Going back to school to play and experiment may not be the only way to find that Aha moment in helping you to come up with a career or business idea. To help people identify a goal and stay on track to obtain it, like elite athletes, people are turning to coaching to help them obtain quick wins or achieve long term dreams in life, career or business.
However, what makes someone become a business and/or life coach? What was their light bulb moment that spurred them on to set up their own coaching business? What qualities do you need to be a successful one? Pegguy Jochel, CEO of Vikality shares her entrepreneurial journey on how she did a mid career change from being an international business career to becoming an international business and life coach. Read her story below.
1) Tell me about your business?
Vikality is an agency which provides coaching, training and consultancy for Small and Medium Businesses. It helps businesses strategize and grow to meet their every day projects and targets, maneuvering through changes to identify, detect and direct their talents in specific areas, inspiring growth.
I am based in France with an international reach. My clients are based in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean !
2) When and why did you set it up?
My intuition told me that things were changing in the corporate landscape. I noticed a shift where many people wanted to be independent, and be their own bosses.
It is a process that started 3 years ago, whilst employed in my previous job as an executive manager. I realized that businesses and people needed external guidance to achieve their goals: being autonomous, responsible and trusted.
3) Where did you get your business idea from?
I read this quote from the writer Toni Morrison : “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Also, I met the writer Leonora Miano, a few years ago and she inspired me to start my journey by asking: What is your reason to get out of your bed?
These quotes and questions allowed me to reflect and do some serious researching, and I came up with The Answer : Vikality !
Vikality means : Vitality, Energy and Quality, the main ingredients for success !
4) How did you set up your business?
First, I created a name VIKALITY and I went through the necessary steps to protect it.
Then, I started to put together a wonderful team: web designer, accountant, bank manager, community manager, photographers, coaches and a couple of other experts within the field.
5) What problems did you encounter? How did you overcome them?
Some of the people who are close to me were very afraid or sceptical about my project, because being an independent is the road less traveled.
As I moved forward with my decision, I started putting the pieces of the puzzle in place, and they eventually accepted that I had made the right decision, to pursue the path of becoming my own boss.
They are no problems, only solutions !
When I encounter obstacles, I embrace the challenge and I work my way through them !
6) What 3 skills have you utilized and developed in setting up and running your business?
- Active listening: to be fully interested in what people are saying and what they are looking for, or what they are expecting for their businesses
- Rigorous: to be meticulous in my work, my strategy, forecasting and planning
- Leadership: How I interact with people, the way I lead my team, so that we build together. Making all parties involved, feel assured.
7) What 3 pieces of tech or resources could you not live without that help organize and manage your day/time?
My Iphone, Mac Book Pro and Social Media
8) What have been the benefits to you in running your own business?
I was looking for MY Ikigaï !!
Following Wikipedia’s description, Ikigaï (Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai])) is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one's life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
What it means to me is: I am doing something I am good at, something I love, something the world needs, and last but not least, something I am paid for.
Other benefits I would like to add are freedom and flexibility, which allows me to use my power to its fullest potential !
Using my energy
for the betterment of myself and others: What’s the
benefit of a gift if you don’t share it ?
9) What has been your proudest business achievement so far?
In the process of setting up my business, simultaneously I was studying during the lockdown and I passed my exam to be a Certified Professional Coach. My exam gave me the equivalent of a Masters degree, which I am very proud of.
Additionally, I am proud of the creation of my website! I wanted to have it ready by September 2020 and we achieved that goal ! Now, everything’s up and running perfectly !
10) In hindsight, what one piece of advice do you wish someone gave you when you started out in business?
First, don’t tell too many people what you are about to do, because they might derail you with their own fears.
Don’t publicize what you are about to do, until the mission has been completed !!!
Another point, get some expertise in the different areas needed for your business: It’s important to have an idea of what it’s all about. This will give you the understanding how things work and will give your clients and business partners confidence to assure them that you are an engaged professional.
11) What is your vision and ambition for your business?
My ambition is to create an agency big enough to have an efficient team, to make professional coaching accessible for everybody.
And to become the leader of Professional Coaching for Small and Medium Businesses all over the world !
Want to know more?
Vikality is the future leader of Professional Coaching for Small and Medium Businesses, ironing out the kinks and creases of everyday challenges within your company.
By amplifying your strengths, identifying your most talented employees, developing strategies for growth, you will be a step ahead of your competitors.
The best investment you can make in your business, is to make an appointment with us.
Are you ready to face the challenges of the future?
You can trust the agency Vikality to get you there.
Confidentiality, Professionalism, Reliability, Efficiency and Communication, are the key components that Vikality will give you to have long lasting success.
That’s what Vikality is about.
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