How a Spiritually-Minded Techno-Geek Author Coach Finds Personal FulfilmentBy Lynn Serafinn on December 28th, 2009
Question: What DOES a spiritually-minded person who is a social networking mentor, techno-geek, coach, radio host, teacher, distance learning course designer, bestselling mind-body-spirit author with a background in audio and a passion for writing and talking (a lot) do to combine all of her skills, talents and interests in one place?
Hi everyone. Lynn Serafinn here. If you’re reading this Spirit Authors blog (which has not yet officially launched as it’s still in its developmental phase) you probably know me from one of my other “hats”: a transformation coach, radio host or author of the book The Garden of the Soul: lessons from four flowers that unearth the Self. Others of you might know me via social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Ning or LinkedIn. Regardless of from where you might know me, today I’d like to share some other sides to me you may or may not know.
I have spent virtually my whole life engaged in a spiritual journey. I write a good deal about that journey in my book The Garden of the Soul. Now in my mid-50s, I have found a truly peaceful place within myself, and I feel I truly know what Spirit is, and have a deep and meaningful relationship with it.
Since my book came out in April 2009 and became an Amazon mind-body-spirit best-seller (after spending countless hours of my time—but virtually no money—on marketing), I have gained a reputation for my creative online promotional skills. These days I coach/mentor many people on how to use social networking and blogging to develop their writing, and to promote and launch their book.
I had always thought of myself as a “transformation coach”, not a “marketing coach”, so I thought this was a bit unusual at first. But very soon I realised it made perfect sense for me to be moving in this direction. You see, my marketing skills are really the end result of having been an electronic dance artist, small record label owner and freelance musician for many years in the past. In fact, I spent the major part of the last 30 years inventing new ways to promote my work and make a living as an indie artist.
All that professional experience helped me develop a creative and natural approach to self-promotion, and nowadays I help my clients do the same, even those who might have had a “fear” of self-promotion in the past. In short, while many artists (especially those who are spiritually focussed) cringe at the very thought of marketing themselves, I view self-promotion as FUN and ultimately a creative enterprise. It’s all in how authentically you present yourself. It took me a while to “get it”, but once I did, it really worked. Now I help others do the same.
Here’s something else most of you probably DON’T know about me: I also have a Masters degree in a really unusual subject: Adult Education and Distance Learning. That means that I have a bunch of experience designing and delivering online courses. I taught music technology for many years, used to be the head of a large college performing arts department and I even won the Microsoft UK Innovative teacher of the year award for my use of technology in education in 2005. Keeping up with modern technology, I am currently taking a certification course in developing membership sites, like Spirit Authors (see my video in previous post where I show what I am using to make this site).
My interests have always been so varied, it has frequently been difficult to connect all the dots and find a way to express all of my passions in one place. So, what DOES a spiritually-minded person who is a social networking mentor, techno-geek, coach, radio host, teacher, distance learning course designer, bestselling mind-body-spirit author with a background in audio and a passion for writing and talking (a lot) do to combine all of her skills, talents and interests in one place?
Well, she creates Spirit Authors of course! She invents a place where other spiritually-minded authors and related professionals can come together, connect, find support, and learn about writing, online promotion and other things, all through the magic of modern Web 2.0 technology.
For me, creating Spirit Authors means I get to write a lot, talk a lot, teach a lot, coach a lot, meet new people, and get to play with lots of new technological toys. But best of all, all the people who will come to Spirit Authors will be BOTH spiritually-focussed and artistically inclined. It’s just about the most personally fulfilling scenario I could ever imagine. It’s like heaven to me. That’s why I’m using the little fluffy clouds in the banner at the top of the page.
I have never been as motivated and as excited about a new project as I am about Spirit Authors, and I cannot wait to share it with you. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be writing micro-blogs about the Spirit Authors courses, features and, of course, about the exciting Grand Opening that’s coming the week of 22-26 February 2010. I hope you’ll subscribe to the Spirit Authors News Feed by entering your email at the box at the right. That way, you’ll know everything there is to know about Spirit Authors, and get a special VIP invitation to our Grand Opening.