Coaching + Community = 1,000% Better
How The School of Bravery Started
In 2017, after I published my book Bare Naked Bravery, I realized that all of my clients were dealing with really similar bravery and business issues—regardless of their respective industries or business models.
In an effort to stave off my own burn-out and give my clients a deeper coaching experience, I got the idea to gather everyone together for some one-off workshops. There really is something magical about doing business from a place of personal priorities and values.
Those first workshops went really well! Everyone who showed up learned that they weren't alone. They weren't the only ones with those struggles. The collective representation of bravery from all of us in attendance was rich, warm, imperfect, filled with hope, and so wonderful.
As a result, each client got 10x more support, advice, and encouragement than they would've gotten from just little ol' me, even on my best day!
Obviously, those workshops went so well that we did it again. and again. and then again... Since those first workshops, we've continued to grow, change, evolve... we've added a bunch of other fun things too (listed below).
If you think you're a good fit to join us or if anything on this page resonates with you, I'd love to chat with you!
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
- Monthly or Bi-Weekly Private Coaching Session(s)
- Twice monthly group classes (pre-selected topics tailored to currently enrolled students' needs)
- Weekly Office Hours via Slack (available on desktop, browser, and app)
- Weekly Work Party
- Community Forum via Slack
- Book Club Access (rotating book selections and themes)
- Guest faculty content (creative journaling prompts, yoga class audios, and guided meditations!)
- 50+ Archived Class Replays! (a fresh batch released monthly)
- Plus, student discounts on other offerings!
Pull up a pair of speakers and take a listen to the latest podcast episodes featuring our students & guest faculty!
The founder of The Body Hotline and 5-Minute Movement talks about her experience as a client and member of The School of Bravery community. She also discusses how we can take more creative risks as an entrepreneur and activist.
Interspiritual advisor, queer Catholic yogi, and guest faculty member tells us how dandelions can be small but powerful teachers of sacred activism. She also discusses how we can change the world with radically different approaches.
Artist and music educator discusses the bravery behind folk music -- mountain dulcimer, specifically -- and how her previous feats of bravery (surviving cancer at 20 yrs old) continues to benefit her today as a full-time modern folk musician!
Yoga teacher trainer, former international pro-MMA fighter, and guest faculty member discusses how we can use our egos, ease, discomfort, and curiosity to grow our bravery.
This business owner and community builder is no stranger to discussing subjects that don't always come across as socially acceptable. She discusses how to make really scary, life-changing "big reveals".
What does choreography, modern dance, and community building have to do with bravery? This episode also discusses how the editing process can deepen your effectiveness as a communicator.
Assurance & Peace of Mind
Rebecca Hass reached out to me about several new business ideas she had. I knew from how she talked about her music students and other creative freelance projects and services that she was ready to embrace her multi-potentiality!
We discussed how to determine whether a new venture was worth her precious time and resources. We made a list of ways she can find her ideal audience and made a game plan for her next career steps, all within 60 minutes!
"In just one session, Emily Ann gave me a different perspective on how to view my ideal customer, new ideas about how to approach my people, and presented marketing in a very real, genuine way."
Courage to Encounter Massive Business Transitions
Janet Haney: Author/Speaker & Retail Business
Janet Haney came to me after self-publishing a gem of a memoir which told her story of losing her nine-year old son, witnessing her husband lose his battle to cancer, and surviving breast cancer with only her daughter by her side who later left to go to college -- hence the book title: Hello Nobody: Standing at the Door Alone What to do When Everything Changes. Over the course of several weeks, we created a website, a press kit, and more for her book release.
After the dust settled, she recognized what she really needed help doing was selling her other retail business. She’d owned a little knitting shop for over 12 years and it was time to move on, but saying goodbye was terrifying. What would life look like if she closed the shop? Where would that little community go?
Together over 6 months, Janet and I created successful plans for tying off all the loose ends and mustering up the courage to take big steps. Because our work together was founded upon her calling and creative curiosity, we sold her business to a loyal customer!
Today she's aiming her creative energies toward public speaking and teaching creative writing workshops to people undergoing big life transitions. Keep your eyes peeled for more of her awesomeness!
Bravery has many faces. It peeks out from under the covers of circumstances and wants to be seen, but fear chokes out our brave parts. Fear grabs us by the heart and mind and tells us lies that are easily believed. It’s a blanket that wraps itself around us and holds on tightly. Fear won’t let bravery shine.
Sometimes we need help to pull away the covering of fear and find the courage to be brave and sometimes that help is a person: Emily Ann is that one.
Bravery begins one step at a time. As it's given the soil of courage and understanding, bravery blooms inside us and becomes large enough to walk under. I needed help to do that, and if you do too, this is the place to start. You can discover the gift hiding inside you just waiting to be uncovered.
Bravery can be learned. Here’s a chance to discover how.
~ Janet Haney, author & business owner
Nurturing Community with a Crystal Clear Cause
Life With Herpes: Podcast & Community
Alexandra Harbushka and I began working together when she decided to start a movement and community around breaking the stigma of living with herpes. Her cause was clear but her tribe’s real problems were more subtle. Not only that, but her marketing strategy needed to respect the privacy of her community. Because parts of her community are “still in the closet,” this meant she couldn’t use social media with the same expectations as other business owners.
So together we unveiled how her own story of life with herpes could provide her tribe with invaluable resources and services. She and I created and refined her main marketing funnel, sales pages, and her podcast’s website attracting community members that are ready to become her biggest fan and customers. We created a visual brand around the vivacity and excitement she promises her Life With Herpes community.
Today we continue our work together by tweaking and adjusting her marketing to create high-converting, authentic interactions between herself and her community.
Emily Ann is a breath of fresh air and is always full of new ideas. She is multifaceted when it comes to her talents. I believe her magic formula is that she is a musician and a songwriter. Emily Ann knows how to craft her message through her music and her creativity and then transform it to a marketing plan or a brand. Those talents are extremely helpful when it comes to creating your brand, copy or content for your audience. Not only is she creative but she is also able to look at your business and help you become very systematized which helps your clients' user experience.
Emily Ann has helped me tremendously when it comes to presenting my message in a very clear and concise way that my audience will understand, in a way that they like and they want to come back. I know that my brand would not be consistent throughout all the areas of my business if it was not for Emily Ann's unique eye. I am grateful for her talents and of course our time together.
~ Alexandra Harbushka, founder of LifeWithHerpes.com
Simple Steps to Putting Yourself Online
Fellow singer/songwriter, Mandy Troxel, asked me to help unfreeze her website fears. We chatted for a bit and realized that she was only a few, simple steps away from joining the 21st century! Within a couple conversations, she was up and running!
I knew I was out of the woods!
Finding your voice is not an easy thing. Self-promotion is even stickier. Put the two together and, if you're like me, you've created the perfect storm of overwhelm. Emily has rock-solid understanding of all things self-promotion, as well as an uncanny ability to break down even the most intimidating hurdles into manageable action items. Thirty minutes with Emily Ann literally turned months of disheartened procrastination regarding my own website on its heels. When Emily Ann heard my excuses and then said "Let's just get this done!" I knew I was out of the woods!
Emily Ann is a straight-talker with a smile. If I am working with someone, I don't want to just get sweet talked. I want someone who is insightful AND unflinchingly honest, even if it means calling me out on my own self-sabotage - whether it's denial, procrastination or emotional roadblocks. I know that I can count on Emily Ann to tell it to me straight. And usually she smiles while she does this, which of course means I don't even catch on at first to how she is totally calling me out. I love this. This makes me get to the heart of the matter so much more quickly, whether it's honing in on the goals of a project or trying hard to see something through to the end. If I need a hand zeroing in on a goal or needing a plan as to how to break down a project into manageable action items, I call Emily Ann.
~Mandy Troxel, singer-songwriter