Welcome to Business Innovators Magazine…Please introduce yourself and a brief thumbnail sketch of your background.
Halle: I’m Halle Eavelyn, and I am a transformational coach and tour leader who helps women reclaim their lives. I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 25 years. I pioneered interactive movies in the software industry, became a private real estate investor, and – due to my own spiritual awakening – started a spiritual travel company, leading over 40 tours so far to sacred sites in Egypt, Bali, South Africa, Cuba, and Europe. That evolved into my transformational coaching work. Most of my clients are women; I help them reclaim balance in their lives and their businesses.
BI: What would you say is the area in business that you are most passionate about and why?
Halle: At the heart of my that passion is the idea that we can each awaken the soul of our business – in fact, it’s the title of one of my talks. So many people think that you have to be cutthroat, or miserable, or at least overworked, to run a successful business. And it just doesn’t have to be like that. Most women entrepreneurs also struggle with the need to be the perfect businessperson AND mom AND wife and wake up one day to discover there’s nothing left of themselves in their lives. I teach entrepreneurs balance by helping them to understand and let go of their personal blocks, changing both their behaviors and their beliefs, so that they can stop drowning in what they are “supposed” to do and can get back to the business of living, which is really why we are all here.
Yes, you have to work hard, especially in the startup and in any growth phase. But there’s no actual rule that says you can’t succeed without letting that work scar you for life. I wish someone had told me that when I was working 80-hour weeks, sleeping in the office, and letting my “lifestyle” business run my life completely.
Once this shift happens, it’s absolutely remarkable to see the change. A small business is either growing, or it’s shrinking – sometimes subtly, so you can’t see which direction it’s going in for a long time. The core of that is the person who owns it, and when she wakes up to the idea that she can have her dreams and goals align with her business intentions, that the business doesn’t own her or run her and that she doesn’t have to clobber herself in service of the work, it’s life-changing.
BI: How are you different than your competitors?
Halle: People ask me all the time, “Transformational Coach… is that like a Life Coach?” And I explain that is IS, like a life coach on steroids. My work is very fast and extremely deep; the people I coach in business come to me saying they’re drowning and learn very quickly to keep their heads above water. But once that happens, they want MORE; they want to be bigger and better versions of themselves. They want their businesses to grow, but they also shift their dreams. One of my clients thought she wanted to sell her business because she had been having such a hard time. But after working with me for a few months, she realized she truly loved it – it was the obstacles she had hated so much, and once they were removed, she could expand her business even further.
BI: Please tell me about any recent business accomplishments that you are most proud of and why?
Halle: In my private coaching practice, I helped a woman whose son was killed several years ago, and couldn’t get over the acute phase of grieving. She called me a “jujitsu master for the soul,” which I was so grateful to hear. So many people keep their feeling locked up or bury them, and they interfere with every aspect of our lives and our work. Unresolved anger or grief, especially with childhood trauma, can cause deep depression and even suicide. When the sun comes out, and it always does if you can get the right help, it changes everything. For me, getting to witness that moment with my clients is the most rewarding thing.
I also I helped a client who was a nurse to reclaim balance in her life. Like so many nurses, she helps others for a living and was getting so burned out she hated her job. After a month of coaching, she told me she remembered what she loved about her work again! She was an inspiration for “Reclaiming YOU: Unlocking Your Personal Happiness Code,” a ten-week program that women who can’t afford my private coaching can use to help restore that balance. When we stop thinking we are selfish for taking time, and we realize how vital it is for our families, our work environments, and our own health, that’s when we can start to live the lives we came here for.
BI: What Leadership qualities in Leaders do you most admire and why?
Halle: Integrity and transparency are two requirements for me. I worked with a money coach who was an absolute master. He had built three businesses and sold them and then he started helping people rework their money “mindset.” Eventually, I found out he was completely out of integrity in his personal life, and I was never able to see him the same way again.
I think our leaders, whether they are politicians, coaches, or priests, should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us, and accountable for their actions. I admire Pope Francis (though I’m not a Catholic) because he seems to have transparency and integrity in spades. Both Ariana Huffington and Oprah Winfrey rate high on this list for me – Huffington collapsed a few years ago because of lack of sleep. But she didn’t hide it. Instead, she made it a focal point of her paper to point out the ridiculous requirements we put on our bodies when we are striving for success. Winfrey spoke to her massive public following about being raped and brought the shame of it into the light, where it could heal. I think a leader with these qualities makes a better role model for all of humanity.