I’m Monique Russell, an executive coach, leadership guru, and communication expert. Well, that’s what many people say about me.
I come from a long line of educators in my family, and thought that one thing I was NEVER going to be was an educator. So it’s funny how I’ve actually been one all along, but never really realized it.
All I wanted to do was to be on TV. I started acting, public speaking, and hosting events at a very young age and was often called on to read in church, or serve as the mistress of ceremonies. I loved it. I loved every bit of it. I continued public speaking throughout my school years, and was very active in leadership roles in many school clubs and community groups.
Keeping in line with my desire to be on the big stage, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, then quickly realized the moolah just wasn’t enough. I went back for two Masters of Science, one in Public Relations and the other in Advertising.
Well, life didn’t work out the way I planned.
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be the “star of the show”. I wanted to present, facilitate, please my parents, friends, family and everyone else. Then, I got older. I faced one too many rejections. Life happened.
And one day, I realized I had lost my confidence.
I almost couldn’t recognize myself. I became fearful and doubtful even in my natural abilities.
Through a process of self-awareness, introspection, empowerment outlets, coaching and a support system, I slowly gained my confidence back. And I am determined not to go down that path again.
When I decided to impress and love myself first, the zone of genius began to unleash. I am an excellent communication consultant and coach, that’s why I’m ready to guide you with my gift so you too can be a confident and clear communicator.