I completed my intake in September 2010 – so yes – I’ve been around a while! It was back in the old building, by the railway line. If memory serves I found TCI through an ad in the paper – so old school! They had to send me everything they had though and endure many phone calls before I believed they might just be real. In a leap of faith I flew over from Perth, having only enrolled in Cert 4 ‘just in case’.
Intake was amazing – and I met some awesome people. Just to know I wasn’t alone on my quest was the best thing. This was all in the days before Facebook too - so sorting out triads and staying in touch was just a little more challenging. It would also be 12 months before I met another TCI student from Perth.
I have a background in Banking, Recruitment and Training. Corporate life allowed for mere glimpses into the world of Personal Development. I therefore completed a lot of training in my own time – but as we all discover – the more we know, the more we realise what we do not know. It’s endless!
I loved working for the Bank. I loved the uniform – the people – the customers. I was so proud to be a part of something so big. I thought they loved me too – but when corporate restructures happen – you can still get shown the door. So I took my big fat redundancy cheque and spent the following year completing a Diploma of Health Science – majoring in Beauty Therapy. I thought this was the way I’d connect with people. Whilst I loved the experience - it wasn’t enough. I was headhunted by a recruitment firm and after graduating – I went to work for them instead on contracts in Telecommunications, IT, Government, Sales Recruitment and Banking. I’ve also been an active partner in our family business which marks 20 years trading next year.
The one thing I kept observing though – was a lack of interpersonal skills – a lack of direction and drive amongst those I worked with and for. The wheels kept turning but that was it. Time passed. I sometimes felt it was a curse to know better. To know there was more – to want more. I didn’t just want more for myself though – I wanted more for everyone!
For me – I saw TCI and the whole ‘coaching thing’ as a way to learn, share and make a difference whilst developing my own business so that I could really immerse myself in this world. It made sense.
Life happened along the way though – my new found enthusiasm for life saw me have a baby at 39 years of age – right in the middle of my training. Great lesson there on behavioural flexibility! The third person I called when I found out I was pregnant was at TCI. I had to schedule my Advanced Skills Weekend and NLP before I got too pregnant to fly. Priorities people!!!!
So I had a slower start than anticipated – I had a baby – another business to run and I wasn’t following the advice of my peers. I was making it harder than it had to be.
This year I started to follow the plan. I networked strategically – worked with a coach – followed up on leads – ran webinars – spoke/presented anywhere I could - had great conversations and shared what I had to share, especially after completing Meta II. I accepted feedback graciously and learnt from set backs. In fact I welcomed them! I also gave back and contributed to my community. I listened.
My business name is ‘Modern Etiquette’ – get noticed for all the right reasons! I work with my clients to achieve clear, confident and charismatic communication – of their brand and their personality. This niche enables me to utilise my coaching, NLP, Meta, ESIP Profiling tools and my past experience! Big learning for me – don’t write off your life experiences. They got you to where you are. I embrace my corporate past and readily use what I learned in the Beauty Industry and am also completing a Diploma of Styling. My clients want personal branding awareness- and they need a level of self awareness too.
I have had paying clients for the past few years – but I am particularly proud of what I have done this year. From the school Mum I work with who found out what I did whilst googling for my phone number to tell me her kids had a late lunch order (I’m P&C President) to the trainings I run for the Perth team of an international Beauty brand. I’m coaching team leaders within a franchise business and am about to release details of a joint venture I have developed with an online branding strategists aimed at delivering an entire branding package to the market. I have my first corporate contract starting in January – which came about by following up on a casual conversation with the owner. I have also been invited to present at a highly regarded networking event in January – on ‘First Impressions’ – and I can’t wait. One on one coaching though is still a gift and I am always grateful for the opportunity to serve my clients.
This coming year will see my business expand as I attract clients eager to experience a little ‘Modern Etiquette’. I will be doing more presenting, group work and joint ventures – and I am working on raising my profile within the niche of personal branding. Having worked with a blog coach recently – my blog launches in January and maybe I’ll finish my book. I have a voice and TCI has helped me find it.
I attribute my success to finally doing the do. I have all my balls up in the air along with the spinning plates - and that’s great. If one drops, I have others. Keep moving and follow up! Value your time – be strategic yet genuine as you build your networks. Say yes because you can figure out how. Call the WOW team – they really do want to hear form you.
I also believe you need to know what you have to offer and how this translates to the needs of your avatar. If you are unsure – work with a coach. The time and energy you save is well worth the money you invest.
Go forth and rock your world!