Kate James is a life, business and leadership coach
Kate is a life, business and leadership coach, author, mindfulness teacher and speaker. She founded Total Balance in early 2002.
Who Kate works with
Kate works with clients from all walks of life. She has helped artists, lawyers, yoga teachers, entrepreneurs, spiritual healers, CEOs and stay-at-home-mums. You can read about her typical client here.
Corporate clients include The Body Shop, University of Melbourne, Freehills, Middletons, Mallesons, Bolle, IBM, Aviva, Coles Myer, CSIRO, Macquarie Bank, ANZ, Clemenger, Ogilvy, Department of Transport, Department of Sustainability & Environment and Brotherhood of St Laurence (amongst many others).
Her life coaching style is insightful and practical
Kate is a low-key kind of coach. She’ll help you feel motivated but not in a high-fiving ‘ra-ra’ kind of way. Her approach is often described by clients as intuitive, practical and sometimes even spiritual. She draws on philosophies from mindfulness, positive psychology, ACT, creativity and neuropsychology. Some of the authors she enjoys are noted here.ENQUIRE NOW »
How Kate helps her clients
Kate believes that everyone has a unique set of gifts. She will work with you to discover your personal strengths, to identify your values and to define your version of a meaningful life. She is passionate about teaching people to live more mindfully – when you’re grounded, calm and self-aware, it’s easier to connect with your sense of purpose. For details about how Kate has helped other clients read of a few case studies here.
In her personal life
A few years ago, Kate and her husband made a tree change to a small acreage on the Mornington Peninsula where they’re working to live more sustainably. When she’s not working, Kate spends her spare time meditating, walking the local bush tracks, practising yoga, gardening, paddle boarding, reading and with her adult daughters and grandchildren, Oscar and Milla.
Kate’s top personal values are inner harmony, kindness and generosity, family happiness, creativity, simplicity and connection.
As well as caring for the natural environment and supporting organisations that value diversity and inclusion, Kate contributes time and a percentage of income to a range of not-for-profits that focus on the wellbeing of women and children. Read more about current causes here.
- Coaching: life coaching, career coaching, business coaching and leadership coaching.
- Mindfulness workshops: Kate began teaching meditation and mindfulness workshops in 2002. Her corporate keynotes include Five Principles of Mindful Living; Three Pillars of Resilience and Introduction to Mindfulness.
- Free meditations: Kate’s guided meditations have been listened to over four million times on the world’s leading meditation app, Insight Timer.
- Ten-day course: Build Self-Belief through Mindful Action is available on Insight Timer.
- Writing: Kate is the author of six best-selling personal development books. Her latest book is Change Your Thinking to Change Your Life and the US edition of Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life is out now.
In the press
Kate is often invited to speak in the press, on radio, on tv and for business about mindfulness, meditation, how to live a purposeful life and creating balance in life. You’ll find some examples of press here.
You can listen to Kate’s meditations online
Kate teaches a mainstream form of meditation and mindfulness to corporate and private groups and she is one of the meditation teachers on the incredibly popular Insight Timer meditation app, home to over 18 million meditators around the world. Kate has had a daily meditation practice for the past 30 years.
In 2014 Kate fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing her first book, Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love. Since then, she has written several other titles including Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life, Change How You Think and Be Happier Now and Create Calm To date, over 130,000 copies have been sold and in 2017, two of her books were listed in the top-ten best-selling personal development books for the year. Believe in Yourself was released for sale in the United States and Be Mindful will be released in the US early in 2021.
Her latest title, Change Your Thinking to Change Your Life was released in January 2021.
Kate has gathered more than 8,000 hours of career, business, leadership and personal coaching experience and many hours of meditation teaching over the past 19 years. She was one of the first Australian coaches to achieve PCC accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2005 and one of the early teachers of ‘mainstream’ meditation in Melbourne.
What people say
Read what people say about Kate and her work here.
‘I first met with Kate when I was at a real career crossroads. Kate helped me to nut out my values and aspirations, recognise my natural talents and then identify opportunities and pathways for me to put that all together so that I could actually make stuff happen. I love the way that Kate was able to calmly and pragmatically break things down to the basics. Put simply, working with Kate helped me to get clear – which has been nothing short of life changing.’ Leanne Clancey, Food & Travel Writer
‘I absolutely adore Kate. She is a highly skilled, generous and enormously gifted business coach, especially for those who don’t traditionally consider themselves “business people”. I discovered her through sheer luck (thanks Google), and I remain sincerely grateful for the counsel she offered me back in 2010 when I was first fleshing out the bones for what would become Big Hearted Business. Thanks Kate!’
‘Like many small businesses, our growth was rapid and exciting. Working with Kate as our business coach enabled us to put much-needed systems and processes in place to effectively streamline and manage our business. Kate worked with us to clarify our business focus and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. Sometimes I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, but Kate had a knack for giving things clarity and putting things into perspective in a succinct and professional way. Meeting with Kate was always an enjoyable experience and we hope to continue our relationship with her as we take the business to another level.’
Reading Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life was like a meditation. Written in Kate’s signature style, there is no judgement; no exhortations that you MUST do this or that. Rather, it is an invitation to make room for mindfulness in your life backed by generous tips for how to do just that. For anyone who is finding life a bit too overwhelming at the moment, this book will centre you, inspire you and equip you to make room in your life for less ‘doing’ and more ‘being’. Kelly Exeter, Editor of flyingsolo.com.au and author of Your Best Year Ever
Kate’s words in Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life so perfectly capture what every creative entrepreneur needs to hear, all packaged up in a beautiful keepsake to treasure. Her words are authentic, honest and advice the kind I keep referring back to again and again. An absolute must read. Jaclyn Carlson, Blog Society
Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life is a beautiful and very practical book. It will open your heart and your life in unexpected ways. Jono Fisher, Founder of the Wake Up Project and Mindful Leadership Forum
Still have questions?
If you still have questions about the way that Kate works, or about coaching in general, you might find the answers on our frequently asked questions page.