November 29, 2017

The Profile Co-working Space, Vancouver BC

Topic: How Do You Rise Above The Competition and Succeed as a Coach


The coaching and personal development industry is rapidly growing with close to 30% increase in just the last three years with North America accounting for over 45% of all the coaches worldwide. More and more people are taking this path as their career choice. But is the industry sustainable? Can it support the emergence of the millennial life coach? Currently, the general consensus is that majority of coaches are in the low income category, with a large disparity between the bottom and top earners.

This panel discussion is designed to address some of the fundamental questions coaches have about the industry and how newer entrants can maximize their chances of success. We have a guest panel of professional coaches and speakers that are not only successful in their respective fields they are setting a benchmark for the industry as a whole. Discussion questions included:

  • Coaching is such a powerful profession that has the power to impact so many lives. Tell us in your own words what does it mean to you to be a coach.
  • Since this event is for new and aspiring coaches share with us how you overcame the challenges of being a new coach and what would you advice new coaches to do to set them up for success?
  • I wanted to have a panel that is quite diverse, you all have a very different approach to how you approach coaching as a business. What are the critical steps to establishing and growing a coaching business?
    • Share with us how you market yourself and get clients.
    • What approach have you seen work well and not work well?
  • The barrier to entry in this profession is very low, almost anyone can call themselves a coach.
    • Do you think the low barrier to entry dilutes the value of the profession and what can aspiring professional coaches do to protect themselves against this value dilution?
    • Does the lack of regulation in the industry create the potential of substandard and even harmful service?
    • Is accreditation necessary or a ‘good to have?
    • What are your thoughts on young millennial coaches do you believe the industry can support this new emergence?
  • What mindset should new coaches come into the profession with in order to ensure their success?
  • Let’s talk about the fulfillment. This is a gratifying work where you can potentially change the lives of the people you work with. How does that feel, do you ever take that for granted?
  • What do you think the future of coaching is in North America and around the world?


The Panel Guests Included:

Faris KhalifehQuiet Leadership Coach

Faris is a Quiet Leadership Coach and named among the Top Six Life Coaches in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness. Faris works with clients from all over the world with different backgrounds, cultures and industries; he focuses on uncovering what is true and unique about his clients and assists them in building on their key strengths.

He serves on the board of directors for the International Coach Federation (ICF), teaches business, leadership and personal development courses at various colleges, runs multiple mastermind groups and facilitates corporate training and seminars.

Faris is also the founder of the Vancouver Quiet Leadership community and Meetup group where he hosts monthly events to support leadership among introvert personality types. Before becoming a coach, Faris was a marketer serving clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans industries including education, hospitality, fast moving consumer goods and automobiles.


Bénédicte FlouriotCareer & Leadership Coach, MBA, ICF certified

As a Career & Leadership Coach, Bénédicte works with clients across industries and continents to find the career they were meant for and ways to excel within it. She believes that who we are should define what we do, and that what we do defines who we are, which is why she specializes in coaching that focuses on professional life including: finding and changing career, improving leadership skills, confidence and focus, overcoming professional challenges, opening a business, integrating into a new team or role, creating work-life balance.

Her coaching practice is integrative. She draws from her multidisciplinary background that includes experience in luxury hospitality and marketing as well an MBA; a Master’s in Career Consulting; and certifications in life coaching (ACC and CPCC) and psychometric testing to provide a holistic approach to career development. She has lived and studied success in business from many perspectives and offers them all to her clients.

Bénédicte built her career before coaching in the luxury hospitality industry, working for companies of different sizes and cultures across the Middle East, Europe and North America. She has held many leadership positions and roles for leading brands from operations to marketing and communications and brings her understanding of what it means to change careers and adapt to challenges to her coaching practice.

Bénédicte is a volunteer with Dress for Success where she acts as a Mentor and participates in empowering women into the workforce by providing them with career services and skills development programs. She also coaches for the ICF Vancouver Non- Profit Leadership Coach Giving Program. Their mission is to help leaders in non-profit organizations who would not otherwise have the opportunity to build knowledge, skills to take their leadership capability to the next level.


Shenan CharaniaTransformational Coach

Shenan works with men and women to help them create fulfillment and passion in their relationships, career and ultimately their life.

A master in the perception of thought, Shenan helps his clients uncover their thought process and helps them separate the helpful thoughts from the unhelpful ones. Because he believes that when we can see how we create our reality of life with our thoughts, we are less restricted by our circumstances and enjoy a richer more in depth experience of life.

Shenan’s clients have more clarity in the direction of their dreams, they tap into the enormous capacity of their mind, they have greater energy levels than they ever had, their engagement in their work requires less effort and they are more present in their relationships.

Prior to his coaching practice Shenan spent 6 years in the quick service restaurant industry. He owned a restaurant before deciding to dedicate himself to help others live out a life of meaning that is deeply fulfilling to them.

Charity Donation from the Event

15% for all tickets sold went to Mashud Mohammed, a farmer in Tamale Ghana who has been dreaming to build an aquaponics farm for the past 4 years. To learn more about Mashud’s story please check out this episode of the VOE podcast where he shares his journey of aspiring to build a community around clean, sustainable and organic farming. To learn more about aquaponics please visit the website of

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