Paying it forward in the Pandemic... Let's Learn LinkedIn

July 1, 2020

(edited on 15 July 2020)
We have just entered the 2nd half of 2020. The world is still in turmoil as the grip of the global COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of easing up. In South Africa, we are almost 100 days into lockdown. While restrictions have been eased here and in many other parts of the world, it is clear that the human and economic effects of the pandemic will be with us for a long time to come. Many people have been thrust into unemployment or major pay cuts in an instant. While we mostly do what we can to assist in private, I've been thinking of what I can offer on a larger scale to make an impact. And the culmination of that thought process is that I would like to teach those who are interested how to use LinkedIn to effectively market themselves. As the largest professional networking tool available, LinkedIn can be leveraged in countless ways, whether for professional networking, finding someone with skills that you need for services or collaboration, gaining more business as a freelancer or business owner, or finding a job as an employee.  

We hosted a live webinar last night entitled LinkedIn - PIMP your PROFILE. You can watch the recording here.

During October 2015 I was in Silicon Valley on the Techwomen programme, where we got to work with every amazing tech giant imaginable. Unfortunately I suffered a severe bout of flu while there, and experienced the difficulties of the failing US healthcare system first hand. While I was completely down and out for a few days, even though I was sick there was no way I was going to miss a full day at the LinkedIn global headquarters. So I dressed warmly, stacked my bag with tissues, got myself an empty 2 seats at the back of the Techwomen bus, and curled myself up for the drive to Sunnyvale. I felt really bad for possibly putting others at risk with my germs, but thankfully nobody else caught what I had. Clearly it was a time before 2020, things were more chilled.

The day at LinkedIn was fantastic to say the least, and we learned so many things about personal branding and presence, among others. But in addition to that, in the years that followed my journey continued as I learned more about the platform from mentors at LinkedIn, online resources, and sometimes in-person workshops. I wanted to pay it forward by sharing my knowledge with others who need it or want it.

Another amazing company that I visited often while at Techwomen was Mozilla. Their San Francisco office was like my second home. We were always welcome there, the snack corner was always available to raid, and they even made space for me to pray in one of the VC rooms when there was a workshop through evening prayer time one day. In 2017 I was accepted onto the Mozilla Tech Speakers programme and certified as a Tech speaker - a global group of volunteers who spread Mozilla's mission and their vision for an open web. My workshop will be hosted on Mozilla's Zoom as a Tech speaker event, and I am deeply thankful for it. 

The webinar took place on 14 July and we had people from 7 countries joining! Here's the YouTube link to that recording again: Watch video here

I hope you find the content shared useful! 


(still) Teaching a Continent to Code

September 12, 2019

Africa Code Week is upon us again. It always feels like I’m in a pendulum between this being the most exciting and the most stressful part of my year.

I think it's in my my genes...or wherever these things sit that gets passed down to generations. My mom was a teacher, one of the best that you will ever find. Some of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, are teachers and principals. I grew up seeing my mom go above & beyond the call of duty as a teacher. She taught Standard 5 (G...
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Rogeema Kenny...YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

June 7, 2019
It's been a little while since I've crossed the finish line of the Ironman African Championship. The experience to get to that point, changed my life as much as it changed my title. Crossing under that arch at the end of the red carpet is a rite of passage, an experience that confers upon those who have traveled that road...the title of IRONMAN. A 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle, and a 42.2km run. And it all has to be completed within the space of 16 hours and 45 minutes.   

This post is abo...

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Ironman 70.3 Race Report

September 8, 2018

It has become somewhat of the norm that my posts are super late, but I could not let another triathlon season start without getting my race report of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Buffalo City out. The race was a life-changing moment for me, and my hope is that my experience can inspire others to go for their dreams and goals no matter what, because the Ironman slogan has been proven to be true over and over again… ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. 

After all the formalities of registration and racking was do...

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My biggest Ironfan

September 7, 2018

She deserves a special post. To the best sister ever, the most awesome #IronFan that I could’ve asked for, THANK YOU for everything you did ❤️

She was initially going to fly up with me on Friday, but then after race dates came out she realized Redhill Marathon was the Saturday. She then booked another ticket to fly up to EL on Saturday immediately after running Redhill 42km, but then collapsed in the last km of the marathon and ended up in the medical tent. Being sick and not in a condit...

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Modern Athlete magazine feature - March 2018

May 19, 2018
While I haven't written a post-race report of my Ironman 70.3 race day experience yet (and I haven't forgotten about it), I was featured in the Modern Athlete March 2018 issue. Modern Athlete is the biggest running and multi-sport publication in the country, so I am truly humbled to have had the opportunity to share my story in the magazine. 

You can read the article online HERE, or download the pdf version of the article by clicking on the image below. 

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Happy Birthday Mozilla - A tribute

March 30, 2018

31 March 2018 marks the day... Happy 20th birthday Mozilla.

The reason I love Mozilla is not only because:
  • Their San Francisco offices made me (and others) feel more at home than anywhere else in Silicon Valley 
  • The programs we had at their offices were always fantastic and impactful 
  • There was always a supply of amazing free snacks from their snack counter (basically a tuck shop where you don’t pay, so can’t be called a shop really) 
  • The views of the Oakland bridge across the bay from the ba...

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Why Mentoring = MAGIC

March 19, 2018

Yesterday morning, a young gentleman took me for breakfast. And while I was blessed to have a great weekend with many amazing moments, this was undoubtedly the highlight.

No, it wasn’t a date. (apologies if you were expecting juicy details. LOL)

The young gentleman is a student that I’ve been mentoring for around 2 years now. He had found me on LinkedIn, and I didn't accept his invitation immediately, because it was a total stranger. But after thinking about it (those annoying LinkedIn remi...

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It's time to tame the Buffalo

January 27, 2018

So race weekend is finally here! After all those years of dreaming and months of training, I am now looking out onto the beach that we will swim at, and the road we will ride and run in.

It has been an incredible journey.

Done with registration and expo, and as I retreat to the silence of my own company...relaxing on the bed and looking through my window at the esplanade, I glance over at the backpack on the dressing table counter that says “IRONMAN”. Contemplating the magnitude of what it...

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Two weeks until we tame the Buffalo

January 12, 2018

So it's the start of 2018 and it's been 3.5 years since I did my first triathlon. It’s also 2 weeks away from my biggest sporting challenge yet. On 28 January 2018, I will line up at Orient Beach in East London for the start of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon, otherwise also known as the Half Ironman. It involves a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle, and a 21km run

I’ve always said that endurance sport changes one. The person that starts their first marathon is not the same person that finishes it for ...

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