Small steps work. Consistent effort works. Group support works. That’s it. Three things.” -Seth Godin, Pick Four ©2011

And that’s exactly what Gentle Nudge Me offers!

What IS Gentle Nudge Me and where did it come from? It’s exactly what the name implies – a gentle nudge to get you on track to finish that project or book or exercise program. The brains behind Gentle Nudge Me: Gina Hiatt, PhD, who originally created the program to help graduate students finish writing their dissertations and theses. She called it the “Academic Writing Club” and it was wildly successful (it’s still around if you’re a grad student in need of support). Gradually Dr. Hiatt realized that there was a broader application for online accountability and she created Finish Agent for the rest of us. Gentle Nudge Me is a direct descendant of Finish Agent (in fact, you’ll see the name Finish Agent hanging around some of the Gentle Nudge Me pages). But what does it look like and how does it work? Well, it looks a bit like an online Excel spreadsheet (horrors!) but it’s much more friendly. And it’s interactive, too! Take a peek at a screen shot from one of the test groups (I named it Clean My Desk or CMD 101.) gentle-home The pretend people in this group started their Gentle Nudge Me 28-day cycle in April. Most of them checked in every day but not everyone. OMG! Check marks are BORING. No thanks. You’re right, they ARE boring, but the beauty of Gentle Nudge Me comes AFTER you check that little box – scroll down to the next screen shot. There are QUESTIONS to answer as part of your check in: There’s nothing there! That’s because PigPen hasn’t answered his questions for today. Scroll down further to see Harry Potter’s check in. Harry has answered the questions and some of his group members have made comments on his progress. Your coach checks in a few times a week. Notice that Mary Poppins is the Coach for this group and she has made some comments, too. Group members check in daily – or at least five days a week. Gentle Nudge Me will even graph your progress But only if you choose (graphs make me break out in hives!).

Sounds like a lot of time and effort Not really. Gentle Nudge Me isn’t a time-waster like Facebook. You check in, answer your questions, comment on others and get out. Simple. Quick (the whole process takes about 10 minutes). Is it some kind of Master Mind group? It’s even better than a traditional Master Mind group. You don’t have to be together at the same time (or time zone) – all of you check in when it’s convenient. Five in the morning, noon or midnight, it’s all good! And inexpensive, too.

Yeah? What’s the price for all this stuff? $97 a month. Period. No add ons, no hidden fees. That’s it. $97. Not bad for a brand new accountability group that you can join without one minute of preparation. It’s surprisingly inexpensive compared to private coaching. And it’s downright cheap compared to never getting that stuff D-O-N-E (wink, wink).

What’s the catch? How long do I have to stay? No catch this time (whew!). You will start Gentle Nudge Me with one  28-day cycle. You can stick around for another cycle or an entire year’s worth of cycles. Some Gentle Nudge Me groups have been operating for years!

What happens if somebody quits and I stay in the group? We simply add new people to the group so the number stays about the same – no more than 7 or 8 in each group.

Isn’t that disruptive? Turns out that groups welcome the new energy of people coming into the group. It seems to work out just fine.

OK, it sounds pretty decent. I’m ready to give it a try… Great! Take yourself over to the Registration Information Page so you can read all the fine print (not really, just clarifying the program for you). Or click here to register already!

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