Dr Jan Elfline

Dr. Jan Elfline (EdD, Illinois State University) has been coaching since 1993, and has been a coach trainer and Master Certified Coach (MCC) since 1998.

She is a Certified Professional / Personal Coach (CPPC) and an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer.  In 1998 she was one of the first forty coaches worldwide to be recognized as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation, a designation that is reserved for acknowledged leaders in the field.  In addition, she is an experienced educator. She holds a Doctorate in Education; the focus of her doctoral studies was on creativity and innovation. She taught in the Art department at Illinois State University for over ten years.  She loves teaching and infuses the training environment with a dynamic blend of insight and humour.

Jan is a leader in the field of coaching and has pioneered work to bring the language and tools of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) into the practice of coaching.  She is the founder of the NLP Coaching Institute, an international training organisation that helps professional coaches develop extraordinary skills by combining NLP with business and personal coaching.  In 2012 she founded Aligned Action International, providing accredited Coach Training Programs around the world to prepare participants to enter the profession as a certified coach.

Jan has coached leaders and managers in more than 50 organisations including Jardine-Fleming (investment banking), State Farm Insurance, GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals), Bridgestone-Firestone (manufacturing), Grundfos (hydrolics), Coloplast (medical technology), BP (petroleum), in addition to educational institutions, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  She is based in Illinois, USA and has worked internationally including assignments in Hong Kong, Copenhagen, London, Shanghai and Guadalajara.

In 2018, she co-authored a book Actor for Life, How to Have an Amazing Career Without All the Drama’ with Connie De Veer – a profoundly powerful guide with exercises that draw on the latest methods from the science of learning to enable readers to break negative patterns of thought and behaviour, and literally reprogram their brains.

Jan’s strongest interest has always been in creativity and innovation, specifically as it applies to how we live our lives.  She is passionate about helping her clients discover and learn habits that create happiness, in themselves and in the people around them.

Her life goal is to help people realise that thinking time is productive, and it can be a lot of fun.  It’s free entertainment – as Jan says ‘Your brain is readily available, no battery required’.