We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim O’Neill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This question makes me laugh, because my thought process was simply fueled with loads of passion. I didn’t think of what I was doing in terms of being a business. When I first started [my business], my dominant thought was “I just need to start helping people NOW!” I knew I wanted to help people feel more confident, but I wasn’t sure how to focus that into a service. After doing some online research and internal exploration, I realized that what I had a lot of experience with; am good at; and people could really benefit from, were insights into the employment interview process. So that’s where I started! The journey has unfolded so much more since then where I now coach people to feel more confident in their personal life, as well. I never had dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, but I did always dream of doing work that directly helps others and is fulfilling for me. Over time, as I evolved and so did the work I provide others, I realized it was important that I start thinking of myself as an entrepreneur and apply that to how I operate my business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What often stands out to most people is that I’m a former Crime Analyst who became a Transformational Confidence & Interview Coach and eventually a podcast host, Reiki Master, and so on. I want the world to know that your unique light will only shine to the extent that you allow it to shine. You shine when you embrace all of who you are; know your self worth; and confidently express who you are in ways that are meaningful for you. What might that look like? ~ Confidently talking about your skills, talents and accomplishments in an interview ~ Accepting your *quirks* because they are beautiful, unique and you empower others when you do ~ Speaking your truth when boundaries get crossed There’s a difference between being confident and being cocky. What I have often found is so many good-natured people have a fear of showing up as an arrogant braggard, and therefore continue to dim their light making it harder for the world around them to fully see them. Over time, they discover “proof” that it’s not okay for them to shine as they encounter more and more people who reflect back to them a similar fear of it not being okay to shine; but that’s not truth. When you lead with your fear, others become your mirror. I’m here to help people ease into a full acceptance of who they are so they confidently shine from the inside out, whether it be from job interviews to everyday life. You deserve to be seen and heard. The world WANTS you to be seen and heard. You’re the ONLY one who can truly allow that; but you don’t have to ease into it alone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
WooHOO! Let’s do this! Well we’d definitely have Saturday brunch at either “Schooner or Later” in Long Beach (LBC) or “Paradise Cove” in Malibu. I’d then have the urge to show them Portuguese Bend (San Pedro) and Naples Canals (LBC); we’d do outdoor yoga at Bluff Park (LBC); then we’d finally experience what it’s like to do a float spa (I love doing new things, and I’m sure my “friend” does too! ;-))! I know there are a few in the LA County area. Lastly, we’d close out the night with movie at a drive-in theater (another new thing for me!) or a walk around 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
What a fantastic question! Absolutely! I’ve learned that I don’t get anywhere if I don’t say Yes and take action myself, but I also can’t do everything on my own. My entrepreneurial journey has taught me about the power of support in a way I hadn’t known before: what it feels like when you don’t have it; and how things dramatically improve when you do. There have been 4 key players as part of my support system: 1) First and foremost is my spiritual team: God / the Universe / Angels. So much of what I’ve been able to accomplish has been driven and guided by my spiritual team, and I’m immensely grateful. 2) Next is my mom. As I grew in my entrepreneurial pursuits, my support system completely shifted. A lot of people went away, as new people started to enter. My mom has been that one constant, and I feel so fortunate to be able to say that. 3) All those people who have randomly popped up in my life to say an encouraging word or something that brings a feeling of being seen and knowing I’m not alone. Included in that is my friend Debbi Dachinger, Host of the “Dare to Dream” podcast. 4) Last but not least, a few years into my business, Debbi introduced me to an amazing organization called “The Evolutionary Business Council” (EBC), founded by Teresa de Grosbois. I didn’t feel like I’d found my “tribe” until I met members of the EBC in 2016.
Most all photos are mine; one of them is a photo of me featured in a BeLive.tv blog article (https://blog.be.live/beliver-feature-kim-oneill-transformational-coaching-through-live-streaming/)