Play to Your Strengths

Create an excellent life for yourself

Instead of putting energy into fixing your weaknesses (like many of us were trained to do in school), why not work around your weaknesses and put the majority of your energy into strengthening your talents?

Although building your talents into strengths requires practice and hard work (much like building physical strengths), the result can be near-perfect performance in many different areas of your life.


Students are so much more than what they need to learn and we need to tap into the things that they already have.

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Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Kat Frati, talks about talents & strengths

A talent is a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving.

A strength is the result of taking a talent and with investment (skills, knowledge, and practice) using it to consistently providing near-perfect performance in a given activity.

Knowledge is what you know. Knowledge can be acquired through formal or informal education.

Raw talent is talent that is uninformed, inexperienced, self-orientated and often unproductive.

Mature talent is talent that is well-informed, practiced, oriented towards others, and highly productive.

A talent theme is a category of talents. Themes help you begin to discover and talk about your greatest talents. Decades of research into talents and success have shown that the talents most related to potential for success can be grouped into 34 themes.

CliftonStrengths is a web-based talent assessment instrument from the perspective of Strengths Psychology. The CliftonStrengths’ primary application is in the workplace, but it has been used for understanding individuals–including employees, executive teams, students, and family members–in various roles and settings. It is not intended for clinical assessment or diagnosis of psychiatric disorders.

Don Clifton is an educational Psychology Professor who studied what was RIGHT with people and what contributed to their SUCCESS. He was named Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by the American Psychological Association. In the 1990s he teamed up with Gallup to develop the CliftonStrengths assessment, an objective measure of personal talent.

The online CliftonStrengths assessment takes about 40 minutes to complete.

Strengths-based development  describes how a person’s talent–those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come naturally to him or her–are the source of a person’s true potential. The better a person can apply these talents, the greater his or her potential to consistently act with more confidence, direction, and hope.

A weakness (defined by CliftonStrengths) is something that gets in the way of success. In a strengths-based approach, a weakness is a shortage or misapplication of talent, skill, or knowledge that causes problems for you or others.

Signature themes are your top five themes in your Signature Theme Report. Your signature themes are an excellent starting point as you seek to discover your most dominant talents.

A Strengths Coach is a person who invests in and interacts with an individual, partnership, or team for the primary purpose of stimulating, motivating, and facilitating the growth, development, and performance of that individual, partnership, or team.

No, not all Gallup Strengths Coaches are certified. Intensive training and real-world evaluations are needed to become certified. I have passed all the tests and am a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Please review my coaching packages and schedule a time on my calendar. You have the option to meet with me in person at my Portland, Maine office, online via ZOOM, or over the phone.

No, there are no prerequisites to working with me. After booking a session with me, you will receive an email with instructions for our coaching session.

Unfortunately, I only speak English. All coaching sessions will be conducted in English.

I am very confident that you will receive good value from our coaching sessions. If you honestly believe that it wasn’t worth it for you, I will not be offended if you let me know. A refund will be offered.

“Trying to become well-rounded breeds mediocrity. You can master the things you’re naturally good at, but if you’re working on something that is outside your areas of talent, you’ll become, at best, OK at it. Trying to be well-rounded at the expense of being great is a waste of your time and talents.”

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“Knowledge, skills, and practice–along with talent–are vital parts of the strengths equation.”

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