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Women Empowerment


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This week I’m going to a superb event called “Success in Heels”. It’s all about women empowerment and how to be a dynamic, successful woman in today’s world. The line-up includes female guest speakers who will talk about living your life on PURPOSE and dreaming BIG! I look forward to hearing from these women, each of whom are powerhouses in this country. From business moguls to publishers to entrepreneurs to qualified psychologists….The evening will not disappoint! I’m all about women doing it for themselves, and this event falls on the first of spring here in South Africa. What better way to welcome in renewal, growth, warmth and colour to our lives? Owning your own business is fun. I get to work in my pajamas if I want, I can take a vacation whenever I can afford it and I can take on the clients that fit well with my personality. Those are often things that don’t happen at an office job. But with an office job comes more stability. A lot of that disappears the minute you decide to be your own boss. It’s your job to bring in the money, clients and meetings. Here’s different ways on how to get the work you need if you are an entrepreneur:

  • Organic/Search: People find you searching for what they need whether that’s on Google or another site like Dribbble or another portfolio site. It’s a great way to get a client since you’re not really doing much work but it can also lead to projects that don’t really connect with you since you were passive in the formation of that relationship.
  • Referral: Someone that you know professionally or personally has referred someone to you. I’ve just recently begun discounting services when a potential client might have a great list of contacts. If you’re my client and provide me with 5 individuals or small businesses that might want to work with me, it’s very worth it to provide a discount.
  • Social Media/Blogging: A potential client might get to know you on Twitter or on your website/ blog before they decide to work with you.
  • Relationships: We know the client (and in-person) first. This includes past colleagues, people we went to school with or friends/family. While these projects come about from a very reliable source, they also tend to be less lucrative. You end up giving people you know discounts or you get a little lazy when it comes to signing contracts. As time as gone on, you should end up doing less and less projects for friends and family.
  • Pursuing the Client: This is a situation where you reach out, connect and then offer ways in which you believe you can work together.

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Sundays as Power Days


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In my opinion Sundays are the best days of the week. They are the days post-partying from Friday and Saturday nights; the days when you are officially allowed to say “no” to invitations if you want to and the day you can sit down and plan the week ahead. Here are some things I do on Sunday:

  • Listen to a podcast from Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer
  • Spend an hour or two reading
  • Watch a film
  • Make a delicious lunch, using recipes from this awesome website.
  • Write out my goals for the week ahead
  • Meditate

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MC’ing at the Baxter Theatre


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I MC’d an event at the famous “Baxter Theatre” Cape Town. It was a fashion show. See their website here: http://www.baxter.co.za/

MC stands for “Master of Ceremonies”. This means it’s your job to host the event. This includes:

+ Welcoming the audience

+ Speaking about the clothing they are seeing, such as where it can be found.

+ Pumping up a crowd when the mood drops

+ Ending off the event doing all the Thank Yous and saying goodbye
Speaking to the crowd

There were great South African designers showcasing their work – including labels like LoveValerie, MeMeMe, NoNameAttached, Monsoon and Sissy Boy.

We as the MC’s were dressed by a well-known, trendy fashion boutique called Michiko London.

The vibe was very relaxed – people coming and going between designers – and I preffered it because I was quite nervous!

It was nice to have a co-host with me with whom to banter and have fun. Together we enjoyed the space, enjoyed the crowd and in fact I learnt a lot about local designers right here in CT!

Tamika Doubell and Laurian Nortje Kabongo

I found that I really enjoyed MC’ing/hosting. It’s good to do your research for this kind of job. Make sure you know all about the brands you are speaking about so you can be informed + give your audience the correct information.

Tamika Doubell and Laurian Nortje Kabongo

Another thing I am learning about this industry….. you need a CONSTANT flow of energy! Your energy and enthusiasm in such an instance directly influences a crowd, so you have to constantly be radiant and up-beat as you take an audience through different stages of an event.

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Ard Matthews & Friends Benefit Concert


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Wow… so glad I bought a ticket! What an awesome night for R150 — and it’s going to charity!

The benefit concert was in aid of the My Life Foundation, for people with special needs.

The concert featured a key South African musician who has served as lead vocalist and founder of the band Just Jinjer, Ard Matthews, along with other equally inspiring artists including D7, Zolani from Freshly Ground, Louise Day, Jack Parow, and Laudo from aKing

The Upper East Side Hotel in Woodstock was the venue …and the verdict? — very chic!

The Wings Group were giving away Riesen chocolate for a small donation.

There were DJ’s there from a local radio station called “2OceansVibe”…. They were awesome guys and gave me a chance to take-over the mic live on air!

I used to be a Radio DJ at my university’s radio station – the University of Cape Town’s  “UCT RADIO”- so I wasn’t too shabby as I spoke about the event on air.

The evening was organised by the Little Black Book PR & Events Group.