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"My productivity has increased ten fold. — Sonja C. (artist)

“Our conversation last week has given me renewed purpose, focus and direction.”
— Yvonne S. (nurse)

“I could not have imagined how quickly I would see results from working with you!”
— Artemis H. (writer)

“You picked up critical clues from our discussions and pointed me back to my positive and motivated path.”
— Scott B. (programmer)

"This is the fastest draft I have done in my entire writing career!" — Monica A. (writer)

(More testimonials at the bottom of the page)

Every season I take on a limited number of new coaching clients. They're typically ambitious, focused individuals who want to make the fastest possible progress on one or more of these goals:

  • Get more work done each day;
  • Finish writing and other 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;
  • Transition to new careers; and/or
  • Start or grow businesses (esp. writing, arts, wellness, coaching, and consulting).

A few 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 a month of working together.

It offers a tremendous 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.

Of course, along with higher productivity comes increased pride and joy in your work, decreased stress, a happier and healthier life, and happier and more harmonious relationships.

Please check out my coaching packages below.  I coach only via telephone or online (audio only), on a flexible schedule that allows me to work with people from around the world. All coaching is prepaid via PayPal or check, 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 pro bono activist work. If you think you qualify, please email me.

All new coaching clients receive a free e-copy of the most relevant of my books, 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, 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 Plan package below and we'll get started.


1. Needs Analysis/Action Planning package

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

  1. You send me a 1-2 page informal narrative outlining your situation, goals, and challenges, plus your resume or c.v. if you wish, plus some additional materials I will suggest. I will thoroughly review these prior to Step #2.
  2. We have a 90-minute conversation via telephone or Skype (audio only) 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 Preliminary Action Plan that summarizes the major points we discussed and provides detailed solutions.
  4. You have 72 hours to offer comments or questions on the Preliminary Action Plan. I will address those and send you the Final Action Plan. At that point you are free to work on the steps in the Action Plan, or sign up for more coaching (see below).

Fee: $375

To pay via check, email Hillary for mailing address.

To pay via PayPal, click "Buy Now" below.

Needs Analysis / Action Planning Process, $375


2. Hourly Packages

If you wish to continue beyond the Needs Analysis/Action Planning Process, you may book time on an hourly basis. My hourly rate is $145/hour or $675 for a discounted 5-hour block, payable in advance via check or PayPal. I try to be very flexible so you get the most value for your investment: we can schedule calls as frequently or infrequently as you wish, and for whatever call duration you wish. (Minimum call time: 15 minutes.) Sample engagements include:

  • To help you maintain ongoing productivity: weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly, or seasonal calls of 30 mins or an hour.
  • To help you meet an imminent deadline: daily or several-times-a-week calls of 15 mins to 1 hour.
  • To get advice about a particular situation: a single one- or two-hour discussion. (Two is preferred because it allows us to really delve into issues, and also allows for a useful follow-up.)
  • Or, whatever schedule works for you!
  • Evening and weekend times available.

To pay via check, email Hillary for mailing address.

To pay via PayPal, click "Buy Now" below.

Per-Hour Coaching, $145 per hour

Per-Hour Coaching


Per-Hour Coaching discount, $675 for 5 hours


As noted above, all coaching is prepaid via PayPal or check, and nonrefundable. Coaching hours are usable for one year after purchase. I offer discounted rates for qualifying full-time students and those doing pro bono activism at least 20 hours/week, who have no other substantial sources of income or assets. Email me if you think you qualify.

More Coaching Testimonials


  • On Monday I received a very strong offer and I’ve decided to take it. I feel that there were definitely points where your help positively impacted things for me, so many thanks.— Jamie H. (lawyer)
  • I appreciate your caring and practical approach. The steps you suggest are implementable straightaway. — Writer
  • Our conversation last week has given me renewed purpose, focus and direction. — Yvonne S. (nurse)
  • Thanks to my work with Hillary, I now feel like my possibilities are attainable and unrestricted!— Lydia C. (activist)
  • Hillary goes beyond mere cheerleading and the usual job hunting advice because she addresses debilitating emotional issues like fear, panic and procrastination. She…has lots of straight and creative answers where other coaches I’ve found have few. — Ivana E. (writer)
  • I never imagined I’d find such treasures of insight in such a short time. I feel like this is just the right direction. It’s awesome. — Eliza M. (herbalist)
  • I can’t believe that in this job market I just landed an amazing job in my field. Not only did you help me devise a brilliant strategy, you taught me to believe in myself. — Aryenish B. (activist)
  • We have sought out coaches of many kinds over the last 24 years, but never before has anyone been able to communicate a concrete hands-on approach that allowed us to truly understand what changes we needed to improve our business plan and operations. — Rosi A. (musician)
  • Through our talks, I came to recognize that I’d been believing things about my professional self that were just not true, and soon I was able to stick to a daily writing schedule and make a big move to another state that I’d been afraid of for months.—Caroline A. (writer)
  • Thought you’d be interested to know how things changed for me (quantitatively) between Oct & Nov (our 1st telephone conversation was 11/5): October billables: 33.42 hours, $1,715.31; November billables, 63.88 hours, $3,270.09. Wow! That is incredible! And my mood is soooo much better than it was in October. I truly feel like it’s hard to imagine a better investment than coaching time with you! — coaching client (lawyer)
  • Hillary’s direct, task/goal-oriented, and supportive approach provided me with an invaluable foundation for the development of a more effective job search. I felt more focused and exhilarated while working with Hillary. — Harriet C. (human services worker)
  • After 22 years as a banking lawyer, I was laid off at age 53. This was the first time something like this had happened to me, and I had no experience in asking for help. I decided to work with Hillary, and I’m glad I did. She helped me get past the confusion and depression that came from what turned out to be the end of a career, and helped me focus on a strategy for starting the next one. I appreciated her compassionate and yet no-nonsense approach. — Nick R. (lawyer)
  • After just one session, Hillary helped me identify new ways of looking at my situation.  I was able to start clarifying what I really want to do, and how to do it, and separate it from what others consider a successful career.  This has really given me the motivation to start moving forward! Eileen B. (baker)

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