Ronaald Patrik is an emotional intelligence coach born and raised in Mumbai. Ronaald did his bachelor’s in commerce and MBA in HR from Mumbai University. He completed his master’s in emotional intelligence from the same university and is now a certified emotional intelligence coach and a senior trainer.
Ronaald Patrik is currently working as a senior learning and development specialist in the corporate field and is also a freelancer as a consultant. He is active on LinkedIn and has more than 30k followers.
Q) Tell us something about the journey?
Ronaald Patrik- I started my career in 2008 from an MNC background at an associate level. From an associate level, I was promoted to auditor. During my work tenure for auditing, I realized that training is my passion, and this is something I enjoy. So, I gave my interview for the learning and development department and got selected in the first go. Then from a trainer, I got promoted to a senior trainer, and fast forward to 2022, I believe I will get to the next level in the same company.
Talking about my childhood experience. I was an average student in my teenage years and was never used to participating in extracurricular activities because of my low self-esteem. And teachers hardly used to know me, and I had very few friends. But one thing I had very clear was that I needed to do something different for everyone and valuable in life.
So I decided to make public speaking a career to challenge myself at 18. Then I completed my graduation, and during my professional life, I realized that I now want to improve myself and inspire people. When I was doing my masters in emotional intelligence, it was more of self-discovery, I learned a lot of things about myself, and it made me a better person.
If I talk about my LinkedIn journey, It was in 2015 when I created my account, but it was hardly active there because I perceived it was only for employment purposes. But during the lockdown, after 8 hours of work, I thought about what I could do to make my day more productive and enhance my skills, so I took up my childhood hobby, writing.
I decided to write in the professional genre on social media; the people I wanted to catch were more on LinkedIn than on Instagram, so my journey as a LinkedIn Influencer started.
Q) Tell us an incident or experience in which you felt very negative and how you overcame it?
Ronaald Patrik- I would not use the word negative, but losing my mother in 2018 was traumatic. At that time, I was at my college, and suddenly I got a call from my dad that my mom got a cardiac attack and she was serious. When I reached home, everyone was crying, and my dad stood there in deep shock; when I asked him what had happened, he said, “He lost his wife.” I was in a sudden shock and was devastated listening to these words. I was so close to my mother, and I couldn’t digest that I had lost her. Secondly, I was not close to my dad; he and I only had limited interactions at that time.
The first thing I needed to do here was to break the gap between my father and me, so I started taking the initiative to make him feel better, took a one-week leave from the office, took care of his health, and started having heart-to-heart conversations with him. My dad started drinking alcohol because he was missing my mom; consequently, his sugar level went up, and he fell ill. One month after that was very tough for both of us.
Slowly and steadily, he started to get better, improving his health. Then I realized that this particular course of emotional intelligence benefits you for your professional and teaches you a lot personally.
From here, I improved my relationship with my father and turned negativity into positivity. With God’s grace, we both are doing well right now. I learned from this that negativity is all in your mind; you must go with the flow. Accept and acknowledge your flaws and negativity. Surely, it will take time to get better, but it will happen.
Q) You have been awarded as the ‘Best Emotional Intelligence Coach’; according to you, how do you describe emotional intelligence? How important is it for everyone?
Ronaald Patrik- Emotional intelligence means understanding your own emotions. The foremost thing that is needed here is self-awareness and self-love. Appreciate your weakness and make your weakness your strength. How do you expect others to love and appreciate you if you don’t understand and love yourself?
Q) Are women more emotional than men? Or is that just a stereotype?
Ronaald Patrik- This is a little controversial, but there is no gender certification. It is neither a man nor a woman. Men are also equally emotional, and all these stereotypes are baseless. Men also do cry. They might not show it to the public but have equal emotions. I agree that women have more empathy than men; they can surely do anything. They can manage their house, work, children, and a lot more at the same time, which is not an easy task at all, but there is nothing like this that they are more emotional than men.
Q) How do you feel after accomplishing so much in life?
Ronaald Patrik- I don’t think I am done till now; my journey is still on. There are a lot of goals in my life yet, and I am pretty sure I will achieve everything. I am also ready to face and learn from my failures, as there is no journey without failure. I am at a good place right now, but I am still hungry for more success and for inspiring and influencing others.
Q) What is the one thing in your life that keeps you going?
Ronaald Patrik- I am a self-motivated person. Believing in myself keeps me going. If you love yourself and believe in yourself, then trust me, success will automatically come behind you no matter where you are or what you are.
Q) You have been a guest speaker at various events and places. Is there anything specific that you have learned from these experiences?
Ronaald Patrik- Once, I was called into a college from interview sessions, and there was one student I felt I had seen somewhere. I asked him, and he smiled and said, ” Sir, once the session ends, I will talk about it. Generally, in my sessions, I always call my students to come to the stage and talk so that they can eliminate hesitation from their life. When this particular student came to the stage, he did extremely well.
He is a famous YouTuber and makes such good content about body language and interview skills. Then I remembered seeing his videos and learning so much from him. When I asked him where he learned all this, he only said that all of this he gained from his observation skills and self-learning. This was a mind-blowing experience in my life. I learned that good observation skills are very important and can do wonders.
Ronaald Patrik is an emotional intelligence coach who believes training is his passion. Ronaald has been awarded as ‘Best Emotional Intelligence Coach 2021′ in one of the events organized by the Achievers Award for the Immense contributions towards building a better Community. He is often invited as a guest lecturer in colleges to guide students’ growth. He is open to Freelancing assignments like EQ Consultants and Soft Skills Training and is ready to collaborate.