Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in consultancy but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ame-Lia Tamburrini, founder, and CEO of Hum Consulting, located in Victoria, BC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
To create the solutions for the challenges our world faces today, we need spaces where all voices are heard. I am a master facilitator and podcast host of the Circle of Change. I work with governments at all levels, Indigenous communities, and community-impact organizations to ensure decisions are made with the wisdom rarely heard but essential for alleviating our greatest challenges. This wisdom comes from the land, the land stewards, and the people with lived experiences. Participants emerge with creative collaborations, deeper connections, and the capacity to change the world.
Tell us about yourself
I spent over ten years engaging with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities around North America and overseas. I loved hearing people's stories and bringing service providers, government and community together so that decision-makers could create projects and policies that considered the needs of the land and underserved communities. I knew we could do a better job at creating a true sense of connection and safety in these dialogues. A cancer journey during my first year in operation deepened my own healing around finding my voice, and that's when I adopted the methods I use today to create spaces where everyone is seen and heard. This work is as much my own healing journey as it is about sharing the gifts I have to heal the divides in our world.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have impacted hundreds of people with my podcast, publications, and the clients I serve - all by being authentically me. That's my biggest accomplishment - dropping all the notions of what a consulting business looks like and sounds like and doing it my own way to serve in the highest way possible.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things is trusting that I know what I'm doing. There is a lot of noise in the entrepreneurial world about trainings, coaches, courses, certifications (all of which are great) and at the end of the day, what I know is that I learned fastest by doing. It's the scariest thing of all, but with a great network around me of business owners on similar journeys, it makes it easier to courageously step out on the ledge and be in inspired action.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Find the practices to bring you back into your body and out of your head. Meditation walks in nature, qigong, spiritual teachings, affirmations. I find this essential for calming the mind and staying in a positive mindset.
- Find your peeps. Join networking groups not only to practice your pitch and be of service to others but also to find those who are on a similar trajectory that you want to surround yourself with.
- Use comparison as an effective tool to fast track. Compare yourself with yourself a day, a month, a year ago, and get excited about how much you've changed. Look at different successful business models and see what lights you up. Adopt those models to serve your clients in your special way.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
You can be, do, and have anything you want. It all starts with the stories you tell yourself. Dedicate time to work on your mindset, dream big, and take action.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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