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Jo’burg Chapter Meeting
20 May @ 19:00 - 21:00 SASTFree for Members | Guests – R200
Dear members, colleagues and friends
As we head for the middle of the year (yes, we’re almost three years into 2021), we would like to invite you to join us next Thursday for an evening with a stellar line-up of speakers. We will have the equivalent of a keynote, with the dynamic Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, speaking about antifragility, and a panel discussion made up of chapter members who have published books in the past two years.
With disruption becoming nearly constant throughout our lives, Rachel will guide us in spotting new fields of possibility amid times of hardship. She draws on Nassim Taleb’s theory of antifragility, and how you can either dance with hardship or be resistant to it. With themes of overcoming grief and changing one’s mindset to prevent “anticipatory grief”, she will illustrate how we can gain from chaos instead of succumbing to it.
Following her talk, we will have a 45-minute panel discussion with four author-slash-members: Siphiwe Moyo, Gavin Moffat, Charlotte Kemp, and Ruramai Sithole. They will provide a perspective on challenges, opportunities, and the impact of publishing books in a time of disruption. Johannesburg chapter president and author of 19 books, Arthur Goldstuck (going into third person for a moment), will moderate the panel.
Learnings from the last meeting
Jonathan Leeming gave us a critical toolset to overcome a fear of speaking by showing us how to overcome a fear of spiders. The audience left with more knowledge on: knowing all the facts before making judgements, not letting old wives tales instil unnecessary fear in us.
After Leeming, we had laughter coach Bronwyn Kilroe provide us with another toolset: how to use laughter to improve speaking. The main takeaway was: laughter and stress are on a neurological scale i.e. the more one laughs, the less one is stressed; and if you laugh before a talk, you’ll seem happier and relaxed when giving said talk.
Our speaker and panel session is going to be an interesting journey, especially for those wanting to learn how to turn their hardship into productivity, and prospective authors in the association.
Fast-forward to June
We have a great line-up planned for June, starting with a bonus session on 1 June at 12 noon, with Singapore-based YouTube star Joeri Schilders, aka Joeri the Magic Sauce. He will tell us how to: “Grow your brand with YouTube videos; the smart way”.
While we prepare for the event, Joeri has made a small little video asking us to submit any questions we have on YouTube that can help him prepare for the session. You can submit questions via text, audio or video, at https://www.videoask.com/f33nio8jx.
Johannesburg Chapter President