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"Aimed at emerging entrepreneurs, this podcast mixes interview-driven episodes and short, practical tip-based shows from host and branding coach Valerie Howard. Guests include experts from the media, web design, and marketing worlds, who deliver advice on building a cohesive brand for your company from its earliest days."
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What are you listening to? “NPR’s “how I built this” and the “Brand Ambition” podcast with Valerie Howard. Both are inspiring and informative as we experience the challenges in launching a side business with Persist the Game.”
Kelsey J. Patel
"Working with Valerie could easily change your life. She is more than just a brand coach, she is a catalyst for your greatest dreams. Before working with Val, I was playing small and didn't even realize it. I had many 1:1 clients, but I was working with them until 10pm or 11pm every night. I was burned out and frustrated and had no idea how to scale my practice. Now, with Val's help, I host sold-out retreats around the world (my dream come true!) have regular group programs in my home, launched a subscription box, and have been featured on TV and other major media outlets. Not only did she help clarify my brand message and create a scalable business model, she helped me understand that I can create a beautiful life for myself doing the work I want. By keeping my services simple, pleasurable and totally aligned with my soul, my life has completely changed." www.kelseyjpatel.com
-Kelsey J. Patel, Spiritual Empowerment Coach, and Owner of Pure Barre™ Beverly Hills
"Valerie is a great branding strategist and message clarity coach, not to mention a badass website designer. Seriously, the girl does it all. We were in a time crunch and Valerie came to the rescue to design our entire sales page for our first ever online course. It was a big deal. She created a beautiful page and a clear sales message that spoke to our target audience. We look forward to working with her in the future. She's great! "
-Sarah Boyd, President of West Coast Operations for NYLON as well as Founder of SIMPLY.
"Valerie helped me clarify my bigger "Why", and created a clear brand message and elevator pitch for me, so I now feel confident talking about my services with anyone I meet! Because of this, I've now landed several new clients, including my ultimate dream client!!! Her coaching (which in many ways is like therapy, ha!) helped me shift my thinking and attitude about my job and my future. She helped me uncover the deeper mission/meaning behind what I do, and created a step-by-step game plan for reaching my future goals. I've never been more clear or excited about the direction of my business! It was amazing to see immediate results from our work together. I'm happier, working with my ideal clients and earning more than before. She also designed my website and I couldn't be happier! Val is a fabulous coach, brand strategist, designer and friend!"
-Corina Irvin, Commercia Real Estate Broker, www.corinairvin.com
"Working with Valerie was a great experience! Not only is Valerie lovely and so kind, she is a powerhouse when it comes to branding and business. She was spot on with her encouragement and I know that it will help to take my business to the next level, which for me, mean more financial freedom, more time with my kids, and more doing the things I love. She showed me how I can show up 100% as I am, and attract high-paying clients by just BEING MYSELF. I was amazed by how quickly we connected and she was able to pinpoint specific tasks to elevate my business. She is an absolute delight! Thank you Valerie!"
-Danielle Atkisson, graphic designer, The Silver Lining Design
Erica Lee Strauss
"I was a hot mess in the brand department when I came to Valerie. I'd been doing the same thing for so long-–writing copy for small businesses–-but I didn't know what my own brand/message/platform was. Working with Valerie helped me see that I had options–-that I could turn my copywriting business into a business that not only made my clients happy, but made me happy. She gave me permission to start experimenting with new marketing strategies and new offers. After our time together, I left feeling excited about my brand and the future of my business, instead of feeling totally stuck, overwhelmed and uninspired. Hiring her was one of the best gifts I could have given myself, on so many levels. "
Dr. Nadia musavvir
"Hiring Val was one of the best choices I made for my brand! I had worked with other coaches and while the experience was fine, what set Valerie apart was her emphasis on the client rather than formulas. She's the kindest, most genuine person who's always going above and beyond what's expected of her. After working with her for a bit, I decided to go to Paris for her mastermind program and that took our coaching to the next level. I don't know if it was the excitement of being in a place I had always dreamed of going, but it changed EVERYTHING! She was able to see me, what I wanted for myself, for my brand, for my career and she helped me create a simple plan to make that happen. The biggest thing for me, being someone who has always been more timid and introverted, was being given the tools and the confidence to just put myself out there, in a way that felt good and natural. I am forever grateful for the experience and opportunity to work with Valerie."
-Dr. Nadia Musavvir
"With Valerie's clarity, I totally revamped my image, brand messaging and my signature program. With her help, I made $27,000 right off the bat!! Valerie is so current and hip. She REALLY KNOWS HER BRANDING! I feel SO confident in the future of my business now. She created a simple, clear plan for me to scale my business and help me show up online in a way that feels authentic, inspired, and totally me. I'd recommend Valerie to anyone who wants to NAIL IT straight out the gate!!! I wish I had known her when I first started my business, I would have saved a ton of time and money!"
-Heidi Brockmyer, M.S. L.AC, Fertility Coach and Acupuncturist
"Val is the best. For the longest time, I knew I wanted to share my story, and help others going through similar experiences. But it wasn't until I hired Val that it all started coming together. She helped me gain the confidence, clarity and focus I needed to launch my podcast as well as design my personal brand. It was exciting but scary all at once. Countless times Val would message me in between our sessions with the exact words of encouragement I needed to get me through a freakout. Seriously working with her has been an incredible, life-changing experience. And I couldn't be prouder of what we created together. This project has meant the world to me. Thank you Val for believing in me!"
-Nora Diab, Host of the Startup Love Podcast
JAred jackson dean
"Valerie helped me with my entire rebranding, marketing, and the launch of my signature online program. With her guidance, everything I created was cohesive and appealing to my ideal client. I never knew how much was possible online until I started working with her. Expect five-star, high-quality work from Valerie Howard. She's the best!!!"
-Jared Jackson Dean, Owner of Salon Eleven & Jared Jackson Dean Salon, and Founder of Stylist Bootcamp™, www.jaredjacksondean.com
"Okaaaaay. Let me just start by saying if you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or unclear about what to do next for your business, you need to hire Val. She's more than just a clarity and brand coach. She's like a therapist, if your therapist was also your best friend. I felt completely safe and free to be myself with her. Something magical happens during a session with Val -- you begin to see yourself through her eyes, what is possible for you, and you're reminded how the universe is always working in your favor. I'm now focused, clear, and excited about the future of my business. Within 6 months I know my entire life will be different. I will have more freedom, more income, and more fulfillment thanks to the brand we created. Thank you Val! Love you! "
-Ashley Thornton, Holistic Nutritionist
"I loved working with Valerie! She is a gifted, intuitive coach who takes her clients on a journey of self-discovery. Then, she transforms that journey into solid branding advice that is deeply personal and meaningful. She helps her clients create businesses that truly represent who they are and what they can uniquely bring to the world.
I did the one-day intensive with her and within a few hours, we had mapped out my entire brand and business plan, as well as my marketing strategy. Most of all I had CLARITY around what I wanted in my life, and thanks to Val, I had the CONFIDENCE and FAITH that I could do it. My dream is to coach full-time and she helped show me how this would be possible, with just one-hour a day dedicated to my marketing plan. She's so lovely and just brilliant at what she does. Our session was filled with a dozen 'lightbulb' moments. I never knew my coaching business could be so fun!"
- Brenda Nevins, Transformational Life Coach
Dr. Sarah Corey
"Signing up for Valerie's Brand Evolution Program changed everything. I was super anxious about investing in myself this way, but it was beyond worth it. Like, beyond, beyond. I honestly felt like I got 10x the value and, after our day together, it was like my business magically started growing and my ideal clients started showing up out of nowhere. Before working with Val, I knew I was meant for something bigger, but the details were fuzzy. I was stressed, lacked clarity, and felt like like I was always spinning my wheels. Thanks to her, I'm now making more money and feel excited for the future of my business. SO WORTH IT."
-Dr. Sarah Corey
"Thanks to Val, I now make more money than ever before, and I have a business that fuels my soul, not the other way around. What I love about working with her especially is her strategy mind, and how she translates smart strategy into powerful copy and branding. I also love that she really listened and cared about my success. This made all the difference."
-Zahra Haji, Director and Founder of Yoga Goddess
“Valerie is a wonderful Coach. She helped me to organize my mind and my business in a way that it all made more sense. I do several different things, and she showed me how present it all in a way that made it all seamless and appealing to my clients. She is so easy to work with, she really listens! She also did my website, which is fantastic. I’ve had a lot of compliments on it!! Thank you Val, for getting my business back on track!!"