There are some pretty cool Betterists on Betterfly, so each week we’ll be showcasing the diversity of people and services, so you can get to know them better and learn some things you didn’t know! This week: Colette Ellis, a Brooklyn, NY Life Coach! Find out what makes her stand out as one of our favorite Betterists.
What type of Betterist are you?
What inspires you to do your job?
As a coach, my goal is to empower my clients even when other people may be telling them “it can’t be done!” or “that will never work!” I love working with leaders who won’t quit even if it seems like odds are stacked against them.
I’ve been fortunate over the past six years to have received essential training and certifications from many reputable institutions, including FranklinCovey (7 Habits, FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities), Yale School of Medicine (Coping with Work & Family Stress) and Landmark Education. Not to mention the valuable lessons I’ve learned from the school of “hard knocks” during my own career reinventions – in the corporate, not-for-profit, and entrepreneurial sectors.
I’ve also realized that, at the end of the day, my overall impact will be minor unless I can create compelling, relevant ways like Betterfly to share my expertise with others who can benefit by improving their life and wellbeing.
What was your craziest experience as a Betterist?
Some of my most rewarding work has been done on behalf of the Public Library Association. I’ve traveled from Portland, ME to Portland, OR training and coaching librarians and trustees to advocate on behalf of their institutions for more funding and resources. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to Brussels to facilitate personal growth and professional training for library leaders from countries including Botswana, Bulgaria, Chile, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, and Vietnam.
If you were going to be a Betterist in anything else, what would it be?
Communication and Body Language
I enjoy helping people to master effective communication techniques so they can exude confidence in all of their personal and professional interactions. My belief is if you’re embarking on a job search or seeking to advance in your industry, you are engaging in self-marketing. And, the product is YOU! Your communication style and approach can dramatically impact your success.
Our last Featured Betterist, Sarah Meister Grigsby, asked this question for us to pass along to the next Betterist: I think it’s your quirks make you unique. I’d love to know what quirks makes a Betterist unique from the others. Maybe it’s a weird flavor you love to cook with or a color you love to decorate with.
My quirk: I often keep chocolate in the crisper in my refrigerator – far enough away to not be tempted on a daily basis, yet close enough to have a sweet treat to satisfy a quick craving! Healthy veggies and fruits are on the top shelf in my refrigerator – at eye level so I see them right away.
Now pay it forward! What should we ask the next featured Betterist?
How has bettering other people’s lives helped to better yours?