity to refer several colleagues to Tom. Without exception they are enthusiastic about working with Tom. 'He is always prepared and helpful in our sessions.' 'I cannot imagine doing the demanding work I do without having Tom on my team.' 'Even when I don't know what to work on, Tom always helps me learn and do something of value.' 'The hour with Tom is one of the most important hours of my work week.' I appreciate having Tom as colleague and coach and recommend him without reservation to those who desire to live their lives more intentionally, successfully, and with greater happiness and satisfaction.”
Fellow PCUSA coach and former client