To soar in life is to know that lots of data and information mean very little. Greatness and victory is if we can move to knowledge, then insight and ultimately the wisdom. To do it is to drown the mind with facts, discuss it with diverse people, test the water, burn some scars, emerge with humility and only then follow your head.
Newcomers bring new challenges and the existing ones try to stay ahead. To be a winner, people need every bit creative thinking and most importantly to be able to work with people.
Stage freight is severe for more than 99% of all people. We hide by crossing our arms, hands in the pockets and reading off a screen. In the process alienate our audience. Stage fright can be overcome, simply by getting on stage often.
Communication skills are the single most important skill. It can be learnt.
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About the Author
Van der Spuy Brink studied to be a geologist at the University of Stellenbosch. Spent a decade in mining information management followed by several years in international business development in amongst others Vietnam, Peru, the USA, Kazakhstan and Australia. Later managed innovation for Kumba Resources. A MBA lecturer on strategy and innovation for the past 12 years and guided many companies in strategy development and corporate storytelling, including members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As public speaker on technical and business matters addressed large groups including several graduation ceremonies. Acted as event chairman during the visit of the Governor General of Canada. For ten years attended the University of Life as a part time constable in the South African Police Service and obtained the highest qualification, after more than 100 evaluated speeches, from Toastmasters International majoring in the subjects Storytelling and Humour. A several times Toastmasters’ Southern African semi-finalist in Humorous Speaking and Afrikaanse Skouspel. Studied post graduate in group behaviour psychology at Unisa. Involved as mentor with Stellenbosch’s Innovation lab. Cofounder of Personera.com, winning the 2009 Microsoft Enablis award in the media category and the minister of science and technology’s award for systems design. Raise R20m venture capital in the process. Also co-creator of Third Circle Asset Management with R1bn under management. As a Jack of all Trades being a lecturer, grandpa of six jewels, company director and innovator while writing science fiction and steaming love stories