Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! Um, I am #obsessed with Megan Dowd. A Boost Your Dream Business grad, I knew her long before she became a client. Just like she doesn’t quite remember how she crossed *my* path, I can’t point to how I found *her*, either – but when I did, I opened those newsletters and stalked her Instagram like it was my job. I’m so thrilled when it actually became just that – my job! I can’t wait ’til you read her real, grounded, vulnerable and transparent answers to my questions below. What a treat for us both!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I *think* I found you through a podcast interview, I honestly don’t remember, but from that moment on it was a “yes, I will work with her someday” kinda love affair. For one, we have incredibly similar backgrounds (theater, ambition, career shifts), and I KNEW when our paths crossed, magic was going to happen. I just knew.
And then you put out the call for clients and some major life transitions were about to go down and I knew in my gut, now was the time for some extra love and support and kick in the pants.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
OH THE TRANSITIONS. When we started, work-wise I was FINALLY hitting my stride after 3 years of life-shit hitting the fan (long story and not for here) but the bottom line was: I was ready to dig in and dig in deep. I had slowly been whittling my way into a niche and JUST when we started working together I had an epiphany. I realized that the services I had BEEN offering were awesome but not right at all for me. With your guidance I unpacked years of ideas for services and packages that were AWESOME services and packages! They just weren’t services and packages I wanted to offer. Copy, design, branding, branding strategy, social media copy, social media storytelling, one-off consulting – YOU NAME IT, NOW I’m down to two offers that flow into each other so well and I’m mapping out HOW I want to grow this specific niche rather than jumping around to all the services.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
REIN IT IN.
Seriously – I now routinely ask myself, “Would Michelle tell me to go deeper or wider?” because typically I’ll try to do both. To be give the breadth and depth all in one massive blog post or workbook. Now I wish I could say NO MORE but let’s be honest, it’s really like I’M WORKING ON IT and I feel confident that I can continue to navigate this territory.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
Keep showing up. Even when shit hits the fan. Even when you’re like “this is a terrible time for me to be in coaching.” Even when the gremlins and vampire voices sneak in to tell you that this isn’t for you and you don’t belong in your business. Maybe it’s NOT right and those voices cut close to the bone, but they are NEVER right in their motivations and reasoning.
Keep working and trust that Michelle with hold the space for you that you need.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
Asking myself if I’m giving away too much was something I KNEW I needed to do but something I never trusted myself to answer.
It’s not a great “tip” per se, because it’s most CERTAINLY a process: work every day to cultivate trust in yourself. Cultivating trust in yourself and your story is perhaps the most important foundation you can build for your business.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
OMG ALL THE THINGS!
First off, I’m a featured speaker at the Toilet Seat Summit! Our hosts Lanie Lamarre and Racheal Kay Albers have enlisted some of the best in the biz to present you their sleaze-free strategies for running a profitable business. They’ve put together an online summit covering everything from how to make ’em say, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!” to building a non-spammy sales funnel to leveraging video so you look like the rockstar you are. Yours truly will be speaking on the importance of Core Values as the foundation for your business and how you can infuse your values into your work NOW!
Second, I’m opening spots for 2020 for Core Catalyst Coaching (my signature framework and process for creating an unshakeable foundation and sense of self within your business)! Get some guidance on what you ACTUALLY value (not just what you feel culturally obligated to value) and restructure your business to serve you as a human FIRST (otherwise, what’s the point of running your own business).
FINALLY – I’ve got something big coming. I can’t quite get into it YET, but come January 2020 keep your eyes on @meganhasgoodwords on Instagram . It’s gonna be so much fun. And if you’re reading this cuz you love Michelle, I most definitely want you to be a part of it.
Where can we find you and your work?