Hey, I need your help. Starting February 1, I'm going to be offering a service that I've been thinking about for a while and feel now is the time. The problem is, I don't know what to call it. Let me share a few details of my vision.
Simply put, I want to take on a few clients and 1) help them identify their talents and/or goals, 2) create a road map to take them from where they are now to where they want to be, and 3) support them along the way. Basically, it's "you tell me where you'd like your life to go and I'll help you get there."
I'm thinking I'll charge $150/month in exchange for 3 hours of my time. A portion of that time will be used for personal contact ("check-in" time) via phone or Skype; the rest would be for work on my part, such as research or resume writing. Most of the work, of course, is up to the client; my role is to help chart a course of action and keep you on track.
A big impediment when it comes to creative or personal goals is that we're not accountable to anyone; there's no one saying, "Hey, did you sign up for that Tai Chi class yet?" And if you're shelling out $150 month you're gonna want to make sure you see results, so you'll be more likely to actually follow through to make it worth it. The ultimate goal is that after a couple of months, you won't need me anymore.
The idea to do this came from a few of my readers who suggested I become a life coach. I didn't give it much serious thought until recently. God knows I love to tell people what to do--you know I would tell the pope how to say Mass--but beyond that, I'm starting to see that I may actually have something of worth to offer people.
For one, I know how to live. I do have my a-hole tendencies, but you can't deny my joie de vivre. I delight in being alive and wish the whole world could, too; I know how to have fun. In my professional life, I worked as a career counselor for many years and have the writing skills to help anyone create a kick-ass resume if they need one. I can ghost write things to make you look brilliant at work or even help you compose an online dating profile or a love letter. On top of that, I've been around the block a few times and have shown that I can pull myself out of the shitter and create a life that's better than I ever could have imagined. I know how to get things done and I have a pretty decent list of accomplishments myself.
So what do I call this service? I really don't like "life coach," although what I have to offer is probably very similar. The thing is, life coaches seem to charge a fortune and I always think of them as being kind of, I don't know... just not me. I recently came across the term "motivational humorist," and that applies to a lot of my writing, but I don't think it quite nails this service I have to offer.
What do you think? What should I call this? Any ideas?