Jan is a beautiful person inside and out. Her spirit is one that fills the room with such positive energy making it impossible to ignore. These are the things that make a person want to learn more from her and her perspectives.
She seems to intuitively know when to challenge me, when to push me and when to leave me on my own. With the perfect mix, she causes me to grow and improve.
She is not just an insightful coach but a brilliant and creative thinker, a wide and compassionate teacher, and a generous and thoughtful team player.
You don’t want to miss a word she has to say. The tenderness in her choice of words brings your own sense of accomplishments to the forefront and leaves you wanting more and more.
One of Jan’s great strengths is her ability, courage and determination to intersect her own location, positionality and experience into her analysis. In this it is clear that she is cognizant of the crucial point that our historically derived individual, familial and cultural experiences are representative of sites of powerful resistance and knowledge that cannot be separated from our everyday engagements with social relations of power and discourse. It takes profound courage to challenge oppressive sexist and homophobic discourses in our classrooms as well as the wider society. Jan indeed is in possession of this rare human quality and this is what substantively separates her from other individuals: a deep sense of ethical responsibility, commitment to critical thinking, critical election and free speech.
Dr. Hill brings to any space her own special brand of leadership that draws not only upon her academic achievements and knowledge but also upon her external successes in the realms of business, group facilitation, coaching, therapy, writing and editing and curriculum design. Dr. Hill approaches any person with respect, compassion and curiosity. She is prepared to meet people where they are at their unique locations in life and to act as a conduit to their successes. With her generosity of spirit, Dr. Hill thrives upon being a catalyst for others as they move toward realizing their potentials, whether they are in understanding academic concepts or overcoming internal or external barriers to personal achievement.
Jan has a great presence and listens with intellect, and intuition, to identify the real needs of the individual with whom she is working, and coach them to find their own answers. She is equally adept however, in the consulting role, when someone needs clear direction from an advisor.
Jan promotes problem solving through dialogue, and crucial conversation, even when others may not be totally comfortable with the process. She is a successful and skillful moderator in these situations. Jan adapts her teaching/coaching as appropriate to a given and/or changing situation – cajoling, humouring, leading, and/or challenging individuals as indicated, to achieve results.
I began talking with Dr. Jan Hill because of a friend, whom thought I could benefit from her coaching. At the time I was at a crossroads as far as my career. With much hesitation I agreed to speak with Dr. Hill… within a very short time I was able to see why my very insightful friend suggested Dr. Hill. Not only did I get back to work, but I gained clarity in my everyday life. Thank you Dr. Hill for your soft and very effective way of coaching… You made a sceptic into a believer.
Jan has strong skills of discernment, and is able to integrate many areas of knowledge quickly. She is highly creative, driven, committed, curious, cares passionately about students and learning and has high energy.
Learning from Jan is an investment with great potential return. As a result of her teaching I completely changed my attitude toward marketing; it’s now based more on authenticity and less on the urge of having to succeed.
Two things I most appreciated about Jan were her matter-of-factness and her non-judgemental demeanor – so much so that many times it made perfect sense to simply take what she said verbatim. She also equally appreciated and passionately considered alternative viewpoints.
If you’re considering to train as a professional coach or just to better your own life, attending a course with Jan is an investment with great potential return. She is a person who knows the power of dialogue, the value of responsiveness in teacher-disciple relationships, and the relaxing and healing power of laughter.
Not only is her experience and knowledge impressive and expansive – she also has a natural talent for interacting with people – and is both introverted and extroverted when needed.
I found Dr Hill to be a highly skilled, empathic trainer who well understands the unique requirements of busy adult learners. Her material was thoroughly prepared and delivered in a relaxed, efficient & enjoyable manner.
Studying with virtual classes can be challenging. I am Italian and the English language is not my mother tongue. Nevertheless, in her classes I felt welcomed, and appreciated for my contribution. She had her lessons well prepared and her explanations were clear and concise. I came out of them with practical stuff I could immediately put into action.