Claudia Wyatt has been coaching high-performing teams for over 20 years. She is a natural leader. Always the observer, she sees the true potential cloaked beneath the surface. She can motivate anyone to stand in their light and thrive in all aspects of their lives.
She started her own company, Claudia Wyatt Coaching, LLC., she uses her powers for good to inspire and empower people to believe in themselves. Ignited by imagination, confidence, and self-care. As a certified Confidence and Life Purpose Coach, she eliminates doubt by working with mindset strategy to dig deep to break the chains and breakthrough.
She is unmatched in bringing out the best in people; allowing a safe space for people to unlock the light inside them. Her new program The Walkabout Method explores your journey to take Action on your dreams. By Following Your Inner Compass.
Claudia’s magnetic energy and contagious enthusiasm make her a fabulous speaker. Her mind works like lightning making her a key player in all conversations. She has done many podcasts including Be Strong 99, The Creative Woman Leader Podcast, Pep Talk with Tisha Hammond, and The Kore Women Leaders Podcast.
She leads a weekly interactive conversation on XXO Connect, guiding amazing people through self-care practices to gain limitless perspective and shine!
With over 20 years in the wellness industry, she practices what she preaches.
Ever the Storyteller, Claudia is deeply passionate about words. Anyone who gets her to play with words is in for a big surprise. She has a weekly motivational blog on her website www.claudiawyatt.com and a book in the works.
Claudia’s magnetic energy is contagious! Get ready she will have you fired up and on your feet in seconds. Embrace Your Authentic Self and Follow Your Inner Compass.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Claudia Wyatt: I have been coaching people my entire life, without always knowing that was what I was doing. I have been in a leadership role in every job I have ever had. I love helping people step into their power! I started my company after some deep diving into myself. I overcome a toxic relationship that left me in Zombie mode for a long time. Doing the Inner work was a game-changer for me. I wanted to help people reclaim their power and become the person they were meant to be. It’d be a lot harder to do on your own.
Why not have an enthusiastic Ignitor by your side on your journey. I live for self-care. I have been in the wellness industry for over 20 years as a director and an Esthetician. Self-care is one of the pillars of my company. Speaking came easily for me and I found a love for it at a young age. I come alive on stage and at events. Discovering the virtual stage has been an incredible experience. I love doing podcasts! My writing is a part of my heart and soul.
It was actually the first stepping stone to launching my company. I was writing my heart out. It was connecting me to so many amazing people. It is a pivotal part of my journey. It allows me to connect with people in a magnificent way.
My company Claudia Wyatt Coaching, LLC. is a coaching, speaking, and writing business. I have one-on-one, group, and team coaching methods for anyone looking to find clarity, freedom, alignment and discover their dreams and actually execute an obtainable plan of action. I speak for companies and events. Virtually and in person. My energy is on a whole other level when I’m speaking. I write for publications, blogs, and magazines. My writing comes from my heart and from all the experiences I have had in business and in life.
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Claudia Wyatt: I know a lot of people had difficulty navigating business and life during the pandemic. I was given a gift I had been asking for, for years. Time. I never had enough time. I was always burning the candle at both ends, as my mother would say.
2020 gave me time to reconnect with myself and align with my true purpose.
I took the time to dig deep into my own patterns, discover what I really wanted, and executed that plan, personally and professionally. I did so many things I have never done.
I joined social media. I know late to the party. I found an incredible virtual world of knowledge, phenomenal people, and epic experiences. I was spotlighted several times by numerous professionals. I wrote an article for a blog. I did my first podcast. Which lead to many more. Grateful!
I built my own website which you should know I am not a tech person. I am very proud of it! I launch my own business. My advice, lean into the unknown. Try as many new things as possible. Connect with people from all industries, cities, states, and countries. Put yourself out there. Do it for you. Grow and learn from your experiences and missteps. Enjoy the journey. When you look back on how far you have come, you will be amazed and proud of yourself.
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Claudia Wyatt: Focus on your niche. The world is full of people and companies that do what you do. There is only one you. You do it your way. Lean into that. That is what makes you special. Don’t try to be the same as everyone else. Don’t jump on a bandwagon because you think you have to. Follow your intuition. Your compass will guide you in the direction you need to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance. Having supportive professionals in your life is a huge help when tackling change.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Claudia Wyatt: Virtual is big time. Virtual meetings, consults, events. This is something that turned out to be very cool. I have clients, colleagues, and friends all over the world. It has made it easier to connect with people in the blink of an eye. As much as I love being in person. I can accomplish a lot more by being Virtual. I can have a conversation with someone in Canada at 9 am. 10 am New York, 12pm California. 1 pm England. Even into the evening with a 7 pm in Bali. Even if I was on a plane, I couldn’t hit all those places in one day.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Claudia Wyatt: I wish I knew it was going to get that bad. All I can say is I will live my life to the fullest. When things you took for granted are taken away from you, you have a different appreciation for the lack their of. I am grateful that I get the chance every day to live my life. I won’t take that for granted.
Family, friends, travel, events. Living every day like it’s your last takes on a whole new meaning when you have seen how much loss everyone experienced.
I want to help as many people as I can live their best life. Instead of waiting for something to happen.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Claudia Wyatt: I believe they will still continue to serve a purpose. The ability to connect and conduct virtually is an asset. I see people to people becoming a more honored and special experience that we didn’t see before. In-person anything will hold a.special feeling of joy and connection.
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Claudia Wyatt: It depends on the day. I do work four different avenues. When I have my executive director hat on, of an on 3 to 4 hours a day, When I have my Esthetician hat on zero.
When I am coaching virtually it could be 4-8 hours. Podcasts that another 30 to 90 minutes. Conferences, that depends if I’m speaking or watching. It just depends on what is in the cards for that day. I do take breaks. I go for walks, meditate, stretch. I need to move around. I’m high energy. I can’t sit all day.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Claudia Wyatt: I do my best to relate to anyone I am working with. I share experiences and my own vulnerability. I connect with people by understanding what they have or are going through. I use my experiences to show them the way through it. If it’s something I haven’t experienced. I Listen. Sometimes that is more important than anything. I actually care about people. I want them to know they have my support.
I will give my all to help them. I make sure on a regular basis that they know they are appreciated. I am a big believer in speaking freely. I want to know what they think. They have ideas and feelings. They are important. I make sure I tell them. They don’t work for me, they work with me. When I’m coaching them, I remind them it’s their journey. It will look different than mine. It’s supposed to. They will find their path, their idea and I will be there to help.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Claudia Wyatt: Old ways of thinking. Just doing it because it has always been done is not going to work. We have to be able to adapt to change. Micromanaging is not going to work anymore. Tyrant leadership is a thing of the past. If you have a bad culture and or you don’t treat your people well, they will leave you. People have realized life is too short to be mistreated. That is true for all aspects of life and all relationships. People are done putting up with it. They want to be seen and heard. That also goes for teams with negative people in their group. They are not putting up with the person that is not pulling their own weight anymore. Bad behavior on all counts will no longer be accepted or ignored.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Claudia Wyatt: I love learning new things. It lights me up. I am currently researching online programs. I can always use more knowledge on anything social media. It changes so rapidly. I have a few more certifications I’m going to take for my coaching. Marketing is always another area to continue your learning. Growth is important to me in all aspects of my life.
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Claudia Wyatt: I’m sure many leaders do. It isn’t always easy to look at the mirror. It can’t always be everyone’s fault, but you’re. It’s something that definitely needs attention. If you don’t allow your team to give you honest feedback, you are part of the problem. If you the leader you have to be willing to dig deep into your own issues before you lose your people. If you don’t care if you lose them, you are in the wrong business. Gone are the days that it is accepted that the leader doesn’t care.
These people are bleeding for your company every day. They are fueling your dreams, your mission. It’s about time we treat them like it. They are giving up nights, weekends holidays to run your business. If you are not there with them, your actions are speaking louder than your words. Time to reevaluate. People put up with behaviors they wouldn’t tolerate in their personal relationships. Why? Because they are getting paid. Not acceptable! Happy to help with that.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Claudia Wyatt: Wow, great questions. The ability to be in multiple places at once. Would be pretty cool. I am multitasker. That would definitely be leveling up. As long as it strengthened the connection because I could be with multiple people at the same time without sacrificing the one on one connection.
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Claudia Wyatt: Balance and alignment. Being able to do what I love personally and professionally means the world to me. I won’t sacrifice my core values, boundaries, or self-care. Anything or anyone that doesn’t align with that is not for me. I have been out of balance in my life before at the cost of myself for others. I won’t do that again. Lesson learned the hard way, several times.
I will always show up as me everyday. Authentic me. I fought hard to be myself for myself. I won’t break that promise for anything. That is success to me. The right people and opportunities will align with me because they are meant to. That is what success is for me.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Claudia Wyatt for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Claudia Wyatt or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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