Coach Interview Series: Jami Bertini and John Kalinowski

by Brandon

Jami Bertini and John Kalinowski

Creators, Selfscription

Our main objective here at the National Coach Academy is to enable aspiring coaches to reach their full professional potential. One of the most effective ways to educate students about the world of coaching is by offering them a window into the world of real, practicing coaches and showing them all the different ways coaches make a difference in the lives of their clients.

We hope today’s interview adds another insightful glimpse into the dynamic world of coaching.

Today we are interviewing Jami Bertini and John Kalinowski. John and Jami are the creators of Selfscription, which is a philosophy and mindset designed to empower individuals, teams, and organizations to free their minds and take their personal and professional lives to the next level. They are the authors of Happy Warrior: Empower Your S. E. L. F. in 30 Days ~ Your Practical Guide to a Happy Life.

NCA: Can you describe your coaching practice and the kinds of clients you typically work with?

John and Jami: We are NYU-certified coaches, authors, speakers, and mindset experts with nearly two decades of coaching experience between us. We joined forces in 2013 to write Selfscription® Mindset, a coaching journey and workbook which we have been using with our private clients for several years. Our clients tend to be working professionals in their late 20’s – 50’s who have already begun their personal development journeys, but are feeling stuck, and need some guidance and support to get to the next level of happiness.

We also each have our own niches.

Jami Bertini is a Life, Family & Mindset Coach. She works with individuals and families – helping them to find more happiness and inner peace. She guides partners to communicate on a deeper level, parent in a way that teaches children valuable life lessons that will live on for generations to come. She helps families set up lasting systems that support everyone’s needs.

John Kalinowski is a Life, Leadership & Mindset Coach. He works with individuals and executives – helping them to become more effective managers and leaders by incorporating coaching into their leadership approach. Through this approach, executives acquire the ability to empower their teams to empower themselves, which is the foundation of a loyal, productive workforce.

In 2018 we launched our website,, featuring books, notebooks, workbooks, inspirational quotes, and individualized coaching all designed to take your happiness journey to the next level

We send out a weekly blog called Notes from Yourself in which we share simple tips to lead a happier life.

We also launched an amazing notebook line, available on, with a groundbreaking Session Book designed specifically for Coaches to keep their client session notes focused and organized.

Lastly, We have a book launching on March 20, 2020 called Happy Warrior – Empower Yourself in 30 Days – Your Practical Guide To A Happy Life.

NCA: What initially got you interested in this career path and what kind of degree or certifications did you need to complete, if any?

John and Jami: We had both experienced some significant life events which set us each on our own personal growth journeys. As a result of seeing how some of the simple tools that we picked up had changed our own lives, we saw opportunities to share those tools with others and change their lives as well.

We met one another while in a coaching certification program at NYU. We both completed that and went on to obtain our ACC from the International Coach Federation (ICF). We didn’t necessarily need to complete these programs, but wanted to feel like we had some kind of credentials to bolster our coaching toolboxes and set us apart from other coaches. Jami also expanded her training to become a Certified Divorce Coach in order to help people navigate the divorce process.

NCA: What is the most rewarding part of your career and on the flip side, what is the most challenging aspect of the work that you do?

John and Jami: Most rewarding is seeing people grow as a result of our work together. And how simply helping them to become more aware of their identities, thoughts and feelings can be the starting point for more happiness and inner peace, leading to a whole life transformation.

Most challenging is how many people say they want to change, but, when it comes down to it, they don’t really want to do the work. Happiness can be hard! Other big challenges include how isolated the job can be, as well as the financial ups and downs of being self-employed.

NCA: Finally, what advice would you give someone looking to get started in the career path that you chose?

John and Jami: Define your niche demographic as soon as possible by following your passion, and expect that it will probably take longer than you think to become profitable.

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