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 John and Narelle Canaan

John and Narelle Canaan facilitate “Sending the Right Message” relationships seminars, workshops and life coaching.

John got his start in the field of relationships by writing music about relationships as a college student at BYU.  

During his college years, John also realized that he possessed a gift for relationships coaching. Even his ex-girlfriends would come to him for advice.  Dr. Elmer Knowles, seeing John’s gifts, invited him to do be a guest lecturer in many of his classes.  


Meanwhile, as time went on, John’s relationships music was gathering momentum. “What If I Loved You” (one of John’s original songs) became the #1 song throughout the Utah & Idaho area in the early 80’s. “You’re Not Alone”, another recording of John’s (written by Michael McLean) became an international success and was sent out to millions by the LDS church.  During John’s music days he also played warm up for Kenny Loggins, the Pointer Sisters and did many TV & radio interviews.

Realizing, however, that his real love continued to be teaching relationships principles, John eventually focused on workshops and coaching over singing and recording.

John’s experience as a Life Coach started with Dr. Dennis Waitley’s “Winning For Life” team in Salt Lake City. He has also presented with Dr. John Gray (“Men Are From Mars & Women From Venus”) and Dr. John Lund (“How to Hug a Porcupine”). John started “Sending The Right Message” relationships training in 1997.

John met Narelle at one of his workshops in 2005.  Narelle was born and raised in Australia, moved to Utah in 1985 and became a U.S. citizen. She loves both countries & is proud to be an Australian/American! After serving his church for 2 years in Australia as a young man, John often mused on how fun it might be to marry an Australian.  (Wow!  Mission accomplished.)  

John describes his marriage to Narelle as God’s 2nd chance for him to get it right and considers Narelle to be a “bouquet of flowers” (as a friend of his put it), right from heaven.  John and Narelle often tell people that “every day is like Christmas” for them, despite the typical challenges of this life (as if any of our challenges are “typical”!). “It is 
possible,” Narelle says “to wake up every day, in love! - not just with your husband- but just in love- and with gratitude about everything!”

“It isn’t just Narelle herself that is the cause of my 
happiness,” John says.  “I feel like I have finally got my arms more fully around principles and practices (the stuff I’ve been teaching all these years) that lead to what I like to think of as my own personal “It’s a Wonderful Life.”.

The “Sending the Right Message” training organization is based on “The 9 Agreements” - 9 powerful and life changing ways of looking at your relationships for singles, couples, families or businesses.  

One participant describes their 2-day training like this:  "Sending the Right Message two-day workshop was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. I’ve spent years in educational training on communication (including a Masters degree) and years in therapy. The two-day workshop superseded both of these experiences. It provided me with the practical tools I’ve been looking for personally and professionally. It also gave me the precious opportunity to acknowledge--and then let go--of pain that I had been carrying for years! I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone! I can't wait to do it again!" - Bridget Reynolds Sheffer, MA, 
Ph.D. candidate

John and Narelle have both experienced the heartache of divorce and because of this have a tremendous passion 
for helping couples heal their relationships.  They also love assisting singles in letting go of their fears and opening themselves to possibilities.

John and Narelle are the parents of a blended family of 10 children and live high in the hills of Suncrest, Draper Utah (6500 ft.) where they love the feeling of clean air and sunshine even when there’s an inversion in the valley.  “It’s a symbol to 
us,” John says “that the real world- the one above our stories and patterns and drama, is pure and blue and beautiful.”  

"Consider the Lilies", written by Roger Hoffman

"You're Not Alone," written by Michael McLean