We had the good fortune of connecting with ISABEL CARVALHO and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ISABEL, what inspires you?
I feel very fortunate with the opportunity I have every day to help people build good relationships, build strength, build more efficient communication, and help them reach their goals. It’s inspiring to hear the stories, what motivates my clients, and the fears that block them from being what they want to be or doing what they want to do, and how we can break those fears together. It’s a daily learning experience! I love to see my clients flourishing as parents, as professionals, as entrepreneurs, achieving their goals. The light up in my client’s eyes inspires me to be a better coach and the best professional I can be.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
C&C coaching and communication, LLC. is a natural development of my Speech Therapy practice. I have been a speech and language therapist for more than 20 years, and along the way, I’ve noticed an increasing demand for parenting support. I started to observe the urge for help from parents of kids with learning disabilities or speech difficulties and from friends who also struggle with their kids’ behavior or struggle to juggle all their balls. Combining years of experience with communication science, in both private practices and research, a Ph.D., and skills as a professional coach allows me to guide families through all of life’s challenges expertly. With this in mind, I created a one-stop-shop business to coach, support, and equip families, parents, children, and teens to communicate better and have clarity around their situation and struggles to create deeper connections and grow together through all life’s changes. The business model had to contemplate a degree of schedule flexibility to maintain the right balance between motherhood and career. As that was a priority, I found it relatively easy to achieve. It was also smooth to transition from in-person work to virtual sessions, especially for coaching clients. After all the changes we had to navigate during the pandemic, online meeting platforms brought everybody together. They made it possible to offer my services to people around the globe. The next steps are expanding from one-on-one sessions to group sessions, series of talks, and partnerships with related professionals to enhance the client’s experience and demand, besides fomenting professional growth and business relationships. Entrepreneurship is fantastic and fulfilling when you are not alone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One week is barely enough to enjoy so many things and places Miami has to offer! I would begin strolling and shopping around the Design District; it’s becoming nicer and nicer every day! Grab lunch at Michael’s Genuine; but if you prefer dinner, my suggestion is L’atelier de Joel Robuchon. Mandolin is another must in the area. Winwood deserves another day or so. Walk around the walls of Wynwood, the galleries, and the cool stores in the area! Have a burger at Kush, a donut at Salty Donut, and drinks and dinner at KYU. Don’t miss the Rubell Museum! Plan to have lunch at Leku after visiting the museum – the restaurant is also great for dinner. Another “mandatory” cultural site is the Perez Art Museum Miami, and if you have kids, bring them to the Science Museum. It’s great! Save two nights for sushi and high heels: Novikov and Zuma. Go back to Zuma to have brunch. The best in town. Miami is all about being outdoors: One of my favorite spots in town is South Point. It’s nice for a jog, bike ride, or a run, followed by a jump in the clear waters of South Beach. The best place for lunch with a view is Smith & Wollensky. Call me Gabi and Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis are phenomenal. Enjoy the beautiful ocean view on a bike ride from Brickell to Key Biscayne. It’s fantastic to bike with the sea on both sides. Once in Key Biscayne, visit the lighthouse, and stop at Piononos to have the best pavlova. Coconut Grove also worth a visit! Watch the sunset over drinks at Bellini, and have dinner at Fiola in Coral Gables. Plan your week to have at least one day for a boat ride! It’s incredible to experience Miami from the water!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people to dedicate my shoutout! Maybe some of them do not even realize the impact they had on my life! First and foremost, my shoutout goes to my husband, Eduardo, who has always supported and encouraged me in everything I wanted to do. The Hudson Institute of Coaching had a meaningful role in how and why I chose coaching as a new career path, inspiring me to go after it. Wendy Notolli from Kendall Speech and Language Center, Inc., inspired me to have more efficient processes in my private practice, with her leadership skills and ability to deliver constructive feedback. My sisters, Bia and Gabi, each very successful in different fields, have always inspired me to balance personal and professional life.