Buoyant Life LLC
Lauren Still feels a special affinity for those desiring to change their lives. Lauren has “reinvented” herself and her life several times through her own career transitions and domestic and international relocations. “I like to help people embrace the joy and empowerment felt when making choices to shift life, career and attitude to reflect who you are and what you want from life,” she says. “I love guiding clients to do the same.”
Buoyant Life was launched in 2006 as career coaching and life coaching for “rising star” professionals who want to achieve greater success while maintaining what is important.
Q: What do you find most fulfilling
about running your business?
LS: I am fortunate to be able to do something that gives me great satisfaction and joy – helping others achieve greater heights of success, no matter what that means to them.
Q: What motivated you to start
LS: I had a moment in my life where I had many career paths to choose from. When I thought long and hard about where I’d seen the most success, and enjoyed my work in the corporate world the most, I realized that it was when I sat down one on one with someone and helped them get clear about where they wanted to go, and then outlined a path to get there. We both felt great and achieved more! I realized that if I could do that every day, I’d never tire of my work, and I would be helping others. My background as a business owner and manager, a communicator, and a manager in a global HR consulting firm all have been extremely relevant and helpful as I coach my clients. I know small business, large corporations, American business, and doing business in other countries and cultures.
Q: What book has been most helpful
to you in your business?
LS: So many… I can’t count the number having completed an MBA and researched various coaching, career management, and leadership topics. One that has had a direct impact on my business is The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins because he makes such a compelling case for why one needs to go into a new job (newly hired or recently promoted) with a clear plan of attack.
Q: Who has influenced you most
in your life?
LS: It is hard to narrow it down to just one. I come from several generations of entrepreneurs. My grandparents on both sides and both my parents have had their own businesses at various stages, and they have all passed on wisdom – both from the positive side and the negative! – about being in business for oneself.
Q: What has proved to be your most
successful marketing strategy?
LS: Making a difference in my clients’ lives, careers, and quality of life. When they experience a major shift, or finally come to a balancing point, they usually want to share that success with others. I’m always honored to be a part of that process, whether they provide referrals or not.
Q: What have been the greatest
challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing,
in your business?
LS: I coach many of my clients on work-life balance, and I constantly have to work on that myself. I have a spouse with a very busy job, a young child, and many things going on at all times, in addition to growing a business I am passionate about. I enjoy the challenge but often need to remind myself of my values and true priorities. In other words, I have to take my own advice!
Q: How are you benefiting from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LS: Make-it-Fly® has provided support, camaraderie, and focus for my actions. As a coach, I know it is always beneficial to have a coach myself, and Make-it-Fly® often provides this function for me. And I’ve met many, many wonderful people as a result.
What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating
getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LS: Make-it-Fly® is a great source of support and accountability, as well as creativity and brainstorming. Like anything else, what matters most is how much you're willing to put into it, so if you're thinking about Make-it-Fly®, sense-check your own commitment level first.
Lauren Still can be reached by phone at: 303-325-5765. Or visit her websites at: www.buoyantlife.com and www.jobcoachapp.com.
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