One of My Favorite Things! Heart of Coaching Giveaway


Heart of Coaching GiveawayThis is one of my truly favorite things! The Heart of Coaching Giveaway event starts today!

This is something special.

It’s especially for coaches, healers, facilitators, change makers… people like you who are in the business of helping others take leaps, develop powerful skills, claim their gifts, step into courage, become more resilient, experience greater success, live on purpose and honor core values – because of you! WOW – that creates ripples!

And you know how passionate I am about helping you to create Big Ripples!

A whole group of us have come together to share some amazing gifts with YOU to help you continue to do the amazing work you do.

You can go get your special gifts for coaches now! or keep reading…

Garry Schleifer of choice Magazine and Marcy Nelson-Garrison from the Coaching Toys Store have hand-selected an amazing group of industry leaders to bring their best content, wisdom and expertise to celebrate and support your great work.

I am honored and excited to be a part of The Heart of Coaching Giveaway and I’m blown away by the generosity of the people in this group. I participated last year and there were several things that I still use to this day!

They wouldn’t let us offer just something we had in our closet of free gifts. We all created something unique, special and something that we know will be super helpful for you.


Celebrating 17 Years, Remembering My 1st Email… and Other Stories

by Laura West.

I’m so proud to say I’ve been in business as a coach for 17 years!

Happy Anniversary to the Center for Joyful Business!

I made that leap in 2001 from my corporate Marketing VP position with all the travel, benefits and six figure income into my unknown passion – I knew I was passionate about the power of coaching but wasn’t sure how the business was really going to play out!

Over the last month, I’ve been reflecting back through the years to those pivotal moments and all the different learnings.

I thought I’d share some of those with you…

* I will always remember sending my first email. I was announcing my new coaching business to about 100 of my friends, family and former colleagues from my corporate job. This was before I had a shopping cart or list manager so I had them loaded into Outlook and was sending these emails by hand in batches while hoping they wouldn’t get blocked since I was sending to so many people. I distinctly remember staring at the SEND button on my email. I was so full of JOYFEAR – feeling both excited, nervous, scared, and on fire! I remember finally telling myself to stop thinking about it and just do it. And with that email I felt officially launched.

* I can remember being signed up for my coach training certification program (hello – fellow CTI community!) and I had to have 5 clients to “practice” on. I was quaking in my heels wondering where I was going to get clients before my February 1st start date. Fortunately, my passion and courage prevailed and I enrolled clients. My very first client was a VP of Marketing colleague I used to work with from a different company. It was such an incredible thought that someone else believed in my message and in me enough to say YES to working with me.

* My very first teleclass had only 3 people signed up. I remember panicking, thinking it wasn’t enough to have an interactive class. So I cancelled the class. I called all 3 people and ended up enrolling 2 of them in private coaching! You will always have to get creative and find ways of making lemonade!