In This Issue

1. Recover Your Joy

2. Speak Without Fear: Introducing Speaking Circles® - New One Day Retreats

3. New and improved website

4. Upcoming Events

5. Sensory Awareness workshop

  About Linda Landon

Linda Landon, ACC, is a business and recovery coach, speaker and trainer, who helps professionals connect with their inner genius so they can be authentic, intentional, powerful, successful, and happy. Linda has more than 20 years experience in marketing, sales, business consulting and coaching, and is the president of Linda Landon & Associates, a Los Angeles-based coaching and training company.
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   Speak Without Fear

Speaking Circles®

Learn how to have a relaxed and powerful presence that will engage, inspire and motivate anyone listening to you, no matter where you are or what is going on around you.

Linda facilitates Speak Without Fear classes every other Monday evening in Los Angeles.

Upcoming Monday
evening classes:

November 10
November 24
December 8
December 22

6:45pm - 9pm
West Los Angeles

Upcoming Saturday
day-long retreats:

Level II: Dec. 6, 2008
Level I: Feb. 7, 2009

10am - 5pm
West Los Angeles

CEUs available for CA MFTs and LCSWs!

To register, and for further information,
click HERE.

  Upcoming Events

Linda will be presenting at the following conferences and events. For more information, simply click on the link.

The Del Martin Memorial Women's Education Series, Sponsored by LAGPA (Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association):

Sunday, Nov. 2
at Antioch University, Culver City, CA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

More Info

Intl. Coaching Federation Los Angeles Chapter,
Teleclass Series:

Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 9
5:00 - 6:00 pm

More Info

LA CAMFT (California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Los Angeles Chapter):

Sunday, Jan. 25
in Los Angeles, CA
9:45 am - 12:30 pm

More Info


  What's New with
  Linda Landon
  and Associates

Did you know that in addition to individual coaching for professionals, we also offer:

 Speak Without Fear trainings for CEOs and management teams

 Four Agreements workshops for your clients or staff

 Recovery coaching for business owners

 CDs of Linda's seminars

 Keynote presentations for conferences

Call us for more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation.
(310) 202-6722

  Quick Links

Email us
All Services
Recovery Services
Speak Without Fear
Speaking Engagements



"Be willing to be uncomfortable. Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it's a small price to pay for living a dream." ~ Peter McWilliams


As we enter autumn, can we pause to savor the abundance we've harvested? It's essential to remember what we're grateful for - especially in a time of uncertainty. In this issue I describe a process that can help us recover our joy. We also celebrate the unveiling of our new website. Enjoy.

  Recover Your Joy

Last month for five days I stood in front of a piece of white paper tacked to the wall. Brush in hand, with a wide array of luscious colors to choose from, I painted whatever came out of me. The intention of the workshop I was attending was to access that place in myself from which creativity springs. To get there, I first had to move through everything that gets in my way. So for the first four days I emptied onto that paper all the machinations of my mind. As I painted the good, the bad, and the ugly, everything - even the most dreadful and unacceptable - became beautiful in its expression. By the fifth day I had arrived at what my teacher, Michele Cassou, calls Point Zero, and what was pouring out of me was joy.

In the world of recovery we talk about what we're recovering from - alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive shopping, and so on. How often do we talk about what we want to recover back? Through coaching, clients in recovery can reclaim their innate capacity to be wise, insightful, creative, playful, and free: They can recover back their joy.

Recovery is a multi-layered process that may include therapy, counseling, sponsorship, and working a Twelve Step program. When the client is ready, recovery coaching can open up their capacity to identify what really matters to them in the present, so they can shape a future infused with these values. As a recovery coach, I guide clients to unearth and move through their stuck places so they can access their own Point Zero. From there, they can set goals and take actions to shape a life that has purpose and meaning.

Experience has shown me that if we do not create from this essential place, we cannot truly realize our goals. We may set goals and take actions that look right on the outside, or we may pursue goals that others have set for us, but ultimately we will find it difficult to follow through and bring them into reality - unless we go within and ensure they are connected to our values.

A client came to me six months into her recovery from drug addiction. In the beginning she did some exercises to discover core values that had been hidden beneath her addiction. Then I asked her, "If you really lived by these values, and dared to dream, what would your life look like?" She envisioned a beautiful home in a peaceful setting and an infant in her arms. Now, two years later, she lives in that home and is about to have a baby.

Another one of my clients is a business professional who runs a small company.

When he arrives for our session, he's often agitated and distressed. For him, coaching is an opportunity to access his Point Zero, and ground himself. Sometimes all he needs is a five minute guided meditation. As he follows his breath, he returns to the present moment and quiets the chatter in his mind. Then, often without any further guidance, he is able to intuitively solve the problems that were overwhelming him at the beginning of the session.

Sometimes I offer clients this exercise to help them tap into their inner source:

Place on a flat surface an 8 ½ x 11 piece of white paper and hold in one hand a colored pencil or crayon. Close your eyes, be with your breath, and begin to sense the weight of the pencil in your hands. Now allow your eyes to open and place the pencil on the paper. Stay present with your breathing as you begin to move your hand. Let the pencil guide you, notice the mind wanting to make something, and keep moving. Follow the flow, feel the pencil, and sense the texture of paper for several minutes. Do your best to not judge your creation. Your job is to be with the experience, not the result. Now stop, take a couple of breaths, and be with whatever it is you created. Put your name and date on it, and set it aside. Then notice how this process affects the rest of your day.

Coaching is a courageous act. It supports us to tap into a reservoir of possibility and potential that is so much bigger than who we have thought ourselves to be. To face and shift who we think we are is not always comfortable - and it can bring us great joy.

For more info about Point Zero painting workshops please contact Michele Cassou at


  NEW - and Improved - Website!

We're delighted to announce the launch of our new website. It's colorful, packed with new information, easy to navigate, and clearly maps out the scope of our services.
There is a whole new Recovery Services section, which includes recovery coaching for business professionals in recovery, and Four Agreements trainings to reduce burnout for clinicians and staff in treatment centers. If you are a meeting planner, you'll find everything you need to book Linda for your event on the Speaking Engagements page. Plus you can now register online for Speak Without Fear classes.

Please check it out!

Sensory Awareness Weekend Workshop:

Do you long for equanimity in these unsettling times?
Led by Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt

Rediscover the potential for health and fulfillment that springs from full presence in stillness and in motion. Being in full touch with ourselves and our surroundings, we can find our way to a more authentic, connected and healthy way of living. Through simple explorations with everyday movements, playful experiments with gravity, quiet presence and lively interactions with others, we rediscover what it means to be fully alive and engaged.

Introductory Evening:
Friday, November 7, 2008

7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Hari's RIE Studio
2901 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 121

Introductory Special:

Weekend Workshop: Saturday and Sunday
November 8 - 9, 2008

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Hari's RIE Studio
2901 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 121


To register, contact: or click HERE.

Phone: (310) 202-6722
Fax: (310) 202-6685