Why do I need a coach?

A busy life filled with teaching, committees, conferences, travel, editing, partners, family, and more means that your own research, writing, and publishing often fall to the bottom of the list. A coach is there to encourage you to do your own work. But more than that, a coach gives you the tools to write more efficiently, more meaningfully, and with more enthusiasm and less anxiety.

If you struggle with perfectionism, coaching can help you feel confident to move forward. If you fear criticism, coaching can help you silence those negative voices. If you procrastinate, coaching can help you enjoy rather than fear writing. If you often help others before getting down to your own publishing goals, coaching can help you set clear boundaries so you can accomplish more. If you know that you can do more with your writing, coaching can help you find your own voice and what you want to do with it.

Publishing is how scholars and writers get tenure, get a raise, engage the public, and raise their own profile and that of their institution. Not to mention how they create meaning out of the big ideas that really make them tick. Working with the right coach is an experience that can boost your career and change your life.

Why should I work with you?

Some academic coaches try to toughen you up by perpetuating the harsh competitiveness of academia and publishing. Others have a one-size-fits-all approach, making work only about schedules, goals, and getting it done no matter what your personal experiences and professional pressures. The first approach exacerbates your anxiety. The second is just a short-term solution.

Because we experience enough critique from ourselves and our colleagues, I advocate concentration, collaboration, deep thinking, and moving forward. Instead of comparing to your past performance, I encourage you to to push on to future success. If you’re stuck because you think you aren’t achieving as much as you think you should, I help re-light your confidence.

How does it work?

Coaching begins with four sessions per month via phone or Skype, online support throughout the week, and urgent care when unexpected things happen in your professional life.

When you're ready to move on but still want to get the most out of the support and accountability that coaching provides, Advanced Coaching continues with the same online support but with one or two meetings each month.

How much does it cost?

Coaching starts with four sessions per month and unlimited weekday message exchanges to help keep you going between sessions. £335/month, with a minimum two-month commitment ($440/month, with a minimum two-month commitment if you are based in the US and using a university research account or institutional grant)

When they feel ready, clients can end coaching or taper down to Advanced Coaching: the same kind of support during and in between sessions, only fewer of them. £205/month for two sessions; £140/month for one session. ($270/month for two sessions; $189/month for one session if you are based in the US and using a university research account or institutional grant)

When clients feel that they are pretty much where they want to be but they still like the safety net of accountability and a ready ear, they can taper down again to Quick Coaching: one session per month and one online support exchange to help you get going at the start of each week. £95/month ($122/month if you are based in the US and using a university research account or institutional grant)

How do I get started?

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