Care: best way to have a great conversation

Have you ever been so engrossed in an exchange that you lost all sense of time and your surroundings? I have. Manier times than I care to count. And now that I think about my best conversations, the reason is quite simple why I enjoyed them as I did. I deployed care and genuine curiosity. …

When writing, you cannot hide yourself

What a lot of people do not appreciate enough is this: Writing reveals even things you don't want to share. That's because writing spills out your guts to the world in ways you might not fathom. It exposes you. Writing down your thoughts is a dynamic activity. So, this means the writing on your Facebook …

Writing well is a necessity

Sometime in the summer of 2005, whilst in Grade 9, I received my first ovation after delivering a brief talk in an English class. What's impressive is that it took me less than 15 minutes to prepare it after having been absent the previous day and consequently, totally unaware of the assignment. From as long …

Why learn to tell a decent story?

My biggest frustration at some point was not being able to eloquently talk to other people. So I made a pact with a friend, Thembinkosi. "When I get to our second year at college, I'll be able to confidently hold a conversation with anyone. Even the fellows who matriculated from Crawford College and you won't …

Digital authenticity: don’t lose yourself!

There have been countless books and text in a myriad forms published on the fascinating subject of human relations, and by extension, success. But by far the most scintillating is Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers. Through this nifty piece of work, he argues that how people become the best in their endeavours and go on to …

Everything hinges on Storytelling

A young boy from a small yet tumultuous village called Dharavi had made a ton of money -- 50 000 rupees! -- from working as a gardener for a family in Canada. He was an orphan who lived from one place to another and made a living from odd jobs. A teenager, his name was …

While you communicate, listen as much!

The act of social listening using social media channels and the importance of developing an accurate finger to feel the pulse of your market is important for your being effective and master how you offer what you do. (And in interpersonal relationships alike). Ceasing to talk, and then listening affords you the opportunity to achieve …

How I connect with people

We've heard from countless people and read many articles on how personal branding is important in your success as an individual. It actually became a buzzword in recent times. Part of the phenomenon's equation is building a solid network of relationships which will help you grow. But how do you connect with people, or put …

Fellow youth ekasi, improve your communication skills

When I went to study at a media college in 2010, I had a lot of ground to cover to level the playing field with my peers who had matriculated from prestigious, and thus, better schools. I came short in many ways and at the same time, I loved eloquent communication. This prompted me to …

When I write

I write and with my writing I share, I convey this, that and the next thing. I condemn what I find cruel, I condone what's worthy of a rapturous "Bravo!" I comment and toss in my two cent's worth, I commemorate and I contemplate and grow a lot when I write. When I write, I …