Last night I received an email from a new friend who has a role as a performance coach. Her question to me was, “How can I help you?”
It was a good question. I need to learn more about her and to reflect more on what kind of help I need. Since I offer similar services for clients, I need to be thinking about how I can ask them for what kind of help they might need as well.
Today I was upgrading lots of web sites–adjusting code, etc. I am a “heavy user” of websites without being a programmer. The websites are to help me communicate, so I need to make them where people want to go there and communicate.
Sure, I need help with the code and things. Later I’ll pay someone to help and, at the moment, I’m learning as I go so that I can explain what I want to someone else.
I also need help attracting paying clients. While I’ve offered my services over the web, that’s not how clients have been finding me. Today was the next to the last day of school for the K-12 school district where I’ve been substitute teaching (Kaneland School District). I enjoy the work with the students and, beginning this summer, I want to do more with adults.
I started working with K-12 students after 9/11/2001. My earlier background had been as an organizational development/change management consultant for more than 30 years, with a masters and a doctorate designed to help me help adults and organizations learn and change. I did get a post-doctorate masters in teaching as part of Illinois certification process, though my real gifts lie in helping teachers develop new and more productive strategies to help their students learn.
I need help getting contracts to work with teachers–probably with the help of a grant writer. In the past two years, in my own continuing education, I have become certified as an advanced hypnotist, an NLP (neurolinguistic programing) trainer, and additional specialty trainings focused on helping people achieve their goals.
I need to “monetize” what I know so that I have the financial resources to do the service work I also enjoy. I need help with all of that. Know anyone who can help me? Even better, I’m looking for ways that we can help each other.