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Ntsiki Mkhize is passionate about working with individuals and teams to inspire, connect and empower them to discover their purpose, and implement practical methods for personal and business success. As Miss South Africa 2nd Princess 2015, Ntsiki focuses on coaching on personal branding, living on purpose and personal development. Ntsiki is a self-published author and founder of MentHer. Her inaugural book My Hall of Mentors was released in 2019 with launches in South Africa and Scotland. In the same year she gave her first TEDx Talk at Cumbernauld Women and was featured as the youngest speaker at the International Speakers Summit and Epic Entrepreneurs Virtual Conference 2020. She is the Co-Founder of The Princesses Foundation; Director at Pamanda Properties, Pamanda Farming and eKasi Entrepreneurs; Presenter and Content Producer for Basic* on MyBigStartup.com; Presenter on CareerConnect for Business DayTV as well as Host of That’s 20’s Podcast. Ntsiki’s focuses on… <ul> <li>Helping individuals and teams discover their purpose</li> <li>Set action processes to achieve goals</li> <li>Getting entrepreneurs to focus on specific activities in order to move forward with their start ups</li> <li>Helping corporates and incubators develop content and programmes, to support Entrepreneurs and their Enterprise Development Programmes.</li> </ul> Ntsiki Mkhize is the author of her soon to be published book: My Hall of Mentors: Lessons Learned Along the Journey of Success. In addition, she writes a Living on Purpose blog on her website She holds a B. Com Marketing Management and B. Com Honours Logistics Management from the University of Johannesburg, where she is the Ambassador for their Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Ntsiki believes in service and developing others and volunteers as a mentor at Phakama Women’s Academy and Hadithi Wethu. <em><strong>Keynotes & Workshops</strong></em> <strong>The Age of Social Impact</strong> Exploring social entrepreneurship and social innovation as part of the way we do business to add value to stakeholders, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and keep abreast of the times. <strong>BOOST Resilience</strong> Build and maintain personal resilience through eating, moving and sleeping better to achieve improved performance. <strong>Personal Branding in a Digital Area</strong> Define and create an authentic personal brand, leveraging your expertise and social media to add value to your niche through your unique voice. <strong>Better Me, Better Us, Better Workplace</strong> Improve individual and team performance and relationships by increasing EQ (emotional intelligence) and understanding the diversity of different personalities through the enneagram. <strong>Purposeful Visualisation & Goal Setting</strong> When you know why, you can figure out how. Uncover your purpose and fulfil your potential living a life of wholeness. <strong>The Power of Mentorship</strong> Achieving exponential personal and career growth through mentoring.
International speaker | Facilitator
World’s Leading Marketing Consultant, Speaker
United Arab Emirates
Vladimer Botsvadze is a globally-renowned, multi-award-winning, digital transformation and social media influencer, Fortune 500 consultant, thought leader, futurist, professor, keynote speaker, startup advisor and media personality. He has 15 years of marketing and tech experience working with the world's best brands to initiate change and drive growth. He has been called ''the world's best digital marketing consultant and speaker'', ''a visionary and an early adopter in the digital realm'', and ''a wizard at social media'' by his global clients. He's the first global influencer who achieved No. 1 Marketing, AI, Retail, Management, Sales, Digital Transformation, and Innovation global ranking by Thinkers360. He is ranked No. 2 Global Retail Tech Influencer by GlobalData. Onalytica included him among Top 100 B2B Marketing, Top 100 Digital Transformation, Top 100 Fintech, and Top 100 VR Influencers. He has won 200 global awards. He is among the world's Top 20 Social Media and Marketing Speakers by Social Media Club in 2020. The Awards Magazine recognized him among Top 32 Global Digital Transformation Influencers. Vladimer is ranked among the Top 350 Most Influential Investors and Entrepreneurs by Crunchbase alongside Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James, Jessica Alba, and others. He is a speaker at Global Entrepreneurship Network where he inspires audiences to build their startups and see the future differently. Vladimer has risen to global prominence by becoming a top influencer on Twitter (56,700 followers), LinkedIn (25,000 followers) and Instagram (10,800 followers), a total of 130,000 engaged followers from 1142 cities and 185 countries across all his social media platforms. His work inspires 40 million people annually on Twitter where his insights impact global businesses. He has published some of the most shared and talked articles and social media posts. His work focuses on the intersection of storytelling, practicality, consumer behavior, and social media marketing. Vladimer is widely recognized for his visionary leadership and trailblazing innovation. Through his consulting, speaking, teaching, startup advising, and mentoring services, companies have grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing companies. He has been recommended by the professionals from London Business School, Google, KPMG, MasterCard, AC Milan, Forrester Research, PepsiCo, Dell, Accenture, and other leading global brands. Top brands generated $3.5 billion growth in revenue through Vladimer's practical marketing growth strategies. His clients attain record-breaking success and he has been interviewed by TV channels, radio shows, podcast episodes on topics related to social media and digital transformation. Vladimer is a member of CMO Council, IoT Council, IoT Premier League, Global Entrepreneurship Network, XR4ALL, Amsterdam Economic Board - Amsterdam Smart City, Sydney Startup Hub, Singapore Startup Hub, ResearchGate, D&AD, and Singularity University. He has been interviewed by Onalytica, Thinkers360, Emerging Europe, Kred, Engati Engage and the Award Magazine. Vladimer has been recommended 33 times on LinkedIn by the world's leading brands and his results have always exceeded expectations. Therefore, his clients have reinvented themselves in the digital age, achieved record-breaking success and they are prepared for the connected future. Across the globe, he makes marketing more human and delivers powerful results, as a result brands become strong, smart, and strategic. Vladimer's keynote speeches bring you more new ideas and more sales. Vladimer is leading a movement to help executives discover practicality in marketing and he has devoted his life to sharing his actionable tips on social media and digital marketing that help managers build their personal brands. He is one of the most widely recognized figures in technology nowadays. He delivers keynote speeches at tech and marketing summits, advises Fortune 500 brands, mentors top executives, delivers lectures at Financial Times top 100 business schools, and advises startups worldwide. The world capitalizes on his extensive industry knowledge and some of the reasons why so many successful managers utilize his practical strategies when it comes to marketing, economics, retail, management, and artificial intelligence. He has worked on billion-dollar marketing projects with Fortune 500 brands and his practical marketing and social media strategies have inspired the top executives to quadruple their results. As a tech speaker, Vladimer serves as an investor and advisor to companies. He also advises boards and executive teams of the world's most powerful brands and government agencies. Vladimer works on non-executive director roles for ongoing support and he enjoys coaching and mentoring individual executives. He has developed an outstanding stage presence who delivers inspiring talks. He helps brands, executives, and entrepreneurs see the future differently. He inspires audiences to think outside the box and sets a new standard on how brands maximize their success online. He is a renowned influencer and a frequent visitor to all continents where he is on a mission to make a difference and impact as many business owners as possible. Vladimer helps and inspires executives to prepare for the future of work. He assists entrepreneurs and managers in building future-ready organizations for the 21st century. He mentors executives with unique ideas to boost their impact and create lasting legacies. He delivers game-changing live and virtual keynotes to drive powerful changes. Whether it's a conference audience of 2,000, a masterclass of 30, or a virtual event with your remote workforce, Vladimer will leave audiences inspired and full of ideas. Vladimer supports leadership teams with inspiring storytelling and real-world experiences. He offers a full range of services from trend analysis to online training, executive workshops, virtual meetings, and intensive one-on-one coaching. If you're considering a virtual conference, online meeting, or webinar series, Vladimer is always the right thought leader to invite him to your virtual event. He delivers a customized keynote experience and he is a powerful storyteller. Vladimer has led a remarkable career and he jumped at the chance to start building his personal brand in 2014. His leadership has been praised by many people. His popularity has let him travel all over the world and he is equipped with impressive qualifications. Vladimer is an immensely influential marketing figure, with his unrivaled track record and unexpected over-delivery he reveals the marketing strategies that produce the most profitable results. His keynotes are motivational and practical stories of his social media success that cost him $0 to build his presence and grow businesses. He only focuses on strategies that work in the year we live in and what will trend in the future. Vladimer produces daily content on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms. Vladimer helps entrepreneurs navigate some of the most challenges of the startup world. He exposes them to new ways of thinking and provides helpful advice on growing their businesses as well as giving increased confidence. Thousands of entrepreneurs benefited from his mentorship and saw things from a different perspective. Vladimer provides unbiased guidance, strategic support and helps entrepreneurs grow their networks. Vladimer's motto is Henry Ford's quote: ''Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.'' Millions of people have utilized his strategies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. As the world's No. 1 Marketing, AI, Sales, Retail and Management thought leader by Thinkers360, he is frequently invited to top business schools, organizations, conferences, and podcast episodes to deliver his talks. With an outstanding global audience of 125,000 people, game-changing projects bring him to inspire managers all over the world. He frequently visits the UK to speak at top universities to share his award-winning expertise with students. He's always ready to join conferences, panel discussions, and roundtables to inspire audiences with world-class insights on the latest trends. Business schools, Fortune 500 brands, and conferences stay ahead of the game because of his partnerships. Moreover, top brands achieve massive visibility and he works on influencer marketing programs with Fortune 500 brands. He is always driven to work with top executives to successfully contribute to their marketing goals. He has proven success in delivering world-class marketing strategies. Vladimer is ranked by Klear and Kred in the top 1% of global social media influencers. Millions of people around the world have recognized his inspirational insights. Millionaire entrepreneurs seek his advice and presentations, masterclasses and online publications turn managers into practitioners. Vladimer has been praised by American Airlines, Intel, and Jaguar for his unparalleled experience, unrivaled track record and unmatched professionalism. Vladimer shows his audiences how to make their best impact on social media and he believes everyone can make a positive impression online and build trust, which is significant in the contemporary business world. Vladimer shares his first-hand practical experiences, which allow top leaders to grow their revenues and income, increase productivity, drive engagement, improve customer retention, and deliver extraordinary team results. Keeping up with Vladimer is one of the best ways to make sure you have the most successful strategies for your business. He paves the way for what the world knows about digital marketing and he has continuously proved himself to be one of the top names in digital transformation and marketing. He helps more than 10,000 businesses run their social media platforms more successfully. Vladimer is an inspiration to the modern marketing professionals. Vladimer shows global professionals what it takes to create and successfully build a startup and he inspires audiences how to build a powerful personal brand through social media platforms. He inspires and educates organizations on harnessing the power of digital in order to maximize their success. He sends audiences back home with new practical new ideas that can be utilized promptly. He worked on the leading edge of social media marketing and innovation. His avant-garde ideas expand minds and inspire people to take action. He is a top technology influencer with over 130,000 followers that ranked him the No. 1 Global Marketing Thought Leader by Thinkers360. He believes everyone should build their personal brands, because it opens up so many new professional paths. His eye-opening presentation are highly insightful. He paved the way for social media personal brand building we see today. Vladimer offers expert support and guidance to a number of boards across sectors, and much of his time is dedicated to international speaking engagements. If you wish to maximize your success, he's always the right person to have him at your event, corporate meeting, or lecture to inspire your audience. Connect with Vladimer to learn how he can help grow your brand and book him for your next event or learn more about consulting, training, and startup advising services. <strong>Keynote Topic Examples: </strong> 1. <strong>Build Your World-Class Personal Brand</strong> Accelerate Your Personal Brand's Growth Through Social Media Your online reputation matters more than ever. You will be inspired to build a powerful online personal brand using social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and more. Be strategic about crafting and positioning your personal brand. Build a powerful reputation, which is vital to your success. Explore how to manage a personal brand and attract opportunities to you. Develop a pragmatic visibility and profile strategy. Build trust and credibility. Create a culture of authenticity and trust. Use the force of social media to connect with others. 2. <strong>How Brands Can Win The Battle For Attention on The Web</strong> Stand Out in a Competitive Market by Winning Consumers' Attention Raise awareness for your services to potential customers and stay ahead of the curve. Find the best way to get people's attention. Discover which social networks dominate the screen and how you can tell your stories to build relationships with your audience. Marketers expect consumers to pay attention to their messages. Every strategy begins with an understanding of your target customer. Develop a deep understanding of customers' connected behaviours, preferences, and usage patterns. Reap the benefits of content marketing and recognize the crucial role it can play for customer retention. Think mobile first, integrate experience across all channels, deliver targeted experiences. You only have 5 seconds to get attention and answer customers' key question, ''What's in it for me?''. Amazon and Uber are raising the bar when it comes to customer experience. Meet customers' expectations by understanding their needs. Consumers like to feel listened to and think about the value your product/service can bring to them. Make them loyal to your business. 3. <strong>Drive Your Sales Growth Forward </strong> Skyrocket Your Sales Growth in the New Economy Discover an effective long-term strategy for sales growth. Become more persuasive in today's digital age. Attract attention and put yourself in the best position to succeed. Put emphasis on compelling communication that leads to positive influence. Create change, discover the opportunities, accomplish goals, embrace your uniqueness to convince and convert. Leapfrog your competition by discovering what's working outside your industry. Benefit from new trends that will help you transform your business. Get in front of consumer expectations. 4. <strong>What is AI and How Will It Transform Your Business? </strong> AI Can Develop Your Business Models and Relationships With Customers AI is the leading technology where marketers expect the most growth in the next two years. By 2025, the AI market will surpass $100 billion. From an email to a push notification, AI can write personalized content for you. Companies want to use AI for customer service, competitive intelligence, and media planning. AI identifies better prospective customers, it provides more analysis for campaigns, and provides better insights on accounts. 5. <strong>Twitter Success: How To Strategically Grow Your Network </strong> Discover How a Single Tweet Can Make You a Billionaire Twitter is one of the top networks that brings the most buzz. 70% of Twitter users are more likely to buy a product from a brand they follow. Be personal and genuine with your tweets. Understand your clients through Twitter. Majority tap networks like Twitter for customer service. 81% of users say Twitter impacts their purchasing decisions more than TV. 85% of followers feel more connected to a business after following. 84% of followers who interact with a brand share positive experiences. Fortune 500 CEOs use Twitter to stay ahead of the curve. Twitter influencers play a major role in brands' growth. Participate in industry chats, do market research for trends and products. Reach out and make connections. 6. <strong>Top 3 Technologies That Will Play a Key Role in 2025 </strong> Maximize Your Business Success Through Integrating Emerging Technology Trends AI is the battleground on which the long-term business success will be decided. AI-powered organizations are getting ahead. AI can develop your business models, relationships with customers, and marketing. AI will transform how we create growth. AR allows customers to preview products or experience services in their normal lives before buying. AR/VR will have 216 million users by 2025. Retailers expect to add AR/VR to enhance product experience in the next 5 years. Instagram is bringing AR to its audience of 1 billion users. 5G network is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything including machines, objects, and devices. 5G will be 100X faster than 4G. 5G will drive economic growth - $12.3 trillion output of industry goods and services enabled by 5G and 22 million jobs will be created. 7. <strong>How to Build an Influencer Marketing Strategy For Your Brand </strong> Find New Ways To Reach Your Target Audience Influencer marketing is concerned with focusing market activities around key individuals that have influence over potential buyers. 84% of brands expect to resort to influencer engagement. Discover the top goals and the future of influencer marketing. Majority of marketers see influencer marketing as strategic and they are planning to increase their influencer marketing budgets over the next 12 months. By partnering with someone external to your business that is trusted by the target market, confidence and credibility factors are always higher. People no longer trust ads, but they do trust people. Influencer marketing attracts higher-quality customers to their business. 8. <strong>How Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change Marketing Through 2020 and Beyond?</strong> Use The Current Disruption To Shift Habits and Focus on Effective Ways of Communicating Adjust to new realities. Online is becoming a channel choice as consumers spend more time at home. Google and Facebook are seeing changes. Put the business in a position to address long-term realities and opportunities. Support employees, customers and suppliers. The number-one priority should be focused on employee wellness and health. Always put customers first. Get an immediate handle on customer motivations and behaviors. Address customers' new reality and engage with them authentically. 9. <strong>How Businesses Will Benefit From Voice Technology</strong> Consumers Are Rapidly Adopting Voice Assistants Including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Siri A new way to engage with consumers' search tactics are a promising complement to robust search and digital audio strategies. 80% of digital voice assistant users have employed their smartphone as a VA. 33% of consumers report using Siri most, a slight edge over Amazon's Alexa at 31%. Alexa already dominates the smart speaker market with 27%. Google Home is second at 18%. By 2021% it's estimated that close to two billion people worldwide will be actively using digital assistants. 10. <strong>What is Big Data and How to Prepare For the Connected Future</strong> Big Data Continuously Drives Business Innovation Data is growing and the demand for big data is also growing. It's estimated that investment in big data is estimated to reach $200 billion in 2020. Organizations desire to reduce cost and increase efficiency with the data analytics process. The enterprises are likely to spend more on cloud computing solutions. Machine Learning will be of paramount importance when we talk about big data, which can help in predictive analysis and help address future challenges. 11. <strong>The Secret of Self-Motivation and How to Build Success From Nothing</strong> Success only belongs to those who are willing to work harder and smarter than anyone else. Follow your passion - if you don't see yourself working 80 hours a week on it, it's not your passion. Look ahead - try to see the future even though you are looking at the present. Get your own understanding of how the industry will develop. Show courage to deal with change. Build confidence in your abilities. Create new paths rather than choose the worn paths of accepted success. Create vision and go the extra mile. 12. <strong>Adapt and Survive in the Age of Disruption </strong> Emerging Technologies and Global Megatrends Are Colliding To Disrupt Both Business and Society The Internet, social media, and mobile phones have disrupted every aspect of business. Brands lose market share and go out of business while facing disruption. Understand how to catch up and thrive. Accelerate strategies for success in the era of transformation. Every industry is faced with disruption. Vladimer inspires audiences to think big and scale fast. He covers the major trends that drive growth across all sectors. Explore the five stages of disruption and build a preparedness culture, foster organizational agility, embrace new ways of working and making decisions can help firms embrace change and foster innovation. 13. <strong>The Future of Ecommerce and Retail </strong> Improve Customer Experience and Stay on the Cutting Edge of Technology Marketplaces are one of the best ways to extend your brand, increase traffic, and increase basket size. Over 60% of global B2C ecommerce will come from marketplaces. The B2B ecommerce industry is projected to be over two times bigger than B2C. B2B ecommerce sales are expected to reach over $1.2 trillion. Omnichannel retail is expected to rise to 73%. Retailers are investing in chatbots. D2C (Direct to Consumer) picked up true speed and will continue. PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) are a must-have in order to stay ahead of your competition. We will see more merchants offering try-before-you-buy services for a wide range of services. 14. <strong>The Secret to a Successful Startup</strong> Build Your Own Startup From The Ground Up Risk it all and dedicate your life to making your dream come true. Build your own empire from the ground up. Prepare your startup for success. Make products that your users and customers will care about. Gain a deeper understanding of a startup process and discover the skillset and mindset of great entrepreneurs. Learn how successful entrepreneurs think. Apply the best decision-making processes from successful companies worldwide. Implement better decision-making skills on a daily basis across all business activities and roles. 15. <strong>The Future of PR </strong> Grow Your Audience, Express Your Brand, and Establish Trust Public Relations promotes communication between a business and its consumers. When a company invests in a PR strategy, its chances of becoming more profitable are higher. It's now a common practice for PR professionals to use social media as a channel to allow business to communicate with a larger community. Persuade and build trust. Valuable content works to position you and your brand as a thought leader in your industry. <strong>Formats: </strong> <ul> <li>30 Minute Fireside Chat</li> <li>60-90 Minute Keynote</li> <li>90-120 Minute Training</li> <li>Half-day Training</li> <li>Full-day Social Media Immersion Day</li> <li>2-3 Day On-Site Social Media Training</li> </ul>
World’s Leading Marketing Consultant, Speaker
International Speaker | Entrepreneur | Author
Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Mike brings over 10 years experience in digital business and customer experience. His keynotes focus on how people and business can succeed in a digital world. A love of technology and a heart for people have been the fuel behind Mike Saunders’ entrepreneurial journey. An international keynote speaker, digital thought leader and author. He has a unique ability to lead business with a crystal-clear leadership philosophy that encompasses “unlocking potential”, “nurturing trust” and “developing narrative.” Mike was recognized on the list of “Top Global Digital Marketing Experts & Influencers in 2019 You Should be Following.” Acknowledged by his peers in 2012, as one of the Top 20 South Africans to follow on Twitter. Mike was awarded Special Honours at the New Generation Awards for his contribution to the industry. Over the last few years, Mike has won the respect of business by his determined approach to helping people navigate a diverse and complicated world of Digital Business. As an international keynote speaker, Mike is able to engage his audience in an interactive, personal and energizing manner by drawing on his life experiences and personal stories. Mike speaks with authority from over 10 years’ experience in the digital industry. He leaves delegates captivated and inspired about the potential in both technology and people. He has had the privilege of working with some of the most prestigious organisations in the world including Vodafone, Bidvest, Santam, IBM, Toyota, Norton Rose and Exxaro. <strong>CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS</strong> Mike prepares custom presentations for his clients. He speaks on topics that relate to the point where people and technology meet. The list below shows some of his most requested presentations. <strong>Moments of Truth</strong> When marketing in a digital world we need make the most of each moment of truth. Moments of trust are any point at which your customer interacts with your business. Over the past few years business has found that there are four moments of truth that matter in building a great consumer experience that promotes the sale of your products and services. <strong>Innovation 4</strong> Innovation is the heartbeat of an organisation, helping to breathe life and longevity into what you do as well as contribute meaningfully to performance. Whether you’re innovating on your core business model to diversify profit streams or adding new products to an existing lineup, innovation is a complex undertaking that organisations invest in and embark on. <strong>Fourth Industrial Revolution, Humancentric</strong> Through his book, Humancentric, Mike Saunders has presented to the world a new way of building businesses in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Moments of Truth When marketing in a digital world we need make the most of each moment of truth. Moments of trust are any point at which your customer interacts with your business. Over the past few years business has found that there are four moments of truth that matter in building a great consumer experience that promotes the sale of your products and services. Marketing Innovation 4 Innovation is the heartbeat of an organisation, helping to breathe life and longevity into what you do as well as contribute meaningfully to performance. Whether you’re innovating on your core business model to diversify profit streams or adding new products to an existing lineup, innovation is a complex undertaking that organisations invest in and embark on. Fourth Industrial Revolution, Humancentric Humancentric Through his book, Humancentric, Mike Saunders has presented to the world a new way of building businesses in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Fourth Industrial Revolution, Humancentric <strong>Hooked on Tech</strong> This digital economy is an enigma. People and business have been grappling with its potential for years. Whether we are trying to understand product development in a digital world or parenting in an app-crazy household – we have to admit that the digital economy is one of the most mysterious, enticing and scary economies we have ever had to navigate. <strong>The War for Trust</strong> The internet is a wonderful place where brands can build a relationship with their customers and build brand love. It’s also a place where brands have been damaged by customer feedback, boycotts and hate speech. <strong> </strong> <strong>Love Your Work</strong> Have you fallen out of love with the work you do? You’re not the only one. Did you know that only 13% of people feel happy in their jobs? With the amount of time, we spend at work and the time we invest in our jobs, we should be able to find and do work that excites and inspires us. However, with the invention of artificial intelligence, people will soon be faced with the challenge of finding truly meaningful work. <strong>Renowned</strong> Strong online personal branding is key to getting noticed and building more influence in your career and personal life. Your online personal brand is one of the most valuable assets you can control. No matter what you’re trying to achieve in life, your personal brand can help you achieve it. <strong>The Five year Mark</strong> The Five Year Mark is a collection of personal stories and lessons that Mike has learnt while building his business to the five year and million-dollar mark. Mike shares anecdotes in a personal “over a cup of coffee” style that breaks down personal barriers thanks to is a uniquely raw and honest approach. Entrepreneurship, Motivation <strong>Social Media: Beyond the Content Plan</strong> Content plans definitely have their place in the eco-system of a social media strategy, however, for many it’s become the single essence of their online presence and this is concerning. Content plans push us towards distribution thinking. <strong>Virtual Presenter</strong> <ul> <li>Virtual Presentations</li> <li>Creative ways to connect with your audience in a virtual conference</li> </ul> You lay the chairs out in your venue in a boardroom style or u-shape or banquet because it creates different learning dynamics in the room. Yet we still present content in the same way. What if you could change the way you deliver presentations to your audience. I have developed a series of virtual products to break past the boundaries of conferences to create bespoke virtual experiences that are as engaging as being in the room. All of these products are also available to create hybrid experiences, turning your conference into a place where people and technology meet. <strong>Virtual Presentations</strong> Mike is able to deliver any of his presentations via virtual conferencing tools. He’s equipped with high volume fibre lines to ensure a strong connection to your platforms. He has presented in virtual conferences to audiences in multiple locations at the same time and has been able to keep everyone engaged. <strong>Pre-recorded Presentations</strong> A more professional looking and secure virtual conference package. A recorded, customised video of a presentation will bring a unique presentation into your conference without any concern of webinar dropping in the middle of the delivery. <strong> </strong> <strong>Live Broadcast</strong> Move up from the webinar experience. With live broadcasts, we can deliver high quality and engaging presentations. Think of it like this – its the television experience compared to the skype experience. We’re able to style our shows to match the aesthetic of your venue, do scene changes (indoor and outdoor) and live interactions with your audience. <strong>Elevated Presentations</strong> What if you could take your conference content and improve the engagement rate of your delegates and the knowledge they retain. I work from my presentation and have short, anecdotal, personalised videos infused with live data points to create unique videos for each delegate. The videos are personalised to the individual and customised to your brand — the videos are delivered in a presentation style infused with live animations to communicate complicated concepts. To complete an incredible experience, we deliver these videos over time (sometimes over a month) to your delegates – creating frequent, short bursts of informative content in a time frame that suits your delegates busy work/life schedule. Content can be delivered by email, SMS WhatsApp and internal social networks. <strong>Virtual Workshops</strong> Mike makes use of video conferencing and smart virtual whiteboarding to create virtual workshop experiences. They actively enable your teams to ideate and unlock their potential.
International Speaker | Entrepreneur | Author
Communications Training Specialist
Simon's Town Road
Adrienne Verney’s background is based on a thirteen year amazing journey, in television, presenting shows and programmes, each filled with opportunities whilst with RTV/ZTV. Further added to this was three years of freelance television in South Africa, affording her the opportunity in TV, Press and Radio coverage for four high profile special events in South Africa. Taking this experience and using it in the political arena and corporate environment, was a natural progression to upskill politicians and management, to better represent their Party, company and brands, in a professional manner. And so the ‘Training’ side of Adrienne Verney Productions grew. The methodology is experiential & holistic. The first three courses are based on individual camera sessions. Each course has a strong foundation of life skills indicating the amazing connectivity in many subjects and outcomes that ‘matter’. Armed with ‘conscious awareness’ or ‘WOKE, and stepping up to ‘the plate with courage,’ and understanding of ‘responsibility and accountability’, we lay a deep foundation of new confidence, allowing each person attending the training to find their ‘voice’ to become a strong representative of themselves, their brands and company. This awareness of ‘the authentic self’ is a predominant outcome and develops healthy pride and accomplishment, leading to success of individual values in important areas. The content offered to clients has grown to seven established workshops and talks, all highly relevant to the challenging times we face. AV Productions has the ability to delve into a ‘large basket of tools’ collated from over twenty years gained in experience. AV Productions is able to put together meaningful content upon request for your specific needs. Coaching & Courses are offered at all levels. In summary, AV Productions offers a wide spectrum of training which upskills communication & creates incredible personal confidence. The intention is to focus on authenticity & a professional approach to all forms of communication, which is important for self-awareness, leadership and management development. All training is interactive & visual. The use of games, results in much team building, fun, and furthermore, the candidates appreciate the visual DVD inserts shown, ensuring learning is absorbed easily through this visual means. Delegates are surprised at the rewarding list of outcomes, which they take away with them to be added and integrated into their professional and personal lives. On Line communication is fast becoming the ‘New Normal’ During Covid 19 lock-down. Communication has been taking place on many “on line” platforms and is shortly to become part of the Presentation Course MAKING AN IMPACT! Personal Coaching or Group training is offered taking distant learning cautions. Companies contracting Adrienne Verney Productions for ‘on-going’ training, receive preferential rates. Continuous Professional Development With a solid television foundation of thirteen years with RTV/ZTV, and a further three years of further experience in South Africa, I had further opportunity on television, covering three high profile special events amongst other experiences. After our move to South Africa, it was a natural progression to open my own business using my experience to improve the presentation and communication skills of management and staff in the political and corporate environments. My methodology is experiential, interactive, holistic and visual, and all-inclusive with proven outcomes. Workshops offer: <ul> <li>Individual camera sessions, which create and build a healthy confidence, whilst achieving professional presentations with clear, constructive communications</li> <li>A strong foundation of life skills is laid.</li> <li>A journey, learning skills to connect ‘the dots’ which culminate in useful business management and personal self – actualisation.</li> </ul> <strong>Outcomes</strong> Individuals who have completed courses/workshops:- <ul> <li>Have more awareness of their surroundings and what is happening out there.</li> <li>Take responsibility with courage to step forward and ‘do it!’</li> <li>Have a deeper understanding of accountability & responsibility</li> <li>Obvious increased confidence.</li> <li>Find they have a professional ‘voice’ which increases leadership abilities and so have a better chance to be a strong representative for both them-selves, and their company.</li> <li>Develop an increased awareness of their authentic self.</li> <li>Develop a healthy pride through accomplishment for the company, their team, and for the brand they represent.</li> <li>Increases innovation, so expanding their awareness, implementing sustainable decision making and all forms of accurate communication.</li> <li>Realising and putting to use important leadership and management skills.</li> </ul>
Communications Training Specialist
Kim van Kets
Inspirational Speaker | Author | Attorney
Kim grew up in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, studied law at Stellenbosch University, was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of RSA and spent many years in legal practice and the corporate world both in RSA and abroad. She is currently self-employed as a legal consultant/ corporate trainer, freelance writer, published author and inspirational speaker. In addition to all the usual ultras like Comrades and 2 Oceans, she has taken part in numerous multi day ultra-distance trail and Adventure races all over the world and won some of them. She is best known for her “Tri the Beloved Country” Expedition which involved a self-powered 6 772 km circumnavigation of South Africa on foot, bike and kayak in 148 days. If anyone is equipped to share lessons on what it means to overcome adversity and persevere against the odds, it is Kim. Few people have endured the harsh realities of nature that she has, and triumphed. Her inspirational keynotes, supported by thrilling images and videos of her expedition and endurance events, present real-life stories of resilience - ideal for today’s corporate audiences. <ul> <li>The Focusing on the positive</li> <li>Quality internal dialogue</li> <li>Translating the dream into a goal</li> <li>Developing discipline and routine in the good times</li> <li>Purpose – the why!</li> <li>Passion – how much do we want it?</li> <li>The power of reward</li> <li>Learning to give and receive help</li> <li>Not being immobilized by the enormity of the goal</li> <li>The value of being target driven</li> <li>Finding creative alternatives when resources we rely upon disappear</li> <li>Preventative maintenance – taking care of the important things before they present a crisis</li> <li>The value of collaboration</li> </ul> Despite opportunities to have married a sensible person she is happily married to Adventurer, Peter van Kets (2x Atlantic Rower and only African to have rowed solo across any ocean and one of the few South Africans to have trekked to the South Pole). She is mother to Hannah and staffy Basil.
Inspirational Speaker | Author | Attorney
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I am a serial entrepreneur with a strong belief in building a better world by education. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS <ul> <li>IT</li> <li>DevOps</li> <li>Development Testing</li> <li>Strategy</li> <li>Project Management</li> <li>Community Management</li> <li>Social Media marketing</li> <li>Commercial Operations Insurance</li> <li>Leadership</li> <li>Agile</li> </ul> CONFERENCES <ul> <li>Red cross (Belgium)</li> <li>Engie (Belgium)</li> <li>Molengeek (Belgium)</li> </ul> CERTIFICATIONS <ul> <li>Supinfo certified trainer</li> <li>Fundamental developer security (Veracode) BUCT summer camp (China)</li> <li>3de price at ICT4REHAB appathon 1st price at MIC boostcamp</li> <li>15th at Shell eco-marathon Europ (2013) 17th at shell eco-marathon Europ (2012)</li> </ul>
Liezel van der Westhuizen
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols in 2008, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking both the South African entertainment, and personal branding scenes, by storm - most conveniently as a <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> too, whom you can book right now! She is a: <ul> <li>Skilful presenter with a lauded vocal dexterity, evident in her work as a voice-over artist. With over a decade of acting and meritorious presenting experience within film and television, the success of her body of work with top local and international production companies, is beyond reproach.</li> <li>Renowned international emcee and keynote speaker, who has been intrinsically tied to the success of hundreds of events around the world, through her aptitude in captivating any audience, and across industries.</li> </ul> The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner, and her impeccable style, has made her one of the most sought-after presenters and emcees in the country - the digital space included. Liezel kicked off her public speaking and Emcee career over a decade ago and has, to date, hosted more than 500 events across South Africa and internationally. She has won bronze and silver awards as a member of the Toastmaster’s Society, and is often invited to give motivational talks, covering topics such as: “Beat the Bully”, “Empowering Women”, “Finding Your Inner Strength” and “Personal Brand Personified”. Coupled with a drive for success, an enthusiastic willingness to pass on knowledge, and an incredible work ethic, it is no wonder the sky is not even the limit for this unique talent. <strong>If the brand fits…</strong> Liezel was once cattily nicknamed 'The Giraffe' by designer Craig Jacobs, within his Sunday Times society column in 2009. She, and her statuesque sister Monique, stole the spotlight in killer heels that had them towering over other attendees, at a Radisson Blu fashion event. Although the moniker was not meant entirely flatteringly at the time, this entrepreneurs ingenuity went on to incorporate the label into everything she does, including the eponymously titled <a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/"><strong>The Giraffe Brand Academy</strong></a>, which she launched soon after. This initiative, which keeps to Liezel's unending personal drive to offer value to those around her, began as a means of assisting business folk all over the world, in building a powerful and authentic personal brand. The truth of Liezel's diligent and tech savvy work, is evident in: <ul> <li>The successful rise of hundreds of businesses around the world,</li> <li>The development of more visible entrepreneurs and thought-leaders online, and</li> <li>A wealth of opportunities seized and fulfilled.</li> </ul> The dynamic perspective Liezel chose to take, as opposed to wallowing in the flighty words of others, is a powerful testament to her experience in the personal branding niche. This is someone who can clearly assist organisations and individuals, alike, to turn negative publicity into something wonderfully positive. She wont even let something like Covid-19s socioeconomic effects stop you, and your plans for towering above the rest, since Liezel has now added <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> to her repertoire. <strong>Powerhouse presenter</strong> As only the second woman in the world to present reality television singing competition <em>Idols</em>, Liezel became a familiar face on the popular competitive music show during Seasons Five and Six, as well as during her time as a presenter on SABC3’s daily breakfast show <em>Expresso</em>. Liezel has presented TV shows for channels SABC3, SuperSport, SABC Sport, MNET, DSTV and SABC 2, and lists her career highlights as <em>Idols</em>, <em>Expresso</em>, <em>The Lunchbox</em> and <em>Soundcheck</em>. She continues to impress with her daily fitness feature on KFM radio, and maintaining a beloved <em>Fitness Fridays</em> segment on CapeTalk (a radio station that is broadcast in Cape Town). For those seeking more streamlined fitness information daily, Liezel has become the trusted <strong>Virtual Gig Guide</strong> for the hottest daily workouts she seeks out (or tries by recommendation) and shortlists, on her social media platforms - this seasoned Speaker also cultivating a digital presence resonating to more than 100 000 people. With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM, after the programme manager heard her working as a Makro announcer, following her TUKSFM apprenticeship. <strong>Global village</strong> <em>“I began my radio life at TuksFM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,”</em> Liezel explains. While working for this varsity radio station, she received a job offer from <strong>EMI Music</strong> South Africa to become their international Public Relations manager – a development that saw her being introduced to, and working with, an array of global music stars. An 18-month stint as an SABC3 continuity presenter, and presenter of the lunchtime show <em>Lunchbox,</em> led to even greater prospects for the towering talent; with the television singing competition <em>Idols</em> confirming her rise to the top. In 2010, Liezel launched <em>SoundCheck Live</em> on MNET, before starting her work on<em> Expresso</em>, and also found time to make her spirited on-screen debut in the films '<em>The Race-ist'</em> and '<em>Hollywood in my Huis</em>'. <strong>Beauty and brains</strong> With her professional style and ease in conversation, it will come as no surprise that Liezel has a spree of degrees in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmaster’s International. She holds a BCom degree in Human Resources and Industrial Psychology, and both a BCom Honours and an MCom in Communication Management - making her one of the most qualified<strong> Virtual Speakers</strong> you can book right now. <strong>Grabbing life with both hands</strong> Liezel manages to find time to work as a voiceover artist, and has an impressive portfolio of television and radio voiceover work to showcase, that underpins her other exploits. It all comes back to a drive within her, that was ultimately inspired by her grandmother’s fight against Cancer. “<em>My gran being diagnosed with Cancer was a big life-changer. I even shaved off my long hair, and went bald for a year in support of her. I now keep my hair short in memory of her and as a reminder that life is short. Before my gran passed away, she told me to grab every opportunity in life and [to] enjoy every moment.”</em> <strong>Fitness feats for charity</strong> Liezel's commitment to bettering the lives of people, extends so far beyond her world, that she was even called on to tandem cycle with a visually-impaired triathlete, across the Himalayans. She raised funds for <strong>Operation Smile</strong> and <strong>OneSight</strong>, proceeded to break records, all while challenging her body and mind to the limits; And her sports and fitness endeavours, can always be linked to her enthusiasm for the world, and her giving nature. In 2012 and 2013, Liezel partnered with Canoeing SA’s high-performance coach, Greg van Heerden, to finish the toughest canoe marathon in the world – the Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon. She keeps a healthy fitness regime, training six times a week on the road (running and cycling) and in the pool, and was selected to take part in Nestle’s Triathlon team that went on to complete the gruelling Full <strong>Ironman Triathlon</strong> in 2010 (this involves a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run). The ocean – and its preservation – hold a special place in Liezel’s heart. She loves to swim, stand-up paddle board and surfski and is, impressively, a certified Nitrox Enriched Air scuba diver. Liezel recently gained her skipper’s license, after practising during a sailing fitcation in the Seychelles archipelago, which saw her entering and winning – on her return – the Mercedes Benz Ladies Race at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. She was a Top 8 finalist in the 2007 Shape/Sanex Cover girl competition, was voted number 56 in the FHM Hot 100 Sexiest Women in the World competition – and again in 2009 – and received a nomination in the Heat Hot 100 competition in both years. <strong>The sport-schooling solution</strong> Stylish and professional, Liezel made number four on designer Simon Rademon’s Best-Dressed Women’s list in SA in 2008, and was also nominated for an Olay SA Iconic Woman award that year too. She is passionate about the environment, is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Glass Recycling South Africa, and gives back in a big way. <em>“I am involved with a charity in Cape Town called Velokaya – it’s a not-for-profit organisation based in Khayelithsha that employs a range of holistic, education-based cycling programmes. I believe sport and schooling go hand in hand. I am passionate about South Africa and educating our learners.”</em> Emphasising her creativity and skill with the digital world, Liezel is the first person in the country to have <strong>ridden a bicycle powered entirely by social media</strong> (a custom-fitted techno wonder bike) for the dedicated purpose of raising funds for Khayelitsha’s Velokhaya Life cycling academy. With the help of public “likes” and Pick n Pay, she was able to donate 20 bicycles to the academy – an organisation which, just like Liezel, believes sport is able to give our youth the skills they need for a happy and successful future. This humble, energetic and deep-thinking personality will undoubtedly continue to grab each opportunity that life presents, while changing lives and bringing joy on her daily journey. Over and above her multiple groundbreaking achievements, it is Liezel’s radiant personality and uncompromising determination to impact lives, which truly draws in audiences. A talented<strong> public speaker</strong>, Liezel remains passionate about helping people to reach their full potential. Her calling, therefore, involves travelling around South Africa – and safely flying internationally– so as to deliver motivational talks and keynote addresses on topics that her audiences describe as valuable and up to the minute. <em>A few of her most popular talks are listed, and elaborated on, below:</em> <strong>Employers – don’t be scared of your employees’ personal brand;</strong> In this keynote address, Liezel says astute managers will encourage staff as they set about developing their own personal brands, knowing these can serve to create a win-win for both the company they’re running and their most valued employees. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>employees with strong personal brands will create interest and draw customers</li> <li>there is a way in which an employees personal brand, and the permanent job they are doing, can co-exist; that the two can be highly beneficial to each other</li> <li>trust is essential, so embracing those tough conversations is vital.</li> </ul> <strong>Future-proof yourself with your personal brand;</strong> The pace of change we are party to right now, is unparalleled and mind-boggling. Artificial Intelligence is already being used to evaluate the suitability of candidates before and after they are interviewed, and is able to trawl the internet with a fine toothcomb, which helps the recruitment “bots” to narrow down to a shortlist, the most viable applicants for any given job or contract. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>create a CV that is comprehensive, clear and professional</li> <li>capitalise on the reach of your Facebook Business Page</li> <li>add reviews and network as much as you can on LinkedIn</li> <li>update bios and photos across all your profiles</li> <li>post articles and blogs that position you as a leader in your niche; or invest in the services of a skilled copywriter to help you</li> <li>self-promotion is key when it comes to your personal brand in cyberspace</li> </ul> <strong>Every pedal stroke counts;</strong> <em>“This ride [was] about more than ourselves,”</em> says Liezel.<em> “Cindy and I wanted to find a way to make a real difference, so it was a natural decision to support these two incredible charities that essentially give people their smiles and help others to see them,”</em> she enthuses. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>how these two athletes faced innumerable challenges – including strong winds, rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures and every imaginable technical problem – but never gave in</li> <li>how such tenacity and endurance in sport, is testament to incredible character-building and wisdom, which Liezel now puts into use in her personal brand coaching.</li> </ul> <strong>Beat the bully;</strong> Taking a stance on bullying in the workplace, Liezel shares tips in this keynote address on how to spot the office tyrant from a mile away; and how to avoid becoming the target of their meanness. In essence, she helps victims find their voice again, to get the recognition they deserve. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>recognise the school or office bully</li> <li>unleash your confidence and beat the bully</li> <li>get the recognition you deserve</li> <li>create an anti-bullying corporate culture.</li> </ul> <strong>Empower the nation, empower our women; and Find your inner strength.</strong> <em>“The glass ceiling imposed by the traditional workplace is not the only thing that holds women back. Often we hold ourselves back. An inferiority complex, family commitments and a fear of failure can be at the root of this self-inflicted stagnation.”</em> <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>globally and locally, women are still in the minority in leadership positions</li> <li>while many challenges still face women in the workplace and society today, we still set out to change the world</li> <li>we need to speak out about gender-based violence and educational discrepancies</li> <li>we can work our way out of external and internal prejudices</li> <li>companies with more female senior managers have better financial performance</li> </ul>
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Liezel van der Westhuizen - Coach
Global Speaker | MC | Personal Brand Coach | Social Media
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Liezel van der Westhuizen is a global motivational speaker and corporate coach, specialising in personal branding and speaker training. Liezel is also adaptable to the times, and can now be booked as a virtual MC and virtual speaker - with several local and international events hosted online, already under her belt in 2020. <em>Inspired</em>, <em>Educated</em>, and <em>Entertaining, </em>are three words synonymous with this eloquent tower, brimming with elegance, experience, and positivity. Last year alone, Liezel heeded the call for a partner, of a visually-impaired triathlete - thus becoming the first African sighted female to cycle with a blind athlete across the Himalayas, on a tandem bicycle. <strong>The rest of this page outlines more about: <a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/"><em>The Giraffe Brand</em></a>, and Liezel’s role in speaking, coaching and brand building</strong> Having kicked off her public speaking career in South Africa a decade ago, Liezel has hosted more than 500 events across Southern Africa, as well as in other popular eventing destinations, such as: Indonesia, United Kingdom, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and Seychelles. Liezel has also notably been the Master of Ceremonies at an international conference in Venice earlier this year, and will be speaking on Personal Branding in Los Angeles, in 2021. With a client list which includes blue chip companies, sporting brands, tourism boards, and high-flying financial institutions, it is no wonder Liezel is renowned around the world. '<a href="https://www.liezel.co.za/when-the-brand-fits-wear-it-proudly-how-i-got-the-giraffe-nickname/"><strong>The Giraffe</strong></a>' is the moniker she embraced. Her work under the eponymously named<a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/"> <strong>Giraffe Brand Academy</strong></a>, for coaching entrepreneurs and business owners alike, on building their personal brands, has yielded more than 10 000 people equipped with valuable entrepreneurial skills, business insights, and personal branding strategies. With infectious energy, sharp wit and panache being the hallmarks of Liezel’s brand, it’s no surprise that her work receives consistent rave reviews from clients. Passionate about education, Liezel notes that her three degrees in Human Resources Management (Bcom), as well as in B.Com Honors ; having a Masters degree in Business Communications too, have been invaluable in laying the groundwork for what can only be described as a rewarding and fulfilling career. Being part of the Toastmaster’s Society – and having received bronze and silver awards – also continues to give Liezel’s work an extra edge. Apart from hosting events, Liezel is also often commissioned to do motivational talks and deliver keynote addresses. A few of her most popular topics include: ‘Beating the Bully’, ‘Empowering Women’, ‘Finding your inner strength’, and ‘Personal Brand Personified’. She is a well-loved media personality in the South African radio and television media space, and has established herself as a macro influencer with over 155 000 social media followers across various platforms (including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). As a fitness enthusiast considered one of the Cape's go-to people on all things sporting, Liezel has also completed a number of tough sporting events, notably: the Ironman Triathlons, Dusi Canoe Marathons, and the Midmar mile. Liezel is fondly known to friends and fans alike, as: ‘The Giraffe’, a moniker she has also worked into the name of her personal vlog, <a href="http://www.giraffeinthecity.com/"><strong>Giraffe in the City</strong></a>. <strong>What many people may not know about 'The Giraffe', is that the nickname was originally meant to be an insult.</strong> <em>"In 2010, designer Craig Jacobs called me 'a giraffe' in his Sunday Times Society Column, when - on this specific occasion - I wore a pair of killer heels, which added a few centimeters to my already excessive height"</em>, Liezel explains. Instead of letting it get her down, Liezel embraced the name and has continued using it to her advantage under the name '<strong><a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/">The Giraffe Brand</a></strong>'. This is a powerful testament to her experience with personal brand-building, and how she can assist organisations, and individuals, with turning negative publicity into something positive - even doing so online, as a virtual speaker and virtual coach. Apart from building her own brand, she also has professional reputation management experience, having worked as the public relations manager for Virgin Records - this being prior to her even kicking off her television and radio presenter career. Some of the clients she worked with include: Mandoza, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah Brightman, Atomic Kitten, Backstreet Boys, Watershed, and Danny K.
Global Speaker | MC | Personal Brand Coach | Social Media
A parent of teens and pre-teens, Dean has been an expert in traditional, digital and social media for over 20…
A parent of teens and pre-teens, Dean has been an expert in traditional, digital and social media for over 20 years. From this perspective, he realised that kids could benefit from guidance around the evolving nature of the media. His passion is education and guidance for young learners to develop their awareness and resilience. Founder of MySociaLife, SA's Premier Digital Life Skills Program in Schools. Writer, editor, and owner of long-time journalism hub, Mediaweb South Africa. With 20 years experience as a media strategist for industry leaders, and owner of Journalism Hub, MediawebSA, Dean McCoubrey possesses vast experience and insight into news media, the app landscape, smart technology and social media. Working with a Brains Trust of neuroscientists, psychologists and cognitive therapists he turned two decades of expertise towards his ‘Digital Life Skills & Media Literacy’ Program for teens and pre-teens, MySociaLife. Passionate about education and human potential, he speaks internationally on the mental and emotional impact of media and devices on children, with MySociaLife being recognised as a leading advocate of online safety. He believes that tweenagers who become safer, smarter ‘digital citizens’ will stand out (and excel) - based upon a robust blend of digital values and soft skills in this demanding and competitive new decade. <strong>EDUCATING CORPORATE:</strong> MySociaLife takes corporates and medium-size businesses through the labyrinth of potential social media pitfalls, unpacking how ubiquitous smart devices offer the promise of efficiency and skills development in the one hand, and distraction and reputational risk in the other. Moreover, as specialists in how this predicament has come about, we help managers and executives understand the reality of what is happening in the workplace, and how little so many adults know and understand with respect to bringing the brand into disrepute and destroying years of brand marketing. In addition, we examine the more invisible emotional and mental wellness consequences spanning self-esteem, anxiety, depression, as well as workplace intimidation, racism and sexism. Finally, we look at (ironically) the apps and technology that can help the workplace find a healthy and productive balance with technology and provide a clear set of guidelines – including relevant additions to internal social media policies – that may prevent a crisis.
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