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Martha Beck

New York Times Best-selling Author, Columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Martha Beck is a life coach and the New York Times best-selling author of these popular resources for finding your life purpose: Finding Your Own North Star, Steering by Starlight, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, The Joy Diet, and more. She’s also the author of the bestselling memoirs Expecting Adam and Leaving the Saints. Beck’s latest book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening, is her first foray into fiction and is the first installment of her Bewilderment Chronicles series.

Martha Beck has been called “one of the best-known life coaches in America” by NPR and USA Today. She has appeared on The Oprah Show and Good Morning America, as well as many regional news programs. She has delivered seminars and workshops globally and has implemented her life coaching strategies into corporate settings ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 firms.  

Since 2001, Dr. Beck has been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. She has also written for many other publications, such as The New York Times Book Review, Good Housekeeping, Parenting Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. Dr. Beck holds three Harvard degrees: a B.A. in East Asian Studies, and a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. While at Harvard, she taught courses in social science and visual studies, and received a Danforth Award as one of the university’s top teaching fellows. She also taught business and career development at the American Graduate School of International Management, before becoming a writer and life coach.

Dr. Beck lectures to groups nationwide and conducts seminars for a diverse clientele that includes medical professionals, magazine sales forces, boards of education, and business executives.

When not writing, coaching or speaking, Martha enjoys painting; tracking bears, mountain lions, and turkeys on her ranch; and covering herself with birdseed while meditating in her garden. She lives with her family on California’s Central Coast.

Further information on Martha Beck, her live events, writing, and life coach training program can be found at marthabeck.com.

VIDEO

  • TEDxSanDiego 2011: The Four Technologies of Magic

  • Martha Beck: O You Conference Presentation Sample 1

  • Martha Beck: O You Conference Presentation Sample 2

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O You! 2010: Live to Your Potential: Life-Changing Lessons For All

TESTIMONIALS

“This book is everything. It’s a romp, a fable, a myth, an inspiration, a teachable moment, a true hero’s journey, a cautionary tale, and a fairy tale for an entirely new (or rather, ANCIENT) species of fairies. It’s rare that so much wisdom can be found wrapped up in such comedy, such kindness, such lightness of touch. It’s a perfect book. I want every woman I know to read it. This is storytelling at its very best, and also at its most important.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert in praise of Diana Herself: An Allegory of Awakening

“Martha was OUTSTANDING!”

– Jessica Rivkin Black, Program Director, Pennsylvania Conference for Women 2011

TOPICS & FORMAT

FORMAT

Martha’s presentations are 45 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of open Q&A with the audience, to total 60 minutes.  She delivers inspiring, hilarious and energetic keynote presentations, tailored to her audience.  She does not typically use any handout materials, but prefers to engage the audience in a more direct way, without props or distractions, and the result is a much more personal, conversational tone.

TOPICS

Martha’s most popular presentations are described below.

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s a journey to the thing that so fulfills you that, if someone told you, “It’s right outside—but watch out—it could kill you!” you’d run straight toward it, through the screen door without even opening it. Life coach and bestselling author Martha Beck guides you to find out how you got to where you are now and what you should do next with clear, concrete instructions on tapping into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. There are certain people who sense that they are called to do something fulfilling and significant, but who often get caught in self-destructive, unproductive cycles. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World will lead you to unleash your incredible creative energy—and fulfill your life’s purpose.

With her inimitable ability to translate inner life into accessible, witty, sparkling prose, Dr. Beck draws from ancient wisdom and modern science to help her audience consciously embrace their skills and create the life they really want. What she’s found is that these people with great passion, empathy, and creative potential often sense a higher calling—in a society where that calling isn’t even recognized as real. They often have within them a quiet power that could change the world; they only lack the tools. Dr. Beck offers real, actionable methods to tap into that powerShe shows how to find your inner identity and your external “tribe” of like-minded people. She demonstrates the four simple tools for transformation: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Creation. With clear step-by-step instructions and guided reflections, Dr. Beck shows how to drop into the wordless state of communion with nature and self, how to experience for yourself the oneness between yourself and the universe, how to be empowered by the spark of inspiration, and, finally, how to take action and realize creative potential to make a lasting impact on the world.

Steering by Starlight: How to Find Your Right Life No Matter What

In Steering by Starlight: How to Find Your Right Life No Matter What, Martha Beck describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help them navigate the terrain of their best lives. Bringing together cutting-edge research in psychiatry, neurology, and related fields in an accessible, substantive, original way, Dr. Beck offers powerful new methods for solving the problems that beset ordinary people. Using her trademark wisdom, empathy, and engaging style, she connects the audience with fresh, never-before seen strategies that have proven most effective and efficient for the hundreds of people she has coached.

For individuals who have found their North Stars, Steering by Starlight is an invaluable tool to stay the course and overcome obstacles. For those who still feel adrift, it provides a way to find true North and follow the path of best destiny. Dr. Beck identifies three stages along the path to recapturing a satisfying life: ‘the stargazer’ helps readers understand why it’s so easy to lose themselves and offers strategies for sighting their North Star; ‘the mapmaker’ uses this newly clarified perspective to evaluate one’s situation and plot a course for upcoming years; ‘the pathfinder’ discusses the adventures that may be encountered as one travels along this new life course.

Whether it’s seeking better relationships, more focused career direction, the achievement of specific fitness goals, or a more harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s colorful anecdotes, case studies, and exercises will point the way.

Other topics Martha can explore include:

  • The Four Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace
  • The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for A Happier Life
  • Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
  • Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

PHOTOS & OTHER RESOURCES

INTRODUCTION

Martha Beck is a writer and “life coach” who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.

She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today’s economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behavior, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.

Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestsellers Expecting Adam and Leaving the Saints, as well as Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, Steering by Starlight, and her newest book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature. Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine.

WEBSITE

www.MarthaBeck.com

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