A while back, Naomi Dunford of Ittybiz.com challenged her readers to describe what we do by answering a few key questions. Here are my answers.
What’s your game? What do you do?
How’s this: I’m a trail guide on the convoluted path known as the creative process. I do this both in my part-time brick-and-mortar job as a gifted education specialist and as a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach.
Your Muse is Calling is where I meet up with my coaching clients and others eager to break free of the chains placed on them by things like procrastination, perfectionism, overwhelm, lack of time, negative self-talk, fear of failure and fear of success. These are all normal and expected parts of the creative process, and they don’t need to limit you.
By building awareness of the nature of this crazy journey and teaching tools to help sneak around these obstacles, I help people take their Creative Self out of storage, dust it off and get it into action.
Why do you do it? Do you love it, or do you just have one of those creepy knacks?
I do have a creepy knack for understanding the crux of an issue. People also find me wise…I’ve heard that all my life.
I also get really jazzed about facilitating creative projects. I love to see the creative mind at work and support people in giving birth to and “raising” their ideas. Perhaps I’m not a trail guide…maybe I’m a doula or midwife. If your creative project involves the outdoors, I can be both!
Mostly, though, I’ve experienced firsthand the power of the Kaizen-Muse coaching model to transform a burned-out, overwhelmed and unmotivated woman into a joyful, fun-loving and confident person who creates stuff, accomplishes goals and finds wonder in her life every day.
Who are your customers? What kind of people would need or want what you offer?
I seem to attract smart, reflective men and women who have been putting their own self-expression last on their long to-do lists. They want to start a business or write a memoir, for example, but obstacles like overwhelm, procrastination and perfectionism keep getting in the way. These are people who just need a down-to-earth and perceptive person to tease out the thoughts that are getting in their way and give them some tools to tame their inner demons. That would be me!
What’s special about you? Why should I hire you?
I have an unusual and fantastic coaching designation: Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach.
I am very whole-brained. I can go left or right, depending on your needs, and either way, I understand how you think. If you tend to overthink and analyze, I can help you tap into your intuition and let go enough to find creative flow. If you’re a right-brainer who sometimes feels scattered or needs structure, I can help you create order and focus in a realistic way that fits your style.
I’m a scanner! If you are too, then rest assured that I will appreciate this gift in you.
My 18 years in gifted education mean that I totally get you if you’re an introvert, square peg, perfectionist or underachiever, suffer from imposter syndrome, or spend too much time in your head battling indecision and negative self-talk. It’s not just you – these feelings are very typical for creative and capable people.
Unlike many coaches, who want you to “play big,” “step up” or “make a leap,” I’ll treat you like the sensitive and imperfect human you are, rather than pressuring you to magically transform overnight into a gung-ho overachiever who no longer feels like you. I love supporting people in doing things at a realistic pace and in their own way. Make no mistake, you will leap forward, but you won’t feel pushed, rushed or shamed into it.
If anything in these ramblings struck a chord with you, please send me a message or request a complimentary Get Acquainted Call. I’d love to hear your reaction and answer any questions you may have.