Dietitian Career Spotlight: Sonja Stetzler MA, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JULY 1, 2013
Looking to enhance your public speaking skills and raise your level of pay to 5 figures per presentation? Sonja Stetzler combines her expertise in communications with her passion for food and has found her niche as a professional speaking coach to the dietitians and more. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
There were several attractions for me to the dietetics field: I had always excelled in my science classes in high school (and it appeared I would have to take a lot of science classes to earn my dietetics degree!), there were a variety of areas in dietetics that one could take his/her career, and I grew up in a food culture – my mom grew up on a farm, and my dad’s family was Lebanese – my aunts and grandmother were always cooking.
Your Job Title?
Owner and President
Company you are with now?
I am self-employed – my company is Effective Connecting.
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Coaching clients, developing speaking/program content and programs, leading workshops and seminars.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I created it. After I went through a merger with a food company I had been with for 10 years, I decided to give my corporate life a break. I went back to school to pursue a Masters in Organizational Communications and I obtained my Professional Coaching Certificate as well. In order to create a niche for myself, I looked at what I enjoyed doing and how I could help others develop their communication skills. That’s when Effective Connecting was born.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always loved learning – so I must have been born with natural curiosity! Communication skills are ones I have honed along the way; asking the right questions and the ability to listen have served me well in my career.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Be willing to try new ideas in your work, maintain a wide network, and know when it’s time to make a change in your career and life.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Travel. Traveling provides me with many growth and learning opportunities.