Coach of the Month – Michelle Karam

Karam, Michelle - Photo, cropped (2020)Name: Michelle Karam

Title: Coach and Concierge

Business Name: Concierge By Michelle

Niche/Specialties: Paris Expert. I provide support to families in particular, from relocation to establishing your life as an expat. I am also an expert in schools for expat children in Paris. In addition, as a concierge, I can support you with European travel arrangements, event planning, organization, personal shopping, and other aspects of your life abroad.

Expat Experience: One year living in London, UK, and then in 2014 I moved to Paris, France. Now in 2020 my family and I are in the process of moving once again; the world is home!

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French, Armenian

Life Experience: I am a dynamic professional, who started out as a private chef and caterer from the prestigious California Culinary Academy. I have always had a passion for great food, and I love sharing this with others. In addition, I am also the mother of three young children.

Five years ago, my family relocated to Paris, France on a one year assignment. The one year turned into five, and before I knew it I became a trusted source for those wanting help both in relocating abroad as well as navigating life in Paris.

Accomplishments: Whether as a coach, concierge, private chef, event planner, etc., I have spent my career providing my clients with personalized attention. I go above and beyond in all ways and my biggest compliment is always when a former client refers me!

Some personal highlights from various times in my career include:

  • Food Network Star- Season 11 Finalist
  • Published author & on-air host in multiple media formats for travel, cooking/recipes, including the LA TIMES, Modern Mom,, The Today Show, and The Today Show Florida
  • Former host & producer for Around the World radio/television show (affiliated with the SBNP) focusing on travel around the globe.

What I Love About Working in This Niche: I love sharing what I’ve learned over the years. When I first moved abroad, there was no guide, no one that really could help me through the process of learning the practical things I needed to know for setting up a successful life abroad. Where was the best place to send my kids to school, what kind of doctors were available, how could I set up a bank account or even get a cell phone? There was no one to help.  So I love helping others through this process as a coach, and then as a concierge sharing the valuable practical knowledge that I’ve acquired that I know expats are seeking because I was in their shoes before. I’m so passionate about working with my clients to find the solutions that are right for them.

As a life-long traveler abroad, I love to travel. I love to see and explore the world. Working in this niche also helps me to feed my passions!

Coaching Style: I’m very hands on. I take my lead from my clients as I guide them to the right decision for them. Everything is based on their needs.

Favorite Coaching Tool: Understanding my clients’ needs.

Why Clients Choose Me As Their Coach: I take each of my clients’ needs very personally, and our work together is very thorough. In identifying the solutions to their challenges, we make sure that every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ is crossed.  They know that they can trust me as they design their future lives abroad, and you can’t ever have too much trust.

Also, through my concierge services, I can further support my clients with the practical aspects of living in Paris. My goal is to make sure that they have a seamless experience from start to finish. I have a strong passion for planning and making people happy. Details are everything.

A Tip for My Niche: Don’t quit your dream!  If your wish is to live abroad, make no excuses. It can be done!

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