Affordable Coaching? Are you Crazy??

The Willow: (Looking at the situation)

As I research the range of prices for coaching I am shocked at how much the “big boys” make for corporate coaching, up to $500 a session. So why am I, the person with six figures in student loan debt, providing affordable coaching? The answer is simple because I believe that everyone deserves access to quality coaching because it helps to transform lives. To help you understand why I believe in the power of coaching I am going to share a little about my personal experience which requires that we go back in time (insert twilight zone music here).

When I graduated from college, I became a capacity builder supporting grass-root nonprofit organizations. I wanted to ensure that the organizations closest to the ground were able to compete for funding and operate sustainably while staying true to their missions. I enjoyed working with the community so much that I entered a direct-service agency and began to dedicate my life to serving youth. However, after doing this for years I began to burn out because of the heavy burdens placed on direct-service social justice agencies. So I tried to switch gears and go back to capacity building for a small respite, but quickly realized that the burn out was much deeper. I started to look for outlets for a recharge including yoga, therapy, meditation and traveling. However, when I returned to the work I still felt exhausted… until I found coaching.

The Roots: (What’s up under the current perspective?)

I always believed that coaching was a luxury that I couldn’t afford but after my coach offered me a sample session, I was hooked. My coach pushed me to realize that as I worked to conduct the day-to-day activities for my employers, I had in some ways lost sight of my ultimate vision.  In addition, I had also pushed aside some of my core values which were beginning to cause conflict.

The Bloom: (How we can grow from a deeper understanding.)

Once I realized that I was out of alignment with my dreams and values I was able to quickly realign and step back into my power. This is why providing access to coaching is so important for me, because I understand how misalignment can affect how you feel, how you perceive your environment and more importantly how you envision your future. Furthermore, I am committed to providing quality affordable coaching because I believe it is a gift that everyone deserves.

As your coach I can offer you an environment to explore deeply, reconnect to your power, face your fears and get you moving towards your goals. So if coaching sounds like something you would benefit from, I would love to be your coach and support you as you to step further into alignment with your dreams!

Your Future Coach,

Leslie Brown

http://www.blommingwillow.com

It’s The Simple Things

Riperton's hit album, Perfect Angel (1974)

Riperton’s hit album, Perfect Angel (1974) (Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Willow: (Looking at the situation)

As I hit the “still listening” button for the 10th time on Pandora, I realized that it was indeed lunch time. I also knew that post lunch it was due time for a station change from my up tempo world music mix, to  something slower in order to prepare for part two of my work day. Sitting there stuffed to the gills (I ate too much trying to stall), I prepared to enter the vortex of social media marketing.  As I hunkered down to face the multitude of marketing platforms labeled “user-friendly” (not true for me) I decided to go with some 70s R&B to keep me grounded.

After starting my “old school” internet radio station, the room was suddenly filled with the sweet soprano voice of Minnie Riperton. Her lyrics brought me to a halt, as she sang out “the simple things, the lovely simple things, I could go on and on and on”, and she was right.  I suddenly realized that all of the new social media platforms were encouraging all of us to move fast through life, missing the simple things. So I pushed away from the computer, grabbed the nearest pen and launched an amazing karaoke performance to finish out the song.

Getting to the Root: (What’s up under the current perspective?)

From Nicholas Carr, “fast (Internet/social) media and deep slow thought don’t mix well.” As media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in 1960s, “Medias are not just passive channel of information.” “They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.” However, there are several benefits brought from deep reading (thought). For example, “our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connection that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged. ”

The Bloom: (How we can grow from a deeper understanding.)

When I sat back down after the impromptu karaoke show I knew that something had to be done to slow things down. To reach my goal of providing coaching for people who moved through life at the speed of light, I would have to use different strategies. The traditional strategies of social media marketing wouldn’t reach my audience buried under tons of emails and overly stimulated with the Tweets, Pinterest and Linked-In messages.  I needed to go simpler, I needed to return to the forgotten networking methods that people have moved beyond…that’s right face to face meetings and telephone calls (okay… and a litttle FB, you can’t expect me to go cold turkey, I am a Gen. Xer/Millennial). So wish me luck, I am going simple with my marketing so look forward to a call or visit from me soon. Also I challenge you to push away from your desk and busy schedule to enjoy a song break, read a good book and get back to the simple things in your life.

Your Future Coach,

Leslie Brown

http://www.bloomingwillow.com