Our Approach

Direction Connection is the hub for an array of coaching specializations aimed at helping you find your best life or career. We approach everything we do from your point of view because we're all about you and your needs. Needs like...

Comfort. We know the most uncomfortable thing for anyone is starting something new. That's why we work hard here to make your transition into change as smooth as possible.

Solutions. You come with certain expectations. We want to be the place where you'll always know you’ll get what you came for. We want your experience here to be so profound you'll want to spread the word.

Speed. You'd naturally like solutions sooner than later. That's why no program here lasts more than 12 weeks. If your intentions are real, you can be on your way with a new direction in 3 months!

Simplicity. Progress involves learning to do new things and learning new things can be complicated. We work hard to make everything more simple here so it's more simple for you to do what's hard.

Connection. You didn't come to be preached at. We don't stand on the sidelines and coach. Neither do we shy away from emotion because we're human too. We freely offer a hand when needed, and get in the trenches with you to help you find your way.

Support. We go out of our way to provide all the support you need. And even supply additional support when necessary, such as when therapy is needed. And we price our coaching to be as affordable to as many as possible.

Understanding. You are one of a kind and we believe your coaching experience should recognize that. We work hard at getting to know you so your experience here is as effective as possible.

We approach everything from your point of view because you are the point of everything we do.

Our Story

Hi. My name is Al Gardner. I am the author of the forthcoming book, The Real Coaching Guide to Beating Anxiety (Winter 2020), a certified life coach, and the founder and president of Direction Connection.

My inspiration for Direction Connection was born out of my own personal experience seeking good direction and great coaching and not finding it. At the time, I needed someone to enable me to unearth what I wanted for my life and to help me find a way to get there. A decision I had made, years earlier, had changed the trajectory of my life from mental health and personal development, to sales. And though I had some success in sales, it was not my greatest gift nor my passion.

Out of all my struggle, I developed a real heart for people feeling powerless to make their lives work. So, I began to shift my sails back into personal development, finding employment in human services, and career advancement. I completed training to become a Certified Life Coach. For several years I worked as a crisis counselor. I began coaching people, all while working various jobs to pay the bills.

My goal was to build a coaching organization that would satisfy what seemed missing from much of the coaching out there. I wanted to offer a more engaging, "hands-on" approach than I was used to seeing. I wanted to do more than simply offer positive experiences; I wanted to dramatically alter lives in a positive way.

I dreamed of a place where a collaboration could exist between coaches of various specializations to offer better solutions at an accelerated pace. A place where one-on-one and small group coaching could exist together in the same program when deemed beneficial. A place with a 24/7 virtual portal to access for private journaling, goal-tracking, coaching feedback, and helpful resources. Simply put, a place that would go out of its way to help people achieve whatever it was they were seeking to achieve.

Although I feel this vision is still in the process of becoming, I feel it’s time to throw the doors open to those wanting change and willing to come grow with us.

So, in the next few years, we'll be rolling out one coaching specialization after another and highlighting new ones to come. Each specialization to be led by a coach with expertise in a particular area of life or career transformation.

So, welcome to our site! Thanks for checking us out!

Meet the Team

For this place to be all that it was envisioned to be, we had to call upon the expertise of others.  Aside from the other coaches that make this place possible, here are the people who help initiate and communicate what we do here.

Al Gardner

Founder & President

Al is a certified life coach with degrees in communications, psychology, and theology. He's worked in sales, human services, and career advancement. He is married with two children.

Colin Pone

Execution Strategist

Colin's been in business leadership for 10 years. He has a natural talent for qualitative analysis, strategic planning, and timely execution. He is married with five children.

Jeanette von Gunten

Content Stylist

Jeanette is a certified life coach with a degree in social work. She's worked in human services for over 15 years. A great communicator with an astute flair for grammar and style.

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