Bringing in about $100 million in sales per year, Gillian Oxley is considered one of Toronto’s high-powered execs. When asked how she became so successful, the top realtor doesn’t hesitate to credit her psychic, Colette Baron-Reid.
Oxley calls Baron-Reid “her secret weapon.” She’s been consulting with Baron-Reid since 1997. Once a month like clockwork, Oxley has a phone reading with the psychic. They discuss everything, including client pitches, business opportunities, and her personal life.
Baron-Reid charges $800 for a one-hour session and up to $10,000 for a whole day. She calls herself an ‘intuitive counselor.’ “Colette provides me with insight into myself and the people I’m up against, and that’s definitely a strategic edge,” says Oxley.”
Baron-Reid is at the top of her (somewhat obscure) profession and her clients consist of many top executives in various fields. Higher-ups in the entertainment, energy and real estate industries seek her advice.
None of them hesitate to pay her price because they feel she’s worth every penny. Brian Grazer, the co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, has written about the psychic in his book. The book is called ‘A Curious Mind,’ and is about leaders in several different fields.
It’s no secret that some of the most successful professionals have employed advisers throughout their careers. These range from personal trainers, leadership coaches, investment advisers, to religious leaders.
However, professionals including psychics- also known as spiritual advisers and intuitive counselors- are a lesser-known resource. Deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a Zen master who served as his corporate spiritual leader.
Astrologer Robert Ohotto says, “I think people would be astounded at the number of entrepreneurs that consult people like me. Any entrepreneur that’s been hugely successful either has a very well-developed intuition of their own or consults people who do.” Ohotto’s clients include high-level Google executives.
More And More People Are Discovering The Power Of Psychics
Even though fake scamming psychics give real psychics a bad name, the psychic services business is booming. From 2009 to 2014, the field grew 2.2% and IBIS World research expects it to rise another 3% in the next four years. Palmistry, numerology, mediumship, and astrology are part of the $1.9 billion industry.
The economic recession that began in 2008 caused many Wall Street executives to employ the services of psychics, yet not many of them are willing to talk about it publicly. Ohotto says that’s because “there’s still a strong negative public stigma surrounding psychics and astrologers.
Some of this is warranted since there are many frauds or those who represent the intuitive arts in ways that are ‘woo-woo’ and off-putting. For an executive to admit they consult a psychic opens them up to being judged as ‘woo-woo’ themselves.”
Just as doctors and counselors don’t name their clients, neither do most psychics. ‘Financial psychic’ Laura Day is no exception. She does share that many corporate leaders spend as much as $10,000 every month on psychic services, though.
She has a non-disclosure agreement with her clients to protect their identities. However, in a 2008 Newsweek article, one of her clients, the director of software for Seagate Technology, made a public statement about her. They said, “anybody who can afford her will get 100 times their money’s worth.”
Day states she foresaw the 2008 financial crisis and warned her Wall Street clients to leave the market an entire year in advance. Clients who avoided financial ruin in the stock market thanks to her nicknamed her ‘The Psychic of Wall Street.’
Day Has A Specific Method To Her Madness
“What I do actually works best if I know nothing, so I don’t look at the market,” she told The Telegraph. “I’m a complete information desert. I just get a sense of the right thing to do.
I’ll say, ‘I understand you’re buying everything in China, but gosh I would hold off,’ and then they figure out why. I let the words come out of my mouth and even though I may have no idea what I’m talking about, my clients know what to do.”
Day’s clients ask her for insight and predictions for various purposes depending on their industry. For example, she’s been asked if a movie script should be rewritten, what the weaknesses of a new ready-to-launch technological device are, and whether or not a drug will do well in clinical trials.
“When I’m working with a company, I’m working with the top leaders in the industry,” says Day. The psychic has worked with at least four Fortune 500 companies in her career.
A lot of Ohotto’s business comes to him in the form of clients who are ‘stuck’ in their careers. They’re looking for advice on how to bring them back up in their field or refresh their business. He also counsels those in the technology field about when the best time to launch their product is.
Hollywood producers come to him wanting to know the best way to format a TV show in the works. Ohotto considers what he does as applying his gift to turn an entrepreneur’s risk from “reckless” to “intuitive.” He does this by guiding them on optimal timing and strategy.
“If you don’t take that intuitive risk, you’re not going to be the next Apple, Microsoft, or Whole Foods. You’ll be behind the curve. Intuition is key,” he says.
Sadly, Psychics Don’t Always Receive Accurate Information
However, as authentic psychics should, they admit there’ve been times when their insight’s been wrong. Baron-Reid remembers when her intuition failed her and traumatized a client. The client consulted her about a factory sale, and Baron-Reid foresaw a specific company purchasing it.
Unfortunately, the deal fell through, leaving her client devastated. “Listen, shit happens. You’re going to be wrong once in a while- you’re human,” says Baron-Reid.
However, in Oxley’s experience, Baron-Reid’s insight’s always been spot-on. The two first met in 1997 at a music producer’s home office for a reading. At the time, Oxley was working for Ogilvy Public Relations and taking screenwriting classes at UCLA.
Baron-Reid told her she foresaw Oxley with her own company and advised her to start her own business. “I learned I shouldn’t argue with a clairvoyant,” says Oxley. “Colette said, ‘You’re going to start a PR firm.’ I told her, ‘I absolutely will not.”
She continued working with Ogilvy. However, starting her own PR firm eventually became “inevitable.” She’d developed an extensive network of clients and it just didn’t make sense not to go for it.
She ran her PR firm successfully for several years but then another reading with Baron-Reid changed her life. This time, the psychic told her she saw real estate in her future. In 2010 Oxley made the switch into that field and is now at the top of the real estate game.
The high-powered exec credits her successful business to her monthly readings with Baron-Reid. “I’m a pretty driven person, so I think no matter what I did in my life, I would be successful,” she says.
“But Colette tells you where you’re going. That’s what gives her the edge, and this is a huge asset to any business leader. She’s most definitely helped my business thrive.”