About Marcia

I believe…

› Emotions aren’t bad. It’s your opinion of the emotion that makes the experience good or bad.
The energy between people is more powerful than the words shared.
› How we listen to each other is the critical factor for getting positive results from difficult conversations.

Work with me to not only bring coaching to your leadership team, but to teach them how to use intentions, emotions, and beliefs to transform any conversation into a difference-making experience.

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Dr. Marcia Reynolds, president of Covisioning LLC is the master of teaching others how to engage in powerful conversations that connect, influence, and activate change, even when emotions are strong. From government agencies and large multi-national companies, to coaching schools in Italy, Turkey, Russia, China, Kazakhstan and across North America, she’s been hired by organizations around the globe, not just because of her highly engaging presentations but because of ability to change people’s minds.

This highly sought-after behavioral scientist is happily obsessed with uncovering the latest discoveries in neuro/behavioral research and putting them into practical applications. With a doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology, two master’s degrees in Education and Communications, Marcia’s expertise ranges from holding powerful conversations to activating the emotions of passion and courage at work.

Then when you face difficult conversations, Dr. Marcia Reynolds offers solutions on how to flip defensiveness, create rapport, and have everyone involved experience the elusive “optimal productive state” where they deeply connect and imagine unique solutions together.

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE:  Dr. Reynolds has trained and coached leaders in 41 countries and has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell University, Smith College, Almaty Management University in Kazakhstan and The National Research University in Moscow.

Dr. Reynolds is a pioneer in the coaching profession. She was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation and one of the first to earn the Master Certified Coach credential. She is also a past president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations.

She has significant experience with coaching in the healthcare industry. She is the Training Director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute at Virginia Tech and has coached many leaders for hospitals, clinics, and major pharmaceutical companies over the past 25 years. Dr. Reynolds is also on faculty for the International Coach Academy in Russia and Create China Coaching in China. She is recognized by the Global Gurus as the #3 coach in the world.

Her training experience dates to 1981 but her greatest success came from designing the employee development program for a global semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Within three years, the company turned around and became the #1 stock market success in 1993.

Marcia has been a student and researcher of how humans learn since earning her second master’s degree is adult education in 1986. She became fascinated with emotional intelligence after reading Daniel Goleman’s book in 1996 and designed a training program that integrates emotional choice with leadership presence, communications effectiveness, and life satisfaction. She has since taught her programs for many agencies of the National Institutes of Health, multi-national corporations around the world, and for coaching schools in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Marcia Reynolds is on a mission:  to have leaders feel that their greatest purpose is how well they successfully enrich the lives of others. With Marcia’s guidance, you can outsmart your brain and make a powerful difference one meaningful conversation at a time.

COACHING EXPERIENCE: In her search for new techniques in behavioral change, Marcia enrolled in a coaching school in 1995 when she started her own business. She quickly saw the power of coaching to make the mental shifts required to sustain change.  She has since coached hundreds of executives and professionals to improve the impact of their communications and make successful transitions. She also teaches coaching in her leadership classes and for coaching schools worldwide. She also serves as Training Director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute taught through Virginia Tech and is on the faculty of coach training schools in Russia and China.

BOOKS: Interviews and excerpts from her books Outsmart Your Brain, her best-seller, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, and Wander Woman: How High Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction (Gold Medal: Axiom Business Books Awards), and have appeared in many places including Psychology Today, Fast Company, Talent Management, HR.com, Forbes.com, CNN.com, and The Wall Street Journal and she has appeared in business magazines in Europe, Asia and on ABC World News. Her new book, The Coach’s Guide to Reflective Inquiry: 7 Essential Practices for Breakthrough Coaching, will be released June, 2020.

When she has the opportunity to be home, she can often be found hiking the beautiful mountains in Arizona.

Contact Marcia to find out more about how she can help you have more meaningful conversations using courageous coaching skills and emotional intelligence.

Read more about Marcia’s results in her Speaking Endorsements and Coaching Testimonials.


Master Certified Coach (MCC), International Coach Federation

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), National Speakers Association

Links to videos:

Short videos on leadership coaching concepts:  https://outsmartyourbrain.com/discomfort-zone-training-videos/

Demo coaching video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=Vdwya5j3D8k

Speaking demo video that has a few clips from coaching presentations, and EI:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=MZnwPhAwWeg

Talk at Google on The Discomfort Zone:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvpLN1Rf_k8

TEDx talk on How to Use Anger as a Force for Good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZb9qub-RU


  • Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • The Hershey Company
  • Ernst & Young
  • Mayo Hospitals
  • Medtronic
  • Maersk
  • Sanofi
  • Cornell University
  • Smith College
  • MBA Women International
  • Boise Paper
  • The Discovery Channel
  • Dignity Health
  • Abila
  • Microchip Technology
  • Pointe Hilton Hotels
  • Printing Industries Association
  • Institute for Management Studies
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Center for Disease Control
  • American Express
  • US National Institutes of Health

For Meeting Planners…

You can access Marcia’s Speaking Kit by clicking here. Email Marcia for a high-resolution version of the speaker packet or a Bureau-Friendly version at Marcia@outsmartyourbrain.com

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