Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Nancy Marmolejo.
Nancy Marmolejo helps entrepreneurs, executives, founders and thought leaders who want to create a greater level of impact, legacy and contribution. A devoted student of human nature, she gets to the heart of what makes a person tick and helps them leverage that to make a lasting imprint on the world. Her clients end up with more than a blueprint for their future goals; they end up with a renewed sense of their value and worth.
Along the way, she has collected over 100 media credits, received awards for creativity and innovation in business, shown up in five books (and counting), and holds a master’s degree in multicultural education.
Learn more at talentandgenius.com.
What inspired you to become a coach?
I have always had a gift for spotting genius and talents in others and helping people see all they bring to the table.
In my first career as an educator, I helped at-risk youth develop success skills and see themselves as assets to society.
As a personal branding and executive coach for over 13 years, I take that same approach with entrepreneurs, executives and leaders. Everyone holds genius in them, but it’s often too hard to see on your own. I reflect back to you who you are and why your work is important.
I love the moment when a client has that “aha” moment, and can finally see the unique greatness they hold in them. It’s inspiring!
What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?
Honesty is the best policy.
When it comes to branding yourself as a valued voice in your industry, there’s a temptation to create a persona, that glossy version of you who always says the right things and never has a bad day. The world is tired of gloss. Your people want to learn from you — and you don’t need you to put on a show. They just want the real you.
Being yourself also helps people discern whether you’re the right person for them or not. If you are, they’ll be fiercely loyal followers. If you aren’t, then you save yourself the time and energy spent trying to be understood by someone who’ll never get you.
What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?
The biggest hurdle my clients face is themselves. When we get in our own way, growth and change can’t happen. All the doubts and fears, the worries of being seen, the vulnerability of increased visibility… these are obstacles to you getting your message across to the people who need it the most.