Words from the pros: how to get through slack periods

Published on December 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Words from the pros: how to get through periods of slack – ©Theo Saffroy – Gaylord Balizet

Advice from Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, International General Manager of L’Oréal Paris, and Marie Bochet, Paralympic alpine ski champion.

Putting words to problems

“When I have a moment of doubt, I talk about it,” says Delphine Viguier-Hovasse. Whether it’s to my friends, my colleagues or my hierarchy, I try to verbalize my problems to find solutions with them. I think one of the strengths of women is to externalize the difficulty instead of trying to solve the problem alone, like a hero. » An opinion shared by Marie Bochet, international spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris: « Externalizing helps to take a step back. In sport, we develop more and more psychological structures to encourage us to speak. »

Listen to your body

“As an athlete, I have to listen to my body, take the time to recover, explains Marie Bochet. Otherwise, after a while, the body says stop! But that also applies to professional life. And Delphine Viguier-Hovasse added: “It’s important to have a balanced agenda, to allow yourself time for yourselffor his children, to do what revitalizes us…”

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Learn to relativize

“I injured my shoulder last January, before the Paralympic Games. A very big blow, says Marie Bochet, but I finally came out stronger from this event, and that completed my experience as champion, much more than if I had brought back other medals. It gave value to my work and my career. I understood that in “Paralympic Games” there are “games”. For Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, it is not easy to know how to relativize “My husband is a cardiologist,” she smiles. I still understood the relativity of my job compared to his! »

Don’t be afraid of a no

“Dare to face a no or a failure is very important, explains the international general manager of L’Oréal Paris. As losing is part of sport, losing is part of professional career. You won’t always get everything you want, you won’t always be accepted for the jobs you apply for… But that shouldn’t stop you from asking! I give this advice, but I must admit that I still have trouble applying it… I try to persuade myself! »

Analyze failure

“After losing my ski at the start of the Games downhill, I had to quickly draw conclusions to bounce back. It’s very important to move on,” explains Marie Bochet. For Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, it is essential toanalyze your failures “Why did this happen? Do I want to go back there or rather to orient myself towards something else? It is essential to understand what is wrong, if we have to change something in our routine, change our method, or if it is not our fault… Changes often help us to restore energy and positive. »

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