A top line up of internationally renowned speakers took to the podium at Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga recently to address top business people from around the province. The event, which was co-sponsored by Nedbank and Business Growth SA, was organised by local property entrepreneur, speaker, and founder of the Durban Entrepreneurs Club, Grant Gavin. Grant was joined by world renowned Canadian Business Coach, Wayne Einhorn and international speaker, author and TV host, Justin Cohen, who also M.C.’d the event.
Wayne’s talk – “Confessions of a Business Coach” – summed up his experiences through the years of coaching top business entrepreneurs. He said he can’t help anybody who doesn’t have their own vision. “Understanding exactly what it is that you want to achieve with your life is the first step in building a plan to achieve the success you desire. Build a vision board, have faith in your abilities and your vision, commit to the tasks and activities required to achieve success, work hard to improve your value, and network with winners.” Was his message to the 300 entrepreneurs in the room.
Grants talk – “Lessons from A Traffic Light”, was taken from his experience of spending a day on the street disguised as a homeless person. He inspired the room by sharing 3 lessons with the audience. 1. Understanding how your own insecurities and fears are preventing you from achieving breakthrough success. 2. Lessons in how business owners and sales people need to give value before asking for business, finally, 3. Lessons in giving and community. “In order to become truly significant in this world, your success needs to inspire others and uplift people around you.” He said.
Justin concluded the morning’s talks by inspiring the audience to improve their value to their customers, “Your choice, and how you behave, determines your destiny.” He said. Justin also explained that to get pleasure out of life, one had to experience a certain amount of pain, using Zig Ziglar’s point that “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” Other important pointers: Do what’s tough and life will get better; Behaviour is contagious; Avoid temptations from an early age; Focus on your why, and ask yourself how many lives are going to get better because of you. Finally – “A company that only exists to make money is a very poor company indeed. The best way to get is to give. You need to share your strengths.” He summed up.