Imagine how many people's lives you could change for the better if you felt far less self-conscious - and were far more consistent - with your visibility efforts.
Calling all women who want to change people's lives and make a positive difference in the world.
It's time for you to be more visible.
Welcome to Women Speaking Up!
If you are:
A coach, a service provider, a soulful entrepreneur, or wellbeing professional,
If you're a creative, freelancer, a social entrepreneur, or you run an NGO,
Or if you work with women and/or are building a community of women,
And you want to expand your reach, connect with the people whose lives you're here to change, and maybe even introduce original ideas and/or new ways of doing business into your industry...
Welcome! You're in the right place.
It's really hard to build a successful business when not enough people know about you or your work.
You’re constantly having to reinvent yourself to sell another product or program to your small but loyal audience.
Or you're so busy working for the business that you never have any time to work on it.
To resolve these problems people often make the same classic mistakes:
They focus on developing business strategies or learning more list building tactics, without doing any of the inner work.
They get really busy and overwhelmed but don't do anything to actually fix the underlying problem.
They dive into creating a program without clarifying their message or building a community of people whose problem they're helping to solve.
They spend years doing inner work without taking the necessary action to effect change in the world.
They don’t understand how systemic inequality impacts on a person’s experience of visibility, leaving them wondering how they can have done so much work and still feel afraid of being seen and heard.
Fortunately, there's an alternative. When you overcome your visibility blocks and get clear on why you're showing up and what you want to say, you'll:
save years of time,
save loads of unnecessary expense, and
be well on your way to achieving the impact you know you're here to make.
Introducing Women Speaking Up!
Women Speaking Up™ is a hands-on group coaching, leadership development, and mastermind program for coaches, wellbeing professionals, soulful and social entrepreneurs, freelancers and creatives.
Designed for women (cis and trans)✧ who want to feel more confident about speaking up and being consistently visible in the world.
Women Speaking Up (WSU) will support you to:
- Know the action you need to take to expand your reach and create more impact in the world,
- Heal old wounds that are holding you back,
- Grow your leadership capacity as you build your business, and
- Become the person you need to be to move powerfully through the world, comfortable being known for your wisdom and expertise.
✧ We also welcome genderqueer, intersex and non-binary people to join us.
Inside Women Speaking Up you'll learn to:
You'll take the following action during your time with us:
I KNOW YOU HAVE SOMETHING UNIQUE TO SAY.
Your life experience has gifted you with years of acquired wisdom and knowledge.
And you've turned the challenges you've faced into embodied wisdom.
But here's a secret that most people don't know; acquiring wisdom is just the first step.
Allowing yourself to be seen for it, is another thing altogether.
To do that with ease and grace, you have to overcome your visibility fears and blocks.
You have to release the internal limitations that see you less powerful than you really are. And you need to develop an understanding of how to see visibility blocks and how to clear them when you do.
Studying Women Speaking Up has helped me to speak up differently at work. I've started speaking from the heart and found myself getting a much better reception from the people I'm speaking to.
I've also found that the different tools shared in the program come in handy at different times. I'm able to choose the right tool for the right circumstance to help me immediately resolve the issue I'm facing.
Ultimately working with Samantha has helped me to fine-tune where I want to go and what my ultimate goal is.
Isiah, Australia, Couples Therapist and Sexologist
Okay wow. Something major has opened up since starting to do visibility work.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve had an article accepted to Mamamia and they’ve asked to republish one of my blog posts.
I’m also going to be on Talking Lifestyle Radio, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane today AND was invited to be on TODAY EXTRA. Holy Moly.
Zoe, United Kingdom, B’Opera
Working on visibility issues has opened the floodgates for me, helping me to see so many blocks, while giving me tools to work with them and shift them, all in a supportive space.
I have faced some very deep seated fears. I have been able to shine a light on some dark spaces in my soul and psyche. I feel lighter and stronger as a result.
I am more effective in the world, better able to support myself and others by extension. I am less a prisoner of old events and stuff, so much freer.
I have more money in my bank account. I feel happier and more optimistic because I know I have tools that I can take into even the most challenging situations (especially the most challenging situations!)
Using them is creating change and shifts where I previously thought I was powerless.
For far too long women's wisdom has been silenced or ignored.
Women Speaking Up is set to change all of that.
Perhaps you've been trying to be more visible but you haven't really been seeing great results...
Perhaps you've struggled with consistency despite your best efforts to stay on top of everything.
Perhaps it feels really noisy online and you're wondering if you'll ever be able to cut through it?
Perhaps content marketing feels totally overwhelming and you're not sure how you'll ever have the time to show up in all. the. places?
Perhaps you're not at all interested in being (internet) famous but would love to have your work recognised by more people and... you've no idea how to manage that inner conflict.
Perhaps you've been applying all those 5 step marketing formulas and none of them seem to work for you?
Here's the thing about all those 5 step formulas...
Their success lies in the person they became as they were developing the system, not with the system itself.
SO IT IS WITH VISIBILITY.
Yes, there are strategic actions to take which will make you more visible in the world. But if you don't also do the inner work to clear out visibility fears and limitations, you'll never implement those strategies in a way that'll ensure your success.
What's included in Women Speaking Up?
Everything you learn is designed to either:
- clear a visibility block so you feel less self conscious about being visible,
- heal a wound so you can become more grounded and consistent with your visibility efforts,
- strengthen your powerful presence so you feel less anxious or stressed about the things that aren't working in the world and more empowered to change them, or
- clarify your priorities so you can take inspired, strategic action and see far greater momentum in your business.
Women Speaking Up includes:
Access to the 12-month program and curriculum
The program is intentionally designed as a year-long container so you have time to work on yourself and your business.
You'll have time to:
- develop your visibility strategy and integrate it into your business operations.
- clear out the blocks and limitations that would otherwise see you making choices that keep you hidden or invisible.
- integrate everything you're learning and uplevel with ease so you don't have a deeply transformational experience only to find yourself without support right when you need it most.
A revolutionary business and personal development program
Women Speaking Up is unique in the way it weaves together feminist theory, personal development, and business strategy.
You'll start by taking a visibility quiz to work out where you're currently positioned regarding the four stages of visibility. Once you've identified that, you'll then be directed to the stream that best meets your needs. There you'll find digital resources and live events that will support you to move through that stage with ease.
The stages are:
- Seeing yourself (with a focus on healing and clarity)
- Stabilising your presence (with a focus on consistency)
- Becoming the change (with a focus on expansion)
- Living the legacy (with a focus on community and collaboration).
Inside the digital resources, you'll find visibility programs, block clearing classes, talking tools and more. The live experiences complement this and give you the opportunity to seek live coaching, hot seats, and group healing work and to personalise the materials to your circumstances.
As a Women Speaking Up student, you'll find an extensive library of digital resources for you to draw on. They include:
As you work through each visibility stage you'll have 3-4 digital programs to support you.
We recommend you take a month to work through each program.
They cover topics from building your online platform, to clarifying your people, brand and message, developing visibility habits, systems and scaling, unpacking patriarchal conditioning, intergenerational visibility blocks, and embracing feminine business practices.
Visibility Block Clearing Classes
You'll also have access to a series of visibility block clearing classes to help you overcome your visibility fears, build more confidence, and break through your limitations.
The classes cover topics such as uncovering your visibility story, healing the sisterhood wound, the core blocks to growing your business, visibility for introverts, feeling invisible or erased, sharing your opinion, healing the witch wound, and more.
BONUS Short courses and talking tools
Finally, you'll receive some additional bonus digital resources! They include visibility short courses. These are 7 day courses where you work each day on a specific visibility issue, unpacking and clearing out the blocks and limitations you find.
You'll also access talking tools. Talking tools are handy resources for you to use throughout your day to address overwhelm, fear, doubt, confusion, fatigue, disconnection and lack of confidence.
As a Women Speaking Up student, you'll also have access to a wide a range of live workshops. They include:
To encourage strong integration between your business and the program, we work to 90-day cycles and in each cycle, you'll have the opportunity to participate in each of the following group calls:
- Content creation workshops where you'll prepare content for the next 90 days and overcome any blocks to sharing what you've created. (You'll also have the opportunity to participate in hot seat opportunities to receive specific and personalised advice on your business or organisation.)
- Implementation workshops focus on developing healthy visibility habits, clearing the inner blocks that would hamper the implementation of your visibility strategy. (You'll also have the opportunity to participate in hot seat opportunities to receive specific and personalised advice on your business or organisation.)
- Masterclasses are an opportunity to dive more deeply into one of the digital programs available inside the WSU curriculum.
- Visibility block clearing calls focus on emotional and energetic healing and mindset work to pick up (and clear out) any visibility challenges arising.
- Peer to peer circle meetings are intentional gatherings to help you to connect with other WSU students, see and work through visibility issues, and brainstorm ideas for your future visibility plans.
- Visibility challenge weeks where you'll have the chance to dive deeper into one specific aspect of visibility and make meaningful progress over the course of a week.
- Uplevel and manifestation calls are an opportunity to break through an energetic ceiling around one aspect of visibility and to focus on what you want to manifest in the upcoming cycle.
Private, supportive online community
According to Harvard University Social Psychologist, Dr. David McClellan, 95% of success or failure is determined by those you habituate with the most. Imagine what you could achieve after spending a year with women who are all focused on building their businesses, sharing their knowledge, growing their authority and reach, and motivating each other to do the same!
We know how important community is to growing your business which is why as a Women Speaking Up (WSU) student you'll gain access to a private online space; the WSU Campus which you'll have access to 24/7 (NB: the Campus is located within our membership site, not on Facebook).
We pride ourselves on the safe, supportive, and inclusive community space we facilitate.
We consciously hold space for you to connect, collaborate, brainstorm, seek advice, and share your wins.
Inside the Campus, you'll be supported by our Campus Support Team plus you'll have 24/7 access to a network of heart-centred, inspiring women from around the world.
In addition, WSU founder Samantha Nolan-Smith hosts office hours every 2 weeks throughout the year inside the Campus. Office hours are a further opportunity (in addition to the live calls) to ask questions and receive mentoring and personalised feedback on what you're learning, how to apply the lessons to your specific circumstances, and to clarify which tools to use to clear any visibility blocks that are arising as you're working through the content.
Wondering what kinds of businesses the students have?
We have kinesiologists, pilates teachers, equity and inclusivity consultants, yoga teachers, energy healers, and founders of NGOs working on everything from eliminating poverty to eradicating sex slavery to offering opera classes to babies.
We have business coaches, financial coaches, bookkeepers, opera singers, choreographers, writers, relationship coaches, trauma therapists, birth educators and birth advocates, body-positive personal trainers, classical opera singers, therapeutic massage therapists, women's empowerment coaches and women's circle holders, mentors in feminine leadership and most recently, a caravan park owner!
Many run their businesses or NGOs full-time, some work part-time while holding down another job, some work full time in an employee role.
BONUS Private podcast show
When you enrol in the program you'll also gain access to our private podcast show. The show is produced for, and available exclusively to, Women Speaking Up students.
It's a show that supports you to make the most of your time with us. It helps you to dive deeper into some of the issues raised in the live workshops or during office hours. And it provides you with easy access to some of the most important elements of the program that you might want to reference on a regular basis.
Tomar, New York, USA, Soul Guidance for your Business
The live workshops go deep. Sam holds the energy in a powerful way and by introducing healing elements, deepens the experience. There’s time to explore and for many voices to be heard. I’ve found them very affecting.
As I take more visibility risks I notice very early emotional imprints/identities coming up and potentially sabotaging me. To see these early and be able to clear them has helped me enormously. I’ve started taking massive action in my business!
Libby, Sydney, Australia, Dating Coach
I didn’t really know what I needed when I signed up but I knew I was stuck.
I have had so many internal shifts since starting, I feel like I different person.
I’m much more confident to say what I think, and in a calm, gentle way. I have been standing up for myself in my personal life in a way I haven’t before.
I think this work is so important, not just for women starting businesses but for women more generally. Thank you thank you thank you!
Wendy, USA, Woo Jn Kids Activities
When I first came across Women Speaking Up, I had truly admitted aversion to being visible in my business.
It was fine with my work being visible. I was fine with my brand being visible. I didn't want to be visible. And it was really getting to a point where it was holding me back and my company back, I think more importantly though, it was really incongruent with who I feel that I am as a person, as a business leader.
I'm an elected official, so it was very interesting how I could certainly be visible in some areas of my life and be fine with it, but not others.
I consider myself a fairly strong feminist, always have ever since I was a little girl. But Samantha's work around undoing the patriarchal mindset has been particularly mindblowing to me.
I didn't even realize how unwilling I was to sell to my community and since joining Women Speaking Up, we've launched a shop and a new product!
A lot of the work has really enabled me to find my voice as an elected politician. I've become a better parent to my daughters. I've become a better leader to my employees.
Really I'm just more comfortable. In my own skin and feeling far more in alignment with my truest self. And what's interesting is that it's not just an internal alignment. I've had so many people in my life just unprovoked say, 'Wow. We have really noticed a change in you. You're more centred and grounded and calm. And yet more outspoken as well.'
I find it really fascinating that the inner work is really showing on the outside too. So I'm very, very grateful for the stuff that I have learned from Samantha and from Women Speaking Up.
Who's behind all this visibility goodness?
Hello, I'm Samantha Nolan-Smith, the founder and CEO of The School of Visibility. It's lovely to meet you!
I'm an introverted, green tea drinking, book reading, mum of 2 young children.
I've been working online since 2008 when, after a career as an A-type personality in law and social justice, I became very sick with chronic fatigue and found I could no longer hold down a regular job.
It took me 4 years to recover from chronic fatigue. In that time I let go of sooo many unhealthy masculine habits and values, and developed an expertise in the way of the Feminine.
I've spent over a decade building an online business founded on the wisdom, practices and values of the Feminine and in finding ways to integrate that with a healthy expression of Masculine practices and values.
One of the things I love about the Feminine, is the value that's placed on creativity, ease, flow, and pleasure. One of the things I've found most challenging about working from the Feminine is the heavy layer of invisibility which has cloaked this way of being for centuries.
Having worked through that challenge for myself and with my students, I'm thrilled to be able to share what is now an embodied way of being for me, with women who are answering the call to transform people's lives and change the trajectory of life on this planet.
My academic and professional background, combined with my training in personal and spiritual development, inform the unique approach I've developed to overcoming visibility barriers. My approach is both pragmatic and esoteric, intuitive and strategic, and always focused on personalising the experience to the needs and desires of each individual.
What people say about working with Samantha
Cassie, author and kinesiologist
Sam is such an incredibly generous and supportive mentor, teacher, guide. One of the biggest things that I've learned from her is that she does not put herself above you as the teacher or guide. She stands right next to you and holds your hand and guides you forward with her. Step-by-step saying, 'Let's do this together.' I have found that to be such a comfort in so many ways.
Rachel, yoga and Qigong teacher
Sam has this ability to see an issue through the eyes of a human rights lawyer, the heart of a healer, and the ear of a trusted friend.
She alchemizes strategies like a magician, with all the grace of the priestess that she is.
What makes Women Speaking Up so unique?
We facilitate deep and transformational healing and clearing.
I bring my professional training as a yoga teacher and my training in 5 other emotional and energetic healing modalities (2 at the mastery certification level) to the work we do in Women Speaking Up.
I also bring my decade long experience of working 1:1 with clients - facilitating healing and transformation - to the program.
It's this experience and expertise that has allowed for the creation of a safe and sacred space for facilitated healing and personal transformation.
This deeper personal transformation work means that the action you take to be more visible in your business and life is effective, soul directed, and reflects your highest and best self.
We offer an integrated inner and outer experience.
Instead of doing your personal development in one space and your business building in another place, we bring everything together under one roof. That way you don't have to buy a whole lot of additional programs to see the results you want to see.
We offer genuine value.
The real-world value of the program lies northward of $10,000. Here's why; you're not just getting a group coaching and mastermind space. You're also getting deep healing and personal transformation work, and you're learning to live and work differently, from the Feminine.
Normally you'd pay for these things separately and each would be in the 4 and 5 figure range.
We give you space and time.
WSU provides you with a visibility container lasting for 12 months. This provides you with the time time to soak up as much information as you wish and to come to embody the wisdom you're acquiring, in a more sustainable manner.
You have time to learn, experiment, clear and heal, integrate and embody, strategise and take inspired action without feeling like that all has to happen in a 6 or 8 week period.
Our Visibility Methodology is one of its kind in the world.
The Visibility Methodology™ you experience inside WSU isn't just focused on changing your mindset. That's one layer of personal transformation and while it's important, it's insufficient if you're looking for long term sustainable change. We'll support you in working with the physical, emotional and energetic layers of your being.
We also don't just invite you to consider the blocks that may have been created in childhood. Again, these are important and there are other lenses through which to investigate these issues; societal, ancestral, and karmic.
The level of completeness we offer through our Visibility Methodology is made possible because of my expertise in both spiritual and personal development and my professional training in legal and social justice.
The level of completeness means you're not left wondering why you've done so much personal development work and still don't seem to be making any progress.
The more visible you are, the greater the impact you can make.
Women supporting women
When you become a Women Speaking Up student, you support other women to heal their wounds and realise their dreams too!
For every student that enrols with us, we donate funds to one of the amazing projects run by Just People's. (The founders Jo and Christey also happen to be students inside Women Speaking Up. When you enrol with us, you'll have the pleasure of meeting them and becoming part of their peer network too!)
The projects we've supported include trauma counselling for single mothers in Vietnam, helping women in Kenya set up sewing businesses, supporting women in STEM in Bangladesh, providing clean water to communities in Kenya, and providing reusable sanitary pads to girls in Tanzania.
If you want to expand your influence and reach a global community, you have to master online marketing.
But far too many teachers online are teaching you visibility tactics and strategies with no understanding of the inner work that needs to be done first.
You’ll waste enormous amounts of money and time if you start with visibility tactics before you’ve done the inner work.
You’ll find yourself stalled but unsure why. You’ll create unnecessary drama in your team or with one of your contractors, or you’ll get very busy working on a task which won’t move things forward in your business one little bit.
You’ll procrastinate and spend too much time on social media and then wonder why you’re not seeing progress in your business.
The thing is; your work is too important to get stalled in this way.
The world needs you. The people you’re here to serve, need you.
Ruth Bracke, Belgium, Leadership Coach and Mentor at Wise Women
The curriculum is very hands on, practical, pragmatic and I love that.
The live calls help me with integrating and putting into practice everything I’m learning in the digital courses. I’m so happy I joined the program.
Samaria, USA, Sacred Soul Practice Psychotherapy & Coaching
When I felt more stuck than ever on my visibility journey no matter what I tried, I discovered this program and it changed so much for me.
Samantha is an amazing heart centred coach. She has created such a beautiful safe container for you to move through blocks around visibility and speaking up.
This is a gift you can give yourself that will change everything for the better.
Kara, Arizona, USA, Career Coach and Consultant
In just a couple of months I’m finally getting past the hump of trying to figure out “what am I doing for who?”
I’m taking a lot more action, posting on social media, have had more opportunities to be on podcasts and radio shows, and have been seeing more traffic to my business!
Suzanne Frankenfeld, Germany, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, Author
I feel so empowered after our time together.
The wise teachings of Samantha, her guidance, her methods, and the support of the group have been so unbelievably supportive to me.
A final note...
As a woman, gender fluid, or enby, you will have unconsciously internalised a whole lot of stories about your voice, about your entitlement to take up space, about how you ought to behave in the world to be deemed ‘acceptable’.
Plus there’ll be all the other intersecting pieces of your identity – your class, race, culture, physical and mental abilities, and sexuality – that inform how easy or difficult it is to put yourself out there time and time again, as is required if you want people to know about you.
And if your work is unique or unusual in some way, you’ll face additional visibility challenges. Unfortunately we don’t live in societies which encourage difference and diversity. We live in societies that impose conformity. Societies that say, ‘Stand out, but only a little bit. Don’t challenge us too much. Don’t disrupt the status quo.’
To overcome this conditioning it’s important that you surround yourself with people who are consciously unpacking all the limiting influences that would otherwise keep them quiet and invisible.
We’re the first generation of women to step out in large numbers and run our own businesses. We’re the first generation of people to build businesses online.
We’re the first generation of women who are building a global network and woman centred economies, where women are connecting with - and selling to - one other.
Integrating spirituality or personal development into business operations has never been contemplated before.
Working flexible hours.
Working from cafes or by the beach or the lake.
ALL of this is different.
None of this is business as usual. It’s revolutionary and it’s changing the very face of society.
It’s time for women to be visible. To use our voices. To influence positive change in the world.
Will you join us?
Wondering whether Women Speaking Up for you?
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