Personal mastery & Zorro’s training circles

Chief Storyteller, Aydn Parrott By Aydn Parrott I am obsessed with books and films that contain a “master-apprentice” dynamic. The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, The Count of Monte Cristo, American Gangster, The Irishman.  Although these films  don’t all necessarily present as perfect examples of progressive values and ideas, the “master-apprentice” stories they each contain offer …

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The Covid Cocoon

Chief Storyteller, Aydn Parrott By Aydn Parrott I am not a leader and don’t aspire to be a leader or hold any leadership titles. Covid-19, however, has acted as a cocoon to my leadership attributes. It has forced me to develop and hone leadership skills necessary to adapt to working and succeeding amid huge change. …

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“I truly believe that we, humans, are innate story-tellers,” says founder of Vagary Stories Martina Lastikova

By Aydn Parrott “I’ve always loved story-telling. I truly believe that authentic stories allow you to see a different picture or angle of somebody’s life,” says Martina Lastikova. Lastikova, the founder of Vagary Stories, was born in Slovakia and in 2012, got an opportunity to travel to a small ski-resort town called Sun Valley in …

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“Representation matters,” Nordic Women in Tech Awards Nominee Alexandra Ciobotaru shares the story of Femme Lead Podcast

by Aydn Parrott “Storytelling has the power of showcasing facets of life in a new light. Understanding the back-story of an individual is a mighty thing.”  These are the words of Alexandra Ciobotaru, founder of Femme Lead Podcast. She says one quickly realises that money, appearance, or influence pale in comparison to having a mission, …

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The Engineered Black Story: Four women, one vision

Four young black women lead innovation in engineering and youth capacity building with multipurpose online platform. by Aydn Parrott Ndzalo Mabunda, Olivia Mothiba, Lehlogonolo Phiri and Namhla Ndwalane. These four women have been at the forefront of Engineered Black, an organisation which aspires to empower and strengthen the skills of young and aspiring engineers through …

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QUEST FOR FREEDOM: Raw words from the heart of the End Sars protests

“The youth were crying with the flag in their hands telling the soldiers "please don't shoot us we are not armed,” but the soldiers continued shooting. Rapidly people were falling” By Joseph Raimi Abidemi We all have dignity but we've forgotten that it can be violated. It started for the past 10 years where Nigeria …

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Willing‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌Criminal?‌

By‌ ‌Dwayne‌ ‌Sephton‌ ‌ ‌The‌ ‌lockdown‌ ‌started‌ ‌26‌ ‌March‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ ‌say‌ ‌that‌ ‌in‌ ‌less‌ ‌than‌ ‌two‌ ‌weeks‌ ‌most‌ ‌South‌ ‌Africans‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌classified‌ ‌as‌ ‌“criminals”‌ ‌whether‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌illegal‌ ‌cigarettes‌ ‌or‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌alcohol‌ ‌sales.‌  ‌Even‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌drink‌ ‌or‌ ‌smoke‌ ‌could‌ ‌still‌ ‌be‌ ‌classified‌ ‌as‌ ‌“criminals”‌ ‌for‌ ‌breaking‌ ‌our‌ ‌strict‌ ‌lockdown‌ ‌restrictions.‌ ‌ ‌ With‌ …

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“Political communicators must at all times be concerned with informing, educating and assisting the general public,” says veteran brand strategist Solly Moeng

By Aydn Parrott Chief Storyteller Aydn Parrott, spoke to Solly Moeng, MD of DonValley Reputation Managers,  about the impact of Covid-19 on political communication. Solly is also the Founder & Convenor of the Africa Brand Summit. He has more than 20 years of experience in Brand Strategy Development & Management, as well as Brand Reputation …

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Dear Jon: a conversation about storytelling and COVID-19 with seasoned speechwriter Jon Cayzer

Jon Cayzer is the storyteller's narrator. A speechwriter who has seen the world of political communication, speech writing and storytelling in all its guises. Educated at Harvard after  serving as private secretary to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Jon Cayzer has served as speechwriter to various South African political figures and international companies. Jon currently resides in …

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