Welcome to Episode 123 of Building My Legacy.

In this podcast we talk with certified leadership coach Michelle Bernard who works with women in leadership, particularly those who want to use their international experience in business. Michelle has been interested in different cultures from a very young age and did an academic internship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, when she was in college. She talks about the challenges of ex-pats and how she can help them navigate through the different stages of “culture shock” they may face adjusting to a new country.

If you’re living as an ex-pat or want to know more about the ex-pat world, our discussion with Michelle can help you make decisions about what’s next in your life.

So if you want to know:

  • How to thrive in another culture in the midst of experiencing frustrations and missing home
  • How the biggest challenges for ex-pats can be life’s basic daily interactions
  • The importance of being a humble learner when living abroad
  • How ex-pats should look at their experience to gain the most from it

About Michelle Bernard

Michelle Bernard began to travel and go on service trips across the world in high school and lived in Cambodia for an academic internship in college. There she discovered that she wanted to help other service-minded women return home and clearly communicate their experiences from serving abroad. A leadership coach certified through the Co-Active Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation, she founded Olive Brand Coaching & Consulting. This coaching business helps women process their international experiences, translate them into lasting personal growth, and integrate their learning into leadership to help serve and impact their communities. To make it easier for ex-pats to share their experiences most effectively when returning home, she created a roadmap, “The Leader’s Roadmap to Lasting Impact: How to Clearly Communicate Your International Experiences in 5 Easy Steps.” If you’ve lived or even travelled abroad, this free guide can help you decide which stories you should share with family and friends to help them connect with your experience. It’s available on Michelle’s website, www.olivebranchcandc.com

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.