When you have a positive impact on a client and open new doors … best feeling!
In late August, I coached a young professional in preparation for her first ever international trip – a 10-week work assignment in Taiwan. Introverted, cautious, self-declared foodie, not wanting to turn down a unique offer to support the company’s team in Taiwan for 2.5 months. We spent 8 hours together to explore communication style differences between American and Taiwanese culture, different beliefs and traditions based on the two countries’ history and social norms, sights to see, food, workplace etiquette, and the emotional stress of culture adaptation.
She just got back and sent me a long email.
Yes, she became homesick after 4 weeks as expected but the practical tools and awareness of what restores her energies and effective self-care practices enabled her to work through it and still enjoy her unfamiliar environment. She discovered new favorite foods, boosted her self-esteem with solo excursions, made new friends and thanked me for preparing her so thoroughly for the trip that showed her how beautiful and diverse the world is and that also awakened her desire to explore more now that she is back in the U.S. She feels more confident, stronger and more capable through this experience.
She was an exceptional, bright and motivated client, who was willing to stretch and step into the unknown. I feel honored to have supported her and she is ready to think bigger and explore more!
Two missions accomplished!