Hi I’m Katherine and I’m a business and leadership coach, writer, and speaker championing introverted and highly sensitive leaders to find their own way to shine.
I’m on a mission to help as many introverts as possible reconnect with who they really are, understand their energy, and make a meaningful contribution to the world.
It’s time. And it’s definitely YOUR time (I have a sense for these things).
HOW DO I KNOW?
My passion comes from being there myself. An introvert who always thought there was something wrong with my instinctive nature. Always doubting, comparing, getting in my own way, scared of shining brightly but also afraid of never being seen. But I’ve come out the other side with an unwavering belief that if I can do it, anyone can.
// Letting myself be pushed around emotionally from the age of four in an attempt to fit in and not be socially outcast. And believing this was the only way to be accepted, to have friends, to avoid criticism (it wasn’t).
// Spending my school years shrinking down and hiding behind protective masks, such as: the funny friend, the good girl, the wallflower, the smart girl – and holding on to these identities well into my 20s
// Being dumped once for ‘being too quiet’ and another time for my extroverted bestie, and wondering if anyone would ever love me for me (guess what, it’s possible).
// Always putting the oxygen mask on others before myself, and then wondering why I couldn’t breathe, was overwhelmed, or just completely worn out.
// Successfully landing my ‘dream job’ only to get fired six months later for ‘not being outgoing’ enough.
// Another seven years of wearing myself out in the extroverted TV industry, working my butt off and being told I was doing an excellent job. And then being passed over for roles I was more than capable of doing, being told they ‘didn’t suit my personality’.
// At the same time, finding a love of blogging and connecting with a new community of people that then led to discovering coaching, kinesiology, and some life changing courses.
// And, a few years later, working as a coach, and discovering that my introverted style was attracting other amazing introverts. A pattern was forming and, with that, an extreme passion to help these quiet souls better understand themselves and live in their own beautiful way.
In true introverted style, I’ve been able to piece together the patterns in my head and, the second I saw them, I couldn’t un-see them. It was a lightbulb moment of uncomfortable and awkward life stories that led me to this point.
Understanding that it’s okay to be quiet. To love reading and spending time alone. To need time out from people to re-energise.
Accepting that being sensitive is not a weakness.
Realising that I have abilities and strengths that might look different to more outgoing types, but that doesn’t mean I can’t achieve anything I want to.
And that the long-held beliefs weren’t true. They were, in fact, completely changeable.
This year, I’ve been able to use my personal transformation to help other extraordinary introverts get to understand their unique personality and energy as well. I’ve seen them launch businesses, change careers, find love, become more confident, and see that they are capable of finding success on their terms.
My experience working in television has given me a unique understanding that everyone has a story, you just have to find it. Uncovering those stories we all tell ourselves is the first part. Writing a new story that powerfully moves a person forward on a different trajectory is the second part.
The thing I know for sure is that – up until now – you might have thought that you are too quiet, shy, or introverted to be successful. That success looks a certain way, and that is with those dazzling beacons of light we commonly know as extroverts.
What I hope for you is that you can see that there are many kinds of light that all serve a purpose and are no more or less effective. They’re just different. And when you find your light, and really honour that, you will be unstoppable.
The secret, I’ve discovered, is finding something you’re so passionate and excited about, that you can’t stay quiet any longer.
+ Tap into that and you will be unstoppable.
+ Create a business that aligns with your strengths and your personality.
+ Cut through the noise with your message and your mission that speaks volumes (so that you don’t have to).
+ And connect with the people who need to hear what you have to say.
Understanding your introverted nature is THE difference.
No one talks about it but all those made-for-the-masses courses that you love are a one-size-fits-all format and you, my friend, don’t fit that mould.
Want to know more? Let’s grab a cuppa and have a D&M, shall we?
The Introvert Effect
Since discovering my passion for helping introverts shine in their own way, I’ve experienced – first hand – the impact mastering your mission and message can make in your business.
It’s not just about making six figures and being fully booked (although, that’s important).
But, in your own quiet way, it’s about creating a business of meaning and purpose. It’s about standing out from the crowd and embracing your uniqueness (even when that feels scary and lonely). It’s about having something NEW to say so that you’re not just adding to the noise.
In the past 12 months, making this work in my own business has led to:
- Working full time as a coach with consistent clients and incredible results
- Being one of the first Beautiful You Coaching Academy trainers
- Speaking on a panel for introverted coaches
- Being featured on the cover of Happiness and Wellbeing magazine
- Being named a ‘self help guru’ in Elle Magazine and a ‘champion of introverted leaders’ by leaders in the coaching industry
- I’ve been invited to write a series for Collective Hub about introverts in business and featured as a guest expert in programs including Jade McKenzie’s Workshop Wonderful and Iterate Social’s Quietly Unstoppable.
- I’ve launched a podcast called The League of Extraordinary Introverts, with guests such as Denise Duffield-Thomas, Yvette Luciano, and Debbie Tung of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World.
- I got voted one of the Top 100 sites for Solopreneurs 2 years running.
- Training as an Energy and Soul Medicine Practitioner in 2018.
Oh and I’ve had the most fun and connected with some of the most amazing people. Ever.
Now that I’ve seen what it takes to do this in my own business, I’m excited and passionate to help introverted souls like you get clear on what you have to offer the world to stand out as a leader in your industry and how you can use that to build momentum in your own business.
Want to follow the white rabbit and create your own version of success too? START HERE
A SNAPSHOT OF ME
: In the Myer’s Briggs test, I’m an INFJ (introverted feeling and extroverted feeling) that, for a long time, I didn’t really understand or want to associate with. Until I realised that embracing myself meant deeply leaning in to my inherent nature.
:: I prefer the word ‘genuine’ to ‘authentic’
:: I’ll take coffee over a green smoothie pretty much every day of the week.
:: I come from a long line of book hoarders. And movie lovers. We are geeks, and proud of it.
:: I am a connector of dots and a collector of stories. I see patterns in what people say and do.
:: I’m a certified Beautiful You Coach and an assistant trainer for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. I also have a Bachelor of Mass Communications (I’m literally a qualified communicator).
:: I’m addicted to stationery.
:: I am the queen of dorky dancing. Nothing can stop me (much to my boyfriend’s chagrin). The running man is my signature dance move, double points for doing it in heels.
:: I don’t do extremes. I’m all about taste testing a bunch of different things and combining the elements to form something that sets my heart on fire.
:: I love yoga and meditation and journalling, but I also love coffee and binge watching good TV shows and staying up late. As much as I love my friends and getting out, I also appreciate that I need all these things to re-energise and BE in the world the best way I can.
:: My love of TV and movies appears all over the place. Take The League of Extraordinary Introverts, for example.