Inspiring Story of a #MoreThanAPayCheque Believer – Sonal Bhavsar
Blast from the Past
Since childhood I was always influenced by my mother’s aesthetic sense because she always believed in dressing well and being well groomed always. I grew up having only two aspirations in my life, either to be a model or become an airhostess. Having participated in Femina Miss India, doing ad campaigns, music videos and walking the ramp to getting trained by India’s 1st Lakme supermodel, I always believed in the art of dressing well. Then I followed my second aspiration and joined India’s premiere airline, Jet Airways, as a Cabin Crew in both Domestic and International sectors. I was face of Jet from Chennai and represented the Company at various press conferences & travel shows working under the Chairman of the Company, Mr. Naresh Goel.
But destiny had some other plans and I got married in Vadodara. I had to leave my flying career and I was desperately looking forward to start my own finishing school. But being an entrepreneur was a challenge and I was constantly looking for SOMETHING where I could use my previous experience.
Then it all Changed
I will always be thankful to my father in law who told me about an advertisement of ICBI in Times of India. That moment changed my life. I called up the concerned person and I heard a voice confident enough to make me attend a seminar. Till then I had almost made up my mind to pursue the program and after attending the seminar there was no looking back. I was blessed to be trained by the best in the industry. Every single day of our program was an introspection of self and today I feel I am a better version of myself. The best part about this program is that the desire to look the part becomes stronger with each passing day.
Conquering New Horizons
Being a certified Image Consultant and soft skills trainer makes me wear different hats throughout the day. Sometimes I am a Personal Stylist, a Personal Shopper, Corporate Trainer, Guest Speaker, Image Enhancement Educator at an NGO or even a Trainer at ICBI. I am also the Vadodara Chapter President of Image Management Professionals’ Association.
These platfoms have given me ample opportunities to sharpen my skills. I have conducted sessions for over 1000 students from urban as well as rural schools on managing their Image and creating winning expressions. Having done over 50 one on one consulting sessions alongwith corporate training assignments for renowned companies, I feel a RENEWED ME.
I make sure that the sessions with my clients are a life changing experience for them.
My #MoreThanAPayCheque moment
I did one on one consulting sessions for a young professional and an aspiring cricketer. He came to me with the objective of making good impressions to get selected for the IPL. Post our sessions he created a photo frame along with his testimonial. For me this was the WOW moment and one of the best forms of appreciation I had ever received.