We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Schnittman MA, ACC, BCC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
I am a HUGE fan of Limitless by Jim Kwik. I recommend this book to almost everyone I speak to. It truly resonates with the work I do in serving clients with ADHD and with people who want to improve upon their mindset, habits, and ultimately their executive functions to make lifelong changes.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, Coaching with Brooke, has partnered with thousands of individuals since 2006 who are struggling with the daily chaos of their ADHD in their personal, professional, and or academic lives. Coaching With Brooke provides individuals with ADHD and executive functioning challenges the tools and accountability to live an empowered life. It’s the goal of Coaching with Brooke to empower the lives of 10,000 individuals with ADHD over the next 5 years through coaching services, public speaking engagements, and yearly ADHDEdCamp events.
In February 2020, I created and rolled out the first ADHDEdCamp, with the help of my close colleagues and experts in the field to allow adults struggling with ADHD or parents of children with ADHD to feel supported, educated, and connected on many popular ADHD topics. Back by popular demand, I am hosting the second ADHDEdCamp this year on October 3, which will be available worldwide, with over 300 attendees (tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite food is Greek food. My fiance has introduced me to Chris’ Taverna in Boynton Beach…LOVE! I am also a huge fan of being outside. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, year-round sun and warm weather was not readily available. So I truly cherish my time outdoors. Some of my favorite places and things to do when my best friends visit from out of town are lounging by the pool or beach, ordering in food, and if we want to go wild, pre-COVID of course, go see the light show at the Hardrock Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As an adult with ADHD, diagnosed at age 35, I struggled with my unknown and untreated ADHD diagnosis. I felt the shame and chaos of my unmanaged ADHD. I knew I was smart and qualified for the life I was living, and blessed in many ways, but for some reason, I never felt fulfilled and truly confident. Throughout my professional life, I moved up in my rankings. I was a special education teacher for many years and turned special education administrator in the number one school district in the country, however, my work was never-ending. Many days I would go to sleep dreaming about work and woke up in the mornings thinking about work. I felt like it was Groundhogs Day, daily and was in this never-ending treadmill of responsibilities and tasks. I thought this lifestyle was the way life was supposed to be for me, that my gift to the world was having a hard work ethic, which ultimately meant more responsibilities, helping individuals with ADHD, promotions, long work hours, and feeling exhausted. Any romantic relationship I was in at the time failed because I wasn’t attracting the right partner because I wasn’t showing up as my true, capable, and happy self. I wasn’t able to spend the time doing the things I loved (tennis, working out, spending time with friends and family in a meaningful and present way).
While my friends were developing deep and meaningful relationships, which ultimately led to marriage for many, I was working. After many years, I finally enrolled in a group coaching program by the recommendation of a very close friend of hers, Michael Liss, who I will never forget, and would like to shoutout in this article. After a year of different coaching phases, I saw a version of myself that I never even realized was possible. I understood who I was for the first time, my strengths, my weaknesses, how I showed up for other people, how I was showing up for herself, and what was truly possible. Shortly after seeing the benefits of coaching, I became a Coach! I wanted to give back what I received, to other individuals with ADHD because I truly knew the power of coaching. After being a product of coaching and an ADHD Coach who has partnered with thousands of adults with ADHD including (doctors, lawyers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, employees, creatives, students, moms, and dads), I have taken my best practices and framework and developed a “12 Week 3C Activation Adult ADHD Group Coaching Course” which includes 3, 4-week phases which allow for adults with ADHD to live a happier and more fulfilled life while moving through the 3 Phases “Control, Consistency, and Confidence.” I also created a free ebook titled “How to Focus By Focusing Your Time: 13 Ways to Be Productive.” which can be accessed through her website www.coachingwithbrooke.com. I have gone on to present my ebook to organizations including Chopra Global, Attention Deficit Disorder Association, America’s Voice News, Different Brains, and many others.
Fellow ADHDer Albert Einstein says it best, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Everyone deserves to create the life they want. I feel blessed every day that I wake up doing what I love, helping individuals with ADHD understand how to gain control of their lives and become more confident, fulfilled, and empowered.