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Professional Bio

Gail H. Stone is the founder and president of Creative Mastery Coaching, LLC, a life skillsconsulting firm dedicated to performance development.  She sets businesses and individuals on the right track to success by showing them how to shift attitudes and establish new approaches.

With the fundamental belief that success in life depends on your attitude, Gail developed a proprietary coaching process called Get a Grip and Go®! It is a strategic process consisting of five simple steps with five corresponding principles. Learn more about the process.

Gail believes attaining personal and professional success starts with a vision and the active desire/intention to make it happen. The focus of her work is inspiring people to become "thrivers" - showing them how to move from simply surviving to truly thriving in their personal and professional lives.

Her professional experience includes 25+ years in sales, marketing communications, TV & Radio on-air announcing and producing. Her last corporate job before founding CMC was a 12 year stint as Manager of Corporate Sponsorships for Connecticut Public Television & Radio - a statewide public broadcasting network of 5 TV and 5 Radio stations.

She was also a key player for the past few years on the Leadership Team of CoachVille, LLC, the world's largest coach training organization and premier learning community. She served in a variety of capacities, including the Director of Sales, Solutions and Member Services, Producer of the 3rd Annual Conference, Admissions Manager, Instructor and Community Coach for the Schools of CoachVille Community.

As a professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, one of Gail's favorite places to be is on the speaker’s circuit. She has delivered customized sales workshops and inspirational speeches to a wide variety of groups and organizations, including: CoachVille, Healthtrax/Care New England, Successful Women in Business, CT Business Network, the American Business Women's Association, the National Association of Insurance Women, the International Coach Federation-Connecticut and area Service Clubs.

In the media, Gail has been featured in stories about coaching in "Sales and Marketing Management Magazine", Northeast Public Radio's nationally syndicated "Health Show" and internet radio's "The Coaching Show". She also had a six-week segment on the 10AM News show on NBC-30 in Hartford, CT, coaching the audience on how to keep their New Year's resolutions using her Get A Grip and Go®!" process. She has written a book on her proprietary process, Get A Grip and Go®!: 5 Simple Steps to Receiving What You Want. Next up will be a series of Thriver's Guides.

Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Broadcasters License from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. She has received various awards and honors for her sales savvy. She obtained her coach training and telephone workshop/"teleclass" leader training at CoachVille, where she is a Certified Teleclass Leader. She is also a licensed Distributor for Inscape Publishing, the worldwide leader in the DISC personal profile systems and workplace behavioral assessments.

Gail believes in giving back to the community and one of those ways is by serving on the Board of Directors of various area non-profit organizations. These organizations include the New England Air Museum, the International Coach Federation - Connecticut, the Ad Club of Connecticut and the Manchester Musical Players.

To contact Gail for keynote speeches, custom designed workshops, coaching or media comments, click here.


Personal Bio a.k.a who I am at heart

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.

-American poet, Robert Frost


I woke up one day and realized that the work I was doing (as a high powered sales exec) no longer fueled me internally or filled up the part of me that needed more than just money and stuff. So, I began my search to find as Frost says, work that feels like play. I found it in my new career as an inspirational speaker, writer and coach. Now I love to show others how they can not only prosper money-wise, but thrive and flourish in life, even reinventing themselves, if that’s what they choose to do.

Who am I? I see myself as an ebullient* lover of life, a passionate persuader, an enthusiastic champion of people who want to realize the life of their dreams. I am a total believer in the notion that we can achieve anything if we believe we can. While energetic and outgoing, I am also a deeply spiritual person - who has been dubbed “a walking conversation with God”.

I think that last bit came about because of the way I’ve developed the inner strength to get through the many challenges and changes I have been faced with in the past several years, including divorce, the sudden deaths of several family members and the start up of my new business.

I create time every morning to pray, read inspirational books and poems, write, meditate and walk in the woods around my pond. I call this block of time my “prayerful practices” and the time spent on this has evolved and lengthened through the years. It’s now 2-3 hours a day, but it is truly the fuel that fires me, the rock that supports me – it enables me to “get a grip and go!” around joyfully.

I led two expert calls for CoachVille’s Personal Environments Community on the prayerful practices I use to keep me inspired. To learn more about these special calls and to listen to the free audio recordings of them, Click here


(*ebullient- filled with excitement or lively enthusiasm, exuberant, bubbling - Webster’s Dictionary)



Most Memorable Moments in My Life:
(in somewhat random order)

  • My Dad singing “Daddy’s Little Girl” to me in 1972,
  • Being the Lamaze coach for my sister and witnessing the birth of her two wonderful children, Eric in 1980 and Christa in 1994,
  • Climbing the Pyramids in Teotihuacan, Mexico with don Miguel Ruiz,
  • Swimming with the Spinner dolphins in Kealakekua Bay off the
    big island of Hawai’i,
  • My first night on-air as a radio “deejay”,
  • Trips to France, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and throughout the Caribbean,
  • Giving the career day keynote at my alma mater, Mercy High School,
  • The first TV show I created as a producer for PM Magazine – “An Egg’s Eye View of Life” (shot on an egg farm),
  • Each of the freeze-frame moments in time when I was told that someone I loved had died - 5 of them since 1996 alone, (they don’t have to be fun to qualify as memorable)
  • My first time at the wheel of a sailboat,
  • Toasting to the sunsets from the deck in St. Maarten,
  • The funny, sad and happy day I moved into my pretty little house on the pond,
  • Singing my first solo on stage, “Everything’s coming up Roses”, with my Mom, family and friends in the audience cheering me,
  • My first professional coaching call with a client,
  • My first keynote as a professional speaker, when realized I was “home”,
  • The Hetzel family vacation to Orlando with my siblings and their children

Hi there,

I’m Gail Stone. Glad you stopped by. Get ready for a “rant”, but it’s coming from the heart and won’t hurt you. My intention is to make you think.

I read an American based study recently which found that only 25% of people 25-74 were thriving. The other 75% were not even simply surviving like the “Survivors” we see lauded on TV lately. Instead, they were actually languishing, which is one step down from surviving.

Here’s the Webster 11 New Riverside Dictionary definition of “languid” from which the word languish derives: “lacking in vitality or energy: weak; lacking in spirit: listless; sluggish: slow”.

Is this acceptable to you? Do you think any person, family, team, organization, company, community, region, nation or, quite frankly, our world can make it when SO many people are left behind?

And, truth be told, not just left behind, but actually pulling all of us back from thriving by their immense lack of energy?

Not likely! So, it’s time to Get a Grip and Go®!, people! Truly, the time is now. And I am confident that those of us, who are committed to waking up the others, can and will do it. As Somerset Maugham said, “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies in all the world and that is an idea whose time has come.”

This is THE time. Our time has come!

Who am I? I am Gail Hetzel Stone, with many fine qualities and funky quirks, and here’s what I know to be true about myself this time around. With the compassionate heart of a lover and the committed heart of a warrior, I will help change the world! Want to join me?

Gail H. Stone, helping people to Get a Grip and Go®!

To contact Gail for keynote speeches, custom designed workshops, coaching or media comments, click here.




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