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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:57

Cape Town-Based Networking Guru set to woo UK audiences!

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Knowledgeable, Pragmatic, Motivational. Generous. Those are just some of the words which spring to mind when chatting to Networking Guru, Karl Smith who will facilitate the launch of Angel Wings Aviation’s first European operation on the 30 March 2012. The event to be hosted by the Hilton Hotel in Manchester and will feature aviation gurus in the United Kingdom, as well as delegates from all over the globe.

Co-founder of Angel Wings Aviation, Masithokoze Moyo-Thompson, now based in Manchester (UK) and Karl Smith, founder of Business Networking South Africa, first met a few years ago in Gauteng where he was a guest speaker. “Our connection and relationship is truly a networking success story. I am humbled and honoured to share in the joy of Masithokoze Moyo-Thompson and her husband Gerry Thompson” said Karl.

Masithokoze is a private pilot and served as the only woman executive director at Alpine Aviation, an aviation company that flew privately, serving private clients, including government officials in the Southern Africa region, including providing flights to multi-billionaires and international celebrities. Along the way she has earned numerous awards, including being nominated as one of South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business. Not only is Masithokoze Moyo-Thompson a shining example of what women can accomplish, but she also works actively to create opportunities and make them more accessible to others.

Speaking at the launch of the Angel Wings Aviation Jet Card, Gerry Thompson, co-founder of the company, said, “To celebrate this milestone, we have invited our business partners, current aviation clients and jet operators to join us for a fantastic networking dinner at one of Manchesters Iconic Buildings, the Hilton Hotel Deans Gate. Our VIP Guest Speaker is a respectable woman in the Aviation Industry in the United Kingdom; Ms Dorothy Pooley. Dorothy is Chairman of the Education and Training Committee at GAPAN and Chairman of the Professional Flying Instructors Association.”

Also set to attend is the South African Deputy High Commissioner - Miss Bongiwe Qwabe to present Aviation Bursaries to be awarded to Wanda Mafate, Ontefetse Bradley-Precious Matjila, and Harrison Debra, from South Africa and Ghana respectively.

It is almost impossible not to be inspired by someone like Karl who sees his visit to the UK as a significant step in the direction to obtain global exposure, especially when he talks about his passion to see business networking and relationship building training as key components of tertiary education. Said Karl, “Most of us don't spend enough time building, nurturing and quantifying the key personal, functional and strategic relationships we need to achieve success”.

Amongst the other speaking engagements that have been lined up for Karl is The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where he will conduct a master class. The Academy was set up by Peter Jones, CBE, star of ‘Dragons’ Den’, to offer further education courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship in the UK where students are actually required to set up and run their own business. Widely quoted in articles globally, Karl believes that the launch of Angel Wings Aviation and the other speaking engagements will stimulate significant interest in South Africa in general and Cape Town in particular.

Notes for editor
Karl Smith will be available for photographs and interviews before his departure to the UK (Manchester) on 28 March 2012 and after his return on 11 April 2012

Contact details
Karl Smith , Founder
+27(0)21 4817000
mobile +27 (0) 71 444 2210
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Karl Smith is a personal branding, networking and referral marketing authority. He is an author, presenter, trainer, coach and consultant working across financial, accounting and other services industries and sectors. He has a particular interest in the secrets to building a solid reputation, power networks and mental toughness. All his work is dedicated to helping you to Stand Out in marketing and selling yourself, your skills, your vision, your ideas, your products or service. Karl is credited with using personal branding, networking and referral marketing to move from zero clients to JSE listed clients. He delivers transformative keynotes and workshops for some of South Africa’s most successful companies. He takes you on a journey of memorable real life stories and observations, that not only enthrall and enthuse, but leave audience members’ minds buzzing with new ideas which will help them to stand out from the competition and to develop mental toughness. Karl has authored Beyond The Business Handshake, Secrets To Getting Referrals, Networking Etiquette 101 and three EBooks on personal branding. His articles have featured in premier magazines such as Accountancy SA, Black Business Quarterly and CEO. According to the average number of Google searches, Karl’s articles influence many across the globe. Why? Because his mission is to help people to win with themselves so that they can win with others. He is known by his coaching clients as insightful, passionate and an acute strategic thinker as he assists them to turn their dreams into plans, plans into action and action into results. He exudes optimism and a genuine belief in the power of the individual to achieve great things. He not only sees the glass as half full, he sees the potential for it to be overflowing. Prior to founding Business Networking South Africa Karl has held a number of corporate executive positions, bringing relationship building, marketing, branding and strategic success to major organizations. He holds a BA Degree, HDE and Masters of Public Administration.  Are you really doing enough to stand out from the crowd? 

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