Self-expression and resilience are intertwined. Accepting yourself is the root of resilience – re-learning who you are beneath everything that life has piled on over the years and getting back to Original You. Self-expression is part of this journey – and what brings your voice to life.
We connect, engage, communicate and build everything, from a business audience to community through self-expression. But it is rarely taught and, for many of us, is buried under creative doubt, fear and shame, social conditioning or just not knowing how – or what to say.
This can affect everything, from how you communicate with loved ones to how you market your business, use your unique creative talents and even how much space you allow yourself to take up in the world.
Self-expression has become a recurring theme for many of my coaching clients and, as I am in the unique position of being an experienced coach, a podcaster and a writer of 10+ years (copywriting +2 x published novels), I decided to do something about it.
How is this delivered?
As a writer and experienced coach, the tools of self-expression are very much part of what I do and how I help others find freedom, deepen resources for challenging times and go on to thrive. I currently offer a short self-study course through which you can start exploring self-expression on your own terms – with the option to add on a couple of coaching sessions with me – or a completely bespoke coaching experience.
5 Day Self-expression Coaching Course
£75. Time commitment: 6-8 hours (work at your own pace)
Start exploring what self-expression means to you, what’s holding you back and how to create and implement a plan to move forward. Working under your own steam you’ll start reconnecting with your own voice and dispersing the creative and emotional obstacles stopping you from achieving your goals.
- A workbook to guide you through the course, including assignments (which I will feedback on) , practical exercises and worksheets between each session to get you thinking and pushing your creative boundaries.
- Add on coaching sessions for tailored support focusing on your specific medium (e.g. a novel, your blog, social media captions), individual confidence building, editorial support or going deeper into your specific blocks (Imposter Syndrome, creative wounds, low confidence etc).
Bespoke self-expression coaching package
£1,125. Time Commitment: 20 hours
This package can be tailored specifically to your goals and the experience you want to have. You are buying 15 hours of my time to dedicate to a bespoke coaching structure that will work for you to achieve your writing goal.
All 6 modules delivered via the combination of face-to-face or online coaching, assignments, worksheets, exercises that will best work for you (to a bespoke structure devised by me after an initial consultation).
Why does self-expression matter?
Being silenced can be incredibly painful – and that’s especially so if we’re doing it to ourselves. A lack of self-expression often means that we are repressing part of who we are and that can cause a lot of internal conflict. It can trigger mental and emotional pain, make us feel isolated and frustrated and like we are only living in the world as a shadow.
The consequences of this could be anything, from that nagging feeling that you’ve got something more to give to a low level boiling rage that never leaves you. It could also mean that you find it difficult to make connections, that your business marketing falls flat or that you struggle to be seen and heard when it really matters.
The purpose of self-expression coaching is to access your authentic voice – the real you – so that others can connect to that, personally or professionally.
Self-expression coaching learning outcomes
What can you use this for?
Anywhere that you’re using words, whether that’s managing a team, creating blogs and articles for your business, putting together presentations, preparing for interviews, posting on social media or finally writing that novel.
What practical outcomes can you expect at the end of it?
- Confidence in your voice, message and ability to deliver it.
- Clear strategy, structure and goals, as well as a plan to work towards them.
- Audience insight and ideas for connection.
- Establishing your own authentic style for your specific medium.
- Finding joy and confidence in a process that might seem intimidating and feeling excited about what you can do next.
Support and guidance
You’ll get practical, editorial support from an experienced (and published) writer, as well as the insightful guidance and challenge of a qualified coach.
Getting clear on what you want to do
What do you want to say and how do you want to say it? Exploring and refining your message/mission statement, as well as tone, strategy and goals. Looking at how you want to connect with people and the options available for that.
Identifying your audience
Who are you trying to reach? Connect to what your audience wants, the best way to communicate your ideas/message/truth and get clear about what might be stopping you right now.
Removing the obstacles
What’s holding you back? Creative expression can be hampered by any number of things, from past experiences to a lack of confidence or just not knowing where to start. With self-expression coaching you’ll be able to get past the obstacles that can be created by the idea of selling, imposter syndrome over something like writing a whole novel, or the conditioning that surrounds the idea of what is ‘professional.’
How does self-expression coaching work?
Who are you creating for? A deep dive into who you’re trying to communicate with so that you’re clear about the connections you want to make.
What is standing in the way? Identifying blocks and using well established coaching techniques and NLP exercises to move you past them.
Communicating from the most authentic parts of you. Exercises to better understand what you want to say and how you want to say it.
Setting your goals and strategy. Getting clarity on what you’re trying to achieve and implementing a structure to make it happen.
Exploring your chosen medium – individual advice, support and guidance on finding your own authentic style within mediums such as creative prose or social media.
Direct editorial support. An experienced perspective on your work, including suggested changes. Keeping you motivated to achieve your goals with insightful and experienced direct support and guidance.
A whole new discovery for me..
“Alex is helping me thaw out my deeply buried dream to write as well as teaching me the practical skills I need. As a coach I am used to talking through significant challenging issues in private, but writing from the heart with the intention of publishing is a whole new discovery for me. The course structure combines the vital rigour, research, courage and self-expression that’s necessary. Alex’s coaching is invaluable in achieving all this. I highly recommend Alex.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why offer self-expression coaching?
This came from several requests I had to combine my expertise as a coach and a writer to help others get more from their creativity and ideas. I am a published author and copywriter of 10+ years and I have a lot of experience writing for the online world. I’m also a coach with the tools to help you move beyond any blocks to your self-expression and to help you start communicating authentically and bravely, no matter what your mission or medium.
How does the coaching work?
Depending on whether you choose the course or the bespoke coaching, this is delivered through the combination of practical exercises, editorial support and live coaching sessions.
What happens if we start and it's not for me?
x 2 published author (crime thrillers, Alex Blackmore)
Copywriter of 10+ years experience (incl brands such as Red Bull, Travelex and many boutique businesses, such as Roger Frampton Strength Coach and Akademie Street Guest House)
Print interviews including Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the internet.