Active Listening and Communication Skills

Many people today do not know how to express themselves or to listen to what someone else is saying. With computers and smart phones, people do not communicate properly. Learn the art of active listening and how to communicate effectively. When you listen to someone’s voice, you can tell how they’re feeling—something you can’t do if you’re not actively listening or with computers and smart phones. Practice reading someone’s body to know how they’re feeling and whether or not they’re telling the truth. Topics covered: powerful questioning, public speaking skills, social skills, critical and creative thinking skills, the art of persuasion, and role playing. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman


Aging Concerns

Aging is a fact of life. As we age, we face challenges in letting go—letting go of the past, of loved ones, letting go of housing, even our own life. Learn how to face the challenges of aging with ease and grace. Life is a blessing!

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman


Anger, Pain, and Depression

Anger, pain, and depression are three negative emotions so closely bound that it is often difficult to know the difference when one ends and one begins.  Depression is anger turned inward, and the pain of depression can feed anger.  It can become a vicious cycle if steps are not taken to bring about change.  Learn the difference between these three emotions that are so closely related and how to deal with the anger inside. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman


Learn the difference between being assertive (constructive energy) and being aggressive (destructive energy).  Learn why people who perceive themselves to be “peacemakers” are not, when in reality, they cause more problems by their being nice and not wanting to cause trouble.  Learn how to “speak up,” refuse requests politely, when to question authority or tradition, how to deal with irritations before anger results, and more.  Learn how to bring about change in a peaceful and loving way.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Assertiveness Skills


No matter how much we want prosperity in our life, we will never achieve it if we are hanging onto outdated belief systems. There are three types of people: those who never bring money in, those who can make money but cannot manage it effectively, and those who have learned and practiced the secret to bringing in prosperity. Learn everyday techniques to help bring in prosperity in ways never imagined!

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Attaining and Maintaining Prosperity


Start feeling good about yourself—learn how to be a better you! So many people have low self-confidence, low self-esteem, and low self-worth. Learn how to feel good about yourself learning basic life skills. Your self-confidence determines what you think of yourself (self-esteem) and affects your potential to do well in all areas of your life (self-worth). Learn how to build self-confidence so you can achieve more out of life. When your confidence is high, you will be more willing to take risks to gain greater rewards in life. Your level of confidence will help you keep going when you run into obstacles. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Believe in Yourself—Building Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Self-Worth



The extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder can affect our relationships with family and friends, and it can also affect our performance at school and at work. Learn the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, the spiritual causes, and how to help a loved one or yourself with this dis-ease. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Bipolar Disorder


Learn important information every life coach needs to know and practice. Learn about the ethical guidelines and professional standards, integrity and responsibility, of being a life coach. Learn about the coaching agreement, the coach/client relationship, and establishing and maintaining trust and intimacy.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Coaching Basics


Learn about coaching different age levels and different types of coaching. Learn how to coach through life transitions; young adults and adults; midlife, spiritual, and death coaching.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Coaching as a Career


Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship.  Learning how to deal with conflict—rather than avoiding it—is crucial.  When conflict is mismanaged, it can cause great harm to a relationship, but when handled in a respectful, positive way, conflict provides an opportunity to strengthen the bond between two people. "Win-win" negotiating is a complex process for resolving conflicts, a way of fairly settling a disagreement. It isn't getting the best deal for me; it is finding the best solution for us. Learn skills for conflict resolution and negotiation to keep your personal and professional relationships strong and growing.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation


Low self-esteem zaps your energy and your will power.  It makes it hard for you to know what it is you really want in life.  Overcoming low self-esteem is critical for success in life.  Recognize the signs of low self-esteem, its symptoms and causes, and how to build a good self-esteem.   

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Creating a New Self Image


Changing patterns can have a profound effect on your personal effectiveness.  Learn how to recognize bad patterns that are holding you back and how they are formed.  Learn how to change these patterns so you can achieve your goals faster and more efficiently. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Creating New Patterns in Your Life


When dealing with difficult people, especially at work, our immediate urge is to jump to our own defense. Some people go to extraordinary lengths to be difficult. Their underlying message is often, "Unless you agree with me and go along, you'll regret it." Learn tactics used to control and manipulate. Learn to tools cope with difficult people and how to stay rational when dealing with them.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Dealing with Difficult People and Situations


In every workplace, there will be difficult coworkers.  Dealing with difficult people and situations at work is challenging, yet rewarding. You can vastly improve your own work environment and morale when you increase your ability to deal with the people at work. Learn how to deal with the difficult bosses, employees, and co-workers who surround you in your work world.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Dealing with Difficult People at Work


Life can be viewed as a constant series of decisions to make and problems to solve. Life is all about choices. It is only when we make rational choices do we "take charge" of our lives. Some decisions seem unimportant (e.g., car or appliance purchase) but are important (e.g., mate, career, children). Any one decision may be trivial at the time, but ultimately it may have a profound effect in determining an outcome in our lives. Make good choices for a good life!

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills


When you have goals that are personally driven, you will be more motivated to accomplish them than those motivated by an external factor (like what others may think of you).  You will have the desire to persevere when challenged and to accomplish the goal.  This class will help you find direction and purpose, which will provide the motivation you need to accomplish your goals.  Learn techniques and tips to accomplish successful goals. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Establishing and Accomplishing Your Goals


Learn how to help your client achieve their highest potential. Topics include: goal setting, designing actions, managing progress and accountability, expanding the client’s potential, setting clear intentions, and creating support systems.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Facilitating Results


A good family foundation is the basis for all other relationships in life and in your career. A healthy relationship means an investment in time, energy, and social skills.  Learn how to create meaningful relationships that last in every area of your life, how to improve communication and resolve conflict, and how to overcome loneliness and shyness.  Learn the importance of each person’s role in the family unit and their responsibilities. Topics include: improving relationships, parenting, grandparenting, caregiving, work and career.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Family Relationships


Unfortunately not every home has a good foundation. Learn how to help understand and handle conflict within the family unit. Topics include: abuse, teen issues, parenting and attachment, and divorce.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Family Issues


If you cannot understand the world within you, you can never understand the world around you. Learn self-awareness exercises to learn more about yourself. Learn the importance of self-empowerment and how powerful our belief systems are. Learn the difference between happiness and pleasure.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Improving Relationships with the Self


Learn about the economic evolution of the coaching marketplace. Learn the history of coaching, what is a life coach, the coaching relationship, core competencies/values, coaching diversity, and career opportunities for being a life coach.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Introduction to Coaching


Learn the characteristics of a great leader and what it takes be a great leader.  You can’t lead others until you can lead yourself.  Learn what motivates people to achieve their highest levels of performance.  Effective leadership can be mastered. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Leadership Skills


Children with learning disabilities place an additional stress on the family unit. Learn more about different learning disabilities and how best to cope with them in the family unit. Learn the signs and symptoms of learning disabilities, identify strengths and weaknesses, and promote self-confidence. Topics include: ADD/ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Learning Disabilities


There are only two root emotions in life: love and fear. When we learn to live a life of love, we no longer want to live in fear. Topics include: the power of love, the power of prayer, the power of forgiveness, and the attitude of gratitude.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Love and Fear


It can be very challenging to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of turmoil.  People around us are negative, negative things are taking place all over the world, and we are frustrated with what is going on in our own lives.  Learn how you can maintain a positive attitude in every aspect of your life, even in the challenging times!

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Maintaining a Positive Attitude


Learn how to bring about change in your life. When you change, your world changes with you. Topics include: how to manage change, boundaries and barriers, conflict resolution, and confrontation skills.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Managing Change


Memory is often taken for granted until it begins to fade.  There are different ways to boost our memory, especially with the new energies coming into the Earth.  Learn different ways to sharpen your mind, retain your knowledge, and improve your mental clarity.  There are things that we can do to improve our memory, no matter what our age!

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Memory and Concentration Skills


Overcoming procrastination involves more than just forcing yourself to take action. Beliefs and fears are at the root of the problem and must be dealt with. Facing your beliefs and fears are crucial to overcoming procrastination. It can be difficult, but it will be well worth the journey. Learn the main reasons why we procrastinate, how to overcome laziness, and how to overcome procrastination.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Overcoming Procrastination


It’s easy to fall in love, but staying in love can be challenging. It’s easy to begin a business, but staying in business can be challenging.  What does success in life really mean?  Get advice on how to be successful in life, in love, and in business from people who are already successful. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Principles of Success


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is real. Symptoms may begin within three months of a traumatic event, or it may begin years after the event. Learn the symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, and a self-healing method, EFT, which has been proven to help release the trauma causing the dis-ease.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

PTSD and Trauma


Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses can help you in your personal life or your career.  If you cannot recognize your weaknesses, how will you ever make them your strengths?  How will you ever know who you really are?  Learn common strengths and weaknesses shared by many.  Some of these traits may be yours, too.  Knowing your strengths can help you in your career and in your daily life.  Knowing your weaknesses, you will want to improve them to help you become a stronger person. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Recognizing Your Strengths and Weaknesses


Self-improvement and motivation go hand in hand. It is not possible to improve yourself while stuck in low self-motivation. Learn how to manage motivation levels to improve your goals. Learn how to make positive changes in your life and at work and increase happiness. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything you want in life.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Self-Motivation Skills


Stress is an emotion, which can eventually cause dis-ease within the body. Learn how to live a stress-free life. Learn how to release anger, pain, and depression—all a byproduct of stress. Learn the symptoms, types, and ways to coping with stress and anxiety. Knowing yourself and how you react to situations will help you deal with stress and anxiety effectively. Stress can be good or bad—it all depends on how you handle your stress. Panic attacks are a type of anxiety, and the fear is real.  Learn the symptoms, causes, and tips to overcome anxiety. Learn self-help strategies to get relief from anxieties, worries, and fears.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Stress and Anxiety


Learn how to motivate your team to work with you instead of against you. Team leaders are well organized and know how to inspire the team and stimulate production.  Successful teams are the result of effective teamwork.  Learn the characteristics of a successful team and its leader, along with examples of team building exercises. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Team Building Principles


Sleep is important for many reasons:  to re-energize the body, to keep depression from settling in, for mental clarity, and more. The way you think, act, and feel depends on how well you sleep at night. Learn how to improve the quality of your sleep, natural ways to overcome insomnia, how much sleep you really need, and what Restless Leg Syndrome is on a spiritual level. 

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

The Importance of Sleep


Time management is an art that anyone can learn to master.  Learn effective management tips for work-life balance to help you stay productive and balanced at work and outside the office.  Learn productivity tips for procrastinators and some common obstacles that keeping people from getting what they want done.

Teachers:  Beth Downs, Pat Zimmerman

Time Management Skills