Tell us about your business – what do you do, who are your clients, and why do they
I’m Vanessa, leadership coach and consultant. I work with leaders in business to bring out
the best in themselves and others through shifting their mindset and shifting their
behaviour. Clients choose me because when it comes to the intersection between
leadership and human behaviour, I’m your gal. I also thrive on connection so enjoy great
relationships with my clients who tell me they love my calm, compassionate and caring
nature as well as being their biggest supporter and fan.
How did you get to where you are today?
After nearly 15 years working as a leader in the Public Service, 2013 was a challenging
year. It was a year of unexpected change in my job and my personal life, neither ended up
how I expected or wanted them to be. So as a woman nudging closer to her mid 40s I
decided it was time to create a life that I was excited by and passionate about. I signed up
to study how to be a Professional Coach and a year into the 4 year course, left my stable
job and set up my business. I have never looked back or been happier with my life!
What do you love most about your work?
I love helping people realise their full potential. Seeing how challenged clients are when
we start working together – usually feeling overwhelmed, juggling too many balls in the
air and feeling like they have no work / life balance nor any light at the end of the tunnel,
to understanding more about their own authentic style of leadership, watching them grow
their confidence and see them create structures to help them achieve their goals is so
fulfilling for me. I also love that long after working together we are still in touch and I get
to watch them continue to grow from strength to strength.
What’s the most challenging thing about running your business?
The most challenging thing about running my business is keeping on top of my mindset,
especially through the hard times. For me, the success of my business is a direct reflection of
what’s going on internally and working through that can be the hardest work to do. But oh, so
worth it – not only for the business but also for my own personal development and growth.
What’s one habit you stick to that’s helped in the success of your business?
My morning ritual. Looking after myself each day to set the day and me up for success is a non-
negotiable for me. I start each day with a mixture of meditation, reflection, a walk with my dog
whilst listening to an inspiring podcast, and a healthy breakfast.
What’s one trait you think all business owner’s need to survive?
Self-love because it creates a strong sense of certainty from within that you have your own
back no matter what
What are you excited about right now?
A different way of delivering my services like moving from 1:1 coaching to group coaching
programs through my online course – Mindset Mastery for Leaders. I am loving leading the
current group through the program and seeing them leaning into the whole experience.
What does success mean to you?
Living life to its fullest, creating deep relationships and loving what I do.
What impact has investing in your personal brand had on you or your business?
I booked a personal session with Fi on the cusp of starting my own business and used one of her pics from our session for my marketing. When I was ready to upgrade that one pic I booked in a personal branding session with Fi and it was amazing. The photos were beautiful and the experience so uplifting. I loved using these to create a really strong brand in the marketplace. Fast forward 18 months and a different hairstyle, I booked her again for an updated brand image. I keep going back because I just love working with her, I have so many positive comments about the photos and I proudly display them across all my social media and content.
For me, the photos are a true reflection of who I am, and the services I provide. Couldn’t be happier with the investment!
Vanessa Medling is an experienced, engaging and inspirational leader, coach, mentor and consultant. She is sought after for her years of executive level leadership experience, combined with her in-depth understanding of human behaviour. Vanessa is passionate about the role high quality leaders have in positively impacting business growth and sustainability. She brings a calm, caring and compassionate approach, focused strongly on achieving outstanding outcomes. Vanessa consults with senior leadership teams to build and strengthen their culture and vision, enabling them to improve their leadership skills to drive improved sustainable results.
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