Goal setting | Tackling Limiting beliefs | Boosting confidence | Overcoming overwhelm | Working as a freelancer: Life as an entrepreneur | Designing your week on your terms | Remote working | Combining your skills and your interests
Being a mum of a two year old son and working across a variety of platforms/projects she can also share tips on how to start a personal brand, how to keep motivated and do the hustle so you create your ideal opportunities.
And this has been the case for the 700 plus clients I have worked with.
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, a designer wardrobe and work from a yacht?
You will be pleased
to know that
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.
I hear you...I have been there too...
At the time of writing I am 36. I am mum of one, partner of 1 (!) and have a diverse portfolio career; actor, coach, writer and podcaster.
I have about 15 different income streams and if I may say (sorry if it sounds a but smug…but also please know there have been many ugly cries along the way) I have never been so fulfilled in my career.
When I began a mum, something unexpected happened. I became suuuper ambitious and everything changed. (P.S you don't have to be a parent to work with me)
Sometimes ambition can be a bit of a dirty word. Especially for mothers. We should be at home baking cakes (?!)…I love a cake as much as the next person but also I know I love what I do and earning money is very important to me.
Carving out my own career allows me options to be at home a lot but also continue to pursue my passions and monetise them.
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 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.
There will be a way where you can work in a way that suits you; to create what you want to create, to work with your ideal clients/customers, to earn well and spend the majority of the time doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t.
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 have been with 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 members' club Century, which is in Soho, central London. Skype/Facetime options are available.