Today we’d like to introduce you to Christy Zuehl.
Christy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The simplest answer is that I founded EDIT Learning & Design because it was time. I have had the career I always dreamed of. I went to college, received my degree and started my career in human resources and in training and development. While I was working, I earned my K-8 teaching credential and a master’s degree. I did all the right things. I have been a successful instructional designer, facilitator and project manager for most of my career.
I looked at my career options and I wasn’t inspired by my options. This caused me to consider building my own business. I am married, with reasonably young children, and many of the opportunities meant long hours and travel, away from my family.
This is not my first time starting a business, I had a company before this where I worked on a part-time basis when my children were born. It allowed me the flexibility to make my family a priority while keeping my skills and abilities up to date. I enjoyed being self-employed and it planted the seed for EDIT Learning and Design. I did go back to corporate work for a few years, but it is time to focus on the business and career goals I have set for myself.
My goal has always been to help people to be successful in their professional and personal lives. EDIT L&D is focused on two specific areas: Training Design & Development and Life Balance Coaching. The training design & development side of the business is focused on creating learning solutions for businesses, large and small. The life balance coaching side is focused on planning, time management, organization and decluttering. I also offer a 60 Days to Simplicity program online via Facebook and will be launching in-person weekly sessions soon.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it hasn’t always been smooth. There is a lot to learn as you are building a business, creating a following and learning to market yourself and your company. Much of what you are selling when you are building up a clientele is yourself. This means you have to find your ideal customer and figure out what it is they need and how to communicate to them that you offer it. I have had some stumbles along the way as I have learned to do this.
When this happens though, it’s an opportunity to learn something new and to grow and an individual and a professional. If an idea doesn’t work, you need to pivot and try something different.
EDIT Learning & Design, LLC – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As I shared earlier, EDIT L&D is focused on two specific areas: Training Design & Development and Life Balance Coaching. Most of my career, I have been focused on training design, development, and delivery. I have trained employees in a variety of industries including accounting, banking, aerospace, software development, retail merchandising, & small business. As a facilitator, I have had the opportunity to work in both soft and technical skill areas. In addition, I have designed training for sales, software, employee development, coaching and more. I bring all of this experience to EDIT Learning & Development. I can design instructor-led and self-guided training. Additionally, I can provide eLearning and video training options. My education includes a BS in Business Administration, a K-8 teaching credential, and an MS in Instructional Design & Technology.
I am a passionate planner, organizer and I love to declutter. When I initially launched EDIT, my intention was to focus on Career or Business Coaching. However, I kept finding myself moving back towards topics like planning, time management, organization and decluttering. I found myself talking about simplifying your life and focusing and creating a life you love. This passion and focus led to the creation of the 60 Days to Simplicity program which I run online on Facebook. The workshop will soon be available in-person also with weekly meetings and group discussions. In addition to the group sessions, I offer 1:1 coaching sessions online and in-person.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment was when I made the decision to move forward and focus on EDIT Learning & Design full-time. It is hard to let go of the security of a full-time corporate position. There is security in knowing you have the benefits of working for a large company. Additionally, when you launch a business fully, you are selling yourself. Making that decision and commitment is a big leap and I’m very proud of it.
- Website: www.editlearningdesign.com
- Phone: 310-938-6995
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/editlearningdesign/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EDITLearningDesign/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/editlearningde1
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