Denise Altman is available for small or micro business mentoring. If your business or practice is focused on reaching women, particularly mothers, and you need a coach or support person, Denise is who you have been looking for. Mentoring is by phone, Skype or FaceTime during preset appointment hours. The first session begins with your story; how you got started and the things you have accomplished so far. From there, Denise will help you determine the direction of future sessions.
Sessions are weekly or bi-weekly so that you have an opportunity to apply new strategies or complete self evaluations. Each session is one hour and often builds on the previous discussion. Mentoring can be as long (or short) as you like; you can focus on accomplishing a specific goal, or use it as a tool to stay focused and on track. Denise is NOT a financial adviser or CPA; she is a navigator for the business owner who is seeking growth or improvement opportunities. Generally, learners schedule four sessions at a time, to repeat as long as is mutually agreeable.
Some business examples are:
- Lactation Consultants
- Birth Educators
- Massage Therapists
- Concierge Medical Practice
Topics covered can include (but are not limited to):
- Time management
- Writing or revising a business plan
- Evaluating revenue streams
- Creative marketing strategies
- Dealing with challenging clients
- Finding and hiring help
- Training employees or other learners
- Building a community voice
- Business start-up
- Identifying growth opportunities
Why do I need a business mentor?
There are many reasons small business owners hire a mentor (also known as business coach). Perhaps you have started a business and are now painfully aware that you have skipped a few steps, such as a business plan or marketing strategy? Maybe you need help with identifying ways to contain expenses? Maybe you aren’t sure who you customer really is, or you would like more than one type of customer? You might just need help with time management because you find that your work is spilling over into all other aspects of your life. The reasons are as diverse as the business owners themselves.
How does it work?
Together we will identify a date and time when we can Skype, FaceTime or phone meet. Ideally, our sessions will be consistent so that you can develop a routine, with each meeting building on the previous. It’s preferable to meet weekly or biweekly. We will start with four sessions, then you can decide if you need more. This will depend on your goals.
What if you call for our first session and I don’t know what to say?
No problem! My job is to ask lots of questions to help you find your own direction and growth opportunities. Our first call is always the same; you will begin with telling me who you are as a professional and why you started this business. I want to hear about your passions for your work, and how you got to this current place in life. The conversation always flows from there.
Can I call you when I haven’t started my business yet?
Certainly-this may be the best time! We can discuss how to best prepare for business start-up, as well as how to find your own local information resources. Self-employment isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely a lot of fun and can be very rewarding, in more ways than one.
How much does it cost? How do I pay?
Four sessions are $200, with individual sessions at $60 each. I can take all major credit cards, check, or Paypal. Once we get started, I will send you an invoice for your records and so that you can submit your fee.
Do you ever do career mentoring? What if I don’t have a business but still want your help?
There is definitely an option for you. Sometimes and IBCLC or RN will contract me because she has moved into a management position at her hospital or medical practice, and she doesn’t feel equipped to handle the role. Often we can discuss how to best supervise others, dealing with problem employees, reporting productivity, and other leadership challenges.
I want to become an IBCLC-do you ever help with that?
Yes, but mentoring someone to become a lactation consultant is a much more lengthy process with a higher cost. This is also clinical mentoring, which requires a lot of show and tell, and is best done in person. Therefore, if you don’t live in or near the South Carolina midlands, I am not your best choice for a clinical mentor. You can try contacting your local hospitals, birth centers, and of course, private practice IBCLC’s.
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