Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Betty Lochner, Founder of Cornerstone Coaching & Training, located in Olympia, WA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am the owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training LLC and specialize as workplace communication and career coach, HR, and small business consultant and trainer. I'm focused on how you can better lead and communicate with confidence, clarity, and embracing the habit of daily gratitude. I'm an author and expert in corporate and government communication human resources (I am a nationally certified SPHR), am a certified Performance Coach and hold a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Administration, and am a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

My goal is to inspire confidence and empower individuals and teams to learn how to bring out the best in each other - and to become more skilled and confident communicators and business leaders.

Tell us about yourself

Back before Zoom calls were all the rage, and I worked as an executive director in the public sector, I founded Cornerstone Coaching & Training LLC. I was training my own staff and being asked to train others, and I decided I wanted to share my executive leadership and coaching experience to help make a difference. It's my passion and my calling!

Despite today's demands, I help individuals and business leaders create and sustain positive work relationships and contribute toward a positive work culture that boosts morale and increases productivity.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

To be able to watch the transformation as leaders learn to better communicate and to experience the power of appreciation and gratitude as a life tool. It's a game changer!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

For me, it's finding time for marketing. Most of my clients are word of mouth - I could reach a greater audience with more time to market.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Start with the end in mind - what is your vision for the next five years?
  2. Develop a plan. Then, follow and adapt the plan.
  3. Practice daily gratitude.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I have written four books - my most recent is a gratitude journal: Intentional Gratitude by Betty Everitt Lochner.

Where can people find you and your business?


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