Comment author: markus_over 20 June 2018 12:00:54PM 1 point [-]

I'm hearing of this for the first time now, and actually spent quite a bit of time throughout the last few months thinking about this exact concept and how it seems to be missing in the EA community, and whether this could be something I could possibly work on myself. The problem being that coaching of any kind really isn't my comparative advantage, and thus I'd probably be the wrong person to do it.

I find it rather difficult to decide whether or not scheduling a (series of) call(s) would make sense for me. In your testimonials, many people speak of productivity increases in concrete numbers, such as +15%. Are these their personal judgments, or did you provide a certain framework to measure productivity?

Can you elaborate a bit more on what kind of people would profit most from working with you?

Also +1 on richard_ngo's question about the comparison to CFAR.

Comment author: lynettebye 05 July 2018 01:50:18AM 1 point [-]

People generally profit most from working with me if they have a clear area(s) that they know could be improved in order to more effectively accomplish their goals, but haven't yet successfully fixed it. I generally think the returns are good if improving could save you a couple hours a week that then is used more impactfully.

When discussing outcomes, I encourage my clients to try estimating what the concrete impact has been, so I can get a sense of what each person means rather than vague ideas such as "much more productive". So most of them are estimates based on their personal judgments.

Comment author: richard_ngo 12 June 2018 12:28:58AM 2 points [-]

As a followup to byanyothername's questions: Could you say a little about what distinguishes your coaching from something like a CFAR workshop?

Comment author: lynettebye 05 July 2018 01:43:52AM 1 point [-]

I think the difference is along the lines of a lighter touch, ongoing intervention space vs a one-time, immersive experience. My coaching is focused on implemented changes to your mindsets, strategies, and habits in your daily life. I view this as a structured approach to making gradual changes that last. My understanding is that CFAR, on the other hand, aims to immerse their participants in an unusual context with specific tools and ways of thinking intended to rapidly open you up to new ways of thinking and acting. I don't think they are mutually exclusive since you'll take away different things from both.

Comment author: [deleted] 11 June 2018 05:12:30PM 3 points [-]

Do you have some quick thoughts on when you expect your coaching to be more valuable to EAs than your average productivity coaching? E.g. What factors are relevant when deciding between paying for coaching with you, and doing a Google search and picking a productivity coach with similar/better prices/experience/reviews?

(Although r.e. prices, given that you've received an EA Grant for this work, we should be careful not to double-count.)

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Comment author: lynettebye 05 July 2018 01:37:15AM *  1 point [-]

Hey, sorry for the late replies. Didn't realize there weren't notifications for comments.

Good question. You could get a lot of the benefit of working with me from another good productivity coach. I think there is some benefit of working with someone within the EA community, which has somewhat different goals and norms than the general population. I expect my coaching may be particularly more helpful when you're trying to make life decisions. Given my personal goals and the EA grant, my coaching is also more accessible, compared to that of other coaches, for members of the EA community/people contributing toward impactful causes.


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