Get out of our heads and do. Get out of our comfort zones and be stretched. Hear from those who have been there, done that and have the battle scars to impart wisdom. These are some of the channels, podcasts I listen to which help when the challenges are many. Enjoy!
- Infointeg – Main Site
- IntelliCred – Main Site, Profile Site
- Visible Trust (.info | .co)
- She Leads Business
- Shana Kay
- Shana Derman
- Onyx Interweb – Main Site
- Your Digital Agent
- Annual Toy Drive (.org | .info | .com)
- Wayne Derman
- Simply Dance
- Sydney Derman
- Digital Certs
- IntelliCred Wiki
- Find The Fun
- Honesty Blog
- Kevin Derman
- New Mom Diaries
- Nicol Sargent
- Our Life Lessons
- The Connector
- The Privacy Institute
Here are some events and activities taking place in August 2017 in Johannesburg.
- Women’s MBA Recruitment Breakfast – Johannesburg
- Date: 03 August 2017
- Venue: GSB JHB, 5th Floor, 61 Katherine Street, Sandton
- The Business Exchange
- Date: 10 August 2017
- Venue: The Business Exchange, 90 Rivonia Road, 2nd Floor, Webber Wenzel Building, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2193
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator Showcase
- Date: 30,31 August 2017.
- Venue: to be confirmed.
Some links to get involved, become inspired, share and connect with like-minded women:
- Mimi Women
- Women in Tech – Silicon Cape
- Intel Programs for Women and Girls
- Young Women in Business Network
Incubator and Acceleration Programmes
- JamLab Accelerator Program
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator
- Grant Thornton – Women in Business Report: New Perspectives on Risk and Reward
Women’s month always fascinates me. It feels like once a month, in an ENTIRE year, women are pampered, praised and made the centre of attention. Sure there are always programs and events geared especially for women, but somehow August is where it is all at.
I often get asked to speak, addressing a group of sassy, savvy women, some in business for themselves and some in corporate jobs. But what really interests me, is when we are invited to breakfast, pampering sessions, where tea and facials are highlight.
SURE! I love being pampered. But what I LOVE more is engaging with smart women, who want to be and do more.
So my session is really not going to be about me (well not mostly anyway) but tips and tools which help me be more of who I am meant to be, be stronger, and get to be more on par with changing the world. Because what I really want and need more than anything, are tools to equip me in this time-frantic-economy. (Am I wrong about this?? Drop me an email if I am.)
We need to be armed with the tools we are not naturally gifted with. Some of us are born with assertion, some of us not. Some of us need to speak up more, some can’t stop and listen. I feel that when companies want to do something good for us, it mostly defaults to tea and pampering sessions, what to wear in business or simply listening to someone speak for ages.
This women’s month, dare to be different. Dare to say, I’d like a side of “how-to-kick-ass-in-X,Y,Z” with my wine. This month, do something special for that woman in your life. Look for cues as to what she needs.
Women’s day for me is like my birthday with my mom who buys a pair of slippers for me EVERY year. Don’t get me wrong, ironically every year, I do need a new pair. But every now and then, I wish she would surprise me with something different, not more expensive or fancy, just different.
In this light, I invite you, the woman of the new age, to join me at The Business Exchange Women’s Day networking event, at the Sandton location, more information is detailed in the Invitation below. Please RSVP to Nadine.
See you there!
Entrepreneurship is my world. Startups, coaching, being in the thick of it, building something that is greater than the sum of one. My latest venture is my most challenging and rewarding simultaneously. I’ve been fortunate to have participated in some vigorous competitions and pitch battles and still stand so …. bring on the rest ;). Here are some battle (scars):
- Swiss Pitchfest (2017)
- 2nd Place – International Pitch Battle
- 18 Companies (10 South African, 8 Swiss)
- Location: Zurich Switzerland
- Swiss / TIA (2017) – Pitch workshop, ending in final pitch day for spot to Zurich
- Selected as one of ten companies to participate in Swiss / TIA trip to Switzerland on the Venture Leaders program. “Swiss South African venture leaders is a framework providing motivation, entrepreneurial know-how and support to South African and Swiss scientists while contributing to strengthen the cooperation between industries of South Africa and Switzerland.”
- Location: Cape Town
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator (2017)
- Selected to participate in twelve week skills development programme.
- Selected as one of twenty companies to participate in the programme.
- Location: Johannesburg
- Outcome: pitching competition in August 2017, Women in Technology Conference. Pitching to corporate customers and more. Watch this space.
- CTEC (2010)
- 2nd Place – Cape Town Entrepreneurship Competition
- Location: Cape Town
- Price: R20k cash for business
- SAB Kickstart (2010)
- 2nd Place – Startup category
- Location: Cape Town
- Prize: R40k cash for business
- Femtrepreneur Network (2008)
- Selected as one of 12 women in technology entrepreneurs to study entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore, Maryland (USA) – out of 200+ applicants from all over South Africa.
- Selected to represent 12 women selected at a follow-up event in Washington DC in 2009.
- Location: USA
- Prize: three weeks of all expenses paid trip to USA
In today’s digitally-connected era, the misconception that thousands of followers or Facebook friends indicate true connections or friendships is mis-guided. Science and Robin Dunbar (Dunbar’s number) indicates that as humans, we can maintain about 150 social relationships with as little as 5 to 15 being in our inner circle.
So what have we lost and what have we gained? The ability to read body language, communicate more effectively in social settings and engage without a device between you and your connection is growing and even personally I find that watching instead of participating is “safer”.
So how can we connect more? An old friend (more than a decade ago) shared his rule for getting to know someone (and really just good manners) was to leave your cellphone in your handbag or pocket. If you are waiting on a call (perhaps you have children), leave the phone, face down on the table out of reach.
Rule 1: No social media at the dinner table
What else? Whenever you attend an event, our instinct is to hide behind our devices. This sends a MASSIVE “do not engage” signal to anyone around you. In return, it makes it harder when you do eventually need to “connect” but no one seems interested. Funny isn’t it.
Rule 2: keep our body language open, use devices minimally and smile to create a more open rapport.
Anything fundamental? When chatting to someone you’ve just met or even someone you know, try and NOT discuss work or what you do. Show interest in them, ask questions about their families, their friends, their interests. This opens the possibility for discussion work later and you’ve learnt some aspects about that person you may need at a later stage.
Rule #3: when connecting, ask questions about anything else but business. Get to know the person and the business will follow.
More tips on connecting to follow. For now, remember, everyone has the same fears and needs. Put yourself in the other persons position and be mindful that sometimes people are going through things that cannot be left at home.
– Shana Kay
I’ve always believed that in order to do lots of good in the world, one has to do well. At the DWEN Summit I attended in Cape Town last week, this belief was flipped around by Ashish Thakkar who believed that if you “do well you will do good“. I love this philosophy so much more.
I then researched this phrase and it’s been around for ages and used in various ways.
As I am going through a challenging period at work, I haven’t been thinking about the good I do or the happiness and laughter that I usually am all about doing and sharing.
So … to share some inspiration – Ashish Thakkar’s book is available on Amazon and shares the true story of a booming Africa often not seen by media’s hunger to sell stories of negativity instead of hope and growth.
To spread happiness, unless you’re easily offended, watch some of Amy Schumer’s stand up https://youtu.be/uOAJiihzsAU or if you looking for something less “offensive” watch some of James Corden’s karaoke carpool, here is one of my favorites or Ellen always manages to make me laugh and cry. Subscribe to her YouTube channel and be inspired everyday https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEllenShow.
As Ellen would say “be kind to one another”. Thank you Ellen, I needed to hear that from you today.
Bringing happiness into the lives of others since 1978.
These are my tips for engaging with potential partners, whether potential business partners or co-founders or investors, it is useful to:
- engage in a due diligence sooner than later to save time when term sheets or terms of engagement is presented.
- it should include but not be limited to:
- business credit checks
- consumer credit checks
- online presence on business and the founders
- online search for media on business and the founders
- social media search on business
- social media search on individuals
- ask around, reputations are easy to gauge
- request audit reports and financials on business and persons involved
- trust your gut
- sometimes something doesn’t sit well, rather than signing your life away, listen to your gut
- listen to mentors
- ask for guidance/assistance with negotiation if that is not your strong suit
- NEVER EVER EVER EVER assume that the person you are “courting” knows more than you. Bullshitters are good at bullshitting their way through life.
- get everything in writing
I’ll think of a few more and add them soon.#headsup