We had the good fortune of connecting with Bevin Niemann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bevin, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Eight years ago, I happened across research about a temperament trait called sensory processing sensitivity, more commonly known as being a highly sensitive person (HSP). The four characteristics: being a deep thinker, feeling everything more intensely, noticing all the subtleties in the world around me and a tendency to get overstimulated with too much noise, too much time pressure, too fast of a lifestyle pace – it all made so much sense. I was so relieved to learn that my way of being (since childhood) was perfectly normal for highly sensitive people. I immediately wanted to meet others like me, so launched a local group and held monthly gatherings in my home. I had no idea that those small group connections would lead me to launch a coaching business, Perceptive Souls, which now touches thousands of sensitive souls every year with live workshops, sharing circles and online learning. There is nothing more healing for an HSP than meeting other like-minded people, understanding their unique gifts and using those gifts to make a difference in our world.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’ve been a entrepreneur for 5 1/2 years now, it’s been an amazing journey. Other than my personal relationships, nothing has taught me more about myself, others and life than running a conscious, spiritual business. The early years were really challenging, as I straddled a 60-hour/week ‘day job’ while slowly building my coaching business and online community. There were multiple times when I thought, maybe I should just quit and do the 9-5. But I kept getting up, challenging myself to step beyond my comfort zone, because I could see the shifts my clients were experiencing in their lives. Success is when a client no longer needs me, they are fully empowered. Almost every day is my best day at work (what I call sacred play). Yet, the day I tendered my letter of resignation and decided to commit my entire time and energy to this soul mission, tops them all. My second best day was when I was invited to host an annual global summit for sensitive people that now has reached 60,000 people from 105 countries. Not bad for a former hermit and strong introvert. Perceptive Souls is not just my business name, it encapsulates who I am. Deeply reflective, tuned-in, huge-hearted, visionary, soulful, with my spiritual path at the centerpiece of my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Prior the quarantine, I was pretty active in the DFW community. I’ve lived in Grapevine, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Arlington and Plano. Each part of the Metroplex has its own unique culture and quirks. I’ve taken friends and family who’ve visited to the Gaylord Texan, the Dallas World Aquarium, Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (I love nature and animals). As far as restaurants, I feel so privileged to live in an area where you can literally find any type of meal, from any country, you wish. DFW was known for its great live music, I hope we will be able to get back to that again soon.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve been grateful to have so many amazing mentors and helpers throughout my life, but I credit Elaine Aron, Ph.D., the author of the best-selling book, ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ with providing that light bulb moment which created a turning point in my life. Her own personal exploration and curiosity became a movement for the 20% of human beings who are born with a brain and central nervous system more responsive to environmental stimuli. Elaine’s dedication to spreading the message that sensitive people are an asset to our world is a message I strive to carry forward on a daily basis through my own work.
Other: My online community: www.1MillionEmpaths.com
Photographer credit: Ana Lanier Portraits