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I came to Hillary with a ‘stuck’ thesis, and her empathy and insightful comments have allowed me to: focus on what’s important, write more and more easily, and have better conversations with my family and my colleagues. I feel confident I’ll get my thesis done, which is very different from how I felt when I started working with her.” – Zach P. (Ph.D. candidate), Atlanta, GA

Hillary has helped me develop significantly more efficient writing habits, as well to more fully enjoy my writing and other academic work. She has a deep understanding of the realities of graduate student life, and has plenty of solutions.” – Ryan S. (Ph.D. candidate), Cambridge, MA

Every season I take on a limited number of new coaching clients…

They’re typically ambitious, focused individuals who seek to do one or more of the following:

  • Get more work done per day;
  • Finish their projects;
  • Work more effectively: have more to show for their efforts;
  • Reclaim the joy and attachment they previously felt toward their work; and/or
  • Achieve a happier, healthier, more joyful life balance.

I also help people:

  • Find new jobs, or transition to new careers, and
  • Start or grow businesses.

A couple of points about my coaching:

It’s fast! Nearly all clients see improvement after just a single session, and most achieve strong, sustainable improvement after just 5 to 10 hours of working together.

It offers a huge return-on-investment (ROI). If I work with you for an hour and help you gain just an extra hour of productivity per week, that’s a huge return in just the first year! But my coaching doesn’t just add an hour or two to your input: it can double or triple it, or multiply it even more. (And the rate of improvement tends to accelerate over time.)

Of course, along with higher productivity comes increased pride and joy in your work; decreased stress; a happier, healthier life; and happier family and friends.

Please check out my coaching packages below. I coach only via telephone or Skype-audio, on a flexible schedule that allows me to work with people from around the world. All coaching is prepaid via check or PayPal, and nonrefundable; and all coaching hours are valid for up to one year after date of purchase.

Note: I offer discounted rates for qualifying full-time students, and those doing at least half-time activist work. If you think you qualify, please email me.

All new coaching clients receive a free e-copy of my book The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, which they are advised to review prior to our first talk. (If you already own the book, you can give the e-copy to someone else.)

If you’re familiar with my writing, you probably already have an idea of what kind of coach I am. I’m compassionate, yet direct and focused and precise. I aim for quick progress. I don’t beat around the bush, but tell you what I think you’re doing right (usually, more than you realize), what I think you’re doing wrong (usually, less), and how others may be influencing your situation. I do best with clients who like a nuts-and-bolts, plain-spoken, pragmatic, problem-solving-oriented approach.

If that describes you, then purchase a Needs Analysis/Action Planning Process package below and we’ll get started.


1. Needs Analysis/Action Planning Process

All coaching begins with a four-step Needs Analysis/Action Planning Process:

1) You send me a 2-3 page informal narrative outlining your situation, goals and challenges, plus your resume or c.v. if you wish, plus some additional materials I may suggest. I will thoroughly review these prior to Step #2.

2) We have a 90-minute conversation via telephone or Skype during which we discuss the issues you raise in your narrative. The focus of the conversation will be on revealing the exact nature and proper context of the challenges you face (including productivity and time management challenges), and designing solutions for them.

3) I follow up within 72 hours with a highly detailed Call Report that includes a detailed Action Plan outlining suggested next steps.

4) You have 72 hours to offer comments or corrections or clarifications on the Call Report and Action Plan, after which I will finalize them and submit the finals to you. At that point you are free to work on the steps in the Action Plan, or sign up for more coaching (see below).

Fee: Needs Analysis / Action Planning Process: $375, payable via check or PayPal.Needs Analysis / Action Planning Process:

2. Hourly Packages

If you wish to continue beyond the Needs Analysis/Action Planning Process, you book my time hourly (or sign up for a Mentorship package, see below). My hourly rate is $145/hour or $675 for a discounted 5-hour block, payable via check or PayPal.

Hourly Coaching:

3. Mentorship

In Mentorship you’ll have up to ten calls a week with me. One call per week might be a long (approx. 1 hour) session, but most will be short check-ins of between 5 and 10 minutes. These will occur mainly in the mornings before your workday starts, in the evenings (to “process” the workday), and/or at moments you’re actually having trouble doing your work. During these calls, we’ll stay focused on your task, and the goal will be to help you identify and overcome incipient procrastination and perfectionism so that you can not only have a great workday but be less susceptible moving forward. Based on my experience, most clients should need a few months of Mentorship at most.

Mentor Program:

As noted above, all coaching is prepaid via check or PayPal, and nonrefundable. Coaching hours are usable for one year after purchase. I offer discounted rates for qualifying full-time students and those doing activism at least 20 hours/week.