Meet Naomi Saint Germain, a coach, and consultant for women. Her main clients are women in leadership and entrepreneurs. After 12 years of working in the hospitality industry, she found herself burnt out, unfulfilled, and needing a change. Though she had worked her way through successful leadership positions, she often found herself being the only woman at the table. She sometimes felt like she didn’t fit in and at times would let imposter syndrome get the best of her.
After shifting her mindset and investing her myself by focusing on self-development and leadership, Naomi eventually decided to start her own business where she could use her knowledge and skills to make a real change. She spent tireless nights pouring her heart and soul into creating her business and launched Naomi’s Coaching and Consulting in 2018.
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Thank you so much for giving us your time! Before we begin, could you introduce yourself to our readers and take us through what exactly your company does and what your vision is for its future?
Naomi Saint Germain: Hi I am Naomi Saint Germain and I am Wife, Mother, community builder for all things women focus. After 12 years of working in the hospitality industry, I found myself burnt out, unfulfilled, and needing a change. I eventually decided to start my own business where I could use my knowledge and skills to make a real change.
Today I help women feel more empowered and less stressed while they embark on their journey of self-development, Leadership, and entrepreneurship. I guide women through Launching businesses, avoiding burnout, setting boundaries, and building confidence as they step into leadership roles. I believe that we need more women sitting at the head of the table in leadership roles and with Naomi’s Coaching and Consulting, I aim to help get them there.
My hope for the future is to be able to hire more coaches that share the same vision and be able to go out and effectively provide trainings and workshops that are women focus so women leaders in all areas can effectively lead and thrive.
NO child ever says I want to be a CEO/entrepreneur when I grow up. What did you want to be and how did you get where you are today?
Naomi Saint Germain: I wanted to be a Teacher. I have a passion for helping people and seeing people achieve their goals. when I was in the hotel field as a Manager I pretty much coached and developed my team and the majority of them went on to become managers themselves in the field and even held high-level positions. I also struggled at meetings I usually was the woman in most of my meetings and had to always work twice as hard to prove myself. Respect never came right away as it did for others. This is where my true passion for women empowerment and coaching came in.
Tell us something about yourself that others in your organization might be surprised to know.
Naomi Saint Germain: I get nervous during speaking engagements. I always have in the back of my mind what if they don’t like what I am saying. the fear only lasts about 5mins but it happens sometimes.
Many readers may wonder how to become an entrepreneur but what is an entrepreneur? How would you define it?
Naomi Saint Germain: Someone that is willing to risk it all to serve others with a passion or service they have knowledge of and truly believe in.
What is the importance of having a supportive and inclusive culture?
Naomi Saint Germain: Having a supportive and inclusive culture has to be the main foundation in any business that’s where the magic happens and that’s how your company grows. Organizations that have successfully established a diverse workplace have the ability to have a wide array of perspectives and experiences.
How can a leader be disruptive in the post covid world?
Naomi Saint Germain: Two things I can say is
- Pursue a nonbinary approach to problem-solving and
- Be honest, empathetic, clear, and simple.
If a 5-year-old asked you to describe your job, what would you tell them?
Naomi Saint Germain: I help create positive change in the lives of women. So they can be themselves and be HAPPY.
Share with us one of the most difficult decisions you had to make for your company that benefited your employees or customers. What made this decision so difficult and what were the positive impacts?
Naomi Saint Germain: The most difficult decision I had to do in my business was to cut down on some of my services that I truly was passionate about and took a lot of time to create. I tried to offer too much and ended up burning myself out and unable to deliver. I looked at things that I truly love doing in my business and were effective and cut it down to those items. I cut down on the services I provide, and it made a big difference in the workload and overall goals of my business.
Leaders are usually asked about their most useful qualities but let’s change things up a bit. What is your most useless talent?
Naomi Saint Germain: Handwriting LOL…
Thank you so much for your time but before we finish things off, we do have one more question. If you wrote a book about your life until today, what would the title be?
Naomi Saint Germain: ‘The story of an unapologetic LeaderHER’
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Naomi Saint Germain 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 Naomi Saint Germain or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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