“The experience of working with Garrison was like I had found my ally in bringing my voice to the world.
I’ve felt frustrated with the way my message had often felt so jumbled, heady and technical when it came out of my mouth. It was a pain that had been plaguing me for a long time.
Garrison expresses himself in such a clear and grounded way that his questions and reflections really helped me to clarify my own thinking.
But what made the biggest difference was the way I really felt his presence. I think his presence is his gift. I felt held and seen. There was a solidness that allowed me to get messy and experience a confidence that Garrison would take that messiness, distill it down and feed it back to me in a way that would clarify my own thoughts.
I’ve worked with other accomplished professionals who don’t listen with a fraction of the quality that Garrison does. It’s really fun watching his process and I really like the way he goes about it so genuinely.
Where others haven’t even come close to an authentic representation of my work, Garrison helped me stretch my thinking and see how I can present my vision in a new way.
I really get that Garrison cares and is highly capable. He has an ability to reach inside and gently pull out the understandings that live in me so that I can bring my gifts to the world in way that people are excited to receive.
I feel that’s what Garrison is all about.”
“I’m passionate about my work in the field of using space to help life on Earth. Over the last few years I’ve felt increasingly drawn to opportunities to do a SXSW or TEDX talk. However, I’ve had no idea how to create something cohesive from the mess of thoughts in my head that would really move people.
In the past, when I needed to speak about my work I’d usually just throw some last minute slides together and wing it with “not-so-great” results. I simply had no idea how to tell a story.
Upon my first session with Garrison, I admittedly had some nervousness around what the experience would be like. It was all just a big ‘unknown’ and I feared I might end up feeling ‘put on the spot’ to have to get up and present in some way.
From the very beginning, I felt that Garrison genuinely wanted to know me, the story I wanted to share and the level of impact I wanted to have.
I was surprised by his natural ability to draw forth the details of my vision, create cohesion around my story and direct the flow of my thoughts into a powerful, intriguing and moving presentation. He even transformed my content and data into easy to understand metaphors that represented some of the profound aspects of my work I had been hoping to communicate.
I’m super impressed by Garrison’s ability to feel into how an audience will respond to material, how to grasp their attention and connect with their emotions. I’m really pleased and excited about the work we did together in just a few sessions. I was also impressed by how quickly Garrison got to know me. He pulled out so many little nuances of who I am on a personal and professional level and then used them to enrich the presentation.
In essence, I found that he quickly gained my trust and brought so much ease to the process of creating together. Working with Garrison has excited me towards thinking bigger about what I want to do and how I can have a greater impact through speaking my story, my passion and my purpose.”
“I have to admit, I had some fear around how the message of my speech would be received. I felt very concerned that I wouldn’t be able to tell my story without inviting harsh criticism.
From the very beginning, Garrison created a nice flow between inviting me to share my story and explore the fears I had around it, then after digging in a bit he finally left me with a new perspective to really mold into something.
There is something really special about the way he creates the space to talk. I felt like I could really relax and share my very personal story. That counts for a lot because in sharing it I had to re-visit the very difficult times in my life from which my teachings come.
There’s a degree of safety you need to feel with someone to share at such a level and Garrison has an ability to hold the kind of exquisite space required for that to happen.
I felt that I could really trust Garrison’s competence in how he was guiding and leading me. Every step of the way I was experiencing value and I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time or his. Plus, having the recording and transcription of his interview with me has been such a useful artifact.
In the end Garrison gave me a way of sharing my vision that I felt really good about. That, in and of itself, has me feel more calm, confident and relieved in how to move forward.
There’s something magical happening inside of Garrison’s process. It was unique, lovely and a tremendously valuable experience. “
“I’m a scientist and I can be extraordinarily analytical in my approach.
I originally came to Garrison with a body of work related to the future of global health. While the science was solid, I needed a way to present my work in a way that would allow people to connect to it better, hold their attention longer, and have them feel inspired to take what could be a naturally skeptical position and give it a second look.
In other words, it was very important for me to put a human face on what could be very dry and controversial scientific information.
I was very happy with the authentic and personal voice that came out of working with Garrison.
I was left with something really beautiful that gives the listener a personal connection to me and humanizes the story of my work in a way that greatly improves the quality of my message.
What struck me however was how fully present Garrison was when we were working together. He brought a solid context for us to get good work done. He really knew the right questions to ask and seemed to really know what he was doing. It was all incredibly helpful.
The experience of working with Garrison was smooth, efficient and insightful. These are all the things I like to see when I work with any high-level professional that I would involve in such important material as my work.
Garrison delivered precisely what he promised. His insight was very useful and he did a great job.
Given the success of this project with Garrison I’d absolutely work with him on something bigger in the future.”
Garrison, thank you.
I have been really agonizing over my tagline, elevator pitch and branding.
I’ve been so vague about it and I haven’t had anything that excites me that I want to go and tell everyone this is what I’m doing.
However, out of 30-40 minutes of talking with you, I’ve now got something that I’m really excited about. Something I can brand, something I can speak to people and something I want to do videos about. So that was a really awesome session and I thank you.
The thing that was unique was that you added so much color to it. You painted a picture with your words and that took me in a direction I hadn’t been in. You asked some questions, got my reality and then just painted this whole masterpiece and it took me into a really strong avatar that I can use to promote my brand.
I appreciated the way you showed up. It’s going to influence how I’m going to work professionally. You listened carefully and then gave me a metaphorical concept of my work that allowed me to represent what I do in a whole new way.
You really took me somewhere I hadn’t realized I could go. My brain was simply never in that kind of a space.
“Thank you so much, Garrison. That was awesome. It was really fun.
You helped guide me to step into my message and myself so much more.
The way you facilitated the conversation really made it possible for me to go places within myself that will bring so much more to my speech.
It was really helpful the way you pulled my inner truths out of me, which I feel are always done best in dialogue and in relationship with someone I feel really comfortable around.
I felt really trusting that you were listening to me and tuning in. I also really appreciate the way that you took the time to stop and tune into yourself about what you wanted your next questions to be. It’s something I really value. Not necessarily tuning into the mind but really feeling into the question that wants to come through. That’s the kind of people I really like to collaborate with, someone who’s coming from a place of deep presence and genuine curiosity.
I feel jazzed. I feel so excited now for something that I was really dreading before. I feel alive. I feel connected to an essential truth inside of me that wants to come through. It’s completely moved from something I “have to do” to a “meaningful offering” I get to deliver.
If you’re considering working with Garrison what I would say is that, “Garrison can help you uncover what’s ready to come through. He offers something that is safe and friendly but even more-so there’s something about the way he offers deep listening that feels worthy of my deep and personal sharing.”