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Meet Gretchen Hydo of Any Lengths Life Coaching in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gretchen Hydo.

Gretchen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Stockton, CA. My parents were 18 when they had me. We had a lot of fun together. Being so young, my parents split up when I was 7. They had an amicable relationship but, I still dealt with the affects of growing up in a broken home. Part of my story is that from a young age I always had compassion for the hard times that others were going through and would offer help. Listening, giving advice, and being there for people were intuitive for me. I could listen to the trials of others without judgment.

When I was 18 I moved to Northridge. I received a degree in Speech Communications and went on to take UCLA extension classes in Public Relations. I worked in PR for several companies in the 90s. In early 2000, I started my own boutique PR firm, Chatterbox PR Ink. The company grew and I enjoyed the work but wanted something more.

One day I was talking to a friend and advising her on a painful situation. She said, “You should have been a therapist.” I told her that she might be right but that I didn’t want to go back to school for it. She said, “Then you should be a coach.” The light went on. I went out and got official training and opened Any Lengths Life Coaching. It is my passion to help people find their life’s purpose, better their relationships, and reach their greatest levels of success and satisfaction.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like all roads, there have been some twists and turns. My coaching business thrived pretty easily because of my contacts and good relationships. I am a natural speaker and have been blessed to speak and create professional and personal workshops for companies where I get to work with companies and individuals in a group setting. My personal clientele was a lot of word of mouth and referrals. I felt like I was doing the very thing I want for my clients, living my life’s purpose.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Any Lengths Life Coaching – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
What I am most proud of is helping others realize what they were put on this earth to do. I love helping people live by design rather than default. I am also really proud of my advice column, #AskGretchen. Since I was a kid I wanted to be “Dear Abby.” I created it for myself. I also have finished a talk that I am going to pitch to the Tedx stage. That makes me really excited and proud. What sets me a part is my business and PR background. I have started several successful businesses and know what it takes to get the word out and to launch. I also know what it means to be a working, married, mom. So, when I talk about work-life balance I am taking from experience. I also believe in training and certification. I went out and got certified so that I have all of the qualifications on paper and technically to be a professional coach.

Gretchen Hydo is a certified and credentialed coach (specializing in life coaching, relationship coaching, business coaching, and executive productivity coaching), as well as a keynote speaker, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and thought leader. She helps women and men, from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom are ready to make significant and substantial changes. Through her insight and ability to ask challenging questions–coupled with a defined process and purpose–she helps clients reach for the stars, achieve their loftiest goals, and change their lives for the better.

Gretchen Hydo is a certified and credentialed coach (specializing in life coaching, relationship coaching, business coaching, and executive productivity coaching), as well as a keynote speaker, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and thought leader. She helps women and men, from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom are ready to make significant and substantial changes. Through her insight and ability to ask challenging questions–coupled with a defined process and purpose–she helps clients reach for the stars, achieve their loftiest goals, and change their lives for the better.

Gretchen has spent over ten years working, hands-on, with individual clients, name brands, and notable companies. Before becoming a certified professional coach, Gretchen launched and operated a successful public relations firm, Chatterbox PR Ink. Her ability to provide entrepreneurial tools, PR acumen, and real-world practical advice have all contributed to the unprecedented results she produces for her coaching clients today.

Gretchen is a frequent speaker, trainer, and executive coach at Universal Music, the University of Southern California, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As a thought leader in her field, she is regularly featured in A-list publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Fast Company. She is also the author of #AskGretchen, an advice column (syndicated in WE Magazine for Women, Valley Women, and PunchBubKids) that offers readers insight regarding relationships, business, careers, money, and love.

Gretchen lives in Los Angeles with her husband of over 15 years and two children.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans are to continue to grow my practice. I am going to speak quite a bit this year at conferences and hope to become known within the industry as a highly sought out and effective speaker. I am looking forward to being on the Tedx stage. But mainly and most importantly, I am excited and passionate to help people live to their fullest potential and on purpose. When people shine from the inside, the world gets a little brighter.

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