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22 min

Episode 110: Addressing Past Work Trauma to Start and Build Your Consulting Business—with Deb Zahn

Are the aftereffects of the last job you had making it harder for you to build your consulting business? If you were in a toxic or abusive work environment, it can be more challenging to launch or build a consulting business. Why? Because, if you are like most folks, it's darn near impossible to shake off the impact of being in an environment like that easily.

But none of that has to get in your way of being a successful consultant. And there are things you can do to make it easier for yourself.

This week on the Craft of Consulting podcast, I talk about the reality of those aftereffects and share my strategies for how I didn't let them stop me from being a successful, joyful consultant


Deb Zahn

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Episode Details

Coming out of toxic or abusive work environments can make becoming a consultant feel more daunting. In this episode, Host Deb Zahn talks about:

  • Understanding when a work environment is toxic and abusive and not blaming yourself

  • Trusting that you did the best you could and not listening to people who will blame you

  • Recognizing that it can make starting and building a consulting business more challenging, but you can absolutely be successful

  • Sharing my experience

  • Having difficulty recognizing myself when I left the job

  • Carrying the trauma with me when I was trying to get consulting clients

  • Learning to interrupt and interrogate the stories I was telling myself

  • Forgiving yourself and honoring your coping mechanisms

  • Dealing with triggers as you build your consulting business

  • Identifying an ideal client that doesn’t replicate the bad environment you came from

  • Trusting yourself when you see something wrong

  • Being a good boss to yourself and your team

  • Saying something if you see it happening to someone else

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