coaching with me 1: 1
Perfect for freelancers, creatives, personal brands and small businesses.
What is your version of success? What do you want your business and life to look like?
I don’t offer a one size fits all formula.
I am interested in and committed to supporting you through your next chapter. I know you have excellent ideas, skills, talents and experience but just need a plan of action to bring everything to life.
My work combines practical, strategic steps that are aligned with you; your goals, personality, commitments, preferred lifestyle.
My three foundational pillars are vision, strategy and mindset.
I want to help you gain clarity around your vision; what are you building, what’s important, what is your version of success?
Building the plan from where you are now to where you want to be. I know progress comes from momentum, so I will help you to condense the action into bitesized chunks so you can make progress quickly and strategically.
I know you have a unique, brilliant blend of skills, services, goals… but just need some support to fine tune them and make them your reality. Maybe you want to earn more money, work smarter not harder or become an expert in your field.
Deciding to make a change can bring up ALL YOUR STUFF. Yes it is exciting but it will also challenge you. You may question your abilities, get frustrated when your progress takes a dip or get distracted when self doubt or overwhelm set in. This is all completely normal. If and when you do have those wobbles, I will be there to listen, support, encourage and give those limiting beliefs a nudge.
Over the last five years my life, my career and lifestyle have changed dramatically.
This didn’t happen by accident nor did it happen overnight… I wish it did.
Actually maybe not, I needed to go through the process and I wouldn’t be where I am today and all that :)
Yes it has been exciting and satisfying but also at times, it has been overwhelming, exhausting and painful.
I was undercharging and being paid by the hour. I only earned when I worked. There was no wiggle room. I was just about making my bills, I definitely didn’t feel expansive or where I wanted to be financially in life.
I spent a lot of time making other people’s dreams come true. For three days a week I was working as an agent; I was good it at it but it didn’t leave room for my own creativity.
I was commuting up to 3 hours driving per day. Yes I built up a lot of knowledge from listening to podcasts but the time ate into my day.
My brand was starting to take shape. I had completed my coaching qualification and had a few clients however I was experimenting because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know how to get clients, to manoeuvre the online world, to build a brand, to be a go to person and to make consistent income from my skills. Basically You Tube, Google and I spend many hours together.
I was still playing; I was playing small. I didn’t really believe that I could do this. I held myself back. I didn’t think I was ready. I gave myself all the excuses as to why I couldn’t move forward.
I was generally feeling very lost. I didn’t have a plan in place. I felt like I never had enough time, energy, money, knowledge…mainly because I was trying to do all the things. I now know I will be able to do all the things but not at the same time and not without help.
I am now the driver of my own career. I gave myself full permission to have a portfolio career earning money from an array of revenue streams as an actor, coach, speaker, workshop host and creator of online products.
I have had two children. For years I believed as a creative, that I would have to choose between my career and a family. I am pleased to say I decided to ignore this societal assumption. My boy and my girl are my everything.
I create my own schedule. Every week is different. I can work flexibly around my children and also be available for incoming opportunities. For years I was trying to live in a structure that didn’t work for my life- no wonder it felt like hard work.
I can earn income passively. I don’t have to be in the room, 1:1. During both my stays in hospital when my children were born, I earned money passively; courses, products, workshops. All delivered to my client/customer providing huge value.
There is no cap on my income. I am not constrained by a set fee, I am the driver of my own career and life and can tailor my work accordingly. The big dreams I have now feel like a possibility.
I am excited about the future. I don’t dread Mondays. I feel like I am on the path I am supposed to be on…even though it has taken a while to get here.
However it has been a journey. Yep, that’s right, I brought out the J word :)
I have now worked with over a 1000 clients. So many of us actually want to enjoy what we do.
We want that sense of flexibility and freedom and to be excited to start the day.
We want to be able to make our work work for us… to be able to choose our schedule, work around kids, have Fridays off if we want, or work in the evening if naturally a night owl.
Basically wiggle room!
Not just working the 9-5 and doing the weekly grind of dreading Monday and living for the weekend.
However there is so much noise around ‘living your dream life’ on the internet…
Firstly what the heck does it mean?
And secondly how do you even begin?
Do you have to have 'glow in the dark' teeth (think Ross from Friends), a designer wardrobe and work from a yacht?
YOU WILL BE PLEASED
TO KNOW THAT YOU DON’T.
YOU CAN BE YOU.
You can do your own thing on your terms.
Maybe you have been feeling stuck, overwhelmed, confused, frustrated and overworked?
You know you are supposed to do brilliant things in the world but you don't seem to be making the progress you want.
BUT WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY DO, NICKY?
Ok, so my areas of expertise are helping you to identify what you want and then build a plan to make it happen.
I know you don’t have oodles of time to ‘find yourself’ or able to make a fortnight in Bali work logistically.
You need practical support.
You need to optimise your time, money and energy so you actually get stuff moving and shaking.
Also there may some fear in there that may be holding you back or slowing you down…(which is completely normal by the way).
SO THIS IS HOW I CAN HELP:
(Because I don’t work on a one size fits all basis, I offer a number of packages and options.
Below is my ‘menu’ of topics that frequently pop up…
Some clients choose a long term option and sample the whole banquet and other people just have a starter). Oh and I am a big foodie btw!
I help you figure out where you are now and where you want to be.
Success is not all Gucci handbags, Mock Tudor houses (can you tell I was a teenager in the 90s?!) and fast cars.
I am interested in what you want to build.
What do you want your business/brand to provide?
What kind of lifestyle do you want to have?
How do you want to work?
What do you want to earn?
What is important to you?
If you are feeling foggy headed and overwhelmed, this is a great place to start.
PITCHING, SELLING AND PRESENTING
How can you get your business/brand 'out there' in a way that feels good and to the ‘right’ people.
Often we have the ‘selling’ connotations i.e we don’t want to feel like a big old sleazy pants or a terrible informercial.
I will help you to find ways to be visible in a non terrifying way.
There are ways to share your credibility and skill set without shouting loudly.
PERSONAL BRAND /BUSINESS
What are you all about?
What skills, talent, experience do you bring to the table (Spoiler: you may forgotten about some of them...)
What feels easy to you?
Where do you excel?
What lights you up?
What you want to do more of?
What do you want to be know for?
What is your USP?
(Some of these questions make you feel like you are showing off or a bit weird as it can be quite scary to talk about yourself but don’t worry I can help you through this)
We could have conversations around your website, your story, your content and the kind of business owner/brand you want to be.
Describing who you are and what you do can be tricky to answer. Plus generally a bit awkward.
Also if you are not clear on what you are selling or how you can help you may end up have a wooly marketing message and not attracting your ideal clients/customers.
PACKAGING AND PRICING
How do you want to package up your services?
Perhaps you have been working 1:1 but want to scale and consider creating passive income products.
Maybe you want to create more of an online business rather than one where you have to be in the room.
Or you want to create opportunities for yourself that aren’t perhaps traditional.
There isn't a rule book to follow here so you need to create your own to suit your personality and circumstances.
Sometimes there can such pressure to recreate what everyone else is doing... however if it doesn't feel good to you, you don't have to do it!
LOGISTICS AND MINDSET
I know you are time squeezed already so I will help you to shortcut the process from A-Z i.e work smarter not harder. We may discuss boundaries, systems and templates to bring more easy and flow into your work. Also identifying triggers that slow things down; these could be thoughts, activities, actions or people
Going to the next level feels scary. Pressing ‘publish’ on the new project is heart stopping. Perhaps you are having a wobble, or doubting yourself, or struggling with confidence or Imposter Syndrome. I will help you create practical tools to use to keep moving forward.
THINGS THAT MAY BE USEFUL TO KNOW:
I am certified by the Coaching Academy and hold a 'Personal Performance Coaching' diploma
My podcast 'Dreaming and Doing with Nicky Raby' is regularly featured in the top 100 I Tunes Business Charts. Listen here
I am regularly featured in the press and invited to speak on panels or host events to discuss the above topics. Recent collaborations include: Stylist Live, Sheer Luxe, Digital Mums, Clementine, Raising Films, The Early Hour, The Huffington Post, Maternity and Infant Magazine.
I won’t wear a pashmina and be all life coachy...unless you want me to :)
I don’t have perfect hair all the time (I had had a blow dry in these pictures) and don’t profess to have a perfect life.
Kindness is key. I am interested in your results and want to see you thrive. I am not the type of coach who is ‘cruel to be kind’ or will ‘knock you down to build you up’.. I have experienced that at drama school and it is not for me in any shape or form…especially when wearing a leotard!
I haven’t always had this figured out (and somedays I still don’t). I have had tricky times in my life and although tough at the time, this gives me huge empathy and a big, big heart.
I don’t promise an ‘overnight success’ or a quick fix…
I am big geek and big rebel in equal measure. I love learning and developing but only keep the stuff that works and ditch the rest. I like to do my own thing. I encourage you to do the same. I will not give you a standard ‘In your industry…’ or ‘Someone like you should…’ Instead you tell me your preferred outcomes and we go from there with an action plan.
WHY? DO I REALLY NEED A LIFE COACH? WHAT CHANGES CAN I EXPECT?
You stop being a wishy washy person who only talks about your dreams. Instead you make them happen. You stop just hoping that someday you maaay get a chance to do what you want and you take the first steps.
You build a plan.. a practical solution to take you from where you are to where you want to get to... you know, actionable baby steps.
It works for most people. Despite being all Northern and a bit skeptical, this stuff worked for me. I was back on track. I was suddenly back in control and on my way to carving this wonderful portfolio career I have now.
Change can be difficult. It can be easier to stay the same. We need strategies to make everything easy.
You gain clarity... identifying what you want. You stop going round in circles and not knowing where to start? When we work together, I will help you get specific so everything is aligned and you work smartly not necessarily hard.
Coaching requires focus and commitment- therefore you are likely to get quicker results as you work alongside a coach.
You generate options- perhaps solutions/possibilities/opportunities that you haven't yet considered.
You can challenge your limiting beliefs. Often my clients build confidence and let go off negative mind chatter that doesn't serve them. Unlock what is holding you back so you can move forward promptly.
No more of that 'foggy head' feeling, you will have an exact process to follow as I help you break down things that are currently feeling 'huge' 'overwhelming' or 'confusing'.
You become accountable. We all can slip into 'Oh, I'll do it tomorrow/next week/when I feel ready' and then procrastination takes over so ideas are shelved.
As your coach, I am invested in your results and provide measures and motivation to keep you on track.
By investing in yourself, you raise the stakes and are likely to gain quicker and greater results. By moving away from 'maybe one day, I will do x, y and z' to creating an action plan with a coach you accelerate the progress.
HOW I WORK:
I work with clients from all over the world (the magic of technology), however I am based in London, UK so when I work face to face I work from private members' club Century, which is in Soho, central London. Skype/Facetime options are available.
I have a number of options below which are 1:1, but also check out my events page and my online courses:
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