Why I do what I do
I came to coaching in two ways: first seeking help for myself, and then finding it a natural fit for me as a career. After healing from an extended adventure with major health challenges, I made a choice to earn a living doing what I really wanted to do. And that turned out to be helping others to do what THEY really want to do. I now have the good fortune to be doing that through performance coaching with EFT.*
My own early years took me through some big pain and assorted ugly places. The story will make for some juicy memoirs some day, but suffice it to say that I’m intimately familiar with being stuck – in all kinds of ways.
I was blessed to work with remarkable healers and teachers who helped me clear my own baggage — leaving me with gifts of compassion, humor and a non-judging heart. As a result, people open up easily to me, which speeds up the coaching process. Becoming skilled in EFT* has skyrocketed my ability to help clients, because it’s such a fast, thorough and effective tool.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve worked as a nonprofit director, health educator, trainer, group facilitator, counselor, apprentice cabinetmaker, medical transcriber, bartender, travel agent, legal secretary and Christmas tree salesperson. I had the great experience of working with all kinds of people in all kinds of settings — and in several different cities. So folks from a wide variety of backgrounds feel comfortable with me.
I absolutely love doing what I do, and it seems that all my experiences (work and otherwise) have come together in this coaching to benefit the people I serve. I can see what’s possible for my clients before they can, and get so excited about what I know lies ahead. Lucky me — I’m actually more energized AFTER working with clients than when I started. That makes it kind of hard to call it “work.”
A few facts about me
- I live on the beautiful Central Coast of California.
- I’m fascinated by how we communicate with each other and have a BA in cross-cultural communication.
- I was raised in Tucson and am a Western girl at heart. I’ve also lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Eugene, Chicago and Minneapolis.
- I play a little piano and like to sing (mainly in the car). I’m a big fan of music of so many kinds – jazz, reggae, mariachi, blues, honky-tonk fiddle, West African, salsa, to name a few…
- I treasure nature in most of her forms, with mountains and oceans high on the list (hence, the Central Coast of California!).
- I’ve always loved teaching people how to help themselves, and have been doing it most of my life, long before coaching.
- I’m insatiably curious about people and love to travel – mostly to see the people in other places.
My formal education
- Masters in Public Health – Oregon State University
- B.A. Cross-Cultural Communications – San Francisco State University
- Advanced Level Certificate – EFT Certification Course
- Level 3 EFT Practitioner – EFT Master Lindsay Kenny Certification
- Extensive coach training
Janet Hilts teaches motivated people how to clarify and achieve their personal goals. She helps her clients get unstuck and create momentum behind their desires, putting their visions into action. With personal coaching and the rapid-change tool of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Janet helps clients dissolve inner barriers and work to change elusive dreams into reality. A speaker, coach and teacher, she reaches creatives, professionals and other active participants in life through her electronic newsletter, teleclasses, in-person workshops and individual coaching.
An interview with me
On Women Enjoying Success Radio, you can hear me talk about EFT and my style of using it with clients in this interview with Sharon Michaels. Click on the player’s arrow to listen:
Ready to make the change you’ve been wanting to make?
I’d be honored to help. If you want my personal support, check out my coaching programs on this page, and then get in touch. Give me a call at 805-835-5566 or send me an email at janet [at] janet-hilts [dot] com. We’ll set up a time to get acquainted, discuss possible solutions and see if we’d be a good fit for each other.
* EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a rapid-change tool sometimes called “psychological acupressure.” For more information about EFT, see What Is EFT?