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Sally Fox is a coach, consultant, speaker, and podcaster who’s helping individuals and organizations to bring their best stories forward. She lives on Vashon Island with her horse, husband, and the inimitable Barrythe-cat. Read about her work and find her blog at You can also listen to her podcasts at


YOU CAN REINVENT YOUR WORK or career at any age. I know this because I relaunched my consulting practice at 60. Career books tell you that to reinvent yourself, you’ll need a clear sense of purpose and passion for what you’re doing. Check that! You’ll also need more time than you expect, and, if you’re lucky, a teenager at home or a millennial you can tap for technical support. My purpose came to me quickly—after a mere four years of soul searching. I knew that my working days were numbered, so I gave myself three months to succeed with my new focus. My coaching friend Jeff counseled me that five years was probably more realistic. Dang him for being right! My big challenges began with the technical aspects of marketing my refocused practice. I was a modern Rip Van Winkle waking up to the Internet age, with its requirements for websites, blogging, social media, and more. During my 30 years of consulting, I’d never needed a website. Those days were over. Some months and thousands of dollars later, I had a beautiful website, a regular blog, and a “presence” on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Then, a friend who remains nameless— thanks again, Jeff—suggested I try podcasting, a way to record interviews with fascinating guests from around the world, while sipping green tea in my Vashon Island office. Podcasting would help me build more online presence by allowing anyone on the planet to find my show on iTunes (along with, it seems, a billion other shows). He tempted me by saying that I had a good voice and inquiring mind (possibly true), and that recording technology was easy to master. It probably would be easy, if you’re a 16-yearold. I’m not, but I launched the Vital Presence podcast anyway.

3rd Act magazine | fall 2016

I soon discovered three key lessons about recording: • Cats intuitively know to meow when you’re recording. • It’s risky to record a guest in Florida during hurricane season. • Pushing the record button does not guarantee that you’re recording. My early recording bloopers forced me to learn audio editing. Soon, I could recognize waveforms and edit out “um’s.” I felt proud, until my editing software crashed. Clearly, I needed technical

3rd Act Magazine – Fall 2016  

3rd Act Magazine is a bold, fresh, lifestyle magazine for older adults. Well written and informative articles to help all of us age with co...