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Karena Calhoun

Karena Calhoun


Introvert Life & Business Strategist

Henrico, VA

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My Role

As the guiding light behind Go Be Great Coaching, I am on a transformative journey with introverted women entrepreneurs, empowering them to navigate the tumultuous seas of the online business world. My mission is to illuminate the path toward not just surviving, but thriving in their ventures. I understand the unique challenges they face—feeling invisible in a crowded market, the echo of their voices lost in the void, and the struggle to connect with their ideal clients amidst the feast and famine cycles of business.

With a blend of strategic insight and heartfelt encouragement, I help these remarkable women tap into their inherent strengths, turning their quiet whispers into resonant messages that captivate and engage. Through personalized coaching, I equip them with the tools and strategies needed to enhance their visibility, build unwavering confidence, and foster meaningful connections. Together, we refine their approach to networking, making it feel less like a daunting task and more like an extension of their authentic selves.

My role transcends traditional coaching; it's about creating a community where these women feel seen, heard, and valued. It's about redefining the narrative of success to include their unique voices and visions. By guiding them to lean into their introverted superpowers, I help them craft businesses that not only generate sales but also make a significant impact on the world. In essence, I am the catalyst for transformation, guiding these incredible women to step into their greatness and shape the future they dream of.

What I love most about my role

What I deeply love about my role at Go Be Great Coaching is the profound privilege of witnessing the incredible metamorphosis of introverted women entrepreneurs. There's something truly awesome about seeing a client transition from a place of uncertainty and invisibility to one of confidence, visibility, and success. Each breakthrough, no matter how small, feels like a shared victory, a testament to their resilience and the power of our collaborative journey.

I love the moments of genuine connection, where heart-to-heart conversations lead to revelations and shifts in perspective. It's in these intimate exchanges that the true essence of coaching is revealed, and the foundation for lasting change is built. The trust that my clients place in me, to guide them through their vulnerabilities and towards their aspirations, is both humbling and inspiring.

The joy of crafting bespoke strategies that resonate with each unique individual, and then seeing those strategies come to life, is incredibly fulfilling. It's not just about the numbers or the outward markers of success; it's about the personal growth, the newfound confidence, and the realization of their potential that truly ignites my passion.

Moreover, being a part of a community of like-minded women, all supporting and uplifting each other, reinforces the belief that together, we can overcome any obstacle. This sense of camaraderie and collective empowerment is what I love most about my role. It's a constant reminder that in the pursuit of greatness, we are never alone.

How I define success

In my role at Go Be Great Coaching, success is defined not merely by traditional metrics like sales figures or client numbers, but by the profound and transformative journeys of the introverted women entrepreneurs I guide. Success is witnessing these incredible individuals step into their power, embracing their unique qualities, and making their mark in the world with confidence and clarity.

Success is measured in the breakthroughs that lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and one's business, in the newfound ability to articulate and share one's vision with the world, and in the creation of strategies that align with one's values and goals. It's about helping these women build businesses that not only thrive financially but also fulfill their desire to make a positive impact.

Each time a client overcomes a hurdle, whether it's gaining confidence in networking, becoming more visible online, or securing a new client, it's a success. It's in the moments when they move from feeling unseen and unheard to being recognized and valued for their contributions. Success is in the growth, both personal and professional, that allows them to lead their businesses with authenticity and resilience.

Ultimately, success is creating a supportive and empowering community where each member feels equipped to pursue their dreams and contribute to a larger purpose. It's about fostering an environment where the journey to greatness is a collective adventure, filled with support, encouragement, and unwavering belief in each other's potential.

The best piece of business advice I ever received was

The best piece of advice I've received, which has become a cornerstone of my philosophy at Go Be Great Coaching, is this: "Embrace your unique journey and trust the process." This wisdom resonates deeply with the work I do, guiding introverted women entrepreneurs through their own unique paths to success.

This advice underscores the importance of acknowledging and valuing one's individuality, especially in a world that often champions a one-size-fits-all approach to success. It's a reminder that the path to achieving one's goals is not always linear or conventional, particularly for introverted entrepreneurs who may face distinct challenges in visibility and networking.

Trusting the process is about having faith in the small steps and understanding that each challenge is an opportunity for growth and learning. It encourages patience and perseverance, even when progress seems slow or invisible. This perspective helps in fostering resilience and adaptability, qualities that are essential for any entrepreneur.

Incorporating this advice into my coaching, I encourage my clients to lean into their introversion as a strength, to celebrate their progress, and to trust that their unique journey will lead them to the success they envision. It's about empowering them to see their perceived obstacles as stepping stones to greatness, and to believe in the timing and unfolding of their own stories.

What would I tell my younger self

If I could share some wisdom with my younger self, it would be this: "Believe in the power of your own voice and the value of your unique perspective. Your introversion is not a barrier to success; it is a wellspring of strength, creativity, and depth that will set you apart in your journey."

I would emphasize the importance of embracing authenticity over conformity. In a world that often celebrates extroversion, especially in business and entrepreneurship, it's easy to feel pressured to fit a certain mold. I'd tell my younger self that it's okay to forge a different path—one that aligns with your inner values and allows you to connect with others in a way that feels true to you.

I'd also stress the significance of self-compassion and patience. Building a business, especially one that resonates with your soul's purpose, is a journey filled with ups and downs. It's crucial to be kind to yourself during the challenging times and to celebrate your victories, no matter how small they may seem.

Lastly, I'd remind my younger self to seek out community and connection. Even as an introvert, the support, inspiration, and camaraderie found in a community of like-minded individuals can be incredibly empowering. It's not about changing who you are to fit in; it's about finding a space where your true self is valued and uplifted.

In essence, I'd tell my younger self that the path to greatness is not about becoming someone else, but about fully becoming who you are meant to be, and using your unique gifts to make a positive impact in the world.

What 2B Bolder mean to me

To me, being bolder means stepping beyond the comfort zones of introversion and embracing the courage to share my voice and vision with the world, even when it feels daunting. It's about pushing past the fear of visibility and judgment to stand firmly in my truth and the value I bring to the table.

Being bolder is not about transforming into someone I'm not; rather, it's about amplifying the essence of who I am and what I stand for. It's about making the conscious choice to take action towards my dreams and goals, despite the uncertainties and challenges that may arise.

In the context of Go Be Great Coaching, being bolder translates into creating spaces where introverted women entrepreneurs feel empowered to showcase their strengths and contributions. It's about encouraging them to lean into their unique qualities and use them as a foundation for building authentic and impactful businesses.

Ultimately, being bolder is a commitment to growth, resilience, and the unwavering belief in one's potential to effect change. It's about embracing the journey of personal and professional development with an open heart and a steadfast spirit, ready to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Years of Experience


I recommend you focus on developing these 3 skills to succeed in a role like mine

My top three skills, honed through my journey with Go Be Great Coaching and deeply aligned with my mission to empower introverted women entrepreneurs, are:

1. Empathetic Listening: My ability to listen deeply and empathetically is foundational to my coaching practice. This skill allows me to truly understand the unique challenges and aspirations of each client, creating a safe and supportive space for them to open up and explore their potential. It's through this deep understanding that I can tailor my guidance to meet their specific needs, fostering a connection that empowers them to take bold steps forward.

2. Strategic Insight: I possess a keen ability to see the larger picture and to strategize effectively. This skill is crucial in helping my clients navigate the complexities of building and scaling their businesses. By breaking down overwhelming goals into manageable steps and offering innovative solutions to their challenges, I guide them towards sustainable growth and success. My strategic insight ensures that every action taken is aligned with their ultimate vision, making their journey to greatness both intentional and impactful.

3. Inspirational Communication: My capacity to communicate in a way that inspires action and instills confidence is key to motivating my clients to embrace their journey with courage and optimism. I have a knack for articulating complex ideas in an accessible and relatable manner, akin to a heart-to-heart conversation with a trusted friend. This skill enables me to uplift and energize my clients, encouraging them to see the possibilities within themselves and their businesses, and to step into their greatness with conviction.

These skills, combined with my unwavering commitment to my clients' success, form the cornerstone of my coaching practice, enabling me to make a profound and lasting impact in the lives of the incredible women I work with.

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