Sanaz and Livia, were two newcomers who defied the odds and emerged as champions at the prestigious Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC). Through their gripping stories, you'll discover practical strategies for conquering self-doubt, embracing a growth mindset, and mastering the art of pitching and presenting. Prepare to be motivated as these two trailblazers share their secrets to success, from harnessing the power of feedback to leveraging their unique strengths and turning challenges into opportunities.

Episode Highlights:

  • Sanaz’s Transformative Journey: From Biomedical to Marketing Maverick
    • How a chance encounter with a local community led to a life-changing career pivot.
    • The power of networking and seizing unexpected opportunities.
  • Livia’s Leap of Faith: Embracing the Unknown in a New Country
    • Overcoming the initial culture shock and navigating a new environment.
    • Balancing studies, work, and personal growth as a newcomer.
  • Conquering the OCMC: Mastering the Art of Pitching Under Pressure
    • The rigorous preparation process and invaluable coaching support.
    • Leveraging storytelling and personal experiences to captivate the audience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace a growth mindset and be open to constructive feedback.
  • Practice, practice, practice – mastery comes through consistent effort.
  • Leverage your unique strengths and experiences to stand out.
  • Seek out supportive communities and mentors to guide your journey.
  • Persevere through challenges, and celebrate small wins along the way.
  • In conclusion, Sanaz and Livia’s stories serve as a powerful reminder that with determination, resilience, and a willingness to learn and adapt, newcomers can not only thrive but also achieve extraordinary success in their new homeland.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • 00:00 – Igniting the Fire: A Warm Welcome to Newcomers
  • 03:27 – Unexpected Journeys: From Biomedical to Marketing
  • 10:30 – The Power of Hobbies: Building Communities and Opportunities
  • 13:36 – Embracing Change: A Letter to Your Past Self
  • 18:55 – The Ultimate Challenge: 30 Minutes to Shine
  • 24:26 – Mastering the Art of Storytelling: Captivating Audiences
  • 29:17 – Unlocking Confidence: Advice for Newcomers
  • 33:17 – Gratitude: Recognizing the Village Behind Success
  • 35:36 – Final Words of Wisdom: Perseverance and Self-Reflection
  • 37:50 – The Tip of the Iceberg: Celebrating Achievements and Looking Ahead