Today we’re excited to introduce you to Andrea Beaulieu. Andrea is a Speaking and Authentic Leadership Coach and Trainer, Positive Intelligence® Coach Speaker, Singer/Songwriter and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Andrea below.
Hi Andrea, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
Greetings! I am Andrea Beaulieu, a speech, authentic leadership, and Positive Intelligence® coach, consultant and speaker/trainer serving executives, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, mission-driven leaders, artists and dreamers. I work with professional, growth-minded individuals and teams who are ready to be all in and have fun while discovering and learning to express their authentic voice through fearless speaking, heartfelt communication, and the creative discovery of new opportunities that give rise to genuine meaning, purpose and clear-minded action!
Can you walk us through how someone can think about whether coaching is right for them?
Coaching involves a partnership between a coach and client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximize their personal and professional potential. It is client-driven and focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Coaching is a wonderful option when you want to discover or clarify your next steps by encouraging client self-discovery, eliciting client-generated solutions and strategies, and providing that touchstone for accountability. Specifically, consider coaching if . . . You have a vision you want to bring to fruition and you feel stuck. You are an executive who wants to share an inspiring message and need to know what’s getting in your way. You lead a team of talented, mission-driven professionals and want to create an environment that is both productive and fun, and it’s not happening . . . yet. You want to feel less stress, more peace and more consistent happiness, even in tough times. You want to handle conflicts in ways that deepen trust and harmony.
Why speak? What’s the value of learning the art and science of public speaking to your personal and professional life?
Public speaking is one of the most powerful choices you can make to spread your message to the world, garner support for a cause dear to your heart, grow your business, and influence your clients, employees and stakeholders. It is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. If you want to increase your influence, elevate your visibility or establish your expertise, you want to speak. If you need to empower your leadership to share your organization’s message with clients, donors or team members, or position your team as experts at workshops, conferences or community events, you need to speak. When you learn to speak, you improve your communication overall because you learn to get clear on your core message and deliver it in a way that meets the information and inspirational needs of your audience, be that one person or one thousand. And if, like almost every person on the planet, you experience nervousness or stage fright, learning to move through that and speak with confidence opens the door to peace and confidence in other areas of your life!
How can you share an opinion from your authentic voice without putting your foot in it?
The first and most important step is to speak from what you want to create, not what you don’t. Your authentic voice is grounded in your Sage brain — that part of your brain that is wired to be empathetic and innovative. By connecting with that part of your brain, you can communicate in a way that creates connection and understanding. When you’re dealing with a conflict with a coworker, friend or family member, here’s a four-step process from Nonviolent Communication you can use to share your experience from your authentic voice without putting your foot in it! 1. Acknowledge your relationship and speak to what you observe – what are the facts. 2. Share what you feel as a result. 3. Say what you need (not what the other person should do) — what you want to create. 4. Make a request. For example, if someone is regularly late for appointments and that bothers you, you might address it this way: 1. I really care about our friendship and I notice that you routinely arrive 10 to 15 minutes after the time we’ve agreed upon. 2. When that happens, I feel frustrated because I value my time and yours and want to meet at our agreed upon time. To me, this is an act of respect. I get angry and resentful and I don’t want to feel that way about you. 3. I need to make a change around this. I can change my habit and show up later — be more casual — if that’s what needs to happen. 4. My preference would be that you meet at our agreed upon time. Is that something you’d be willing to do?
What is mental fitness and how can it improve your life?
Mental Fitness is your capacity to meet life’s challenges with a positive rather than negative mindset. When you are mentally fit, you can meet life’s challenges without mental stress or other negative emotions and determine the best path forward! You decrease the crazy-making voices in your head that cause shame, guilt and unhappiness. You perform better while working less hard. You feel less stress, more peace, and more consistent happiness, even in tough times, and you improve business and personal relationships and are able to handle conflicts in ways that deepen trust and harmony.
Is there a formula to creating something you really want and if so, what is it?
Yes! In my book, “Finding Your Authentic Voice, Seven Practices to Free the Real You and Experience Love, Happiness, and Fulfillment,” I’ve outlined a path to access your intuitive Sage mind to create new opportunities. They are: 1. Get into the present. 2. Know what you want to create or express. 3. Ask yourself how you feel and let yourself feel it. 4. Look at and accept “what is” to find your place of peace. 5. Shift out of normal to experience new possibilities. 6. Pay attention to what happens within and without. 7. Move with the energy that brings you joy. Each of these practices comes with specific tools to move you through this journey to your desired destination!
Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
Absolutely — thank you! Please visit my website, www.AndreaBeaulieu.com, and while there you can sign up to be part of my email community and receive regular informative short videos and articles. You can also contact me at Andrea@AndreaBeaulieu.com and look me up on Linked In at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabeaulieu/
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