Coach FEATURE: Meet Flavia Vincenzi

We continue to meet our fellow coaches - and build our coach community with these "Meet the Coach" features! This month we meet the lovely Flavia Vincenzi who is a passionate Life & Family Coach. Read on...

About Flavia Vincenzi:

From: Pordenone, Italy.

Business name: UAU! Coaching.

Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I am a Robbins-Madanes trained Life & Family Coach and a Mindfulness Teacher. I help people gain clarity on what they really want from their life/family/relationships; I guide them on the path of self-growth to let them express their true potential; I see them reach their goals and make their dreams come true!

Meet Flavia:

QUESTION 1: What one book should every coach read - and why?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The Little Prince was my first coach: he taught me about mindfulness, empathy, acceptance; about how to treasure the small child buried inside of me and let her come out; he helped me understand the true meaning of uniqueness. I still turn to him whenever I feel out of balance and need a fresh and wise point of view on my life.

QUESTION 2: Which website(s) do you visit the most?

Ted Talks (www.ted.com). It is a never-ending source of inspiration and it pushes me to question myself constantly, which in my opinion is the main way to grow and learn.

QUESTION 3: Whom do you admire most?

I admire normal people when they are truly the best version of themselves. This is the reason why the person I admire the most is my grandmother, as she was a living example of grit and forgiveness. She never gave up, even when she became a widow with tuberculosis and 2 small daughters; and she forgave her parents for having left her alone during her illness - so much that she took care of them when they got old and ill.

QUESTION 4: What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I will have my coaching business up and running but most of all I will have made my big dream come true - a plan to change Italian schools radically, teaching emotional intelligence and systemic thinking from the early ages to university.

QUESTION 5: What is your "big project" at the moment?    

As I said, my big project is a new version of school in Italy. Nowadays, kids have no idea of what emotional intelligence is. They are taught to be passive learners, while they should be involved in the learning process; they are taught single subjects, while they should work through a systemic method that helps them connect the dots and see how all the subjects are interconnected.

QUESTION 6: What has been your favourite coaching moment so far?

One of the best moments I have had so far was during a coaching session, where a client had a "a-ha" moment in front of me: it was so powerful that you could see it in her eyes! It was like someone took off a bandage from her eyes, and she started to cry with a totally different voice than before (believe me!).

QUESTION 7: What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?

  1. The Suitcase®: this is my personal coaching method to guide clients through the journey and towards their goals.
  2. Inner-talk strategy: facilitating a dialogue among the many aspects of you to reveal the true, positive goal of each one of these (even of those aspects we consider "negative").
  3. ACB Method to overcome fear: as fear is one of my monsters of the past (the one that paralyzed me for years), I developed a method to overcome it.

QUESTION 8: What do you love most about being a coach?

I love discovering how different and unique we all are! The more I coach people, the more I learn about the marvellous intricacies of us human beings, and this is the most incredible occasion of awe, wonder and growth for me.

QUESTION 9: Tell us a secret about you...

I define myself as an "elephant collector" (made of ceramics, wood, etc.) even if I have just 9; on the contrary, I don't define myself as a "pencil collector" even if I have at least 50 of them - and whenever I can, I buy a new one!

QUESTION 10: If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?

I would erase some words from dictionaries (and minds). They say that if you don't have a word for something, it doesn't exist, so I would be happy if some names, adjectives and verbs (that do more harm than good) didn't exist.

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One Comment

  1. Crystal Thomas

    I loved the response to Question #6! That's always the best when, as a coach, you get the opportunity to see the 'a-ha' moment in real time.

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