Small Group Communities for Introverts on a Mission

I love facilitating small group communities (up to 6 people each) especially for introverts and highly sensitive people (HSPs), so you can more easily thrive in your work in the world. My affinity groups:

  1. “SOULpreneurs” – for heart-centered solopreneurs.
  2. “Explorers” – for those exploring work options that might include self-employment.
  3. “B2Bease” – a peer group for business/career/leadership coaches.

I’m a big believer in the power of genuine community, for more ease, more effectiveness, and more joy.

mastermind groups for introverts - Better Together

Flying together is in our bones, just as it is for birds.

For introverts and highly sensitive people, we tend to gain the most benefit in small groups, such as 6 people. Most business and career groups are much bigger and can feel draining for us.

I facilitate with a simple structure designed to provide grounding, camaraderie, and practical support.

I can’t imagine I’d be this far along if I hadn’t been part of this group. Incredibly helpful.”
~group member

Do you experience any of this?

  • Feeling alone and spinning with your career/business decisions.
  • Wondering how to have a flowing business at the same time as a restful life.
  • Spending hours on some technical thing you don’t know how to do.
  • Not sure how the heck to set rates for a service that is so close to your heart.
  • Dreading that promotional stuff.
  • Trying to make decisions from a place of lack, instead of from a clear plan.
  • Feeling like a misfit sometimes with the practical business side.

There’s a better way.

I cannot say enough great things about the space that Val creates for her group members. She curates a group of like-minded heart-centered entrepreneurs and brings them on a journey to figure out how to achieve their goals. My time spent in the group has been incredible and I recommend it for anyone who wants to get their business moving. I came in as such a newbie and received such a great foundation from Val, her guidance, and her masterful facilitation.” ~A.R.

My Group Members Experience this:

  • restorative energy,
  • deeper clarity on what you have to offer,
  • faster results,
  • faster decision-making and reduced self-doubt and overthinking,
  • genuine camaraderie,
  • practical help for new technology and writing feedback,
  • new networking connections,
  • occasional collaborations, and
  • overall more fun and ease in pursuing their mission-driven work.
Interconnected tree roots

Like trees in a forest, we are stronger and more resilient when you’re in it together.

You’ll also get:

  1. A clear map and related self-discovery tools to help you with whatever step you’re on  (such as refining your niche).
  2. Access to asking me questions between meetings.
  3. Connection to Val’s large network for help with new connections, and spreading the word about your services. (You’re not alone with marketing anymore!)
  4. New friends.
Incredible progress, clarity and new connections made. Gained waaayyy more than I anticipated from this group… THANKS!!!
~Cecile Lackie, heart-centered accountant/trainer

You won’t get:

With group meetings only, it’s not enough to develop a new business and get all the clarity and support you need. It’s a lighter program than that, designed to support you on a journey in progress.

Members have either done some one-to-one coaching before or simultaneously with group meetings, or they already have some business foundation. We can decide together what makes the most sense for you.

My Mission and Background for Group Leadership

Val Nelson photoMy mission and life’s work is about helping other heart-centered people bring their needed gifts to the world in a sustainable way, and these communities are a key part of helping that happen.

I bring my 11 years of being sustainably self-employed as a business/career coach, using a heart-centered approach. I’ve learned how to make it work for both my wallet and my energy needs as an introvert and highly sensitive person.

Much of my career has included leading groups in some form, and I’ve had formal training in group facilitation and adult learning. I’ve developed my facilitation skills into a core strength.

I’ve included small groups as part of my primary offerings from the beginning of my business.

I also pay to be part of a heart-centered solopreneur group myself. I’m a believer.

Is This for You?

My groups are for you if you relate to all of these:

  1. A desire to bring a heart-centered approach to your work and your marketing.
  2. You like the idea of having a sense of genuine community with your kindred spirits.
  3. A desire to have a positive impact in the world.
  4. You are drawn to things like mindfulness and work/life balance (even if you struggle to fit it in).
  5. You lean towards introversion and/or high sensitivity or you at least want to make sure your work is balanced with your energy needs.
  6. You’re probably a woman or feel supportive of strong women who tend to be the majority in my groups.
  7. You actively embrace diversity and inclusion of all kinds and are committed to treating each other with respect and humility when you don’t understand someone else’s views.
  8. You’re not currently overwhelmed by depression.
  9. You have already experienced that Val’s style is a good fit for you.
  10. You don’t expect the group program alone to address everything you need.

You can learn more about each affinity group, and all the group logistics and cost options below.


[Image: SOULpreneurs]SOULpreneurs Community

Who is this group for?
This is a community of kindred spirits who are self-employed, or building a new business. They offer services from their heart, such as through some form of coaching, consulting, teaching, or healing arts.

Members are interested in authentic approaches to business and marketing and appreciate that the group helps them stay on track with that.

This could be where you’ll find that confidence and energy you need to do things you never thought you could do. Easier client attraction, easier pricing, and more fun. All from your true heart.

It’s usually all women who are introverted and/or highly sensitive. They care about balancing their energy needs and their desire to contribute in meaningful ways.

Sample Topics Covered
The topics are influenced by what is coming up among the members. Here are the kinds of topics we discuss:

  • How to choose your client attraction methods that will be easy and effective for you.
  • Stages of business development and where are you on the map.
  • What kind of support do you need and how to let it in.
  • Checking in with your values, purpose, and positive impact.
  • Pricing that works for your heart and your wallet.
  • How to move forward without freaking out.
When does this group meet?
I have two SOULpreneurs groups. One meets the 2nd Thursday at 9:30am Eastern time. The other meets the 3rd Thursday at 10am Eastern time (with adjustments to avoid holidays). There are other opportunities to connect between meetings, which I can explain when we talk.

Meeting dates are subject to change during holidays or by consensus among all participants.

 

co-creatingExplorers Community

Who is this group for?
This is for those who have being doing some career clarity work and are now exploring new directions for making your truer work come to life, whether it might include self-employment, employment, or a hybrid.

Members are usually in or creating a “for now” income source and are wanting to move towards something more aligned with their true values and strengths.

Members are at various stages and have various amounts of time to devote to their explorations. There’s no judgment on your stage or pace. Everyone has something valuable to offer, from listening and relating, to sharing ideas (if asked for).

I won’t push you to do anything, but I will reflect your own truth to you, and call you forth to take meaningful step-by-step action, as feasible in your circumstances.

Sample Topics Covered
The topics are influenced by what is coming up among the members. Here are the kinds of topics we discuss:

  • What does it take to be self-employed?
  • How do you know when you’re ready to begin?
  • How to step into new territory without freaking out.
  • Stages of business development and where are you on the map.
  • What kind of support do you need and how to let it in.
  • Checking in with your values, purpose, and positive impact.
  • Client attraction methods that work best for introverts.
  • Understanding fair exchange for your work, such as how to price your offerings.
When does this group meet?
One of the Explorers groups meets the 2nd Fridays of the month at 1pm Eastern time. A new Explorers group is starting soon, with day/time to be determined.

There are other opportunities to connect between meetings, which I can explain when we talk.

Meeting dates are subject to change during holidays or by popular demand among participants.

 

Interconnected tree rootsCoaches Community (“B2Bease”)

Who is this group for?
This group is for heart-centered coaches/consultants/trainers who are self-employed in the business/ leadership/ career space. It’s a peer mentoring group that can include sharing ideas, resources, and feedback.

To capture the essence of our group’s vision for ease and playfulness, the group named itself  the “B2Bease.” (B2B is a common acronym for business-to-business.)

I bring my 11 years of being an introverted self-employed business/career coach, and making it work.

The guidance and support I have received in Val’s B2Bease group for coaches has been essential to my success as a new entrepreneur. I’ve enjoyed the expansive dialogue with peers that I have needed to work through my challenges (and celebrations!). And even better … it is grounded in Val’s gentle guidance on how to navigate the journey of business building and sustainability, using an easy-to-follow map that breaks things down in a way that makes so much sense! The whole experience helps me feel at ease and has helped me thrive in my business!!” ~J.Y.

Sample Topics Covered
The topics are influenced by what is coming up among the members. Here are the kinds of topics we discuss:

  • How to choose your client attraction methods that will be easy and effective for you.
  • Working through a company contract vs. private pay clients.
  • Facilitating groups and workshops.
  • Self-employment mindset vs. employee mindset.
  • Stages of business development and where are you on the map.
  • What kind of support do you need and how to let it in.
  • Checking in with your values, purpose, and positive impact.
  • Pricing that works for your heart and your wallet.
  • Incorporating your equity and inclusion values into your work.
When does this group meet?
The B2Bease currently meet the 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 1pm Eastern time. There are other opportunities to connect between meetings, which I can explain when we talk.

Meeting dates are subject to change during holidays or by popular demand among participants.

 


Group Logistics and Frequent Questions

What is the group like?

a moment to pause and breatheWe’re keeping it simple, because wouldn’t simple be nice?

People often describe the meetings as their place to pause and breathe, and find their footing amidst it all.

It’s not a training, although learning is built in. It’s a peer connecting environment that I host and facilitate so that connection and learning is maximized.

I bring my business and marketing guidance as part of it, and I also help to draw out the wisdom of the group.

I bring coaching and facilitation methods and tools that support a balance of being and doing. Nothing is forced. Everything is introvert-friendly. Everything is held in confidence.

What is included in the group programs?
  1. Monthly small group gatherings (90 minutes) for members (approximately 4-6) with Val’s facilitation, including time for exploring relevant topics and finding ease with what’s most current for you.
  2. An easy-to-follow map that breaks things down in a way that calms the mind and heart.
  3. Access to Val between meetings, for brief email communications via the secure portal, such as business questions.
  4. Regular opportunities for co-working sessions that open with a guided grounding to jumpstart a block of concentrated work on your goals.
  5. Buddy matches between meetings (optional).
  6. Opportunities for business writing feedback, technology hand-holding, and other connections between meetings. This is a meaningful community of support.
  7. Access to my online secure client portal which is full of resources and worksheets to help you with various needs, such as niche clarity, website content clarity, etc.
  8. Opportunities to help shape the group format and topics.
  9. An introvert-friendly format so you’re sure to have your best zone for connection.
How many are in the group?
The group is for a minimum of 3 people and a max of 6. Enrollment is rolling until full.

When could new people start?
As space allows, new members can join at any month.

All members will have done at least three private sessions with me to get caught up with a common mindset, and to make sure you have all that you need to get the most out of working together. I want to make sure this is a good investment for you.

There are occasional exceptions to having had 3 private sessions with me beforehand, depending on where you are in your work journey, and how well we already know each other.

Is there a time commitment to the group?

New members begin with a six-month commitment to the group so we can form strong connections.

After that you can end at any time, with notice of one month so you can attend at least one more time in support of you and the group having a sense of completion.

What is the cost?
To meet a variety needs, these tiers are available:

  1. $125/month for all group benefits.*
  2. $350/month for group program plus individual coaching 1x/month.
  3. $550/month for group program plus individual coaching 2x/month.
  4. $700/month for group program plus individual coaching 3x/month.

Most members are including some level of individual support (in tiers 2-4). We can discuss which plan makes the most sense in your situation.

*All group members will have done some previous one-to-one work with me before starting with just the group.

What's it like to combine individual and group coaching?

When you combine individual coaching and a group, you can make faster progress and have solid support for your decision-making, planning, and getting real with money and making practical progress.

I also notice that the combination keeps that inner critic quieter too.

Combining individual and group coaching is a perfect blend for me, where I benefit from the unique value each can offer me. A powerful combination! I’m so glad I have this individual time to explore more deeply.” ~N.F.
Do we meet by phone, video call, or in person?
The group meets using Zoom, a video conference platform. For individual sessions, we can meet by phone or Zoom. You can be anywhere in the world.

The real reason community is so essential. It's in our DNA.
[Image: Humans are pack animals too.]

We are pack animals, just like wolves. The lone wolf success story is a myth.

The “lone wolf” idea is a false and harmful notion. We are not built for self-sufficiency, no matter what this Western individualistic culture tries to tell us.

We are built for understanding and restoring ourselves within community. That is our true nature. Coming together “around the fire” for stories and connection is our heritage.

Over and over I’ve seen my clients come into groups and find the mental and soulful rest they need, as well as the renewed energy and clarity for next steps. It works, just as it has throughout human history.


Next Step: Let’s Talk About It.

If you want to talk about this, please start here to get access to my calendar so we can find a time to talk soon.

I never pressure anything. We’ll just figure it out together. That would be nice.

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