Emily Bissen, ActionCOACH of Wisconsin

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Emily Bissen, business development & marketing, ActionCOACH of Wisconsin.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is meeting so many incredible business owners and leaders and hearing their stories. I am in awe of the work people do and how they show up in our community. The biggest challenge for me is overthinking and getting stuck. I want to come up with the perfect thing to say or do, so I overanalyze things. When I just do it — take the first step and go with the flow — everything falls into place. I’m working on doing more of that.

Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

I have a lot of people but a few of mine are Dawn Mullarney, Gail Johnson, Leah Roe, and Amber Swenor. These women are incredible. They are passionate about the work they do, they are incredible connectors, and they challenge me to grow in new ways every year.

What has been the high point of your career so far?

It’s hard to pick a high point. Every year I learn something new about myself or my belief sets and get to make a choice about whether or not I want to keep them. I get to work with global award-winning coaches who show me and others how to stretch and grow through and out of my comfort zone regularly. I love that I get to talk to new people every day and find ways to help them do business with more people.

Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Don’t be in such a hurry to “grow up.” There is so much to learn about yourself and what you love. Go, explore, travel, try new things. Don’t worry about not having the perfect job; try a bunch out, people don’t just have one career forever anymore. Things that don’t work are not failures, they are lessons. Learn from them and move forward. You have so much life in front of you, so do what brings you joy and surround yourself with people who will challenge you and help you grow. Meet as many people as you can and have deeper conversations. You never know who might be the one to open that door for you.

What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

I love that there are so many great places to visit and great restaurants and breweries around here.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I don’t think it’s a secret but I can make friends or talk to with just about anyone. I will find a way to connect with whomever I am talking to and find ways to help them connect with more people they can do business with or that would be really fun for them to know. I am a pretty good matchmaker.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Bubble baths. Since I started working from home, once a week I use my lunch break to reset before my afternoon calls and meetings. It works wonders and I am always recharged afterward.

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