Victory to the Power of Two...

By Roger Knowles, Deputy President of the PSASA “War is the natural state of man.” This quote from Thomas Hobbes – introduced with a lively little story – formed the foundation of the talk. Man is inherently combative; the history of warfare over the ages underlines this assertion. It’s not all about war, however. Closer to home, our lives are also beset with conflict – fractured marriages and other close relationships attest to this, as do conflicts between neighbours. The aggression between drivers on our roads, sports fans (and their team players, managers and communities), the simmering (or blatant) conflicts in workplaces and those on a wider front, between communities, regions and even countries, further support the argument that man’s default position when faced with conflict, is to fight. Actually, man displays a pitiful array of just two automatic choices – fight or flight. Either way, there is just one winner – and often, the damage done to both sides is horrendous. Conflict always has a high cost. The cost of warfare is astronomical; the Second World War cost about 4 trillion dollars in today’s money and the cost of the ‘War Against Terror’ is about the same, so far. This may be a bit unreal for the man in the street, as smaller battles have smaller costs. However, a neighbourly dispute or a divorce can cause absolute ruin – not just in your private life, but also in your business. The physical and emotional cost of conflict is very high too, for the individual. Our built-in reaction to conflict, the so-called flight-or-fight response, is useful when faced with an emergency, but our bodies are ravaged by a daily onslaught of many situations that our bodies perceive to be...

End of the Speaker Year

Phew! The end of another busy year.

I don’t know about you but I have had a tough year, I seem to be working harder for every buck I make. I feel like the guy in the picture.

Let’s talk about value and the PSASA...

“You do not pay me for the hour, you pay me for the value I bring to that hour.” Jim Rohn

LinkedIn for motivational speakers – Why you should stay on the free version...

Article by Charlotte Kemp, Social Media Guru Let me make sure you understand how highly I value LinkedIn. If you were to take all social media away from me, I would hold onto LinkedIn and my blog and forfeit the rest. I have got more business from these two places than anything else besides email marketing. There are over 200 million LinkedIn profiles with South Africa ranking 11th in the world in terms of accessing the site. Catering for over 11 languages, and satisfying members who are predominately graduates, between the ages of 25 and 54 and high income earners, LinkedIn is not a flighty social media site at all. LinkedIn representatives came to South Africa just over a year ago to meet with social media trainers and strategists to establish how we use their site and look at further investment. They are planning to open an office in SA in the next few years. YOU DON’T NEED TO PAY EXTRA Having said all that, I don’t think there is much need for the average person to pay for an upgraded version of LinkedIn or to necessarily use the Sales Navigator or other paid versions they may offer you from time to time. The recently upgraded personal profile, the hugely expanded Companies Pages, Recommendations and the ability to demonstrate your portfolio of work by uploading files and links makes the basic / free version of LinkedIn superbly useful. PAY TO UPGRADE ONLY IF YOU REALLY NEED TO SEND INMAILS The biggest benefit of the upgraded version is the ability to send InMails and to contact people outside of your network. Your network is made up of: 1st level – people you are connected to 2nd level – 1st level...