“I’m just learning over these last few years that ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”
— Christen N. James
Alongside management, sales, and marketing, self-advocacy is an important skill that every entrepreneur should master!
As introverted business owners, we often stumble when it comes to standing up for ourselves — whether it’s against pushy clients, unfair vendors, or collaborators who may be taking advantage. We tend to be people-pleasers who focus on the needs of everyone around us, prioritizing ourselves last.
My guest for this episode is Christen N. James, who has built a thriving career on helping entrepreneurs become more in touch with their own needs and learn how to advocate for themselves.
Christen, also known as C.J., is a mindset and transition coach who helps her clients become more self aware — and use that new awareness to shift the way that they show up in their businesses.
I couldn’t think of a better guest for this topic!
This is a replay of an early episode, but its subject matter remains timeless. Tune in to learn about C.J.’s personal journey to self-awareness and strong self-advocacy, why it’s so hard for introverts to speak up for ourselves, and how to say no without saying “no.”
In this episode, you’ll discover:
About Christen N. James: Christen N. James is a certified master mindset and transition coach who believes in the importance of understanding how experiences, emotions, and thoughts impact how we show up in our businesses.
00:01 Behind the replay
01:27 Meet C.J.
02:37 What holds us back & planting the seed
04:16 What’s in a name?
06:17 Pivotal moment
08:09 Finding her voice
11:26 Changing in new environments
13:45 Learning through experience
15:31 Weighing benefits
18:13 Say no without saying no
23:59 Self-advocacy in kids
25:30 Reflecting & finding courage
28:07 Nervous v. excited
32:14 3 questions
33:30 Honour yourself
Christen N. James
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