For many of us, discovering coaching
was like coming home.
Coaching is our thing. This is the way we contribute to humanity and sessions
leave us feeling just as expanded as our beloved clients.
However. As you’ve probably found, creating a successful and sustainable
coaching practice requires you to wrap a Proper Business around your purpose.
Which was probably when your self-doubt showed up.
The process of working it all out can feel overwhelming.
It usually starts with not knowing how to find clients, and then not knowing if you can help them. There may be a gut-clutch of fear at the thought you need to be constantly visible and have your shit together, in order to market your work.
When you learn there are a squillion other coaches out there you might feel a bit defeated. And late to the party.
You might begin to doubt that you’re even a coach because you aren’t doing much coaching.
This can all leave you watching enviously from the sidelines, unsure of how to show up. Considering another certification. Waiting.
It can feel really bloody lonely.
Fire Monkeys Mentoring Group is a complete business framework, just for coaches.
During our six-month programme, you’ll gain a deep understanding of your specific flavour of this work and the transformation you help your clients make.
Your values-led, needs-based practice will help you create sustainability and success on your terms.
And because a strategy is only useful if you can apply it, we will focus specifically on your self-doubt as a coach.
If you are looking for compassionate support and mentoring expertise to do this your way, Fire Monkeys is for you.
Embody the flame (not the moth).
Trust, accept and believe in yourself, your voice and your coaching mission.
Ignite the spark of possibility in your coaching clients.
Step up. Take risks. Burn bright.
Curious, empathic, innovative.
Mission-focussed and mischievous.
Learns through constant experimentation. Cultivates tenacity, resilience and grit.
Thrives in a safe, generous community.
The first cohort of coaches went through this programme in 2016, the year of the Fire Monkey, providing the perfect metaphor for this process!
A comprehensive, thoughtful and effective mentoring programme:
You’ll build your coaching practice organically, rooted in the unique combination of your personality, experience and values.
What matters to you will be ‘baked in’ to how you market, sell, enrol clients and the systems, policies and processes you choose to support your work.
We’ll explore the ways your self-doubt protects you from failure and disappointment; from being visible, from accessing your voice, and your power.
You’ll understand what you need, so you can keep showing up for your business, your clients and your self.
We’ll gather for weekly workshops three times a month. You’ll make meaningful, tangible progress, honouring your pace.
And you’ll be an important member of a troop of thoughtful coaches: fully supported during the
You don’t have to do this alone.
Fire Monkeys includes:
A comprehensive proven programme with step-by-step guidance
for how to establish, build and grow your coaching business.
Leadership through experimentation.
You’ll be supported to play with new ways of showing up as a coach, business owner and human, with a spirit of trying it out and seeing what happens. This is about having some fun, trusting your clients and treating yourself with kindness.
Optional Mentoring Sessions.
Available to purchase if you want dedicated help to untangle and make sense of what is unfolding for you. We’ll look at your coaching practice, your business evolution as well as the stuff that comes up as a complex, nuanced human.
19 modules – the whole shebang!
Designed to help you take consistent, meaningful action, you’ll find out what happens when you keep showing up to your coaching work. Your commitment to a few hours a week will see you make tangible progress. You won’t get behind, you won’t quit on yourself.
Each module is comprised of written material, audio lessons, an interactive Workbook with templates, worksheets, scripts and checklists. You’ll be able to work through the material in whatever way suits you.
Including the super helpful ‘Client
Live Group Calls.
We’ll get together to go through the material (because self-paced learning works for hardly anyone). After three weeks of momentum, we’ll have an integration week where you can rest and reflect.
Private discussion forum.
Our safe and supportive learning site is separate from all other social media. You’ll be able to ask for feedback, find accountability partners, celebrate wins and find help to get unstuck. We’re all navigating this path together.
Original interviews with brilliant teachers and the smartest, heart-centred, successful coaches I know. Each brings a deep and rich expertise experience and realness. The stories, learnings and insights they share are invaluable.
THE FIRE MONKEYS CURRICULUM
We’ll open our circle on Tuesday, January 29th 2019.
You’ll have six months of supportive accountability. Fire Monkeys will help you create a coaching practice that is rooted in your values, provides needs-based offers that your clients are already looking for, and supports you to fulfil your coaching mission in a strategic and sustainable way.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME:
PRE WORK :: YOUR FOUNDATION
Before Fire Monkeys gets officially underway, you’ll have time to complete the first two Modules of the programme. These serve as the Foundation of your coaching practice: 1. Your Values and 2. Your Flavour of Coaching.
You’ll drop deep into a tried-and-tested somatic method to create your foundation. You’ll also discover how so many coaches set themselves up for failure right from the start, and exactly how to avoid this in your business.
FEBRUARY :: CULTIVATING SELF-BELIEF
3: How to cultivate Self-belief
We’ll start the programme with an exploration of your lived experience of self-doubt. How is this showing up in your coaching practice and your coaching business today? What purpose is your self-doubt serving?
You’ll create a plan to experiment with cultivating your self-belief in ways that tangibly benefit your business.
4: The Research Interview Process
The essential questions to ask to find out what your coaching clients want (including what your clients are ready to pay for and exactly where to spend your marketing efforts).
Uncover the real reason no one is buying your coaching services (it’s nothing to do with your rates, or your experience).
5: How to Map Your Coaching Client’s Transformation
How to tap into your empathy to deeply understand and be of service to your clients.
How this deceptively simple process helps create all of your future marketing collateral.
MARCH :: VOICE + VISIBILITY
6: How to Elegantly Package, Name and Price Your Coaching Offer
Using the basis of your Foundation, we’ll explore the concept of needs-based coaching. This month you’ll create, name and price a needs-based coaching offer, original to you and specifically designed to help your people.
How to price your coaching offers energetically and mathematically.
7: How to Write a Magnetic Invitation Page
The 10 elements of a compelling invitation page (and exactly how to structure and format your copy).
The techni-magical Template that creates your formatted Magnetic Invitation Page as you go!
8: Introductory Calls & Testimonials
The core principle of Introductory Calls that almost every coach misses (including the complete structure and script I use in an Introductory Call that has 90% of prospective clients book with me – no convincing, no manipulation, just respectful realness).
The four elements that turn bland feedback into success stories that showcase your coaching (and the #1 most powerful question to ensure testimonials lead to new client bookings).
APRIL :: STRATEGIC SUSTAINABILITY
9: The Four Page Website Formula
The four key pages you need on your website, their purpose and how to write to your ideal client. Plus: the page that most coaches overlook that has led to dozens of clients booking with me (and exactly what to write to encourage this on your site).
The 10 questions to ask before you create or refresh your website that will save you money, time and energy.
10: How to Create a Website That Totally Resonates With Your People
The three unique-to-you energetic elements that create the ‘X Factor’ for your site (that are nothing to do with fancy design).
Exactly what to do when people aren’t visiting your site (including a proven process for creating a six-month plan to get visible in front of your ideal clients).
11: What you stand for and who you serve
We’ll explore one of the key responses to self-doubt: hiding. Being visible can feel vulnerable, it can look like: watching and waiting (until we have it perfect), feeling reluctant to ever use the word ‘coach’ and holding back from marketing.
We’ll build on your foundation to help you start coaching (even if you have no clients, and no website).
MAY :: MOMENTUM, CONSISTENCY, ENERGY
12: Momentum, Consistency, Energy
We’ll explore what you need to take meaningful action consistently (this is the key to building a sustainable business).
The Space of your business – understanding the five parts that make up your business. We’ll identify and explore the resistance blocking your circle, and the conditions you need to have in place to get back into the flow.
What you do with your Time – we are also looking at how you want to plan out your typical week – so that you can consistently show up in the five areas of your business.
13: Your Bountiful Blog
A road-tested process for generating your next six months’ blog posts in one afternoon!
Three ways to use your blog to effectively market your coaching offers (without ever using the word ‘sales’). How to use your blog posts as the foundation for all of your marketing messages (without feeling like you are constantly hustling).
14: How to Start Conversations that lead to sales
The three conversations that are the secret to the sustainability of your coaching business.
What to do when people un-subscribe, un-follow and de-friend.
The real gold in your business (your subscribers). Including exactly how to set up your mailing list and the essential conversations that will help you develop a relationship with your future clients.
JUNE :: YOUR COACHING CONTAINER
15: Creating Authentic Boundaries
Navigating the conflation of roles as Human, Coach and Business Owner. This month is an invitation to take an ‘eagle eye view’ to how you are showing up.
Noticing the amount of energy you have is finite – becoming aware of how you are spending it and understanding where and why you might be feeling out of balance, dissatisfied or even disillusioned.
16: Your Coaching Container: the conditions for your best coaching work
The one thing most coaches don’t know about, that can deepen and expand your capacity for excellence in your coaching work.
Exactly how to establish your Coaching Container and bring it to life in entirely practical ways.
17: Self-reflection: the simple practice that will dramatically improve the impact of your coaching
How your discomfort and self-doubt helps you develop your capacity as a coach (and a 5-Step process for what to do when a coaching session doesn’t go well).
The known conditions for supported reflection that will rapidly increase your coaching development and maturity.
JULY :: PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS
18: Defining your own success
What to do to keep your business strategy evolving healthily and in a way that creates sustainability.
The fulfilment and values approach to planning for and measuring success in your coaching business. What are the financial, emotional, creative and spiritual rewards you want to reach?
A maturity model for your coaching practice. How do you know you are developing as a coach? What does coaching mastery look and feel like?
19: How to ride the peaks and troughs of self-employment
How to stay energetically bonded to your work with two guided visualisations and one connection ritual. Including three proven tools to help you stay productive, purposeful and keep moving forward.
My tried and tested approach for exactly what to do when it all gets too much (that I’m still learning how to master).
Guest interviews with the best in the business
Writer, Coach, Speaker.
Pre-eminent Space Holder.
PR & Creativity Consultant.
Leadership Coach, Trainer, Supervisor. Minister. Author.
Writer. Feminist Marketing Consultant.
CEO & Founder of Beautiful You Coaching Academy. Priestess.
What past participants are saying
I signed up for Sas’s Fire Monkeys programme because although I absolutely love my coaching work, I had no experience of marketing and was struggling with how to put myself out there in a way that would be effective but still authentically me.
I’ve used Sas’ introductory call format successfully twice this week, and I have two new signed up clients!
I’ve been delighted with the whole programme – its length and pace, the practical ‘how to’ guidance, the more reflective element of fine-tuning exactly who and how I want to coach, the supportive community of like-minded fellow coaches, and Sas’s hugely generous, insightful, knowledgeable and humorous leadership throughout.
As a result, I’ve been able to create a marketing presence that I’m extremely happy with and I’m feeling confident, excited and fired up about growing my coaching practice from here. To anyone considering joining the Fire Monkeys, I’d say just go for it – you won’t be disappointed!Susie Morrison
I said yes to the Fire Monkeys because I’ve worked with Sas before and I both trusted and knew that this programme would be more than worth the investment.
As a result of the programme, I’ve grown in confidence as a coach and in putting my work into the world. I realise so many of my marketing doubts are about me and what I’m projecting. I realise that some of my work is to get out of my own way. Now I feel more solid in the goodness of my own work.
Mentoring with Sas is thoughtful, relaxed, intellectually stimulating with just the right level of woo!
If you are thinking about enrolling in the Fire Monkeys, you need to know you really can dip in and out as your work and schedule allow, guilt-free. But it’s so very worthwhile putting in the time and effort to engage with the content.
When I think about the future of my coaching practice, I really feel I have something solid and good to offer the world. I’m excited, proud, content.Shona Macpherson
When I started working with Sas, I had one-ish client.
I now have a full coaching client load, and my doula practice is booked up for the next seven months. My mailing list has almost doubled, and I’m turning out content like a ladypreneurial badass!
I have a very tangible goal with my business. By the time my daughter starts school in September 2017, I wanted to have quit my day job and be working for myself full time (I did it!). As the latch-key child of workaholic parents raised on after-school Oprah and homemade Nutella smoothies, I want to be waiting with (metaphorical or actual) warm chocolate chip cookies when my wee one arrives home from school.
This is about so much more than doing work I love…it’s about being the kind of Mom I want to be, and the kind of person I want to be.Jessie Harold
I want to help you demystify the process of wrapping a business around your coaching work.
Over the last seven years, I’ve developed a coaching practice that is booked solid and I regularly sell out workshops, retreats and group programmes.
I started out with a few clients in the evenings, had a metric tonne of ‘learning opportunities’ and a few successes. I have learned how to create a sustainable and successful business based on my values. No convincing required!
I’m a Certified Dr Martha Beck Coach, I’ve trained with the Coaches Training Institute and I have an MA in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University. And in my BC (Before Coaching) life, I was a sought-after management consultant helping teams, organisations and one Knighted Noble Prize Winner bring their business vision to life.
I have a unique combination of expertise and experience and enthusiasm, that I am thrilled to make available to you!
enrolment is open!
I know what its like to feel the anxious uncertainty of when or if, you can afford to invest in yourself (especially when there is a constant stream of marketing voodoo in your inbox, claiming all kinds of six-figure magic).
In my experience, those promises aren’t real. Building a sustainable, successful coaching practice takes time.
I believe there are ways of being in relationship to our work that we will continue to master throughout our business lives. The support we allow ourselves can make all the difference.
If you are in this for the long game, Fire Monkeys is a proven process for learning how to trust yourself, your voice and your coaching mission.
And if you know in your belly that this is exactly what you’ve been looking for: join us.
The Fire Monkeys will run once in 2019.
We’ll gather for our opening circle on Tuesday 29th of January, and we’ll complete on the 9th of July 2019.
All group calls will be on Tuesday’s at 8pm (British Time). You can download the full programme overview here.
Please note: to ensure enough time and attention for everyone, the class size will be limited to 30 people. To be eligible for a place, you must have completed (or be due to complete by 9th July 2019) a relevant training programme of at least 100 hours in duration.
Questions? Please email me anytime – I’m so happy to discuss the programme and see if it’s right for you.
With deep respect for you and your coaching work,
You can get started today. Just click on the orange button to choose your payment terms, and you’ll receive a welcome email with a link to the pre-work and all the programme details.
If you experience any technology weirdness, please click here to email and we’ll get right back to you.
Please note: instalment payments will be made automatically via Paypal subscription, from the day you enrol.
What past participants are saying
Do not hesitate to invest in Fire Monkeys – the return on investment is better than you can imagine! As a new coach, Sas helped me to make progress in launching my new business by lovingly rescuing me from the evil web of perfection in which I was trapped.
Participating in Fire Monkeys gave me the courage to take the steps needed to stand in the world as a coach – just as I am. The group calls were a judgement free place to be deeply heard, admit to fears, laugh, and learn that these other lovely coaches felt exactly the same as me. The honesty and vulnerability of the Fire Monkeys members helped propel me forward so much more than muddling through this all alone.
Sas gave me permission to fully be me – messy, confused, frustrated, excited – and welcomed every bit to the table.Jill Tyler
I could have stopped after module one and still been delighted with what I’ve learned!
Something magical happened as I worked through the material and I have found a way to relate to my coaching that feels amazing and lights me up – it means I’m creating a truly alive and vibrant space for my clients and our work together.
The foundations of a coaching practice – getting clear on who you work with, the way you work best, the boundaries and frameworks for how to create the conditions for conversations that permeate your initial calls with clients, right through to the intention behind the words on your website – these weren’t the things I was taught in coach school!
Sas has created powerful content rooted in an evidence-based approach, and a circle of professional and friendly coaches in a space where we’re all encouraged to lead and contribute.
I always come away from our group calls feeling energised, supported, and having learned something new about my coaching work. It’s brilliant!Jacqui Sjenitzer
Mentoring with Sas is like sprinkling magic into my business and life, and how she illuminates the interplay of both is downright brilliant! Sas taught me specific methods to work with my anxieties around decision making and branding. Sas has an uncanny ability to uncover where light needs to be shed.
As my business expands into international retreats, Sas taught me how to hold a larger space, in a deeper way for my clients. In my writing efforts, she taught me why it’s vital to ‘be the flame, not the moth’ and write from my soul and heart, share my unique story, be brave.
This is for any coach who wants a soulful, generous of heart, real-life wisdom approach.Jane Reeves
Fire Monkeys has helped me step into my role as a coach and given me the self-belief I needed.
Finding like-minded coaches to work with and for support was invaluable. I was able to identify my own flavour of coaching and get comfortable with giving things a go (even if it’s not all sorted out!). I’ve realised that some things take the length of time that they take, but the progress I’ve made in a few months is incredible.
Working with Sas was a delight.
Sas stayed with me every step of the way and I so admire the way she approached everyone in the group and their very different coaching practices, with a heart centred, knowledgeable and integrity-filled way that helped light the path ahead.Allison Johnstone
Disclaimer: Choosing to invest in 2018 Fire Monkeys Mentoring Group means you accept and agree that you are responsible for how you apply the programme materials. Your results are dependent on an entire suite of factors including your skills, knowledge, ability, dedication, business savvy, network, your personal financial situation, wider economic conditions, and maybe even planetary alignment. However, I wholeheartedly believe our world needs healers like you, more than ever. I’ve mentored dozens of coaches to bring their coaching practice to life using the Fire Monkeys approach, and I will be available to support you every step of the way.
Please be thoughtful when choosing to invest as no refunds are given.