Creativity Coaching: What’s It Like?

Coaching is about change and re-invention. If you love every part of your life, and don't want to do anything new, you don't need a coach.

Most people who hear I’m a creativity coach ask me, “What’s coaching like? What does it do?” Below are some answers. But before I get that far, let me ask you a question:

Note: the free sessions are filled. Thanks for your interest.

Would you like to try coaching? For the first 10  people who contact me via email at Quinn [at] QuinnCreative [dot] com, I’ll set-up a free sample session of creativity coaching--coaching is done over the phone, so you don’t have to live in Arizona. No obligation. No pressure. Just a free coaching session. The offer expires on September 18, 2010. Read more about coaching. Exceptions: If you have already had a free session with me, or have been (or are) a client currently, this is for others.

Q: What’s a coaching session like?
A. In the first or second session, when we are defining the relationship, I ask the client what his or her goals are, what their dreams are, what they wish they could make of their lives, how they want to show up in the world.  Once we uncover that, we see what the obstacles and gifts are on the path. I create a big space for the client to express their fears, their hopes, and, eventually, their desire to work on a goal. My role is to ask questions to clarify and to toss out ideas that the client is free to follow, discard or change.

Q  Do you teach people how to be creative?
A. Nope, you are already creative. I just make you less afraid of your own creativity. Or how to get in touch with your existing creativity that may be buried.

Q: Do you help artists or writers or dancers?
A. Yes, I help all kinds of artists. But creativity isn’t just about arts, it’s also about being a creative leader or employee, parent, dreamer or seeker. My clients included financiers, artists, entrepreneurs, people in transition and those reinventing themselves.

Q: Will you help me publish my book?
A. I can’t be your agent or editor.  But if you want to write a book, I’ll provide the framework of support and accountability, and hold open the space for you to write. You will either write the book or be clear about why you changed your mind.

Q: Are you an artist yourself?
A. Yes, I’m a Raw Art Journaler, a writer, and I teach business writing. I write a column for a nationally-known art magazine. I’m really an every-day creative person–a problem solver and seeker.

Q: Why do your clients come to you?
A. Generally because they are stuck. They might be confused about their talent, or not have enough time to create, or have too many ideas at once. Sometimes they are conflicted between their creative work and day job, want to create but are afraid to sell their work. Or they get confused between selling their work and satisfying their own creative calling.

Q: Do you have a coaching office?
A. Coaching is done on the phone. That’s how I was trained and it works really well. I have clients in Europe and all over the U.S. No travel, no parking, just a phone call and we can get work done.

Q: Did you go to school for creativity coaching?
A. I did. After I went to school for life coaching, 186 hours worth and graduated, I opened my practice in 2003. Most of my clients were creatives, so I  took another half-year of creativity coaching classes and was the first creativity coach certified in the U.S.

Don’t forget the offer. Email me at Quinn [at] QuinnCreative [dot] com, and we can set up a free sample session of creativity coaching. Coaching is done over the phone, you don’t have to live in Arizona. No obligation. No pressure.