Connecting students and professionals: The power of communication with Deloitte coaches

Hello, everyone! In this blog post, I would like to talk about an opportunity that can truly transform your communication - learning from professionals who will guide you through in-person speaking sessions. Imagine having experienced coaches, ready to help you build your confidence and speak with purpose. Sounds like an incredible opportunity, right? You will be part of a like-minded community of learners, guided by experienced professionals you can learn from. So, keep reading to discover how you can maximise your learning journey.

Why communication matters

“Communication is not just about speaking; it's about connecting with others.”
― Tony Robbins

Referring to Tony’s quote, the ability to express your ideas clearly, with purpose, and to listen to others is vital for building strong relationships. These skills are important in school and also for your future career and personal growth. Speak with Intent opens so many opportunities for you.

Why coaching matters

In Paulo Coelho’s "The Alchemist," a young shepherd named Santiago sets off on a journey to discover his Personal Legend. Along the way, he meets wise mentors, especially a knowledgeable Alchemist who teaches him valuable life lessons. Santiago learns to trust his heart and follow his dreams. The Alchemist shows him that true wisdom comes from within, and with faith and dedication, Santiago can achieve greatness and transform his life.

The above story is a great example for learning to speak with intent. In The Alchemist, Santiago's journey is all about discovering and following his true calling with dedication and faith. This mirrors how we learn to communicate effectively and with intention. The mentors, especially the Alchemist, guide him much like a coach helps you develop your speaking skills and confidence. Santiago's story highlights the importance of inner wisdom and perseverance, which are essential for speaking with intent.

Having Deloitte professionals as your coaches is akin to having the Alchemist! These coaches bring a wealth of knowledge from working at one of the top firms in the world. They know what it takes to succeed and are here to share their experience and insights with you. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from these professionals who deals with clients from various industries and sectors.

Making the most of in-person sessions

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your time with Deloitte coaches:

  1. Engage actively
    Take every opportunity to participate actively. Listen carefully to advice and insights, join discussions, and do not be shy about asking questions. Showing interest and engagement not only helps you learn more but also makes a great impression on your coaches. Remember, no one is judging or assessing you; you are your own assessor. Set your own goals and take steps to improve your speaking skills.
  2. Take notes and reflect
    Bring a notebook to each session. Jot down key points, advice, and any feedback you receive. After the session, spend some time reflecting on what you have learnt and how you can apply it. This will help you remember and implement the tips and techniques shared by your coaches.
  3. Practice active listening
    Active listening means giving your full attention to the person speaking, understanding their message, and responding thoughtfully. During your sessions, really focus on what your coaches and your fellow learners are saying. Avoid interrupting, and show you are engaged by responding to questions and giving feedback.
  4. Ask thoughtful questions
    Be ready to ask questions. When you ask thoughtful questions, you show that you are keen to learn and understand more deeply. It makes the sessions more interactive and beneficial.
  5. Stay positive and open to feedback
    Believe in yourself and maintain a positive attitude. Remember that everyone makes mistakes, and each session is an opportunity to learn. Be open to feedback from your Deloitte coaches – it’s invaluable for your growth. Constructive criticism helps you improve and become a better communicator.

We invite you to embrace this opportunity to learn and grow and observe as new opportunities open for you. Join us to speak with purpose and connect for impact.

Leaving you with a poem called “The Journey” from Mary Oliver.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do...

Sukainah Osman

Senior Manager,

Purpose (WorldClass) Deloitte Southeast Asia Ltd

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