What is business coaching about? It’s not just about business plans and numbers. It’s about creating the life you really want. I’ll let two of my clients help explain:
Being a solopreneur can be incredibly isolating and a good bit overwhelming at times. I was also planning a wedding while trying to grow my health & lifestyle coaching practice after a relocation from NYC. Working with Val helped me stay focused, grow, and move forward sustainably. I’m projecting at least a 200% growth in revenue this year and feeling ease accomplishing that, instead of gross about marketing.
~Kara Snyder, vital corps
Val has a way of creating a comfortable space, and at the same time, really taking you to the limit to unleash your fullest potential. Working with Val is playful, exciting and very productive. After our coaching sessions, I always feel invigorated…and the thing is…it’s not the kind of electricity that fades…. I have found ways to unleash what’s already inside me to be much more productive and creative with her help. I always look forward to our sessions and meetings and I’m so glad I started consulting with Val!!! You really must experience what I’m talking about to truly understand..!! Thanks Val, you are a God-send!! ~D.O., New Haven, CT
Why Seek Coaching for Business Concerns?
You know you need help when your head is spinning with ideas and responsibilities. I know you understand that spinning is not a good business model, for your wallet or for your sanity.
You’re ready to take your business (or your business ideas) to the next level. You don’t just want more income from working longer and harder (that’s a recipe for failure); you want ease, meaning, and financial success.
But, you’ve read all the books ($100 Startup, The Secret, etc.), and somehow they’re not making a difference for you, or not fast enough.
It takes more than ideas, cheerleading friends, and New Year’s resolutions.
I know we can reach these three goals in one unified effort — more impact, more ease, and more fulfillment. I’ve been part of creating that change many many times and I love it!
The key to successfully making meaningful change is to have the right support to clarify your goals and strategies, and make steady progress on it. It works. Don’t keep waiting for the lottery.
Coaching is a supportive partnership process that works for clarifying and achieving nearly any goal. It is a proven method for getting unstuck and living your full potential.
Coaching is proven to increase effectiveness for business owners. That’s why business coaching is taking off especially during a down economy.
How coaching is structured for best results.
Business Coaching vs. Consulting?
These terms are sometimes confused. I often combine the two and find it is an excellent combination to get you moving forward fast.
Often people think they need expert advice (such as provided by a consultant), but I find they actually know a lot already and instead what’s in the way is that they are overwhelmed by options, swirling thoughts, or limiting beliefs. Coaching is a great way to get those blocks out of the way.
Then, with internal barriers addressed, I can put on my consulting hat to help you make well-informed decisions.
Your business is nothing more than a distinct reflection of who you are…. If your business is to change, as it must continually do to thrive, then you must change first.
~Michael Gerber, in The E-Myth Revisited
The most important thing about choosing a coach is that it should feel like a good fit. But here’s some background about me.
I help introverted women who want to bring something meaningful to the world. I help both potential entrepreneurs and established business owners.
Before completing professional coach training and starting my private practice, I gained valuable skills and experience in business management, marketing and communications, human services, education, and human resources.
One of my superpowers is to help people clarify and activate their unique superpowers so they can find their natural flow. I can see the genius in you… even when you can’t.
Since working with Val my goals have become clearer and my action steps more focused. My business has feet now, in a very short time I can see immense possibilities where there were only questions. She keeps the focus, holds the keys of relevance, nourishes the psyche and instills the spirit with a sense of willingness, no, passion for the next step. And if the next step isn’t clear, she will change that!
~Pam White, Artist/Photographer, CT
Who I Help
I help introverted women who relate to at least one of these groups:
- Self-employed or considering self-employment
- Heart-centered professionals
- Helping professionals
- Micro businesses and “solopreneurs” whose work is a personal growth journey (or “innerpreneurs”)
- “Reluctant business owners“
- People feeling challenged about their business focus, finding their voice, charging what they’re worth, or promoting themselves
- People wanting to bring more intuition, spirit, heart, or alignment into their work life.
If you’re an introverted woman who is following your calling or passions, or want to do so, you’re right up my alley!
I don’t coach people who “just need money” or who don’t care about having meaning at work. (By the way, you won’t find clients very easily if you don’t bring your heart.) I get that we all need money, and we’ll solve that, but if that’s your only motivator, it won’t work.
Note: If you don’t fit my client profile, I know some great people to refer to so let’s talk. Please contact me about coaching/consulting matchmaking.
Expected Outcomes for Business Coaching
In the short term, you will…
- Confidently make decisions about which strategies are the best fit for you. (Everyone is unique.)
- Make steady progress on implementing chosen steps.
- Feel energized to move forward.
- Learn how to bypass your internal blocks to progress.
- Increase your ability to tap into your own inner knowing.
In the long term, if you continue to follow the strategies we create together, you will…
- Enjoy more alignment with your values, more ease, and more impact.
I’m so happy that I called you. Things don’t feel so hopeless anymore. Other things feel more manageable. My husband said he’s noticed a big difference in me since we started working together and is glad that I’m devoting the time and money to this.”
K, Western MA (after only 5 sessions)
Reasons People Hire Me
I have successfully helped folks with all of these common needs:
- Clarifying business vision
- Choosing a narrow niche
- Charging what you’re worth
- Finding ease and success with self-promotion
- Finding a sustainable work/life balance
- Developing authentic communications
- Preventing burnout
- Managing change
- Needing a thinking partner
Val’s coaching has more than paid for itself. Her encouragement to believe in my own worth, to charge appropriately for my services and not to undercut myself when negotiating contracts has been invaluable.
~G, Northampton, MA
I don’t charge by the hour so you know I’m always on your team and we don’t have to worry about counting minutes if you contact me between sessions.
Business coaching has a proven record of high return on investment, and that’s just the financial side. But think beyond money. How much is it worth to you to go from frazzled and drained to fulfilled and energized? Please don’t wait for the heart attack.
I’ve seen my clients notice a difference much faster than they expected. Small changes can make a huge difference.
One client starting booking twice as many clients after only two sessions! And was completely booked up with her ideal clients after another three months. She’s doing more of the work she loves and feeling fulfilled on many levels.
That kind of shift can definitely happen for you too.
Don’t let concerns about price stop you from calling. Being in business means you have to invest something, strategically. Especially in the beginning. That’s the nature of it. And coaching is a tried-and-true investment.
Find Out More
Our initial consult is by phone. Sessions can be by phone or in Northampton, MA (Western Massachusetts).