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BE AGILE – THINK FAST, ACT FAST, RESPOND FAST, CHANGE FAST
Agility is a key component of sports and physical activities. It is the ability to move and change direction and position of the body quickly and effectively while under control. It requires quick reflexes, coordination, balance, speed and correct response to the changing situation.
To be agile, you are responding to what is going on around you - taking in that information and translating it into body positioning. You are moving to the best position to take the next action, such as catching a ball or making a tackle.
The Oxford dictionary defines the word agile as “quick-moving, nimble and active.” The word is often used to describe animals that run the fastest, leap the highest and outwit their attackers. Those who are agile, survive.
Being agile in the business world The word is also often applied in today’s business world, where companies are constantly breaking new ground, introducing new technologies and new products, and marketing themselves in ways unimaginable a few years ago. If you’re not running with them or in front, you’re behind.
A competitive advantage As freelancers and business people we need to develop agility as a competitive advantage. It is the quality that allows a business to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine. It is the key ingredient we need to succeed today. We must adapt, move quickly and set the pace. We must constantly innovate and respond to a changing environment. Let’s put agility at the top of our agenda by shaking off the herd mentality, challenging the old dinosaurs and act now.
Let’s embrace it According to a Forbes.com article 70% of companies that were on the Fortune 1000 list ten years ago, have now vanished, having been unable to adapt to change. Thebig corporates that once dominated with a single core competency and huge cost advantage are a thing of the past. Digital disruption - which includes the internet, cloud-based applications, mobile phones and more – has changed the business landscape. Business agility is critical for 21st century success. Let’s embrace it.
Our photographer Thank you to this month’s photographer - visual storyteller, Francis Gersbach. Follow him and his visual diary - created for his great grandchildren - of the world we live in today, on his Instagram @GreatGrampops (Francis (@greatgrampops) • Instagram photos and videos
Altogether 17 people attended the Eastern Cape event – the majority to become members soon!
TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN THE FREELANCING INDUSTRY
The Eastern Cape Region hosted an event on 28 May in PE with Curwyn Mapaling as speaker. Having been involved in the SAFREA Rates Survey, he did not only unpack the latest survey results, but also addressed the trends and challenges in the freelancing landscape.
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution on our doorstep, the time is right for growth in freelancing, as freelancers will be the future workforce. Not only are geographical boundaries disappearing, but aspirations are also changing. As such, people are not only looking for a better work-life-balance, but rather a more harmonious world-life-integration," said Lize Hayward, Chairperson of the SAFREA Eastern Cape/Free State Region.
Tina Krynauw (Chairperson Western Cape) in action during the online event.
OUR FIRST ONLINE MEMBER EVENT
The Western Cape Region invited all regions to SAFREA’s first online members’ event on 16 May. The speakers were Renee Moodie on “Effective journalism in the digital age” and Tina Krynauw on “Marketing for freelancers.”
Members had to book their seats first to be included in the correspondence. The access link was emailed to those who confirmed attendance, 10 minutes before the start. The meeting was recorded and made available to those requesting a replay. Well done to Tina and team! Interesting training suggestions shared include:
Congratulations to Peter Hassall! He is the proud winner of one year’s free SAFREA membership. His name was drawn among participants of our recent Rates Survey. Let’s get to know him better.
Peter has worked as a photographer for 40 years and is currently the National President of the South African Professional Photographers. In the commercial world, Peter has specialised in the Built Environment, transport and executive groups and portraiture. More of his work can be seen at www.hassall.co.za He shoots for many of the major property developers, financial institutions, architects, construction companies, associated professionals and subcontractors. His love of teaching photography, shooting land- and seascapes and of travelling, have been combined into one easy activity – his wife Leanne, runs aphoto-touring company (www.thephotowalkers.com) and Peter is fortunate enough to just arrive at thedesignated airport or pickup point, with appropriate clothing and camera-gear in hand.
His passion for science and technology have always been an integral part of his craft, helping him to better understand the creative possibilities and opportunities in the media landscape.
Kimberly Mutandiro is an independent Journalist/ Writer/ Editor with over ten years’ experience. She is aformer broadcaster for Zim TV and is currently a writer for GroundUp, and several other international news publications. Collaboration with other journalists/ foreign correspondents is her specialty. She does Legal, News, Political, Academic, Profile, Financial and Television journalism.
Please tell us more about what you do and how long you’ve been a freelancer. I am a senior freelance journalist for Groundup News which is a South African human rights publication. My stories have been published in Groundup, News24, Daily Maverick, Timeslive, AllAfrica and other online publications. I have also done collaborative articles for the New York Times and Germany TV. I also do some proof-reading and editing work every now and again. I have been a freelancer and member of SAFREA since 2015.
What does a day in your life look like? My typical day begins at 5:30 am when I prepare my 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter for school. By 9 am I go and drive around townships investigating stories. Depending on the schedule, sometimes I attend media conferences and court sessions. I also report on community protests following various social grievances. I especially love writing features on ordinary township people looking at the socio-economic challenges they face on a daily basis.
Where/how do you find inspiration? I have great faith in God. My faith inspires me to thrive at being the best in everything I do. My family also gives me support and encouragement in what I do.
What advice do you have for other freelancers? My advice to freelancers is: “Do not give up. Keep pushing and believe in yourself. It is not any easy road, but you will get there.” Joining SAFREA was the best thing that I have ever done. I am where l am today, because of the support I got from SAFREA and fellow SAFREANs.
How long have you been aSafrean, and why are you a member of SAFREA? I love being a member of SAFREA because it gives me a sense of belonging as a Freelancer. SAFREA gave me my very first break. I was connected to Groundup by a fellow Freelance Journalist (Ray Mwareya). I met him at a Biodiversity Workshop which was advertised through SAFREA in 2016. I’ve never looked back since. I love being a freelancer because I am my own boss. I call the shots. I set my own working hours and l have a lot of free time to spend with my family. As a freelancer there are no boundaries as to where you can work. You can easily type up a story anywhere, be it in a coffee shop, in a park, or in the comfort of your own home. There are also no boundaries as to what you want to do. Being a freelancer is the very first step to owning your own business.
What is your work/life motto? The sky is the limit. There is nothing you can’t do, if you put your mind and faith in it.
FREELANCING TIP OF THE MONTH
Gareth Griffiths enjoying a game drive.
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