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Habits of a Successful Speaker – Tokunbo Fasoro

Today, presentation is required in every field, every person or professional will at some point be called to speak publicly or do a presentation, it could be in an interview, workplace or a speech after collecting an award. When you listen to successful speakers you wonder “how do they do it?” the answer is hard work!‎ I remember my first speech was a very difficult one , I had goose pimples, my legs where shaking and I got distracted at every side talk, infact I practically shouted please stop distracting me. It was  a very horrible experience. But then I realized it was something I had to do often, I had to work hard at it .Here are some tips or habits of a successful speaker. 1. Have a clear goal for your speech Begin with the end in mind, have a clear goal of what you want your audience to know feel or do immediately after the presentation. Ensure you summarize your goal in a very declarative sentence in concluding. 2. It’s all about your audience Avoid too much ‘me’ in your introduction, remember the information is to serve them not you. 3.Practice makes perfect You start preparing as ...

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Served or serving NYSC? CBN and Heritage Bank to give up to ₦10 million loan for YIEDP

Heritage Bank has been adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the sole pilot bank for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP). The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. This further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the Nation’s non-oil GDP, and address the challenge of youth restiveness. The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme: * Serving youth corps members * Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC) Qualified Business Sectors: * Agro – Allied, * Food Processing / Preservation, * Arts & Crafts, * Manufacturing / Cottage Industry, * Information & Communication Technology (ICT), * Construction Support, * Power & Energy, * Education & Financial Inclusion, * Film & Photography, * Automobile, * Others The details below are relevant for all eligible youth: Eligible youth can apply for the loan through this portal http://www.yiedp-hbng.com/ using his/her NYSC State Code. Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest). A single applicant can access up to a facility limit ...

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The Basic Employability Workshop was a huge success

The Basic Employability Workshop was a huge success, it was organized by the Barack Obama American Corner in collaboration with the YALI Network & BI Solutions Nigeria for Fresh Graduates, NYSC Members and Unemployed Youths and was held on May 23rd, 2016. The workshop commenced with registration at exactly 8:00am at the Barack Obama American Corner, 29 Gafar Animashaun Street,Victoria Island, Lagos. We had interesting Sessions with our facilitators on what it takes to properly plan your Career, What It means to be Employable, What Employers Want and a little exposition on Social Media engagement in job and career quest. Participants were educated and motivated, while taken personal decisions to implement what they have learnt and use the acquired knowledge positively to equip themselves for a fruitful and more engaging job and career hunt. Facilitators at the YALI Network Basic Employability Program included: Mrs. Tokunbo Fasoro who spoke on Career Planning. She emphasized that Career planning is a process of, thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences; exploring work and learning options available to you; ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances and you end up doing what you are happy doing for the rest of your ...

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Finding Your Passion and Purpose in Life

Written By Pelagie Egbane Up until my university days in O.A.U,Ile-Ife, I never really gave any serious thought to what I really had passion for or what my purpose in life was…… For years I heard people say where your passion is, lies your million dollar. I heard so much about it, that I desired so much to know why God created me and what I naturally had passion for.(so I can start making my millions too)… The more I searched, the more it eluded me. I had people around me doing things, going into different businesses and I kept asking questions “ how did you know this is what you are meant to do?  They gave me answers, but it never really seem to satisfy my quest then. I started getting so hard on myself, I was so disappointed that as simple as it seems, I just could not place my hand on that ‘thing’ that I love to do that will yield millions of dollars for me… It cant be so difficult , can it? Of course growing up, I have had dreams of becoming so many things, from being a writer, to being a TV Presenter and ...

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Meet the BI Empowerment Team

We are a young,  professional and fun team with a passion for youth empowerment. First up, we have Tokunbo Fasoro, we call her Toks. She is the Managing Partner at BI Solutions Nigeria, a Certified HR Professional and the Founder of BI Empowerment. She is vibrant, fun and loves to meet people. Her passion is to see young people discover what they want to become early in life and work hard to achieve it. Toks loves to chat with people and a chilled bottle of coke, on a sunny Lagos afternoon will win her heart. Next up , we have Ayo Akpewe, we call her Ayo. She is a Partner at BI Solutions Nigeria, a certified Digital Project Manager and the Lead Digital Consultant/Head of Operations. She has a passion for all things digital and you are likely to find her stuck in front of her laptop or any mobile device. A member of the BI Empowerment team who seeks to inspire youths to work hard , develop themselves and move with positive world trends.  Ayo is trying her best to live a healthy life but can’t resist a cold bottle of Teem.   Next on the team, we have Tosin Adekanmbi, ...

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Ten Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

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Five – Ten minutes into a job interview can determine whether you get the job or not. We – HR professionals – don’t need more than that during any job interview. From the first question, we know if we are going to hire you.  Having a wonderful resume does not qualify you for a job, it qualifies you get an interview. Both ends needs to be taken cared of. You’ve sent out countless resumes and have finally been called in for a job interview. This is the point where you can make it or break it. If you perform well, you may finally get the job you’ve been looking for. Then again, if you commit one of these 10 ways to ruin an interview, you’ll be walking away with nothing to show for it. These do’s and don’ts should prepare you for the interview so you don’t make any mistakes. DO’S AND DON’T BEFORE ANY JOB  INTERVIEW 1. You didn’t research the company. 2. You came in late. 3. You didn’t dress for the part. 4. You kept the interview negative. 5. You gave canned responses. 6. You didn’t ask any questions. 7. You let your nerves get the best ...

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How To Apply For Job You Are Not Qualified For

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How To Apply When You Don’t Meet The Requirement Are you ready for one of the best-kept secrets of the job search process? Unless the person doing the hiring has previously worked in the exact role he’s trying to fill, a fair amount of the job description is guesswork. Think about it: HR managers have to write a description that will simultaneously entice people to apply and ward off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. Also, haven’t you heard stories of a person who “met all of the qualifications” being passed over in the final stages for someone who “seemed like a better fit?” Probably so—because a company would much rather hire the candidate with two years of experience who seems like she could hit the ground running than someone with the requisite five years who failed to demonstrate strong communication skills. So what’s a job seeker who doesn’t quite meet all the requirements in a position description to do? Ask Yourself if You Could Do the Job Notice that we didn’t suggest asking, “Do you want the job?” or even, “How much do you want the job?” Honestly, those questions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how passionate you ...

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Nigerian Entrepreneur to receive N500million Grant

Grant Opportunities Over 1000 Nigerians will this year be beneficiaries of N500Million Naira Grant seed capital set aside for young Nigerian entrepreneurs and students. This was disclosed this week during the launch of the YES Grant Scheme by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) in partnership with Heritage Bank, which took place at the Four Point Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The event, which was very well attended by dignitaries, including representatives from the Nigerian University Commission (NUC), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as well as captains of industries and top government functionaries as part of efforts to grow more indigenous entrepreneurs among young Nigerians and deliberately create over 50,000 jobs in the next 5 years of the program circle.   ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA The Entrepreneur YESGrant is a grant to your business and NOT A LOAN. To apply for the grant, the owner of the business applying must be a Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 40 and must be a registered member of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF). The innovative idea of the entrepreneur must be from one of the following sectors: Agriculture Creative Economy (Fashion, Photography, Creative Arts, Music and Film Entertainment) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ...

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Photos – BIGS 05 : BI Solutions Graduate School

On the 8th of February, 2016, ten graduates attended the BI Solutions Graduate School. They were thought courses such as Career Planning, Emotional Intelligence, Workplace Communication and Employability. The graduates were impacted with several skills that will enable them succeed in the workplace. We are passionate about our Graduate School which was born out of a need to fill a gap we identified between fresh graduates and prospective employees. This gap over the years has affected the employability of our graduates and burdened employers with the training of new staff to understand the basic human capital needs of the organization. We bridge this gap between employers and fresh graduates through the training and the mentoring of these young graduates and prospective employees. BI Graduate School Modules: Employability Workshop Career Planning Workplace Communication Workplace Etiquette Customer Care Sales and Marketing Basic Financial Management Presentation Skills Microsoft Office Suite We look forward to the next batch of graduates. Stay tuned on how to win a sponsored slot to attend one of the courses at the BI Solutions Graduate School. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 9

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Photos: BI Solutions Christmas Graduate Gig 2015

In December 2015, BI Solutions thorough our BI Empowerment Graduate Scheme hosted ten graduates to a Christmas Party tagged ‘BI Solutions Christmas Networking Gig’. It was a day of fun, networking, great food, motivational talks and games. The graduates left the event feeling energised and motivated to face and conquer the new year ahead. Some of the graduates wrote to us after the gig about their experience, one of the lucky graduates, Omojokun Olawale said ‘I appreciate the treat from BI Solution and I pray that God almighty will continue to bless and empower your organization.much love‘. Another of our lucky graduates, Guchi Snow Obi had this to say ‘I wish to have more of such treat, words alone can’t describe how I feel about BI Solutions. Merry Christmas to you all and a wonderful new year.’We are so glad we were able to impact on the lives of these fresh and unemployed graduates who are preparing to face the ever challenging job market in Nigeria.In 2016, BI Graduate Empowerment will continue to support fresh and unemployed graduates in Nigeria. Our aim is to bridge the gap between employees and prospective employers by empowering graduates with skills needed to succeed ...

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