The life you’re dreaming of is within reach!
The one where you…
Wake up feeling a sense of purpose and excitement about being a consultant.
Get paid—and paid well—to do the work you love.
Have clients excited to work with you and grateful for how you help them.
Always have pipeline full of new and repeat clients.
Are living a life with the freedom and flexibility you crave.
It’s all there. Waiting for you…
You know how good you are at what you do.
You have the professional track record to back it up.
But how to get there can still be a mystery, especially since you have to do things you’ve never done before and make decision after decision without always knowing what’s best to do.
Maybe you’ve already taken the leap into consulting but are frustrated because you aren’t getting the results you expected…
Maybe the excitement about having the life you truly want is quickly being replaced with fear, self-doubt, and the dreaded imposter syndrome...
Or you’re dreaming about being a consultant but aren’t sure how to make that dream come true without making mistakes that send you back to a job you don’t want.
You are not alone!
Almost every successful consultant—including me—was exactly where you are today!
And they did it. So can you!
The truth is that consulting requires a whole new skill set to do it confidently and successfully.
I’ve been there and found what works.
Sure, today I get to work with clients I adore, doing work I love. And, yes, for over a decade, I have routinely brought in 6- and even 7-figures a year. But it wasn’t always like that. I got there the hard way!
When I started, I had NO CLUE what I was doing.
I made more cringe-worthy mistakes than I can count.
And that cost me months of missed income, not to mention the constant hits to my confidence.
Look, it’s just easier and faster when you have someone in your corner.
That’s what I do.
I’m a real-deal practicing consultant who coaches other consultants to get to their dream destination—a thriving consulting business where they are paid well to do meaningful work while living the lives they most want.
Intensive “Let’s Make This Happen” Coaching
With this type of coaching...
I am by your side each step of the way, sharing my insights, strategies, and tools to help you make better decisions and take higher-yield actions.
I will help you prepare to dazzle prospective clients and close more deals faster and with less effort.
And I will help you effectively handle tough client situations, the ones that always seem to arise at some point.
Here's how it works:
For 3 or 6 months, we have regularly scheduled one-on-one live Zoom coaching sessions to address your success plan and most pressing needs.
I am available to provide live or video feedback if something comes up between sessions, such as you need help preparing for a prospective client meeting, developing a pricing strategy, or want me to review a proposal before you send it in.
I point you to tools and information that will help you solve a problem, learn an essential skill, or knock some action out of the park.
I cheer loudly for each and every success you’ll experience! And guide you on ways to leverage each success to get more successes.
Who is My Intensive Coaching For?
You are new to consulting and don’t know have the basics figured out…
You recently made the leap to becoming a consultant.
You are struggling to make your basic business decisions, such as who you serve, what you offer, and what your price is.
You don’t know how to find prospective clients, get in front of the right ones, and close deals (and can’t imagine yourself selling).
You are overwhelmed by setting up your own business while trying to get business.
If that’s you...I will guide you through making the best business decisions, charging for your services to make sure you get paid for every ounce of your value, and securing paying customers to generate revenue immediately.
You have been consulting awhile but clients are inconsistent and you’re running up against tricky situations…
You haven’t found consistent, reliable contracts.
Your pipeline is still stuck in feast-or-famine mode.
You’re earning but not enough to support the life you want.
You’ve experienced some uncomfortable situations with clients and aren’t sure how to handle them (such as when they increase the scope without increasing the budget or they want you to lower your price).
If that’s you…I will work with you on how to consistently secure new and repeat clients, close deals faster, and confidently address tricky situations so you stay on track with your clients but don’t work for free.
"I was able to secure a 6-figure contract immediately, and it's been off to the races ever since."
"I had always daydreamed about consulting but wasn't sure when or how to make the leap from my day job. Deb gave me the gentle nudge and confidence boost I needed to see it as a real possibility. In a matter of weeks, she helped me take what felt like an abstract description of my skill set and translate it into a clear value proposition and set of marketable services. Deb then worked intensively with me every step of the way to refine my first pitch to a prospective client."
- Gwen C.
"I'm building the business and the life I want.
"With coaching from Deb, I was able to zero in on exactly what I wanted the core of my business to be as well as develop an effective way to describe my skills and services to prospective clients. Thanks to Deb's help, I'm building the business and the life I want."
- Stephanie L.
"I’m so grateful I started this journey with Deb on my side…"
“I’m so grateful I started this journey with Deb on my side. She did such a great job identifying the skills and style I already excel in and helping me build on them to become a more effective consultant. I highly recommend Deb if you are starting or trying to take your consulting business to the next level.”
- Hoda S.
I’m going to be honest.
My coaching isn’t right for everyone.
My coaching may be right for you if…
You are ready to get past the hard part and get to the fun part, serving clients and living your dream life.
You are ready to take action on what we discuss.
You are willing to address the mindset issues that get in the way of your success.
You know you’re worth investing in.
If that's true for you, let's talk!
*Note that I only select a few people to coach at a time so I can give them what they need to succeed.
And we have to be a fit for each other.
But if you’re ready to invest in yourself and create the consulting business you want more easily and faster, let’s talk to see if we are a fit.
Oh and did I mention that the people who get my intensive coaching get the best of what I offer?
It’s true. Everyone I coach also gets access to:
All the tools I offer, including the ones no one else gets.
Lifetime access to my online course Get More Consulting Business Faster, which will give you even more tools and information on how to close more consulting deals.
Lifetime access to my mini-course, The Building Blocks of Getting Business, which walks you through the fundamentals of building a robust consulting business by defining your ideal client, zeroing in on your most profitable market, and identifying your unique value proposition.
Maybe you only need one coaching session to figure one thing out or solve a single problem. No problem! If that’s all you need, I have you covered.
Here are the types of things I can help you with in a session:
Identifying your ideal client
Selecting your market and niche
Clarifying your offer
Articulating your value
Pricing your consulting services
Tiering your offer and price
Preparing for a prospective client meeting
Reviewing your first proposal
Addressing a difficult client situation
If that sounds like what you need…
“Increased my customer base by 10% and my overall revenue by 28%...”
"Using Deb's tiered pricing strategies, I easily increased my customer base by 10% and my overall revenue by 28%! In other words, she helped me to land a little more work and a LOT more money."
- Diana C.
"A mindset to feel much more comfortable with pricing myself…"
"Having Deb guide and coach me through how to price my services was invaluable. She gave me specific, practical solutions by asking me meaningful questions. This put me in a mindset to feel much more comfortable with pricing myself accurately and pushing aside my fear that I might be over-charging. She guided me to see that I was actually considering the value of my service (and time).”
- Sonia S.
"Deb taught me the secret sauce of how to get clients"
“When I started consulting, I had no clue how to get clients. But I knew who to ask. Deb taught me the secret sauce of how to get clients, including avoiding scattershot approaches that took a lot of time but didn’t get me clients and pursuing priorities that had a higher yield for the time I put in.”
- Melissa T.
Deb Zahn Knows How to Succeed as a Consultant
I am a practicing and sought-after consultant with 11+ years of successful consulting under her belt. As a go-to source in my market, I routinely bring in 6- and 7-figures a year and have built a steady, reliable pipeline of work. My clients come back to me again and again and continually send me new clients.
Among other consultants, I have earned the reputation as “The Closer,” the consultant who can get high-value contracts with hard-to-get clients. Over the last decade, I have coached 65+ new consultants and helped them fast track their success. Recently, I helped a new consultant get their first contract—worth over $120,000—only three weeks we started working together. By their second month, they reached $200,000.
I am the host of the Craft of Consulting podcast, which features other successful consultants who share their strategies and insights about building their consulting businesses and delighting their clients as well as consulting clients who share what makes some consultants rise to the top of their hire list.