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Employee in the spotlight: Laura Ceci Galanos (24) Social Selling coach 5 days a week

Where were you born?
Thessaloniki, Greece

 

What was it like there?
Thessaloniki is the second most important city of Greece, after its capital: Athens. It is located on the Thermaic Gulf giving the city the wonderful advantage of being on located on the coast. The city really is a mix of both culture and history. It is full of museums and boasts remarkably good cuisine with its exquisite tavernas and warm-hearted, hospitable citizens.   I truly feel lucky to get to call Thessaloniki my hometown.

 

 

What does  a social selling coach?
I help business professionals to embrace digital transformation and to build effective, sustainable relationships in order to help them achieve their sales goals and get the most out of being “social”.

 

What is your working background?
I have studied Marketing and Communications in Rome, Italy and my working background has mostly revolved around social media marketing, web content correspondence and digital communication.

 

When did you first hear about Social Selling?
I had read about social selling on the Internet but I had my first real contact with it when I walked into Tricycle’s office for the first time and had the chance to talk to one of the two owners. He introduced me to the various tools and their potentials and I immediately recognized their value.

 

What is the most beautiful thing about this job?
The benefits of working in a multicultural and multilingual environment are endless. The greatest gift I get in return of my coaching work is hearing all the business professional’s different stories, imagining their different backgrounds and exchanging experiences with them. It feels like embarking on a journey, holding a toolkit instead of a suitcase and having various stops to meet different professionals who are all different yet so similar to each other. The final destination of the journey is trying to meet and exceed their expectations as their professional coach; when I get to do that the feeling of accomplishment is overpowering.

 

How long have you been living here?
I moved to Amsterdam at the end of August so it has been two months.

 

Why Tricycle-Europe?
Because embracing cultural differences and seeking communality between them is one of the core activities at this company. Every day I feel a sense of belonging amongst my colleagues, even though we all come from very different backgrounds. That is something I truly appreciate. The more variety I see around me, the more opinions I get to hear and the more diversity we all bring to the table, the more we become creative and enrich both ourselves and our team.

 

Who or what brought you to Amsterdam?
My oldest sister has been living here for the past 7 years and has always been and inspiration to me. I made the decision to move here in order to start a new career journey and discover how I can grow both professionally and personally.

 

Do you like it here compared to what you were used to?
I am miles away from my two hometowns (Thessaloniki and Rome) but I still feel at home. That’s because Amsterdam is one of the most international cities in the world, where different languages and cultures blend together. The only downside is the cold weather, I’m used to warm Mediterranean temperatures.

 

What are you looking forward to do or learn?
I’m looking forward to grow, both as an individual and as a professional. I’m always eager to learn more and have live enriching experiences that will allow me to be a better version of myself in the future.

 

What is your dream?
From a young age I was already intrigued by all aspects of human behavior, always curious too understand the “why” behind our emotions and the way I and others express them. One of my dreams is to be able to have a positive impact on the people around me. I would like to be able to inspire others and support them.

 

Where are you five years from now?
In 5 years I am the Laura of today with a suitcase full of new knowledge, new experiences, new memories, new travels, new people and new opportunities. The only thing that will not have changed is my enthusiasm and curiosity.

 

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