Client Success Stories

“Helen Dutton has got it going on!”

Business Coaching for Not for Profit Executive Directors

She provides me with not only the practical tools and strategies I need to smoothly run a growing non-profit organization, but also with a regular jolt of self-confidence that spills over into every aspect of my life.

How does she do this? By being a very careful listener, a firm believer in self accountability, and a genuinely kind person. Helen has a real knack for bringing out the best in people.

Paul Larmer
High Country News



“When you find a great coach, you have found gold.”

Helen Dutton and Dean Carlson

Like many entrepreneurs, my dreams are many, broad and disjointed. New ideas fly around in my brain, and rarely get put down on paper, never mind into action. Helen Dutton at A Vision of Your Own knows how to get me calmed down, relaxed, and most of all focused.

Helen not only knows how to ask the rights questions, she knows that it’s crucial that I formulate my own answers. Helen is always cool and collected even when I am not. In our conversations she has showed limitless patience to refocus me and keep me from wandering down the rabbit trails I am prone to chase.

The real magic happened when Nancy (my wife and business partner) and I invested in a VIP Breakthrough Day with Helen. Our expectations were blown away as Helen identified our individual and mutual strengths and helped us develop a Signature System for our company. This system reflects what we are and want to be as a company, and it is a reminder to focus on our own values as we make decisions and serve our clients. An outline of the Signature System is on my office wall; I can see it as I type this letter. Its value is far beyond the time or money invested with Helen in developing it.

Business Coaching is not a luxury, it is a necessity. When you find a great coach, you have found gold. I highly recommend Helen and urge you to contact her and discover what great things you can accomplish together.

Dean Carlson
Get Fit NH Boot Camp

“If I knew then what I know now….”


At first, I thought a business coach was someone who would give me the answers.  What I realize now is that coaching is more of a process in which we work to come up with the answers together. So many of the answers actually came from me after further analysis of my business.

I was initially uncertain of exactly where I needed to make changes to my business and when those changes needed to happen. After 3 months of working with Helen, we’ve made major strides with regard to moving the business in the right direction.

We’ve definitely started the ball rolling and things are going well. I’m really eager for the next three months and I’m very hopeful that things will continue to get better and be easier.

I knew then what I know now, rather than being a go-getter like I tend to be, I would have factored in more of my personal goals as well as my professional goals.

I would suggest business coaching for other people because it’s very helpful to get input on your decisions from a business specialist. Just because you are a good doctor, or a good hairdresser, or a good tutor, doesn’t mean that you are equally good at managing your business.  Just as you would like advice from a doctor, hairdresser, or tutor, it makes perfect sense to get advice on your business as well.

Dr. Laura Jones
Whole Health Concord

“Smarter decisions, more quickly, with less stress.”

Before working with Helen, I was spending all my time working IN my business instead of ON my business. I made decisions on the fly, instead of on tangible information. I was constantly busy but always felt like I was spinning my wheels.

Helen taught me how to watch the key business metrics that I need to grow my business.With Helen’s help, I’m now making smarter decisions, more quickly, with less stress.

Helen’s objective and thought-provoking questions always allow me to see my business more clearly. Thank goodness for her insight because it helped me avoid a disastrous investment opportunity and focus on the core growth potential for my company.

When you’re not seeing the forest for the trees, you need a coach like Helen to bring business back into focus.

Mat Mitnitsky
Nonni’s Italian Eatery


“The biggest thing for me was asking for the help that I so clearly needed.”

Helen, the biggest thank you is for all of your help in this new career of mine that I am completely joyful in.  I would not have found it without you, my coach.  Thank you just never seems enough; those words cannot possibly capture the emotion that comes out of my heart when I think of all that you did to help me.

I was not easy about it; I cannot believe the fear & fight I gave you.

You came up with so many ways, just for me, to walk through the steps I needed, to see what I needed to see. And you left me with the ability above – to remember & recognize the positives.  I know that it was not easy; you did not give up on me, you did not let me give up on myself.  Thank you.

Jodi Naughton, Motivational Speaker
I Want and I Will Youth Coaching

“She’s disciplined us to hone how we use our skills…”

Judi McMurray with Helen Dutton

I needed some advice on how to create a better business. I read a wonderful article on Reverse Mentoring, after I thought I didn’t need this help. When I read in the article that Jack Welch who owns GE, has a 21 yr old reverse mentor who teaches him how to use social media, I changed my mind.

Helen is patient, nice and mellow, that really allows you to share confidences. We’ve learned a ton. She’s lead us in a lot of good directions. She’s disciplined us to work on areas that we really need to work on, to further hone how we each use our skills to the best advantage. We’ve learned how to communicate with each other in a partnership and keep that open, honest and fair.

I would suggest others have a chat first. Develop what your goals are, because Helen’s very good at honing in on the direction you need to take. You’d want to have a one on one to see if there’s a good fit and Helen’s a good fit with us.

Judi McMurray
3 on Main Mercantile 

small business strategy client

“The person that I was (tired, depressed, and lacking a clear purpose) has been transformed into this new woman that is motivated, self-directed and willing to create the vision of my life…the vision of my own.”

When I first started working with Helen I was working in a business that I had started several years earlier and truly hated.  Despite the fact that I owned the company the work wasn’t challenging and the rewards were few and far between.  I knew I had to do something fast!  That’s when I contacted Helen and started coaching with her.

Whether we are having a private coaching call or participating in a retreat day, Helen’s warmth, style and direct approach has helped me create and claim a HUGE Vision for my business – I’ve gone from being a frustrated owner of a residential cleaning company to the owner of the most phenomenal coaching company and women’s business networking association. With Helen’s support, encouragement and ability to believe in me even when I struggled believing in myself I was able to step into a vision I had imagined for many years.

I’d recommend working with Helen to any business owner or executive who wants to inject new energy into their business. You will walk away with tons of new ideas and techniques for growing your business–and, just as important, feeling a renewed sense of purpose about why you do what you do.

In retrospect, the person that I was (tired, depressed, and lacking a clear purpose) has been transformed into this new woman that is motivated, self-directed and willing to create the vision of my life…the vision of my own.

Maureen Campaiola, DARE To Be Phenomenal
The “DARE” Coach – daretobephenomenal.com

“When I think of all the advice and ideas that you have passed to me, I feel very fortunate and thankful.”

But more than that, you have given me something that is hard to put into words, but which has made all the difference.

Making the “life changes”, that are still in the process of evolving, started out as a small “seed” while I was on vacation last July. I had gone to a used book store and picked up a copy of Jack Canfield’s”The Success Principles, How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be”. He has a whole chapter on having a personal coach and I paid attention to his statement: “Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their trip down the path to success, participating in some kind of coaching program is at the top of the list.  A coach will help you clarify your vision and goals, support you through your fears, keep you focused, confront your unconscious behaviors and odd patterns, expect you to do your best, help you live by your values, show you how to earn more while working less, and keep you focused on your core genius”.

Your guidance and encouragement, and especially your acceptance of where I was at and the steps that I needed to take, helped that small “seed” break through the dirt into the sunlight and into all kinds of new possibilities. I am perhaps most thankful for the way you helped me find the courage to make some difficult decisions which then opened the way to the “next steps”.

So many times when I felt discouraged you said, “You are just where you need to be.” I don’t know if you realize how much I needed to hear those words but they meant so much….and still do.

Common Bond Pets

“After our first session I knew I had made the right decision.”

Over the next several weeks we discussed business ideas, prioritizing tasks and built a roadmap forward, you truly helped me see the road ahead. Based on this roadmap I am happy to say that I’ve hired an admin person to take care of the daily tasks so I can focus on my business. What a relief! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jeff Jackson, President
Summit Computer Services LLC

“Just wanted to share a few words to express my appreciation for your wonderful style as a coach.”

I have known many over the years, and you are still standing where many have faltered, because you practice with HEART. You reach out a hand to help people up the mountain, where I have seen others get dragged. Not everyone has the patience, caring, knowledge or integrity that you possess, and I am consistently inspired by the stories you share of your client breakthroughs.

You are making a difference. Please continue to do so for a long, long time.

Steve Gamlin
Inspired by Steve

Other Comments:

“My weekly phone sessions with Helen continue to reveal better ways to run my business relate to the world and view myself. And the cost-benefit ratio of hiring Helen as my business coach so far has been more than 20 to 1.”

“I could not have done this without you.”

“I think it would take a whole book to say what I have learned. The essence would be “how to let myself be happy”…on the inside.”

“Your approach is guiding and never preaching.”

“You never let me off the hook yet gave me the appreciation when I got through something that was difficult for me.”

“I loved your wonderful unexpected treats.”

“Your business intelligence, personal understanding, compassion and dedication to helping others live a life of passion and profound energy are great.”

Helen Dutton, A Vision of Your Own, has provided business and personal coaching for small business owners since 2000, providing online and face to face coaching for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-up businesses as well as established businesses across the country. Clients come from New Hampshire, her home state, but she has also acted as a mentor to business owners in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Denver area, and closer to home in the Boston area. Helen helps her clients develop their small business ideas, create marketing plans, improve operation efficiency, build customer service systems, build management and leadership skills, and develop confidence as a business owner. Helen provides business tips and resources through her blog and her newsletter, where you can also find business templates to help your business prosper.