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Maura McDonald is a creative design professional and career coach. With over 20 years of expeireince working for Fortune 500 brands like IBM and Red Hat, Maura shares her expereince working as a visual designer for global campaigns. Maura is a graduate of the prestigous College of Design at North Carolina State University and worked as a designer for several brands and agencies after graduation. She is a past board member of AIGA Raleigh.
Why Should You Hire a Creative Coach
It was wonderful to speak with Maura. I had a ton of questions and she provided plenty of insightful answers. Listening to her speak about her design journey really gave me a good perspective on the industry. I took away some great insights!
My session with Maura McDonald was incredibly insightful and informative! I loved hearing about her experiences in the design industry, and I feel better prepared to market myself as a candidate. I’m looking forward to implementing Maura’s advice, and I highly recommend her as a mentor – thank you, Maura!
Maura was approachable and genuine from the very start and she gave me actionable insights. Her depth of knowledge,patience and thoroughness in her explanations really helped me wrap my mind around aspects of my case studies which I could definitely improve. I cannot recommend her more.
I enjoyed meeting with Maura to learn about her experience as a Visual Designer, and to hear her thoughts about my portfolio and career direction. I also appreciated her specific recommendations on ways to learn motion design. Thanks, Maura!
Maura gave me a lot of advice during our meeting. It was great listening to her talk about her experiences as a visual designer. She gave me a lot of insight on how I can improve my resume and design portfolio, as well as my interviewing skills. She is super friendly and definitely recommend her as a mentor. Thank you so much, Maura!
I really enjoyed my conversation with Maura. She was very easy to talk to while being extremely informative and resourceful. She provided much needed advice about my portfolio and career transition.
It was so refreshing talking to Maura. She is this ball of sunshine and she really made me feel hopeful and positive during my session with her. During her session, she gave me resources that have improved my job search. I have been getting more noticed by recruiters for the simple advice Maura gave. She is truly knowledgable, skillful and most importantly, PASSIONATE! Book a session with her asap!
Maura was wonderful to connect with! She was so personable and gave wonderful, actionable feedback on my resume and portfolio site. I’ll definitely be scheduling more time with Maura in the future, as her expertise and guidance were incredibly valuable!
Maura was so inspirational. She gave me some great advice on my updating my LinkedIn profile. She also inspired me to take action with my creativity, so I have no regrets. The biggest take-away is how to get out of my own way!
I learned a lot about UI design from Maura. In this 1-hour-long session, she introduced me to high level principles as well as details of execution which I felt very confused about. I finally experienced the aha moments of UI design! She is a very experienced visual design mentor.
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- Igniting Your Creative Spark: One of the primary reasons to hire a creative coach is to reignite that dwindling creative spark within you. Whether you’re an artist, writer, musician, or any other creative professional, it’s common to experience periods of creative block or lack of inspiration. A creative coach will help you rediscover your passion, reignite your creative fire, and guide you in finding innovative solutions to overcome any creative obstacles that come your way.
- Gaining Fresh Perspectives: Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective to transform your creative work. A creative coach brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, allowing them to provide valuable insights and fresh ideas that can elevate your creative projects to new heights. They can help you see beyond your own limitations and discover new angles, techniques, or approaches that you may not have considered before.
- Setting and Achieving Goals: Setting clear goals is crucial for any creative endeavor. However, it can be challenging to define and prioritize your objectives on your own. A creative coach will assist you in setting meaningful and achievable goals, breaking them down into actionable steps, and holding you accountable for your progress. With their guidance, you’ll be able to stay focused, motivated, and on track towards reaching your creative milestones.
- Building Confidence: Self-doubt is a common hurdle that many creatives face. It can hinder your progress and prevent you from fully expressing your artistic talents. A creative coach serves as a supportive mentor who believes in your abilities and encourages you to embrace your unique voice. Through constructive feedback, personalized strategies, and empowering techniques, they help you build confidence in your creative skills, allowing you to unleash your true potential.
- Overcoming Creative Blocks: We’ve all experienced those moments when our creativity seems to have vanished into thin air. Creative blocks can be frustrating and demotivating, leaving us feeling stagnant and unproductive. However, a creative coach has the tools and techniques to help you navigate through these blocks effectively. They will guide you in identifying the root causes of your creative blocks, offering tailored solutions to overcome them and reignite your creative flow.
- Developing a Personalized Action Plan: Each creative individual is unique, with their own set of strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. A creative coach understands this and tailors their coaching approach to your specific needs. They work with you to develop a personalized action plan that aligns with your artistic goals, learning style, and preferences. This customized approach ensures that you receive the most effective guidance and support on your creative journey.