As challenging as 2020 was, we learned a lot. Things didn’t go as planned for any of us, but in addition to disappointments; we recognized the need to “pivot” as a Company. Since the beginning of The Votta Group, we have been providing on-site workshops (in person), and 2020 was the year when we decided to provide free, virtual workshops.
Our workshops are open-to-the-public, and we weren’t sure how virtual workshops would translate. We didn’t know if they would be effective or not. Instead, we received feedback that they were very effective, and I learned that I loved it. I could see everyone’s eyes. I could see everyone at the same time. It was awesome.
As 2021 approached, our evaluations demonstrated that attendees loved the virtual workshops, and we needed to begin charging. It is human nature that we place more value on products/services/programs that we pay for. My fear about providing the workshops at no-costs was that people wouldn’t appreciate them nor fully participate. Most of us need “skin in the game.”
Nonetheless, our evaluations demonstrated that the virtual workshops had provided significant value for our participants at a time when they needed it the most. So many people were in transition. Often, they were forced into a transition. Companies were laying people off: furloughing people.
As 2020 came to a close, we held our final free workshop that was open to the public. We continue to work with our clients one-on-one, and we are continuing to work within organizations. We are very thankful for the people we helped with our free workshops at a time when so many people were demonstrating “readiness” to transition.
The Votta Group has been in transition too. Before the Pandemic hit, I had shared that I was intentionally growing my business to include clients from Philadelphia: my hometown. I was so proud of how that was going. We were scheduled to hold workshops at the Fiddler Club. Results were happening more quickly than we had planned. It was an exciting time. Then, the Pandemic hit.
I needed to cancel the workshop at the Fiddler Club and others. In their places, we led a lot of virtual workshops that helped our clients transition and create structures to assist them in achieving results. And because the workshops were virtual (when we were sheltering in place), I got people from Philadelphia in those workshops. We even had an attendee participate from Hawaii!
And the people who attended the virtual workshops—it was inspiring. People seemed more open to sharing. People were supporting each other. It was really amazing. People were using the workshops as an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate what was important to them. Together, we were using the opportunity of the Pandemic to create something that would produce better results for our lives, our livelihoods, our jobs, and our organizations.
The feedback we received let us know that the workshops had a ton of value for our attendees. I knew that how I coach and what I do could really make a difference, but I was overwhelmed with the progress I was seeing from my clients. I felt like I was able to impact people, where they were—even if they were in Hawaii!
Witnessing progress and watching my clients create new structures that produce results is why I do what I do. When I say that in 2021, virtual workshops will no longer be free; I don’t want that to stop anyone from talking with me or reaching out to The Votta Group. I don’t want money to be a reason why people don’t work with me.
I coach my clients to “own” their value, and I completely know my value and the difference that our coaching creates for people. Sometimes, it’s a workshop. Sometimes it’s our 30-minute, complementary call. But I know that even a little bit of coaching can really help someone.
It’s 2021, and we are charging for our workshops again. We do not want pricing to prevent anyone from reaching out to us. And we hope that costs will not stop you from learning the Votta Exercise and really benefit from what we do, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Whether you’ve been impacted by Covid-19 or something else, please schedule some time to talk with us. We continue to be in transition: as individuals, business owners, families, and organizations.
We love helping our clients. It’s why we do what we do. Witnessing your success is what motivates us. Our clients inspire us every day. We appreciate our clients and acknowledge that without them; we couldn’t do what we love to do.
So, thank you.
Here’s to 2021!