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Corporate coaching is nothing new. What is new is the approach some corporate coaches are taking to helping leaders and businesses thrive in a constantly changing global landscape. We recently caught up with Melissa Dawn, a Montreal-based corporate coach who’s doing things in a more conscious way.

As founder of the coaching service, CEO of Your Life, Melissa started her coaching journey as a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, and has since grown her business and expertise by earning certifications in Team Performance Coaching, Leadership Coaching, and Conscious Business Coaching. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and, prior to coaching, spent over two decades working her way up the corporate ladder to become VP of Marketing and Talent Management.


What is Unique About CEO of Your Life?

Led by Melissa, CEO of Your Life takes a holistic approach to coaching that starts within. 

Although corporate coaching is about success at work, Melissa understands that our lives are not meant to be siloed into “personal” and “professional”. No matter how hard we may try to keep things separate, what’s happening in one area will spill over into other areas.

She uses the example of getting caught in traffic on the way to work, which is a scenario many of us are familiar with. If we feel triggered by a traffic jam, we may take that trigger into the office once we arrive. We maybe feel frustrated or agitated, maybe we’re even short tempered. That traffic had nothing to do with our jobs, but it is now impacting our jobs.

But, as Melissa points out, the reverse is true as well. When we do the work to create peace and purpose in one area of life, that too will start to spill into other areas. A solid morning routine that includes time for inner reflection, for example, can set us on a path for success before anything else can influence our state of mind.

For this reason, Melissa approaches corporate coaching from a whole-life (i.e. holistic) perspective, guiding people to take an honest look at all aspects of their lives and to get in touch with their most authentic, core selves, which gives them clarity into what will genuinely work for them. From there, she guides people to identify the areas of their lives that need to shift, and to begin taking steps to align their lives with the strengths, values, passions and purpose that drive them from within, and to bring their highest selves forward, both personally and professionally.


How Does This Approach Benefit Businesses?

As Melissa says, “To master leadership of others, you first have to master leadership of yourself.” The most successful organizations have strong leadership; people who are able to positively influence the people they lead, and drive engagement by drawing out people’s natural strengths, then helping them to align those strengths with corporate objectives. Being able to do that demands the type of person who is very much at ease with themselves, confident in their own values, and able to approach situations from a place of curiosity, compassion and co-creativity.

Melissa believes that these skills are not innate, but can be learned. In her years of coaching, she has put that belief to the test by working with individuals and teams from small businesses, all the way up to Fortune 500s and Fortune 100s.

“What I see consistently is that when people truly connect within, do the work to really love and care for themselves, it comes out in their leadership in a powerful way. They become more open to new perspectives, capable of having difficult conversations with empathy, start leading by example, and the people around them start to really shine as well. It’s an amazing domino effect,” says Melissa.

Melissa has found that when companies take this inside-out approach to developing leadership, organizations tend to experience increases in:

  • Employee engagement
  • Productivity
  • Collaboration (within and across teams)
  • Communication skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Self-management
  • Accountability
  • Creative problem-solving

As well as decreases in:

  • Behavioural issues
  • Persistent roadblocks
  • Employee turnover
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Blame-shifting

Melissa says that when the corporate culture shifts in a way that people start to feel safe trying new things, sharing ideas, broaching difficult topics and even bringing their “weird” to work, all that energy people once spent upholding personas and protecting themselves from blame or judgement gets redirected towards doing great things within the company.

Not only are the benefits of coaching very real, they are also measurable and sustainable. As Melissa has observed, when businesses take an outside-in approach, focusing on things they feel they can control such as policies and procedures, any changes they see tend to revert because mindsets have not changed. People eventually fall back into old patterns and ways of being. With an inside-out approach, change happens at a fundamental level that shifts mindsets, facilitates the development of healthier habits and patterns, and guides people to really bring their best selves forward. This fundamental change also empowers businesses to build resilience into their corporate culture, so that they are able to successfully navigate times of chaos and uncertainty, such as market shifts, or global pandemics.


How Does Corporate Coaching Work in a Pandemic?

For Melissa, resilience and the ability to dance with whatever comes along is part of what she helps people to develop. So, it seems only natural that she was able to get flexible and adapt her business model to work with (and for) the changes happening across the globe.

With the technology available today, coaching can easily happen virtually, both one-on-one and in groups. However, as many of us quickly realized during the pandemic, “Zoom fatigue” is a very real thing. Having recently completed her certification as a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine, Melissa has begun weaving energy work into her virtual coaching sessions, drawing on techniques that create connection, helping people feel open and at ease, so that even in front a computer screen, coaching becomes an energizing experience that teaches people how to fuel themselves from within, even in the most chaotic times, as well as how to “reset and reconnect” when they get caught in fight-or-flight mode, which many of us have experienced – and continue to experience – throughout this pandemic.


How Can You Work With Melissa?

You can visit Melissa’s website, CEO of Your Life, to get the bigger picture of how she helps people and organizations succeed, and you can also connect with her directly to see if her approach to corporate coaching is right for you.


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Top 5 Gift ideas for him/her, boyfriend/girlfriend in Montreal 

1. Eternal Real Roses 

What better way to express your emotions towards someone than with flowers? Even better if they are flowers that will last you for years. Aluna Gifts is a Montreal-based online shop that introduces a new concept of gifting. They offer eternal roses and sunflowers that are 100% real and last for up to 4 years with no water and very little maintenance. Get a stunning eternal rose bouquet or check out their featured product: an extra-large heart-shaped Real Eternal Rose that comes in a deluxe acrylic box handmade in Canada.

Website: https://alunagift.ca

Eternal Real bouquet from Aluna

Eternal Real bouquet from Aluna


2. Plants 

Even though fresh plants require more maintenance than eternal flowers, they also brighten up homes and fill out spaces with some colour. Vertuose is a Montreal based plant shop that offers many options when it comes to indoor plants. They also offer subscription plans of 3, 6 and 12 months and plant design for businesses and residences Check out their website https://www.vertuose.com/en/homepage

Image Aechmea Fasciata: https://www.vertuose.com/en/product/aechmea-fasciata


3. Candles 

t.lees offers candles with delightful scents and personalized messages. They also have a DIY candle bar in Montreal where they provide you with equipment and guidance to make your own candle. Plus they offer delicious cocktails to make it even more fun! Learn more: https://tlees.co/en

t.lees offers candles with delightful scents


4. Couple’s Bucket List 

Do you often run out of date ideas? This Couple Bucket List comes with 100 date night recommendations that will bring sparkle between you and your boyfriend/girlfriend in a cute and fun way. You could also do them yourself by writing down Fun Activities & Romantic Things to Do on index cards if you want to give a more personal gift.
Couple’s Bucket List 


5. Fondue Set 

This is a neat gift idea to have some fondue date nights with your partner. Use it with cheese or chocolate to combine it with fruits, vegetables, crackers, marshmallows, etc.

Check out this ceramic Heart-Shaped Fondue set on amazon or check various option and sizes from Canadian Tire. 

Fondue Set 

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Montreal Luxury Eternal Rose & Flowers

Would you believe us if we tell you that roses can last for more than a week? What if we tell you that they can last for more than a year? 

Aluna Gifts is an online shop that introduces a new concept of gifting. This Montreal-based company believes that gifts are meaningful and therefore should last for eternity. Aluna Gifts offers eternal real roses and sunflowers, eco-chocolates and more. 

Eternal Roses (also known as preserved or forever roses) are 100% REAL ROSES that have been grown, cultivated and preserved to last for years. They go through a procedure which consists of discoloration, treatment with glycerin and other natural elements, and finally coloration. This unique preservation technique creates fresh-looking roses that will last for up to 4 years

 

A common question people ask regarding eternal roses: “So, are these dried roses?” and the answer is NO; the process of preserving roses, stems, sunflowers, etc. is different than drying out flowers. 

 

Drying flowers is usually done by hanging them upside-down and letting them airdry for several weeks. This process results in dehydrated, colourless, fragile roses, stems and leaves. 

 

Preserved flowers are cultivated and immediately treated to keep them looking at their best for years! The preservation method includes adding non-harsh elements such as glycerine and colouring them rather than dehydrating or drying them out. 

Aluna works closely with Canadian companies to supply the best quality handmade gift and display boxes. They offer their products in fabulous packaging like acrylic and luxury paperboxes all made in Canada. 

Eternal Roses

Why Aluna:

  • Aluna’s roses and sunflowers are grown and handpicked in Ecuador, third-largest flower export and the biggest rose producer and export in the world.
  • Both acrylic and gift boxes are made in Canada by hand 
  • All XL roses are assembled by hand 
  • A bouquet of eternal roses with a stem will look as lovely as fresh-cut roses but will last you for 4 years instead of 1 week. 
  • Eternal flowers are low maintenance: No need to water, just avoid direct sunlight and dust if needed (they provide a free brush with every order)

 

You can check out their online shop: https://alunagift.ca

Pokète Sweatshirts & Scarves | Finally Pockets for Women!

Product Feature: Pokète sweatshirts & Scarves

Montreal Designed Sweaters and Scarves

Pokète sweatshirts and scarves allow women to carry their own stuff in the most comfortable, practical and pretty way possible. In their very own pockets!  No need to carry a purse, just be able to go wherever and whenever, hands-free. Historically, most women’s clothing either have unusable pockets or none whatsoever which leaves them with nowhere to put even their most basic essentials! 

Women wearing a Pokète sweatshirts and scarves

Canadian Born Brand

Pokète is a new Canadian brand born out of the need for women to have functional and practical clothing and accessories with pockets. Its focus is on making women’s lives easier. The styling is timeless and great quality because women should love what they wear and be able to keep clothing for many many years. All styles feature hidden zip pockets to keep valuables safe. 

Inspired by Everyday Experiences

Pokète’s collection is inspired by a few common and everyday experiences. These include travelling (or not), taking the dog for a walk or going to play in the park with kids, all without having to drag an oversized bag. Also, wearing clothing and accessories with pockets that look great and are not clumsy or bulky is a nice addition to the wardrobe.

The Founder

Andrea Majnemer is the founder and “Head Pokèteer” behind the brand. She used her extensive years in the fashion industry to bring this idea to fruition. The lightbulb moment to jumpstart the project was her lifechanging cornea transplant that restored her vision. This event propelled her desire to see as much of the world as possible and instilled immense gratitude for her recovered independence.  She sees Pokète evolving into offering more items, ideas and services around making all women’s lives easier. 

 

 


 

The Products are useful in so many situations:Girl wearing Pokète sweatshirts and scarves

  • Run all errands hands free with a place to put your essentials (keys, credit card, ID and phone)
  • Hold someone’s hand without having to constantly adjust a purse strap
  • Play with your kids without a bag dragging you down
  • Going for a walk with your dog and always having a place for the “bag”
  • Have your passport and boarding pass readily available for airport security (when that happens again)
  • Commute to work with all you need in your pocket
  • Feel safe from pick pocketers with your valuables safely hidden on you
  • No need to dig under your seat or in an overhead bin for your earphones while traveling
  • Keep needed medications on you
  • Bike ride with a functional pocket
  • Go to music festivals and free up your hands
  • Any time you just don’t want to carry a purse! 

 

You can see all of Pokète’s styles on their website www.pokete.net

 

Through these especially difficult times we could all use a little more love. MontrealTips is proud to feature the “Share Love Celebrate” webinar speaker series of 2020. With an all Canadian cast, the speakers will live stream and share their amazing and inspiring stories to us all. The purpose of this is to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. The event is specifically supporting “Conquer COVID for Cancer” and “The Home Front”. With so many great speakers who all come from different backgrounds it is a great opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience and learn from some of Canada’s greatest minds.

The event begins on Saturday, May 30th at 2 PM EST and you can sign up for free to the webinar here http://www.sharelovecelebrate.com/

 

Meet your speakers and entertainers:

Alice Li

  • Miss Canada 2018 and Miss Global International 2019
  • Accountant, Subway Musician, and Humanitarian

Alvin Law

  • Attitude Expert, Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker
  • Helped Raise +$175M for Charity

Bhante Saranapala

  • World Civility Ambassador
  • The Urban Buddhist Monk

Codi Shewan

  • Former Funeral Executive Turned Motivational Professional Speaker
  • Author of Everyday Legacy: Lessons for Living With Purpose, Right Now

Dan Shaikh

  • Co-Founder of Speaker Slam, Canada’s Premier Inspirational Speaking Competition
  • On a mission to hit 1 billion views through viral videos that inspire the world

Jamil Jivani

  • Illiteracy Survivor, Cancer Survivor, and Activist
  • Author of Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It

Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson

  • Bank Executive and Professional Bodybuilder
  • 5 million views of her inspirational talk

Peter Katz

  • JUNO Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter
  • 13 million views of his hit YouTube video

Samra Zafar

  • Recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and a “Top 25 Canadian Immigrant”
  • Author of the national bestseller A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose

 

Come join us support some incredible causes and people and get inspired with us!