Lisa K. McDonald - Your Career Success Coach


How it began...

I founded Career Polish after I had a revelation stemming from a personal ethical conflict in my last 'Corporate America' job. Long story short - I was recruiting people for a job I wouldn't do myself. I began giving candidates tips on their resumes and interviewing techniques and they landed other positions. I loved it! 

That was my revelation! I left that position and never looked back. Since then I have helped thousands of professionals move up in their career, become rock star leaders, and transform into amazing presenters/speakers. 


Communication is power

I am a life-long student of  communication. After founding Career Polish and working with individuals  on resumes, LinkedIn and interviewing, I had another revelation:  communication is interwoven in how we speak, move and the words we  chose. With an insatiable curiosity, I dove into the study of body  language and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and found the ties that bind all messaging together and help my clients become more powerful and in control of their career and businesses.. I trained, became certified, and continue  to grow in order to bring my unique differentials to my clients:


Bringing out your inner rock star

- I intuitively hear what you are not saying, allowing me to help you break through barriers.  

- I recognize and understand the different written conversations between  resumes and LinkedIn as a Certified Social Brand Analyst. 

-  I integrate body language and NLP training, tools, and techniques into  comprehensive communication training and strategy that helps my clients  improve their leadership effectiveness, presentations, public speaking,  networking, influence, sales persuasion, interviewing and business  relationships....

Lisa K. McDonald is "The Business Language Guru ™"

The only career professional trained and/or certified in master resume writing, NLP & body language.

 "The Business Language Guru The language of business spans  written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. It is the words you  chose, how you translate these words, how you listen and interact with  others, and how your body supports or contradicts your message.  This is  where my training and passion for communication integrate into personal  branding and message mastery have earned me the moniker of "The Business Language Guru ™" who helps my clients rock their careers.

A few more things to know about me

My Philosophy

It is very simple: tell my  clients what they need to hear while providing the right tools and the  knowledge of how to effectively use these tools to empower them to  succeed based on their definition of success.

As a Coach & Partner

What you should know about me before we begin - I am a positive person, in almost all situations, I am non-judgmental, communicate in a direct - and sometimes blunt - manner, absolutely support my clients as a partner and have a penchant for effervescent witticism.

Select Engagements

To be transparent, I do not accept  every client.  Some do not need me and some are not ready to take full  advantage of the services offered.  This is why I offer a free initial  consultation, to take the time to review where you are, hear where you  want to go, offer suggestions and together determine if we should move  forward together. 

Articles & Publications

I have been featured or included:  Forbes,, The Huffington Post Women, The  Grindstone, The Indianapolis Star,,, Good Morning  Indiana and The Indianapolis Business Journal (

Speaking & Workshops

I have the pleasure to speak to and  facilitate workshops for a wide range of organizations including  National Association of Resume Writers National Convention, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, National Association of Insurance and  Financial Advisors, Inc., National Association of Women Business Owners,  Social Media Dames Unconference, as well as numerous  college/universities; corporate organizations, sales teams,  executive/management teams, and service organizations.

Prior to Career Polish

I  spent nearly a decade in the financial industry responsible for and  trained in management, leadership, recruiting, coaching, development and  compliance for Fortune 500 and small companies including Merrill Lynch,  Prudential and McDonald Investments/Key Bank. I held several series and  licenses including 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, 26, Life & Health and Property  & Casualty.

On the personal side...

My  direct approach is a result of an amazing father, raising boys and  Chief (he is my better half). You might hear one of our pups in the  background, they are the official office dogs.  I am a huge fan of  baseball, chocolate, wine, shoes and inspirational quotes. In fact, if  you connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter, you will see a  post from me every workday of a positive thought or inspirational quote.  I take my health very seriously. This means being at the gym every  morning with Chief for my physical health and exploring nature for my  mental health. I am fortunate to be a part of impactful and amazing  organizations that support, encourage and empower women, cancer  survivors, military and business professionals.

I wish you much success in your endeavors!


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