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Let’s start with the long-ish bio 

I’m a certified coach, professor, consultant and former journalist, specializing in storytelling, communication and writing skills. I’m also the recovering daughter of Chinese, control freak immigrant parents — and happy at last!

In my first life, I was a full-time journalist. The second life involved quitting to do the mommy thing and getting divorced. Then, I reinvented myself as a college professor. Now, I’ve taken everything I know and repackaged myself as a professional, certified coach.

As a writing coach and life/career coach, I specialize in helping people figure out the real story of their lives. Finding your true story means getting past disempowering beliefs to see who you really are. Find your story, and you’ll find your life — and a healing path to unconditional love, creativity and personal power.

My coach approach is based on helping clients see what was, what’s new, what’s now™!

“What was, what’s new, what’s now” is my signature mantra. These three components define our storytelling, project pitches and conversations.

Here’s the mantra applied to my own life…

What was: Born in New Jersey, grew up in New York City’s Chinatown. Graduated from Baruch College (accounting) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Spent  nearly 20 years as a full-time journalist, including nationally-syndicated columnist on the immigrant experience and diversity for The New York Daily News.

  • After my divorce, I started teaching part-time at half a dozen New York City-area colleges and universities. I currently teach food writing at NYU, creative non-fiction at The New School, and speech communications at Westchester Community College.
  • You also might know me from my 2011 blog rant about tiger moms, which went viral: Parents Like Amy Chua are the reason Asian Americans like me are in therapy.
  • See my LinkedIn profile  for my outstanding teaching awards and other career stuff. (I’m also a former board member of the Museum of Chinese in America and New York State’s Board of Acupuncture.)
  • Click here to read: How writing saved my life.

What’s new: 2017 was a big year for me. My only child graduated from college. Last year, I also became a certified professional coach, working with clients on many issues: writing, career issues, family matters, personal relationships, weight loss, childhood trauma and more. All coaching involves storytelling by my clients; they get comfortable talking about themselves in supportive, dynamic ways.

What’s now: I’ve found my purpose! I am here to help people who want to find their stories and share their stories so that they can be their true selves. As for my personal life, I’m now an empty-nesting mom based in the New York City suburbs (Westchester County, N.Y.). My home includes two cats and a rescue pit bull. In my spare time, I love to travel and paint.


Here are the short bios about me

In one paragraph: 

Betty Ming Liu is a multi-talented coach, professor, former journalist and consultant who specializes in storytelling, communication, writing skills. She is the proud mom of a 20-something daughter and lives in Westchester County, N.Y. with her rescue pit bull and two cats. Subscribe to her blog, at https://bettymingliu.com.

Or, for an even shorter bio:  

Betty Ming Liu is a personal coach, professor and former journalist who lives in Westchester County, N.Y. 


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