Testimonials

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(Because of power differentials in the teacher-student and therapist-client relationship,
I’ve opted not to include the names of students and bodywork clients.)


"Kelly has an amazing editorial eye. She can help you frame and organize the structure of your narrative, clarify your message, and bring out the best in your manuscript. I recommend her highly."

--Elizabeth Rapoport, former executive editor at Random House, author, and creator of "Write Club"

"It's difficult to articulate the magic that Kelly brings to a project. She settles in and brings her whole self: heart, mind, soul, intuition, and miles and miles of wisdom. I gave her a pretty decent manuscript. And she gave me back a gamechanger. Can't wait for our next collaboration."

--Christine Crockett Smith, author and consultant

"Finding the right editor is hard. Especially, as a new writer working on your first manuscript. The internet is full of well-intentioned entrepreneurs all too willing to sell a litany of editorial services--content reads, copy edits, line edits hourly fees, retreats, coaching, and more. If you’re not careful you can drop tens of thousands of dollars and still not have found someone who really gets your project. That’s where I was at when I was introduced to Kelly. I was super skeptical about continuing to invest in an editor, and yet I am so glad that I did. Kelly understood my project like one else I had found, was super clear with the kind of feedback that helped me key into core storyline components that needed to be addressed, and helped me see areas of opportunity for elevating my writing. Her style is laid back and professional. I found her a pleasure to work with and am excited to continue our coaching relationship." 

--Jaime Konzelman, business consultant and career coach

“Kelly is a great clarifier. She has a keen ability to sniff out the thoughts that are still foggy in my head and ask questions or provide insights to bring them into focus. She can then guide me to the right words to sharply communicate my ideas to others. There is a flow that happens during our work together that I’ve tried to replicate on my own and can’t; our interactions improve my writing and move me through stuck points. Additionally, she has a great sense of humor and spot-on intuition that makes the work we do both enjoyable and insightful. I recommend working with Kelly without reservation." 

--Jana Berghoefer, intuitive, coach, and business psychologist

“Subject: You are a wizard!
Hey Kelly. I just read through the emails you sent and you make me sound amazing and feel amazing about what ‘I’m’ saying! Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your work. 
P.S. You can quote that… Just don’t use my name or you’ll blow my cover!”

--Client, life coach

"When I saw Kelly walk into [class] for the first time I thought, ''S***'s about to get real,' and I wanted to hug her. ... I was impressed with how vulnerable Kelly was willing to be with us. She really helped me."

-- student

"Kelly consistently delivers top-quality, powerful writing that’s well-researched and reported. She’s responsive to edits, files her work on time, and is overall a delight to work with. My only hesitation in recommending her is that if she takes on work for you, she’ll have less time for us!" 

-- M. Carrie Allan, senior editorial director, The Humane Society of the United States and columnist for The Washington Post

"Kelly is not only an extremely gifted speaker and writer—she is also an incredible role model for her students of all ages. She is a dream to work with—professional, punctual, and prepared. Her classes always deliver with content that engages, energizes, and leaves the students asking 'When will Kelly return?'"

-- Tim Fisher, Director of Education, Potomac Massage Training Institute


"Kelly is The Truth. She's the real deal."

-- bodywork client


"When you need a strong shot of motivation, seek counsel from the ever-wise Kelly Madrone. You'll likely find her with a cup of coffee in hand, a smile on her face, and an open heart that is ready to provide service. Kelly has also been working with my wife on an editorial basis, and I cannot tell you how excited my wife is to receive Kelly's feedback on her words. Kelly has helped her find so much clarity in her writing voice."

--Tom Stott, trainer, coach, and educator

"Kelly is grace."

-- student

"I am 56 years young and have had many teachers during my lifetime. Kelly stands above the rest. Kelly built each student up, gently guiding us in a direction that made perfect sense for us individually. I have seen many instructors succeed with a couple of students, but to be able to do this with 30 students was beautiful to see. Kelly's integrity is beyond reproach and to top it all off, she is extremely funny. Don't miss an opportunity to take a class with her. She will change your life as she did mine.”

-- student

"Kelly has taught me so much not just about how to do [my work], but how to live."

-- student

"Kelly defines what a teacher should be."

-- student


"Kelly’s not even a person. She’s like this force of energy pretending to be human."

-- teacher and bodywork client