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Mapaseka Pakgadi, an account manager at Dell Technologies, has made a name for herself in the public speaking fraternity.
But life was not always this glamorous.
This Gauteng-based speaker started her public speaking journey as a child and at primary school in rural Limpopo.
“I spoke in primary school and represented my school. In high school I became the president of Representative Council of Learners,” said Mapaseka, mother of a six-year-old, who now resides in Midrand.
She said it was always her dream to become a famous motivational speaker in the country, but she wasn’t sure if people would agree.
Mapaseka said she got her first international break when she was asked to speak in Dubai during 2016’s International Women’s Day.
“A lot of people from different countries commended me on my speaking abilities. It made me want to push harder and speak more,” she said.
She said one of the ladies from Kenya, who attended the Dubai event, also motivated her and gave her courage to go on and on.
Mapaseka was born and bred in Botlokwa, a village situated in the North of Polokwane. She studied B-Com Marketing Management.
Today she is one of the most popular female motivational speakers, a master of ceremonies, and a reputable brand and mentor. She specialises in events that range from corporate to academic and personal, offering powerful and moving speeches at product launches, graduation ceremonies and weddings, among others.
“It was during my time in Dubai, four years ago, where the opportunity to address an International Women’s Day event further fuelled what was already my deep-seated passion for public speaking. Representing my country on an international stage, thousands of kilometres away from my rural village of birth, inspired me to pursue this passion formally and a new career was born right there,” she said.
She said during the course of her career, she has also spoken at several events across Southern Africa, including Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and many more.
She said, “I envision myself in the future to be the best motivational speaker and MC globally, with a significant footprint in African countries aiming to inspire young women who will break the international standards in their distinguished areas of expertise with a spirit of appreciation through philanthropy.
“My mission is to unlock potential in Africa, developing young talent, while connecting people to opportunities through networking and grooming more female speakers as well as young professionals,” she said.
“’Come what may’ is a true definition of my attitude towards life. I am fearlessly always ready to tackle whatever challenges that may come my way with a positive attitude and mindset of growing by learning through hardships and good times.”
Mapaseka believes she grows through appreciating others in her corporate social responsibility and mentorship programme, working towards grooming young ones to lifting and mentoring others.
As a seasoned speaker and MC, she understands that being relevant to the audience, event and current state of affairs is of paramount importance. As such, the power in her messaging lies in her relevance.
“My aim is to produce world class and passionate youths in the different aspects of their career. I do not only aim to ignite the passion and flame within my audience, but keep the flame burning no matter the circumstances. I love to connect youth with opportunities and to prepare them to handle the opportunities and workplace challenges with responsibilities; to give back to the development of the community through initiatives and involvement,” she concluded.