Karin E. Fried, CPC, EMT-B, CTACC

"Pointing You in the Right Direction for Your Life"

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As a busy entrepreneur, I have started three successful businesses, and driven across the country to start a new life in Montana. Never having driven more than an hour at a time this was a big deal, especially since I drove out by myself. A feat I never thought was possible. If I can get out of my comfort zone – you can too!

After my first career as a systems analyst I took a leap to open my first business, a medical staffing company, with no business experience at all. This taught me a lot about a person’s ability to succeed because I dared to reach for the stars! Throughout my company’s years of operation, I continued to grow and learn about people’s needs, both clients and staff, and my abilities to be successful. I exemplified this by operating two offices and was endorsed by the Academy of Medicine. After 17 years, I sold my business in Ohio to get ready for my move to Montana.

Even before the sale of my first company I was already planning my next business! How could I use the skills that I learned over the years to start another business? What were the best skills that I had? I was able to juggle numerous clients’ needs and schedules, and make them more productive! Was organizing a real job? It certainly was!

I used my organizational skills to help business and residential clients become more organized and more productive by starting a Professional Organizing and Productivity business. This led me on a continuous quest for education, and I recognized the value in enhancing my skills by earning numerous certifications. Furthermore, my reputation lead me to being asked to participate in, and then shooting, an episode of the A&E show “Hoarders”. What a great experience, considering that it was totally out of my comfort zone! This experience provided a personal growth for both myself and the clients and lead me to becoming even more passionate about educating people about chronic disorganization and hoarding issues. This then lead me to fulfilling a community need by starting the first Hoarding Task Force in Montana.

Expanding on my business goals and my love for educating people I started to teach classes on paper and time management, estate and life management, and anything else related to being organized, productive and stress free. I maintain an organizing website and blog, www.organizationalconsultingservices.com and www.professionalorganizer4u.blogspot.com

Throughout all of these transitions, my passion and top priority has been in teaching and coaching people about the endless possibilities in life and assisting them in recognizing their goals and endless potential, even if they didn’t know what they were. I believe in others success’ being my success!

Expanding the coaching side of my Organizing and Productivity business was the natural next step in an ever-evolving quest to help people find their way in life. My training through Coach Training Alliance helped me achieve my next goal of becoming a Life & Business Coach.

North By Northwest was born. My focus is on helping busy professionals who are overwhelmed with the challenges of juggling their busy careers and their families realign their personal values to achieve the happiness and success they deserve without the stress they are currently experiencing. I help my clients balance their life and achieve their goals with support and guidance, while helping them reduce their stress.

I also work with people going through various Life Transitions, such as retirement and starting a new phase in their life, a new job, relocation, relationship change, and much more.

As a Business Coach (with 25 + years of business experience) I love working with start ups and new businesses. With my extensive business background I help professionals and entrepreneurs become the success they are destined to be.

A ‘life and business coach’ is someone who is trained to help you see clearly where you are today, then find ways to move forward towards your goals. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. They are a source of motivation and inspiration to help clients reach their full potential. They are personal trainers for their life goals.

They do not tell you what to do, they are a sounding board to help you discover what it is you want to do.

Coaching is about listening and responding. Clients already know the answer, they just need the help of a coach to see their own solutions. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching is a highly tuned and powerful process of communication and problem solving. The relationship between a coach and a client is co-creative and focused entirely on the client’s interests, challenges, and goals.

Check out my website and the Products page – where I have numerous eCourses and Planners available (and more to come…..).  www.northbynorthwestmt.com

Karin E. Fried, CPC, EMT-B, CTACC

Certified Life & Business Coach / Professional Organizer / Productivity Consultant

Member: National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO)
Member: Institute For Challenging Disorganization (ICD)
Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization
Certificate of Study in Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client
Certificate of Study in Understanding the Needs of the Elderly CD Client
Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client
Certificate of Study in CD Client Administration
Certificate of Study in Life Transitions
Certificate of Study in Time Management and Productivity
Certificate of Study in Interpersonal Intelligence
Certificate of Study in Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client
CD Specialist – Level II Certificate
Hoarding Specialist – Level II Certificate
Certified Life & Business Coach


Q How long does a coaching session last.

Each coaching session is 45 minutes.

Q How long will the coaching relationship last?

This is all dependent on the client and what issues we are working on. Some people might only work with a coach for 3 months, or 6 months or they might work with them for a year. Each client is very different.

If we come to a resolution about whatever issue we started coaching on, we might go on to another topic. The client is in charge of how long the relationship lasts.

Q What topics do you coach on?

There are endless topics that I can coach you on. As a Life Coach I can help you with anything from navigating the complexities of your life; various Life Transitions, such as retirement and starting a new chapter in your life, a career change, relocation, relationship changes and more.

I also work with business clients on a variety of business topics such as starting up a new business, communications with your employer, productivity and more.

Coaching has endless possibilities.

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