MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction)
Queens University of Charlotte, 2012

BA (Communication / Sociology)
University of South Africa, 1996


NLP-certified Master Practitioner & Life Coach
South Africa and California (2001 / 2004)

Walk of life

An exciting and diverse career in the advertising, entertainment, film, and TV sectors of the communication industry inspired my belief in the power of effective communication and the magic of creative expression. As a personal coach, I’m honored to work with people who want to improve their lives by learning new skills.


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I come from a long line of storytellers. Growing up on a farm in Africa during the sixties, spinning a yarn was a way of socializing. Thanks to this influence, I excelled at literature throughout my school career. My love of writing not only came from reading a plethora of books, but also from acting out my fantasies with a cast of make-believe friends.



Belinda Nicoll is a multi-skilled professional with a creative portfolio in marketing content, nonfiction and fiction. As a published author, NLP-certified life coach, and skilled copywriter, she possesses excellent communication and people skills. Whether working on her own publications, critiquing creative manuscripts, or producing content for corporate clients, Belinda applies her aptitude for research, passion for language, and knowledge of sensory-based communication to craft compelling stories and convincing messages that create rapport between diverse audiences, motivate behavior, shape attitudes, and bring about transformation.

Originally from South Africa, she moved to the U.S. in 2001 and has been a citizen since 2010. She is the author of Out of Sync, a memoir about expatriation that explores how globalization impacts relationships—having experienced how quickly adventure and excitement can devolve into chaos and despair, her story also demonstrates that change, however merciless, is always the most profound catalyst for personal development.

As a world traveler with a keen interest in cultural diversity, Belinda brings a strong international perspective to her coaching and writing. Her and her husband’s journeys and careers have taken them through large parts of Southern Africa, the USA, Europe, Ireland, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico, and to exotic islands such as Hawaii, Mauritius, Phuket, The Comores, St. Thomas, St. John, and Gran Canaria.