Dave Papenmeier, life coach of Your Next Perfect Step at a business workshop.

Hey there, I’m Dave.

Life Coach & Public Speaker

Choosing the right life coach is a personal journey, and my diverse corporate career has prepared me to be your ideal guide. I’ve transitioned from roles as a systems engineer, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner, and program manager to my passion for life coaching. Through this transformation, I’ve honed my skills to empower individuals and teams, helping them unlock their full potential. I specialize in CliftonStrengths and Positive Intelligence, and my certifications include Strengths Champion coach and CoreClarity facilitator. My journey, grounded in the highest coaching standards of the International Coaching Federation ensures you’ll benefit from a structured, results-driven approach. With academic degrees in engineering and theology, I bring a unique blend of expertise to your journey of personal and professional growth.

Diverse Corporate Journey

In my corporate career, I’ve walked a diverse path, donning many hats along the way. I’ve been a systems engineer, personnel manager, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner, and program manager. Throughout, I’ve been on a mission to help individuals transform themselves and foster positive cultural change within their workplaces.

Leadership in Program Management

My role as a program manager entailed overseeing the successful execution of multi-million-dollar initiatives. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner, I’ve guided teams through process improvement endeavors and mentored new practitioners as a certified Lead Green Belt facilitator.

Empowering through Coaching

My corporate journey armed me with valuable skills that I now employ as a life coach, empowering people to reach their full potential. My approach is grounded in the CliftonStrengths and Positive Intelligence frameworks, which serve as the bedrock of my coaching practice. I’m proud to hold the title of a certified Strengths Champion coach, a CoreClarity certified facilitator, and I’m currently pursuing my PCCI Life Coach certification.

Compliance with ICF Standards

I adhere to the highest coaching standards, aligning with the Gold Standard of coaching, the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I’ve dedicated over 60 hours to a rigorous coaching methodology program from an ICF accredited provider, the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI). This ensures that my clients benefit from a coach well-versed in the finest structured coaching approach, delivering exceptional results.

Academic Accomplishments

In addition to my coaching qualifications, I hold several academic degrees. These include an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Technology, also from Purdue University, a Certificate of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

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Where Growth and Faith Meet with a Smile

At the heart of my coaching philosophy, I hold dear my top two values that shape my approach: humor and a Christian perspective. I believe that personal and professional growth should be an enjoyable journey, and humor can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Additionally, my Christian faith guides my coaching, emphasizing compassion, understanding, and a holistic approach to life. If you're looking to embark on a path of growth that's both enriching and enjoyable, I'm here to help you make progress while sharing a few laughs along the way.

Jennifer Smith

Five Star rating.

Dave is a wonderful coach and mentor. His strengths based approach is helpful and provides value for people who have never received coaching, people that have had a lot of coaching and those that do coaching themselves. He is always thoughtful and kind in his delivery even if it isn’t something you want to hear. Highly recommend.

Shonna Baxter

Five Star rating.

I’m so thankful that I met Dave two years ago. He’s been my life coach and I can’t even begin to say how thankful I am for him in my life. He has helped me see things that I wouldn’t have normally seen and I have gone through a lot of things in a short amount of time and just knowing been praying over me is something that I find extremely valuable I have definitely made not only a LifeCoach, but he is definitely a dear friend of mine. I have been truly blessed and I continue to look forward to carrying out this journey with Dave in my life. I think everyone should have a life coach, but not just any life coach a man of God that follows the leading of the Holy Spirit in my opinion is priceless.

Arend Estes

Five Star rating.

Dave of Your Next Perfect Step has been my life coach since mid 2022. Dave has helped me understand my strengths and use them to my advantage. He finds the areas that I need help with most and guides me to form structured plans and resolutions. I would recommend Your Next Prefect Step to anyone trying to better themselves. Thanks Dave!!

Gary at First Out Roofing

Five Star rating.

Dave is very sincere and honest of how he can help you as a person be successful.

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One-On-One Coaching

  • CliftonStrengths
  • Independent Coaching

Coaching means different things to different people. At Your Next PERFECT Step, I follow the standards of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), “The Gold Standard of Professional Coaching.”

What this means to our clients is that they are guaranteed the highest ethical standards to cultivate their trust, listen to them actively, and develop action steps that facilitate their growth. I understand the ICF standards because I have been trained and practiced through 60+ hours at an ICF accredited provider Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI).

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This coaching can be centered around the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment or not, based upon the preference of the client. With over 30 million assessments now completed worldwide, the CliftonStrengths assessment is one of the most powerful personal inventory tools in use today. It builds on the positive psychology theory that we perform at our peak levels when we focus on what we are best at. Our coaching utilizes many CliftonStrengths tools and is built on two different certifications. Our clients benefit from our expertise with CliftonStrengths to create a future that is energized by their strengths!

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Group Coaching

  • Teams
  • Positive Intelligence Pods
  • Workshops
  • Relationships
  • CliftonStrengths

I work with teams of all sizes in all environments, from corporations to non-profits and volunteer organizations to leverage each other’s strengths, develop leadership, and help resolve conflict. There are many options available to best serve our clients.

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Do you know people who are negative that are always stealing the joy in the room? Through the Positive Intelligence program I offer, I help negative people create a positive response in every situation, bringing joy to the room. In fact, hundreds of scientific studies of more than a quarter of a million people concluded that higher positive intelligence leads to higher salary as well as greater success in marriage, health, friendship, and creativity.

Your Next PERFECT Step offers several types of workshops to either intact teams or groups of individuals. As a CoreClarity certified facilitator, I offer two highly tailored CoreClarity workshops. The Personal Discovery workshop will develop a foundational understanding of CliftonStrengths talent themes and how the unique combination of talents affects motivation, relationships, decision-making, and more. Through tailored exercises and discussion, we highlight what each person brings to the table and explore steps to continue the development of their talents. The Team Dynamic workshop applies the foundational concepts and common language from Personal Discovery to your team’s development, interactions, and outcomes. In this highly interactive workshop, I focus on communication, conflict, and collaboration based on your group’s unique talents, challenges, and goals. I can also customize workshops to my clients’ specific needs and can create the PERFECT workshops for you, from half day to entire week in length.

All meaningful relationships thrive when each partner is operating from the strength zone. I work with all kinds of partners, whether spouses & significant others, boss / subordinate or work colleagues, friends or parents & adult children. Understanding the different perspectives of each person and how those are influenced by their strengths and experiences allows them to celebrate their individual uniqueness.

Gallup research shows that 70% of US employees are disengaged at work and only 18% of employees trust their boss to tell the truth. According to “First, Break All the Rules, “people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are 6X as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than 3X as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.” Using CliftonStrengths helps groups of all types be more effective. I strive to help my clients gain this benefit.

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Speaking Engagements

  • Keynotes
  • Presentations
  • Seminars

While coaching is often referred to as the “guide by your side,” as a speaker, I am your “sage on the stage!”

Bringing energy, humor, and passion to my presentations, I always deliver powerful messages designed to engage and equip your audience to achieve more.

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I help event organizers and leaders get their message across to their audiences and teams!

My most requested topics are:

  • Personal Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Conflict Management/Resolution
  • Process Improvement

These topics generally include powerful stories and interactive activities, drawing on CliftonStrengths, Positive Intelligence or my extensive business background.

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Additional Resources

Click links below for additinal resources.

What is CliftonStrengths?

Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment

What is Positive Intelligence?

Positive Intelligence Assessment

NOTE: You can discover more about the assessment by reading each of the pages from the Positive Intelligence home page to the assessment link by going Saboteurs / Discover Your Saboteurs / Next.