Amy Leighton is the founder of amyleighton.com and is a Speaking and Presence Coach in the wellness industry. Having struggled with anxiety and depression throughout her teens and into her early 20s, feeling that her voice wasn’t worthy enough of being heard, she’s now healthy, happy and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs get their voices out there and stand out amongst the hype of the wellness world.
We chatted to Amy to find out what her job entails and to see what an average day looks like for her.
What does your job entail?
I am a Speaking and Presence Coach for Wellness Entrepreneurs. Whether you’re at the start of your journey or an established influencer, I help you to work out how best to communicate your story and business to your audience, overcome those speaking nerves and feel empowered to rock your speaking both in person and on camera.
One of my main priorities is making sure that clients feel safe and supported through the process. Speaking and communicating your ‘why’ can make you feel vulnerable and out of your comfort zone, so it’s important to understand that you have control over what you put out there and how you go about that confidently and effectively. Also understanding that every client is different – each story is unique and how to best express it is an individual choice, so I have to stay adaptable at every given point and really listen to you to make sure you get the most out of every session.
How did you get into this line of work?
I trained originally as an actor and, upon graduating, started teaching drama to adults and young people to pay the bills in-between acting gigs. Teaching drama turned into teaching public speaking – something which, despite me having gone to drama school, I actually found difficult to do whilst I was teaching it! I had to learn how to be the best communicator I could be and suddenly realised it wasn’t just me that struggled. I saw how amazing it is to allow people’s thoughts, feelings and opinions to be heard and to give them a forum where they can safely express themselves whilst helping them to maximise their presence. I’d always wanted my own business, so decided to fuse my love of the wellness industry with my creativity and communication work – and so the business was born!
What does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is different for me! Generally I’ll get up around 6am and practice yoga or go to the gym. I’ll be washed, fed and caffeinated by 9am and ready to work – whether that’s at my office at home, or with a client. Some days I work with young people, other days I’m out and about working with adults, and sometimes I’m content creating at home.
“I really enjoy the variety that my lifestyle allows”
What does your work space look like?
I’m excited to answer this one as I’ve literally just moved house and so have a brand new office. Light and space is really important to me when I’m working, so I’ve got a big double bedroom that we’re slowly but surely turning into a workspace that has huge high ceilings and big windows that overlook the garden. As I’m writing this, today is the first day working from here and it’s gorgeous! I’m really looking forward to getting my pictures up on the walls and I’m definitely going to be on Pinterest to get inspiration on how to get it looking exactly as I’d like. It’s also big enough to meet clients, so I hope to be able to use it as a practical space for work once it’s up and running properly.
Tell us about your lunch!
What a brilliant question. Again, it changes everyday (there’s a theme here), but lunch tends to be some kind of salad normally inspired by Deliciously Ella (Ella Mills) or The Food Medic (Hazel Wallace). I love to cook and make my own food and I’ve been experimenting with eating a more plant based diet since going on holiday to India a few months ago where we ate a mostly vegan diet for two weeks. If I’m out and about, I’ll always do my best to prepare something in advance, like homemade falafels with a marinated kale salad and hummus, or a rocket, roasted butternut squash and chickpea salad.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The best part of my job is that it’s completely varied every day and that I really get to make a difference and help clients up their speaking and presence game, ready to get in front of the camera or on stage. It’s also brilliant to have my own business and have ownership over the work I do and when I want to do it as opposed to having someone telling me!
Anything you don’t enjoy..?
Having such a varied schedule sometimes means it can be quite unstable. When some months go quiet, it’s always a worry – but it’s about remembering that the busy months come with quieter ones and making sure I’m clear on my budget so I can still pay my bills when that happens. As you may have guessed, I love collaborating and working with other people.
“My boyfriend can always tell when I’ve been working in my office all day because I don’t leave him alone in the evenings!”
How do you unwind after work?
I’m really conscious of having a work/life balance. Until a couple of years ago I worked all hours of the day (and at weekends) and essentially burnt myself out, so this one is really important to me!
I love seeing friends & catching up over dinner, going to the theatre or, if I haven’t already, doing some kind of movement like yoga or heading to the gym. I’m not a natural runner but with the summer coming up I’m trying to enjoy it and have started training for a half marathon as a little challenge for myself! I’ve also just moved to SW London so I’m really excited to have lots of friends over and I’ll definitely be on the look out for some sporting clubs to meet other people in the area too.
How do you prepare for the following day?
In the evening I’ll always try to think of anything out of the ordinary that I need to get ready so it doesn’t throw me the next day. I’ll get any kit ready that I need (for example my tripod if I’m doing camera training) and work out my route if I’m going to be out and about.
What mantra do you live by?
This is difficult.. I have a few! Cliche as it sounds – ‘Everything happens for a reason’ alongside a quote I love by Louise Hay which reads:
“It’s important to remember that people are always doing the best they can, including you.”
A final one which I love to remind myself of every morning – “It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”