About Shazel

Shazel’s passion for helping others develop to their fullest potential began as an award-winning public speaker at just 14 years old. Shazel connected with diverse multi-generational audiences across the U.S., writing and delivering motivational speeches that won competitions and garnered standing ovations. Those experiences formed the foundations of Shazel’s love of speaking and coaching.

A Bit About Me (that you might not know)…

The purpose of my life is to use the gifts that God has given me to help bring more joy, happiness, awareness, fulfillment, and balance to the lives of others. Service to creation is part of my worship to the Creator.

With that said, I began to discover the power of the mind at a young age. I used self-hypnosis (I didn’t know it at the time) to make major changes in myself and my life. For example, as a kid I used to suck my thumb and bite my fingernails almost down to the nail-bed. My Aunt Pat (who also bit her nails) tried her best to help me. She tried everything, from telling me how unsanitary it was and how it would ruin my teeth, to putting hot pepper sauce on my fingertips to discourage me while I slept. Needless to say, none of it worked. Then, I began to talk with myself and somehow I knew that the power to stop these bad habits was within me. So, at about 7 years old, I would sit up in bed just before falling asleep at night, close my eyes and deliberately “program” my mind to stop biting my fingernails and sucking my thumb. And it worked. I continued to work on myself, through my mind, for all sorts of things big and small.

The only thing that I worked on and failed at, was the ability to stay mad or hold a grudge. As a kid I felt I was too soft and got my feelings hurt too quickly. But even when someone had done something wrong to me I always wanted to apologize for whatever I could, and make things right as quickly as possible. Staying upset/holding a grudge always made my stomach feel sick. I began to believe that I needed to change that; harden up somehow. Well, it didn’t work – and I’m grateful for that failure.

I became a motivational speaker at the age of 14 and traveled the U.S. with the HOSA organization (Health Occupation Students of America), of which I am an alumni member. I loved to connect with the hearts and minds of audiences, and won top honors. From there I continued to develop myself personally and professionally, and uncovered a new love – coaching and facilitation.

I said all of that to say that I know the power of the mind, and that knowledge has served me well. I have used it to create meaningful change and manifest my greatest intentions.

I know for sure that I’m not the only person with a powerful mind. We ALL possess the same immense power within. My goal is to help each person I work with connect to their own power and engineer their best selves (physically, mentally, and spiritually). I strongly believe that the world is made better every time each of us focuses on making ourselves the best we can be. Self-cultivated individuals build stronger families, which in turn create stronger communities, which create a stronger humanity. The cultivation of one’s self is the root of everything.

It would be my honor to help you become an even better you.

 

Shazel

“I’ve felt inspired to help people better understand themselves and each other, for as long as I can remember.” -Shazel

Today, with thousands of hours of coaching and training experience, Shazel continues her life’s passion as a well-respected authority in personal effectiveness and influence. Shazel shares sustainable skills, “secret rules for success”, and funny anecdotes from two decades of lessons learned in corporate America.

Shazel’s style of metacognitive-facilitation and coaching is engaging and energizing. She combines a scientific understanding of individual thinking and behavioral patterns, with healthy doses of self-awareness and accountability measures to create sustained behavior change.

“I can remember, as a little girl, feeling an instinctive reflex to “referee” adult arguments – it was like I could see the gaps between their words and their understanding.” -Shazel

Giving Back

Shazel actively engages with her community and the youth. She served as a Judge for the Great Communicator Debate Series, hosted by The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. High school students competed in the art of debate for $40,000 in scholarships. Recently, three-generations of her family had the honor of serving the homeless with food, socks and essentials at an overnight, outdoor soup kitchen. Shazel also served as a K.I.N.D. (Kids in Need of Defense) team partner. This national organization, founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation, partners with companies to provide pro bono legal services to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone.

In her spare time, you can find Shazel enjoying family and friends, out for a run, or recharging in the mountains or at the ocean.

Credentials

 

Additionally, I maintain numerous professional certifications in the areas of leadership development, personal and professional development, diversity training, critical thinking, team performance, corporate culture, and organizational effectiveness & engagement.

I help people grow and organizations thrive.

What People Are Saying

"Shazel is the real deal.

When I first heard her speak, I became speechless.  Her voice was powerful and passionate.  Her speech was intelligent and influential.  Shazel is a moving storyteller.  Both the audience and I were captivated, and hung on the rise and fall of her every word.

I was humbled and impressed at how she used my stories and powerful symbolism to fill the audience with hope, joy, and a sense of responsibility to “keep getting on the bus”, as I had done. 

I was incredibly touched, and wanted to shout, ‘Pass the collection plate, because we have surely heard a good word here today!’  Shazel has a heart of gold, and a God given gift with words."

-Henry “Hank” Thomas

Buffalo Soldier, Freedom Rider, Civil Rights Icon, Entrepreneur

“Some coaches are Master Teachers

because they are expert at their craft. Some coaches inspire us to soar far beyond our self-imposed limitations because they see our innate potential for greatness, even when we cannot. Still, other coaches win our enduring trust as a Mentor because they listen even more than they instruct.  And then, there is Shazel Muhammad – Master Teacher, Inspirer and trusted Mentor – Personified.”

-N.L. Akili Buchanan

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Educator, and News Commentator. Former News Producer for ABC News, NBC News, CNN, and Documentary Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

“Shazel is an incredible Professor.

With her teaching these courses, it has honestly made [company] feel more like a college campus than a job. It makes coming here each day feel as though I am focusing on my growth and development alongside that of the company, rather than me just working for it. It taught me skills I didn’t even realize I was lacking, and created a common language through which all [company] associates can communicate. Shazel's passion… and the compelling subject matter, are a winning team. I cannot thank you guys enough!!”

– Anonymous, Fortune 500 corporate workshop participant.

“I value your insight

and appreciate your candid feedback. My call with [boss] could not have gone better and I owe it all to you.”

– Teresa W., Senior leader in Operations (one-on-one coaching)

“You can’t buy, fake, or teach what she brings to the table.”

– Tim G., a senior leader in Sales, Fortune 500 corporate workshop participant.

“Shazel, you are so lovely… your energy, your aura and your passion for training… pure delight! Thanks for a great 3 days. I’m looking forward to implementing my ‘top 3’.”

Marcie H., senior leader in Sales, Fortune 500 corporate Leadership Development workshop participant.

“Thank you again for the class yesterday!

I am already working on being more proactive, trying to add more structure and planning to begin my week as well as ways to integrate all of the 7 Habits into my daily life! I look forward to taking another class with you soon, you are such a great facilitator.”

– Melissa A., Fortune 500 corporate workshop participant.

The Influencer 2-day training has power to change from inside out.

Time I spent going over the training was completely worth it, Shazel moderating the course with good sense of humor and the highly organized training filled with practical use cases not only helped grasp the subject matter, also was educational. Motivation and ability from 3 different dimensions of personal, social and structural aspects changed my perceptions for good. It not only helped me better myself professionally, it also helped me personally.

– Bala K., senior leader in IT, Fortune 500 corporate workshop participant.

“Reaching out with a big THANK YOU on behalf of the entire WR team for an outstanding Emergenetics session last week.

Feedback has been tremendously positive and everyone left feeling energized, excited, and armed with new information about how we can optimize our engagement with one another.  All good things and we really appreciate the time and effort you put into prepping for and facilitating the session.”

- Eliot H., Vice President, Worldwide Loyalty & Partnerships

"Shazel has been an amazing trainer,

career coach, and overall mentor to me ever since her days at Wyndham Worldwide. She's an excellent listener, clear communicator, and powerful motivator, with a sincere passion to help people become the best professionals they can be. However, what she does is not limited to just career development. In fact, the "Crucial Conversations" training I took with her not only transformed how I communicate in professional environments, but also how I approach conflicts in my personal life. 
 
Shazel has truly been a joy, and I will forever be grateful to her for helping me to both discover and OWN my authentic voice. She's definitely someone I will continue to work with, and very much worth the investment!" 

- Krista Salomon, Marketing Professional and Entrepreneur

"Shazel blends a true passion, authenticity, and experience with a style that’s uniquely her own."

– Anonymous, Fortune 500 corporate workshop participant.

“I love the role play practice and easy to remember acronyms. Loved her energy and vibe. Shazel Rocks!!”

-Jackie G., Training Participant

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New York

340 Madison Ave, 19th Floor
(Between E. 43rd & E. 44th)

New York, NY 10173

New Jersey

Short Hills, NJ

Zoom

 Virtual Meeting

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