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Hi Amy – Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me! Glad I caught you today, as I know how busy you are during your two full days you work from the business centre. Love the view from your Part-time office – you can see right out to our beautiful Bayside from your desk, and sitting across from you, I can even see Brisbane CBD in the distance!

So let’s start by asking some questions about your business –

Q1: Business Name?
AMY: Amy Jackson – Nurturing Confidence

Q2: Your name, and position in the business?
AMY: Amy Jackson – it’s all me!

Q3: Describe your product or service
AMY: Executive Coaching and Facilitation, supporting mid-level professionals and small business owners to be more confident in their thinking, self-management and strategic leadership.

Q4: If you had to describe your business in 3 words, what would they be?
AMY: Dynamic, Tangible Change

Q5: What’s new in your business at the moment?
AMY: I’ve just been invited to speak at the Qld Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit in September. I will be talking about leadership in complex times, and the habits we need to support female leadership in the public sector – very exciting!

Q6: Why do you do what you do? What made you start, and motivates you to continue with, your business?
AMY: I love the shift in energy and effectiveness that comes with a shift in confidence. I love facilitating and witnessing this shift and the impact it has on the world of and around my clients. I started because I wanted more autonomy and to make a more tangible impact than I was making in public policy at the time, and I wanted to create a work life that gave me flexibility for family life. I continue because people keep saying yes! I am motivated by knowing that most people could be so much more effective, and more comfortable in their own skin and life, if they felt more confident. I see many conflicts and workplace problems stemming from miscommunication, that often comes from defensive stances taken to protect low self-confidence. Each time we give someone else the skills of clear, confident communication and thinking, we have a real impact on everyone in their professional and personal lives. I love that!

Q7: Where’s your favourite local place for coffee, tea, or your favourite tipple?
AMY: Favourite tipple is Waterloo Bay at sunset, in the garden, with kids happily playing. Favourite coffee – how do I choose?! Early morning Dramanti’s, Frenchies for lunch, and a hot choc at Jimbo’s before school pick up!

Q8: You’ve forgotten your partners/mothers/BFFs birthday – where’s your ‘go-to’ place that you can guarantee a successful purchase?
AMY: The Collective. Every time. Leonie and Holly have saved my gift-forgetting self so many times!!!

Q9: What was your main reason for signing up with Central Business Associates? What does it mean to you?
AMY: I was ready to move on from the home office to a more professional space. It has opened up new opportunities for me both from clients through the door, and also from what I can now do with my clients that I couldn’t do from home (eg 1:1 presentation skills training). For me it means independence and collaboration nestling together! It means I feel more professional because I have to put shoes on (at least to get to the office!), and it means that every now and then someone else makes me a cup of tea. I miss that from an office environment!

Amy, thank you so much for chatting with me – it was great to find out some more about your business, and I look forward to finding out more as you spend time here in the business centre – have a great and productive day!