"I am feeling like there is something new in my business again. I am excited and challenged! I had a vision and Lisa helped me to get there!"
When I first hired Lisa, I was losing interest, bored and uninspired. I’d been doing it for 10 years. I felt there was not much inside me anymore and needed someone from outside to help me out. I knew there was still money in the business.
I had lots of success home-staging in the Chinese market but the competition was getting so high! I wanted to expand but didn’t have the confidence to reach English speaking clients.
Lisa pushed me to go hard and set goals using a fresh perspective. The most important thing that happened is that she opened up my mind to taking my business in a new direction.
We worked a lot on my website messaging which is critical to my success. I am now getting 60% of new clients from non-Chinese backgrounds. And my clients feel so confident that their house is going to sell because of my work.
Zoe Zhang, Zoeit Staging Inc., www.zoeit.com
"Lisa helped us add value to what we currently offer our clients without having to hustle which is what our competitors are doing."
She helped us dig deep to find out how we could be necessary and feel really good about how we service our customers.
We are really excited about our new online product that helps our customers reach their goals. We’ve created a system with value that they can plug into and that we can refer to and help them get further along in their marketing.
What we like about Lisa is that she’s very business oriented. We wanted strategies that we could apply to our businesses immediately - a quick turnaround and measurable results. We didn’t want any fluff. With her help we were able to focus on a direction and very clear business goals that matched our values and desired lifestyle.
Leah Mulleda & Jill Paradiso, Laneway Media, www.lanewaymedia.ca
"Shortly after Lisa and I wrapped up working together, only months after launching my business, I attracted 6 private clients."
I directly attribute that to the work we did together because of the clarity and confidence I obtained. These new clients were all people whom I had known for a while, but they now understood what I did because I understood it, articulated it, and lived it in a way I hadn't before.
Knowing you can start small with who you know, by starting to understand who you help the most using the slow build approach versus watching what all the other internet marketers do online (that mindset will sink you) has been critical. It hasn’t been a struggle to get my first group of clients because I've approached my business in a way that’s natural to me. I’m being myself, leveraging my strengths, and extending myself in a way that serves others.
I’m now looking at ways to not be the only person doing what I'm doing in my business. I’m excited for what my next phase of growth will bring.
Carol Cox, Speaking Your Brand, speakingyourbrand.com
"I’m feeling REALLY good about the direction I’m going in, and I’m super clear and confident about my value, my messaging, and my new brand."
I’m getting a fantastic response from my community and am already seeing new clients from the work I did with Lisa in only a few short weeks. I appreciated her strong, unflinching guidance and her brilliant zeroing in on my REAL authentic position/USP/messaging. I’m really starting to hum now and I have Lisa to thank!
Jason Sugar, Coach, jasonsugar.me
"I’ve gone from chasing high maintenance clients to only working with those clients brands who I can help take to the next level."
The biggest outcome I got from working with Lisa was respecting the time I put into my work. I now have more client turnover, higher quality projects and bigger paycheques!
I know 100% that I am making money when I sit down at my computer, which I wasn’t doing consistently before. I now have the confidence to track all of my time and attract the kinds of customers who are happy to pay for all of the time it takes to make their brand a leading one.
I am focused on subject matter that I am truly passionate about - helping business owners who are making positive changes in their industries and communities. These are the people who are moving from being followers to leaders.
Leisa Johnson, The Lovely Studio, lovely.studio
"Lisa teaches me to find my own unique place in this world so I can attract the right people to my business."
When I first became an entrepreneur I just wanted to be busy and earn money. I needed the constant influx of clients to prove to myself that I had made the right choice. I let other people define me.
Since our work together began, I have realized that my old business model was broken, and that I actually didn't want to fix it. Instead I am creating a business, with her guidance, that is first built on my values so that I can attract what fits and not just what's easy and available. I am learning how to define myself.
My journey with Lisa hasn't been an easy one for me - she forced me into an uncomfortable place of finally saying "here's what I want" and "here's who I am." I tend to want to become who other people want me to be.
I am grateful for my aha moments, a direct result of Lisa's probing questions and her encouraging me - sometimes gently, sometimes with a bit more oomph - to go deeper. I am finally excited about what the future holds.
Karen Bannister, Entrepreneur Mom Now, entrepreneurmomnow.com
"Working with Lisa has allowed me to implement strategies I knew I should but needed that extra push as well as the encouragement that it was the right choice."
I knew I was ready to make some changes in my business, get clear on my vision and redefine my value proposition. The timing was perfect and I was ready to get to work! I'm super excited about what the future holds. I am super excited to see where my business can go with her strategic guidance!
Vairdy Frail, Vairdy Photography
"Lisa did more than hold me accountable to my goals – she made me realize that in order to go deeper and become more sustainable I would I have to allow my business to transform."
I am a goal-setting, vision boarding, kick-my-own-butt-into-gear kind of gal, so I never really thought I needed a coach. And, like any woman on a mission, I have trouble asking for help. I have worked with coaches in the past, and I have gotten a lot from the experience, but this time was different. This time, I wasn’t questioning where I wanted to go or how I was going to get there – I realized that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do and I was exactly where I wanted to be…and that scared the heck out of me!
I kept asking myself when will the other shoe drop?
My goal was simple (or so I thought): to deepen my own practice and make my business more sustainable. In other words, figure out how to hold onto that awesome feeling you get when you are doing exactly what you love! Now came the tricky part – holding my business up to that darn mirror…
Transformation. That’s it, that’s what I was afraid of. I had finally arrived at a place in my career where I felt safe, valued and respected…and I wanted to hold onto that. But I soon realized that the part of my business that I loved the most was pioneering into new territory: learning new skills, meeting new people and allowing my perspectives to change.
Megan Sheldon, Narrative Communications, narrativecommunications.com
"Lisa 'got' me immediately, and got my desire to build a business that would financially sustain me, but also have an impact."
I was feeling a little lost in making clear decisions on how to position my business--and I didn't realize how stuck I'd gotten, at some level hoping someone else would make those decisions.
She helped guide me to answers that came from within, and aligned with a growth plan. It felt like a big jump to hire her, but it was what got me to the other side of where I'd been stuck for so long and I am am now moving forward with so much confidence and power.
I really am in a whole new place after working Lisa for only three months. It's been hard but so wonderful.
Mia Scharphie, Creative Agency
"Lisa helped me to focus my time and energy on the strategic things that have helped me increase my revenue and sign up more people for my expeditions and courses."
I now have a much bigger blueprint for what I need to do to accomplish my goals for my business. I also I have a bunch of things I can look back on and implement over the next year.
Norm Hann, Norm Hann Expeditions, normhann.com
"Lisa gave me the tools that I need to shoot higher and go for it and step out of my comfort zone."
I loved working with Lisa. I definitely would not be where I am and would not have accomplished what I’ve accomplished without working with her. She keeps me on track and pushes me.
There have definitely been times when coming into a session I think in my head there is no solution here and I don’t know how to move forward whatsoever and I come out of the session with thinking, “Wow, there is a way to move forward”.
The success of one thing leads to the next thing. It’s a snowball effect.
Inis Leblanc, Squamish Rebuild, squamishrebuild.ca
"I left with a much clearer understanding of my personal vision, where I wanted to go, who I wanted to work with and what I needed to focus on next: hammering out the service offering."
When I hired Lisa I had taken a year off to do some transformational learning and was thinking about what the next phase of my career was going to look like. I had been stewing on that on my own for a while and I needed someone to understand where I was at and help me think through the possibilities and how my strengths would fit into them. It was time to take my scattered ideas and start to point them in a direction. Lisa helped me to take my funnel of ideas into a more pointed arrow.
As a result of working with her, I was able to come up with my whole underlying plan and finally articulate what I want to do and why. I left with a much clearer understanding of my personal vision, where I wanted to go, who I wanted to work with and what I needed to focus on next: hammering out the service offering.
I really enjoy working with Lisa because I can be myself with her. She acknowledged where I was and the other things going on in my life that have an impact. She also gave me a good practical perspective on what other people are looking for and encouraged me to just cut through the bullshit and get down to the core. Lisa was good at helping me see the perspective of what people need when I am trying to attract clients.
Katja Macura, Katja Macura Consulting Inc.
"I now feel more full and more equipped to do the freaky challenging stuff that I am doing at the moment and just keep going."
Lisa is really awesome at what she does! With coaching there are two layers; 1) the practical action steps and 2) having the confidence and persistence to go and do it. She was able to help me with both. If I had only one without the other I would have been lost.
Lisa has a very human approach and yet isn’t a softy which is a difficult balance to strike. She exudes confidence, which is what I needed.
I approached Lisa to work together because I knew I wanted to take my career to another level and at the same time stuff was changing all around me. One of the things that I was looking for in a coach was someone I could call a friend. I wanted to work with someone who was bright and got the complexity of what I was doing - an entrepreneurial endeavor with a social change component.
The other thing that I wanted to address was conflict. In the past I would avoid it and I knew I wanted that to change. It was a challenging leadership lesson and working with Lisa really helped me to step up. It was huge a shift for me. Her support made such a difference for me that it’s hard to describe. It was life changing!
When we were working together it was at the early stages of my taking a very vague idea and developing it further. It was one of the hardest periods trying to get from vague idea to something solid and it required a lot of putting myself out there.
Bonnie Foley Wong, Pique Ventures, piqueventures.com
"I made the conscious choice to run my company which was intimidating to me before."
Once I got that it is under my control I realized that I can make it into what I want it to be which is the ideal situation for me. I run my business because I choose to and am committed to working through the kinks.
Before I started coaching with Lisa I was overwhelmed and not in control of what I was doing with my work. I was questioning everything. I had too much going on, too much work and not enough time to think.
It really helped build my confidence around working for myself and knowing that that I do have the solutions. It was just a matter of taking action. I learned to trust I already know and be able to go that next step and actually take action on it.
As a result of our working together I am less worried about doing things right and more focused on just doing. More detailed time management allowed me to see what was important in my life and that I actually wasn’t allocating time to those important areas.
I was constantly frustrated that I wasn’t getting enough done and what I kept saying I wanted to get done. By using scheduling and actually putting consideration into what I need is hugely influential in how I approach each day.
There is a lot I will continue to get out of coaching even when we aren’t actively working together.
Lisa Hemingway, Backyard Creative, backyardcreative.com
"I put it out there when we first started working together to launch a new local business network in Vancouver and within a year it was up and running with a strong board and well-attended events."
Working with Lisa as a business coach has been a dynamic process. At first I was skeptical about coaching because I didn’t think that I needed a witness but after just one session I realized that I did in order to grow.
Despite what I originally thought, working with Lisa has helped me to get very concrete and measurable results, including: moving from managing the day-to-day in my business to a place of being very intentional about who I wanted to serve and how to build relationships with them; getting my own contracts (moved from sub-contractor to project lead); and, working much more with the target audience I want to work with.
I could not have achieved all of this so quickly without the support of my coach!
Amy Robinson, Loco BC, locobc.com