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CAPE TOWN +27 21 468 7000

January 2, 2015
7:31 am
by Sindi Mtshali

It’s a New Year

Specialist Recruitment2014 has ended and now it’s the season of New Year’s resolutions. Lose 5 kilograms. Be nicer to mom-in-law. Go back to school. The list is endless. This is the time when we analyse what worked for us in the past year and what didn’t. Which habits and which people do we want to bring with us into this New Year?

A New Year gives us a fresh start and an opportunity to assess where we are and where we want to be. Here are some top tips you can use to ensure your 2015 is the best year ever.

Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.

  1. Stay positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
  2. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  3. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
  4. Implement the No Complaining Rule. Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick. Seriously, stop it.
  5. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.”
  6. Each day, focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
  7. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
  8. Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte. Take care of yourself.
  9. Zoom focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

When implementing these tips remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character change. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behaviour and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Take small steps toward your success and finding your greatness.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~  Oprah Winfrey


October 1, 2014
10:00 am
by Mameela Meela

Let’s Fake this Confidence till We Feel It

DAV Specialist RecruitmentPracticing beforehand is essential to the positive outcome of any business situation you find yourself in. And if you add a reasonable amount of confidence as a base, you are well on your way to getting the deal to go your way – If your client sees your confidence, they’ll like you, try you then buy into your business.

Here are the secrets to a confident you:

Lean forward Show the other person you’re listening and that they have your undivided attention.

Shake hands firmly This sets the tone for a professional conversation, open and close the meeting with a firm handshake.

Walk with confidence When entering a room or walking with a colleague, use long strides, keep your head high and shoulders square. It will help you feel confident and make a lasting impression.

Maintain eye contact When speaking, make eye contact but don’t stare. Lack of eye contact can mean you lack confidence and even – a person not to be trusted. If you are talking to several people, make sure you give them all some eye-contact. This creates a connection and ensures people are listening to you.

Nod when others are talking Show others you’re listening and understanding what they’re saying.

Lastly, Smile! This is, without doubt, a universal language If you smile at 10 people, nine will smile back – use it well and naturally. Smile and laugh when it’s appropriate. People will be more inclined to listen to you if they think you are a positive person. Remember to make sure it’s genuine.