About C.J. Hayden
C.J. Hayden, MCC, CPCC, is the bestselling author of Get Clients Now!, The One-Person Marketing Plan Workbook, 50 Ways Coaches Can Change the World, and The Women’s Giving Circle Guide. C.J. is a business coach, trainer, and speaker who helps entrepreneurs get clients, get strategic, and get things done. Her company, Wings for Business, specializes in serving self-employed professionals, solopreneurs, and service business owners.
C.J. is a former systems and productivity consultant with over three decades of experience in business management. She has been a professional trainer since 1978, a business advisor since 1990, and a coach since 1992.
A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has presented hundreds of programs on marketing, entrepreneurship, and overcoming barriers to success, to corporate clients, professional associations, and small businesses. She has taught marketing for John F. Kennedy University, Mills College, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and SCORE. Her articles have been published internationally in Home Business, Selling Power, and Sales and Marketing Management. She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines, including RainToday, SalesDog, Salesopedia, and About.com.
A pioneer in the emerging profession of coaching, C.J. was a founding director of the worldwide Professional and Personal Coaches Association (which later merged with the International Coach Federation) and editor of their newsletter Being in Action. She serves on the advisory board of Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching. C.J. holds the credentials Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation, and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute. She has completed advanced coach training with the Arbinger Institute and is a member of the Arbinger Coaches Network.
As a citizen activist, C.J. is founder and director of the nonprofit Citizen Angel, former vice chair of the San Francisco Social Enterprise Alliance, and a co-founder of the Thriving Women in Business Giving Circle.
C.J. has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, Information Marketing Journal, Home Office Computing, and Costco Connection, and numerous books. She has been widely profiled internationally by newspapers, radio, and TV.
Also about C.J. Hayden
C.J. was born in Westchester County, New York, but didn’t stay there long. Before settling in San Francisco as a young adult, she had lived in sixteen cities, eight states, and two Canadian provinces. At the age of 15, C.J. dropped out of high school and ran away from home. Living on the street for more than two years in several U.S. and Canadian cities, she became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and was a victim of assault and abuse. Overcoming homelessness, addiction, and her lack of education, C.J. eventually earned her way off the street with a series of minimum wage jobs. She put herself through college at night over a period of ten years.
Before she turned 30, C.J. held over fifty jobs, including carhop, bank teller, computer programmer, surveyor, product manager, and planetary geologist. Her first entrepreneurial venture was making jewelry in a logging cabin on Vancouver Island, and she has been self-employed as a technical writer, corporate trainer, seminar producer, software developer, and management consultant. An instinctive gate-crasher and determined survivor, C.J. has created her own path to success by applying her special blend of persistence, resourcefulness, and an ability to relate to just about anyone.