Episode 154

Passion and Planning for Aesthetic  Practice Success

by Business of Aesthetics | October 12, 2023

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In this enlightening series, host Naren and his guest, Michael Walker, explore the dynamic world of aesthetic professionals, practice owners, and healthcare entrepreneurs, sharing invaluable insights on leadership, growth, and maintaining exceptional service quality.

With over 25 years of experience, Michael delves into a wide array of topics, from emotional intelligence and conflict management to strategic planning and defining core values. This podcast is not just about running a successful practice; it’s about creating a vision that engages your team in a passionate pursuit of excellence. Michael’s approach emphasizes collective effort and empowerment, resulting in a harmonious blend of financial success and exceptional service delivery.

If you’re an aesthetic professional or practice owner, join us on this journey of self-improvement, business mastery, and personal satisfaction. Discover how to navigate the challenging waters of the aesthetics industry while maintaining a strong focus on patient care and quality. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Michael and his expert guests – tune in to the podcast today.

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Key Highlights

  • 06:03 – Discusses the importance of passion and planning for aesthetic practice success.
  • 26:21 – Highlights the role of emotional wisdom in long-term success, including how understanding emotional intelligence can improve relationships, etc.
  • 30:02 – Delves into the practical application of emotional intelligence in conflict resolution, both in personal and professional settings.
  • 32:28 –  Discusses the implementation of emotional wisdom in onboarding processes.


Michael Walker is a seasoned Leadership Coach and Analyst (Q.MED) passionate about adding value to individuals and helping them unlock their untapped potential. With over 35 years of diverse business experience, he specializes in organizational development, succession planning, conflict resolution, and mediation.

As a Qualified (Q.MED) mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada and an Analyst (WFA) with the Workplace Fairness Institute, Michael has a strong foundation in conflict resolution and workplace dynamics.

His expertise extends to providing workshops and seminars that equip participants with practical tools to apply immediately for improved relationships, fairness, innovation, productivity, and profitability.

Michael is dedicated to supporting personal and professional transformations and is committed to helping individuals achieve greater financial, relational, physical, spiritual, and emotional prosperity through his coaching and advisory services.

Naren Arulrajah

Host Naren Arulrajah

Naren Arulrajah is the founder and CEO of Ekwa Marketing, which brings together global experts in digital marketing to an online presence of approximately 200 practices across the globe–from start-ups to growing businesses, including those going through mergers and acquisitions. He was honored by AceTech Ontario in 2014 with their Leadership Initiative Award.

Giving back to the medical community has been a vital component in Naren’s career, and he believes deeply in fostering a philanthropic environment.

Naren is also known for his services as a speaker, consultant, author, and inspirational innovator.

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