Small Group Programs for Introverts and HSPs (Self-employment)

I love facilitating small group programs (up to 6 people each) that combine these necessary ingredients for living your purpose in this crazy world:

  1. Practical guidance and support (for wherever you are on your journey)
  2. Learning (using a step-by-step heart-centered framework)
  3. Kindred spirit camaraderie (with people who get you)
  4. Calming energy

My groups are especially geared for introverts and highly sensitive people (HSPs), which means both the meeting style and the guidance fits our needs.

My affinity groups:

  1. SOULpreneurs – for heart-centered solopreneurs.
  2. Coaches Mentoring Community – for career, business, leadership, and/or wellness coaches.
  3. Explorers – for those exploring work options that might include self-employment.

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. Newcomers consistently tell me they are amazed by how calm they feel in our meetings, like an oasis.

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

Do any of these feel familiar?

  • Feeling alone and spinning with your work 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 and marketing side.
  • Or just wanting to be part of a community of others who care about living and working from their purpose.

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 people 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 flowing. I came in as such a newbie and received such a great foundation from Val, her guidance, and her masterful facilitation.” ~A.R.

Group members experience:

  • restorative energy,
  • life-changing mindset shifts on how fulfilling work can be,
  • deeper clarity and confidence about what you have to offer,
  • faster results,
  • easier 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.

What’s Included:

  1. Monthly small group gatherings (90 minutes, up to 6 members) 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. Learning modules to help support you with whatever step you’re on. (Modules include both inner and outer work, from fear busting to niche clarity and business content creation tools.)
  4. Access to ask Val questions between meetings.
  5. Regular opportunities for co-working sessions that open with a guided grounding to jumpstart a block of concentrated work on your goals.
  6. Buddy matches between meetings for keeping the community connection strong.
  7. Opportunities for business writing feedback, technology hand-holding, and other connections between meetings. This is a meaningful community of support.
  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.
  10. Connection to Val’s large network for help with new connections, and spreading the word about your offerings.
Incredible progress, clarity and new connections made. Gained waaayyy more than I anticipated from this group… THANKS!!!
~Cecile Lackie, heart-centered accountant/trainer

Is This for You?

It is if you relate to all of these:

  1. You like the idea of having a sense of genuine community with your kindred spirits.
  2. A desire to have a positive impact in the world.
  3. You enjoy learning and growing.
  4. You are drawn to things like mindfulness and work/life balance (even if you struggle to fit it in).
  5. You’re able to get things done, at your own pace, when you know what to do.
  6. You lean towards introversion and/or high sensitivity or you at least want to make sure your work is balanced with your energy needs.
  7. You’re probably a woman or feel supportive of women, who tend to be the majority in my groups.
  8. 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.
  9. You don’t expect the group program alone to address everything you need.

My Mission and Background for Group Leadership

Val Nelson photoMy mission is about helping other heart-centered people bring their needed gifts to the world in a sustainable way.

I bring over 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 and teaching skills into a core strength.

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

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

We walk through a set of steps together, and you can bring whatever topics or challenges are most current for you. The specific 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. There are other opportunities to connect between meetings, which are explained in the list of what’s included.

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

Interconnected tree rootsCoaches Community

Who is this group for?

This group is for heart-centered coaches/consultants/trainers who are self-employed. They are probably doing career, business, leadership and/or wellness coaching. It’s a peer mentoring group that can include sharing ideas, resources, and feedback.

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 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

We walk through a set of steps together, and you can bring whatever topics or challenges are most current for you. The specific 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.
  • 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?

A new Coaches Community is starting in June 2021.  Final day/time will be decided by unanimous agreement. It will most likely be a Tuesday at 1pm-2:30pm Eastern time.

Meeting dates are subject to change during holidays or by unanimous consent among participants.

co-creatingExplorers Community

This is for those who are exploring new directions for making your truer work come to life, whether it might include self-employment, employment, or a hybrid.

Please view the Explorers page for details.


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 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.

Also included as an option are learning modules, so it can also work like a course for you.

When could new people start?

As space allows, new members can join at any month.

All members will have done at least two 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 2 private sessions with me beforehand, depending on where you are in your work journey, and how well we already know each other. We can discuss.

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.

If however you realize after the first meeting that it isn’t for you, you can certainly stop then.

After your initial commitment, you can continue, or 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. $177/month for all group benefits.
  2. $367/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. We can discuss which plan makes the most sense in your situation.

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 are curious or feel one of the groups might be a good step for you, 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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