Sakshi Pasricha is a Performance Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Behavioral Skills Trainer. With over a decade’s experience in Learning & Development, she has trained professionals from diverse industries and coached individuals worldwide. Her work is focused on supporting working professionals in improving emotional intelligence and leading life with purpose, confidence, and accountability.
Q) Tell us about your journey to becoming what you are today?
Sakshi Pasricha – I am a Psychology Graduate with Organizational Behaviour as my specialization. I started my corporate journey with Siemens Ltd, then Alcatel Lucent, both in India. I was interested in human behavior and understanding organizations.
I moved to Dubai and worked there for 7 years. In Dubai, I worked with two brands majorly; Right Selection; the Celebrity Speakers bureau, where I worked alongside Jack Canfield, Brain Tracy, Jairek Robins, Ron Kaufman, and many more. I lead the Learning & Development Department in Emrill Services Facilities Management company.
After a beautiful career journey in the UAE, I shifted back to India because of Health challenges. I also took a year off to recover and started fresh with full-time Training & Coaching. My career has been very rewarding and satisfying, and I am grateful to be in my field of work.
Q) What is performance coaching, and how do you go about it? What is your favorite thing about coaching?
Sakshi Pasricha – Coaching is about supporting the client to unleash their hidden potential. As a Performance Coach, I help individuals enhance their self-confidence by improving their self-awareness, creating a vision for themselves, and designing habits leading to that.
Coaching begins with understanding what the client wants and then helping them to move towards it. Growth happens at every stage of this process as the client dig deeper into themselves. I also introduce a system of accountability so that they allow themselves to progress every single day.
Courage, emotional intelligence, better communication skills, and clarity of thought are the by-products of coaching. My favorite part about coaching is helping the client reflect and the self-work I get to do to be able to Coach people.
Q) What is the importance of Mental health in today’s world?
Sakshi Pasricha – Mental Health is a critical part of our wellbeing. It impacts everything from how we think, feel about ourselves, and perceive others and our behaviors. It’s the base of the building. Mental Health has always been important, but Covid has put it on the map for many of us who thought this aspect of life could be ignored or taken lightly.
Without mental health, one will find it difficult to live through a day of their life, let apart dreaming and doing something big for themselves and having meaningful relationships. We need posters saying, ‘If you have a mind, you have Mental Health.’ Maybe then all of us will understand that we all have it.
If I talk about India specifically, we are waking up to the reality and impact of Mental Health and opening and accepting knowledge and access. However, all this needs a lot more support at a systematic level.
Q) There would have been times when you had experiences in life that might have demotivated you; how do you navigate yourself from all the failures?
Sakshi Pasricha – There have been plenty in different areas of my life. I am grateful to have managed such times with three core values; ‘Faith’ that all will add up in the end, ‘Curiosity’ to see my share in situations and learn from them, and ‘Compassion’ towards myself, allowing space for mistakes and failure as a part of my growth and healing.
I am a huge believer in taming our little voice (self-talk), which is done every day through awareness and intention. It pays off well in these times.
Q) How do coaches help people to achieve goals? Is there any strategy?
Sakshi Pasricha – There are two schools of thought when it comes to coaching; one is teaching (which is also called Coaching in India), and then there is the other one; where the client is the teacher and the Coach is just a facilitator, or you may call them a catalyst.
I will go by 2nd school of thought; the strategy here is to be curious. Coaches help individuals deepen their self-knowledge, allowing them to think, feel and make decisions in a manner that is coherent with their being.
Q) What is your aim and motto in life? What do you want to do further in life?
Sakshi Parischa – My vision is to inspire individuals to understand their minds, emotions, body & soul to start designing their life the way they want. This would naturally want them to take the journey of connecting their dots of experiences, pain, strengths and lessons, and healing.
Eventually, growth will be the by-product. Through my work, I would like people to understand that purpose does not fall into our lap, and we create it daily.
Q) What advice and tips do you have for people to help them overcome problems and stay motivated?
Sakshi Pasricha – My go-to generic line for solving problems is there is always a solution; if you can’t find it, ask for help. Build habits that support a healthy mind and body. You should learn to live one day at a time; if we can’t learn to make one day good and how we would like it to be, imagining 5 years down the line will only add to our existing anxious and pressured brain.
Reflect every day to find out the 1-degree shift you made because no one other than you will see, experience, and appreciate this growth.
Sakshi Pasricha believes that the skills that teenagers lack these days are emotional intelligence and communication skills. She aims to emphasize the importance of self-awareness and strongly believes in checking your self-growth as it helps in your overall development. Sakshi Pasricha is surely an inspiration for many who work hard daily to help them believe in themselves and enhance their overall performance.