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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:01


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Emmarencia van Wyk, Founder of Namibia's first Image Consultancy Business, namely, Hadassah Image Consultants and CEO of SC Consultancy and Training Services (SCCTS) is getting Namibia’s women to master the art of networking and polishing their business etiquette in a male dominated business environment.

Van Wyk will be joined by Karl Smith, Inspirational Business Speaker and founder of Business Networking South Africa. Renowned as ‘Africa’s Networking Guru’, he inspires and entertains his audiences with his vibrant, hands-on, motivating and highly interactive sessions to turn relationships into career success and profits.

Smith describes networking as “…the development and maintenance of mutually valuable relationships. It’s not schmoozing; it’s not just handing out business cards, selling, marketing or small talk. Those activities are part of networking, but unfortunately, many people’s misunderstanding of the term causes them to network ineffectively.”

Van Wyk who has hosted these annual events for women the third year says that “the main aim of the upcoming One-Day Skill-Building Seminar is to help women in business and other professions to build strong productive relationships”.  As much as networking is an important task, it sometimes has a negative connotation. The term sometimes conjures up images of back-slapping, forced smiles, awkward conversations or brown-nosing, and because of these negative undertones, many people shy away from becoming actively engaged in the process.

Says, Van Wyk, “Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It's not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it's about ensuring some basic social comforts”.

This upcoming One-Day Skill-Building Seminar titled “Networking and Business Etiquette At Its Best” will be held on 31 May 2013 from 8:00 – 16:30.

Emmarencia van Wyk can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. alternatively call her on 00264814092607 or 00264812489409.

Karl Smith can be contacted on +27714442210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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