With Nicola Bird

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the problem

So many of us experience a feeling of complexity and overwhelm in our lives.

If we could just get our business/spouse/children/health/time mangement under control we feel life would just be so much simpler.

the solution

There is a simple solution.

A way to experience simplicity more and more in our lives.

Let’s explore together.

work with me

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and that life and work are just too damned complicated, then The Simplicity Solution could be just the thing you need in 2017.

Take a look.

the blog

LoreHere you’ll find all my thoughts and insights as I’ve taken my own personal journey into the exploration of simplicity.

What I’ve realised is there’s always less to do than you think.


There’s always less to do than you think.

Hi, I’m nicola bird

Just over three years ago, I had everything I thought was neccessary for a happy life. A seven-figure business, a wonderful husband and three (mostly) lovely children. My dream house and a car I’d lusted over for most of my life. And yet instead of being happy, I was burned out,  irritable and overwhelmed by life.

and so the simplicity project was born.

these days

my anxiety and migraines have completely disappeared, my relationships have added meaning and depth, I have more time for the people I love, I’m healthier than ever before and appreciate and make time for the simple things in life. Oh, and I didn’t have to give up being in business to do that.

Now I teach and coach others how to navigate all aspects of life with

simplicity, ease and grace.

years spent studying what makes humans tick

clients helped to grow their businesses (roughly!)

beating hearts in my house I'm responsible for keeping alive (mainly pets not children, you'll be glad to hear)

times have used the word f*ck in a blog post this week

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"As soon as the invitation for Nicola’s 3 Day Business Intensive hit my e-mail inbox, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would book my space.

That’s the thing about wisdom, you just know.

I didn’t actually prepare for the day, as I had heard Nicola talk about her own intensives with Michael Neill during the time she was his apprentice for a year. And I had gotten the gist that these three days are not about the laundry list of business problems I had been carrying around in my back pocket for ages. Thank God!

Because I was sick of talking about those items over and over and turning in circles anyway. I had already bored myself to death with the repetitive thinking surrounding them.

So I went fully expecting to talk about simplicity from the inside out and to deepen my understanding of the three principles.

And although Nicola did ask me about where I currently stand in my business, we quickly got on to a deeper conversation - a beautifully spiritual and at the same time very human conversation, about a whole new understanding of life and how we actually create it. I experienced more pure insight in those three days and the days following them than I had in a whole year and a half of studying the same ideas on my own.

There is something about the face-to-face setting and the personal exchange that is really powerful. Since then I effortlessly accessed the greatest source of creativity and easily sketched out a new business model that I had been struggling with for months (while eating dinner at the airport with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and waiting for my plane home).

I lovingly cancelled appointments and business partnerships that weren’t serving me or others, and made space for fresh business ideas. I woke up for the first time in years not thinking about my business like a rotating fan - it was just gone and I suddenly had a completely new experience of waking peacefulness.

And perhaps the greatest thing of all was being able to share what I had seen so clearly with my own client on a recent VIP Half-day together. I didn’t even have to struggle for words or concepts, but rather just show up and be present and speak the truth. It was a pivotal moment on my path as a coach.

I can hardly wait to see what unfolds next. But if nothing else were to come, I gained more than enough insight to be able to shift to a space filled with ease and grace. A heartfelt thank you Nicola."

Shailia Stephens-Wursig

Book Coach

"Before I worked with you, Nic, I was being a control freak and thinking that I was the one that had to make it ALL happen. I was working really hard at growing my business but wasn't getting the proportional results for the effort I was putting in.
I wanted simplicity and this is exactly what I am achieving. You told me I would get rid of 90% off my to-do list (which I remember laughing at) and now I have no to-do list and work intuitively on what needs sorting.
How is this different from other programs out there? There's no homework and nothing to do (and I know that sounds odd and completely ridiculous but once you start working with Nic, you will find out ALL about this in a very good way!)
Nic, you came at just the right time for me. You've cut through the crap of self-help woo woo stuff and helped me realise how to strip my business and life back so I enjoy the process rather than chasing results.
And funnily enough, in focusing on the process, I now enjoy better results than when I used to focus solely on results! I feel calmer, more at peace and love that I am developing my ability to laugh at myself more ... oh and my business is doing rather well out it too!
Stripping back my business to basics was really scary at the time, but 18 months on I've been able to create so much more from doing less - I've created more value for my clients and created more revenue & time or me. What's not to love!"

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Karen Skidmore

Client Catalyst, Author & Speaker

"Looking back over the last 12 months since we've been working together, my revenue has doubled, I'm running a 2nd company and find myself making investments in partnerships and platforms for a 7-figure business 12 months from now."

Katy Caroan

Katy Caroan

Digital Strategist

"This programme has helped me to feel so much more calm, resilient and positive. I'm understanding more deeply day by day how my thoughts generate different feelings. Life seems simpler, calmer and more productive."

Ginny Carter

Ginny Carter

Book Coach

"Working with Nicola opened my eyes to a completely new way of being. I grappled to get my head around some of the concepts (as they are so different to what conventional business strategy says) but once I had relaxed into it, I discovered a more relaxed, graceful and joyful way of working without the 'shoulds', without the overwhelm and without the constant questioning about whether what I was doing was "right". Thank you Nic for opening my eyes to a simpler and more joyful life."

Suzanne Dibble

Suzanne Dibble

Entrepreneur, multi-award winning lawyer and founder of the Small Business Legal Academy

"This programme has helped me to feel so much more calm, resilient and positive. I'm understanding more deeply day by day how my thoughts generate different feelings. Life seems simpler, calmer and more productive."

Ginny Carter

Ginny Carter

Book Coach

"A couple of years ago I experienced an insight that allowed me to transform almost overnight from a very hard working and underpaid expert to a premium coach who works a lot less and earns a lot more whilst doing work that I love.

In the past year working with Nic with the simplicity framework I’ve been able to reduce my entrepreneurial anxiety so that my state of mind is now aligned with my freedom business.

I’ve also stopped doing a lot of things that I’d done for most of my adult life such as spending hours journalling about my worries, and instead used the time to write a new book.

The book launch was the simplest and most stress free launch I’ve ever done and the book hit international bestseller in 5 countries!

Although I’m far from perfect with simplicity, I finally have a mindset that I can tap into instantly and no longer need to be constantly ‘working on myself’ and reading every self-help book ever written.

Nic is a real inspiration to work with and I’m so happy i followed my gut and joined her program.

Really appreciate being able to talk about stuff with you, Nic,  that I just wouldn't get a chance to talk about usually.


Rachel Henke

Rachel Henke

Freedom Coach & Author of The Freedom Solution

"When Nicola introduced me to this very simple understanding about how humans work in October 2013,  we had turned over £197,000 with a profit of £50,ooo and owed £20k on credit things are different.

Our turnover is up to £750,000 and profits are up to £250,000 and no debt on personal cards so you could say a dramatic difference !

It has also enabled me to serve my clients at a much deeper level - the effects I'm seeing with them are truly transformational."

David Key

David Key

Three Principles coach and facilitator

"After all the dozens of courses and programs I have done, this was the most liberating. Truly liberating.

I let go the angst-y need to prepare marketing plans, write blogs to a timetable and work hard at getting new business in. And somehow it all gets handled.

I used to worry about getting new business in the door. And then I worried that if I didn’t worry about it, everything would fall apart – like it was a thing that needed me to worry about it. Crazy I know.

And when I stopped worrying or even caring, clients kept turning up and asking to work with me. And I don’t need to tell you, they are the best kind.

And then there were the public speaking events. In the past, I would spend hours thinking about and preparing my talks, working on powerpoints, yadayada… Now, I just turn up and know that the right words will come. The first time was pretty scary. Even as I was being introduced, I was thinking, ‘What the hell am I going to say now?’ And then I started and they could hardly shut me up. And every single person there requested a session with me. Simplicity itself.

So how is life different? Difficult to define, but I know it is more relaxed and more spontaneous. I smile a lot more and spend more time doing things I love – like reading and gardening and hanging out in the coffee shop with friends and travelling; basically all the things I thought only working really hard and worrying about it would get me. The business continues to come in and the revenue continues to grow."

Lesley Ann Grimoldby

Lesley Ann Grimoldby

Business Coach

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