MICHELLE JAGGARD-LAI SPEAKER, COACH AND FORMER PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER, WAKEHURST TENNIS
Where are you from originally and where do you call home now? I grew up in a small suburb in Sydney, Bardwell Park, and now reside in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches. I want to build a home in the country regions of NSW and live half the year in Spain in future. Who or what inspires you at the moment? I’m inspired by great people who stand for something, aren’t
afraid to be their own person or impact and share knowledge with others. I often find myself thanking my mentors as I come full circle and realise how lucky I’ve been to know them. What’s the most important project you are working on right now? I’m working on the vision as principal for a 20-year project, developing a multi-purpose sport venue which includes a team of specialised businesses in sport, health, education and cross-pollination learning concepts in predominately a community-based venue. Besides this ‘Project Michelle’ is always evolving. Trend to watch in the industry or in business? I think people are respecting learning from excellent communicators and knowledgeable mentors who provide strong base foundations and vision for performance results, whether for business or personal development. Teamwork and simplicity are also valued more today. Favourite quote or words to live by? I created my own when I started coaching 20 years ago: Be better than yesterday. It has always kept me motivated and loving learning, or giving me peace in knowing I’m doing my best in what I know today.