"Joy is an extraordinary out-of-the-box thinker. I have personally worked with Joy on my 5-year strategic business plan. Over the years, I have worked with a number of strategic planners and Joy is by far the most practical strategic consultant I have ever worked with. I USE the plan. My consultants USE the plan.
Joy's process is well thought through and the end documentation is something that guides you and your organization to success. I love the fact that it is not a 2 inch document that collects dust on a shelf.
I have also worked with Joy through our professional organization NAWBO and she is a shining professional in everything she does. She has helped to grow the organization and is regarded as a strong leader in the chapter."
Stephanie Calahan, CEO
"I have worked with Joy over the past three years on numerous projects and I can't even come close to express in words how easy it is to work with Joy. Joy has an uncanny way of understanding her clients, what their needs are, and how to motivate them to move in the right direction in order to meet their goals. She offers a calm presence that takes the edge off of any "overwhelmed" business professional - no matter what business they are in.
I highly recommend A 25 Hour Day with Joy Duling to anyone seeking the direction, focus and resources to move forward to achieve their goals.
Thank you, Joy, for everything that you have helped me with ... my business, my clients and my success."
Sharon Hewitt, Owner
"We were very glad to have an opportunity to work with Joy because we definitely needed an outside person to review our proposal and to see if we were articulating what the RFP had stated. And sure enough, what we had discovered was that we were really missing the mark with that regard and Joy competently and compassionately, I think, pointed us in the right direction.
The technical assistance that she provided was just incredible. She divided the Request for Proposal into a manageable document. What had previously seemed like this almost incomprehensible document from the state was now something that made a lot more sense the way Joy broke it down for us. And I feel like Joy made the workshop we attended more enjoyable and she made just the whole grantmaking process more understandable from the point of view of the grantor as well as the grantee.
After working with Joy, I can definitely say that our proposal is a much better document. It’s much more focused on what the grantor was looking for, and I would recommend Joy because of her strong technical skills that she conveys and very compassionate manner.
I think there were times our proposal was maybe kind of going in the opposite direction that we needed it to, and Joy was able to kind of point us in the right direction.
I feel like not only our proposal, this particular proposal, is better, but I feel like our organization is better because I feel like I definitely have a much better understanding of the grantmaking process and what we need to do to make out grant work, to answer the questions in the RFP and make sure we’ve got a better chance of being funded.
So thank you, Joy, for working with us."
Billy Woodward, Director of Emergency Services
Red Cross of Central Illinois
"Behind death, taxes, getting married and having kids, the next biggest fear in life might be opening your personal and professional lives to a business strategist. How I wish I had met Joy Duling 15 years ago when I went into the writing and graphic design business for myself. I can only imagine how far along I'd be now if our paths had crossed sooner.
I'm an extreme right-brain creative person, and organization of my desk and my business matters have been left to chance for years. And as a result, I was going nowhere when I should have been celebrating many more business, professional and personal achievements.
I had written eight books, but I could never figure out how to develop a business plan that made sense, was reasonably painless and had attainable goals.
Then I met Joy Duling.
After sitting down for the first private session with Joy in early January, my entire attitude about myself — who I am and what I do for a living — was completely transformed. She knew the right questions to ask to dig deeper into the hows and whys of what I do and how I can do it better. When Joy summarized in writing the results of that meeting, I was amazed at what I had achieved and how much further I could go in this world with just a little planning, organization and focus.
And with her enthusiastic and realistic guidance, I finally began to believe in what I could accomplish.
I owe more to Joy Duling than I can ever repay for what she allowed me to finally give myself, a clearer vision of all that I can do for myself and the world. She helped me concisely articulate my professional and life missions for the first time in my life. She pushed without nagging for me to stay focused on me and my goals, and you won't find anybody who is gentler and tougher all rolled in one.
Working with Joy has been one of the best investments I've ever made in myself."
Monica Vest Wheeler, Owner
Turning Empathy Into Action