#YesSheCan spoke to Louise Hallam who has changed career paths and is now a coach and mentor. She gives some great career advice!
Tell us about your career
I worked in a corporate job for 25 years specialising in leadership development. I always felt like I was meant to be doing something else and in 2017 I trained as a meditation teacher. I then met a spiritual mentor who connected me back to my true purpose with ancient wisdom. Now I work for myself empowering ambitious women leaders to inspire change, get clarity on their purpose & achieve goals with confidence & certainty, I have also recently started to channel lessons in conscious leadership for leading in a new paradigm.
My typical day
I spend time connecting with people who I can help and getting more exposure for my business. I might write blogs, do public speaking, networking, working with clients and writing content.
Why did you choose this industry?
Im not sure I chose the industry, I think that it chose me! I knew that I was really meant to be helping people with challenges about reaching their true potential. It was just working out where I fitted into it all.
What challenges have you faced along the way and how did you overcome them?
It was difficult going from being employed to being self-employed. It was a very big learning curve. You can be isolated and you have to able to stay motivated. I’ve learnt lots of new skills and I’ve asked for help when I’ve needed it. It’s also important to surround yourself with people who are on the same journey and who can offer moral support when you need it.
It can be difficult to keep going in the early stages of a business, especially when you are trying to get established. I think remembering that you are going to help people and that it’s not about you, it’s about all the people that you need to reach. It keeps you going, puts things in perspective and makes you determined to succeed.
What really motivates you?
Reducing the amount of stress that people feel at work really motivates me. We have been conditioned to push ourselves harder and harder. We always feel like we have failed. We were born with all the gifts, skills and talents that we need. It is possible to live more simply and do less and still be successful. It just asks for a different way of being, thinking and doing.
Knowing that I am giving people the opportunity to do the thing that lights them up, that they are passionate about. It’s the realisation for people that they are in or out of alignment with their true potential, which is so satisfying for me that makes me determined to reach more women who I can help.
Seeing the difference I can make in peoples lifes and being able to have a good work-life blend really motivates me.
What’s great and not so great about being a female in your role?
Meeting like minded women who are strong role models and who have the same kind of determination to make a difference is great and hugely inspiring!
Ive not suffered detrimentally at all for being a female in my role, I have worked in some male dominated industries, but have been lucky enough to have been given great opportunities along the way.
What have been your biggest achievements and lessons along the way?
Setting up a business with no experience and taking that leap of faith not knowing how it would turn out.
You have to learn to pick yourself up when you think things aren’t going well as good things are always just a step away. You must treat each day as a new opportunity to make a difference. It’s ok to admit that you are vulnerable and make mistakes – we all do.
What key pieces of advice would you give to females aspiring to progress?
- Always go with your heart and instinct not your head.
- If you have a dream, go for it and don’t let anything get in your way.
- Fear is just an illusion and can be overcome with love.
- Live as much as possible in the present moment.
- Get a breadth of experience, not just in the area that you are interested in.
- Have more confidence and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of you.
One of the most valuable experiences for me was as a management trainee seeing how all the departments worked. It meant I was able to relate to all of the people that worked there.
Are businesses doing enough to support women and what else could be done?
I think generally businesses are doing enough, but, it is still more difficult the more senior you get. Support for ambitious women could be improved to get them where they want to be.
I think making connections and building relationships are key. Get a good mentor, someone who is in a position where you want to be. Learn as much as you can from them, businesses could really help facilitate mentorships.
Is there one female that has really inspired you?
I have a friend who offered me great advice at difficult times in my life and who has been a very wise influence on my life. She has been like a mum to me when my own mum has found it difficult due to her mental illness.
Is there anything further you would like to add?
I wouldn’t have achieved as much as I have if I hadn’t taken risks and made myself feel uncomfortable. I have expanded what I was thought was possible for myself and not placed limitations on what I can achieve. Achieve what seems impossible.
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