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Exposure, Experience and Valuable Lessons.

As one of the proud sponsors of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng’s Class of Programme, we joined Team Amabutho in their classroom sessions on Tuesday 19th September 2023.

Ellen Gower-Mzolo, the CFO of the Fulcrum Group, shared personal stories from her childhood, education, and career journey. She also discussed valuable lessons she has learned throughout her experiences and tied these back to the theme of the day – Presentation Skills.

Ellen had the Class hanging on her every word, so we’d share some of the tips for success and Ellen’s inspirational message.

Tips for Success

  • Read the Room: Pay attention to your audience’s cues. Adapt your style and message to connect with them on a deeper level.
  • Prepare Adequately: The more you know your material, the more confident you’ll be. Preparation is the key to a successful presentation.
  • Convey the Message: Your message is your compass. Make it clear, concise, and memorable. Craft your words to leave a lasting impact.
  • Be Personable: Let your authentic self shine through. People connect with people, not just presentations.
  • Communicate with the Audience: Engage with your audience. Ask questions, share stories, and make them a part of the conversation.

“Remember, your journey to mastering presentation skills is much like life.”


Here’s some wisdom for you:

  • Believe in Yourself: Confidence is the foundation of success. Trust your abilities, and others will, too.
  • Embrace Challenges: Challenges are opportunities in disguise. Embrace them, for they are the stepping stones to growth.
  • Challenge Yourself: Step out of your comfort zone. Push your limits, for that’s where real growth happens.
  • Invest in Yourself: Know your talents, nurture them, and watch them flourish.
  • Have a Good Attitude: A positive attitude is your secret weapon. It can turn obstacles into steppings stones.
  • Growth Beyond the Classroom: Learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door. Seek knowledge, ask questions, and apply what you learn.
  • Ask for Feedback: Feedback is a gift. Be open to it, learn from it, and use it to improve.
  • Be Willing to Learn: The best presenters are perpetual learners. Stay curious and keep improving.
  • Take the Lead: Volunteer to lead meetings. It’s a chance to showcase your skills and grow as a leader.
  • Show Your Capabilities: Your actions speak louder than words. Demonstrate your skills through your work.
  • Progress in Your Career: Soft skills are your passport to success. Adapt, communicate, and keep honing your presentation prowess.
  • Find Your Style: Every great presenter has their unique style. Experiment, discover what works for you, and let it shine.
  • Remember, a presentation isn’t just about what you say; it’s about how you say it. Your tone, dress, and body language should align with your message. Look people in the eyes; it shows confidence and connection.
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