SHINE like Cindy


“Happy People Are More Attractive”, stated a quote once taped on Stacy Soble’s refrigerator.  The notion was to constantly remind Stacy that beauty and grace run deeper than outward appearances. And it was this very quote that played in her mind as she looked for a seat during a session of Serious Business 2013 held in New Orleans. Now, as Editor-in-Chief of Salon Today, Soble was helping host the event and very much looking forward to Shawn Achor’s presentation on The Happiness Advantage.

Equally enthused about hearing Achor speak and already in her seat was SoulSalt client Cindy Feldman of Progressions Salon, Spa, and Store in Rockville, Maryland.  Cindy was attending as one of Salon Today’s Top 200 honorees.

As fate would have it, Stacey Soble picked her seat right next to Cindy Feldman and two of this planet’s bright spots met.  They struck up a conversation, exchanged business cards and took notes as Shawn provided five easy, daily steps to experiencing more happiness:

  • Upon waking each morning, jot down three things you are grateful for and pick three new items each day.
  • For two minutes each day, open a blank word document and write one meaningful experience you had that day. Include every detail.
  • Choose to do 15 minutes of a fun activity each day.
  • For two minutes simply watch your breath go in and out.
  • Choose someone in your life and send them praise by card or e-mail.

Later that evening when the session was over Soble noted that she was “extremely touched” by a sincere e-mail received from Cindy thanking her for making the event possible.

It was no surprise to me that Cindy immediately started practicing the daily steps for experiencing happiness on the very day she learned about them. It is also no surprise that she graciously and sincerely reached out and thanked Soble for her part in creating the event.

Cindy Feldman has taught me many things during my seven-year association with her. One of the high-lights being: Live your life with a low word to action ratio. Meaning – make sure that what you say is, what you do.

Thank you Cindy for your example and thank you for making my life brighter. You are ever out there shining like a diamond.

Author’s Note

To hear this story from Stacy Soble’s vantage point, flip to page 10 of March 2013. Soble’s Editor’s Note tipped me off as to how Cindy touched her life.



Salon Coach Certification – First in the World!

SoulSalt Inc. is proud to announce our part in giving birth to the first Salon Coach Certification program recognized by the International Coach Federation. That is right! This is the first I.C.F. accredited program in the world.

We have been working with salons since 1998. Most recently our work has been to meld coaching programs within compatible salon cultures. Our results  have been phenomenal as you can see:


We are proud to be a part of a profession that can deliver customized programs which produce real outcomes in real time for creative, busy and visionary salon leaders.

More about Coaching

Coaching is not new, it is not a fad. In fact coaching sprouted up from the broad range of philosophies and practices that date as far back as Aristotle, Socrates and Buddha.

The taxonomy of coaching blends an array of ancient wisdom and practices with modern science and advancement in the arts of communication and education.

The coaching industry has grown enormously over the past ten years. The evolving dynamics of coaching are proving it to be a ubiquous as training.

If you are interested in being a salon coach, please reach out –

If you are interested in crafting a coaching culture within your spa, salon, school, business, etc. we have a proven track record and would love to discover what we can do in partnership with you.
An independent R.O.I. study showed that the Paul Mitchell The School system accrued a 42% increase in the number of trainings that were booked, a 100% retention factor affording the company a savings of $57,381.00 during the 2006 to 2007- the year spent with Lyn Christian coaching the management staff.



First we’d like to thank Meche’ Ortega for her expertise and experience in building the salon certification track that currently exists at U.C.U. mentioned above.

Next, we’d love to congratulate Progressions Salon, Spa and Store in Rockville, Maryland. We have been working with Cindy Feldman and team for several years and want to acknowledge how well they have implemented a coaching culture using our curriculum as well as our coaching. Kudos for being in the Salon Today top 200 salons!

Also, if you don’t think that coaching is a huge part of top salon’s business success, think again. While we had our noses to the coaching grindstone, Salon Today did a feature article. We’ll be sure to let them know they missed a huge hat tip our way. However, take a look at what is happening out here. We’ll pit our R.O.I. (return on investment) against any coach engagement out there.