By Kefilwe Morobane, Founder and Managing Director of Giving Wings
Growing up my parents worked in retail. My Dad at Pick 'n Pay and my Mom at Clicks. For the most part of my childhood we never had a car at home. I remember how my mom would take her lunch break at work to fetch me at school so she could walk with me and drop me at the taxi rank. Even though we didn’t have a car, my parents always made sure that I never missed great opportunities. Whether it was participating in sports, cultural or academic activities, I always saw my parents make a plan. Either they asked close family and friends for lifts or they taught me how to use taxis.
The truth is, life happens!
At some point or another as human beings we will be faced with challenges. The question is what will you do in that moment? Having observed how my parents navigated their way through life's challenges, I have always learnt the importance of "thinking on your feet" and making a plan.
Public Speaking comes with challenges.
These challenges can range from not having your presentation reflect on the projector screen, load shedding in the venue, being asked at the last minute to share a speech, or having 10 people arrive at your meeting and you were expecting 100. When these challenges are thrown at you and life happens, do you stop the programme, tell everyone how you are not prepared, or even cancel the meeting in order to address more people? Well, I urge you to make a plan! Be innovative with your solution. If the projector fails then don't use PowerPoint. If the audience is 10 people, speak to them with the same passion and energy as if you are presenting to 100 people. If there is load shedding, perhaps host your talk outside in the garden. Ultimately, just make a plan!
Kefilwe Morobane is an award-winning Public Speaker, Communications Specialist and Social Entrepreneur. She is the founder and Managing Director of Giving Wings, a Communication Skills Training Company. Kefilwe holds a B Com Honours degree in Communication Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria. She is passionate about developing effective communicators and has facilitated workshops for a wide range of reputable organisations, equipping professionals with the necessary tools to help them excel in the workplace. Kefilwe has been featured on numerous media platforms namely: 702, SABC News, Power FM, Kaya FM, ETV, DRUM Magazine, SA FM, Tshwane TV and many more.
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