Video Interview: My Inside View on Career and Business for Introverts

I was interviewed last month about my work. It was a fun conversation. You can watch our intimate conversation here.

We got into a lot of deep topics about making career choices, how self-employment can work for caring introverts, how I deal with some of my challenges, as well as things I’m really passionate about.

I’m amazed at how much of my interests and philosophy we were able to cover. I’ve got the video for you here. Continue reading

Introvert Solopreneurs Q&A: “I hate adding to the noise in the market. What should I do?”

I’ve been preoccupied lately with trying to help where I can in this crazy time, including hosting some free gatherings for caring solopreneurs.

It has felt so good to do that, and it inspires me for what else I can offer.

This morning I decided to record a Zoom conversation with a fellow introverted solopreneur about this question I am hearing a lot lately from folks like us. I’ve got the video recording for you below.

The question I’m hearing goes something like this:

The market feels so full of noise and free offers. I hate the idea of adding to the noise and it seems like nothing will work right now….”

It’s a crazy time for sure. So many unknowns and worries. Those big hearts of ours can’t help but want to keep helping, but it’s confusing too.

There is a way to navigate in these strange waters, even while steadying ourselves.

With the help of my friend and colleague, Liesel Teversham, I addressed this concern, including what’s helping me, and what I think will help our kindred spirits too.

You can watch the conversation here:

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That Dreaded Writing for Your New Website

My first coaching client came to me because she had been trying to write the content for her website for … years. And it was driving her crazy.

Every time she thought about that unfinished website that wasn’t getting launched, she would have anxiety about putting herself out there. Her business was so important to her, so close to her heart, that to write about it, in public, felt too exposing, like the whole world could trample on her heart.

Do you know that feeling?

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Most helping professionals, especially the quiet or introverted ones, go through this struggle. It’s usually the worst when they are first thinking of publishing a website. They might go hire a web designer first and then that designer says “What do you want your website to say?” and there’s the big gulp. “Ummmmmm, hmmmm, well uh, lemme get back to ya’.” And it sits and sits and sits.  Continue reading

I Said No to Shoulds and Found Sustainability

WashingtonMy so-called monthly newsletter went unsent for months and months. 8 months in fact. I haven’t sent one all year!

Plenty of other “Shoulds” didn’t happen either. I’m sure no one but “L’il Miss Perfect” in my head noticed what I wasn’t getting done.

After letting L’il Miss Perfect try to make me feel bad about it, I decided last spring to replace her with a more useful perspective.

I decided to honor my body’s stress signals instead of some externally-defined schedule. Marketing formulas be damned!

Here’s exactly how I keep moving towards more sustainability overall… for my body and for my bank account.

Psst, less newsletters did not hurt my business at all. Listening to my body has helped my business. Continue reading