Roger Burnley, singing and empowerment coach, joins SPC host David Delmar to share how he helps people be confident as singers and as professionals. In this episode, Roger shares how he quickly pinpoints what’s blocking advancement in life for his clients. The author of Overcoming Fear… A Guide To Freedom, Roger shares a powerful tip for starting your day a particular way as a simple tool to transform your life from the inside out. He also shares how in his life he developed the empowerment mindset that he is helping change lives with today through his online programs and speaking. Tune in to hear more about how you can become empowered and sing be confident be you.
Hello. This is David Delmar, your host of SuperPower Creatives and you’re listening to our episode, Sing, Be Confident, Be You. I believe everyone is a creator, and it’s this inherent birthright that’s the source of our super powers. Stepping into this person authority is scary, though. This show celebrates creatives to stay true to who they really are, making a living using their creative superpowers. The stories they share will excite and inspire listeners to do the same, making positive change in the world.
I’m truly filled with joy to welcome our guest for today’s show. He’s such an exceptional person with vast knowledge and experiences, someone coaching people to improve their life and their singing. I really feel the audience is gonna receive a great amount of value that’s gonna benefit and improve their lives and their singing. Roger always over delivers, so you can expect that today.
Well, as we speak, Roger Burnley has been a coach for more than 33 years. His career started as a life counselor, then choosing to leave that arena early feeling he needed to know and experience more to add value and truly excel his work. Always putting the client first, he wanted to be prepared knowing what he was offering was helpful, meaningful to others. Roger always knew he was a teacher at heart, but he had to begin with something he had experience with, so he pursued his love of performing and singing, which led to coaching singing and performance. He knew that the experience he gained from years of working with thousands of artists would well prepare him for any kind of field. In the meantime, his own life had many ups and downs. He was able to traverse all of them. He often says he experienced an inordinate amount of hardships and difficulties for the express purpose of bringing his tools and techniques for overcoming them to others.
Years ago, Roger began his empowerment life coaching practice. His goal is to guide others to find ways to move beyond any difficulties and experience to have that freedom he found in his life to be fully living it. To fulfill his dream he created an online program overcoming everything, a self-guide to empowerment. During his work he discovered what he knew had held him back, but now could identify this same hindrance with so many of his clients, fear. The book idea was now born and felt to him to be an essential, overcoming fear, a guide to freedom that’s being released in February 2019, which is this month, the time of thing recording, y’all. So you’re gonna get a chance to have that.
Roger has devoted his life to coaching, writing, and speaking and creating products all designed for the empowerment of others. His time is currently consumed with coaching, speaking engagements and developing workshops that are designed to have participants discover what they can achieve and unleash, so their greatest potential. He derives his passion and motivation from witnessing the success of others, for then he knows he is also experiencing that for himself.
Roger, such amazing stuff. Thank you for being here today.
David, thank you so much. I’m thrilled to be here.
Well, I wanna just thank you, also, for your powerful presence you bring to others. I’ve been watching you for a while and it’s really, personally, it’s a joy and a privilege to have you on the show today, and I just seen the way you’ve had created change for my life, but the way you are able to help others to reach breakthroughs and make new discoveries that are changing their lives as well. So thank you for showing up in the world the way you do like that.
Great. Thank you. It was so fascinating listening to my biography there, and I know this show is about confidence, and about singing and art and all of that, and I know that people listening to me think, “Oh. Well, maybe he was born with all of that and he’s just had it.” And I will tell you, that was never the case which I know makes me the best person to talk about all of this.
When you talk about, I wasn’t even, in the beginning, I didn’t know that I wanted to go into singing or music or entertaining or any of that, and I tell the story. When I was 12 years old and in grade school we were getting ready for our graduation, and we were singing. And so, one of the teachers discovered that I could sing. I didn’t know that. It wasn’t something that I was figuring that I was going to do or want to do in life.
Yeah. So it was just accidental that I said, “Oh, I guess I can do that. So let’s just have fun with it.” It was just about having fun with it. I loved singing and I thought there’s something here for me. But at the same time, I was terrified. I was terrified always. And then, when I went into high school I started forming these horrible ideas about myself, because one of my instructors said, “Oh, we don’t think your voice is quite good enough for the choir we wanna put you in.” And so, when you hear those things you start to embed them. You start to incorporate them into who you are, and that’s what I lived with, and so I was always second guessing myself. But for some reason, I kept going. I didn’t know what it was or why I was doing it, but I knew that I had. And it’s only made sense later on in my life, and I know that’s why I’m doing the work that I do.
Well, I mean, that’s such a unique way to hear about someone. There’s so many people that wanna know how to sing and are able to learn from you, and it’s, you’re like the accidental singer that has made this amazing career out of it, which I think is so profound and a really, really cool story that I did not know. I think that others will find that pretty interesting.
Well, let me ask this, Roger. What is your creative superpower?
My creative superpower is being able to work with a client and really being able to immediately pinpoint what’s getting in the way of them achieving whatever success they wanna have in their life, whether it is in their career in terms of music, or singing or performing, or their career in their life or whatever else they might be doing. Because I took so many different route in my life, in terms of figuring out where I wanted to go, it gave me this incredible ability to be able to see that immediately in other people.
When I work with someone, what I’m always doing, I don’t care what the element or what the particular area I might be working on with someone, it’s like, “What is the goal? Where are you trying to go?” So that’s what we figure out first. And a lot of times people don’t know what that is, as I didn’t for a long time, and there may be many different reasons for that. Maybe you think you don’t, you’re not capable. You don’t have the talent or the ability, that you can’t do it. Whatever it might be, those things might be in the way. Or a lot of times, I was just doing a talk last night about this, a lot of times people are going after things that they really don’t want to do, and maybe they’re doing that because they think they have to, or their family told them, or the obligations that they think they have or whatever it is.
But regardless, it’s about figuring out what is it that is about this person that makes them valuable? And I say that because I start with the premise that every single person is valuable. They were born with purpose and intention. They just, most times, have not figured out what that is. And a lot of times, I think, when I work with someone, even in my online program, I said we start off with purpose. And it’s surprising how many times people don’t feel that they have a purpose. They don’t feel important in their lives, and so they’re not really going for anything. And I’m here to tell you that everybody has that. When we start to uncover what’s been going on with them throughout their lives, we find that purpose. It was the same whether it was working with someone with singing.
And David, it’s fascinating when we start with the singing. I have this thing that I’ve used forever. People wanna question me on it, where I think anyone can learn to sing. That’s been my deal.
Yes, it has.
Yeah. And I just know that that’s absolutely true. But I think that same thing about people moving forward, in terms of creating what they want in their lives as well. It’s just about understanding what that is, recognizing it and acknowledging the obstacles, the challenges or that blockages that might be there. But then, devising a way to move over those things to start to move toward that goal, and then developing a plan where people can see, “Okay, this is where I’m going. These are the steps that I’m taking.” It makes it a lot less scary.
Well, and, I mean, it’s such a profound thing for someone who has that hunger for something that they are driving for, and just having not that clear destination is such a challenging thing. And to be able to quickly pinpoint, like you say, how that’s looking from your point of perspective for the person that they can start to see it in a way where they can have that clarity and those breakthroughs to start to have the confidence to really go after what they want, as opposed to what somebody else is subconsciously, maybe, telling them. I mean, that just, I can relate to that so much.
Well, I mean, I wanna get into that definitely a little bit more here, because this is amazing stuff. We’re gonna take a quick break. But I wanna stay with you, Roger, on this and what you’re sharing for the listeners to help them to find that breakthrough in their life for them to feel an empowerment, strictly from just even hearing what it is you’re sharing today. But before we do jump into the break, let’s tell people where they can go to find out more about you.
They go to my website. It’s RogerBurnley.com.
Ah, truly, truly awesome.
All right. So we’ve been talking with Roger Burnley today about our episode, Sing, Be Confident, Be You. We’re gonna take a quick break, and when we come back we’re gonna continue with Roger and absorb what he’s sharing about empowerment and how you can have more of that in your life and career.