Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Preeti Subberwal - Transformational Coach, Founding Director at Thoughtful Engagement

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/entrepreneurship?

As long as I can remember, I was inclined towards anything that could make a difference in the quality of our life. However, I had never considered taking up coaching or training as a profession. A series of triggers started happening since the year 2010 to make me realize the purpose of my life. I got various messages from the universe in many forms and it made me reflect deeply on my profession at that time (I was a Senior Manager in a Telecom Software company).

I strongly believe in the holistic approach to well-being and leadership that promotes mind, body and spirit unification. My quest in this lifetime is how I can accelerate my evolutionary growth and work towards self-mastery in all the four dimensions (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) in a way that I inspire and support others to do so. With this vision, I quit my job and founded my company – ‘Thoughtful Engagement’ - to provide a platform to people who are willing to thoughtfully engage with people at large to make a positive difference in their life.

Though I took a lot of detours between realizing my inner calling and pursuing coaching as a career, ultimately, it has brought me the personal and professional fulfilment that is beyond words can express.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

Thoughtful Engagement facilitates transformational leadership in individuals and organizations through powerful workshops, seminars and coaching programs in the following areas:

• Personal Development and Empowerment

• Sales, Persuasion and Influence

• Leadership and Managerial Excellence

• Collaboration and Interpersonal Effectiveness

• Stress Management and Work-life Balance

• Holistic Pregnancy and Well-being

Our mission is to illuminate the lives of people in a way that they are empowered to attain their next level of success, happiness and fulfilment in their lives.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

I was preparing myself for a few years before I finally set up my own venture. I got some experience in coaching and training, did some international certifications and planned the finances accordingly. No matter how much you prepare yourself, entrepreneurship is much tougher than you can imagine. There are times when you feel so overwhelmed and under-prepared that you tend to forget why you even embarked on this journey in the first place.

For creating a profitable and sustainable business, I realized that many things need to be taken care of like - getting my company registered, raising the capital for my startup, forming my team and finding my alliance partners, lead generation, converting leads into business, marketing my services, working on my online presence, understanding the competition, wring and publishing my book and then there are always some unforeseen business challenges and expenses also.

The list is endless and it takes a lot of time and efforts to understand the workings of a new industry and to have your first few customers in place.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Your determination is tested at every step and it becomes difficult to stay focused when you face one challenge after the other. However, if you are in touch with your source of inspiration, it gives you the inner strength to persevere. I realized that I need to understand the pain points of my prospects and customers and focus on how I can create enormous value for them. And instead of seeking support outside, I had to be in the trenches myself to determine what steps I need to take to hit profitability.

I took up every opportunity with zeal that came on my way whether it was a book reading session, speaking, or a small workshop opportunity. Instead of getting bogged down by disappointments in the early months, I kept renewing my determination with even a greater force and focussed on the learnings.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

I was able to launch two world class websites, trademarked my own coaching model, collaborated with a few people with vast experience in this industry and successfully launched the first designer self-help book of India – ‘Life Mantras by a Life Coach’.

I started conducting various types of workshops in corporates with a ‘Holistic Leadership’ theme. I got overwhelming feedback from my clients and the participants of my corporate workshops and the word of mouth started generating more work. I didn’t restrict myself to corporates and got the training opportunities in government and public sector organizations. I also tied up with some wellness centres and hospitals for coaching their patients on psychological and spiritual aspects.

I became one of the pioneers in India as a Holistic Pregnancy coach, and this is something very close to my heart. I feel, the kind of transformation, I want to bring in the society, has to be started from the womb itself.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

I plan to expand overseas as a coach and intend to collaborate with some great international leaders in this industry. As a Holistic Leadership Coach, I will continue to support organizations in accelerating their leadership development and elevating their performance and productivity.

And as a Holistic pregnancy coach, I will tie up with various hospitals and clinics. I will continue to support women in making them realize and embrace their missions as expecting mothers so that they take complete responsibility of the souls entrusted to their care.

I am passionately committed to write many self-mastery books in the times to come. I will also be launching my DVDs and mobile apps to create immense value for the people across the world.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

My advice to the new entrepreneurs would be to be true to your vision, values and beliefs no matter how many hardships that you face. Keep upgrading your mindset, skillset and toolset so that you are able to constantly improve the quality of your deliverables. Focus more on building your credibility than on your visibility.

And always trust your gut feeling and seek the answers inside instead of believing what other people tell you about what works and what doesn’t work in business.

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