As listeners of the show know, I just finished up my first ever online virtual summit, the Clarity Summit. Many of you were there, and I loved seeing all of you in the chat boxes during every session. It was an extraordinary experience.
I learned so much from hosting and participating in a summit. Today, I’m sharing with you the key lessons and the big “a-ha” moment I took away from hosting the Clarity Summit.
I achieved so much clarity from The Clarity Summit, too, and I want to share with you what that means for this podcast and for Work Your Inner Wisdom moving forward.
This episode will not be a recap of the entire Clarity Summit. – there's no way I could hope to do it justice in a short podcast episode! I was so fortunate to have 18 extraordinarily talented industry experts come into the summit and share their wisdom and their knowledge with the participants.
If you missed the summit, I will be making The Clarity Summit recordings available for purchase for a limited time. Click here to gain access to videos and transcripts of those presentations on that website.
(2:35) Today, I’m going to share the more personal lessons I learned from hosting and participating in The Clarity Summit. There are four lessons I want to share with you.
Lesson #1: When You Host a Summit, You Are A Leader
In my mind, a leader is someone who inspires change, either in other people or in one’s self.
In this context, a leader is someone who can inspire change in others, both in the participants of the summit and the speakers. If you are thinking about conducting a summit or a workshop or a webinar, know that you are a leader, and your role is to inspire and facilitate change. But to inspire change, participants and presenters need to be clear about who you are and what you stand for.
I think it is incredibly important for all entrepreneurs, but particularly those who are stepping into this leadership role, to be clear about our values, our vision, and our mission.
Values, Vision, and Mission
(4:25) I’ve talked a lot about values on this show. You can listen to Episode 8, where I talk about values with my guest Jodi Brandon, HERE.
Values are the qualities that define how you want to live your life. My values are service, connection, love, and presence. Your values may look different, and that's perfectly okay. Values are not good or bad; they are neutral. What matters is that you are clear on your values. You know what gives your life meaning and purpose because those values are going to inform the decisions you make in your business and your life.
Once you’re clear on your values, you can then articulate your vision. Your vision is your bold, brave view of what you want to happen in your business, your relationships, and your life. And this should be something really big. It should be far-reaching and maybe even seemingly impossible to accomplish. It is the ideal outcome.
I have been working on my personal vision for Coach with Clarity. I'm still fine-tuning the language, but here’s what I have so far:
The vision of Coach with Clarity is to co-create a deeper sense, purpose, and joy in coaching and in entrepreneurship, and to manifest success in the lives of others and in ourselves through meaning, mindset, and mindfulness.
This vision is intentionally broad, and it is what I anchor all of my services and decisions in because I want to create a deeper sense of purpose and joy in coaching and in entrepreneurship. Meaning, mindset, and mindfulness are the tools that I use to do so.
Your values and vision then lead to your mission. My primary mission is to support coaches, healers, and intuitive entrepreneurs as they grow profitable businesses and build fulfilling lives. I believe that when we have sustainable, successful businesses, it can allow us to take action outside of our businesses, improving our lives and the world around us.
I see business and life as inextricably linked. My mission is to show up and help my people do their jobs in a way that's fully aligned with their values, allowing them to live out a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
Those three – values, vision, and mission, are so important. And as a leader, it’s crucial that others know who you are and what you stand for.
For The Clarity Summit, I had a very specific mission: to ensure that every participant left with applicable knowledge that would help take their businesses to the next level. Therefore, every presentation had action steps and left the audience with a greater sense of confidence and clear information on the next steps. As the leader, it was my responsibility to communicate that intention to the speakers.
Lesson #2: Don’t Just Serve the Clients; Serve the Speakers and Presenters
(8:30) Just as I show up and serve my clients, I also want to show up and serve my speakers.
I may have been the host of The Clarity Summit, but if it were not for my 18 speakers, the summit would have little to no value at all. The value rests in the speakers and what they bring to the audience. Therefore, my job as the summit host was to highlight my speakers and introduce them to my audience.
The summit was not about me; it was about my speakers. I took that very seriously. I highlighted a different speaker every day on my social media because they provided the magic.
I approach my individual coaching work the same way. I believe my clients are extraordinary people, and my job is to help them unlock their potential so that they can show their amazingness to the world. That was my job as a summit host as well: to provide a platform where the speakers could show up and serve a different audience.
Behind the scenes, I was creating graphics, images, website copy, and email copy, anything that would serve my speakers and make it easier for them to present. When you are a leader, you need to make things as smooth as possible for the people you’re serving. I received very positive feedback from my presenters. They felt supported, and that freed them up to focus on showing up and serving The Clarity Summit audience.
As a summit host, you want to serve your clients, but it starts by showing up and serving your speakers.
Lesson #3: Ask for (and Invest in) Help
Takeaway number three: do not be afraid to ask for and even invest financially in help.
Running a summit is essentially a time-limited but full-time job. I loved putting on The Clarity Summit, and I’d love to do it next year. But I spent hours upon hours, over the course of several months, planning and preparing for the summit. Hosting a summit cannot be a one-person show. If you try to do it all yourself, you will burn out.
There are resources available that you may want to consider. One that I used and loved is called Summit In A Box by Krista Miller. It’s a fantastic resource for people interested in hosting their own summit. There’s a summit host vault and a membership program. Krista has so much experience and wisdom to share, so if you want to host a summit and produce it yourself, I highly recommend it.
For me, I’m still seeing individual clients and hosting the Coach With Clarity Membership, plus supporting my husband’s business and trying to raise a family. I knew that if I tried to run the summit on my own, I was going to be lost, so I decided to hire a project manager, Jaime Slutzky from The Tech of Business. Jaime is a highly skilled technical person that helped make sure everything was organized and running well. She was a lifesaver. Hiring a project manager is a financial investment, so budget accordingly, but it was the best decision I made during this process.
Hosting a summit requires an investment of money, time, and energy. At times, the work was draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. So I highly recommend you work with a coach for the mindset components involved in putting yourself out there in a big way.
I’ll be honest with you: there were days when my gremlins showed up, and I kept asking myself, “who are you, Lee, to be putting on a summit?” Or I was fearful it would fail. If I did not have my own coach with whom I could work through my fears and doubts, I would have really struggled. I'm very grateful to my coach, Megan Hale, for helping me through the process. Investing in the summit, for me, meant investing in my own coaching.
Self-care is another important component. I think I underestimated how much energy was required to host a summit. The month before it ran, I was firing on all cylinders, and I had a hard time shutting off at night. I was drained. I realized I had allowed my self-care to slip because I was focusing so much time on the summit. So I returned to my yoga meditation practice, made sure I was eating well, trying to sleep well, and drinking enough water. Put your health and wellness first, especially in the weeks leading up to your summit, because if you don't have your health, you won't have your event.
Do not be afraid to ask for and even invest in help. That may look like technical help, it may look like coaching, and it certainly should look like self-care.
Lesson #4: Clarity Comes from Action
(18:20) I think so often we want to feel clear and confident before we do something, but often we must take action first, and clarity is the result. If I had waited until I felt ready to host a summit, I never would have done it. At some point, I had to decide to do it, even though I didn’t know everything. I learned lessons along the way, and I asked for help. Seek guidance from those who paved the way before you.
I also learned that if we try to script everything out and plan for everything in advance, we don't leave room for the magic. There were so many wonderful surprises and things that I could not have expected that came from the summit. If I had tried to make everything perfectly scripted, I don't think those opportunities would have presented themselves. I encourage you to remain open, look for the new possibilities, and prepare to be surprised.
Gaining My Own Clarity: The Next Steps for Coach with Clarity®
(21:05) Even though I put this summit on for others, I found myself supported and served, too. I showed up to every single session live and learned so much from the presenters. I gained so much clarity in my business, and how I want to move forward and I want to share that with you now.
As a result of The Clarity Summit, I realized that my primary brand is Coach with Clarity, and the Coach with Clarity Membership is my signature offer. I love all the members in it. It's still open for registration at CoachWithClarity.com if you want to learn more.
Through this process, I realized that it was time for me to bring everything under one roof. I have Caravel Coaching is my LLC, Work Your Inner Wisdom, and ACT on Your Business, my book. Now that I have Coach with Clarity too, everything was starting to feel a little disparate. So it’s time for me to have greater clarity in my brand.
That means I’m bringing everything under the umbrella of Coach with Clarity. I’ll continue to offer private coaching to individuals, and I will have some group programs coming up under Coach with Clarity, and there’s the membership program.
Over the next few weeks and months, I will be revamping the Coach with Clarity website, getting specific about whom I serve: intuitive coaches, helpers, and healers.
And this means that the Work Your Inner Wisdom Podcast will become the “Coach with Clarity” Podcast
(22:50) What does all that mean moving forward? Well, I’m taking a break in the month of November and will be replaying the most popular Work Your Inner Wisdom podcast episodes.
In December 2019, the podcast will return as the Coach with Clarity podcast, and Work Your Inner Wisdom will be going on an indefinite hiatus.
What’s Changing, and What Stays the Same?
The Coach with Clarity podcast will still have a mix of solo and interview episodes. I’ll still focus on intuitive decision-making, and I’ll still talk about entrepreneurship and how to build a profitable business and a fulfilling life. But I’ll be focusing more on the coaching piece, so a great deal of the content will be for coaches, helpers, and healers. It’s going to be relevant for all service-based professionals but might not be as relevant for product-based businesses.
If you’re working closely with clients, the new podcast will help you communicate with them, motivate them, and inspire then to work through their fears and doubts.
So look for the new Coach with Clarity podcast, coming to you in December. I’ll be sharing information about how to subscribe on my social media accounts and my website, and I’ll post a short episode in the Work Your Inner Wisdom feed letting you know where to find the new podcast, too.
To all of you who have joined me in the Work Your Inner Wisdom podcast, thank you. This would never have happened without you. But it’s time to focus on Coach with Clarity. I hope to see you there.
I’d love to hear from you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find me over at Coach with Clarity.
For now, I want to remind all of you to always, always let your inner wisdom lead the way.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Coach with Clarity®
- The Clarity Summit
- Episode 8: Living and Working By Your Values
- Summit In A Box by Krista Miller
- The Tech of Business by Jaime Slutzky
- Megan Hale, Coach and Podcaster
- Work Your Inner Wisdom website
- Coach with Clarity® Membership Program
- Lee’s book, ACT on Your Business
- Follow Lee on Instagram!