Ep. 30 2019 Rosemary Shapiro-Liu - Coach, Facilitator, Conference Strategist
In this weeks episode of the busy mum podcast, I speak with the very knowledgable Rosemary Shapiro-Liu. Rosemary like creating triple wins for the community at large and specializes in coaching, specifically coaching facilitators, people that want to become coaches and conference strategy.
Tell a little about you, your business (what do you specialize in and how people can contact you) and how you got started?
Triple Win Enterprises is based on my experience in two halves of my career:
The first half I cut my teeth on the ganglands and prisons of Cape Town, working as a social worker and juvenile justice advocate. I had the chance to meet Nelson Mandela and was part of a small group who created a new juvenile justice system for South Africa. The diversion program I initiated with my colleagues had 21,000 participants each year in the beginning and at the time 95% of the participants didn't re-offend in the first year after the program. My work in Restorative Justice in some of the toughest settings laid the groundwork for the next half of my career. That phase ended with me being the National Director for Fundraising, Marketing and Media in a large not for profit in South Africa.
Fast forward to Australia. I moved here for love, and the first part was tough. Really tough. I wasn't allowed to work - didn't have the visa - and when I was finally allowed to work no one really believed I had anything to offer. I often heard 'yes, but that's OVERSEAS experience. You haven't worked here yet....So after a short stint in a not for profit where I was required to work well below my skillset, I set off on my own, starting a coaching and facilitation business then called Making Things Work. It went well enough - I coached and taught coaching. I facilitated and taught facilitation. And then I had a few lucky breaks. Working for The School for Social Entrepreneurs I got to meet some wonderful people turning their passions for social change into businesses that were sustainable. Many of those people became my friends and colleagues and clients. This led to me being the lead facilitator in a few courses for My Choice Matters, an organisation that prepared people with disabilities and their family members for the potential of the NDIS. At this time I did a powerful course called Becoming a Key Person of Influence and changed my business to Triple Win Enterprises, a business that creates wins for you, those around you and the world. I facilitated conferences, workshops, meetings, strategic processes and coached thought leaders, entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Many women who wanted work within their passion and earn money from it became coaching clients.
Recently I've niched into three offerings alongside my main focus which is to create change for a better world. I offer three programmes:
- my workshop The Facilitator's Emergency Toolkit for those who face audiences and need a set of skills to manage groups (I have a program coming up in Sydney)
- a Start your Coaching Practice program for women who want to add coaching to their toolkit and start their own Coaching Practice alongside their current lives (I'm looking for 12 women for the inaugural course) and
- Conference Strategy, to make conferences really meaningful to every participant and worth the time and money spent.
And am starting to work with women who want to add a small coaching practice to their current lives.
In 2016 I became an author, publishing The Mentor Within: for better decisions and powerful action. This business and leadership self-coaching book helps to focus on clarity, confidence and commitment. I am a founding contributor to Smallville.com.au where I wrote on facilitation, self-management, ethics and building tribe.
I live in Sydney with my child, Jethro (9) who I gave birth to at the age of 46, and my husband, Francis. Between us we are Jewish, Catholic, Atheist, Chinese, Caucasian, South African and Australian. And we cover belly dancing, tango dancing, salsa, amongst other forms of dance. We span many years (we are 9, 44 and 55).
Do you use any apps in business that you can’t live without?
Love Tripview, Google Maps, Xero, Facebook (work related and networking), Linked In.
What do you specialize in, let’s go deep into that?
Getting people to access their inner wisdom so that they can do what is right for them, those around them and the world. I've been at the coalface, now is the time for me to empower others to be most effective. I do this in a number of ways but really want people to use the top strengths in those they come into contact with. My work with Gill McLaren who wrote Think.Plan.Live and who focuses on Life Design has been useful in this world.
Where do you go to get your business information and why?
Linked In - current
Groups I belong to on Facebook, and communities I've built or others have built. Networking events, and the KPI (key person of influence) group now called Dent.
But mostly my facilitation gives me a window into worlds I wouldn't otherwise know. As does my coaching. I learn from my clients.
What one area of your business you would like to improve and why and how do you propose to do this?
Managing my big network! I don't have a good CRM.
Also having templates designed so I don't have to start from scratch every time.
Some Fun Quick Questions
What do you prefer and why?
Product based business or Service based business.
Definitely service based business. I don't get product based businesses so I leave that to the experts. I am a social worker by professional so I've moved from that into service businesses.
PRIVILEGE. I would like to discuss this because I believe there is so much to learn from being in a country like South Africa then one like Australia, and because my current work is with Aboriginal Affairs, there is a lot that is brushed under the carpet. I tend to work best in marginal spaces - in the past in prisons with those who have been shunned, then in disability with those on the edges of society, I've done work in regional areas where cities get all the attention. I have worked is social enterprise which is looked down on by some. So I find that interesting.
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