1- Hello Stephynie, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure, I would love to. I am excited to be here discussing Chique Speak. I founded ChiqueSpeak.com to align with my true passion for serving others. Through my career I have been asked by many High Performers how I was able to show up and serve, with grace and an immiscible attitude, considering everything I had been through in my life. The answer was, a positive attitude, great determination, an insane amount of tenacity and no Plan B. When you have other options, there IS option for failure!
I was fully emancipated at the age of 15 years old. My Mother had severe, untreated mental illness. My Father drowned when I was a baby. I was truly on my own even before I was 15 years old. From there, with clearly little to no guidance, I chose the wrong husband! I became a single Mother at 23 years old, and since I chose the wrong husband, my family was less than happy with me! (smile) so, I didn’t get a lot of support there. I WAS MY OWN support system, and my daughters too. After working my ass off at several sales/ business development positions, the requirements became more strenuous… travel, business dinner, late-night brainstorming etc. I was sick of either bringing my daughter into the office or leaving her in childcare. This was no longer an option for me. So I decided I had to create a business, that would prevail at all costs. The business needed to somehow align with something the world needed, and my expertise. From there, I started MalikCo, LLC. In a little under a year, MalikCo became a Global Consulting Firm with clients such as American Express, Toyota, Oracle, Accenture, Deloitte, Nike to name a few. I successfully ran the firm for nearly 16 years, and I still remain involved as Chairman and Advisor.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
We currently run 3 lines of business
1- Entrepreneurship Coaching, which teaches High Performers, and former Executives how to develop and launch they’re own 6 figure business they are truly passionate about, once again, aligning with their talents and expertise, while serving their specific, and targeted audience (which we help you define). We teach our clients a step by step system, as well as guide them through a roadmap and methodology on how to build a successful business doing what they love, giving them the freedom they have craved. There is no stone unturned in this program.
2- We coach Executives how to realign with their careers. Maybe negotiate the salary package they are worth, be top of mind for a promotion they have been passed up for, remaining relevant through Brand or skills or possibly re-connect with their teams for better performance. Really this is a tailored approach depending on the need of our Executive client.
3rd- MDV (Million Dollar+ Ventures) This is a Highly Select program, not offered to the public. There is an extensive application process to go through to be accepted into the program. We have to be assured you have the skillset to build a Million Dollar+ Venture. This has been so exciting to watch Executives I have known for years leave their cushy senior level position, trade in their badge and their reserved parking spot for more time with their kids and families and actually start to develop hobbies that were on the back burner for so long. Just to hear their voice and feel their energy is more than I could ever dream of. So far, this has been the largest impact on our business.
3- Where do you think you are making an impact?
The most amazing thing to see is the “Ah-Ha” moment when your client takes their first step into Entrepreneurship and then last few moments of the program when they are thanking you profusely for changing their lives and giving them the tools they need to succeed. There is nothing greater than showing people how to design a life they love. So many people believe that working a 9-5 job is so stable. We are busting through all of these myths. We show individuals based on the empirical data how insecure the US job market is today. We show our clients what they need to succeed and give them a game plan on how to use their expertise and their passion to build a successful business. It’s so fulfilling to hear, “I can’t believe I waited this long! Thanks for giving me the skills to believe in myself and the data to prove the market needed my idea!”
4- Can you tell us about your business “Chiquespeak”?
Chique Speak is an Entrepreneur and Executive Coaching Firm. Focused on building 6 figures businesses globally and coaching Executives through career milestones.
5- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working to launch it?
I would say splitting my time between MalikCo, LLC and Chique Speak. So may press interviews, while I am grateful for the press and the excitement, I really need to get back to my clients. A few others were running different polls with potential clients to make sure we were creating offers that they wanted and needed. Setting technology goals and not only meeting them, but exceeding them around service, and automation. Building a global business is so rewarding, but getting it right and assuring you are serving the community to your highest potential takes a village! (smile)
6- Can you tell us about your strategies?
My strategy is simple, Show Up, Listen, Serve, Repeat. You must listen to your clients’ fears, as much as you listen to their dreams. Once you have this outlined and they can clearly articulate their idea to you its really just about clarity, definition, focus and learning how to execute! We have a detailed plan that guides you, every step of the way.
7- Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?
We have about 20 programs we have defined. Once we get these 3 lines of business at a 99% client satisfaction rate, we will add more. Service is the most important thing to Chique Speak. World Class Service. Teaching you how to become the best version of YOU is what we do. We have a roadmap for each program and each program will operate differently depending on where you are on the globe. They will be defined and rolled out as our clients need them. The company will change and evolve, but it will always stand for one thing. Serving others to our highest potential.
8- What can you tell young women entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams?
Focus! Get complete clarity on your idea, product or service.
Get a coach, not a mentor! Coaches have plans and strategies. They get YOU to your optimal goal of success. According to Bloomberg, The number one reason entrepreneurs fail is NO GUIDANCE! They did not seek the help of someone who was successful that had already “been there, done that” sorta speak. Don’t make that mistake.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I am most excited that in 24 hours, we have gotten 34 new applications into our program. We only have 6 spots left for December, and 4 spots left for January. We are also launching our facebook group in two weeks!! If you want to be a thriving Entrepreneur, come join now! http://bit.ly/2kb5ojP
10- The last word or final thoughts?
Believe in YOUR power! Don’t be fooled by “stability” in a 9-5 job. You can do this, only YOU have limiting beliefs. Commit, do the work, and reap the reward. You are creating YOUR future and being who you were meant to be. Please join our newsletter at www.chiquespeak.com