What if you doubled your prices? What if you stuck to your guns? What if the next project you land has you grinning like a fool?
I love playing the What If game. I play it in my sleep.
Sometimes it gives me nightmares, but that's ok. It's perfect, actually. Because I wake up, put on my problem-solving pants, and turn those unsavoury bits into sweet sweet dreams for entrepreneurs like you.
You know those queasy feelings you get when you’re simultaneously nervous and excited about something?
Like jumping out of a plane. Walking into a party.
Launching your own business. (Especially launching your own business)
That feeling is wonderful! At least, the excitement part is.
That other part – the nervous, anxious, worried, scared, wee bit panicked part? Not so wonderful. That’s the part that’s telling you to run. That it’s all gonna go pear shaped. That you, my dear entrepreneurial friend, are about to get screwed.
You can ignore it. And stay up at night, worrying about when the other shoe is going to drop.
Or…you can do something about it.
You can choose to not get screwed.
You can choose to charge a rate that makes you sing.
You can choose to actually get paid by clients.
You can choose to take that hard-earned money, and hold it in your hot little hands for as long as you like, instead of having it slip through your fingers like sand.
That’s where I come in.
I help ambitious entrepreneurs like you… not get screwed.
Over 10 years working in the corporate world and negotiating oodles of contracts taught me a thing or two about tactics, techniques and trickery. (It’s kinda mind blowing.) So yeah, I’ve got the chops. I’ve played with the Big Boys. I’ve held my own and brought home amazing deals for my teams.
But I was there, in my little grey cubicle, surrounded by the buzz and hum of a busy corporation. And I was trying to play the game. And I was failing.
I couldn’t turn off my personality.
I couldn’t stop being the rebel who spoke up and asked questions everyone else was too chicken to. Or the ballsy one who pushed back if she heard a ‘because I said so’. Or the goofball who would burst into the odd bit of song or crack a joke to perk up a slow afternoon.
I couldn’t become a part of the machine.
So now I’m here.
Now I’m working with entrepreneurs like you.
Over-achievers, rebels, smart-asses and supremely passionate people.
And I get to do my best work. For you. With you. Because of you.
The passion you bring to your coaching, consulting, designing or craftsmanship is matched only by the passion I bring to making sure that you aren’t getting the short end of the stick.
Because you deserve to be paid well.
Because you deserve to be treated well.
Because you deserve to be in control of your own business – no matter how small it may be, or how big it will become.
Devon's coaching, consulting and training work is informed by nearly 15 years of negotiation experience with clients ranging from freelancers to Fortune 50 organizations. A firm believer that no one is ever too small to go after what they want, need and deserve, her mission is to help others build the clarity, confidence and courage they need to #maketheask.
With her dynamic style and best-in-class expertise, Devon is a sought after guest expert and keynote speaker at conferences and mastermind retreats. From the stage she not only motivates the audience to embrace negotiation, but also shares negotiation strategies that attendees can put into action immediately.
In addition to her work with entrepreneurs and individuals, Devon helps corporate clients including JPMorgan Chase, Rolls Royce and Mars Chocolate improve their negotiation capabilities. The impact of negotiation goes far beyond the balance sheet, and Devon is honoured to support pro bono partners including The Clinton Foundation, UN Women and God's Love We Deliver.
Social Media: @DevonMSmiley