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“The Writer Creates Half The Text. The Reader Creates The Other Half.” Unknown

Welcome to the Surpass Your Dreams Bookstore. Below are books I have written or have contributed to. Included in each, is practical, bottom-line advice, that will make your career and life more interesting, profitable, and successful.

No Winner Ever Got There Without A Coach

CoachFinally, a book captures what I have been saying for years.

Goals are not supposed to be reached alone.

We are meant to achieve great heights with other people. Not by ourselves.

My work in this book focuses on Career Reinvention and what to do if you have lost your job, may be losing a job, or want something new and different in your career and how important it is to not go through this process by yourself.  I discuss how to go about creating a new you with simple and straightforward techniques for going about it. Very important information to have in today’s economy. 


***As a bonus when you order the hard-covered book***

You will get access to the pdf version, as well as a downloadable mp3 recording of the conversation I had to create my work in this book. Another take on what you will be reading. Plus, you will get more tips, strategies, and techniques you can use to reinvent yourself. You don’t want to miss it.

Don’t Blow It!

dontblowitThe Right Words For The Right Job

Need a new job? Not getting the results you want? Maybe it’s what you are saying. (Or, not saying.)

Don’t get it wrong. Get it right.

Inside this book is straightforward ideas and concepts that explain what are the right things to say.

In This Book You Will Learn:  

  • What to say to get a job.
  • The specific words employers want to hear from you.
  • How to brand yourself and explain your job history creatively.
  • How to craft a résumé and cover letter that gets you interviews.
  • How to get inspired and motivated so you stay on track and focused. 

A job search is stressful enough, and not knowing what to say just makes it more difficult. This book puts all of the right words at your fingertips.

“I wanted to let you know that yesterday went really well. I was in the interview for an hour and a half. Besides feeling dizzy at some points, and my hands sweating terribly, I did not choke. I conveyed all the points (clearly) that you recommended. I even brought up the salary I wanted. I was confident and prepared. I got a call today and I got the job, salary, and benefits, everything I asked for! I want to thank you for giving me the right words to use. I couldn’t have done it without you.”  Regan, Director of Sales, NYC

“This book is amazing; practical and to the point. It tells you exactly what to say in different situations. It’s information I wish I had 30 years ago.”


Coach Yourself To A New Career

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“As see on EyeWitness News on WABC-TV in NYC”


Rated a “Must Read” by ExecuNet, an Executive Job Search company that is specifically designed to meet the needs of $100K+ executives and the companies and recruiters who seek to attract them.

Inside You Will Discover:

  • How to locate your dream career
  • How to find inner clarity and direction
  • How fear can be used to your advantage
  • How to create an action plan that gets results
  • How to obtain your ultimate profession

“A systemic, well-thought out approach to identifying and determining one’s career goals. A must have for anyone wanting to achieve career satisfaction. Linda Matias, JCTC, CEIP, President, The National Resume Writers’ Association (2003), President, CareerStrides

“If you’ve suspected there’s something more out there for you, a better career—one that will awaken you soul, your true interests, your true passions, then get prepared to be enlightened, to find your inspiration and to shift the course of your career. The exercises, wisdom, true-life stories and guidance contained in this amazing book can serve as the light at the end of the tunnel.” Susan Eckert, MA, CCM, Principal, Advance Career and Professional Development

“In this book you will find warmth, guidance, support, and applause—a powerful catalyst for reaching your career goals.” Siegmundo Hirsch, Ph.D., Career Coach and Counselor



101 Great Ways to Compete In Today’s Job Market

A valuable tool to give you a competitive advantage.

In this book, I join Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Lewis Howes, Martin Yate, Harvey Mackay, William Arruda and many more of the World’s Leading Experts to give you the most amazing, proven, and simple ways to immediately improve your career.

This book contains a thoughtful collection of 101 unique chapters from my industry’s leading experts. All of the experts are varied with impressive backgrounds and credentials from previously published authors and television personalities to coaches, business owners and heads of associations. There are all stellar educators who have shared information on topics that are personally relevant and hope to inspire and motivate their readers. 

What You Can Learn From this Book:

  • You can find your passion and relaunch your career.
  • You can network effectively and secure your next position.
  • You can create a fabulous résumé and sell yourself in a difficult job-market.
  • You can identify and act upon opportunities for change.
  • You can fuel your own success.
  • You can learn the most effective job search strategies.

This book offers solutions, suggestions, advice, and support on a wide range of topics including: career branding, difficult work environments, effective communication, goals, job hunting, leadership résumé strategies, and telephone interviews.


How To Feel Great at Work Everyday

How to feel great at work everyday

Six Steps For Creating A High-Energy Success Plan For Career

What is your energy level at work? Do you find yourself dragging during the day and craving sugar, caffeine, and other highly processed carbohydrates for energy? Let Deborah Brown-Volkman guide you through creating a practical plan to finding more energy to fuel your career.



6 Figure Jobs

Selected as the “Book of the Week” by, the Internet’s leading online executive career portal for jobs over $100k and WEDDLE’S User’s Choice Award winner for being the Elite of the Online Employment Industry.


“Why The Lunch Break Is Going Extinct. Workers Are Told To Multi-Task As They Wolf Down Food.” Because of this book, I was quoted by about why giving up your lunch break diminishes your productivity, causing you to put in more hours in the long run, not to mention what it does for your health and well being. Click here to see the article.

“This book works, and you are reading it for a reason. Something in your career is not working—you are unhappy, tired, or stressed out.”  Judith A. Rose, certified hypnotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and registered nurse

“If you are tired, your body is asking for help, and a few small changes can go a long way.”  Holly Anne Shelowitz, board certified nutrition counselor, whole foods chef, and corporate health educator

“When you feel great, anything is possible. You benefit from high-energy, focus, and the ability to make better, stronger decisions about your job and career.” Bob Mittleman, owner, Fitness Together Personal Training Studios, and eight-time marathon runner


Living A Life You Love: The Pathway To Personal Freedom


An E-Book That Leads You To Your Dreams

This 56-page e-book is packed with advice and strategies that are changing lives across the globe. It shifts your thinking so you have the motivation, inspiration, and direction you need to achieve your dreams. It contains practical tips and worksheets you can use to write down what you want, so you can go out and get it.

Inside You Will Discover:

  • How to find your dreams again
  • How to make a commitment to achieve your dreams
  • How to overcome perfection
  • How to break down your dreams into small achievable steps
  • Why the pathway to personal freedom is trust

This is your own coach in an e-book. Realistic, down-to-earth, but highly effective techniques that can help you create what you want in your career and life in a short amount of time.

“I wanted to tell you know that I read your e-book and I loved it! It is an excellent book. I am sure the feedback from your readers has already indicated this. I did all of the exercises and they were wonderful. It was a welcome change to do some meaningful, internal work. Thanks for helping me put my career in perspective. Gale Weithers, Ernst & Young

“I just downloaded your e-book and I have been unable to put it down. I’ve been working on the exercises, and all I can say is thank you. I have been very unhappy with my work for quite some time now, and going through your e-book has made me realize that I am in control, and my choices are up to me. I’ve started a journal to try to pinpoint my dreams. I’ve forgotten them, but I know I will remember them soon.” Jodie Thomas, Senior Consultant, Human Resource Management Services


Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice

Four Steps to Building a Profitable Coaching PraticeA Complete Marketing Resource Guide For Coaches

Are you frustrated with trying to grow and market your coaching practice? Do you feel like there is too much information (or too little) on how to market your practice, yet not enough direction on where to begin? Would you like quick answers and a complete resource guide in one place that makes marketing easy to apply and understand?

This book will show you how to build and market a profitable coaching practice in four easy steps. It walks you through the process of deciding who to coach and how to create a program that potential clients will pay you lots of money for. You will understand the components of creating a winning marketing strategy and learn tips and techniques to implement your plan. You will also discover how to become masterful at both marketing and selling.

“Deborah proves that with hard work and focus you can build a successful coaching practice. This book is a clear and concise guide to niche-marketing for coaches.” Talane Miedaner, Best-selling author ofCoach Yourself To Success

“I loved the way Deborah told her story of how she built a profitable coaching practice that clearly demonstrated a successful coaching business can be built with persistence, commitment, and determination. This is a great book with a lot of valuable information from a master at doing what she does best.” Sandy Vilas, Master Certified Coach and CEO

“This is a great book. Thorough, professional, and easy to read. Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice is a must-read for any coach who wants to grow and enhance his or her coaching business–gracefully.” Judy Feld, Master Certified Coach and President International Coach Federation (ICF) 2003

“Personal experience makes the difference. And, the best way to learn is from other people’s experience. Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice uncovers the most direct path and takes the guess work out of what to do next.” Will Craig, MA, President, Coach Training Alliance and Past President, International Coach Federation-Denver

“This book is excellent. It’s packed with a mentor-coach’s encyclopedia of wisdom, advice and information. I wish I had known about it when I was working with beginning coaches. Heck, I wish I had written it. Deborah has lists of all the suggestions, techniques, tips, and how to’s  I ever gave a coach PLUS many I never mentioned. Wow, this one needs to be in your library.” Shirley Anderson, Master Certified Coach, and Creator of the Coaching Salon

“It was a pleasure to meet you in person at last week’s NYC ICF meeting. I went to dinner afterwards and read through your book, Four Steps to Building a Profitable Coaching Practice. I think you’ve done a fantastic job here. It is very succinct, generous, and PRACTICAL! I also love the Importance of Marketing section where you listed perspectives from many other coaches while including their respective contact info. Both smart and generous.” David Matthew Prior, MCC, MBA,

”I have just read your book 4 Steps to Building a Profitable Coaching Practice. It is probably the single best business book I have ever read. It is clear, informative and there is real value on every page.”Corry Robertson

“I ordered your book from about two weeks ago. I picked it up yesterday with the intention of looking it over to decide if I would read it first or choose another coaching book from my pile. I opened your book at 10:00 p.m. last night and did not put it down until I finished it. I just couldn’t stop reading it. I got so many new ideas about how to begin my coaching practice. Thank you for your book and for all the wonderful information you shared with me.” Beverly Mason, Licensed Professional Counselor

“I really enjoyed your book. It has been VERY, VERY helpful to me. The reason is this: you kept it simple. It’s like a travel guide where the narrator is a person that actually DID this journey. I personally think that helps more than the other theoretical books on marketing. I started with that kind of stuff but stopped completely after reading your book. Thank you!” Michael Gerzabek, Business Coach, Austria

“I am reading your book namely FOUR STEPS TO BUILDING YOU PROFITABLE COACHING PRACTICE. I love the book! Your book is very well designed and organized to help the beginner, just like me, who wants to start a new coaching career. In addition to the book being honest, it’s the best book among the 22 books (all of them are strongly recommended by International Coach Federation on its website) bought from America through one of my American friends, because it is simple to read and easy to be guided step by step. Generally speaking, it is not only a book full of marketing strategies for coaching, but also a very practical and workable coaching brochure of guidance for new coaches. Thank you for your kind contributions world wide.” Steven (Wang JIanwen), China

“I absolutely loved your “Four Steps to Building a Profitable Coaching Practice” book. It was comprehensive and just what every coach needs. Despite the fact that I have taken many classes from a well-respected coaching program and nearly have my Ph.D in Life Coaching, (and have worked in the somewhat related field of psychotherapy/social work for nearly 20 years), I still didn’t have all the detailed information that you offer in your book. I especially loved information on press releases and newsletters. Your resources in the back of the book will prove invaluable I am sure! Because I am writing a coaching dissertation I am reading many books on coaching. I have found your book to be the crème de la crème. Congratulations on an outstanding contribution.” Jeanine Austin, MSW, Doctoral Candidate in Personal Life Coaching, Simply Divine Solutions, Tempe, Arizona

“I was impressed by your book “Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice.” I initially thought it would be just another ra, ra, go get clients book, but that is NOT the case. I am able to easily pick this book up and pick an item to accomplish each week. I love the fact it is direct and to the point and FILLED with great resources to use. Great information.” Mary K Logan, MA, MPA, Business Manager, Revolution Booksellers, Exeter, NH


Four Steps To Building A Profitable Business

FourStepsBizA Marketing Start-Up Guide For Business Owners,
Entrepreneurs, And Professionals

Do you work for yourself? Or, do you dream of doing so one day? Are you worried that your venture will not be sufficiently profitable because of doubts about marketing yourself, your products, or your services? Would you like quick answers and a start-up guide, with resources in one place, to make marketing easy to apply and understand?

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Select the most profitable group of people to market and sell to
  • Create a program or process that potential customers will pay you lots of money for
  • Create a winning marketing strategy with techniques and examples to implement your plan
  • Become masterful at both marketing and selling

This book is based on the hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals the author has met and worked with, her twelve years experience as a sales and marketing executive, and personal know-how building two successful marketing-driven companies of her own. This is a practical, down-to-earth guide that takes you through the components of marketing a profitable business quickly and easily.

“Outstanding, outstanding, and outstanding! I have been searching for quite some time to find a book that made marketing easy to understand. You have accomplished this brilliantly. Thank you for writing this book.”  William Witman, Business Owner and Consultant 

“I wanted to let you know that I followed your steps on how to get an article published (and press release) and just found out today that an article I wrote titled “Are You Ready to Work Your Business Full-Time? 5 Steps to Help You Transition to Self-Employment” will be published in the December edition of my local newspaper in their Ask the Expert section. Thanks again for great advice and a wonderful book. It has really been helpful to me.”
La-Dana Renée Jenkins, Founder, LRJ Consulting Services LLC 

“I read your book on Four Steps To Building A Business. Thought it was a very good reminder and a single resource location for many ideas I’ve been reading. Nice job.” Rev. Scott Rosenthal, PhD, Career Impact  

“I want to thank you for your presentation. I read your book on the train returning home. It is inspiring. I am re-reading it and taking copious notes and compiling lists. From my old days as a Navigator in the Navy, I know that without a destination, one is clueless.”
Wil Elliott, The Resume Professor 


The Essential Coaching Book

essential-bookSecrets to a Winning Life

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You are about to enter the world of personal transformation. And in this world are 15 professionally trained coaches, here to support you, share their knowledge, insights, and points of view. Each coach is knowledgeable and passionate about their area of expertise. There’s only a single desire: to help you identify your personal vision and enjoy a satisfying, successful life, on your own terms, no matter how you define “a winning life.”

Written as a collaborative effort by the members of the United Coaching Associates, Inc., an organization I founded in October 2001, you’ll enjoy a variety of perspectives, tools, and techniques. Included are chapters on how to set your vision with concrete steps to get you there, whether your vision is guiding you towards romance, career enhancement, inner growth, a well-run business, physical health, or a means to plan and enjoy the rest of your life.

“Whether you are looking to rebuild your career, re-charge your relationships, or attract more of what you want in life, The Essential Coaching Book has something for you. Packed with useful tips and strategies, this book provides keys to achieving success in every aspect of your life.”  Kimberly George, Director of International Alliances, CoachVille

“A comprehensive collection of powerful tools, approaches, and ideas for consciously creating a life lived to the fullest. If you’re up for the challenge and ready to play, this book will guide you. The personal examples really hit home and made the approaches even more meaningful. This book demonstrates the power of uniting forces to create extraordinary results.” Catherine Wright, Sales Manager, Sherwood Lumber


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