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How to develop executive presence

Executive presence. What is it? Is it something only for the chief officer of companies, leaders or people who have been in business for a while? The short answer is no. Executive presence is a skill that people can fine-tune and it may take some time, but anyone can have executive presence. Let’s take a closer look at what it entails and how you can work on having a better executive presence in your space.

Developing the resilience “muscle”

Article written by by Pieter Scholtz (Award-winning Executive and Business Coach & Country Partner for ActionCOACH)

Much is written about South Africans’ high level of resilience, our never-say-die attitude or as they say in Afrikaans – ‘n boer maak ‘n plan. Research has shown that we have a higher level of resilience than many nations around the world, however, do we know what resilience is and how do we cultivate or develop resilience when faced with so many challenges.

I really love Maya Angelou’s quote: 

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it”

#WomensMonth: Devi Sankaree Govender – Women have to take their own place in the sun

Article written by Danette Breitenbach (Bizcommunity)

From growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to taking on people twice her size - literally - on her television show Devi, every week, investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender has a reputation for being fearless.

Her show has won the petite, but fierce journalist the hearts of South Africans as well as numerous awards such as the National Press Club Awards Journalist of the Year and the Television features, investigative and actuality category award this and the 2022 GQ Woman of the Year.

Her motivation to confront these often very scary and intimidating people she says is simple. “I am passionate about getting answers from people, holding them to account, doing the right thing, and championing the underdog.”

Three South African businesswomen who are making their mark in SA today

Women make great entrepreneurs for a number of reasons. Industries like insurance view women as having relatively lower risk exposures than their male counterparts – a factor that allows them to generally make more calculated and informed decisions. A study found that women entrepreneurs are incredibly resourceful when it comes to starting their own businesses, despite the adversity they often face.

Have the courage to follow your heart

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found what you love to do, keep searching – deep, long, and hard. Don’t ever accept less than you deserve.

Explore your likes and dislikes. Understand the things that you are good at. Then start exploring ideas and opportunities around these factors. What would you really like to do and what you are really good at doing? This is a great way to start.

Entrepreneurial passion disease

Article written by Allon Raiz (Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Raizcorp)

Much has been written about the importance of passion in our entrepreneurial journey. Entrepreneurial gurus and entrepreneurs alike will tell you that without passion, our entrepreneurial journey is less likely to succeed. With passion, those dark days are more likely to result in a decision to persist, rather than a decision to raise the white flag to the pain.

I agree with them.

How to live the life you have always wished for

Without courage and self-belief, it becomes extremely difficult to succeed. You must trust yourself and have confidence in your ability to triumph. Self-belief is an act of faith. Never allow anyone or anything to dispel that belief. It is knowing beforehand that you can do what you want to do and that you will succeed. It is an internal force which turns on the engine that allows you to manifest your abilities externally.

If you want to reach the top of the game – believe in yourself! Rise to the occasion with self-assurance and take your rightful place in society. Go into everything you do with supreme confidence. Never let defeat or negative thoughts enter your mind. See yourself as successful before it happens.

Never Surrender: What does it take to achieve greatness?

Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing the key chapters from the 2023 release of ‘Never Surrender – The secret to achieving greatness’. The release of this latest publication will coincide with my opening talks on both days at The Business Show :: Africa in September this year.

I hope the messages within the publication will make a positive difference in your life, the way they have for me. There are hundreds of success factors, but I have focused on the most prominent ones that have been dominant in my own journey, as well as those of life’s most successful people who I have had the privilege of meeting over the years.

My research shows that a lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret is painful, demanding practice and hard work.

Are you willing to go after success? Do you have a clear vision? Do you have a burning desire? Are you willing to fail? If so, you are well on your way to realising your vision.

How to set your small business up for success

South Africa’s economy relies on the success of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) as these businesses provide jobs to millions of South Africans and are key drivers of economic growth and innovation. It is thus imperative for SMMEs to get the necessary support, tools, and resources they need to thrive.

Because SMMEs are often willing to go the extra mile for their customers, do all they can for broader society and the communities which they serve, and are often born out of necessity, these businesses are under a lot of pressure as they may not have everything they need to set their businesses up for success in the long run. This might be due to a number of factors such as lack of funding, misinformation, and limited access to the technology and solutions that will serve them and their customers.

How Flikker went from side hustle to full-time bustle

It’s a source of pride for us how over the years we’ve helped businesses of all sizes do better business by moving online and getting paid online. It’s especially heart-warming helping entrepreneurs and small business owners take their ideas to new heights by empowering them to turn their concept or passion into a profitable and sustainable venture. With the right mindset, ecommerce know-how, marketing budget and online payments partner, anyone with the right idea can turn their side hustle into a full-time paying gig.

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