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SHE WRITES' webinar "Becoming a Writing Coach/Consultant" Oct 1!
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Sarah Saffian
September 2009
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Written by
Sarah Saffian
September 2009
SHE WRITES’ VP of Education Deborah Siegel introduces our latest webineer, Shari Cohen: Shari showed me how to professionalize and become a true “solopreneur”—giving me the tools I needed to turn my writing, coaching, and consulting into a profitable business, helping me to see myself as bona fide business person, in addition to journalist/author/blogger. So much of SHE NEEDS HELP is informed by Shari's unique approach. Register for "Becoming a Writing Coach/Consultant"! Q&A with Shari Cohen follows: What do you mean exactly by writing coach/consultant? In this webinar, “coach” refers to anyone who helps individuals or organizations communicate more effectively using her skills as a writer. This might be teaching writing; it might be editing. You could work one-on-one with business or non-profit leaders wanting to become thought leaders by blogging, writing books, and speaking. You could lead workshops to help people develop their voices in the world of Twitter and blogging. Writers already doing this kind of work may want to step it up, building their businesses or reaching out to new kinds of clients. What is the key take-away from the webinar? It will be interactive—not a lecture. I’ll take people through exercises to get them really thinking about what they do better than anyone else, what they love doing, and what the market will support. The main obstacle for many writers in this moment of transition in publishing and journalism is fear and a sense of loss. Our first impulse is to ask, “What must I scramble to do to hold on in a shrinking market?” rather than, “What opportunities are opening for me to use my skills in a new way?” I invite writers to expand their self-conception to include entrepreneur. Many writers are already entrepreneurial in how they spot and pitch stories and write. While some people are born entrepreneurs, it is also a mindset that can be learned and developed. What got you into this kind of work? I made a big transition in my own career from academic political scientist (Berkeley PhD, taught at Wellesley, my book Politics Without a Past is about leadership and change in post-Communist countries). I am now a leadership consultant and coach, working with individuals reinventing themselves and building their businesses, and with clients inside organizations like Doctors without Borders. Going into business for myself was not easy. But eventually I learned to tell a new story about myself which felt odd for a while, but now is integral to who I am. I love helping people and organizations access their potential—their best thinking and creativity—and feel privileged to be privy to their struggle to figure out how to develop their gifts and talents in order to take on challenging projects and new identities. You can find some recent posts about this at my blog.

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