SPARK EVENTS

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you...

and it will change your life." - Amy Poehler

UPCOMING CAREER-BUILDING EVENTS

Whether you're looking for a job or seeking to build a small business (or a combination thereof), we have an event for you. All events (unless otherwise noted) take place at Brightside Coworking on Mt. Tabor. If you would like to host an event at Brightside, which has a conference room that can accommodate 12 people, email findoutmore@brightsidespace.com or call Kristin at 503-754-2636..

BRIGHT NIGHTS: NETWORKING

FOR CREATIVE + MISSION-DRIVEN SOLOPRENEURS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Grow, learn and have fun with other solopreneurs
(with more wine and less whining)

Join us for our monthly night of networking for mission-driven and creative solopreneurs. Each month, we'll start with casual mingling and then feature a guest speaker to share insights about a topic relevant to all solopreneurs, whether they run holistic healing, counseling or coaching practices, creative solopreneur ventures, or side hustles. 

This month, Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM will offer a talk called, Grief + Loss = Love, in which she discusses how grief and loss are not as distant as we think.

In this talk, you will learn about about the cycle of grief – and then dismantle it and reflect on what brings you joy – and embrace it.

 

As a karaoke ambassador, storyteller, and sex educator, Dr. Gowen is the author of the book, One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey through Grief, Joy, and America. She loves talking, writing, and presenting about traditionally "taboo" topics. This short talk will be followed by a brief Q&A and more mingling. ​​(Gowen will also sell and sign copies of her book.)

:: ITINERARY ::

6:30pm to 7pm

Mix and mingle
 

7pm to 7:30pm
Start discussions on how to dismantle grief and therefore embrace more joy in our lives.​​​

7:30pm to 8pm

More mixing and mingling

These informal, small events are FREE
but limited to 15 people.​

This event is designed to offer festive, casual networking without too much formal talking. If you've ever been to an event and found yourself thinking, "I wish the person with the microphone would wrap this up," this event is for you.

What: Small-ish networking event for solopreneurs and holistic practitioners

When: Monday, February 3, FREE (but please register).
 

Where:

Brightside Coworking

6018 SE Stark St.

(6:30pm to 8pm)

Why: To meet other inspired professionals and learn tips on how to grow your business

How: Show up ready to be motivated, open your mind to fresh approaches for your business, and connect. Come for as long as you can.

Space is limited to 15. Register today. 

FEATURED PRESENTER:

KRIS GOWEN, PHD, EDM

Karaoke Ambassador, Storyteller, and Sex Educator  

Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM is author of the book, One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey through Grief, Joy, and America and considers herself as a karaoke ambassador, storyteller, and sex educator. She loves talking, writing, and presenting about traditionally "taboo" topics such as grief, suicide, sex robots, and talking to young people about sexually explicit media. She is also author of Sexual Decisions, a sexuality education book for young people. Her favorite artists to sing are Olivia Newton-John and Donna Summer, but believes you should sing whatever is in your heart at that moment.

CREATE YOUR IDEAL PRIVATE PRACTICE:

MODULE 1: JUMPSTART YOUR PRACTICE

STARTS FEBRUARY 2020

A six-week course to help build a private practice you love and attract the clients you want.

This small-group course will help lay a foundation for creating a therapy or other healing practice. If you are starting out or need a strategy to grow your existing practice, you’ll develop and carry out a market ing plan to attract clients organically and streamline systems to reduce your stress. Build relationships with like-minded individuals who will keep you accountable and provide a much-needed sounding board.

Note: MODULE 2: BUILD A ROBUST WEBSITE starts February 10 and does not require completion of MODULE 1.. (See more about MODULE 2 below.)

In this 6-week course, you will:

  • Create a marketing plan to build a thriving therapy or healing practice.

  • Start to plan a website to attract interest with strong SEO to rank prominently in search engines like Google.

  • Build a winning profile on Psychology Today and Portland Therapy Center to attract interest and convert viewers into clients.

  • Identify your target niches and strengthen your ability to grow your practice organically.

  • Build systems to make your practice management easier and more profitable.

  • Bond with other practitioners who offer support and accountability.

Build your private practice as a:

  • Counselor

  • Chiropractor

  • LIcensed Massage Therapist

  • Acupuncturist

  • Social Worker

  • Naturopathic Doctor

  • Personal Trainer

  • Life Coach

  • Yoga Instructor

  • Registered Dietician

This course is for you if you want to:

  • Assess your entrepreneurial personality chops.

  • Gain clarity about your practice and develop marketing skills.

  • Start to plan a robust online presence.

  • Craft and execute a strategy to attract clients and create a thriving practice.

  • Maintain balance and self care in your personal and professional life while offering care to others.

 

From this course you will walk away with more confidence in your ability to grow a healthy practice and a network of trusted advisors for life.

 

Who: Kristin Schuchman, Career Strategist from Spark a Career

What: 6-Week Course for Therapists and Healing Professionals

When: Monday, February 10 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm (Weekly until Monday, Marcy 16)

Price: $495

WhereBrightside Coworking, 6018 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Why: To start a successful private practice

How: Meeting every week over the course of 6 weeks, setting goals, and executing the steps to start and grow a vibrant private practice. Includes 2 books, a binder with worksheets and resources.

Email Kristin at findoutmore@brightsidespace.com if you have questions or would like to register.

CREATE YOUR IDEAL PRIVATE PRACTICE:

MODULE 2: BUILD A ROBUST WEBSITE

STARTS FEBRUARY 2020

Plan and craft a website that attracts ideal clients

This small-group course will help plan and create a website to build and grow your healing practice. Whether you are just starting out or have been in practice for while and still need a website that converts potential clients, this course is for you. If you want to build your own website or hire a web designer, you will think through the steps to create a website that authentically represents you and attracts your ideal client.

In this 6-week course, you will:

  • Plan and create a website that attracts clients.

  • Consider the pain points and motivations of your ideal clients and how to communicate and address their concerns.

  • Decide if you want to build your own website or hire a web developer..

  • Learn how to consider the impact of your online presence and start to understand how SEO (search engine optimization) helps people find your business on Google and other online platforms.

Create a compelling website for your private practice as a:

  • Counselor

  • Chiropractor

  • LIcensed Massage Therapist

  • Acupuncturist

  • Social Worker

  • Naturopath

  • Personal Trainer

  • Life Coach

  • Yoga Instructor

  • Nutritionist

 

This course is for you if you:

  • Are ready to think through the steps of building a robust website that converts viewers into clients;

  • Know that your practice will only grow if you are willing to commit to loving your practice and giving it the care and attention it deserves;

  • Want to craft and execute a strategy to attract clients and create a thriving practice;

  • Are curious about SEO (search engine optimization) and its ability to help people find you on Google and other online sites; and

  • Have completed MODULE 1: JUMPSTART YOUR PRACTICE (see above) - OR -

  • Have a basic sense of your branding and with whom you would like to work. (If not, see MODULE 1: JUMPSTART YOUR PRACTICE)

 

From this course you will walk away with more confidence in your ability to build your website or hire a web developer with a solid plan for how it will look, what it will communicate, and how it will attract clients.

 

Who: Kristin Schuchman, Career Strategist from Spark a Career

What: 6-Week Course for Therapists and Healing Professionals

When: Tuesday, February 11 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm (Weekly until Tuesday, Marcy 17)

Price: $495

WhereBrightside Coworking, 6018 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Why: To build a web presence you can be proud of

How: Meeting every week over the course of 6 weeks, setting goals, and executing the steps to start and grow a dynamic website. Includes a Work the Fire Website Workbook and a Tul binder with worksheets, readings and resources.

Email Kristin at findoutmore@brightsidespace.com if you have questions or would like to register.

VISION BOARD WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

THEME: New Year / New You

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

-- Audre Lorde

Are you wishing you had more fun? Has 'overwhelm' taken over your life? Have you forgotten how to 'play'? Vision boarding can help you carve out an improved, more mindful reality for ourselves. The brain research backs this up -- by tricking your brain into deciding that you're going to do it. What would more fun and play in your life look like? What activity (or lack thereof) will help you feel inspired, connect more with your friends and family, and, well, feel a bit like a kid again?

To make it easy by we provide pre-cut magazine pictures and words, glue, cardstock and a few art supplies. We'll provide prompts to move you forward if you're "stuck" and give you a chance to connect with an interesting group of people in a creative, motivating space.

Brunch is included.

If you would like to create a vision for your Self Care Plan, join Elizabeth Cramer of Every Day Best Style & Kristin Schuchman of Spark a Career for this special Vision Board Workshop. They will help you create a vision board to start to see it more clearly come to life.

 

To make it easy by we provide pre-cut magazine pictures and words, glue, cardstock and a few art supplies. We'll provide prompts to move you forward if you're "stuck" and give you a chance to connect with an interesting group of people in a creative, motivating space.

 

Coffee, muffins and other snacks are included.

What: Vision Board Brunch (Theme: "New Year/New You")
 

When: Sunday, January 26, 11am - 1pm
 

Where: Brightside Coworking, 6018 SE Stark Street
 

Cost: $25 Six spots available.

DAYLONG WRITING RETREAT

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

You've got to fight for your right to write

Looking for a place to write with others in an attractive, inviting atmosphere? Join us for this writing retreat that includes:

  • Breakout session

  • Multiple private writing rooms

  • Gathering room with media

  • Coffee and snacks!

When: Sunday, February 9 from 10am - 4pm (Please RSVP.)

Where: Brightside Coworking, 6018 SE Stark St. (Mt. Tabor)

Why: To find community with other writers and discuss your writing during one of two break-out sessions.

Price: Voluntary Suggested Donation $1 to $10

Drop in when you can or start out with us at 10am and stay until 4pm.

 

Come with a project in mind, or with the intention of just seeing what flows. Any kind of project will work, from creative writing, to website or newsletter copy, to school assignments, poetry, … work on that project you’ve been wanting to focus on, but have been having trouble making time and getting support for!

 

We’ll have a couple breakout session during which we can talk about or read what we’re working on and request feedback, or not. This will be an open space to request the kind of support that would feel useful to you.

 

Please bring a snack to share. We will provide coffee. RSVP to Durga and she'll let you know how to register at durga@durgafuller.com. Here are some ideas of snacks to bring: 

  • Muffins or scones

  • Bagels and cream cheese

  • Chips

  • Fruit

  • Nuts / Trail Mix

  • Veggie Tray


:: ITINERARY ::
 

10am to 10:30am 
Mix and mingle (Please, arrive by 10am if possible)

10:30am to 12:30pm 
Quiet Writing Time (2 Hours)

12:30pm to 1pm
Breakout Session (30 minutes)

1pm to 1:30pm 
Lunch 

1:30pm to 3:30pm 
Quiet Writing Time (2 Hours)

3:30pm to 4pm 
Breakout Session/Voluntary Readings (30 minutes)

If you can't commit to the entire day, that's okay, but please arrive at least before 10:30 am so as not to interrupt the quiet flow for the group, or text your arrival time to 503-515-4427.  ​

Email Durga at durga@durgafuller.com to RSVP or for more information.

 

I want you to be secure in your choice of me as a career counselor or business coach. That's why I offer a free 30-minute session to see if you and I are a good match. We can conduct the session over phone, and I'll send you a brief exercise so we can make the best use of our time. Want to know more about me? Check out my About Me and feel free to seek me out on LinkedIn.

SCHEDULE A FREE SESSION

Spark Career Counseling + Business Coaching 

6018 SE Stark Street

Portland, OR 97215

Got questions? I've got answers.

© 2020 BY SPARK CAREER + BUSINESS COACHING

kristin@sparkbusinesscoaching.com | 6018 SE Stark Street | Portland, OR 97215