I did not win the trophy. BUT I do know that we are all winners!
This past weekend I attended the Professional Speakers of Southern Africa’s annual convention that brings together a tribe that is impacting humanity daily.
You would have seen my mail two weeks ago mentioning that I am in the finals of the Speaker Factor competition. What a journey this has been, starting with regular practice sessions, getting through the semi-finals, and finally presenting in Cape Town at the conference.
There were five of us in the finals, but only one person could win the trophy, that is what a competition is all about.
I did not win the trophy but see myself as a winner in my personal journey as a Professional Speaker. I joined the PSASA last May with the intention to learn and grow, and to date, I am learning and growing at a speed that is unbelievable. Many of you who know me, will see the difference. Being in the Speaker Factor finals is a testimonial of my confidence to take on the big stage.
“Wow, the weekend was absolutely amazing!” It started with the convention on Friday, followed by African drumbeats at the Boma, a South African braai, inspiring storytelling and toasting our successes to end the evening.
As an MC in front of international speakers, I was briefly nervous before confidently taking the microphone. Again, totally out of my comfort zone and doing a fantastic job, as I have been told and gracefully receiving the compliments. Our gala and awards ceremony boasted a glamorous Afro Chic theme that was simply stunning. Everyone looked stunning and there was a lot of wine. I was dressed by none other than Pranitha Sahibdew from Exodus Original, one of the BEST fashion designers I have come across. The outfits you see the Miss, Mr & Mrs Deaf South Africa contestants wearing are created by her. As you can see, she made me look good when she put this elegant blazer together.
What are some of my learnings?
- I can do anything I put my mind to, just by taking a step forward.
- Everyone in the room wins in some way, so always celebrate yourself.
- Strategically price myself to fit the market.
- Make my slides not more than 5 words with images and speak through it. You will see this when you join me and other amazing speakers at PechaKuchaNights in Johannesburg on 11 May. Find out more about the event here.
Overall, it was a memorable weekend of connection and meeting new family, I look forward as we move forward and take PSASA to new heights.
Much Love and Light