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Welcome to ADEPT INTERNATIONAL. Our mission is to improve the quality of peoples lives by delivering the finest and personal development training seminars consulting counseling and performance coaching.
Betty Link

Betty Link, Founder of Adept International, has had over 40 years of experience in the field of counseling, teaching, and public speaking. From her humble beginnings as a Montessori teacher, social activist, and Minister she has had literally thousands of hours as a counselor and teacher helping to make effective changes to improve the lives of countless clients and students.

Betty has trained in Transactional Analysis and studied Jungian, Gestalt, Psycho Drama, as well as many other psychological modalities. Betty is also is a Certified Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Betty retired from her private practice in counseling and training in 2005 and is currently involved in issues of social justice and politics with her long time partner Shawn Holt.

Shawn Holt

Shawn Holt, President and Co-Owner of Adept International maintains a private coaching practice where he helps clients overcome fears, anxieties, phobias, unresourceful feelings and behaviors, overwhelm, indecision and depression. While also helping people that are already successful explore and model even better behaviors to take their performance to the next level, whether it’s personal, business, relationships, or on the sports field.

Helping people find their unique purpose and find fulfillment in life, creating motivation, goal setting, compelling futures, and marriages/partnerships/relationships to thrive, Shawn feels is his highest achievement.


If anyone is uniquely suited to be a compassionate and effective agent of change for others, helping people overcome problems and truly succeed in their lives, then it is certainly Shawn Holt. From infancy throughout early childhood, Shawn suffered from life-threatening illnesses for which he spent much of his time in and out of hospitals.

After surviving those early years, he began to thrive both scholastically and in sports.

Shawn was always near the top of his class in grades, and in sports he was usually the top athlete on the field. He excelled and developed strategies for performance success in Baseball, Football, Basketball, and many other sports. In Junior High, he was awarded the 8th Grade Scholar-Athlete Award winner of El Segundo Junior High.


In High School, Shawn continued his success in the classroom and in sports, graduating with close to a 3.5 grade point average and was a 3 sport Varsity letterman in Baseball, Football and Basketball, including all-league and all area honors in multiple sports. El Segundo High School awarded Shawn for excelling in the classroom and sports as the winner of the Harvey Hazeltine Scholar-Athlete Award his senior year.

He was recruited by several major colleges and ended up choosing to play Baseball on a scholarship at San Diego State University, where he studied Psychology and Business.


While life seemed to be going well for Shawn, unfortunately tragedy struck again. This time instead of physical illnesses, it was emotional issues. Shawn lost all motivation and purpose and faced severe depression and anxiety. Through counseling, studying, going to seminars and reading Shawn began to work his way out of his personal challenges.


Then, Shawn in 1985, Shawn was introduced to the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis by Betty Link, his now wife. Shawn became a Practitioner, Master Practitioner, and in 1995 became a Certified Trainer Associate in NLP.

After further effort and testing, Shawn was honored with the distinction as a fully Nationally Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), certified by Dr. Chris Hall, Ph.d., (Psychology & Linguistics) NLP Meta-Master Trainer, seminal developer and contributor to the field of NLP, co owner and President of the original and most prestigious certifying body, The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Shawn then joined forces with Adept International and Betty Link to much acclaim and success. Shawn also endeavored in additional businesses, including being an integral part of a highly successful international expense reduction business.


Personally, Shawn has been skydiving and has been a student of martial arts, having been awarded his black-belt in Kenpo Karate, in record time by the Martial Arts Training Group. He has also studied Israeli Krav Maga, has had the honor of training with World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Evaldo Lima and was also trained by and awarded his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Hall of Fame Martial Artist/MMA/UFC fighter Royce Gracie.

He lives with his wonderful wife and life partner, Betty Link.


*Volunteer Work - Hospice centers, homeless shelters, and animal rescue shelters.

Shawn Holt has literally spoken to and trained thousands of people both nationally and internationally from such prestigious organizations as: The Boeing Company, Hughes, Xerox, Coca Cola, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Financial, Farmers Insurance, Thermador, RE/MAX, Inova Corporation, Herbalife, and New York Life to name a few.


Known as a “Speaker’s – Speaker,” Shawn’s unique presentations style combined with humor, warmth and dynamic high energy make his keynote presentations and training programs some of the most consistently highly rated corporate and public programs available.


Shawn is highly sought after because of his process and results-oriented approach, has been a frequent guest lecturer for various university MBA and management and leadership programs. He has also been a featured speaker for TASC (Trainers Association of Southern California), and PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association). and ASTD (American Society for Training and Development).


As a nationally recognized Certified Trainer in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Shawn always brings the latest, in cutting edge research for thinking, learning, communication, motivation, and change strategies for making peoples lives better both professionally and personally, whether its through one-on-one consulting, public trainings, corporate trainings, or speaking events.


Shawn had the honor of being Co-Keynote Speaker along with Dr. Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) in front of 2,000 people at the prestigious PIHRA Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Shawn was also The Boeing Company’s Keynote Speaker at their annual conference which drew a standing ovation. Shawn has also been a guest on several TV shows and was previous ongoing host of the TV program, Long Beach Business Today.

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