What Does Coaching Involve?

Coaching with me has four stages: assessment, goal setting, habit change and implementation.

First we figure out what you need to improve your performance. I ask you questions about the performance situation you are facing: What is happening at the moment? What you would like to happen? I give you a brief self-diagnostic inventory to help clarify where you’re at and what you need. You are also assessing me: Am I understanding you? Do I offer something that sounds like it might help you? If it looks like we are the right “fit” then we agree to work together. I will give you an overview of what the coaching process will entail.

Goal setting:
We look at what you want to achieve and set realistic, achievable goals. These goals are usually connected with a certain time frame or event (such as an upcoming test or performance).

You are going to learn…

There is a relationship between stress and performance
That stress is a function of disconnection.
In order to improve your performance you need to become aware that you are disconnecting, and then use tools to immediately put yourself back on track.

Usually, when a person’s performance is not where they would like it to be, they have non-productive habits that are getting in the way. I teach you to become more aware of these negative habits and then to develop productive, success-building ones by giving you the nine essential tools in my model. There are three tools for being calm, three for remaining confident, and three for staying focused. All nine are easy to learn and to use.

You start putting your awareness and the tools to work. You practice using the tools. Through practice they become second nature and you become more calm, confident and focused. What seemed like a stuck situation starts to change. We conduct assessments periodically to keep close tabs on how you are progressing.


Test Takers
Healthcare Professionals
Test Takers
Test Takers

What Are Your Coaching Options?

Individual Coaching
One-on-one coaching with me for your particular performance needs.
An initial diagnostic session (90 minutes) is followed by a series of coaching sessions that very in length from 30-60 minutes. In these sessions I will:

  • Provide an assessment.
  • Introduce you to the theory of my coaching system.
  • Teach you the nine core tools for reducing your stress and improving your performance.
  • Guide you through the process of applying the tools to your particular performance situation.

When I work with a high school student the first meeting includes the student and at least one parent. We clarify the student’s performance needs and then I work with the student individually. Reports to the parent(s) are regular and also on request, with the student apprised of them.

Individual coaching can be conducted in a variety of ways:

  • In person, face to face: you come to my office or I come to yours.
  • On the phone: if you live outside the Bay Area or if you are traveling. This can include a webcam feature.
  • On the internet: coaching via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and emails.
  • To schedule coaching with me or to ask any questions about my work, contact me directly.

Group Coaching
I run performance enhancement groups in my office and also in the field. These performance groups are lively and highly impactful.

My “in-office” groups have 4-6 participants and each is working on an individual performance issue (examples: more productivity at work; completing projects at home; setting in motion a long-dreamed about plan, etc.). After working through the self-diagnostic inventory, sessions are devoted to:


  • Individual goal setting
  • Checking in: how are you progressing?
  • I teach the nine core tools of my model
  • Group interaction and feedback

In the field, I offer performance groups for businesses, EAPs and HR departments. In these groups we learn the tools for being calm, confident and focused. These tools reduce stress, absenteeism, complaints and high turnover and improve productivity, collaboration, the office atmosphere and overall job satisfaction. These sessions are lively, engaging, practical and impactful. Scheduling sessions (half hour to weekend retreat) depends on the needs of the organization. For more information, contact me.

Who is Coaching For?

Test Takers

Healthcare Professionals




Stage Performers

Everyone faces different challenges

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To be your best, you need training and coaching specific to your needs. Dr. B tailors his coaching to the individual.

Test Takers

What test are you preparing for?
Whether you are a high school student taking the SAT or ACT, a college student preparing for finals or about to take the GRE, MCAT, LSAT or DAT, JEE, NEET or you are a working professional taking a licensing exam, Dr. B’s performance coaching can help you achieve the score you need.

Are you performing up to your potential?
Do you study hard but yet don’t perform well on tests? Do you feel like you know the material but then “lose it” at test time? Are you struggling to understand the subject matter? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions Dr. B can help you. When your scores don’t measure up to your preparation or potential it’s a “performance issue.” When you learn to use Dr. B’s model for improving your performance your scores can improve.

How does test stress affect your performance?
There is a known scientific relationship between stress and performance. When stress is too high or too low performance suffers. If you are too anxious, or filled with self-doubt, or are easily distracted, your stress level is going to go up and your performance will go down.

How can Dr. B help you?
Dr. B is a teacher and coach. Over the last 50 years he has developed an effective, easy-to-learn system that trains people taking tests to reduce their stress and improve their performance. Coaching with Dr. B is a process of learning new, effective ways of taking tests and studying for them..

Healthcare Professionals

Whether you are a dentist, doctor, hygienist, nurse, assistant or office manager, you are under a lot of stress every day. In addition to dealing with patient demands and emergency situations, you are also in the midst of on-going staff issues and the day-to-day problems of running an office. When stress builds, performance suffers. Not only does this affect you, the healthcare professional, but it also affects the patients you work with as well as your family and friends outside the office.

What are the effects of stress?
There is a known scientific relationship between stress and performance. Stress can affect you negatively: physically, psychologically and spiritually. Too much stress in the workplace can cause job dissatisfaction absenteeism, accidents and high turnover.

How do you deal with stress?
When stress builds and you become exhausted, irritable, anxious or depressed you may try to relieve the stress in ways that are not healthy: drinking, over-eating, smoking, gambling and compulsive sex. You may also take it out on others by being short tempered and easily upset. This can only make matters worse. Knowing how to effectively deal with stress and make a big difference, for yourself and for the people around you at work and at home.

How Dr. B Performance Coach can help you.
Coaching with Dr. B is a process of identifying the stressors in your work and home life, and then learning effective ways of reducing your stress. Dr. B’s model trains you to be calm, confident and focused, so than you can handle stressful situations in an entirely different way than you have in the past. This not only will improve the quality of your life, but will have a positive effect on the people around you — your employees, your co-workers, your family and friends.

What are performance issues athletes deal with?

  • Common performance issues for athletes include….
  • Not performing up to potential
  • Performance anxiety
  • Loss of confidence
  • Lack of motivation
  • Technical issues (shots, swings, strokes, etc)

Any of these issues can affect an athlete and can cause his or her stress to build and performance to suffer. There is a known scientific relationship between stress and performance. Too much stress has a negative effect on performance.

How does Dr. B’s model apply to sports?
When an athlete is not performing up to his or her potential, or suffers from performance anxiety, or experiences a loss of confidence or lack of motivation, there isn’t time during a game or meet to stop and correct the problem.

Dr. B teaches an easy-to-use system of nine core tools for maintaining on-the-spot top performance in the field, on the court, or in the pool. When tension, loss of confidence, or distraction get in the way during an athletic event the athlete has to know how to ellminate or minimize these immediately. That’s what Dr. B teaches.

How can Dr. B Performance Coach help you?
Whether you are a professional, amateur or student athlete, Dr. B can help you to identify what’s keeping you from performing at your best, no matter what sport you play.

The coaching process with Dr. B involves assessment, goal settling, learning and implementation. Dr. B’s coaching is active. He will give you exercises to work with on your own and during your practice. Dr. B will give you the tools you need during a game or meet to keep you at your best.

If you are an athletic coach, Dr. B’s model can help you too. Not only will you become more calm, confident and focused by working with Dr. B, but his nine tools will be a great addition to your coaching repertoire. You can pass them on directly to your athletes and watch their performance improve.


Watch a free video with Dr. B on How to Get Into and Stay in ‘The Zone’


How does stress affect your performance?
There is known, well-researched scientific relationship between stress and performance. When stress is too high or too low performance suffers.

As an executive, the stresses of your work are many. Unregulated stress can lead to exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, depression and a host of physical, psychological and spiritual problems.

When your stress is too high it will likely have a negative effect on those around you, causing absenteeism, accidents, job dissatisfaction, insurance claims, and high turnover. By addressing your own stress you are not only taking care of yourself, but you are being a model for those who work with you.

When you keep stress at just the right level you are setting a standard for excellence in performance — for yourself and throughout your organization.

What does Dr. B offer for executives?
Dr. B offers personalized executive coaching. Dr. B will train you to use his highly effective performance model. In your coaching with Dr. B you will tackle the day-to-day situations you face that causing your stress to spike. Dr. B will show you how to address any issue in a way that is calm, confident and focused. You will be an excellent role model for everyone who works with you.

Dr. B also provides in-service training for management staff and support teams.
His training seminars are lively, engaging, and above all, practical. Before offering a training seminar in your company, Dr. B will interview key people so that the training will be personalized to the needs of your group.

Dr. B also offers executive support groups and retreats. In these groups a small number of executives from the same or different companies work together learning and applying Dr. B’s model. These groups are both incisive and enjoyable.

Stage Performers
singerWhat kind of performers work with Dr. B?

Dr. B is a coach to performers of all types:
Opera singers
Stage, film and TV actors
Public speakers

Dr. B coaches world class performers, including Academy Award and Tony award winners, musicians who have been awarded top prizes in national and international competitions, and well known public speakers. He also coaches performers at the training and entry levels. In addition he works with writers, painters and designers.

What is Dr. B’s background in working with performers?
Dr. B is an experienced performer himself. A prodigious piano player as a child, Dr. B became an Equity actor as a young adult and has gone on to direct and produce theater and opera in the US and abroad, working at The Sundance Institute, The Juilliard School and The Australian National Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition to his doctorate in Applied Psychology, Dr. B holds an advanced degree in music composition from Mills College. He is a master teacher in the Adler Fellowship and Merola programs at the San Francisco Opera, and the founder of The Singer’s Gym, a professional workshop for opera singers. For more information read Dr. B’s complete bio. To find out about The Singers’ Gym email singersgym@comcast.net

What issues does Dr. B deal with?
There is known, well-researched scientific relationship between stress and performance. Being a professional performer is tough. Not only is the work demanding, but the effort to find work is usually all-consuming and often demoralizing. Too much or too little stress will hurt your performance. Dr. B will train you to be in “the Zone”—in auditions and performances.

Dr. B works with performers who
Suffer from stage fright
Are seized with performance anxiety
Have doubts about their talent and ability
Struggle with negative self-talk
Lose their self-confidence
Find it hard to focus
Have difficulties in interviews and auditions
Feel like they want to give up
Find rejection debilitating

Dr. B also coaches performers on audition pieces, as well the work they are preparing for public presentation (roles, recitals and speeches).

How does the coaching work?
Coaching with Dr. B is four step process: you meet with Dr. B to assess what you need, you set goals, he teaches you his performance model as applied to your situation, and you implement the tools.

Dr. B’s training model is easy-to-learn and user friendly.
Coaching is individualized, one-on-one, and conducted in person, on the phone and via the web.

Partial list of possible topics

“Sport-Psychology in the Business World”

“Dealing with Stress Post-Pandemic”

“Worrying Hurts Your Business”

“What You Can Offer Others Right Now”

“Reduce Your Stress, Improve Your Performance”

“Wow, What a Great Dentist Visit!”

“I Hate Tests! How to Ace Them Anyway”

“The Three-Legged Stool: A Model for Success”

“Lighten Up! Have Fun in the Office”