Your Groove Coach
I’ve coached folks from all walks of life, from the homeless to the famous, and I know the power of partnership and what it can do.
Like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, from the book by Richard Bach, I realized at an early age that I didn’t want to merely “hang with the flock to find food and shelter.” I wanted to discover the world, find out what I was capable of, bring new creations to life!
When I coach, I bring the “all of me.”
My energy, my enthusiasm, my skills, my experiences – including 20 years of coaching, extensive training in personal growth, building websites and courses for entrepreneurs, running a successful online business, playing Jazz guitar and world percussion, inventing gadgets, and enjoying an active lifestyle skiing, playing tennis, and kiteboarding.
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My training & background …
- Studied core coaching competencies through the International Coaching Federation, of which I’m a founding member and technical adviser for the local chapter here in Buffalo, NY., and through Coachville, a premier source for learning the art of coaching..
- Witnessed cutting-edge coaching while on the development team for Thomas Leonard, known as “the father of coaching.”
- Explored other sources of insight and know-how including the 300+ books I’ve read and seminars I’ve taken on personal growth and the nature of life and mind.
- Learned a ton traveling my own uncharted path and working through the myriad challenges of pursuing my passion.
- Studied Electrical & Computer Engineering as well as music at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, Musician’s Institute, and Los Angeles Music Academy.
- Synthesized all of the above into a body of work I call Life as a Wave. Read my ebook, Life as a Wave: 4 Principles of Rhythm & Flow to learn more.
I’ve had some amazing adventures …
- Lived for a short time on a sailboat in the Grenadine islands searching for the ultimate kiteboarding spots (my #1 passion).
- Ran a business selling my tabletop waterfalls.
- Invented gadgets from what I learned as an engineering student like my Automatic Guitar Tuner and Talking Caller ID.
- Studied Jazz guitar and world percussion with legendary musicians like Pat Martino, Stanley Clarke, and Norman Brown.
- Played percussion for an Emmy-winning movie, On Hallowed Ground.
- Climbed to 14,000 feet to ski through the “no fall zone” of Jupiter Peak in Park City, Utah in chest-high powder.
I’ve overcome challenges along the way …
- Learned how to remain positive while living in my van for 6 months when the music thing didn’t work out as planned.
- Chose to not be a victim to circumstance while the helicopter flew me to the hospital after a serious ski accident that left me with 8 broken ribs, fractured collar bone, and dislocated hip.
- Found ways to live my adventures despite my fuzzy mind that often refuses to focus and pay attention.
- Felt peace within myself after years of loneliness and frustration of not being understood.
And I’ve celebrated wonderful victories …
- The benefits of committing to exercising every single day (631 days and counting!).
- The freedom of unconditionally accepting who I am, flaws and all.
- The satisfaction of getting lost in drawing, painting, and sculpting.
- The fulfillment of making a difference in people’s lives.
Here’s a 30-minute interview I recently did on Wisdom Talk Radio. Take a listen if you have a moment … it was BIG time fun and can’t wait to do more!
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What Other’s Say
Teen & Young Adult Coaching
The moment you meet Carl, the passion and enthusiasm for his work is undeniable. Carl’s coaching methods include practical, interactive and fun approaches to handling real life challenges. He has been a mentor, a coach, a supporter and a friend to our son who continues to grow and develop in his social interactions and personal connections.
We’ve seen a better attitude, improved self-confidence and a heightened social ambition. My husband, myself and especially my son, highly recommend Carl, with his unique style and distinctive positive outlook.
Carl’s presentation moved my audience and I got a lot of compliments for including him in our International Day of Happiness celebration.
He’s got boundless energy, a huge amount of passion, and an inspiring, powerful story!
Life & Business
I just got off the phone from a 2-hour conversation with Carl Contino – WOW! The dynamic? Easy and smooth with many moments of laughter.
The richness and experience Carl offers? Twenty years plus! The insights that I’m integrating now? A WHOLE BOAT-LOAD!
My big AH-HA moment was realizing that I was not FEELING the value of my work. I could intellectualize the value and yet not feel it in the depths of my bones. By the end of the call, he led an exercise that allowed me to FEEL my value.
Now, I’m more excited than ever to create. To create from a place of value.
Creativity & Mindset
Carl has created one of the most original and invigorating frameworks for enjoying creative freedom in even the simplest and most mundane parts of everyday life.
It’s a simple and achievable way to engage in courageous living. If it’s true that everything that we do is motivated by either our hopes or our fears, then Carl’s created a way to act on our hopes without being distracted by our fears.
In my career as a filmmaker, there are countless risks that I have to take. I turn to Carl’s methods on a daily basis to help me make those choices with courage and conviction. He’s helped to give me a creative freedom that I might not otherwise have claimed as my artistic right.
Health & Peak Performance
Carl, you need to know what a huge impact you had on my life when we were roommates in music school, I lost 70 lbs (!) in 12 weeks because of what you showed me. And you taught me how to live my life. You told me things that I’ll never forget.
And Jimmy,Â remember him barging in and doing push-ups in front of the tv? How he put down the booze, lost weight, and got those huge shoulders?!
I often speak of those days you helped us both out, coming up with a nutrition plan, working out together, coaching us on life and how to live it to the max. You did all that – you, my friend. You need to tell your story, guy. The world needs to hear what you have to say, so don’t be so damn modest about it!
I don’t usually do this – but I signed up and today was our call. With no expectations I called in, we enjoyed a wonderful time getting to know each other.
He’s terrific! By the end of our time together he gave me a fast, easy technique to shift thoughts that don’t serve me.
I intend to put it to work immediately to quell a big fear I’ve had for awhile – so I can focus on living life with renewed passion and fun.
Carl, thanks for your valuable time and for tapping into a little of my untapped genius.
Life & Business
I had the pleasure of receiving one of Carl’s 2 hour coaching sessions yesterday and it was fantastic!!
I enjoyed his insight, his honesty and his determination to include play as an integral part of his coaching strategy.
I am so glad that he has decided to share his talents not only with adults but with the younger folks who so desperately need to know that they are not alone!
Thanks for the inspiration Carl !! So nice to talk with a man of such integrity and openness!!
Life as a Wave
I just watched your Life as a Wave webcast, Carl.
It was really great! Watch the mind like a movie, say yes to whatever is going on, add some fun, don’t allow the mind to feed the drama, don’t take it so seriously – all help to create a more positive energy that leads to new resources and helps you tackle whatever you’re facing.
I think that I really got that at the deepest level. Thanks a lot Carl for that!
Flow & Mindset
Hi Carl, I just saw the recording of your presentation yesterday. I was so impressed with your ideas that I invited my partner to see it also … so I watched it again with her.
Excellent thoughts and your presentation was just great!
I have signed up for your news letter and looking forward to more with and from you.
Life & Business
Last night I was lucky enough to have a two hour coaching conversation with Carl Contino. It was the end of a long day and I was tired, but Carl managed to energize me within moments of meeting.
Within our conversation Carl gently prompted me to acknowledge just how much I already offer to the world. I was also reminded to take a step back from trying and trust in the flow.
Carl also helped me to envision how I want my business, and my life, to move forward over the next year – now, rather than feeling muddled, I have clarity, and feel inspired and excited.
It was awesome to meet such a wonderful soul and learn more about Carl’s work and philosophy of Life as a Wave.
Health & Business
I just got off a two hour coaching conversation with Carl Contino, The Groove Coach. To say we had a blast would be an understatement! Besides the amazing energy, flow, and talking that went on between us, I have to say that Carl was masterful at reminding me of my Awesomeness!
When we kicked around the issues of food and weight, he totally got the arena I had just stepped my toe into recently. His one rule is NO RULES and it spoke right to that part of me that rebels when I try to impose rules.
One of the last things I said to Carl, and maybe I even said it twice was, “You’ve got the goods, man!” If you want a coach who will meet you where you are, explore lots of possibilities for shifting energy and thoughts, Carl can get you to where you want to be!
I’ve been working with Carl for just about a month and already see a tremendous value in his service. It’s truly performance coaching at it’s best. So much to learn and, most importantly, apply to my life to experience transformation.
I highly recommend taking Carl on as your coach, especially to anyone who wants to discover the best of himself, remove the fear and resistance, and get your life to the next level.
Thanks Carl, looking forward for our next session.
I personally could write a dissertation about the ways I enjoyed your presentation … nothing but inspirational. In fact it was just right for me considering what I needed that day.
I could go on and on really, and I will at some point. For now I will say this: I think you have a knack for articulating ideas. And you have great ideas…ideas people need to hear. You are a shining star.
Life as a Wave
I have just read your amazing ebook, Life as a Wave.
I respect your very open and honest style during the webcast, as well as in your ebook, which I plan on reading again and again to fully integrate the knowledge into my perspective and ultimately, to use this knowledge.
PS. And from here in Denmark, a loving and friendly greeting to your lovely pooch, Sophia!
Life & Business
Talk about amazing! A fabulous mixture of conversation, coaching, visioning, challenge, training, sharing ….. truly inspirational.
There was so much for me to take away from our 1.5 hr session – apart from some actual actions with timelines, the most inspiring concept I am taking away is this question:
“How am I being a conduit for ….”
So much wisdom. And such generosity of heart and spirit. Wonderful.
Thanks Carl (and Sophia the Black Lab!)
Flow & Mindset
Thank you so very much for your time, passion, energy and genius. My connections and synapses are firing again and moving forward again with a clear mind and direction.
Your ability to create flow and symmetry in a variety of situations, allowing for incredible timely and much needed reframes within a two hour conversation, speaks to your skills and talents as an exceptional and very valuable Life Coach and Person.
Thank you again!
Life & Business
I just had a fantastic coaching session with Carl Contino. I’ve been stuck on the next step in the visual journaling + coaching business I’m creating.
With his help, we worked on a challenge that will help me bust through the block I’ve been facing for way too long now.
I’m super excited and getting right to work so I can introduce it to the world.
Connect with Carl
Want to talk about what you're up to? Ready to move forward with what you envision? Got questions? Go ahead and email Carl or send a message using the form below.
He'd love to hear from you. 🙂