Coaching

You own your skills. You get to decide who gets your value.

I’ve been coaching and mentoring people, new and old to the worlds of research and design, since 2009. Whether formally through people I’ve managed, or informally over “how do I break into UX” coffee.

Approach

How I can best help you will be based on what you are trying to achieve. We’ll spend the first couple of sessions figuring this out. I want to help you, not EVERYONE, which is why this is real-time conversations, not you watching 12 hours of talking head recordings.

Topic Areas

  • Getting into UX (and related job titles)
  • Growing your skills as a Researcher of Designer
  • Growing as a Manager, Director, or VP

Specific Topic Keywords You Might Be Looking For

  • Basics of Research: Creating a study, talking (listening) to people, collecting data, synthesizing data, and presenting your data in such a way as to affect change within an organization
  • Basics of Design: Feedback on the work you are currently doing, tips to improve interactions, workflows, and outcomes for users/customers, and absolutely nothing about tools (other than to say, low fidelity for the win)
  • Basics of Leadership: What to do now that they made you manage people’s careers, how to build a practice, how to build a department.

Let me help. Especially if you are wandering through your career like a … I dunno. Something. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

Testimonials

“It’s rare that you meet someone who’s passion for making the complex simple. Its even more rare to find a person who combines that passion with the ability to communicate not just the what and how, but the why of their direction. Matthew has these gifts and more. During the time we worked together, he taught me a tremendous amount about both product management and user experience. If you ever have the chance to work with him, do it. He’ll improve your team, your company, and your product.”

-Carl S.

Pricing (USD)

While I’m always up for receiving a coffee or a beer for my time, I believe coaching and mentoring are a professional service and money should exchange hands. Below there are three tiers for pricing. We’ll talk about which one is best for you during our first session.

Initial Session (30 minutes)

We’ll talk about your goals and how I can help.

  • $150 if you’ve got professional development money (your company will reimburse you)
  • $75 if you’re independent (you are a company of you)
  • $25 if you’re strapped for cash / extreme currency exchange (I won’t ask for proof)

Ongoing Sessions, per session (up to 50 minutes)

If you need nothing more from me beyond what we can accomplish by chatting:

  • $400 if you’ve got professional development money (your company will reimburse you)
  • $100 if you’re independent (you are a company of you)
  • $25 if you’re strapped for cash / extreme currency exchange (I won’t ask for proof)

If you need feedback on deliverables, documents, or anything I’ll need extra time to review between sessions:

  • $600 if you’ve got professional development money (your company will reimburse you)
  • $400 if you’re independent (you are a company of you)
  • $25 if you’re strapped for cash / extreme currency exchange (I won’t ask for proof)

All sessions are via Zoom (or similar service), or over the phone. A 20% discount is applied if you pay for 10 sessions in advance.