Your Kid Needs a STRENGTHS Coach (More Than a Sports Coach)

Last week in this blog I brought up the amazing promise I made while giving the keynote presentation at the online College Planning Untangled conference on October 4th.

I promised that I’d be explaining “one key principle that can untangle all the college confusion—and send your kid shooting like an arrow straight to a bullseye—without stress, pressure, or anxiety of any kind.”

Within that keynote hour, I explained this key, little-known principle.

“If you’ve got kids ages 12–26,” I said, “you want to give them some tools that will help them to ‘clarify the bullseye on the target before they take aim and shoot.’

The #1 best tool I recommend for this?

When students are in early high school—or as soon as possible after that—I want students to do some specific assessment work that helps them know what they’re naturally good at, what they love, what they’re naturally interested in, how they relate to other people, get energy, solve problems, make decisions—and what natural strengths and talents they bring to personal life and to the world of work.

Students who know these things—students who can verbalize these things as early as 9th or 10th grade—aren’t just amazing in job interviews starting very early on. They don’t just enjoy increased confidence. They’re also in ideal positions to start choosing college programs they might want to be a part of.

Like an arrow, straight to a bullseye.

Not one wasted class, not one wasted dollar.

Here’s the specific assessment I recommend taking first.

Once your child reaches early high school, I want him or her to take the CliftonStrengths Assessment under the direction of a live, human, Gallup certified strengths coach.

strengths coach

This is important, because I don’t want you and your kid to just read over some printed results on paper and then toss the paper to the side.

You need a trained, qualified strengths coach to do this with you—and it can’t be me.

I don’t do Gallup strengths coaching myself—I’m not certified to do it.

I help you locate a trained, qualified Gallup strengths coach who will go over these strengths results with you and your child, and be with you—either in person or in a teleconference—providing one-on-one training and coaching for you and your child as you apply this assessment knowledge to life, to family relationships, to the path to college, and to thoughts about future career.

Think about this, parent—you’ve paid how much for sports coaching?

You’ve paid how much to get special coaching for your kid in soccer or basketball or hockey or Tae Kwon Do?

When your child’s in early high school—or as soon as possible after that—that’s the time to get a specialized strengths coach who will say to your child, “You probably never knew this about yourself, but you have amazing strengths and gifts and talents. They’ve been in you your whole life. We know this because the assessment results don’t lie.”

Where can you find trained, qualified, certified Gallup strengths coaching for your kids?

I have one Gallup certified strengths coach on the Approved Consultants tab on this website—but today I’m featuring the work of two others:

Gina Brennen

(407) 927-0911 | |


Kristin Clark

(214) 207-5887 | |

These Gallup certified strengths coaches are available to help your son or daughter take the first step of clarifying the bullseye on the target before they take aim and shoot.

If your kid’s in early high school, I’m convinced—this is the most important next step for you to take to get your son or daughter through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward.

For more info on how important this is, see chapter 13 of my book:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing all at once—but even if you did, it would only take you 7 hours.

Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

You can see more than 100 reviews of this book on Amazon by going to:

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You can see why financial advising professionals love LAUNCHhere.

You can see the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCHhere.

Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.

And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.

Are you wondering whether a sports scholarship is a good idea or a bad idea?

I’ve written a detailed article on that subject, and you can find it here.

Do you have specific questions for me about debt-free college and career for your kids?

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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.