Don’t get me wrong, I respect the work of a qualified life coach, and know several folks who’ve been helped by one – including yours truly, who, on assignment once for O:The Oprah Magazine, put herself into the hands of one of a popular life coach – and learned something.
Still, the recent trend for every teacher, mentor, instructor, specialist, counselor, self-help author and over-the-fence-advice-giver to call themselves Life Coaches is kind of amusing, no?
Yes! At least according to Verona self-help author and veteran life coach, Laura Berman Fortgang, who will make her Manhattan debut as Life Coach Lurlene in “Find Your Inner Glitter with Life Coach Lurlene” next week.
Berman Fortgang is a serious writer and coach, a Nautilus Book Award winner and a finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award (alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama). But she’s also got a terrific sense of humor and recently transformed her inspirational tools into a comedic mock seminar, starring as an “Anthony-Robbins meets- Dolly-Parton” character she created and named Life Coach Lurlene.
Life Coach Lurlene lessons include teachings on life, business and the pursuit of leopard-print. Complete with folksy, Southern sensibility, Life Coach Lurlene turns her audience’s worlds right side up through interactive and comically inspiring hands-on methods. She doles out advice for celebrities, the workplace and homemakers alike.
Theatrics seem to run in this Baristaville Mom’s family too, as Berman Fortnang’s daughter recently performed in the Papermill Playhouse production of The Sound of Music.
You can catch Life Coach Lurlene in action at New York City’s Metropolitan Room on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, February 24th.
I heard from good sources that she’s “a hoot,” and after watching several of her wildly entertaining videos of past shows, I have to agree. See for yourself. And excuse me, I have to go “get my glitter on.”