Our Brainstorming Services

The best time to get a coach on board is near the beginning of your writing process or once you have decided on your topic and tried your hand at an outline.

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Our Brainstorming Services

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When you are ready to begin a new project (like writing a book), the first question is probably, “Where do I start?” Perhaps people have been telling you for years that you should write a book. Maybe you have an idea in mind and you are ready to turn it into a manuscript. If you have a box full of notes or a head full of ideas, you’ve come to the right place. I have been there and made my dream reality—publishing my own book. Our team can help you from beginning to finish, from concept to creation to editing, presentation, and publication. Having worked successfully through a number of books, we are ready to share our knowledge with you and help you along the way.

The challenge of creating viable products does not lie in finding ideas, but in finding the right ideas and discarding the ideas that do not work. In that regard, the most complex situation within a project is at the very beginning when you have only little knowledge about what your clients or readers want from you while sitting on a large heap of ideas.

This is the time for brainstorming. Brainstorming is more than just throwing ideas at the wall and see what sticks. It also addresses questions like:

  • What are your goals with your product? (learning the trade, exploring the market, money, career, creativity, social causes, portfolio, ...)
  • How do you want to sell your product? (references, recommendations, shop, giveaway, marketing, ...)
  • Can you postpone half of your ideas for a second version of your product?
  • How much are you willing to invest?
  • What are the conditions to discard an idea and when do you count an idea as failed?
  • What do you do if your idea is successful?
  • What and whose problem or need are you addressing?
  • By knowing your target audience, could you divide your product into smaller steps and first address a particular niche?
  • By working your way backwards from the feeling you want to evoke in your client, can you eliminate some of your ideas?
  • How can you prevent getting lost in new ideas or details?
  • How can you prioritize ideas?
  • How can you test the viability of ideas?
  • How can you sort and formulate your ideas to work on them iteratively?
  • How can you summarize your idea into a short paragraph?

Additional Notes:

  • In the coaching sessions, we can work together on the ideas. This allows for quick feedback in both directions. Some of the work (e.g., reviewing and working on documents) can be done outside the coaching sessions, though.
80.00 EUR
* per license
* includes taxes

Booking

- Our coaching sessions are not a set of recordings. In our online, live training, we address your individual needs.
- Whether as a block of appointments, weekly appointment, once a month, or as required, we are available for you.
- Busy during the week? No problem, we are also available on Saturdays.
- We are happy to take part in group meetings for feedback.
- Each session is usually 60 minutes long.
- Depending on your needs, we can also offer e-mail support or longer units.
- With our calendar, you can book and pay for each session individually or as a series.
- Some of the (billed) work might be done outside the coaching sessions. In that case, we will inform you upfront.
- We offer a 50% discount if you agree to allow your session recordings to be used to promote our coaching.

- Our hourly rate for this service is
80.00 EUR
/hour (including taxes).
- As we work in small iterations and provide estimates upfront, you are always in control of the costs.
- After each iteration, you can book another session or continue on your own.

Schedule a free trial session with

Clemens Lode

- The trial session (by default via video conference, but we also offer text chat on request) is free and non-binding.
- You can ask specific questions about our coaching and how we'll work together.
- During the meeting, we will discuss what steps are required to reach your goal.
- If you do not have a goal yet, that is fine, too. We can discuss various topics; you select what path to pursue.

- If you are happy with the session, we can send you an estimate with a summary of the planned work.

- If you are happy with the session, you can book individual coaching sessions.
- If applicable, we will send you an estimate with a summary of the planned work outside the coaching sessions.
- We will also offer feedback about your current abilities and the best improvement plan.

About the Author

About the Coach

About the Editor

Clemens Lode

Clemens Lode

Hello! My name is Clemens and I run LODE Publishing. I’m an author of books on philosophy, science, and project management, and an agile and publishing coach based in Düsseldorf, Germany. I like visiting the gym, learning to sing, observing animals, and creating videos on science and philosophy, and I like learning from nature and love the idea of optimizing systems. In my youth, I was an active chess player reaching the national championship in Germany, and an active pen&paper player leading groups of adventurers on a mental journey. These activities align with my calm approach to moderating meetings, leading meetups, and focusing on details. My personality type in socionics is IEE/ENFp.

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Our Agile Coaching Services

Hire us to teach you to work iteratively and collaboratively

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The purpose of agile coaching is to cut wasteful loops in your processes. First, cut out the middleman, then connect people and build trust with your clients.

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Our Developmental Editing Services

A thorough critique of your book before it's published

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With LODE, put your best book forward. Our developmental edit provides you with an in-depth assessment and overhaul of your entire manuscript.

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Our Public Speaking Coaching Services

Become a confident, skillful public speaker

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We can help you to write a powerful, cohesive speech, create a unique "prompt" that you can use to begin any speech for the rest of your career.

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Our Video Editing Services

Videos to deliver your message for your marketing

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We take your ideas and turn them into videos to be shared online for marketing your products and services. Our focus are educational videos.

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Our Process Modeling Services

Turn your business into a diagram

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Through interviews and using lean and agile principles, we visualize and optimize your existing work processes to reduce waste and increase productivity.

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Our Website Design Services

Turn your manuscript into a fully working website

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An online presence helps you to sell your book or course. Our editors can take your text and adapt it to fit it for browsers on a PC or smartphone.

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Our Meeting Organization Services

Make your meetings matter

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Effective meetings begin with an announcement and end on time. Let us teach you techniques to achieve the goal of your meeting and effectively gather feedback.

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Our Presentation Creation Services

Optimize your presentation to deliver your points

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Our experienced editors will review your presentation and coach you to work out the central message. Let us help you streamline your presentation.

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