Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast!

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Here in Episode 33 I chat with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Mind Money Balance about the seven signs of a bad business coach.

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Episode 33 Transcript

Hello there, and welcome back to season 4 of the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast! I’m your host, Cindy Norton. Here in Episode 33 I’m going to continue my chat with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Mind Money Balance and today we’ll be chatting about the 7 signs of a bad business coach.

Let’s get started.

Have you been wanting to start your private practice, but you can’t seem to take that first step? Maybe you’re afraid of failure or lack confidence, or maybe the idea of running your own practice is overwhelming. I’m Cindy Norton, owner of Mountain Practice Journeys and I help therapists and counselors to love the business side of private practice. I’ll share with you practical skills and advice along with a healthy dose of inspiration so that you can be on your way to the practice of your dreams. Put on your hiking boots, and let’s get going.

If you haven’t yet listened to Episode 32, I urge you to do that. In that episode I began my conversation with Lindsay on the 4 signs of a good business coach.

Now let’s get back to my conversation with Lindsay.


[Interview with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Mind Money Balance]


During each episode I’ll be giving you one small take away, action step, or mindset shift. I call these acorns. Listen to Episode 0 to get the scoop on what the acorns are all about.

The acorn from this episode is, in addition to noticing the red flags of a bad business coach, trust your gut and intuition when you are in the market for a coach – and ask plenty of questions when you are considering spending money on a program or a package.

This acorn is building upon the acorn from last week about doing your research and finding who you connect with.

But I think that there is an additional step, and that’s when it comes time to purchase a program or package from a coach. Just because you connect with their marketing, doesn’t mean that you will love their program or offerings.

Although most business coaches that I know are really authentic, transparent, and there are no surprises when you enroll in a program – there can be some instances where some flashy, expensive marketing campaign lures you in and your experience turns out to be not what you expected.

Really good marketing can pull you in and you may have a different experience once you have turned over your money. So this is just a reminder to ask questions, have a consultation with the coach to ensure a good fit, and get the details of the program or package in writing so that you know what you are entitled to.

As I outlined in Episode 0, I’ll be alternating between a fun fact and ‘what I’m digging’ segment with each new episode.

What I’m digging for this episode is my paper planner. This may seem a little lame to some of you, but I honestly get sooo excited when I order my fresh, new paper planner for the year. I don’t do any of the fancy planners with all the bells and whistles. I like mine to be really simple – just like my business. I’ll share the link to the planner I’m using for 2022 in the show notes.

This year I am especially excited because I have been doing my business planning by the moon phases for a while – and this natural shift in planning has been a total game changer for my business and my life!

I just received my new 2022 calendar and it was such a joy to go through the calendar and mark off my deep work and rest week during the phase of the new moon. There’s something so special and sacred about thoughtfully creating intentional space to deeply care for yourself and your business in a nurturing way.

In Forestmind, we’ll be digging deep into business planning with the moon phases. I hope you’ll join us. Enrollment begins on November 1st, but you can get on the interest list by visiting mountainpracticejourneys.com/forestmind/

Thank you so much for joining me today on your private practice journey.

If you would like to learn more about Lindsay and the wonderful work she is doing at Mind Money Balance, please visit her website at mindmoneybalance.com or follow her on instagram @mindmoneybalance

For episode 34 I’ll be hosting a Halloween Special Episode where I talk to you about how to manage fear on your private practice journey.

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There’s no way you can know how much it means to me that you choose to join me here as I share all things related to private practice. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a step. For more information about this episode, please visit the show notes page at mountainpracticejourneys.com/podcast I truly appreciate you Trailblazers. Your mountain is within reach. Journey on.

I Want You To Be Successful In Business & In Life!

Starting, growing, and maintaining a business is a big deal. It's super-exciting and super-scary all at the same time. I created Mountain Practice Journeys to support you through the difficult and muddy terrain, and to celebrate with you when you have reached each summit of the many mountains you will conquer on your journey.

Happy Climbing, Cindy

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