Right, so my story here goes with the condensed version.
Ever since an injury to my soft palate at the age of 5 where doctors were convinced I would never speak properly if at all for the rest of my life. I have been fascinated by communication in all its myriad forms.
I took my passion for communication and learning and started studying what made people effective communicators and why some people were better at it than others. During this time I came across the technology of NLP, I was hooked.
Yet the urge to use my voice to communicate was getting stronger. Soon I heard of the possible emergence of independent radio in South Africa. This was an opportunity not to be missed. I attended the Solid Gold Broadcasting Course and was soon working as a presenter on one of the first independent radio stations in South Africa.
This was a dream come true, particularly when you think of the little boy who was told he might never speak. This quickly led to bigger and better things as I moved on to presenting on 94.7 Highveld Stereo. At that time opportunity once again came calling and I left the bright lights of Johannesburg for the tranquillity of the Mpumalanga Lowveld. There I took over the running and management of Radio Safari. To date, this is still seen as one of the most successful community radio stations this country has seen.
Politics intervened and Radio Safari was closed down by the then IBA. What was someone who made their living with their voice to do? At that time communication skills were at an all-time low in the country in general. So I decided it was time to share my knowledge regarding communication and effective presentation skills. This led to doing work with the following companies Sun International, Tsogo Sun, Telkom Business, EXSA, GCIS and Microsoft.
However before long, the radio industry came knocking again, I was instrumental in putting together Mpumalanga's first independent commercial radio station MPowerFM. At its inception, I was both the programme manager and Afternoon Drive presenter.
I have subsequently relocated to Pretoria where I work from my home-based office and run my various businessesl. I am still in the communication business both online and offline. Online I work in the digital marketing space and offer various courses on self-development.
In the offline world, I currently offer freelance MC work, voice-overs, corporate voices as well as various communication, personal development and sales-based training courses.