Jocelyn Paige Kelly – Creativity Coach
This month were excited to bring to our readers Jocelyn who is an inspiring creativity coach. “So what is a creativity coach and what do they do?”, you may wonder. I wanted to know too! What I discovered and read about her on her website was fascinating so I invited her to share who she is with us!
1. Tell me what inspired you to start your business?
A friend of mine was taking the online Introduction to Creativity Coaching course taught by Eric Maisel through the Creativity Coaching Association. I was totally intrigued because I was already looking into getting some coaching training and have had a long passion for any and all things creative. I took the next open course and knew within a few weeks that this was what I wanted to do. I bought the domain name and started building my business after that even while I was still training.
2. What is a ‘certified coach’?
A certified coach is one that has been vetted by a coaching authority as having surpassed a certain amount of training, demonstrated business and professional ethics and even given live proof of coaching skills. Typically, there’s also a certain amount of coaching hours included in becoming certified, dependent upon the organization or authority the coach is receiving certification.
I’m certified as a Creativity Coach through the Creativity Coaching Association. It’s about a two-year coaching program that includes Eric Maisel’s Introduction to Creativity Coaching and Advanced Creativity Coaching course, a marketing/business planning course and a coaching development skills & ethics course. I also had to read five books on creativity and write three to five essays on each and log 100 hours of coaching. It’s a pretty comprehensive coaching program and in a lot of ways I feel I walked away with more from it than just a foundations program from the ICF (which I’ve also taken).
I’m also a certified Story Coach through Lisa Bloom’s Story Coach program. Her program is about a style of coaching and using storytelling techniques in working with clients. It’s designed for more advanced coaches. Lisa’s a professional storyteller and master coach so I learned a lot from her and feel that the coaching program added a huge value to me as a creativity coach.
3. Creativity is such a vast work and means so many different things to different people; how do you help people?
That’s such a great question, Chris. Creativity really is vast. I work with a variety of people with various levels of opinions about their skill level and who are working on different goals and issues. I’ve helped artists feel more confident about their creative flow and develop a rhythmic style of discipline to assist them in their goals. I’ve worked with writers to keep them motivated on long-term projects when they felt they lost their passion for their work and to help them with their creative anxiety. I’ve supported people new to exploring their creative potential by listening and helping them to clarify their true passions. I’ve also worked with entrepreneurs who needed some brainstorming or business executives who needed a little guidance about how to keep their team inspired by bringing creativity into the workplace.
4. Do you have some examples or scenarios of before and after once someone has gone through your coaching sessions?
For client confidentiality I can’t be too specific, but I will try and speak broadly.
There’s definitely a percentage of clients who come in anxious about what they want to create and their expectations of how it will turn out. Usually, there’s ups and downs, disappointments and life obstacles. I walk with them as they feel discouraged and setback. A lot of times people just need to know someone supports them in what they’re doing and feel their work is important and valid. These clients typically leave with less anxiety and, if they’re willing, more stress management tools to assist them beyond the coaching sessions so they can coach themselves.
Then, there’s also a percentage of clients who come to me having experienced a creative block or burnout. Most are due to illness and stressful family and work situations. A lot of times our creative blocks happen because our creativity is being used to help us survive rather than allow us to be creative. I assist these clients by exposing them to various stress management tools and techniques to better help them deal with their stress so their creativity can be shifted back to where they want it to be. These clients tend to work with me for a longer period of time, but generally tend to leave stronger and more confident then before.
I also work with a variety of entrepreneurs and business professionals who are looking for creative brainstorming and inspiration. Most of these clients I’ve worked with only do a few intense sessions with me over a few weeks time. This is because they’re starting a business, transforming one or making career moves. These clients are exciting to work with because I get to bare witness to their realization of their goals and see things shift very fast for them.
5. What type of people do you usually work with (what is a good client or referral for you?)
My only requirement for a client is that they do their best to do their work and communicate with me honestly to help them in their goals, feelings and issues. Basically, they need to be ready to help themselves and do their own heavy lifting. I just serve as a guide in their quest, asking questions, supporting them and helping them to clarify their path along the way.
6. What is compassionate communication?
Compassionate Communication is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It’s also known as NVC or Nonviolent Communication. It focuses on self-empathy, empathy and honest self-expression. All three of these things are key in connecting with our creativity and sharing it with others.
I use Compassionate Communications when working with clients, and if willing, I help them learn to use it. It’s useful in that it opens up our minds, our hearts and our ears. The more we use Compassionate Communication, the more we’re able to listen without judgment or ego getting in the way. It’s an amazing process.
Currently, I’m refining a free downloadable tool for using Compassionate Communication in giving and receiving feedback. I’m hoping to launch this by May of this year.
7. How can self-hypnosis help the artist?
I’m so glad you asked! Self-hypnosis can help artists (and all types of creative people) in a number of ways. It can help an artist gain better focus on their work. They can explore their ideas with self-hypnosis. It can assist in working with creative anxiety and creative depression. It can help with imaginative play and daydreams. Kind of like having a Muse on demand! You can even go deeper with dreamwork as self-hypnosis is great to use before going to bed. It can also be used to help with sleep and insomnia, something that happens a lot during the creative process. There’s so many avenues an artist can explore by using self-hypnosis.
Jocelyn Paige Kelly – Creativity Coach
Jocelyn Paige Kelly is a certified creativity coach and story coach who has an equal love for creativity as she does for stress management. Her additional background includes training in clinical hypnotherapy and in teaching self-hypnosis techniques. She is also a graduate of the intensive six-weeks Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop Clarion West. Her stories and poems have been featured in Evergreen Review, Forge Journal, Cadillac Cicatrix, Willard & Maple, Sanskrit, Dos Passos Review, Louisiana Review and Red Wheelbarrow. She resides in Wilmington, North Carolina where she’s been writing up a storm in a novel about hurricanes.
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