“Barbara is very good at what she does. You will think that you do not need her … you do. You will think that you can do it alone … you can’t. You need someone to help you develop a plan and hold you accountable for implementing the plan and sticking to the plan (no tangents!). Barbara did this so well for me that within 3 months my business development problem turned into a “not enough labor” problem.” 

– William R. Simon, Jr., Esq., San Diego, CA
Founder & Chief Counsel at Sollertis

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“I highly recommend Barbara. Her history in the legal profession is impressive and we wanted someone who was not “generic” but specific to our industry. She has been very helpful to the firm and to me personally. She is organized, very communicative and responsive. I conference with her individually twice a month and then she is available to confer informally whenever anything comes up on which I need assistance. With her help, I was able to identify some goals to increase my clientele and then met those goals – which was great!”

– Karen Holmes, San Diego, CA
Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, APC

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“It was a real honor to be coached by you on my business. Your process had structure, yet remained flexible for my needs. I loved how you were able to get me to recognize the keys aspects and focus to move forward. And I especially appreciate your willingness and kindness in letting me shift my focus, as needed, when personal issues arose.  Your sensitivity and compassion are amazing.  Thank you so much for helping me move forward professionally and personally.”

– Marcia Clark, Driftwood, TX
Life Coaching with Marcia Clark

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“What I love most about working with Barbara is that she sees the whole picture. Yes, she has helped me grow my practice, but even more importantly, she has helped me stay balanced. With her help, I’ve even started a fitness program and she recommended simple, healthy changes to my diet so that I’m able to have more energy to get everything done.”

 Ginny Martens, Esq., San Francisco, CA
Civil Trial Practice

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“All great athletes have coaches! I didn’t realize, however, how much a coach could help me until I started working with Barbara. In less than a year, my business revenue went from under six figures to $150,000! Her ability to pinpoint marketing strategies and expand them to the next level has made all the difference in the world.”

– Scott Prescott, Erie PA
Prescott Consulting

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“I was never comfortable with marketing. I didn’t know anyone who could help me improve so I cold generate more business. When I met Barbara, I was impressed with her background, achievements, and coaching methods. After several months of working with her, I’ve developed clear-cut strategies to bring in new clients. I’ve also maximized my work with existing clients. I highly recommend Barbara. She pushed me from the comfort zone into the action zone.”

– Sheila Trexler, Esq., San Diego, CA
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC

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“My originations seemed to be stuck at about $500,000 per year until I hired Barbara. With her coaching, I was able to develop clear-cut strategies to bring in new clients as well as maximize the work I was doing with existing clients. I’m happy to report that I brought in over $1 million in client revenue this past year!”

– K. Dangelo, Esq., San Diego CA
Civil Trial Practice

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“As an entrepreneur starting a new business, I honestly don’t know if I would have made it through the fits and starts of the last several months had it not been for my coach. Barbara has been a huge aid in helping me identify the target and then maintain the focus to achieve the objective. She’s been an asset in helping me in developing my marketing plan and will be an even bigger help in the execution of it!”

– Paul Byrne, San Diego CA
ReadyTech, Inc.

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“Barbara spoke at our firm retreat and subsequently conducted a follow up training program for our attorneys. The results have been nothing short of fantastic. The renewed energy she evoked at our retreat turned into action under her tutelage. If you want a motivational speaker who incorporates practical training – turning theory into action – you can’t go wrong by hiring Barbara to work with your firm.”

– Steven J. Cologne, Esq.
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
San Diego, CA

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“Barbara has the experience to provide training to the most seasoned professional while including the information pivotal to those who are new to marketing their services. Her facilitation of our retreat gave everyone nuggets of gold for their future business development.

 – Judith Hissong, CLM, San Diego CA
Chief Operating Officer
Solomon, Grindle, Silverman & Spinella, APC

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“Barbara has conducted a number of training programs for our attorneys. She works with me prior to each program to determine if there are any areas within the program on which she should focus more attention. Because the programs are well thought out and customized for our group, they are always well received.  Barbara is a very natural speaker who is obviously comfortable in her knowledge of the topics she addresses, making her very enjoyable to listen to. In addition to the group programs, Barbara works individually with attorneys to assist them in further developing their skills.”

– Patricia L. Groff, CLM, San Diego CA
Firm Administrator, Butz Dunn & DeSantis

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“Barbara Mencer was our presenter at a recent National Association for Women Business Owners San Antonio Chapter luncheon.  The title of her presentation was very appropriately entitled “Market Like a Pro – The Secrets You Don’t Know”.  I have heard numerous talks on marketing, but never have I learned so much in such a short time.  She has a fresh new approach that makes so much sense.  We all left saying, “WOW!”  Most definitely, Barbara Mencer was one of the best programs we have ever had.”

– Linda Elliott, Programs Chair
San Antonio NAWBO

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“On behalf of NAWBO, thank you, Barbara, for your spectacular presentation.  The members and guests found you talented, easy to relate to and inspirational. We had approximately 60 people attend that evening which broke a record for many months.  The attendance reflects your presence.”

– Joni Hubbard, Program Director
NAWBO Inland Northwest

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“I think one of the greatest compliments a presenter can receive is an invitation to return. Barbara, Silicon Valley Coach Federation is issuing you an open invitation to join us anytime! The evening spent with you was informative and entertaining. Your expertise was evident and I know your subject was timely and well received. The feedback I received from the attendees was very positive. Thank you Barbara!”

– Linda Brown, President
Silicon Valley Coach Federation

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“Barbara’s presentation to our organization was engaging and informative.  The feedback from our members was terrific.  They loved Barbara’s combination of professionalism and warmth, and how she brought a lot of clarity to an often overwhelming topic.”

– Liz Corso David, Vice-President
NAPO, San Diego Chapter

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“Barbara did an outstanding job presenting her popular seminar, “How to Make Money…Even in a Down Economy!” to our coaches group.  Her presentation was extremely informative, and she provided very practical tips and strategies that all of us could use immediately to build and grow our coaching businesses.  Barbara has an authentic, down-to-earth presentation style, and is quick to share from her own experiences to reinforce her key points.  I know all of us took something away of value from Barbara’s presentation.”

– C. R. Reveles
ICF – New Mexico Chapter

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“Barbara is a wonderful speaker with great information for women business owners.  She speaks from the heart when delivering her concise and easy to follow guidelines on how to succeed in business.  She provided a perfect handout and left each attendee with a takeaway for improving their business.  Thank you Barbara for your time and for the great information!”

– Karen Bates
Incoming Managing Director
eWomenNetwork San Diego, CA

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“Barbara Mencer was the presenter at our Networking & Business Etiquette Power Hour. This program was designed for our law student members from the three San Diego law schools. Barbara’s presentation was organized, thorough, and pertinent to the unique networking situations law students are currently confronted with both through social media and in person. Barbara was charismatic and engaging. Attendees provided overwhelmingly positive feedback. We look forward to working with Barbara again and would recommend her enthusiastically.”

– Nory R. Pascua, Esq.
San Diego County Bar Association
Vice President/Chair
Law Student Outreach & Programming Committee

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