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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

 

waterpoo.jpgDebra Moorhead inspires, teaches and helps people to get in touch with themselves, their goals and dreams. Her website/blog has a wealth of encouraging advice, uplifting sentiments and reflections from daily life that anyone can relate to. I am one person who can’t wait for the next post on her blog to find out what I can do to continue on my path of self-improvement. In past posts on my blog, I have linked to her insightful articles, and will continue to do so throughout the life of my blog.

How has maintaining a blog influenced your coaching, consulting and seminar business?

Debra Says:  I actually started my website as a way to stay in touch with my speaking audiences and provide additional resources.  I set up a special page for each audience and when I’m speaking, I have someone keep a list of links or other information they want.  I then add those items and the audience has one page they can go to for everything we discussed during the event. 

Adding the blog seemed like a great way to inform people about what I do, what my philosophies are, and how I approach life.  Meeting planners who are interested in booking me can read the articles and get a feel for how I would come across to their group.  Readers know right away if they want to hire me for consulting because I talk about my approach and the results I get.  Being able to peruse around in the blogging area sort of lets them “try before they buy” I guess and they like that. 

My coaching business literally started as a result of blogging.  A reader e-mailed me one day and asked how much I would charge to coach her.  I quickly looked around the internet at what other people with my same skill set and experience were charging, quoted her an amount, and we began working together.  I’d never even thought about personal coaching before that, but I really enjoy it.  I get to dive into personal matters and help people deal with issues that we couldn’t in a seminar setting.

Your posts are straight and to the point, but at the same time full of meaning. Which posts have been the most challenging posts to complete and why?

Debra Says:  Thanks for the compliment!  I’m one of those people who like to get straight to the point and I always try to give the reader “take-home value” - something to strive for, a challenge, a task, or something new to think about.  I don’t like to read a lot of fluff so I try to keep it out of my posts as well.  If I catch myself becoming superfluous, I’ll take out a paragraph or two, or three, or . . . . Trust me; I’ve done that several times.

When I sit down to write, I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want to discuss in that particular post.  I always ask my angels for guidance:  What do my readers want to know?  What do they need to hear?  What would you like me to tell them today?  A strong topic subject always comes through.  Then I outline my talking points.  As you know, Jennifer, sometimes it’s a list of things to do, steflame.jpgps to take, ways to improve, etc., but then sometimes I just present a problem and the newest solution I’ve found.  If I find a topic difficult, which happens rarely, I just scrap it.  I’ll save what I’ve written since I do everything in Word, just in case I think of a way to develop it later, but I’ve found that by enlisting the help of the Divine and connecting to my higher self, I don’t have this problem often.  It’s usually only when I’m trying to push to get a post done – maybe I’ve been traveling and feel overwhelmed – that I have difficulty.  So I’ve learned to just let go and let God.  That makes it easy.

Reading your blog, I am moved to leave feedback. Have you found that feedback left on your blog inspires future posts? If so, can you share how this process has happened and what posts have been inspired in this way?

Debra Says: First of all, let me take this opportunity to say that I love your comments, Jennifer, and always appreciate how you add your own personality to them.   Even when you don’t fully agree with me, you say it in a way that calls me out to be a better person, and I’m grateful for that.  Everyone needs a Jennifer leaving feedback on their blog! 

I’ve had several posts come out of responses to comments or questions.  The most recent was Decision-Making Based On Your Values, where Scot Herrick had commented on Life Balance and posed the question (I’m paraphrasing) How do we make the right choice in the moment?  In other words, how do we get from thinking about it, to actually implementing it?  Well, hello!  This is a topic I cover in great length in my seminars and I plan to spend a lot of time on it in my up-coming retreat.  So I took the time to explain exactly what I take my audiences through, and he was thankful. The best par t is that now that advice is documented and can be utilized by my audiences, Scot’s audiences, your audiences, as a resource for my future audiences, and anyone else who happens to be searching for the right keywords at the right time.  Even though I’ve probably covered it in another post, the way he asked the question and pulled that article out of me will help who knows how many people, and that’s the whole point of all this – to help and empower others.

Most of the time, the person with the burning question is not a blogger like Scot, so they just e-mail directly.  One reader inspired two posts, Great Expectations?, and It’s Always a Wide Chasm.  Basically, his e-mail was full of “blog fodder” as I like to call it and he gave me permission to tear his e-mail apart in my writing.  It helped so many people!  The response was overwhelming.   

There have been several instances of this, and I’ll sometimes write a post in response to a good question that I get while giving a keynote or leading a workshop, so inspiration is everywhere!

I am inspired to read your blog on a daily basis because you eloquently highlight things from your daily life – that can happen to anyone and remedies to better any situation. A few posts that comes to mind that highlights this are Be Careful What You Cause Others to Picture, Words are Tricky, along with your recent series on de-cluttering. What are some other reasons people have expressed to you for coming to your blog on a regular basis?

Debra Says:  Again, thank you for the compliment.  A lot of people tell me that they like the conversational tone that my writing style utilizes, and that I make them feel like they can pick up from where they are right now, and move onward, and upward.  And that is my intent with every post; to motivate, educate, and inspire the reader to become his/her best, starting from where they are right now.  In the end, all you’ve got is where you are, but when it comes to self-improvement, that’s all you need.

Thank you for your time, Debra.

 

This post is a one in the series of Inspirational Blogger Interviews

 

Other posts written by Debra I enjoy: Work: Love it or Leave it?  |  Taking the “Act as if” Principle One Step Further  | A Classic Lesson  |  Use Personas for Greater Success  |  Life Balance

Posts from Alaivani that have linked to Debra’s blog: Pray with Clear Purpose  |  Five Ways to Go Paperless  |  Clear your Clutter, Clear Your Life  |  Clutter Clearing = An Easier Life

Photos courtesy Krishna Kumar.


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