The School of Bravery Podcast & Blog

The research for the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous started with a podcast which continues today as a free resource & supplemental content for students of The School of Bravery.

 

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What Does a Trauma-Informed Business Coaching Relationship Look Like?

If you've experienced other coaches prior to working with me, then my coaching sessions and the coaching relationship can look a little different. Most of the reason for this is because you're a unique person and I am too. (Plus, I'm not like every other business coach out there.)

The Coaching Relationship = Me + You + NASCAR

Now, I'm not much of a NASCAR fan (I almost didn't use this as an example) but I do think that the metaphor of a racing team beautifully encapsulates the way I work with …

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Two Cautionary Tales: All About Testimonials & Why Entrepreneurs with Trauma NEED Evidence-Based Protocols

Please learn from my mistakes, so you don't make the same ones. In this post, you'll hear two cautionary tales from my mistakes. Both underline the benefit that an entrepreneurial trauma survivor gains from creating evidence-based business protocols. This especially applies to testimonials, referrals, and recommendations.

Understandbly, trauma affects our decision-making skills as business owners. We have more to gain than our trauma-free colleagues from establishing business protocols that are s…

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What's your business coaching philosophy? How did you get started doing this work?

Why would your background as a musician make you a better trauma-informed business coach for your clients?

Great question! In brief, the application of my philosophy is salutogenic, whole-person, and strengths-based. In greater detail, I'll start with some musical background, entrepreneurial beginnings, and a foundational philosophy from a Japanese teacher...

From childhood, I learned to play the cello with wonderful teachers. Almost immediately after college, I used my business degree as a pr…

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An easier way might be sitting in your garage...

Trauma-informed coaching with The School of Bravery operates from a mutual agreement that martyrdom, sacrificial productivity, and marathon rides on the struggle bus are 100% not worth it. A bonus domino effect from this motto is that doing hard things *can* feel easier.

Yes, we can do hard things.

Yes, hard things might feel uncomfortable, but why make it more difficult?! 

The decades I've spent as a musician and music teacher showed me that the process of optimizing something doesn't have t…

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Why I No Longer Do "Sales Calls"

This one time I was on a really intense sales call...

Somehow my ADHD procrastination that day had pulled me through a random webinar sales funnel and I was suddenly talking on the phone (gasp!) with a guy named Chad. He was pitching me the latest "life-changing" 12-week coaching "experience" that I was about to miss out on it! Oh no! ;-)

Throughout the sales call, Chad managed to do the following:

  1. blatantly ignore my lack of consent
  2. gaslit me and my experiences
  3. negged me strategically ri…

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There Will Be No Mountain for Mark Driscoll

I have religious trauma.

You might already know this. I'm not that shy about it. If not, welcome. Pull up a chair and consider this your trigger warning if you need it before reading on... because buckle up y'all.

By the time I was 25, I had been a member of at *least* 16 spiritual communities, churches, faith groups, or home churches. I didn't know it then, but this high number is not abnormal for those adults with adverse religious childhood experiences.

I double-downed on Evangelicalis…

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