FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why does your work stand out from those who do similar work?

 I ask & answer the "hard" questions from research, experience, and present its relevancy.

As a creation strategist, I synthesize your information (expectations, wishes, hopes, dreams) through a development process to produce an optimal opportunity to explore, embellish, or re-purpose it. My strategizing focuses on providing processes for achieving results.

What do you like the most about your job?

 Assisting others to advance their career, life, and income.

Enabling individuals to discover opportunities that were previously hidden.

Sharing experiences and knowledge that is relevant and available for use.

 What questions do your customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?

Q. How did you come up with that (specific) outcome?

A. I apply the process of synthesizing data to everything; basically how are things, ideas, and actions connected, and how can they be re-purposed or re-framed for a different outcome.

 Q. What can I do to be a leader?

A. Commit to command, build a team of confidants, and serve others.

If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew most about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

 Coaching/Business/Speaking: Volunteer to practice--it is an investment in time.

You become involved, you learn from others, you make a difference.

Life is simple, execution is hard.

Expectations do not become results without hard work.

You cannot be all things to everyone, but you can be yourself.

 Do you have a favorite story from your work?

My story was a year-long endeavor. I was introduced to a lady by a friend; she had a difficult experience and wanted to incorporate it into a book. She didn’t know how and needed help; so I assisted her through the process by writing down questions for her to answer each week, then interviewed her and received more elaboration on certain specifics. Having her write out her answers, in effect, this method caused her to write her own book. This was sometimes painful for her to relive the circumstances, but also healing while facing their impacts. She now travels speaking about her experiences captured within her book.

What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

 Not all professionals have the same interests or experiences--alignment and focus is the key. My early farm background and values help me to keep the view simple, while my education and career experiences help me to filter out the non-critical and irrelevant facts. I have failed at very few things because I learn quickly from others' failures, my own missteps, and from not being over-confident and arrogant.

 What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

 Have a written criteria:

     Do they understand my situation and needs?

     Does their personality align with mine?

     Will I be willing to trust their judgment?

     Ask questions to your potential coach that will give the answers to these questions.

     Similar questions for a speaker: Topics should provide knowledge, be easily understood,  

     and change the audience when they leave.

 How did you decide to get in your line of work?

 Have been giving presentations for most of my life. 4-H, Military, College, Projects, Programs, Leadership professor, Church, Volunteer positions.

Preparation is the key to communicating to and with others.

 Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

 Strategically organize their approach to accomplishing a goal/result.

Listen to the facts, ask questions about the destination, list what they have tried/done; then, ask more questions about the resources, processes, and time availability.

Speaking: Always ask what their expectations are from my information, then modify it to fit.

Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

 Presented our Board's new non-profit to a Rotary group as an "awareness of the issue" advance launch. Received lots of feedback, wanted to keep in touch as we progressed, and directed me to other groups. Two questions I had not considered-I answered very well without much thought (wrote down notes for later).

I sketch when coaching and sometimes speaking; if the topic is repetitive I have a graphics person make "it" pretty!

Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

Actually, I do both formally and informally. As an adjunct professor I teach students through the Internet everyday (8-years+). I read journals, blogs, and  white papers from my peers, alumni, and other experts. The international organizations always have research that can be downloaded for reading. I supplement my students with any information I believe is relevant and can advance their professional positions.

What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

The Internet and communication technologies are going to change everything!

Think international interactive & interpreted TED Talks on a multitude of subjects.

Compounded privatized Education with many source universities in as many subjects.

Speaking internationally over the Internet while the recipients listen in their own language.

Flexible models of leadership at all levels will be influenced mostly by their behavior as judged by their peers.

Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

I used to develop projects and processes that had no precedence for over ten years. Many of them were short time frames, with teams, and regulated budgets. I had great results and rewards.  My interest and focus changed to the ongoing tasks of developing people and opportunities; writing subject matter expert books, and expertise development training.

If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

Volunteer with a cause you believe in, commit to being involved with leading activities, public affairs duties, and training programs. Learn all of the administration required and practice often. Take communications courses. Learn about yourself, people motivators, and psychology of the phases of life.  Practice, practice, practice.

Why does a person need a coach?

Coaching is about drawing out of each person that specific innate skill and nourishing it into applying its uniqueness to their goals and future learned talents.

Believing in their achievement, being your accountability partner, and challenging their will to overcome any challenges.



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