Brain-Based Coaching Secrets Beat Back Overwhelm Q&A

Getting Over Overwhelm:
Free Q&A Round Two

(Decription of the  Early Summer’s TeleClass and Link to replay below)

NOT just for ADDers!

[Don’t forget: links are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
– they turn red on mouse-over]

Dr. Monique Y Wells and I are SO excited about our mutual decision to open our follow-on Brain-based Q&A TeleClass to ANYONE-and-EVERYONE who wants or needs a bit of help Getting Over Overwhelm — our gift, no charge to you.

AND, we’ve decided to make the replay of the original call available below, so everyone can review it (and those of you who missed it can listen as well) — absolutely free, but ONLY until September 27th, the day of the SECOND ROUND of live Q&As.

Keep a pad and pencil handy!

I’ll be taking questions about the content of the first call [replay below] AS WELL AS using what I’ve learned about overwhelm, attention, activation, and the brain to answer your questions about what’s going on in your lives, the lives of your loved ones, even the lives of your clients – whether you have diagnostic ADD or NOT!

CLICK HERE to register NOW to call in for this Q&A
on THIS Thursday, September 13, 2012.


CLICK HERE to Register NOW!
for ROUND 2 – September 27 at 4 pm Eastern!


Similar to what I said in the “coming soon” announcement for the original free TeleClass, which took place at the BEGINNING of the summer —

  • Do you ever hear your inner voice muttering that your thoughts and actions are so scattered you surely must have undiagnosed ADD?
  • Is your ADD diagnosed, but things seem to keep getting worse, so you’re concerned that there might be a whole lot more going on?
  • Do you have other reasons for Executive Functioning struggles and could use a bit of understanding and information about ongoing struggles with organization, getting started, getting stuck, and follow-through?
  • Does your short-term memory seem to be slipping as you age?Are you more and more frequently dropping things out, forgetting what you went into the next room to do, fumbling over names — and nouns?
  • Do you secretly wonder sometimes if maybe you are sliding into some kind of atypical, early onset Alzheimers?

OR, are you “simply” one more of the CRAZY/BUSY

. . . a solo-preneur perhaps, kicked over Overwhelm’s edge by the encroaching demands of more and more to-dos that seem to fill our days anymore?

. . . or suddenly at the effect of Overwhelm created in your life by the increasing activities of your children?
. . . Social Media reponses and responsibilities?
. . . or a recent job move, perhaps as a result of a connection with the military?

Are you spinning your wheels, finding less and less time for the OTHER things that are important too – like family time, date-night, and Self-care?

If you even hesitated over the questions above . . .
you’ll want to be sure to call in to this week’s
Getting over Overwhelm free Q&A — September 13th
 Thursday, September 27th (Round Two!)

Come take advantage of what I have learned in the overwhelm trenches.

Get in on the ground floor. Learn what’s going on in your brain and what you need to do to work with and around your knee-jerk reaction to stress — so that you CAN move on down the Getting Over Overwhelm road.

There is simply no good reason NOT to take advantage of this potentially life changing information while it’s still free.

Did you MISS the original call?

Were you too overwhelmed by the demands of your life to squeeze in the time to find out why — and what you might be able to DO about it?

Did you sign up for this blog, hoping to take advantage of the information here to help you cope, but day turns into day and you STILL haven’t had a spare moment to really explore?

You’re in luck!  It was a lot of information to digest, so we promised a follow-on Q&A toward the END of the summer — to give everyone a chance to digest what they heard and see how it worked in their very own lives.

We decided there was no good reason NOT to open it up so that more people could take advantage of what may be the last time we will be able to offer this content at no charge.

Register NOW to get the link for the replay, even if you can’t attend “live.”  Post your questions below, and we’ll do our best to answer them once the questions from our live callers have been handled.

About the “Brain-based Coaching Secrets that Beat Back Overwhelm” replay below:

  • You will hear me run through some of the ideas you’ve probably been too overwhelmed to find time to read here on
  • In addition, I shared some ideas that, unless you have graduated from one of my ADD Coach trainings (or coached with one of my grads), you may not have heard before.
  • I ALSO ran through the “The Cliff Notes” of what neuroscience currently has to say about it all — in language you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in neuropsychology to understand!

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR.  Listen to the replay below, then Register NOW to call in with your questions on THIS Thursday, September 13th. SEPTEMBER 27TH – at 4PM Eastern.

If you simply can’t make the call, Register ANYWAY, whether or not you post your question below. Monique and I will send the link to the Q&A replay to all who register.

Looking through the ADD Lens:
Brain-based Coaching Secrets that Beat Back Overwhelm*

*a bazillion thanks to colleague/mentee/tech coach
Steve Kohlenberger, MA-Psy, BS-CIS, PMP
for figuring out how to make the darned thing play on this blog!!!

Graphics gratitude
: Looking at Question:by Everaldo Coelho
and YellowIcon LGP, via Wikimedia Commons
Man Tearing Hair:

Links to more about Getting Over Overwhelm

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

12 Responses to Brain-Based Coaching Secrets Beat Back Overwhelm Q&A

  1. annieller says:

    Hey Madelyn,
    Just wanted to thank you for the fabulous telecast today, I really enjoyed it, and the answers you gave were so very helpful.

    I am realizing that my reactions to much of the help that is and has been offered to me is not because I “don’t like being told what to do” but often because there are some ingredients in the recipe that I am allergic to; so even if what is being offered is perfectly harmless (although that is not always the case), it does me more harm than good. I can’t thank you enough for providing me with such an abundance of nutrient rich, allergen-free choices that I can actually digest and thrive on . . . and of course your humor is the desert!

    So happy you and Monique are working together to get more of the good stuff out there – really looking forward the new recipes the two of you come up with.

    p.s. (I am going to send you a C-minus internship application – aren’t you proud of me?)


    • C- intern ap is probably a higher grade than it needs! [huge grin]

      So nice to hear your voice on the call (Steve’s too). LOVE your “menu” analogy.

      Monique will be out of pocket for at least a month (some other huge project), thank you Lord! My prayers are focused on the to-dos of life to line up like good little do-bees – no pushing, no shoving, wait your sweet little turns!!

      Thanks for commenting positively about the call. I’m looking forward to hearing what came out of my mouth!



  2. DeShawn says:

    I also enjoyed the telecast! I even got to as a qestion. I look forward to your’s and Monique’s collaboration! Thanks for helping me beat back my special brand of overwhelm!


    • Thank you SO much, DeShawn – for attending the podcast live, for stepping up to risk asking a personal question in a “public” environment, for taking the time to visit and comment — and ESPECIALLY for commenting favorably. 😀 It DOES help to overcome the resistence and/or reticence stemming from over-personalization when you understqnd a bit about the brain, doesn’t it?

      Monique and I are eager to move forward together with some cool new ideas and a project we are uniquely suited to develop together but, as I am sure you are aware from Monique’s newsletter and from a few of the memorial articles here, right now is not the time for us to move forward with this particular focus. (Man plans, God laughs?)

      When the time is right, we’ll put it ALL together. I sure hope to “see” you on the “front row!” whenever that happens.



  3. annieller says:

    Hi Madelyn’
    I just sent you an email with questions for the upcoming tele class – please let me know if you get them – a blank reply message would be great! I have also listened again to the original TeleClass and it was great – so helpful and made me lol as usual. I am really looking forward to tuning in again this Thursday.

    p.s. another question . . . You mentioned that it feels good to complete something – what if your brain seems to “prefer” the feeling of overwhelm to the feeling of completing a task. Is there a way to reprogram your brain to respond in a more productive, less thrill seeking manner?


  4. Jeanie Smitih says:

    Madelyn, I listened to the original TeleClass again last night. It was great! Your analogies make the content so clear and understandable.

    Unfortunately, for us ADDers, getting over overwhelm can be pretty overwhelming, but this is a great place to start (or continue) learning!

    Jeanie Guthrie Smith, ADD Coach


    • Hey Jeanie – thanks for the comment!

      The truth is that we never really get “over” overwhelm – in that it never happens again – we learn to beat it back into its cage so we can have a moment or two of peace in which to figure out what to do next!

      LIFE is overwhelming. But ADDers have a secret weapon (we HATE boredom and crave stimulation to help us focus). As long as we can keep Overwhelm caged (most of the time, anyway), we are better than most at tap dancing with most of whatever challenges life throws our way. (We’d HAVE to be – ::huge grin::)

      I know YOU know that – anybody who can do what you have done with pre-dx ADD *and* homeschool her kids could TEACH tap-dancing!



And what do YOU think? I'm interested.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: