Nada El Gazzar is a proud Egyptian mother of two beautiful girls and has been living in the UAE as of 13 years ago. As a certified NLP professional coach as well as a certified transactional analysis NLP practitioner, Nada has most recently successfully introduced the Renew You program into the Dubai market. We find out how Renew You helps us to focus on the power of the subconscious mind whilst enabling us to shift negative thoughts into positive thoughts. We also touch base on why Nada is encouraging as many women as possible to share inspirational stories amongst other women in an active group session she hosts to help raise further awareness on NLP and positive psychology.
Hey Nada, Can you take us through your journey as to how you arrived at where you are now?
I am a quality and business excellence professional, having worked in the working since the UAE Government since the start of 2010. I previously worked for 12 years in large private UAE and Egypt government organisations, in areas of diversified fields ranging from transportation, oil & gas to electricity & water. I am currently managing several awards and raising awareness as a trainer in 7 stars customer services as a 4th ‘Generation Model For Excellence’ in the government sector of UAE. Now alongside this, I am coaching a number of employees for winning the ‘Individual Awards in Dubai Government Excellence’ program.
On the personal side, I have always been passionate to understand more about the human psychology and the positive outcomes. I have taken several courses regarding emotional intelligence and leadership skills, hence why I decided to study NLP and multiple coaching methodologies to be able to practice the same in real life.
You initiated the project Renew You, what were the first few steps to set up the project?
By arranging an inspirational event for women in the UAE, during the International Coaching Week initiated by the International Coaching Federation, all over the world.
Who are the team behind Renew You?
My family, my husband, my kids and great friends who have been supporting me throughout my journey.
Amazing, so how are you planning to expand Renew You?
I have recently been arranging events to share the knowledge about the NLP and have established my social media presence to raise awareness and arrange similar events across Dubai.
Can you tell us what areas you have struggled in professionally as a professional coach?
The main challenge here is to always maintain the balance between the personal and the professional life
Have you ever had a mentor? If so how has this benefitted you to grow?
Yes, my father has always been my mentor by providing me tremendous support and his strong belief in my skills and abilities to pursue what I dream for. He has been pushing me to continue my journey much further.
What outlets do use to market Renew You?
Social media and word of mouth.
Which methods are you using to build your own network?
I’m attending many social and networking events, mainly I’m a member of the Toastmasters Club For Public speaking and other social networks like the Business Council, German Chamber Of Commerce and Muppies UAE.
What do you believe are the common misconceptions of the wellness industry are?
That wellness is a comes secondary, whereas wellness is a must and it needs to be embedded in all the areas of our lives.
What would you like to see changed in within the wellness industry?
To enhance wellness initiatives and make it a way of life inside every place, whether it is workplace or home or social life.
What is the best piece of advice you have received to date?
That I should never lose faith in my skills and my ability to overcome whatever challenges life throws at my way.
What is the number 1 critical lesson you have learned in your career so far?
That change is not pleasant, but change is constant. Only when we change and grow, we will see a world we never know. Also that your profession never defines us, neither does our family nor our history, it is only us who would define who we want to be.
How do you create an evenly balanced work and personal life?
By focusing on the objectives and goals and putting priorities, work-life balance can be managed. Also, what I have learned during my journey is the importance of delegation to unnecessary tasks which provide more time for other important matters.
The most rewarding moment in your personal life?
When I find out that I have inspired one person to truly change their limiting beliefs and pursue their passion.
What gives you ultimate career satisfaction?
When my hard work pays off and desired results are being achieved.
Which other leading entrepreneurs and leading female pioneers do you also admire and why?
Oprah Winfrey, mostly any women who have overcome the challenges all their life and who have pushed themselves so hard to reach their goals and become the person they wished to be.
How would you say you are intending to use your voice to educate others in wellness?
By holding individual coaching sessions and group women inspirational coaching events, I hope to be able to support and educate in Wellness. The main message behind Renew You is that everyone has a story that they would never have the ability to say aloud. So not only by only sharing this story and the lessons learned, you are inspiring other people to do so. I am also providing speeches whenever possible in mainly wellness events.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
A good article was about women who have been staying home for motherhood should not ever be excluded from employers but rather encouraged and supported to get back to work.
What does your Podcast playlist look like?
My Podcast playlist is relaxing and soft music which provide me with positive energy.
How do you measure your terms of success?
I define success to be the moment when you grow and reach to the person you have ever wished to be.
What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?
Just by being her own and true to herself is the best thing that a woman can do for herself. Women working on themselves to enhance their skills and knowledge everyday will be the most successful. The #BEYOUROWN platform is a great platform to share the stories of many successful women.
Lastly what is next for you throughout 2018?
Besides individual sessions, I will be holding several events that are inspirational and for women to tell their stories and inspire other women. I’m invited to participate in wellness events and conferences this year. I will also be making videos to educate and raise awareness about NLP and positive psychology for others.