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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Keys To Effective Communication-Zika Nwaise

Zika Nwaise

How do I say what I want to say? Many times, while preparing to facilitate a training session or attend a meeting, I sit back, analyze the audience and try to understand them not because I do not know how to talk or communicate with people but because I want to ensure that I communicate effectively. It is important to understand that you cannot address everyone the same way, what you say to Mr. Black might be offensive to Mr. White and vice versa. I have put down some tips that can help you communicate effectively with people. I hope you find this helpful. Understand who you are communicating with: Be clear on your audience’s status (i.e. Age, relationship etc.), personality… Professionalism: Be professional when communicating with your superior irrespective of the person’s personality. It helps in putting your attitude in check Improve your nonverbal communication skills: Be mindful of your body language and facial expressions, communication is not just what you say but how you say it. Be honest: It gives credibility to any information you pass across. Be flexible: Emotional intelligence is key; not knowing what to say at the right time can be a barrier to communicating ...

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Most Startups often Crash and Burn – TechByGerald

start up

I started out this blog post knowing absolutely nothing about what I was going to talk about (cause like I said  earlier on, I’m still very new to this), but then it hit me; the outrageous number of tech startups springing up these days, one would only wonder if its because it’s the “in thing” now or because they actually want to solve genuine problems, and it often looks like they “crash and burn” almost as fast as they are conceived. Most Startups often crash and burn as fast as they are conceived WHY NEW BUSINESSES FAIL A deep look into what’s responsible for this while communicating with various tech startup founders over time has revealed that; most founders are often distracted and only interested in creating “an app” or an “online platform” to do “so so so” forgetting the structure and tons of background work and research required to build a business (because tech startup or not, its actually a business), and just like every other business, there has to be structures in place, a very good delivery channel, a good business model, identification and marketing strategy etc. The app or online platform is only basically a leverage in my ...

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Road To Success: Law Of The Scoreboard

Law of the Scoreboard - David Williams

Article by David Williams Instagram @dwilliams47 How often do you get a work report or Life Report? I mean those kinds of reports that will rattle the foundation of your existence. I got one few days back. The funny thing was, I knew it was coming but because of self denial and most times laziness I didn’t do anything about it. It felt like a strong wind brushed my face when my boss landed a big one on me, she said “Williams, let me tell you something I have noticed about you. You are willing but the body is weak”. That’s all she needed to say, my mind played out the rest; my inner alarm went off and within a few seconds, It felt like I was going into a subatomic state and my whole life was flashing in front of me. Each word in that sentence landed on me like I was in the ring with Anthony Joshua  of course you know who wins in that context. My inner peace was disturbed; I could feel sweat dripping down my forehead even though the Air Conditioner has been on all day. The Air conditioner couldn’t hide my sweat and that ...

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If Only All Successful Founders Will Be Like Michael Seibel

Gerald Okonkwo

I woke last week wednesday feeling more loved than ever; with the numerous amount of messages and emails I received, at this point it struck me; it was the “Valentine’s Day Celebration. As curious as I’m always to see Nigerian’s reactions during festivities, I logged on to my twitter account (@geraldokonkwo_ looking forward to meeting you on twitter 😆) to see what’s going on with ‘Twitter Nigeria’ and I stumbled upon this mind blowing tweet (look below) from Michael Seibel (founder of Ycombinator); Here’s a tweet from Michael’s Seibel founder; of YCombinator What struck me more was the part where he said “helping each other is a core value in the tech Startup world”. For some reason I was really excited that our ‘egbons’ (meaning elders in Yoruba language) in the Tech Industry are really excited about helping younger startup founders succeed, but my excitement was shortly met with a sad realization & reminder that Michael Siebel is in the United States and could be referring to helping startups there (don’t correct me it’s just an assumption). My mind Immediately went to our very own “successful” (cause over here we count raising funds as success) founders in Nigeria; I remember personally reaching ...

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Worry More About Your Name – Jimi Tewe

jimi Tewe

Don’t get me wrong… I have nothing against wearing nice things that are branded. In fact, I do look forward to wearing some brand items soon.. However… When you spend a lot to wear certain brand names and do not spend as much on building your name into a brand, it will backfire on you sometime in the future. The owners of the brands you are wearing invested in those names over years and today, they are reaping the benefits of their investments. Be honest with yourself, the way you are living your life, who will wear your name, or use your name or eat your brand name in the future? Nothing good just happens. God is big on brand names. In fact, He told Abraham in Genesis 12:3 that He would make His name a Global Brand. This is over 3000 years later and the name Abraham still rings a bell. This is the simple equation that should help you- Spend more of your resources on what builds you than what you spend on wearing other people’s brands. You see, when you become a brand, even if you wear low priced products, people will assume it is high priced ...

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Who Are You? Steps To Self Discovery – Tokunbo Fasoro

Steps to personal discovery

Have you ever taken a few minutes to assess yourself! – Who am I? What do I want in life? What makes me happy? This is the first step to discovering how successful and fulfilling your future will be. Self discovery is a gradual process, it takes time and consistence. Here are a few things that can prevent you from discovering yourself: Fear of who you really are: Remember no one is perfect, everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Decide to work on your weaknesses while leveraging on your strengths. Lack of self-love:  For some people while growing up, people around you or circumstances around you could have made you hate yourself, I hear some parents use horrible words on their children or compare children. This may have led you to developing a low self-esteem. That is not who you are- never forget that. The onus is on you to define who you are. Not allowing yourself to dream or be creative: Most times while growing up, we hear stuff like medical doctors earn more and all you are thinking about is how to be a doctor. Sometimes we are influenced by our parents to study a certain course rather than ...

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iFixng.com – The Bumpy ride

Gerald

Awesome being back! so as promised in my previous post folks, I’ll be sharing how I started iFixng.com; an AWESOME ADVENTURE (FYI if you haven’t read my previous blog post, quit reading this right now and read the previous one first). Trust me just as Obama suggests, you want to hear (read) this ☺ HOW I STARTED I arrived back in Lagos on the 2nd of July 2015, after having lived in Delta State for  9 years (dad was transferred  in 2012 and we had to relocate, bla bla bla); thankfully an older friend who runs one of the best building services / engineering consulting firms here in Lagos had agreed to let me intern (+ youth service) at his company, my intention then was to gain some more knowledge to help me run Wefix more efficiently. After working for close to a year and being repeatedly frustrated by workmen and artisans who wouldn’t be on our designated sites “on time” or diligently handle tasks given to them, plus it was extremely difficult to find a replacement right on the spot, Voila! I had identified a problem which’s solution eventually became iFixng.com, So I decided to face this head on; I quit my ...

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Teach For Nigeria is now receiving applications

Teach for Nigeria

The 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is now receiving applications. Teach For Nigeria invites exceptional university graduates and outstanding young professionals to apply to the 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship. Teach For Nigeria strongly believes that the only true and sustainable path to improving educational opportunities for all children in Nigeria is by channeling and developing Nigeria’s most capable young leaders against the problem of educational inequity. We envision a day where every Nigerian Child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Therefore, we would like to invite you to take the next step of your leadership journey with us, to serve as a full-time teacher to children from low-income communities in some of Nigeria’s most under-resourced schools.  We are looking for individuals who: are ready to accept a challenge demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders are critical thinkers and problem solvers set high expectations for themselves and for others demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders actively seek ways to maximize their own potential are passionate and committed to the vision of educational equity Ultimately, we are looking for change agents who want to use their talents to make a difference in the lives ...

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How to get the job of your dreams

Found the perfect job for you? Take these steps to increase your chances of getting the offer. You’re starting your job search, and you’re well on your way. (If you don’t already have your resume perfected and job listings coming into your inbox, back up and read Part 1 and Part 2 in this three-part series on finding a new job fast.) Hopefully, you’ve already found a few job listings that have got you excited. Now, the time has come to actually apply to those jobs and—hopefully!—get one of them. Monster career expert Vicki Salemi, who spent more than 15 years in corporate recruiting, says when you see a job you’re interested in, it’s best to take action right away. “Do not wait to apply to a job when you see a viable opportunity,” she says. “As soon as recruiters push job openings live, they’re very conscientious about reviewing incoming resumes.” Applying within the first 48 hours is critical to getting your application seen, she adds. Follow our step-by-step guide below on how you can go from one of hundreds of applicants to the one person who gets the job. Get to know the company OK, so you’ve seen a ...

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Career Growth versus Career Development

Career Planning

Career Growth versus Career Development Pitching career growth versus career development doesn’t make them completely unrelated but it doesn’t make them the same thing either. Is it possible to use them interchangeably? The answer is no but they are both very crucial to your career advancement. It’s time to set the records straight – They do not mean the same thing. We will take a good look at what each one means as well as how they affect your career in the short-term and in the long-term. What is Career Growth?   Career growth is the process of moving from one point of the corporate ladder to another. Promotions is one of the most popular ways through which career growth is achieved. For example, if you join a trusted recruitment firm as a sales executive and rise through the ranks to become the Lead, Sales Team over a period of 18 months, then this is career growth – Notice how your designation and responsibilities have changed? This is what you achieve with career growth. If you are hired by a company in 2021 as a creative designer and by 2023, you become the creative director, this is called career growth. ...

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