Q&A with Life Coach and Image Consultant Nazley Delport

2017-06-12 13:19

Nazley Delport

  1. What made you become a life coach?

My reason for becoming an Image and Self Development coach is because of my personal journey of self-development and personal growth, it has led me to see the benefits of knowing myself and becoming the best I can be. I have always been a natural nurturer, helping taking care of my family and those close to me. I fell in love with that transitioning of someone from having a low self-esteem to walking in his or her own authority. It is my kind of poetry. It is most inspiring and rewarding to see someone step into their own and just shine so brightly cause of finally have a healthy self-belief. Seeing oneself through the eyes of those who has been your biggest supporters is that beautiful “aha” moment and long lasting life changing experience.

  1. What does being a life coach entail?

I am an Image and Self-development coach. This is transforming my people from the low self-esteem and insecure awkwardness, by that I mean I do the total Image inside and out. We get confidence and positive thinking and a healthy self-Image from good self-talk and self-motivation to showing you how to always look your best as this will make you feel your best. Your Image consists of everything from how you WALK, TALK, LOOK and ACT!!! I always say that it is super easy for me to make you look fabulous but then you are just a walking good outfit. Image consultancy is also about building your substance to back the attire up. People buy into people in business today. You need to be confident in who you are and what you want to be seen as. You will always have synics that would say that clothes doesn’t make the person and their success, that I agree to a certain extent but if I have to employ,promote,fund or choose one of 2 people to represent my company out in this cutthroat world. I would definitely choose the better dressed power image to the not so well groomed one. Hands down. We live in an age of image and we need a bit more character to go with that. Hence why I am focusing on developing the complete image for my clients. From business ethics to etiquette to dressing. I say you best WALK, TALK, LOOK and ACT right to be the best you that you can be. I love motivating and applying tools and skills to make you shine. Life is too short to be mediocre.

  1. I believe that you came from humble beginnings, tell us more?

I had quite the journey from where I came from. As a little girl growing up on the Cape Flats we had our very own challenges and tough times. But that has molded me to be the force I am today. I look at a challenge now as a chance to grow again. I remember we often hardly had electricity and it was super embarrassing back as all your friends walk past and we are the only ones having what I use to call “romantic evenings by candle light” hahaha. You got to be able to step out of your situation and sometimes the only thing you can do to ease the blow is laugh at it. We had other struggles but that is the last thing I wish to focus on. Being a victim of my circumstance was never an option for me. My first job was working over weekends at a big supermarket, straight out of school on a Friday till late and all day Saturday for R45 (I was so proud to be able to that for our family) at 13 years old to help my mother, who by the way is the most resilient strong wonderful woman I have the pleasure of calling mom. We never went to bed hungry, you know what it means to be a hustler that lady has grace and class to go with it. I then shortly after high school waitressed full time and the travel bug hit me hard and I started in the UK and ended up living all over Europe, mainly Rome in Italy. My best times and adventures was through South America. But home is always where the heart is. I have to say.

  1. So you are also a fashionista and image consultant as well as a motivational speaker, how do you balance all of these commitments?

All of these things I do stems down to the same thing, Inspiring and transforming. I am a single mom and I am a survivor and because I have the Passion for it because I finally found my purpose in life it certainly doesn't feel like work. I got my juggling skills down.

  1. Why is your public image important? What are the benefits on having a good public image?

My image is important because that is the perception the world has of you. Be it a brand or personal. What project is what you will be seen as. For example, it takes seconds for me to be interested in wanting to talk with someone at a networking event. If you are look tacky and slouching or too loud or have no professional etiquette, I can guarantee you I will overlook you. I am looking to rub shoulders with successful, powerful, ambitious, serious people. You need to be a good represented of yourself. Have people wanting to know more about you, and side bar, that goes for social events to. Whether you looking to find love or make friends in the right circles, you need to package yourself in a manner that shows “I have arrived...” It is not an arrogant thing that's where the inner image comes into play, you have to have the complete image of yourself on fleek. I think I should become the South African version of Will Smith in the movie “Hitch” cause let me tell you.... I have transformed many from that ugly duckling syndrome into that fabulous SWAN that has just been dormant and which is in all of us. Tap into that inner king and queen. Be bold and beautiful.

  1. What is your opinion on the level of women empowerment currently and how can we improve it?

For me women empowerment should start at high school level, I do believe that there are not enough opportunities for empowering our young women from a mentoring and seminars and workshops stand point. What I mean is this. I will use myself as an example... I work with young children, boys and girls because I am about youth and women empowerment. I was that kid who I spend time with now. I wished that at the very impressionable stage in my life when I was a young naïve innocent little girl who knew nothing but the circumstances I was born into, to have a women or man stand up and educate and shed light and bring awareness to me that the world is your oyster and that the amazing opportunities out there and how and where to find it. Then I would like to take that a step further and teach on how to have self-respect, how to love yourself (nobody teaches you this), teach tools and skills on how to step into your own power and etiquette and good self-talk and … I have a program that I am currently busy with which not only teaches this but is goes on to dealing with the current social and emotional issues our teens are faced with daily. As Maya Angelou says “If you better you do better.” If some would have told me the things that actually matters in life, it would have saved me from making a number of uninformed decisions which was to my detriment. So in conclusion I believe that empowerment should start at a younger age so that when we do get to our 20's and 30's so we are well informed, well-groomed and powerful individuals. That is the mission. I'm a woman on a mission.

  1. What is your best moment of your life so far?

I’m glad you ask “so far!” lol I got to say that I won't just answer this for sake of answering. It is yet to come. My daughter of course, she is my little blessing from God. And definitely when I hear from people how special I make them feel and what great impact my presence has had in their lives. That is ultimate for. I’m very humbled.

  1. What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

I went through a really challenging divorce. However, I had a choice to make, I emphasized it with this quote “and when she remembered who she was, the game changed” I had to get up dust myself off and step back into my own power again. I started going to motivational talks, read self-development books and last but not least I cut off every last toxic friend from my life. At my own pace in my own time. I was way too hard on myself. That being said, you have to love yourself, another one my teachings today. I been there done that. I am at the happiest point of my entire life... Yay!!!

  1. What is your favorite quote and why?

“I am not who I was and I am not who I'm going to be.”

  1. How do we get hold of you incl your social media details?

Facebook: Nazley Delport

Instagram: @ladynaz1

Twitter as @NazleyDelport

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