If you’ve been listening to the Life Coach Chat Channel, I’m sure you’ve heard of one of our newest hosts Angelique Joseph. Host of B.E.L.I.E.VE., which stands for Breathe Energetic Life Into Each Vivacious Endeavor. Angelique has taken the radio network by storm with her shows that have talked about taking chances, living every day to the fullest, forgiving yourself, and even sex. Angelique is open and thought provoking; sharing some of her personal stories to her listeners. Though she’s been a coach for under a year, she’s made big strides and we can’t wait to see what she has coming up next.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Angelique last week to ask a few questions. When you first see Angelique, the first thing you notice is the neon red hair that crowns the top of her head. The next thing you notice is her energetic, upbeat, and at the same time tranquil personality. We sat down to start our interview and in the few short moments, I knew I was going to enjoy myself.
Filomena Iorio-Tasoluk: So Angelique, thank you for taking the time to speak with me. As you know, each week we choose someone to be the coach of the week and we are thrilled that you are this week’s choice. You’ve been doing your show B.E.L.I.E.V.E. since November 2013, you are on every other Monday, so you’re still relatively new. What made you decide to be a radio show host?
Angelique Joseph: Life is about taking chances and having new experiences. I want to look back on my life and see all the amazing things I was a participant to, so when this opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance. I’ve always been told that I have a really great soothing, but energizing voice. I would accept the compliment, but as a lot of us do, brush it off as just being a kind gesture and nothing more. One day, someone told me that I should think of doing radio with my voice, I had known about this network through another coach Mark Schall, and I’ll admit, I’ve always had a secret desire to be a radio host or DJ, so when I received the go ahead from Russ, I knew there was no turning back. I decided to do this because I didn’t want to live my life with a “what if” hanging over my head and I wanted to prove to myself that my limitations are only decided by me.
FIT: Your show tends to have a different topic each week. How do you choose what to talk about?
AJ: I take inspiration from what’s going on around me and even in my own life. My first show was about taking chances and a leap of faith by believing in you, because that’s what I was doing at the moment. I had a show about how your inner thoughts influence and impact your actions. I’m human, I have my own inner dialogue and sometimes it’s not the most beneficial. My show on loving yourself was from conversations I had had with clients and again my own experiences. I speak from the heart and the soul. Everything that I say is coming from a place of genuinely wanting to offer something that my listeners can relate to and find support and draw inspiration from.
FIT: I will definitely agree regarding the honesty and authenticity of your shows. You seem to bring a piece of you to each episode. I love how open you are about your own experiences. How do you stay strong and motivated?
AJ: I do anything I can that I feel would benefit me long term. I’m constantly doing new things. I’m always learning, trying new experiences and challenging myself. I have moments of doubt, we all do; we’re human. But I’ve found the key for me to stay motivated and strong is to be honest with myself. There’s certain strength in being honest and admitting when you feel weak, fragile and vulnerable that can motivate you to fight for your life. I try to accept myself but I also try to be strong enough and smart enough to not confuse acceptance with resignation. I also have support from amazing people in my life; each one brings a unique quality to the table that I can draw from and learn from. Everyone is walking their own path in life, and it takes strength and courage. If you choose to see it, everyone has a life lesson to teach you and everyone that comes into your life, no matter how brief, brings something valuable with them.
FIT: What does the future of B.E.L.I.E.V.E. sound like?
AJ: I really want to get guests on there that the world may not know about…yet, that I think are doing amazing things. I want to continue to grow my show; I want it to be fun, engaging, and energetic. I want it to be one hour of deep insights, conversations. It’s going to continue to be unpredictable. I want listeners to want to hear the next episode and the next, because it means that I’m bringing something relevant to you; something that touches you, something that you can say “Yes, that’s what I’m talking about” to. You’re also going to hear me grow as a host and as a person. I don’t want to give too much away, but this show is meant for everyone and anyone can be a guest, that’s the beauty of it. It’s not about me, it’s about us.
FIT: So, this network houses hosts who are coaches. Why did you choose coaching as a profession?
AJ: It chose me. I’ve always been the person that people felt comfortable talking too, unloading their burden, getting things off their chest, opening up to. I know so many secrets, I can’t even count. But they’re all safe with me. I can engage with perfect strangers and engross them into very deep conversation. For instance, I remember one time I was on line at a store, I had my headphones on and I was doing a little dance, I just happened to turn around and there was this cute old lady dancing along with me, though she couldn’t hear the music. I smiled at her and encouraged her to keep dancing, and she told me that she loved how free I seemed and how much she loved to see me enjoying life. We then started talking about her childhood in Auschwitz, she being saved from certain death, but losing her parents shortly before rescue was able to reach them. This entire conversation was five minutes at most, but in those five minutes there was such a connection. I love hearing about people’s lives. I love being a listening ear. I love hearing about your triumphs, I love brainstorming with you on ways that you can make the necessary changes. I believe everyone has the answers they need within them. I feel honored to be someone that people trust to let into their lives. Coaching allows me to do that, I’ll challenge you as a personal trainer would, but it’s only to grow those mental and spiritual muscles you never knew you had. I love coaching because I get to see people do things they never thought possible and change themselves, and the transformations I’ve seen has been absolutely breathtaking.
FIT: Wonderful. I was looking at your Facebook page Calliste Foundation Counseling Services, love your posts by the way; but I saw one in particular where you asked people out there to be your pen pal. What are you hoping to achieve with this?
AJ: It’s just a way for people to feel they have someone to talk to, someone to share with, someone who’s a friend. I had a pen pal when I was a kid, and it was amazing the connection that we had. This person was on another continent and for me, might as well have been another planet, but she would tell me about her life from her eyes, and I would tell her about mine. I was writing to a friend recently and I was away from my computer, so I decided to write it down on paper so that I didn’t forget what I wanted to say and then transfer it to email. When I began writing, it was interesting the emotion and words that came pouring out of me. It was something I hadn’t felt in a while. I wrote about eight pages. I couldn’t fathom transferring that to email. I felt that some important aspects would be lost. You can see emotion in a person’s penmanship, in ways that you can’t see by typed letters. I’m all for technology, but as much as we are more accessible to each other, there’s also a kind of coldness and distance to our communication sometimes. I want to read words that human hands created. A bit romantic, I know, but that’s one thing I’ve always missed since email came along.
FIT: Angelique, this has been such a great interview. Before I let you go, I want to know, what are some other things you are working on?
AJ: Well, as I said before, people seem to love my voice and one thing that I do in particular at my shows are centering techniques that I write for each show. Clients have been asking me to write custom ones for them for upcoming tests, events, I recently did one for a bride that was about to walk down the aisle. So very soon, you’ll have access to them on my website that you can listen to when you need it and request custom ones that are just for you. I also want to continue offering a service that people find relevant and worthy. Aside from that, I continue to work on making myself a better person and living life to the fullest and embracing every opportunity life presents to me.
FIT: Are there any parting words you have for people out there?
AJ: No matter if you believe in one lifetime or many, you will never live this one again; just as you will never have another March 10th, 2014. Make the most of this life, your life. You are capable of so much, surprise yourself; do it today and each day that you are granted, because you are not promised a tomorrow. And finally, no matter what happened in your past, you and the choices you make for you shape your future.
FORMER COACHES OF THE WEEK:
Lisbeth Overton, Whole Life Health, LLC
Connie Rogers, Bite Size Pieces
Trina R. Ramsey, Perspectives Plus Coaching
Claudette Chenevert, The Stepmom Coach
Danielle Mercurio, New You City
Connect 3 Coaching, LLC
Founder of Life Coach Radio Networks
Kim Ravida, Kim Ravida Coaching
Shannon E. Sennefelder, CPC, CRC, White Swans Consulting
Amy Dawidowicz, Choose Evolution Coaching Systems
Barbara E. Hetzel, Top Ridge Coaching
Tim Billiter, DIY for Your Soul
Jennifer Kottler, SEED Spiritual Coaching
Danielle Mercurio, New You City Coaching
Veronica Taylor, Life Leaders Coaching
Annette Johnson, BDAZZLINGFLY, LLC
Martin Salama, Your Divorce Recovery Coach
Joel Readence, Joel Readence Coaching
Mandy Roczniak, Inner Winning Coaching
Andrea Ruchelman, New Perspectives Communication
LeAnne Parsons, The Voice Of The Adoptee & La Dolce Vita Coaching
You can listen to Angelique every other Monday on the Life Coach Chat Channel.
Her next show is on Monday March 17, 2014 at 9pm ET where she will be dishing out tips on how to deal with difficult people in your life and challenging you to examine if you are that difficult person in your life. You don't want to miss it.
Angelique's website www.callistefoundation.com is also chock with information about Angelique, her services and upcoming projects. Plus, you can listen to her previous and current show right from her site. I encourage you to check it out.
For daily inspiration, be sure to like her Facebook page at Calliste Foundation Counseling Services.
We're so happy to have Angelique on our team and can't wait to see what she does next!