Liz Pryor, an author and single mother of three from Studio City, Calif., was named the “Dear GMA” Advice Guru.
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Fran Harris from Dallas, Texas, is a finalist in the Dear GMA Advice Guru Contest. Read her application below!


Fran Harris (courtesy WNBA,com)

I’m GMA’s Ultimate Advice Guru because I’ve made my living for the past 10 years as a speaker and life coach helping individuals, families, teams, universities and companies become peak performers and high functioning humans. From couples on the brink of divorce, fighting siblings, corporate back biting, fitness, to simple dating common sense — I’ve honestly done it all — and mostly on TV. …My background is rich and diverse — WNBA & NCAA Champion, fitness expert/trainer, teen sports coach, relationship coach, teambuilding expert, conflict resolutionist, entrepreneur, former Fortune 100 sales executive and avid blogger. I’m natural on camera, bold, sensible and confident in my advice, yet completely in tune with how to keep people engaged while giving them tough medicine. I’m quick and witty, direct in my communication but never disrespectful. And while I’m the one giving the advice, I never lose sight of the fact that it ain’t about me. I am focused and committed to measurable results…. I’m extremely well-versed in the Internet, social media and community building, which means that I know how to create synergy between what we do on-air and the web in a big way — and it goes beyond Twitter & Facebook. Finally, I guarantee that with me as your Advice Guru, we’ll not only have a blast but also plenty of interactive tracking tools to measure my effectiveness, you know, so ABC can be sure that my million dollar salary is well-deserved.

What’s the best advice you have ever given? What was the result?

Don’t make your stuff about the person you’re having the problem with. Our experience — whatever we’re feeling about or towards a situation or person — is about US, not them. This realization changed my life…and has transformed my clients’ lives, marriages, businesses, families and relationships. The common behavior is to blame people for the way we feel. When we can ask ourselves why we’re feeling the way we’re feeling and share from that place, we’ll be better equipped to have healthier relationships with everyone. The result is that I now have more open, transparent relationships with people because I’m not always trying to make them wrong or the fall guy for my insecurities and shortcomings.

“Dear GMA” is the name of the latest game for Harris, as she and 19 other contestants are finalists in the television network’s search for the next advice guru.

The big question is: How is it a basketball player came to pursue a career in television?

The answer is simpler than you’d think.


When the American Basketball League announced in 1995 that they were going to have tryouts in Atlanta, Harris was intrigued, even though she hadn’t played in nearly eight years. But the lack of play didn’t deter Harris from trying out, which was likely for the better as she ultimately wound up being drafted by the Seattle Rain. But right around the time when she was drafted, a friend called to tell Harris not to sign with the ABL because a new league was starting up the WNBA.

Harris began reaching out to agents to situate herself in a league overseas with the hopes of scuffing up the hardwood again before the professional league tipped off. Within one week of finding out the news about the WNBA forming, Harris got word that a team in Switzerland was looking for a guard who was ready to toss up some points. It would stand as the open door to Harris’s return to basketball, and an obvious factor in her being selected by the Houston Comets for the league’s inaugural season in 1997.

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