Malti Bhojwani might have been weighed under when, at the age of 26, she divorced her husband became a single parent to her young daughter. Instead, she saw opportunity. She could do as she pleased, and as it happened, what pleased her was to help other people help themselves.
So Bhojwani trained as a life coach, and a facilitator for transformation, and then she opened a company called Multi Coaching International, which has just one aim: to spread the joy of change.
Excerpts from an interview.
Your journey has been a challenging one but you have used your passions to drive yourself out of situations?
I’ve had a life of adventure and I am only 44, so I am truly excited about the rest of my life!
I was born in Singapore, grew up a Singaporean Indian, and then lived in Madrid, Sydney and Jakarta. About five years ago, I moved to Mumbai and am now in Pune.
Who: Malti Bhojwani
Owner: Multi Coaching International
Original career: Homemaker
Qualification: Training in life coaching and transformation facilitation
I love music, movement and dance. Because I was obese as a teen, I was too shy to truly explore that part of me. But I finally shed all the excess weight when I was 38 and am really passionate about movement and body-positions now.
Mainly though, I love facilitating transformation in leaders, to help them remember that we are all spiritual beings with human experiences.
How did Multi Coaching International come into existence, and where do you see it five years from now?
I punned on my name Malti. The word ‘multi’ is one of my favourite connects as it symbolises ‘and’ as opposed to ‘or’. Hindu goddesses are always depicted with several arms, each doing something different, and I wanted many facets to my coaching practice.
I am clear about my intention to continue spreading the Joy of Change among people who are in positions to impact many lives. So I would like the next five years to be about me growing into a masterful facilitator and coach.
What skills do you believe women at work require on a day-to-day basis?
Prioritisation, delegation, and willingness to learn, and then being fully present when with the client.
Most of the magic in my coaching sessions is not about what I say to my clients, but how actively I listen to them.
Who has influenced you the most?
Mike Dooley, Madonna and my parents.
Mike Dooley is the New York Times’ bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities, and is best known for his Notes from the Universe. He is my favourite author and was kind enough to endorse my books.
Madonna epitomises change with dignity and power.
My father is inspiring for his courage and resilience, my mum for her positive attitude, warmth and compassion.
Any regrets about the work you do?
None. The courage and strength in dealing with challenges in life, and the journey towards building a solid brand, reputation and business, are exactly the ingredients needed to become a better, more effective coach and facilitator.
What particular strengths can women bring to a workplace that perhaps men lack?
A sense of compassion and willingness to understand and see the bigger picture. Higher EQ.
What’s the single most important reason for your success?
Persistence: Evolving, learning and then persisting without giving up even when the world discouraged me.
Any advice for other business women?
Spend some time thinking to yourself, ‘What is your offer? What need are you dying to fulfill? Who do you care most about in this world? What excites you? What would you love to have influence over, however small?’ And then commit to it and rewire the part of your brain that doubts your abilities.
Malti Bhojwani’s divorce could have sunk her, but she built on it with a coaching company to make everyone’s lives better
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