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Episode 133: Strategic Planning for Coaches with Carrie Flynn

Carrie Flynn of Virtual Simplicity shares what coaches need to know about strategic planning and why you need it if you want to grow and scale.

133: Strategic Planning for Coaches with Carrie Flynn

Every coach needs strategic planning if you want to grow and scale your business. Today's guest, Carrie Flynn of Virtual Simplicity, is here to share everything you need to know about strategic planning in your coaching business. Carrie started Virtual Simplicity back in 2017 while also working full-time as a public school teacher.

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Show Notes

Every coach needs strategic planning if you want to grow and scale your business. Today's guest, Carrie Flynn of Virtual Simplicity, is here to share everything you need to know about strategic planning in your coaching business.

Carrie started Virtual Simplicity back in 2017 while also working full-time as a public school teacher. As the business grew, she scaled to working as an OBM with clients who often launched online programs. Virtual Simplicity has since expanded into an agency with a team of dedicated experts and specialists who help clients develop simple, easy, efficient, but not complicated online programs, funnels, and launch strategies.

I've known Carrie for over a year, and she's become my go-to person for strategic planning. This conversation was fantastic, with unexpected but necessary detours into money mindset, dealing with the guilt, shame, and anxiety that comes with money, and more. We cover it all today, and I know you'll get so much value from this conversation.

Topics covered

  • Carrie’s work helping female business owners to grow and scale their businesses sustainably
  • How Carrie built Virtual Simplicity while still in her career as a teacher
  • Carrie’s top tips for managing your time and mindset while making a career transition
  • Making space for the inevitable discomfort that comes with making big decisions
  • What is strategic planning?
  • The goal of growth marketing
  • How coaches can benefit from strategic planning
  • Working through the shame and money mindset many of us deal with in our businesses
  • Why you need to think about sustainability
  • The value of getting outside support
  • Common pitfalls among coaches when it comes to growth and scaling
  • When should coaches consider working with a consultant on strategic planning?

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity Podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, I'm your host, and I am thrilled that you are joining me today because I have something very special to share with you. I invited my friend Carrie Flynn of Virtual Simplicity, to come on and talk to us a little bit about what strategic planning is, and why it is so important for coaches to include a strategic planning process in their businesses, especially if they are looking to grow and scale. Here's the funny thing about interviews, though I come prepared, I do my homework, I have a set of questions that I intend to ask, and then when I get in the flow with a really dynamic and fascinating guest, we hit topics that I never could have imagined. And that's exactly what happened today with Carrie, we took not even a detour, I'm going to say a necessary trip down a path of money mindset, and how we can treat ourselves when we are coming face to face with maybe some of our money decisions that we've made in the past that we have mixed feelings about today. How do we deal with the guilt, the shame, the anxiety that comes up when it comes to money? Because both Carrie and I have had those experiences, we actually get pretty transparent about it during our conversation. Carrie and I both want to have these conversations because we want to remove the stigma and shame that often accompanies some of these financial decisions. So we definitely dive into that today, which I was not expecting and yet I'm so glad we did. And then of course, we also take a good look at what it means to transition from one career into another and how to navigate that transition. And of course, how to effectively incorporate a strategic planning process into your coaching practice. So we really do cover it all today. I cannot wait for you to hear this conversation. So without further ado, I am thrilled to introduce you to my go to person when it comes to strategic planning, Carrie Flynn of Virtual Simplicity. 

 

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