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As a professionally trained coach, Madelyn works with people to uncover what they want for themselves or their businesses. With a unique ability to see connections, Madelyn draws upon her extensive media and management background to cut through the clutter.  She founded Satori Coaching in 2011.   To learn more about Madelyn, please click on the LinkedIn button located to the left.

Life is Short. Clarity is Vital.

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Re-Branding You After 50

Re-Branding in Your 50’s:  Can it be done?

The short answer is “YES”.   You, like me probably hear a lot of people talk excitedly about when they retire.  Some people I know even have a countdown clock.  But, for me, the 50’s are an exciting time.  I see it as at least 20 more years of work!  And, that excites me because I love working.

Unlike earlier years, the 50’s present an opportunity to build a stronger brand.  For those engaged in marketing and sales, you know that the strongest most powerful brands are authentic.  They’re the real deal.  In the case of personal branding, it’s based on who you are, what you love to do and what you do best.

Your accumulated life experience, ability to clearly answer questions, and an understanding of how precious time is helps you articulate the “WHO OF YOU” – which is the essence of your

Here are six steps to help you re-brand:

 1.       What are your strengths?  

 ·         There are a couple of ways you can easily identify this.  Pick up a copy of StrengthsFinder 2.0 – do the online assessment – and voila!  You have an instant report with working strategies of your top five strengths or talents.

·         Or, think of the times when you were immersed in what you were doing, maybe to the point where you lost track of time. These are sometimes known as ‘flow experiences’ –. Now look carefully at each high point.  Which talents were you using?

 2.       What are your values? 

·         Identify your values by making a list of the people you admire most. Then, next to each name, make a note of the qualities for which you admire them.  The qualities that come up over and over again are your values.

·         Or, send an email and I will send you a free assessment tool to work through your values.

3.       What is your mission? 

·         Purpose, mission, and vision are often confused.  An easy way to remember mission is think of “hands” – how you do something. 

·         One way to answer this question is to look at the things you can’t stop doing (whether you are paid to do them or not).  Maybe you find yourself connecting people, writing articles, playing a musical instrument, giving talks, taking photographs, solving problems between people or creating order out of chaos.  There are many possibilities.

4.       What is your purpose? I love this question. 

·         Using a body part to remember purpose, think of the heart.  This is your north star.  It is the gas that fuels your mission. 

·         Some questions to consider:  Why are you on the planet? If you had unlimited money and eternal life, what would you do?  Answering this question will give you a strong clue as to the direction you should take. 

5.       What is your vision? 

·         Another great question.  To continuing using body parts as an analogy, vision is the eyes – it’s what you see. 

·         There is a guided meditation exercise I sometimes use to take people 20 years into the future.  In that future they meet their future self and ask questions about how they got there. 

6.       The final piece of this personal re-branding exercise is to identify your main archetype. 

·         Once you know your main archetype, you can make sure that the way you dress, speak, write and behave is consistent with it.  People will understand instinctively who you are, where you are going, and how they can work with you.  Above all, you will be memorable. 

·         If you’re unsure of your archetype or what to learn more, please send me an email and I will send you a list of the 12 archetypes with explanations.

So, that’s it!  I’d love to know how this works out for you.  If you know someone who could benefit from this article, please forward it to them.

Inspirational thanks to John Purkiss. 

Want a coaching conversation on building your brand?  Please give me a call at 289-292-3079.

Life is Short | Clarity is Vital

October 21st 2015

Mistakes to Make Once

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express your emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. 

Study after study is linking high EQ to career or business success.  Today companies worldwide routinely look through the lens of EI in hiring, promoting, and developing their employees.

Working with emotional intelligence assessments has become a critical component in my practice.  Knowing that EQ can increase with deliberate practice and training is exciting.  For me, the most important aspect of effective EQ-coaching is giving people accurate feedback.

The ability to admit mistakes is a critical component of emotional intelligence, the cornerstone of solid leadership

Recently I came across an article by Dr. Travis Bradberry outlining the ten mistakes smart people make once.  Dr. Bradberry co-authored Emotional Intelligence 2.0.  Here are those 10 mistakes - how do you stack up?

#1 - Believing in someone or something that’s too good to be true.

Some people are so charismatic and so confident that it can be tempting to follow anything they say. They speak endlessly of how successful their businesses are, how well liked they are, who they know, and how many opportunities they can offer you. While it’s, of course, true that some people really are successful and really want to help you, smart people only need to be tricked once before they start to think twice about a deal that sounds too good to be true. The results of naivety and a lack of due diligence can be catastrophic. Smart people ask serious questions before getting involved because they realize that no one, themselves included, are as good as they look.

#2 - Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Despite his popularity and cutting insight, there are a lot of people who seem determined that two plus two will eventually equal five. Smart people, on the other hand, need only experience this frustration once. The fact is simple: if you keep the same approach, you’ll keep getting the same results, no matter how much you hope for the opposite. Smart people know that if they want a different result, they need to change their approach, even when it’s painful to do so.

#3 - Failing to delay gratification.

We live in a world where books instantly appear on our e-readers, news travels far and wide, and just about anything can show up at our doorsteps in as little as a day. Smart people know that gratification doesn’t come quickly and hard work comes long before the reward. They also know how to use this as motivation through every step of the arduous process that amounts to success because they’ve felt the pain and disappointment that come with selling themselves short.

#4 - Operating without a budget.

You can’t experience financial freedom until you operate under the constraint of a budget. Sticking to a budget, personally and professionally, forces us to make thoughtful choices about what we want and need. Smart people only have to face that insurmountable pile of bills once before getting their act together, starting with a thorough reckoning as to where their money is going. They realize that once you understand how much you’re spending and what you’re spending it on, the right choices become clear. A morning latte is a lot less tempting when you’re aware of the cost: $1,000 on average per year. Having a budget isn’t only about making sure that you have enough to pay the bills; smart people know that making and sticking to a strict budget means never having to pass up an opportunity because they’ve blown their precious capital on discretionary expenditures. Budgets establish discipline, and discipline is the foundation of quality work.

#5 - Losing sight of the big picture.

It’s so easy to become head-down busy, working so hard on what’s right in front of you that you lose sight of the big picture. But smart people learn how to keep this in check by weighing their daily priorities against a carefully calculated goal. It’s not that they don’t care about small-scale work, they just have the discipline and perspective to adjust their course as necessary. Life is all about the big picture, and when you lose sight of it, everything suffers.

#6 - Not doing your homework.

Everybody’s taken a shortcut at some point, whether it was copying a friend’s biology assignment or strolling into an important meeting unprepared. Smart people realize that while they may occasionally get lucky, that approach will hold them back from achieving their full potential. They don’t take chances, and they understand that there’s no substitute for hard work and due diligence. They know that if they don’t do their homework, they’ll never learn anything—and that’s a sure-fire way to bring your career to a screeching halt.

#7 - Trying to be someone or something you’re not.

It’s tempting to try to please people by being whom they want you to be, but no one likes a fake, and trying to be someone you’re not never ends well. Smart people figure that out the first time they get called out for being a phony, forget their lines, or drop out of character. Other people never seem to realize that everyone else can see right through their act. They don’t recognize the relationships they’ve damaged, the jobs they’ve lost, and the opportunities they’ve missed as a result of trying to be someone they’re not. Smart people, on the other hand, make that connection right away and realize that happiness and success demand authenticity.

#8 - Trying to please everyone.

Almost everyone makes this mistake at some point, but smart people realize quickly that it’s simply impossible to please everybody and trying to please everyone pleases no one. Smart people know that in order to be effective, you have to develop the courage to call the shots and to make the choices that you feel are right (not the choices that everyone will like).

#9 - Playing the victim.

News reports and our social media feeds are filled with stories of people who seem to get ahead by playing the victim. Smart people may try it once, but they realize quickly that it’s a form of manipulation and that any benefits will come to a screeching halt as soon as people see that it’s a game. But there’s a more subtle aspect of this strategy that only truly smart people grasp: to play the victim, you have to give up your power, and you can’t put a price on that.

#10 - Trying to change someone.

The only way that people change is through the desire and wherewithal to change themselves. Still, it’s tempting to try to change someone who doesn’t want to change, as if your sheer will and desire for them to improve will change them (as it has you). Some even actively choose people with problems, thinking that they can “fix” them. Smart people may make that mistake once, but then they realize that they’ll never be able to change anyone but themselves. Instead, they build their lives around genuine, positive people and work to avoid problematic people that bring them down.

Thanks to Dr. Bradberry for this list. 

If you would like to go through the process of an EQ assessment - please give me a call at 289-292-3079.

August 26th 2015

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