In the course of a 20 year career, I have spent countless days in front of audiences in various roles. While speaking, training and MC-ing are all very different functions, I have done them all. I started my speaking career in financial services where the rapidly growing company re-positioned me to start the training department and deliver content from HR functionality, in-house software skills to financial instruments and products. I started my own training company some years ago and developed content in both the speaking and training fields, ultimately spending a decade teaching people how to use social media and specialising in LinkedIn. At that the same time, I invested in a franchise operation that was the subject of a great deal of learning on my part, as well as the book, 'I'm Not Afraid of the F Word', a topic that I have spoken on many occasions.
Feeling that neither my content on social media, nor the story of the F Word was adequately meeting the needs of my audiences, I started exploring a bigger picture and discovered futures thinking. So I turned my attention to futures studies and began the journey you see here. Over the years I have fulfilled the following roles: - Speaker - presenting content at conferences and seminars - Trainer - facilitating workshops and interacting with delegates with specific training goals - Mastermind leader - coordinating collaborative mastermind sessions where members support each in the learning process - Radio show host and podcast producer - MC - facilitating a conference or event as MC or day chair
I was a key note speaker at a procurement conference in Cape Town and met the MC, Charlotte Kemp. Charlotte not only worked with me to energise and facilitate proceedings she also warmed the delegates to ensure every one was engaged when I spoke. This made for a very successful presentation and a fantastic conference. Charlotte has the right amount of energy and charisma with genuine charm. It was clear that the audience and speakers appreciated Charlotte's approach and style. I hope to work with Charlotte again in the future.
I recently spoke at the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa’s national convention. Charlotte was master of ceremonies on that day. I believe that one of the most important tasks of an emcee is to set the speaker up for success. Charlotte does this so effortlessly. She takes time to personalize these intros and she manages to create a golden thread for the whole conference. Absolutely brilliant at what she does.
It was an absolute treat to work alongside Charlotte Kemp in her role as MC of the international annual convention of the Professional Speakers Association Southern Africa.
I have known Charlotte for a number of years within Toastmasters International, PSASA as well as in a Mastermind Group I am part of.
Charlotte was chair for day 3 of AfricaCom 20/20, and I couldn't have asked for better. She was excellent at engaging the speakers, involving the audience and had great ability to connect the dots between the varied presentations and topics. Plus she had a great background across the wide range of themes covered related to technology and digital transformation. Even in the face of difficult questions or a sometimes 'quiet' audience, she kept the pace and enthusiasm up. I would highly recommend Charlotte as a moderator/facilitator.