HI, I’M RHEA PUNJABI

As an image and self-enhancement coach, I am skilled at helping my clients to tap their innate potential and live a life of fullness. Over the last three years, I have conducted numerous group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions focused on life skills, happiness and image management. I am especially passionate about working with the youth and enabling them to rediscover their self-confidence and self-belief.

While education is, undoubtedly, essential to help you get ahead in your career, not everything you need for professional and personal success is taught in textbooks. In fact, strong listening and interpersonal skills, empathy, self-discipline and creativity, can play a crucial role in helping you to realize your ambitions. Research indicates that 85 percent of professional success can be attributed to strong interpersonal skills, and only 15 percent to technical abilities. It is, therefore, increasingly important to invest in your own self.

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A journey of transformation

My decision to pursue a career as a self-enhancement coach stems from my personal struggle with low self-esteem, unhappiness and the nagging feeling of ‘not being good enough’. I remember my younger self desperately wishing for a genie who would magically help me to overcome my irrational self-deprecating beliefs and wrecking emotional turbulence. Over several years, I have worked on restoring and rebuilding my faith in myself, with remarkable success – I went on to pursue a diploma in Business Systems and Information Management from NIIT and an MBA in Retail Management, and have worked with prominent organizations such as eBay India, Wipro Technologies, Gitanjali Jewels and Localbanya.com in various sales, marketing and training roles.

And yet, I still knew it wasn’t enough. Deep within, I was driven by the powerful need to share the lessons I had learned along the way with others who, like me, were coming in their own way of living a life of fullness. I knew I had an entrepreneurial streak and wanted to pursue my own path, which led to me eventually switching streams to work as a coach and mentor.

Today, at 29, I have my sights trained on changing a million lives with my work, over the next ten years. From empowering people to break out of a rut and embrace new beginnings, to building their confidence, training them to get more respect, or even pursue their dream job (or date!), I am passionate about helping my clients to achieve it all.

I have been certified as a Happiness Coach in association with the Berkeley Institute of Well-Being, California, and have studied image, style, wardrobe management and consulting from Image Consulting Business Institute, Mumbai. Further, I have also completed soft skills training from Image Consulting Business Institute, Mumbai (accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority) and a Train the Trainer certification course from National Accreditation Board of Education and Training for which I received an all-India, all-time rank three. Over the last three years, I have trained more than 3,500 people, worked with students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs, MMEs and corporate houses, as well as homemakers, helping them to create their own journeys of transformation and self-discovery.

Beyond coaching, I enjoy pursuing my own wanderlust and I am an avid traveller – I enjoy exploring new cafes, restaurants and offbeat places within and outside India. I also enjoy reading inspirational articles and spending time with myself.

Spend time with yourself. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we have forgotten who we really are. Nowhere on earth will you get such a peaceful and untroubled retreat.