Active listening

Active Listening – a skill for the future of work

One of my greatest skills (besides texting with my tongue!) is that I’m a good listener. I guess it is quite important considering that I am a practising Clinical Psychologist. I’ve come to realise that it is one of my “Superpowers” and goes beyond my profession. Because of my disability (I was born without arms […]

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Learn to tolerate uncertainty

In my therapy office and on stage, I talk a lot about how we need to learn to tolerate uncertainty. This concept comes from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety. We always worry about future-related events. The common thread is our need to have as little uncertainty in life as possible. The problem […]

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Nicky Abdinor Real Talk TV Interview

My Live TV Interview on Real Talk

Two weeks ago I was one of the guests on SABC 3’s SAFTA award-winning talk show, “Real Talk.” The show is hosted by 702’s Azania Mosaka. It was a live TV interview with a focus on recognising people with disabilities who have advanced in their careers despite the real (and perceived!) obstacles around disability in […]

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Mandela Day: 27 Gifts in Honour of Madiba’s Legacy

Make Every Day a Mandela Day. I love that South Africa has embraced the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela’s birth date, as an annual celebration of service in honour of his legacy. Many donate “67 minutes” of their time and resources to commemorate the 67 years that Madiba fought for justice. The premise behind this […]

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Nicky Abdinor Speaker SAP Ariba Live

SAP Ariba Live in Amsterdam

One of the greatest parts of my work as an international keynote speaker is that I have the opportunity to travel to the most beautiful locations! One of these was a recent trip to Amsterdam for the SAP Ariba Live Conference for their European procurement customers. It was a great honour to be the keynote […]

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Burnout: Are we there yet?

At his time of the year, many of us are in the “Are we there yet?” phase. I’d say the majority of my recent therapy referrals are affected in some way or another by burnout. A large percentage of my therapy practice are employee wellness referrals and I often wonder how the HR Managers are […]

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What a privilege to visit Australia for the first time

During the month of September, I’ve been clogging my Facebook timeline with photos and updates on my first visit to Australia (I did warn friends to unfollow me if it became unbearable – we all know what travel-envy feels like!). I was invited by the Brisbane Catholic Education to be a keynote speaker at their […]

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Diversity and Different Abilities

It really excites me when corporates give disability in the workplace the recognition it deserves. This week, Siemens Park in Midrand, Johannesburg invited me to be the keynote speaker for their DiversABILITY Awareness Programme. They recognise that all employees have different abilities and besides wanting to comply with employment equity laws, they value the contribution and […]

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Nicky Abdinor TEDx Speaker

Speaking at TEDx – The X Factor

Many professional speakers are interested in whether a TEDx talk will be good for their speaking career. The short answer: Maybe! In November 2013, I spoke at TEDx Table Mountain and my experience was that it was just the boost I needed to take my speaking career to the next level! It was the main […]

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