Marilyn finds her work very fulfilling, and one of the most affirming elements of her various projects are kind word received from clients, workshop attendees, Breaking Free Show guests, and more. Below are some of the testimonials she has received over the years.

Coaching Clients

“Marilyn is the real deal. Genuine and down to earth. Very honest and helpful in every step of the way. I’ve been to other counselor’s who think they are good and give you the same text book story lines with no results. Marilyn helps you search your soul to get to the root cause of your issues and does’nt let you skate by. She is like your favorite teacher back in school who was stearn and caring at the same time. She is brilliant, sincere and knowledgeable. All good qualities for someone in her position and I would recommend her to anyone who asks.”

-Steven G

“Marilyn has been my business and life coach for over three years. She has contributed enormously to the growth and success of my business, while enabling me to maintain the balance, personal happiness and well being of my family, friendships and other important alliances. Marilyn is creative, intuitive, informed, supportive and extremely intelligent, in addition to being well connected and highly respected in both local and business communities.”

Nancy Bolts, CEO
BOLTS Creative Communications 
Wake Forest, North Carolina

“Creativity and dedication are key elements in Marilyn’s coaching style. She is a versatile coach with experience in sales, people personalities and making connections. She has been very instrumental in helping me build my business.”

Garla Smith MSME, GCDF
Smart Moms, Adjunct Faculty at Wake Technical Community College


Last month we made the most money we’ve ever made!  Working together is not always easy, you helped us to look at things differently. Consider new opportunities and to try some different things.  It worked!  It was a tough month but a great month!”

Pam Andes
United Pest Management, Inc.

138 Spring Avenue
Fuquay Varina, NC  27526
919-971-9143 (cell)

Show Guests

“I had the honor to be interviewed on Marilyn’s “Breaking Free” show. From the moment the show started, she made me feel so welcome. I felt comfortable sharing everything with her. She also has a way of making the audience feel welcome and put at ease. My life changed for the better when I met her and I know she will continue to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Becky Curran-Breaking Free Guest
Motivational Speaker

“I met Marilyn Shannon many years ago in Raleigh, NC at a local social networking event after moving to Raleigh, and I was just beginning to meet members of our local community. As I shared my personal and professional experiences, I could tell Marilyn was immediately moved, and invested not only in my experiences, but how these experiences could transform our local and global community. Marilyn’s character of compassion and dedication to create transformation weaves through her own professional coaching, Breaking Free radio show, and creating opportunities for women to come together in support of each other.

In February 2013, my husband, Barton and I released our first memoir, Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll. Marilyn invited us to be on Breaking Free during the release celebrations. Not only did we explore themes within the book, but through curiosity and honesty, Marilyn explored questions that brought out the best in us, ultimately in a way that was able to create change and touch people’s lives across the globe.

The ripple effect of being guests on Breaking Free is still being felt. Barton is now coaching a young man from Australia, who heard Breaking Free, a clip of the video was posted on an inter-national inclusive campaign, and several personal friendships were made with other guests on Marilyn’s show.

Marilyn’s dedication to create world change by telling, exploring and learning from each one of our stories is contagious. She challenges others to break down assumptions, and her vibrant spirit benefits each and everyone of us.”

~ Megan Cutter
Co-Author, Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll

Workshop Attendees

“Best program I have attended in awhile” – program participant

“Thank you for taking the risk of offering this non-traditional approach” – program participant

“Dear Marilyn,

Wow, are people talking (and Listening). Your workshop was a great success. Thank you so much for helping us with our listening skills. Your information and activities were very enlightening and thought provoking. The skills you shared with us will help all of us serve our clients more effectively. The staff is much more understanding of each other and are communicating better. I have had several requests for a follow-up with just our agency. I know personally I learned so much about myself and how I have been listening to others. I am working on my listening techniques so that I hear with my whole person and not just my ears.

Thank you again for sharing your talents with us. ”

Julie R. 
Thanks Mentoring Program Coordinator 

“You are truly trailblazers in your field of expertise and I applaud you for your boldness in taking on this task.”
Dr. Marshall Stewart
NC Director for 4H

“Dear Marilyn:

The purpose of this communication is to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to you for doing such a dynamic job in each of the workshops that I have attended.

I left the “Effective Communications” workshop in March 2003 feeling empowered to go out and conquer the universe using the very simple and pragmatic strategies that you taught.

I’ve been so impressed with your expertise in the area of effective communication and conflict mediation that I am going to recommend to Mrs. Shirley Cohen, Director of Student Services for Johnston County Schools, that the Student Assistance Program utilize your strategies in formulating their action plans for the upcoming school year.

Once again, I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work and diligence in helping to make Family/Community Awareness Day in April a success.”

Lindsey B.
Johnston County Schools