Thanks for dropping by my workspace. I spent 8 weeks (March to May 2021) working on an end-to-end product development under the guidance of Noel Konagai (he, him), a UX Researcher @ Google. Noel and I were a match made through the Out in Tech Mentorship Program and, under his mentorship, I learned a range of skill sets from product development processes, to double diamond framework, problem space discovery, UX Research methods, sampling, interviewing, survey creation, and delivery. As a result, I built a pitch deck for a business that I’m creating called Silk Road Journey!
For the past 3 weeks, I’ve completed two group coaching sessions — an initial overview of the Four Pillars of Career Fit + another one focused on teambuilding — then 6 initial one-on-one sessions. This week, I wrapped up 6 more individual sessions, wrapping the YouMap project things with feedback from participants and advisors at Praxis.
For the final coaching week, I had three main goals in mind:
Back in week 2 when I did the first one-on-one sessions, I…
So far, I’ve completed one group coaching and spent last week doing one-on-one sessions for YouMap®. Now, the goal of the 2nd group coaching is to get participants to learn about the strengths of their peers and work collaboratively to emulate an actual productive work experience.
Similar to how I approached week 1, I completed some prep work during the weekday leading up to 2nd group coaching by:
Last week, I completed the first YouMap® group coaching session for Praxis participants. This week, I met with participants for a one-on-one deep dive and pulled compelling stories outta them to wow employers during interviews.
The idea of bringing stories out of people one-on-one is my own addition to the YouMap® process. Over the years, sharing my story has brought up many opportunities for me, so I’d been looking for a tool that affirms people’s talents while also allowing me to reinforce those affirmations through stories.
Let’s take a look at how I leveraged storytelling within YouMap® to equip participants…
Part 1 of this week’s blog covered the prep work that led up to the group coaching on Saturday, May 8th. In this part 2, I go in-depth about what happened during the session.
First, I welcome the participants and reminded them to have the following items to work with during the workshop: Strengths Insight Guide, Participant Workbook, Your YouMap®
Hi, there! My name is Anne-Marcelle Kouamé, and I am a Certified YouMap® Coach!
For the month of May 2021, I created a micro-coaching program at Discover Praxis using YouMap®, a holistic self-awareness tool that helps people uncover their Four Pillars of Career Fit: strengths, values, motivating skills, and career interests. I was able to deliver results by affirming my peers on their unique talents, equipping them with the tools to land meaningful jobs, and inspiring them to work collaboratively. My intention with the project is to also signal that I have what it takes to work in People Operations…
In my two previous blogs, I went over how I sold participants on YouMap® as well as the breakdown of my coaching strategy. Part 1 of this blog will go over the additional prep work that went into the first coaching, then I’ll cover how the coaching session actually went down in part 2
I started out this week by building out a project management system to keep track of all of the moving pieces of the project:
I also choose Trello because of its visual, dashboard-like feel…
In my previous blog, I’ve covered how I went about selling others on participating in YouMap. Now, you might be wondering: how does the YouMap® process actually work? Here is how I plan to structure out the programming with learning goals for both the participants and myself.
YouMap® is a holistic self-discovery tool that reveals your Pillars of Career Fit:
For the month of May 2021, I’m on a mission to create a micro-coaching program at Discover Praxis using YouMap®, a holistic self-discovery tool that uncovers people’s strengths, values, preferred skills, and career interests. YouMap® equipped me with self-awareness and clarity to take charge of my career journey, so much so that I became a Certified YouMap® Coach in November 2020. So, when I saw that my peers at Praxis were feeling demotivated, struggling to put into words what they feel, how they think, and why they behave the way they do, I felt compelled to do something. My goal…
I am week two into Discover Praxis, and the program once again debunked another misconception, this time, in sales. Unlike my previous misconception of the stereotypical “sleazy” salesman, I learned that sales is actually about “identifying a felt need and building a relationship around fulfilling that need in the best possible way.” This is something I have been doing for the better half of my life, only through storytelling.
I realized the importance of stories as a sales tool back in high school. I had just gotten back from my year studying abroad in China, and though the experience was…
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