I was beyond honoured to be a part of such an incredible experience. I was definitely experiencing an out- of- body experience. To be surrounded with phenomenonal women, and most importantly to be hearing their stories and learning from them was beyond beautiful and inspiring! A big thank you to African Sunsets event for organising such an event. Everything was perfect! And i commend you for a job well done.
Brandwoman was held at Intercontinental hotel on the 2nd of June 2016.
These are some of the lessons learnt from #brandwoman2016 :
Mulenga Kapwepwe (Chairman at National arts council of Zambia)
Branding is a Journey of Authenticity :
It makes the whole of you; the way you talk, your hair, the way you dress etc
Brands are sprung from what you believe in. If you must create a brand, it must come from who you are.
We are all unique, we have our own stories. And that is the basis of your authenticity.
Self branding is a Journey, and a public commitment.
Kim Otteby ( M.D at Umoyo)
Success is gradual. We all have a supreme destiny. And it’s our job to feel that. If ever you feel uneasy? It’s a que to move in the right direction.
And if you’re in a detour, be still. Reconnect with yourself, and always ask yourself what the next RIGHT move is.
Always focus on what you’re good at. Focus on yourself and move forward.
Know your vision and purpose of branding. Always have a vision and timeline. Be very honest and of integrity. Also, learn to tell your stories.
You have to always network, ask questions, ask for feedback and listen. Set yourself differently, and do not worry about your competition.
You leave your legacy by carrying people along.
Norena Chiteba(Founder of Kupes young women’s network)
A brand is what people say about you when you are not there.
Personal branding is about the inside too. Everyone wants to associate themselves with a good brand.
So be consistent, be dependable, be patient, be relevant and be present.
Lulu Hangaala – Wood (media personality, Dagon Lady, pizza hut Zambia ambassador, Samsung Zambia ambassador)
Always be aware of how you interact with people. Be concise and clear about what you want, your mission, your goal. And know who you want to work with.
Maureen Nkandu (Director, UN, Information Centre)
Always be sure of what you want to do, and why you are doing it. It is a very competitive environment, but challenges toughen you. Passion and drive will break down walls.
Always show relevance. Take any opportunity that will be of value.
Nomsa Mpofu Chabakale (Fashion stylist, Chic boutique)
Clothes represent you. How? By intention and context. Always dress the part. Power dressing is all about deeming your “negatives “.
Timothy Webster(American Speaker. Author and brand strategist)
There are 3 bodies that make up your brand. These are:
1. Unseen dimension (values;internal)
2. Ambassador for your values
3. Your relationships
Hopefully you’ve learnt one or two things, i personally learnt a whole lot, and walked out as a different Taonga. The “unlocked” Taonga lol. Hopefully you can take advantage of such events and be a part next time! Totally worth it. Special thankyou to Luyando Yoyo! The world needs more people like you!
Oh! It wouldn’t be really me if i didn’t talk about my outfit, right?
So i decided to wear a mini black skirt, a red buttoned jacket for a statement, and white turtle neck. For a classy finish, i wore barely there’s and tied my hair. I loved every bit of my outfit, but loved what i learnt more!
Thankyou for reading xx!