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Book Coach to Best Sellers™ Kim O’Hara loves writers of all kinds. She also is a writer, and finds there are endless conversations to be had about the craft and psychology of writing. Join her each episode as she talks with a variety of writers - comedians, authors, coaches, speakers, songwriters, TV writers, to name a few - about their craft. The conversations can get personal in nature, as writing is truly an exploration of self. To learn more about Kim O'Hara as a Book Coach, go to kimohara.com or sign up for the latest on her books at kimoharabooks.com.

You Should Write A Book About That‪™‬ Kim O'Hara, Book Coach To Best Sellers

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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

Book Coach to Best Sellers™ Kim O’Hara loves writers of all kinds. She also is a writer, and finds there are endless conversations to be had about the craft and psychology of writing. Join her each episode as she talks with a variety of writers - comedians, authors, coaches, speakers, songwriters, TV writers, to name a few - about their craft. The conversations can get personal in nature, as writing is truly an exploration of self. To learn more about Kim O'Hara as a Book Coach, go to kimohara.com or sign up for the latest on her books at kimoharabooks.com.

    Who Doesn’t Want Results?: The Key is in the Mind with Executive Coach Jenna Dillon

    Who Doesn’t Want Results?: The Key is in the Mind with Executive Coach Jenna Dillon

    Want 2023 to be the year where you get results? Sure, you have seen so many coaches say this, especially in the early months… but the key to results is to slow your mind down, and figure out what are the origins of self-defeating feelings and voices in your head.  My conversation with Leadership Coach Jenna Dillon who is all about results is very eye opening in the way that we can go after our goals, and have solid discernment about the emotions attached to your dreams. She uses a whiteboard in her sessions for clients to see what is coming out of their mouths about how they truly feel  about their dreams and the realities.

    2023 is already an on fire year and this interview is designed to help you sew the seeds in the soil for who you want to be by December 2023. We all have our big goals, and how fantastic to be able to acquire them this year. Transparency and our roles in our success are not to be avoided by just pushing through and being a taskmaster. Being tough isn’t the key. We can be soft and also incredibly successful as women. We talked about my mindset being the true driver of wanting to sell my book to a top publisher, syndicating my weekly column and becoming a media conglomerate.

    We also talked about why people hedge on investing in coaching when it could be the very conversation they need to get the results they desire. What do people need to do to maintain their dreams through the course of the year and not stop believing? Coach Jenna talks about the “being conversation.” It’s more about who you are first, diving deep, and getting rid of underlying habits and associations that are wired in our brains. It’s not the magnitude of the goal… but rather are you the person set up to receive that goal.

    Will Jenna write a book in 2023? She talks about how much information is in her head that she wants to put in a book, it holds her back. But I explain how book coaching is designed to tease out the best ideas that demand the spotlight and then grow the book from there.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like?

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    You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach

    Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writer on my newsletter at https://kimohara.substack.com/

    • 23 min
    Why There is No Shame in Personal Evolution with Diann Wingert

    Why There is No Shame in Personal Evolution with Diann Wingert

    I met business strategist & coach (and former therapist) Diann Wingert on the Zoom screen at a women’s networking group where I just knew when she talked that she was speaking my language. Her multiple marriages, single parenting, and several careers were similar to my life course - but also the shame that can come from living out of the box.  She speaks with us today about the idea of personal evolution. Most people “pick and stick” early in life  - decide who they think they are, take the same vacation every year - and those of us who pivot and make change can think, why can’t I just stay the course?  We question and judge why we are so driven to change versus applauding ourselves for being willing to live out of our comfort zones. We even leave situations that are for all intensive purposes, successes, when we know there is more to explore.

    Diann is a delight to listen as she has great metaphors like a “too tight pair of shoes” and “passing for normal.” We also have a frank discussion on her leaving the Christian church, and how I just was baptized a Christian.

    And of course I take her through the drill of why she hasn’t yet written a book. We talk about the level of commitment as a big issue.

    Listen to hear more about:


    Why you shouldn’t “stay the course” if you are not satisfied.
    When it is a good idea to sit back and take some inventory of your situation.
    How abuse survivors can find each each other due to our chameleon nature.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out Dr. Bonnie Zucker, an LA psychologist, who talks about anxiety, or Author Gretchen Hydo sharing about her book on how to Break Our Dirty Little Secrets.

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    Looking to write a book? You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach. Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writing adventures at kimohara.substack.com

    • 27 min
    Why We Second Guess Ourselves with Stacey Lindsay

    Why We Second Guess Ourselves with Stacey Lindsay

    Join me and journalist Stacey Lindsay on today’s show to talk about how women can second guess themselves when it comes to asking questions and being curious. It’s not entirely the fault of the female race! The patriarchy has kept women from asking challenging and different questions for ages. Women have been afraid of what will happen when they act outside the box, and that has fed into a universal lack of self-trust.

    Stacey Lindsay has written for many popular outlets as a journalist and reporter, including holding the position of Senior Editor for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper and editorial director of September Letters, a mental health advocacy platform (https://septemberletters.com/) created by Jaspre Guest and Brittany Snow. Over the course of her career, she has learned how to ask the questions she feels most curious about in her stories and discovered a new level of intimacy with her subjects. At a press junket, she deviates from the standard questioning of a celebrity and discovers they have a shared narrative about grief.  Women writers and journalists that have inspired her include Anna Quinn and  Sharyn Alfonsi.

    Knowing she wants to write a  book, we explore what makes someone a writer, and how unknown it can be just how hard writing is. But if you have that longing and desire to put a voice to the page, you can push through and write a book that has an impact out into the world. You can read more about Stacey at staceyannlindsay.com.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Tiffany Yu speaks about her Diversability community and the accident that changed her life, and offers tips on how to lessen the blow, and Master Coach Gretchen Hydo reveals a ten stage secret-breaking system for women from her new book.

    Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, or check out the diverse and amazing people we have had previously on the show!

    You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach

    Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writer on my newsletter at https://kimohara.substack.com/

    • 28 min
    Suffering from Burnout? I’ll Take Love, Thank You with Rebecca Whitman

    Suffering from Burnout? I’ll Take Love, Thank You with Rebecca Whitman

    Burnout is a buzz word. Women everywhere are talking about it. But Rebecca Whitman is an abundance coach and she doesn't want women to be burnt out. She wants them to feel Balanced, Beautiful and Abundant. Yes, please!  And she sees life in a beautiful way. On this week’s episode, she dishes about finding her spouse, and building a fulfilling life that didn’t look like her original game plan a decade prior. She has also written a book How to Make Six Figures Working Part Time (which is really about living in the 7 pillars of abundance, and you will be shocked the order - finance is not first!) Her dad was who she credits on pushing her to write, and she now has the  idea that one day she may write a memoir.

    Join me as she gives sage advice about what holds women back from meeting their mate, her history and emotional evolution in playing tennis, and why she created coaching programs that only cost $7.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Clinical Psychologist Bonnie Zucker writes about panic and anxiety, and offers tips on how to lessen the blow, and yours truly does a stand-alone episode on Finding Your Safe Space in Writing.

    To connect with Rebecca, visit: https://linktr.ee/rebeccaewhitman? 

    Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, or check out the diverse and amazing people we have had previously on the show!

    You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach

    Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writer on my newsletter at https://kimohara.substack.com/

    • 23 min
    Leadership, Listening and A Performance Past with Coach Tom Henschel

    Leadership, Listening and A Performance Past with Coach Tom Henschel

    Tom Henschel is a whole a pie of amazingness– he’s not only a Julliard trained actor but an extremely successful coach helping leaders in top companies such as Disney, Netflix, Walmart, Amazon, navigate the workplace, their peers, and conflict externally and internally. I met Tom early in my coaching career and we reconnected recently over our podcasts.  Tom’s podcast, The Look & Sound of Leadership, is ranked in the top 1% of most popular. His use of dialogue with an imaginary client brings in an experiential component.  We enjoyed talking about leadership, his past TV career, the power of listening and why Tom, with good reason,  will never write a book.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out former manager of Britney Spears and Steven Tyler Rebecca Warfield on working with creatives, and also Ryan Farley on writing on the hit show Ozark.

    Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, or check out the diverse and amazing people we have had previously on the show!

    You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach

    Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writer

    • 26 min
    TV Writer Nick Morton shares his quintessential Hollywood Journey

    TV Writer Nick Morton shares his quintessential Hollywood Journey

    As I come from a two decade run of working in the movies, chord of nostalgia is plucked in me when I get to have an entertainment writer on the show, in TV nonetheless, which I could never break into. Nick Morton co-wrote the first season of “Cooper’s Bar” for AMC which stars Rhea Seehorn from Better Call Saul and she has a 2022 Emmy nom from his writing. He is also a movie producer… remember that gorgeous film Ray with Jamie Foxx?

    Join us as we talk about how Nick approaches writing, and what have been some of his favorite Hollywood experiences. He shares the feeling of being in the gray area for a while when developing movies for a prestigious company, which led him to do some of his worst drinking. Now a sober writer, he was able to take his life experiences and put them into a show on a sober recovery house coming out soon on Crackle. The show stars Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner.  He has written for many online magazines including Mr. Porter and The Scoop. He hosts the popular podcast The Drunkalogues.

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out former manager of Britney Spears and Steven Tyler Rebecca Warfield on working with creatives, and also Ryan Farley on writing on the hit show Ozark.

    Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, or check out the diverse and amazing people we have had previously on the show!

    You can find me at kimohara.com as well as IG @kimoharacoach

    Check out my books on kimoharabooks.com and sign up for my adventures as a writer

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

rebwhitman ,

Helping the Writer in You come Out!

Kim shares simple tips, tools and strategies to give you the courage to get your book 📕 published! She makes it tangible and compelling!!! I will keep listening!!!

Diann Wingert ,

The art of storytelling

Think you have a book in you but have no idea how to get it into the world? This podcast is a great place to start! Kim demonstrates the kind of curiosity, vulnerability and connection that lead to meaningful conversations and really relatable interviews.

jessgersh ,

Coach, Cheerleader, but not a spotlight stealer

Kim is the real deal. Her insights and perspective are fresh and inviting. It takes a confident coach to not own the clients’ wins! A must listen!

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