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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world. If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself. Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

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A unique approach

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Rebecca provides wonderful tools and strategies to enhance freelance businesses. But what I appreciate most is her unique ability to also address the underlying struggles of being creative and earning money, all on our own. She can relate to our struggles, but also gently pushes us to shift our thinking so we don’t get in our own way. Her expertise both as a writer and coach have been such a gift.

Wonderful Advice

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The Writing Coach Podcast is filled with great practical tips as well as tons of motivation!

iTunes Ratings

44 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
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A unique approach

By Lappleg - Feb 20 2020
Read more
Rebecca provides wonderful tools and strategies to enhance freelance businesses. But what I appreciate most is her unique ability to also address the underlying struggles of being creative and earning money, all on our own. She can relate to our struggles, but also gently pushes us to shift our thinking so we don’t get in our own way. Her expertise both as a writer and coach have been such a gift.

Wonderful Advice

By Rb165405 - Dec 08 2019
Read more
The Writing Coach Podcast is filled with great practical tips as well as tons of motivation!
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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Latest release on May 21, 2020

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Rank #1: WCP82 Live coaching

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Hearing another writer being coached gives you the chance to recognize your own thought patterns and behaviors—and make changes accordingly.

Listen to how a shift in perspective opens things up for the following freelance challenges:

+ A food writer struggles to develop a story angles that staff writers don’t see + A journalist questions where to pitch stories that will be relevant for print magazines a few months out + A blog ghost writer wants to leverage her unbylined work to find new clients

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Break into your dream publications, increase your confidence, and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Apply for the May session of my small group coaching program: FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

Resources for freelance writers during coronavirus

Full show notes and more info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast82

Mar 30 2020

35mins

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Rank #2: WCP10 The confident writer

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Do you feel writing is your true creative, personal, or professional calling, one that brings meaning and depth to your life, and that lets you bring real value to the lives of readers … or at least has the potential to?

If the answer is yes (or you’d like it to be), yet you struggle with confidence, blocks, overwhelm, or underearning, this talk about confidence and self-confidence (nope, not the same thing) will help you start to approach things differently.

Sign up for a free mini coaching session to get some individualized help with building your confidence: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/coach

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast10

Oct 25 2018

21mins

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Rank #3: WCP72 Internal and external accountability

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Many writers say that they always honor their deadlines for clients, yet aren’t accountable to themselves when it comes to marketing or creative work. Maybe you want to pitch more stories, finish your book proposal, or write in your journal every single day.

In reality, signing a contract isn’t what actually makes you complete an assignment on time. It’s your decision to complete it (which you may choose because you like the consequences, such as feeling reliable and spending the income).

If you already know how to be accountable to somebody else, you can use that experience to practice being more accountable to yourself too. And we’re going to do it without any negative self-talk, shame, or blame—instead, honoring your deepest writing desires is a form of self-care and we can do it more effectively from a place of curiosity and learning.

LAST CALL FOR FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP APPLICATIONS

My small group coaching program begins next week. If you are ready to break into your dream publications and get paid well to cover stories that matter, click here to begin your application: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

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Support the Writing Coach Podcast by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts.

WCP 71: 2020 vision

WCP 2: Thinking thoughts and feelings feels

WCP 1: What’s your problem?

Click here for more info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast72

Jan 09 2020

19mins

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Rank #4: WCP78 Professional jealousy

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Here’s looking at you, you green-eyed monster, you.

Feeling jealous of another writer’s assignment, grant, income, relationship, skill, talent, age, credits, social media presence, book contract, education, or any other attribute can act like a double whammy.

First, the compare and despair mode derails us from our own work and can be a huge time suck. Once you start down this particular rabbit hole, you can spend an awful long time down there not writing, not pitching, not developing or nurturing your own career. It’s procrastination without the short-term pleasure many other distractions offer.

Secondly, we tend to judge, shame, and avoid our jealousy. When a writer friend has achieved something, we tell ourselves, we should be able to celebrate her. By adding a moral dimension to a natural human emotion, we complicate and ironically often prolong the jealous feelings.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Goal-setting for freelance writers: Join me in this workshop, exclusively for early bird registrants to the March session of Freelance Writer Bootcamp.

WCP1: What’s your problem?

Full show notes and more info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast78

Feb 21 2020

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Rank #5: 09: Longform articles and short documentaries with Christopher Clark

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Christopher Clark is a freelance journalist and filmmaker. He recently co-directed two documentaries about people living on the fringes of South African society for Al Jazeera and the BBC.

Today we talk about:

- Transitioning from writing articles to making videos - Covering underreported stories - Returning to a single story repeatedly - Pitching short documentaries

Download my free guide on how to pitch: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast9

Oct 18 2018

26mins

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Rank #6: WCP20: Setting freelance writer goals

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The freelance writer goal setting process I’m sharing with you today works for goals that will take half a day, one year, or anywhere in between.

Schedule a free mini writing coach session

Write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast20

Jan 03 2019

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Rank #7: WCP37 Write locally, publish globally

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Freelancers want to write for foreign publications for multiple reasons: access to larger or more engaged audiences so that your stories have more impact, higher income, and the thrill of a new challenge.

I’ve written stories for publications in the US, as well as in South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia. But initially I found it quite a challenge, and struggled to identify the right angles and amount of context for readers without intimate knowledge of my area.

This episode will demystify finding your best foreign markets, the biggest differences between writing for local and global audiences, positioning yourself and your stories, and some tips for finding the best stories for foreign readers.

HAVE A WRITING QUESTION?

Send me your question in an email, and I may answer it on the next edition of Listener Q&A.

WRITE A REVIEW TO SUPPORT THE WRITING COACH PODCAST

Did you enjoy the show? Write a review on iTunes to help other writers find the podcast. Share a takeaway, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen.

Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

Click here for more info and full show notes with links.

May 09 2019

34mins

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Rank #8: WCP Bonus: Telling people you're a writer

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Are you happy and excited when somebody asks, “What do you do?” No? Listen in as we go a bit deeper into how to practice your new way of thinking and talking about what you call yourself.

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WCP 33: A writer by any other name

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Follow me on Instagram. Take a screenshot of your favorite episode and tag me in your Instagram Stories.

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SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW

Subscribe to the Writing Coach Podcast to be notified every time a new show, including bonus episodes, become available. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.

If you enjoy these episodes, please write a short review on iTunes. These reviews help other writers find and listen to the podcast. Share a takeaway or a-ha moment, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen. Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

Click here for more info and full show notes.

Apr 23 2019

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Rank #9: WCP27 Name your niche

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Clarifying a freelance writing niche gives you direction about what to focus on, which clients to target, and which stories to pitch. It helps with efficiency and productivity. And it makes it easier for clients to find you. Today’s episode explores how to identify a niche, when to drill down to subspecialties, and why you don’t have to be afraid of limiting your growth as a writer with a niche.

Would you like help with a problem in your writing life on an upcoming Listener Q&A? Click here to send me a message with all the juicy details.

If you enjoy today’s episode, let other freelancers know by writing a review on iTunes.

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast27

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #10: WCP29 The research rabbit hole

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The research and reporting rabbit holes have to be the some of the most seductive and appealing parts of the freelance writing comfort zone. You start off doing good work: nailing down facts, seeking rich data, locating interesting sources. But there’s always another twist and turn, and you can easily lose your orientation and not know if you’re getting closer or further away from what your story needs.

If you’ve ever said that research takes as long as it takes, or noticed that it’s taking so long that it interferes with (rather than supports) your writing goals, you’ve got to listen to today’s episode.

WCP1 What’s your problem?

SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW

The best way to catch all the episodes of the Writing Coach Podcast is to subscribe. This way you’ll be notified every time a new show, including the unnumbered bonus episodes, become available. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.

If you enjoy these episodes, I’d really appreciate it if you’d write a short review over on iTunes. These reviews help other writers find and listen to the podcast. You can share a takeaway or a-ha moment, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen. Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

Click here for more info and full show notes.

Mar 15 2019

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Rank #11: 08: Backstory of a New York Times travel feature with Sarah Khan

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Sarah Khan is a freelance travel writer for the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.

Today Sarah shares the backstory of her award-winning feature for the New York Times, "A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis." We discuss the origins of the idea, as well as pitching, reporting, and writing the article, and responses after publication.

She breaks down her processes and shares insights and tips about local contacts, finding multiple stories from each trip, and writing through self-doubt.

Enjoy this episode? Please write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-writing-coach-podcast-with-rebecca-l-weber/id1435527746

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast8

Oct 11 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: WCP Bonus: Secrets of sustainable freelance writing success

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Want to break into your dream publications and cultivate long-term clients? Join me for this free, live class on becoming your editor's go-to freelance writer. Click here to register: www.rebeccalweber.com/freeclass 

Join us LIVE this Thursday, July 11, to learn: + A proven blueprint for pitching and selling freelance article ideas + How to turn a once-off assignment into an ongoing gig + The most effective tip for getting editors to respond to you + Answers to your questions during our live Q&A I’ll answer YOUR questions about freelancing and writing, drawing on more than a dozen years of experience freelancing for places like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Marie Claire, and helping other freelance writers achieve their goals.

REGISTER FOR THE LIVE CLASS

Click here to claim your spot. Be sure to note which session is best for your time zone.

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #13: WCP69 Right action

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A big or consistent gap between the work you most want to be doing and what you’re actually doing indicates a lack of right action. Keeping busy or chasing after low-satisfaction, low-paying work isn’t going to resolve the situation. Let’s look at what it means to instead identify the weakest link in your freelance writing chain, and focus on strengthening it.

APPLY FOR FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP AND GET THE GOAL SETTING BONUS WORKSHOP

I’ll be offering an exclusive Freelance Writer Goal Setting Workshop in the first week of January to walk writers through the exact steps of setting successful goals—including the steps that most goal setters miss. This is a special bonus for people who register for Freelance Writer Bootcamp by the end of 2019. If one of your goals is to make more money by writing stories that matter to you, click here to apply to Freelance Writer Bootcamp and get this bonus workshop too: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

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WCP1: What’s your problem? WCP2: Thinking thoughts and feeling feels Apply for Freelance Writer Bootcamp

Click here for more info and full show notes.

Dec 19 2019

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Rank #14: WCP19: Your year in review

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Ready to plan for 2020? What you do (or don’t) accomplish in 2019 is going to set you up for the year ahead. Think about what you one year from now will be poised to do if you have a year of growth vs a year on automatic pilot.

Today I offer you three different ways of looking at the past year before turning to goal setting for the future.

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast19

Dec 27 2018

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Rank #15: WCP31 How do you feel about breaking into your dream publications?

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Your dream publication might be high profile, high circulation, or high paying. It might reach a specialized, niche audience, or be pushing the boundaries of innovative types of multimedia storytelling. Maybe your dream publication employees your dream editor, who is smart and funny and prompt. Or maybe your dream publication comes back to you time and again with interesting assignments.

Your dream publication represents the chance for you to feel differently about yourself and your writing. Are you hoping that new assignment will elicit feelings of pride, confidence, security … or something else? Today we explore how those new feelings will impact you and your writing—and the possibility of tapping into those emotions before, rather than after, any external changes.

FREE MINI WRITER COACHING SESSION

If today’s talk seems a bit abstract, I invite you to sign up for a free mini writer coaching session with me. I’ve just opened up some new times for next week.

Click here to schedule a time for a mini writer coaching session. Select your time zone, and then choose a time for us to talk.

SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW

The best way to catch all the episodes of the Writing Coach Podcast is to subscribe. This way you’ll be notified every time a new show, including the unnumbered bonus episodes, become available. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.

If you enjoy these episodes, I’d really appreciate it if you’d write a short review over on iTunes. These reviews help other writers find and listen to the podcast. You can share a takeaway or a-ha moment, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen. Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

Click here for more info and full show notes.

Mar 28 2019

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Rank #16: WCP30 Working on the road

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Freelance writing lends itself to location independence and the flexibility to work where you want to. Maybe an assignment takes you away from home for a few days, or maybe you’re spending months at a time as a digital nomad.

Today’s episode looks at ways to prepare for and make the most of your traveling while writing (or writing while traveling).

Previous podcast episodes mentioned on today’s show:

WCP 3 Travel writing: Pitching stories before or after the trip

WCP 13: Setting freelance boundaries and company policies

FREE MINI WRITER COACHING SESSION

Click here to schedule a time for our mini writer coaching session.

SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW

The best way to catch all the episodes of the Writing Coach Podcast is to subscribe. This way you’ll be notified every time a new show, including the unnumbered bonus episodes, become available. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.

If you enjoy these episodes, I’d really appreciate it if you’d write a short review over on iTunes. These reviews help other writers find and listen to the podcast. You can share a takeaway or a-ha moment, recommend a favorite episode, or otherwise let people know why you listen. Click here to review, and select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

Click here for more info and full show notes.

Mar 21 2019

18mins

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Rank #17: WCP80 Freelancing in the time of coronavirus

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As freelance writers, coronavirus hits us both professionally and personally. We’re looking at these issues and how mindset management will help you handle:

+ Freelance workflow with rapidly changing editorial needs

+ Feeling criticized or blamed for how “the media” is handling coverage

+ Self-isolation, medical concerns, and information overload

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Let’s work together. Apply now for my small group coaching program: Freelance Writer Bootcamp.

WCP1 What’s your problem?

WCP79 Covering coronavirus

First Draft Coronavirus resources for reporters

Break into your dream publications, boost your confidence, and get paid well to cover stories that matter. Apply now for Freelance Writer Bootcamp: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

Full show notes and more info: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast80

Mar 16 2020

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Rank #18: WCP42 Writers and imposter syndrome

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“I was lucky to get that assignment; it’s only because the editor knows me.” “I don’t know how I pulled that off … or how I’ll ever do it again.” “They liked the pitch, but the article won’t live up to expectations.” Sound familiar? Imposter syndrome can derail writers at any stage.

Feeling like a fake takes its toll. It drains the pleasure and satisfaction from our work, and limits our ability to show up and take on new challenges for fear that we won’t be able to deliver.

Today we look at what imposter syndrome is and isn’t (including the debunking of myths, like why “fake it til you make it” is bad advice for writers with imposter syndrome), and how learning to manage imposter syndrome will allow you to instead feel confident and accepting of who you are as a writer.

Why do you listen to the writing coach podcast? Please share the answer with your writer friends.

Take a screenshot of you listening and share on Instagram Stories. Tag me @FreelanceWriterBootcamp and/or use #WritingCoachPodcast.

Or share a link in a Facebook or blog post. All the shows are listed at www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast and on Apple Podcasts.

MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

WCP1 What’s your problem? A sharp tool for figuring out the real cause of your writing problem.

Click here for more info and full show notes with links.

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #19: WCP16: Freewriting for freelancers

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My students have found freewriting to be the single most effective technique in their quests to become more fluid and more confident writers. Today we look at the what, how, and why of freewriting.

I also share some variations that are specifically for freelance writers.

There will always be time to evaluate, critique, and edit. Freewriting is a time to practice the creative process without judgement.

Register for the free class on writing faster: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/faster

Please share what you like about the Writing Coach Podcast in a review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-writing-coach-podcast-with-rebecca-l-weber/id1435527746

More info and full show notes: https://www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast16

Dec 06 2018

20mins

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Rank #20: WCP52 Covering social justice: passion and pay

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What we write matters. Today we’re looking at how using a social justice lens can provide both meaning and a decent living. Many freelancers see their work as divided: this piece for passion, that piece for pay. I’d argue that for true freelance writing success, you’ll be more satisfied when you pursue work that provides both.

MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

WCP51: Democratizing food writing with Ishay Govender-Ypma

WCP1: What’s your problem? WCP2: Thinking thoughts and feelings feels How Sarma Melngailis, Queen of Vegan Cuisine, Became a Runaway Fugitive

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE MINI WRITER COACHING SESSION Are you pitching stories you’re passionate about … and getting paid well? If not, sign up for a mini session with me. Let’s get you, your pitches, your stories, and your income unstuck. Click here to book your coaching session. For full show notes and more info, click here.

Aug 22 2019

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