Openr’s 5 Minutes with Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie

Our latest 5 Minutes with features Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, See what Ronna has been doing with Openr as well as learning a bit about her very interesting...

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie here, “The Relationship Doctor.” I help people in challenging relationships have the conversations that really matter, and learn to love reality while they’re doing that, so they can broaden and optimize their ways of being in the world and create the best relationships of their lives!

2. Where are you from?

I grew up playing in the gigantic computer halls of NASA Ames Research, and I stayed right here in Silicon Valley (Cupertino) California. I was raised by a single mum who was one of the first female programmers ever hired by NASA’s Apollo Program, and I’m still a digital girl through and through. I love technology and all the new doors it opens for clients looking for relationship help, when and where they need it!

3.What gets you up in the morning?

I know what relationship coaching at the powerful intersection of Biblical wisdom and personality science can do for couples! I’ve seen those breakthroughs in my own marriage, and in so many of my clients’ relationships.

4. What’s been keeping you busy lately?

Right now my colleagues at the Bay Area Couples Institute and I are  developing an exciting new professional training, for coaches, counsellors, pastors and others who work with couples that could revolutionize the way practitioners work with couples and their “stuckness.” We are having a lot of fun and many of our peers have been telling us how much they are looking forward to the book and video training coming out next year!

5. What’s your favourite aspect of what you do?

Hmmmm….that’s hard to answer after three decades of being blessed by God with such an interesting career path! However, if forced to choose, I would have to say my favourite moments in coaching and teaching are the moments when I get the honour of witnessing the work of the Spirit in a student or client, shifting some deeply painful perspective or pattern in them and setting them free to respond in new and rewarding ways in the world with others.

6. What do you do in your spare time?

In my “after-work-&-weekend” life, I am an amateur competitive ballroom dancer and a drummer for worship bands! I never used to have hobbies and thought people who did were somewhat shallow, and WOW was I wrong! About 10 years ago I had a stress breakdown due to becoming a workaholic for a few years. Ballroom dancing was a God-send for me after that crash, and I’ve continued building a life outside of work ever since. And I deeply respect and enjoy the “doing life” hours of the day now.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I’ve had so many amazing Sensei’s in my journey, but they all emerge from one source: God. He is inspiration itself for me.  Some of my human favourites are:  1) Richard Rohr, OFM (Franciscan Monk);  Don Riso & Russ Hudson (Founders of the Enneagram Institute);  Marianne Williamson;  Adrianna Huffington;  David Whyte (the poet);  Henry Cloud & John Townsend (Christian Psychologists);  ….I could go on for a very long time.

8. What brand or ad campaign did you wish you’d worked on and why?

What a great question!!! I wished I had worked on the “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” campaign; because the ad itself changed people for the better!

9. What have you been getting up to with Openr, and what’s worked best for you? (or how are you planning on using Openr, if you’re just starting out?)

Openr is a great tool to use in blogging. I almost always reference studies or articles I think might be of interest to my readers, when I blog. Openr gives me a way to help my readers conceptually link the information in the article to ways relationship coaching could benefit them in that particular area of interpersonal life.

10. When it comes to marketing and social media what’s your one tip for the rest of the Openr tribe to get results?

I just started using the technique of ALWAYS pointing everything back to my website; and it’s creating much more activity.   In other words, it’s best to post (to your own site) a blog article with the Openr link in it, THEN post links to your blog article on all your social media sites. That way, readers go to your website first (which Google records and then adjusts your search engine place accordingly) and THEN they head out to the link with the information and Openr “capture” options.

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