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How to make a good impression 1 of 2 by Juliette Jenner

High performance communication skills are often the difference between a successful, dynamic career and your potential remaining unrealised. They lie at the heart of how to make a good impression.

Take US President Barack Obama. As one of the most elegant speakers on the world stage, he has not only captured millions of hearts by what he has to say, but by how he says it. His body and voice emit confidence and power. Had he stood nervously, mumbling his words would he have been… Continue

Added by Juliette Jenner on November 30, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments


Clover, a leading branded consumer goods and beverages group operating in South Africa and other selected African countries, is expected to list on the securities exchange operated by the JSE Limited (“JSE”) on Tuesday, 14 December 2010. The Company will list its ordinary shares under the share code “CLR” in the “Food Producers” sector of the JSE Main Board and its preference shares in the preference share sector of the Main Board under the share code “CLRP”.

The listing will be in… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 29, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Representatives sought for rapid diagnostics for companion animals

Rapid Technologies is seeking representatives in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana for our range of veterinary diagnostics for cats, dogs, pigs and chickens.

Visit our website at to see the product range.

Added by Suza Adam on November 26, 2010 at 5:05pm — No Comments


Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC (the “Company” or “CSC”) today announces that it has reached an agreement withTokenhouse Holdings (IoM) Limited (the “Seller”), one of the holding companies of the Peel Group, under which it will acquire The Trafford Centre Group together with approximately £77million* in cash from Peel (the “Acquisition”) in exchange for up to 167.3 million* new ordinary shares in CSC (the “Consideration Shares”) and an aggregate nominal amount ofup to £209.0 million* 4.076… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 25, 2010 at 2:16pm — No Comments

High Performance Communication 2 of 2 by Juliette Jenner

High Performance Communication gives you the capacity, under pressure, to make the most of the opportunities you encounter, especially when they are high-stakes. If you communicate with authenticity, awareness and skill, you will have a crucial edge in leadership, teamwork, negotiating or representing yourself when it counts. Importantly it gives you the readiness to represent yourself effectively.

Here are some useful TIPS when approaching high-stakes communication:

• Get… Continue

Added by Juliette Jenner on November 22, 2010 at 12:38pm — No Comments

New Campign to Introduce Israeli Telecom Technologies to African Companies towards MWC, Barcelona Next Year

With about 56 Israeli companies (doubled from last year) and a very diverse portfolio containing innovative, advanced and technology-proved solutions, we are excited towards coming to MWC 2011 and meeting with our African potential partners & customers. It is with great pride that we look forward to presenting them with the great innovations coming from Israel.

Read the full post on my… Continue

Added by Or Pearl on November 18, 2010 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

PepsiCo and Books For Africa Bring 20,000 Books to South African Children

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), in coordination with Books For Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa, announced today that it will distribute 20,000 books and supplies to locations in need in Johannesburg and the surrounding region.

Throughout the week, SIMBA, PepsiCo's local snack business in South Africa, with support from local community leaders, will deliver the books to three schools and one orphanage in rural and impoverished areas facing challenges such as high… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 18, 2010 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

High Performance Communication: Be Ready To Thrive! 1 of 2. by Juliette Jenner

We live in a world saturated by information. It takes precious time to find what's relevant, be it new clients, services, or relationships we want to build.

• Every time you communicate you have an opportunity to represent yourself as worthwhile and relevant, to differentiate yourself from the clutter of information.

At the heart of this lies Personal Branding- the reputation upon which you build your career. How effectively you communicate your value is vital to shaping… Continue

Added by Juliette Jenner on November 18, 2010 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Survey Proves Global Power Of Ad Specialties

Showing the cost-effectiveness of promotional product as an advertising medium, the cost-per-impression (CPI) of an ad specialty item is currently $.005 (half of a penny), according to a new exclusive survey from ASI. During the ASI Power Summit, the 2010 Global Ad Specialty Impressions Study compares the CPI of ad specialties to other advertising and marketing channels – and it shows that promotional products have a better return-on-investment than most other media. The first…


Added by Mike Johnson on November 18, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

IFC, IBM, Business Partners Announce Young Entrepreneur Business Plan Winners

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, Business Partners, and IBM South Africa today announced the winners of the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition, which supports and rewards talented young South Africans, helping them reach their business goals.

Three winners were selected from a large number of high-quality entries by judges from IFC, IBM, and Business Partners. Applicants registered for the competition using the IFC supported SME Toolkit, an interactive,… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 17, 2010 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Is Mumbling Damaging Your Personal Brand? by Juliette Jenner

Mumbling is a common vocal problem and relatively easy to change! Mumbling usually consists of a combination of factors such as jaw tension, low volume, poor audibility and low vocal energy. This can result in the speaker being dismissed as low-confidence or lacking credibility, a sure way to undermine the importance of your communication. See if any of the following apply to you:

• People often ask me to repeat myself

• My mouth hardly opens when I speak

• I have a lot of… Continue

Added by Juliette Jenner on November 12, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

Are we seeing the death of Literature?

When you hear your cabinet ministers making silly grammatical errors or your State President mauling the State of the Nation address, give them one piece of advise: READ NOVELS

Books are the best teachers of morals, manners and language. Even a work of fiction is ever so well researched that most of the seemingly incidental bits, are actually facts. Sadly, we are the death of literature. There just is little reading left inAfrica today, especially in the youth. The only people who… Continue

Added by Mordekai Chikambure Shumba on November 12, 2010 at 2:09am — No Comments

Platinum Australia to raise A$40m for South Africa projects

SX-listed Platinum Australia on Thursday announced an equity raising of about A$40-million for its Smokey Hills mine and platinum exploration projects in South Africa.

The equity raising would consist of a A$15-million fully underwritten institutional placement as well as a one-for seven accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer.

The institutional placement would be issued at a fixed price of 59c a share, and would represent a 10,6% discount to the closing price of… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 11, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

De Beers launches the first Diamond Route Conservation & Research Conference

The first Annual Diamond Route Research Conference is taking place in Johannesburg this week. One hundred and twenty delegates and sixteen leading academics and conservation managers gathered today at the De Beers Campus, south of Johannesburg, to present papers on scientific research undertaken on the eight properties making up the Diamond Route*.

The Diamond Route links eight sites across South Africa in the only miningrelated

ecology route in the world. It stretches from… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 11, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Tips for a High Pitched Voice. by Juliette Jenner

A frequent vocal problem, particularly though not exclusively amongst women, is a high-pitched voice that struggles to sound authoritative. A ‘lightweight’, or ‘little girl’ voice can be extremely detrimental to being taken seriously or establishing credibility. And it is possible to change.

Over-pitching results from only using the higher notes of your vocal range and cutting off from your throat and chest resonance. This can be disempowering on a number of levels. For example, when… Continue

Added by Juliette Jenner on November 10, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

Wanted: African Business Journalists in South-Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia

For one of our clients - an international investment fund - we are looking for:

Senior Freelance African Business Journalists

in South-Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia to do paid assignments.

You must be expert in:

- Agri-trends and developments in large scale farming and innovation in southern Africa

- Sustainability trends and practices in the agri-sector

- Business, investment and…

Added by Bas Vlugt on November 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Winning SA producer wine cellars rely on sound market intelligence

Despite global recession and unfavourable exchange rates for exporters, approximately 70% of South African producer wine cellars maintained or improved their financial position in 2010.

“Many of these top performers use business intelligence (BI) systems to accurately forecast volumes and prices, thus ensuring quick, proactive response to market changes,” says Frans van Wyk, director, Advisory Services, PwC. The organisation recently reviewed the interim 2011 financial results of… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 8, 2010 at 3:56pm — No Comments

South African Radio advertising expected to grow to R3.6 billion by 2014 – PwC

Radio is by far the most popular form of media in South Africa. It is cheap, portable and requires no electricity or literacy to enjoy. There are more than 10 million households with radios and approximately 28 million people tune in to listen every week.

Vicki Myburgh, director of Entertainment & Media for PwC Southern Africa says, “PwC plays a pivotal role in supporting entertainment and media (E&M) across the business world. The PwC South African Entertainment and Media… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 3, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

VC4Africa matches business and investors in Africa

Today VC4Africa starts the first African online venture capital matchmaking platform. Many investors are looking for businesses to get involved with but have difficulties in finding promise. At the same time many businesses seek knowledge, capital and practical support. Without matchmaking their promise is never realized, hindering economic growth.

The VC4Africa community currently consists of 10.000 members worldwide. Business ideas have been registered through the website and… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on November 3, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

TNW Data appointed as sub-distributor to SMC Networks, Core Networks

SMC Networks South Africa and Core Networks have appointed TNW Data Computer Networking Equipment Division, a Cape-based distributor of network solutions and equipment, as a sub-distributor. Management from all three companies say the alliance will offer the regional market a wider choice of product and the value of a globally recognised brand.

The TNW Data Group is an established distributor of networking equipment, cabling & accessories and electrical product to key industries… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on November 2, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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