Pietermaritzburg man encourages progressive conversation

2015-07-09 06:00
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Zoe Ntulwana of Zoe Nail Bar and Salon with marketing strategist Zazi Nxele after their 45-minute progressive conversation.

PHOTO: supplied Zoe Ntulwana of Zoe Nail Bar and Salon with marketing strategist Zazi Nxele after their 45-minute progressive conversation.

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WITH communication becoming impersonal because of social networks, a marketing strategist from Pietermaritzburg has started a project in a bid to encourage people to engage in progressive conversations for just 45 minutes.

Zazi Nxele said the idea, which started as a practical for a leadership course, has prompted him to challenge himself to speak to at least 100 people by the end of this month, and to challenge people to make time for progressive conversations.

“With post-modernism, social networks have taken over and people hardly find time to speak to each other in person. In cases where we meet in person, we are either glued to our cellphones or we end up engaging in non-progressive conversations.

“We talk about life in general and yet there are no solutions as to how we can develop ourselves. The project allows one to meet with at least one person anywhere and talk about something that is of interest.

“It’s not similar to an interview, the person who is being spoken to chooses the topic which she or he wants to speak about. One can be surprised that in just 45 minutes , you can learn more about life.

“People need to do away with the mentality that they can only network with people who can give them employment, business deals or even tenders.

“There is so much more that we can learn from each other which can be eye-opening.”

He said the intention is not only to speak to prominent people, but to speak to people from all walks of life.

“Social networks have taken over, there is hardly any time to find out what is bothering your neighbour and find solutions where applicable. We have become self-absorbed, and when we meet we either gossip or talk about useless things.

“We need to challenge ourselves to at least meet one person for a few minutes, exchange knowledge and encourage one another.”

Nxele said people who want to be part of the challenge can book their space by emailing him at thinkbig eventsmarketing@gmail.com

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