Emma Langton Q and A Interview
Can you share your back story with us, a bit about your childhood?
I’m the youngest of 4 girls! I had a really happy childhood growing up in Yorkshire. My mum was from Glasgow and Dad from London and we used to joke they settled between the two places. We often laughed about their different accents.
Were you a determined child or has that developed?
Oh very determined although I didn’t realise it at the time. Mum named me Emma Kirstie, but called me Kirstie. After a summer holiday in Glasgow where my cousins had spent the entire time making fun of my name I went back to school that September, at the age 7 and declared I was now Emma! Clearly I wasn’t putting up with their teasing and did what I thought I needed to do to ensure it couldn’t continue. I think I still do things like that now. If I can change things then I do.
Can you share something about yourself that is not widely known?
In my teens a did a lot of weight-lifting and competed at the British Weight-lifting Championships. For a short time I held a British record too.
How and when did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
I didn’t know really, it evolved. In 2007 we adopted two children and initially I thought I’d return to my fabulous corporate career after the adoption leave. They were 4 and 5 when they arrived so we expected them to be going school. It soon became clear that they were much more troubled and affected by their early experiences than we anticipated. I spent time learning about attachment, trauma, fear, psychology and how early life experiences can affect the way we think, respond and react. There were so many ‘lightbulb’ moments and everything I was learning made perfect sense to me.
After extensive adoption leave and then redundancy I decided to re-train in coaching, NLP and hypnotherapy. I knew that my work and personal experience would give me a wealth of understanding to help to bring out the best in people.
Tell us about your business…
After retraining my girls still needed incredible support so I had limited time to work. Taking that into account I set up my business working solely as a hypnotherapist helping people with stress, anxiety and overwhelm. My business grew steadily but I was attracting CEO’s, MD’s and business leaders entrepreneurs. In 2016 I expanded to provide online and face to face coaching to serve these better.
I now provide coaching and support for business leaders and entrepreneurs who feel stuck. They often find they’ve been running their business for a while but feel overwhelmed or lacking confidence or focus to move forward to their next level. There’s usually a mixture of mindset and business coaching that takes place.
I have a knack for finding out what’s really holding them back – it’s often not what they think! I really love it when that happens. Sometimes getting to that point can take a while, perhaps through the 3 month coaching but other times there just a half day intensive where we get the breakthrough. Whichever way we work, online or face to face, short or long term packages we streamline thought processes, get them clear on strategies to set direction and reach the goals. Reducing the overwhelm is a key part of having them feel more confident and successful.
What did you give up to get to where you are today? What did you have to sacrifice?
I spent 15 years in my corporate role managing directors’ offices and being a key driver behind business success, organization and structure. I loved it. I was pretty upset to have to leave but it was for the sake of the children and our family. I don’t see it as a sacrifice; more a result of circumstance. In some ways, the role I play in coaching means I’ve come back round to being the support and driver behind people once again.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do?
The hardest thing is bringing up two traumatized children and advocating for support for them. At the same time, I kept the balance of their care, my business, our family. It could easily have all broken down. I think that’s where my determination shines through again.
What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?
I’m going to get some online packages built so that more people can access help and support in easy and affordable ways. I also want to run group or mastermind sessions because I see so many business leaders / owners who struggle with overwhelm. It can be difficult when we’re constantly pushing ourselves. I want to help emotionally and with practical stuff too.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Do you have any big Goals?
Well, the girls will be adults in 5 years time so life will be very different without the routine of school! I’m a sun worshipper so a place in the sun is a definite goal – then maybe I’ll run the masterminds from there!
Can you share 3 #BizTips for Women in Business
1)Be kind to yourself! Seriously. Watch and listen to the way you talk to yourself and the pressure you put on yourself. Stop beating yourself up. Our chattering minds focus on the negatives. Catch yourself doing it and turn those words into positives and encouragement.
2)Breathe! When we’re busy and stressed our breathing becomes shallow, short or tight. Stop here and there in the day and take a few deep breaths. Put your hands on your belly and feel it expand with your breath. Deep breathing releases calming chemicals too – so you could say you’re multi-tasking when you stop a breathe!
3)Say No! I help people with this all the time. If you’re feeling you must / should / obliged to, then say NO. Just that. It doesn’t need a reason or excuse as that gives an opening for people to persuade you otherwise! No is a complete sentence! Practice it. It might be uncomfortable at first but it gets easier and it’s so worth it.
How can people best connect with you online?
My Website is at www.emmalangton.com
I’m on Twitter https://twitter.com/EmLangtonCoach
I have a facebook group called Women in Successful Blissness helping other business leaders and entrepreneurs create success business with great boundaries and balance. That’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/successfulblissness/
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