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Gauteng Chapter News January 2017...

The Gauteng chapter’s first meeting of 2017 kicked off with an exciting speaker all the way from Dublin: Sameer Rawjee.  Sameer is the CEO of the Life Design School at Google, helping the people inside Google to answer the question “What job am I made for”.   Sameer shared some interesting stories of the experiences he has had across Google.  He challenged the concept of retirement (as we know it – you retire when you are 65 years old), and showed how, with thoughtful design, you can “retire” for a period of time, reskill and do something completely different.  The way the world is working is changing, and the way that we work in this world has to change as well. We also had table discussions reflecting on 2016: what went well, and what didn’t go so well, and what could we learn from it.   It was a great evening, and it set the scene for 2017!...

The Cape Chapter ended 2016 on a high note...

We replaced our December meeting with a social where we did a lamb on the spit. Every single one of us ate far too much and had an amazing evening. Thanks to Lois Strachan and her hubby Craig for allowing us to use their home as the venue. What made the evening even better was the fact that we had some guests come along AND got one to sign up that night! We also ran a highly entertaining and informative workshop on how to create stories that can be incorporated into presentations. Bruce Wade was the facilitator of this workshop and he is an amazing story teller holding us captivated with his words for 3 hours! Lots of take home value there for sure! 2017 started at the same pace. This month we ran a workshop presented by Bronwyn Hesketh all about the pros and cons of working with a bureau and what they require from you and what they can do for you. It was so very insightful and quite an eye opener. Bronwyn keeps telling us she isn’t a speaker, I think she is lying! Our guest speaker at our January meeting was Daniel Silke who took us through his vision of SA in the next two years. He then spoke to us about being a speaker and some hints and suggestions for us. We had quite a few guests at both the workshops and the meeting and it looks as if we are signing some new members – yay! We are continuing to put amazing meetings together and are planning another workshop in the next few weeks – keep your eyes open for it....

BOOK REVIEW – YEAR OF YES...

  By Celynn Erasmus, committee member, Gauteng Chapter I picked up Year of Yes (Simon & Schuster, 2015) on my last weekend in Paris last August 2016 and could not put it down! It’s written by Shonda Rhimes, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Fixer and more. The spark for this story by Shonda Rimes is a challenge laid down by her sister: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agrees and the result is nothing short of transformative. What I learnt from reading the book:  The importance of being more open to new experiences comes through strongly. Also, the powerful impact of setting small intentions and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. Why speakers should read Year of Yes? Speaking involves confronting your fears, certainly in my case. For instance, I was a stutterer as a child and had to learn to cope with stress to be able to find and express my authentic inner voice. The Year of Yes is a memoir. Shonda writes all about herself and her personal experiences, perhaps coming across egotistical in parts, but on the up side, she is witty and charming. It’s an easy, light read that left me wanting to share the book with many! It had a strong role to play in my Champagne Campaign which saw me spending many weeks living in France last year....

You Never Know Where You Will Be Seen...

Barbara Johnson of the Durban Chapter PSASA was surprised by one of her clients.  The client sent Barbara pics and video of herself being on TV.  Even more of a surprise was that Barbara appeared on a financial TV programme. Engen and Raizcorp invited local Entrepreneurs to a Pitch and Polish event late last year. Audience members were picked to give an introduction of their businesses.  Barbara advised an audience of 500 people that she works with Meaning, Purpose and Fulfillment of life, across Truma, Transformation and Transcendence. Barbara uses Counselling, Coaching and Consulting to facilitate both individuals and company one on one private sessions or group work.  Online sessions make Barbara available globally. Now with the ease of video recordings going viral, you never know where you will be seen.  Professional presentation of self and your company is vital.  Best we are always aware of a much bigger audience than we perceive to be speaking to at the time. Barbara may be contacted on +27 82 784 7656 or +27 31 716 8226 [email protected] Her website is www.leadershipdimensions.co.za Her passion for People Development has earned her a...

In the spotlight this month: Grant Gavin...

This month’s focus goes to‎ Grant Gavin, Property Entrepreneur and Speaker. What you may not know is Grant is also the Founder / Chairman of Durban Entrepreneurs Club. He founded the Durban Entrepreneurs Club to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to network with one another and inspire one another to fulfil their true potential as business people.  He also created the club as a platform for himself as a speaker, and as a networking opportunity. The club has grown beyond his expectations with 140 members after the first year.  We have attracted some high profile speakers in our first year, and have another amazing lineup for 2017 already. The objective of the club is to inspire members and guests by introducing them to high profile business people who share how they got to the top.  The inspiration is in the journey, and not in hearing about the destination.  They also educate our members and guests through specific business topic talks on marketing, BEE, social media etc.  Finally, there is a networking element with speed networking, and time set aside for social interaction after the meetings, with the intention on building relationships for possible future business dealings. See here for more www.durbanentrepreneursclub.co.za Congratulations to Grant’s venture in KZN, and may Durban Entrepreneurs Club grow from strength to strength! Grant Gavin also loves to blog and has shared this one with us speakers, as it deals with insecurities, which I would imagine speakers battle with amongst other things, truly believing that their message needs to be heard, and promoting and branding themselves to the market. This blog post can be read here...

Change By Claire Newton

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” L. C. Megginson (frequently misattributed to Charles Darwin) The winds of change are upon us. It’s a new year. A fresh start. There are new challenges to be faced and embraced… for we can always rely on change – good and bad – to happen to us. There are three important things to remember about change: o   It will always happen – what is important to know, is which stage of change you are currently in. o   No matter how negative you perceive the change to be, there is always room for positive growth and learning. o   No matter how positive you perceive the change to be, it is always stressful. While we cannot always control the changes in our lives, we can decide how we are going to react to those changes, so that we emerge as victors and not victims.  So what do we need to learn to help us embrace change? First, it’s helpful to understand the impact of change and second, it’s useful to understand the stages of change. What is the impact of change? Change is about letting go. o   Change implies a loss of control. You need to let go of the comfortable and current ‘winning recipe’. We need to stop being comforted by the illusion that things will always be the same – today and in the future. o   Change often implies a temporary dip in performance. The challenge is to minimise this impact. o   Change is a process, not an event. o   What works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. o   You must let go of where you are to...

Project Rhino KZN

Friends and members of the KZN Chapter showed Grant Fowlds and Project Rhino KZN some support during Grant’s rhino fundraising event. Grant is a rhino activist and has spoken at our chapter, and is also a member of the Mastermind for Speakers group. Bruce Page, Glenda Slade, Wendy Syers and Chantaul Jordan attended the pre-race luncheon for the uBhejane Xtreme MTB ride. With speakers such as legendary Kingsley Holgate and Mt. Everest conqueror Sibusiso Vilane, we were made aware of the all-time-high poaching problems in our province, and left inspired to join the cause before it’s too...

KZN Chapter report

by Chantaul Jordan – KZN Chapter President It was good to catch up with most of our members at our first meeting of 2017. There was great appreciation to our guest speaker Paul du Toit, for his presentation about ‘Contracts for Speakers’. He provided us with a contract, as a guideline, which will benefit both the speaker and the client. Paul’s generosity is a fine example of how the more accomplished PSASA members share their valuable time and precious resources, with their fellow members. It was fantastic to get an email from a visiting guest the next day… “Thank you so much for organising Paul to speak at PSA last week. It was incredible!! Avumile and I were raving about it afterwards.” – SIMON GRAINGER, Brand Consultant It’s wonderful to host PSASA speakers at our meetings and encourage members from other chapters to visit, for a positive and inspirational...