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ristina has a special gift for helping people find their way in their careers and life. She has a sick sense about people and always made me feel better when I was stuck. She combines the perfect combination of intuition and career smarts in her sessions. Her support group has been life changing and instrumental in propelling me forward." ~ Ilana A.
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My last session with you spurred a lot of wonderful life changes."
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You teach best what you most need to learn. ~ Richard Bach
No matter where you are along your journey, Life is constantly giving you opportunities to learn and grow, and offers up situations that test or reward you fo
r that gr
For today's PGG, I thought I'd share two stories I posted on my social media this week (be sure to like or follow if you haven't already!) as a way to illustrate how I practice what I preach...
Last Saturday, my day began with an anxiety attack.
I am not normally an anxious person, but I am human, and a highly sensitive being, so occasionally this does happen, and it is not pleasant, to say the least.
Because of who I am and the work I do, I am fortunate to have a bunch of tools in my toolbox to employ on such an occasion, so I was able to get out of it relatively quickly. But as you may well know, it can take a toll.
One of the tools I used was to connect with a good friend and get out of my immediate environment. That led to a new vista, quite literally, as I had offered to cross the river for dinner, and my friend suggested we check out the waterfront - somewhere I had never been and she hadn't been for a while. It just so happened it was the first clear night in two weeks, an ideal temperature, and we got there just before sunset.
Who knew what a feast for the eyes and spirit would await me less than half an hour from my home?! With a skyline and lighting that looked fake, it was like stepping into a scene in a movie ... . Of course we had to seize the moment and took many, many photos (which I will surely use here over time ;) in between app
reciating and absorbing the wonder of it all. How could this be right under our noses and we never knew it? It was a perfect night, just what t
he doctor ordered, and honestly these are only a fe
w gems captured.
I share this because if you had seen only the photos, you might be projecting or assuming lots of different things about me and my life, as we are prone to do on social media, so I wanted you to know the backstory: that I had begun the day struggling, but because of that struggle, I was led to this magical ending.
Always listen to yourself, and trust that for every challenge there is an opportunity, and a beautiful sunset to be had after any storm.
And then on Tuesday I shared an experience I had that day which reinforced the very thing I ask of my clients and audiences:
I received a few "Congrats on your work anniversary" messages last week and realized LinkedIn was reminding me that it's my 16th anniversary as a speaker/seminar/workshop leader. (I started when I was 12 ;)
How fitting then that as I was settling into my local Starbucks this morning, a man came up to me and asked if I was a speaker at New York's Science, Industry and Business Library. I said yes and he told me how he had attended one of my talks a year or two ago and he really enjoyed it. He liked my "creative" approach and that I, as well as some of the other speakers there, helped get him through a very difficult time in his life. He recalled the value he received from my talk, affirming my passion and presence, and that I was definitely "different" from the others but that was a good thing.
The fact that speaking is even part of what I do for my work is mind-boggling to me as a bona fide introvert who used to get stiff necks and coughing fits at the mere thought of public speaking - but every time I did it, what I said seemed to resonate with people, so I just kept doing it. I'm actually not very good technically (lots of filler words, no PowerPoint, often ramble, limited vocabulary, talk with hands, etc. ...), but I am passionate about whatever I'm talking about, speak from the heart, and offer some unique perspectives on common topics.
I've been told that I'm very "down to earth" and that's also why most people dig listening to me. The way I speak to my audiences is the same way I speak to a client, a friend, or the barista.
In other words, I learned long ago that just being myself was enough, and that people benefit from it.
Never doubt that your combination of skills, talents and passions are the *exact* thing that can help another (or many), therefore your real job is to accept, own and embrace who you are and shine!
Not sure how to strut your own stuff down the evolutionary road to sublime success? That is exactly what I can help you do, so give me a buzz and we'll get you on the path to demonstrate the dynamic diversity of your DNA so you can do what you do best for us to benefit!
(P.S. And if you are in need of a speaker for your company, ERG, association etc, be sure to be in touch, too! )
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As a result of working with Kristina, I now have the tools, motivation and perspective to create my dream career and life. Because of her insights and expertise, I am the happiest and most content I've ever been and found an incredible peace of mind.
~ Alyssa C.
Your insights have had a huge impact on my career and my self-confidence
and planted this seed of truth in me that I knew I had to start tending to
. I share this story
I just wanted to say thank you for your advice and I'm glad we crossed paths.
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Kristina gave me permission to be myself! I can say no other person has empowered me in that way as much as she has - and I am TRULY forever grateful for that.." - Cherise R.
"I can honestly say that speaking to you was one of the most important events in my life. It is almost unbelievable how a 2-hour conversation can have that effect." Bozhanka V.
"After the session I felt so empowered and revved up, I felt like I was ready to take on the world! and I still do. Thank you Kristina!" ~ Paula J.
I look forward to working with YOU whenever you're ready!
FEELING STUCK IN YOUR CAREER? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!
In November 2015 was one of the career experts featured in a panel discussion hosted by
The Muse. Here is the full length video where you can hear my thoughts on career transition, working with a coach, building confidence and handling emotions in the workplace.
Thanks to everyone who came out and brought great energy to my
"Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?
talk at SIBL in January! It was an overflow crowd of almost 100 and was
livestreamed on Facebook
Here's a cool pic gussied up from the SIBL staffer:
Kristina Leonardi speaking to an overflow crowd at NYPLs Science Industry Business Library
About Kristina's Speaking
Attend an event or hire her to speak at y0ur company or organization!
nown as a dynamic, 'inspiring' and 'down-to-earth' speaker with unique yet practical perspectives on career development, work/life wellness, and employee engagement, Kristina has been a featured speaker for many corporate seminars, non-profit organizations and conferences, including: UBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, HR Association of NY, Ogilvy & Mather, American Business Women's Association, the Junior League, NYU and the New York's Science, Business & Industry Library.
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Contact Kristina for full bio and find a sample list of topics
Wednesday, October 17th 5:15-6:45pm at Yorkville Library
Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?
Wednesday, October 24th 6-7:30pm at SIBL
Authentic Branding: Letting the Real You Shine in Any Situation
In the meantime you can click on each title watch these talks in full on YouTube:
Authentic Branding: Letting the Real You Shine in Any Situation
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"It was a great session that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am very strategic on what I attend and this was definitely worth it." ~ D.C.
"...an excellent workshop to gain some practical tips on how to changeyour outlook. It helps make you aware of how you spend your time, and provides subtle tweaks that make a world of a difference in how you approach work, relationships, and any life frustrations you're tending with." ~ F.M.
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ur career and life concerns. Kristina focused on each person and walked each of us through intense realizations! " ~ D. Auguste
"Inspiring workshop session. Great information with actions able to put into practice right now. Thought-provoking. My take away - own who I am. " ~ T. S.
"Kristina is incredibly intuitive an on-point. Inspiring. She offers actionable insights. ~ T.E.
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An offering of video clips with thoughts to help you in your career and life.
This one is from January 2014
- it's an edited clip from my
Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life? talk at New York's Science, Industry and Business Library.
Who Are You.....Excerpt
January 30, 2014
Pink Slips: How Losing Your Job is a Good Thing - Full Video from June 2010
How can Kristina help you in your work and life?
"...the guidance Kristina provided has been worth over a 1000 books!
I am extremely grateful for her help." ~ Andrew L.
"I can honestly say that speaking to you was one of the most important events in my life. It is almost unbelievable how a 2-hour conversation can have that effect." ~ Bozhanka V.
"I am so grateful to have had the pleasure to work with you. You really helped me to see that I need to value who I am and what I bring to the table. My gift to myself is to value who I am and remember it throughout my journey." ~ Maria S.
"From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better. " ~ Amy P.
About Kristina's Coaching
Work with her one-on-one or as part of a group
Kristina Leonardi is a career/life coach who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time. She provides a practical framework for each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large and live a life with clarity, balance and direction.
Kristina's holistic, gimmick-free, and minimalist approach has earned her widely diverse and fiercely loyal following from all walks and stations of life, including savvy New Yorkers who have tried other coaches, approaches, and therapy with little or limited results.
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"She has a laid-back approach, but don't let that fool anyone.
Her ability to read people is amazing and her assessments of how a person can enrich their lives/careers are spot-on. After she asked me lots of questions, she was somehow able to give me an assessment that was frighteningly accurate and illuminating."
I was fortunate enough to have worked with you as a career coaching client earlier this year. Since our time together, and our talks, I have landed a job as general counsel for a not for profit organization here in New York City. When we worked together you mentioned that you had a feeling I was meant for a larger destiny - that I was meant to be doing work for the betterment of others, and that I was meant to lead large groups of people. My work in the not for profit realm will combine those two things, and I feel in my gut that amazing experiences lie ahead. Now, the world is my oyster.
Your coaching and influence had a profound impact on me, and I wanted to take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for being a guiding light. ~ Vanessa M.
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