How to Prepare for and Make the Most of Your Course or Workshop

We’re talking a lot about upleveling this year.  In a couple of weeks, we have lots of health coaches building their business plans and setting up their marketing funnels.  We have our scholarship students learning to become health coaches, and in another few weeks, we start Membership Mastery to learn how to create residual income with wellness memberships.

I love school.  I’m so happy to be able to continue my education all the time.  Right now I’m taking a hormone course, a course to become a Doctor or Naturopathy, and I love every minute of it.  As a lifelong entrepreneur, learning and growing helps me to run and grow my business. It gives us more to draw on when we’re making decisions and for me, choosing and researching new programs to offer.

Tip #1

use a calendar


I use a digital calendar now, Google Calendar because it is connected to my email and it is easy and FREE.  For years I used Franklin Covey’s Calendar.  I had a hard time switching over.  I would miss appointments whenever I tried.  I finally took two months and kept two calendars until I got comfortable with my schedule and I wasn’t losing dates.  Google Calendar has a task list with a check off feature too.  I use this because it keeps me on track and it feels good to check things off.  My meetings schedule themselves!  If someone sends me a meeting invite, all I have to do is accept it, and it is on my calendar with instructions for contact too!  Same thing in reverse, if I set a meeting, it does the same for my people who are invited and for me.  I have standing Wednesday meetings with my team, and all I have to do is go to my calendar, click on the link, and I am in the meeting. 

Anyone who has struggled with trying to keep kids’ activities in their schedule and updated can appreciate that.  I went to add Sykora’s basketball calendar update yesterday and was interrupted six times.  I still don’t think it is all down.  Anyway, get a calendar (doesn’t have to be digital, but yay if it is!)  and write all your dates down and schedule your course release, activity dates, time to read and complete the workbooks and don’t forget implementation.

Tip #2

keep it all in one place

 I told you it took a long switch over from my Franklin Covey, well, I have a confession to make…I still have it.  I write everything …and I mean everything, down in my FC!  It is the only paper allowed on my desk.  Why?  I lose notes.  With one book (my FC) I can write everything pertinent in one place, and I can write it on the date that it happened.  This eliminates a lot of overwhelm for me.  I know some people do this digitally with Evernote. 

    Tip #3

    warn everyone

    Let your friends and family know what you are doing.  You know, your family is in this almost as much as you.  You are squeezing in one more thing.  Let them see what you are doing, let them know that what you normally can do and love doing, may be shorter, improvised or not happening.  Whenever I start something new that I know is going to take time away from my husband…I get him a card.  I tell him how much I love him and I say I am doing something vital for me…sometimes I go into detail and sometimes I don’t.  Then I say thank you for understanding and that if I may be preoccupied or not available all the time…for the next 8-12 weeks.  This saves a lot of pressure.  I am not going to promise that it will relieve all the pressure, but it does help.

      Tip #4

      take advantage of support

      Take advantage of your support.  With the course you will have a community, you should have a peer partner and in particular cases,  you will have a business coach.  If this is the case, use them.  Let them hold you accountable and let them move you forward.  This type of accountability can make all the difference in the world.  Show up for your meetings and bring your finished work and implementation with you.

        Tip #5

        no negative self-talk

         Eliminate the negative self-talk.  Do you know who most of our fear, resistance, and anxiety come from?  US.  Read this to learn some ways to deal with negative self-talk.  The thing is, when you get into this amazing community, you are going to see other people who are at all different places. Some members are just like you and others who have gotten through all the beginning work and are there.  Some of your peers are part of the way through, and it makes it easier to see that anything is possible and that one thing you have to offer that is good and the world needs is valuable and that it is possible to get it out into the world and make money doing it.  Seeing that all these highly successful people are just like you and I helps.  Get rid of the negative self-talk, it is just you holding yourself back.

          Tip #6

          don’t go down the rabbit hole

          Don’t go down the rabbit hole.  OR…at least curtail your time down there.  I may be alone in this because I love beautiful things.  I love fonts and colors and branding gives me such a thrill!  I could spend hours of time looking at fonts and themes.  Well, more than hours, maybe days or nights when you should be sleeping.  Have fun but don’t get sucked too far down the hole that you can’t come back up and get the critical details of building a business, brand, product and then communicating and marketing it.

            Tip #7

            leave your excuses at the door


            There are no excuses.  We are all grownups and we’ve made the choice to learn and to build a business plan, build a list, start a membership program, or to become a health coach.  We owe it to ourselves, and the others we’re in class or workshop with to put everything we have into what we’re doing.  Life happens and in business, business goes on.

            According to Inc. Magazine, there are 3 main excuses:

            • I’m too busy
            • It costs too much
            • It’s not the right time

            Everyone is busy, look at Warren Buffett, he reads 12 hours a day.  He makes time for what’s important.  You need to make time to plan your business.

            The cost of building a business is an investment.   You should expect a return on your investment that is larger than the money out.

            There is never a perfect time.  You are here, you have the tools, it may not be perfect, but it is time.

            In Building Abundance, in week 2, you start interviewing accountants, lawyers, insurance agents, and while you may not have a lawsuit, income tax, or claim, now is the time so when you need them, you don’t have to settle in a hurry.  No excuses.


            Tip #8

            have fun

            l is an experience unlike any other you have had or will ever have again.  You are stepping into another world.  Enjoy every minute of it.

              Business Planning

              building abundance


              Get Ready to Change the World!  With Building Abundance, you can build your own thriving Health Coach practice in just 12 short weeks.

              I know you have the potential to make a difference in the lives of others. You have the passion, education, and training, so let’s start coaching! If you’re feeling alone, lost, and overwhelmed at the idea of starting your own business; it all stops here.

              In 12 weeks, you’ll gain clarity and direction. Along with the support of peers who are in your same shoes, you’ll receive expert advice from business coaches, and form a sound basis for a business plan.



              Easy access to modules through a weekly e-mail and or easy download from our Facebook group.

              • Facebook mastermind group
              • Step-by-step business plan
              • Easy module access
              • Color-coded sessions for ease of use

              Bonus Modules


              6 bonus modules covering extra tips and tricks

              • Time Management
              • Social Media
              • Facebook Advertising
              • Your Office at Home
              • Correspondence


              Planning Modules


              These 13  modules cover everything from budgeting, websites, branding, marketing, and more!



              13 Modules

              • Building Knowledge – Business Ownership & Choosing Your Niche
              • Building Infrastructure – Market Research & Forming Your Foundation
              • Building a Budget – Making a Plan and Profit & Loss
              • Building Products – Passive & Active Income, Affiliates
              • Building a Website – Creating a Logo, Sitemaps, Content, Copywrighting
              • Building a Website – Copyrights, Layout, User Testing
              • Building Buzz – Marketing, Branding, Ideal Client, Advertising, Social Media, Content
              • Building Clients – Sales Philosophy, Needs + Features = Benefits, Elevator Pitch
              • Building Clients – Partnering Up, Growing Your Business through Partnerships
              • Building Systems – Define Your Business Skills, Creating Loyal Clients, Client Experience, Exceptions
              • Building Blueprints – Creating Your Business Plan,
              • Building Community – Giving Back

              “Before the program, I had the drive but not the direction. THCG is like a business GPS, helping me to determine how to get where I want to be! I would and have recommended BA+. The best way to build a business is to follow someone who has already been where you are, someone who is running a successful business and genuinely cares whether we succeed. Cathy Sykora IS that person, and her capable staff make it work for me.  Nia

              You can get Building Abundance and Coaching with the Platinum Packages.  CLICK HERE

              You can get Building Abundance with The Inner Circle CLICK HERE

              You can get Building Abundance by purchasing. CLICK HERE

              You can get coaching by purchasing.  CLICK HERE


              Marketing Funnel

              online marketing mastery

              Create a Money Making Machine

              An intensive 4-week marketing development plan for health coaches that guides you through creating a sales funnel from beginning to end.
              We’ll cover steps to build your list using social media, opt-ins, and more.  Then, you’ll go another step further by implementing a full nurturing plan for ongoing new business development.


              Build and nurture your list

              Week 1

              • Client clarity
              • Your message
              • Branding
              • Offer

              Week 2

              • Technical Optin Creation
              • Opt-in implementation
              • Auto-responder
              • Sales page

              Week 3

              • Targeting plan
              • Social media promotion
              • Email sequence

              Week 4

              • Nurturing
              • Sales

              This does not take the place of Building Abundance. Building Abundance is an intensive business plan. Online Marketing Mastery is a “hands-on” program that is designed to create action in a four-week period that will set up a sales funnel, build your list and can be implemented through the life of your business. Because we want everyone to succeed, we are also offering optional paid VA work for the technical work that needs to be done.

              OPTIONAL:  We’ve engaged virtual assistants for the technical work that needs to be done. If you have more money than time, you may opt to have these specialists do the job for you according to your direction.

              You can get Online Marketing Mastery and Coaching with the Platinum Packages.  CLICK HERE

              You can get Online Marketing Mastery with The Inner Circle CLICK HERE

              You can get Online Marketing Mastery by purchasing. CLICK HERE

              You can get coaching by purchasing.  CLICK HERE


              Residual subscription income

              membership mastery

              We’ll strategize with you to choose what content you provide and the style and price of your membership plan. No two plans will be the same because they’re designed around your super powers, your niche and the greatest needs of your ideal clients.  You’ll learn your options and set a price and a way to charge.  You’ll plan your membership launch.  We’ll even create a retention plan and a plan to create more business as you go by building with referrals.

              We’ll Cover:

              • Content
              • Membership Style, Fee, and Plan
              • Launch
              • Retention
              • Referrals

              You can get Membership Mastery and Coaching with the Platinum Packages.  CLICK HERE

              You can get Membership Mastery by purchasing. CLICK HERE

              You can get coaching by purchasing.  CLICK HERE


              Scholarship Program

              health coach certification

              This is my way of giving back to the world.  It’s a scholarship only program. It’s not available for purchase.  There are no teachers, there are rigid guidelines, each student helps to facilitate the program, and there are 20 hours minimum of time each week.  There is an assessment at the end.  The participation and assessment are 100% of your grade.  There are no open book tests.  All graduates are prepared to be a health coach upon graduation.


              Core Materials


              • Listening
              • Understanding
              • Capacity for Human Potential
              • Building Trust and Bonding
              • Understanding Through Questions
              • Importance of Intuition
              • Reflection and Response
              • Dealing with Objection
              • Motivation and Change
              • Clarification and Decision Making
              • Goal Setting and Action Steps
              • Accountability
              • Praise & Rewards
              • How to Use and Build Your Own Programs
              • Health Histories
              • Assessment & Review
              • Lifetime Intentions
              • Scope of Practice
              • Your Role as a Health Coach
              • Different Coaching Theories
              • Practice & Supervision


              • Building Knowledge
              • Building Infrastructure
              • Building Budget
              • Building Products
              • Building a Website
              • Building Buzz
              • Building Clients
              • Building Systems
              • Building Blue Prints
              • Building Community
              • Time Management
              • Social Media
              • Advertising on Social Media
              • Correspondence
              • Home Offices
              • Physician – Health Coach Partners
              • Corporate Wellness
              • Online Marketing Mastery


              • Grocery Shopping
              • Food Preparation
              • Keeping Track
              • Portion Control
              • Exercise
              • Your Environment
              • Communication
              • Nutrition Basics
              • Dietary Theory
              • Advanced Nutrition
              • Inflammation
              • Self Care
              • Relationships
              • Eating and Travel
              • Negative Thoughts
              • The Importance of Fun
              • Habits and Addictions
              • Stress
              • Science Supported vs Theory
              • Researching Health Information
              • A Full Wellness Library to Use For Clients

              Apply for a scholarship.  CLICK HERE

              You can purchase coaching. (NOT REQUIRED)  CLICK HERE


              Lessons in Leadership

              for Health Coaches


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