In my prior career, I learned a lot about business and career development by being in professional sales for 15 years. I worked for companies in many different industries that ranged in size from 20 employees to a few thousand. After working for many start-up companies where they didn’t always succeed, I learned a lot about what makes a company successful versus one that isn’t.
Being part of a team that was trying to build a company from the ground up was hard work and yet was exciting and challenging. I learned what it was like to wear many different hats as an executive assistant while working in the entertainment industry to becoming an outside sales professional at various software and technology companies. From working in these different environments I had to learn how to interact and create mutually beneficial relationship with people in other departments such as research and development, marketing, legal, and technical support.
Being in sales was also a great training ground to learn how to speak in front of an audience and be comfortable with public speaking. I would be doing presentations sometimes in front of a small audience of five in a conference room all the way up to over two hundred people at trade shows and conferences regarding the products I was selling and representing.
Before becoming a certified coach, I also studied acting for eight years. I performed in short films, and in the theatre, increasing my capacity and range of dramatic as well as comedic work. During that time I also learned how to write monologues, scenes and dialogue between characters that would ultimately be performed by actors.
I’ve worked with elementary school kids and adults on the subjects of improving their reading speed and information recall, spelling, and vocabulary. I myself have a love for the English language and words, as I’m fascinated by how we communicate. I also love working with those of any age on their motivation for what they are doing and why it might be important to them. When people discover an easier way to do things, their confidence goes up and having self-esteem leads to self-mastery.
I also think it’s important to have creative outlets whether it’s expressing a creative talent as a career opportunity or doing it as a hobby. One of my passions is cooking. I had the pleasure of working with the Chef at the Culinary Classroom in West L.A. for over a year and took a six-month chef I program. I mostly cook at home and love discovering new recipes as well as figuring out ways I can alter them to my taste.
What also fulfills me is volunteering. I am a Founding Facilitator for a program called The World Academy for the Future of Women. I taught for 6 weeks in China where the program was piloted where I worked with the 75 participants on how to do “Powerful Presentations.” During that time there was also a two-day Women’s Symposium where I gave a speech to two different groups on how to create future memories. I coached the college students on writing their speech, editing their English, and how to deliver their presentations while engaging their audience.
I once heard a quote about how we are each other’s students AND each other’s teachers. Even though I have done educational sales, graduated from college, facilitated workshops and coached clients, above all, I myself am constantly learning. I see each new experience as an opportunity to grow and expand my own capacities from each new person I meet and work with. Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to meeting you!
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