Darren chandler

Coaching and teaching has always been a part of me. From a young age I would read to the smaller children in the classes below me. During school I would tutor mathematics and chess. I would also happily jump in front of the class, when the teacher didn't show up, much to the amusement and dismay of some of my classmates. 

After a gap year teaching and coaching at The Dragon School in Oxford, it was time for me to go to university where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Statistics at the University of Cape Town, UCT. 

While studying I began my poker career, which lasted 8 years. It tested my emotional stability and decision-making ability under duress. The same mental game tactics in poker, I use in my coaching today.

While coaching amateur poker players to become professionals, I decide to boost my coaching skills and enrolled in the Foundations of Executive Coaching with Getsmarter in partnership with UCT. 

While I was dedicated to fitness and earning money, the isolated realm of professional poker took its toll on my relationships. Eventually, as the poker market took yet another down-turn, I decided to give myself time to formulate new dreams and goals, and dedicate my time to social dynamics. In doing so, I would put together the last piece of the puzzle, or "pillar" of Health, Wealth, Relationships and Happiness - a 4 factor model I use for my clients and for myself.

Years later, having coached clients from all over the world, I am happy and humbled by the successes and experiences I've had with my clients and friends.

It brings me great joy to help others on their journey toward greatness, and I am grateful for all those that have helped me along the way too.

Thank you.

Your sincerely,

online coaching
via skype

and workshops

live demonstrations and infield

client feedback

Even though its often cited that one should be "process-oriented" not results-oriented. Goal completion is an integral part of the development plan. In that regard, take a look at what my successful clients have to say about my coaching practice.


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