Once the decision was made, I spoke to the local healing centre, which offered me to rent a room for workshops and by coincident they were also planning on an open day. The healing centre was looking to expand their business so they were excited to have me at the open day as well.
On the second Saturday in July, I had my stand at the open day, prepared with (too much information) I coached five people, of these five people I have now two pro bono clients. I also placed free introductory coaching sessions to be raffled off on the opening day. I advertised my very first workshop for the Wednesday evening, where I had six attendees. Of these six attendees I have two pro bono clients.
At the same time I received two referrals from my hair dresser (and pro bono client) which got me three more referrals.
At this very moment I have 12 pro bono clients and I calculated, and I now know that with working 3 and a half days per week, I am comfortable with 20 clients. These clients have allowed me to grow very fast in my coaching experience as well as in my confidence that I am able to give value. The feedback I am receiving is overwhelming, something I also needed to learn and grow with.
And here comes the cream, last week I met one of the winners of my raffle ticket, the free introductory coaching session and god bless this lucky winner, she is also my very first paying client. I said yes to myself and she said yes to me. So here I was, sitting in a coffee shop wanting to jump up and celebrate my courage and my first paying client and I managed to say in my calmest voice: “I am so happy you are ready to take the first step to your success.” Her step was my step. Win Win.
So, where am I going from here? I am going to use the same first introductory strategy again and again and again. I will improve it, get better to a point where it is my natural me and then move to businesses where I am able to present at trainings. I have completed my EDISC training last week and I have planted seeds with all my pro bono clients, so there is the next opportunity to convert them into paying clients and convert me to an EDISC expert.