I am what the Life Purpose Institute calls a "Rainbow Person" – someone with lots of different interests.
I decided at the age of 14 that I wanted to be an actress. I picked up singing and dancing along the way, majored in Theatre, with a minor in Music, at Hofstra University, and began my professional career. I performed in dinner theatre, summer stock, regional theatre, film, commercials, print modeling, and the highlight of my career – musical children's theatre with the wonderful Gingerbread Players & Jack.
During that time, I became a professional photographer, doing headshots for actors and covering events for the Art Directors Club and the American Marketing Association. My photos appeared in several industry magazines, including the Marketing Review, Advertising Age and Print, and I was fortunate to have one of my "artistic" pieces chosen for the first Best of Photography Annual." I also began honing my computer skills, which later blossomed into desktop publishing, graphics and web design.
I began writing some short stories and articles, some of which appeared in magazines and local newspapers. In 1990, my friend, Maria Ciaccia, also a writer, suggested that we start our own publishing company to get our work into print, and Excalibur Publishing was born. Through 2006, we published and sold 14 titles, including some of our own books.
My first book, Alpha, Beta & Gamma, included illustrations that I did on my trusty Macintosh, and I contributed to our series of original monologues, By Actors, For Actors. My second solo book, Managing With A Heart: 222 Ways To Make Your Employees Feel Appreciated, was picked up by a fast-growing publisher called Sourcebooks, has been translated into several languages and is used as a resource in college business classes. The third edition is now available as an e-book.
I also contributed to My First Book Sale, published by Blue Island Publications, and more recently wrote and published several books and e-books, including Creative Marketing Tools for Coaches, The Tortoise Workbook: Strategies for Getting Ahead at Your Own Pace and Self-Publishing Basics. My books and audios are now available through my new publishing company, Good Life Press, and my e-newsletter, "Living the Creative Life," continues to reach creative people all over the world.
As a publisher, I also got to develop my editorial skills. One of the books I edited, Practical Parenting for the 21st Century, was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award. I went on to edit books and articles for Allworth Press, Heineman, Food Arts magazine and several corporate clients.
As if I didn't have enough to do, I decided in 1997 that I wanted to become a Life Coach, so that I could make a direct positive contribution to people's lives, individually and in groups, and I began coaching and leading workshops and teleclasses. In 1999, I added to my skills by completing The Life Purpose Process© certification course with Fern Gorin, M.A. and the Life Purpose Institute. In 2005, I earned a certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development at New York University, in 2010 became a Certified Retirement Coach with Retirement Options, and in 2012 became a Board Certified Coach with the Center for Credentialing & Education.
As a workshop leader, I have led teleclasses for the Virtual Reality Self-Help Center, WriteDirections.com and Teleclass.com, and have been leading career, life skills and publishing workshops for the 92nd Street Y , Bronxville Adult School, Makor/Steinhardt Center, the Learning Annex, the Career Change Network, WorkTalk, Axxess Business Centers, the International Coach Federation/NYC Chapter, the Independent Business Womens Circle, the International Facility Management Association, Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Network of Enterprising Women, Manhattan Plaza Social Services and other venues, as well as leading monthly coaching groups.
In 2005, I expanded my teaching to include training coaches for the Life Purpose Institute; in 2006, as an adjunct instructor at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies; and in 2011, as an instructor for the Creativity Coaching Association's certification program. I have also been a guest lecturer at Retirement Options, Darco Coaching, Columbia University's Alumni Career Office and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and I've mentored college students through Hofstra's Career Alumni Advisor Network. I've also had the privilege of being an Affiliated Coach with Vocation Vacations!
I have enjoyed being interviewed for radio programs and magazine articles (see below) and have made appearances on Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable TV, as host of "Access for All," where I interviewed Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post, and as guest coach on " "Coach World TV" with Laurie Lawson and "Life Coach TV" and "Life Coach Radio" with Dr. Marianna Lead.
That's it so far, but I have a feeling that a few more chapters will be added to this book!
Sharon in the Media
Life Coach TV with Dr. Marianna Lead – Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Access for All: An Interview with Author Nancy Rubin Stuart – Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Radio and Podcasts
Career Talk with Maggie Mistal – Martha Stewart Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio Network
Coach Chat with Ilise Ratner – Blog Talk Radio
Life Coach Radio with Dr. Marianna Lead – Progressive Radio Network
Career Connections with Leslie Harris – Business Radio 1160, Atlanta
Vocation Vacation Podcasts – http://feeds.feedburner.com/VocationvacationsPodcast (Podcast #6)
The No Limits Telesummit -- No Limits on Your Creativity: Using Creativity to Design and Live Your Best Life
How to Self-Publish Anything -- UStream.tv PPV ($.99)
Write Better, Faster . . . Now! -- UStream.tv PPV ($.99)
The Job You Don't Want May Be the Right One, by Matthew Solan
FiLife: Your Financial Lifeline, in partnership with the Wall Street Journal – Career Experts Highlight Their Favorite Career Resources and Books, by Rahwa Asmerom
American Bar Association: The Young Lawyer – The Creative Lawyer? Who Has Time?, by Sharon Good
Making Life Better: How Hobbies Can Make You Happier, by Judi Ketteler
Time Out New York: "Life Coaches"
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