Monday, September 8, 2014

Malti Bhojwani - Professional Life Coach, Author, Facilitator, Speaker

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

My personal challenges led to seeking out trainings and programs to help build self awareness. I had been through a breakdown in my marriage, financial struggles, being a young mum in Australia, it was hard. I was also really fat and unhealthy and when I started looking for ways out of my own rut, I discovered my talent and purpose was to help others do the same - that is around when the ICF was recently established and courses to become professional coaches were coming up globally.

This in turn has become the backbone of my career now, where my current focus is in professional phone coaching and in LIVE intense self-awareness and communication workshops.

I was and still am inspired by Oprah Winfrey and someday would like to have a show like hers, where I create a platform to teachers, authors, philosophers to come together and speak to an audience who trusts me.

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

Facilitator - * Intensive LIVE workshops for pretty senior employees or entrepreneurs who are looking for a deeper level of self awareness and  to hone their already good communication skills. These are usually conducted internally by corporations or for specific groups by organisations.

Professional Life Coach - * Professional Coaching packages carried out by phone/Skype usually over a period of 3 months where my clients and I design and co-create the way forward towards them achieving their goals. Personal and Professional.

Author - * Books - I have authored 4 books on self Awareness and personal growth, 1 of which has been translated into Malay - Indonesian. And developed an Audio Programs. 2 more books are to be released later this year and 2 more are scheduled for late 2015. I am in conversations for several other co-authorship's and a fiction novel as well (but that will have to wait) I also write for the TOI every week and speak to audiences all over the world.

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

Without sounding preachy or cliche, there is no growth without challenges. I often was thrown in the deep end and my attitude has always been to say yes. I am lucky that my Faith has brought about the “can-do” attitude, I know I will be able to do it, it is just a matter of will I be willing to pay the prices and so I made a commitment to never give up.

Challenges are still many, striking a balance between authenticity and also delivering what the market desires was one. I have found a way to be true to myself and yet create compelling offers that keep the business growing.

Another challenge I faced is being recognised as experienced when I did not have any first hand corporate experience myself, I don’t look my age and sometimes, I feel the need to keep asserting that I am experienced and well trained.

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

I have learnt to name the elephant in the room, rather than pretend it does not exist, calling it out even when I am feeling uncomfortable sometimes. This tool has helped me overcome many challenges and helped me to drop my ego, look for help and get it!

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

I think growth and awareness is about seeing your own limitations, and the gap between your desire and where you are, then seeing that most of them are self-imposed cages (beliefs) finding the guts to experience discomfort and be willing to put in a lot of effort and work, then coming out on the other side already stretched where it now feels effortless.

So I felt I had to stretch myself a lot, push myself beyond what I was comfortable doing and then through practice and repetition it became second nature. I am in a constant teeter between experiment and discovery, just like inhaling and exhaling. Every time I think I’m out, I find myself going into another opportunity (challenge) :)

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

- Spread the Intensive Self Awareness Workshops internationally and have Residential retreats several times a year as well

- Write a Fictional Novel

- Have a TV show eventually which will be a platform for International speakers, healers, light workers, teachers….

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

- Get rid of the safety net...AFTER you have put in the time, effort and energy to truly tighten your own capabilities. Your biggest obstacle will be your own self doubt so do everything you need to AND more... to ensure that you will have evidence of your adequacy, so you believe that you ARE good enough, once you get there, then get rid of safety nets and go for it. If you never stop, you will never fail. Resilience. Be clear about the overall direction of your goal and flexible in the hundreds of ways you may need to try and experiment with to get there.

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