Out of Hiding and Into the Spotlight - Susanna Reay

Out of Hiding and Into the Spotlight

2 years ago I was a mess... I knew I wanted to jumpstart my business career again in a more focused direction...I was in severe overwhelm. I needed clarity and direction ...I needed to step out of hiding and into the spotlight. But that seemed impossible right then.

I had repatriated back to the UK and found the country and my life in turmoil. Nothing was as I expected. Life was hard. My girls were getting older so I knew I wanted to jumpstart my business career again in a more focused direction. 

But the days were filled with tears and hiding at home not doing anything.

I was in severe overwhelm. I was depressed.

I needed clarity and direction and a sympathetic but slightly bossy person to help steer me forwards.  

I needed to step out of hiding and into the spotlight. But that seemed impossible right then.

Enter stage left: My Online Business Coach

As I was stumbling through my day, connecting online with friends from distant lands, I spotted a lady who seemed to be talking directly to me ... are you multi-passionate? Talented at many things and find it hard to choose 1 direction? Do you need clarity and focus? Do you love art and feel deeply? 

YES. 

I am all that and more.

I have done so many different things in my past that when people asked me "What do you do?" I would always have to pause and think "What shall I say today? What will they get?"

Because the thing is I have always gone down my own path. Even when I worked as an employee in a Textile Business, I created my job and job title... I ran my department a bit differently from the rest, I stood out as I was different. I was an artist in a production facility, but I was a designer too, and a business woman with a good head for figures, I could chat to the workers on the shop floor to the CEO with ease. Yet I was nothing like any of them. 

Then I moved abroad with my husband. I started a life of freelance work, further education with an MBA, motherhood and the turbulence of picking up your life and starting again, and again, and again, and again... 

Online Connections

When I saw the words above, I saw that this lady online GOT ME. She understood that I needed to find clarity, my way, using art to help me define my direction, but that I was far more than the sum of my parts. 

We met through Zoom - a business based Skype. It was amazing, there were tears and laughter and deep insights. Today I looked back at my notes from those first meetings looking for clarity and direction and it made me realise what a long distance I have travelled in self-awareness and growth.​

I now have a strong, growing business with a clearly defined direction. But the path to today was not direct. There were a several twists in the road that I went down along the way.

KEY TO CLARITY

The biggest insight moment came while lying flat on my back after pulling my back out last summer...

My love for colour and business has been consistent throughout all my business incarnations.

And in my travels my love of connecting to new people.

So my core business had to combine these elements to keep me motivated. That is when I started coaching fellow entrepreneurs without even realising it... they told me I helped then massively and gave great structure, feedback and ideas to progress their business.

My colour knowledge created a difference that drew fellow creative introverts to me, and I to them. I knew these were the people I needed to help stand up and show their amazing talents to the world. 

But first, I had to stand strong, stand up, and move into the spotlight myself to show that it is possible and that my advice works.   

I found the way to step out of hiding and move into the spotlight... the Introverts Way.

That is the path I have walked down these last 2 years, and the path which is now leaving me feeling vibrant and full of life.

I am highly visible to my clients, they know they can reach out and talk to me about their struggles as I have lived through them too.  

I care deeply for the success of clients, instilling them with confidence and passing on my tangible tips and how-to documents to navigate the complexities that come with promoting your business online to gain an international audience. 

Enter stage right: More Business Coaches!

I had taken many steps forward, but at the start of this year, it was time to really invest and step up my game. 

Invest in a new business coach who would give me the structure to really build an online business on firm foundations.

So I invested. Not once, not twice but 4 times this year into programs specialising in various aspects of online business and promotion. Some were year long, some self-led, some intensive shorter programs. I have learnt a lot, and as a natural supporter and coach, I want to share this knowledge with you. But in a way that helps you as an introvert. Many of these programs had great content but the manner in which it was given didn't particularly suit my temperament and needs as an introvert in business. 

I have learnt a LOT along the way. I am a veritable sponge for knowledge, constantly learning new tips, keeping abreast of social media networks.

This showed me how effective coaching online can be. And that was my calling, so I had to fully step up into the spotlight and shine in my true colours. 

Enter Centre Stage: Golden Visibility

So in the summer, all my knowledge came together into an online course called Golden Visibility that I ran for 50 introvert entrepreneurs.

My signature course was born - the way that I can help many introverted female entrepreneurs come out of hiding and step into the spotlight.

Golden Visibility will open for enrolment again in a few weeks, if you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE.

Next steps

This is just the start, and next year I have several exciting projects already in the pipeline to boost your visibility and help you create your dream business. 

I am full of gratitude for my first clients who will always hold a very special place in my heart, as I see them go from success to success. I wonder, will you be one of my very next clients?

Susanna
 

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