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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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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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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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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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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My 67 minutes for MANDELA DAY

I am giving an inspirational talk to an underprivileged school or non-profit organisation based in Cape Town in honour of Mandela Day. If you know of a school or NPO that can benefit from my message, like my Facebook Page and comment on the “Mandela Day” post with their name. Please note that the talk will […]

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No Limbs No Limits

The ominous theme music of Carte Blanche on a Sunday usually has a Pavlovian effect on South Africans. The weekend’s festivities are a distant memory and the “work mode” is triggered for the week ahead! Viewers were pleasantly surprised last night when we weren’t offered the usual line-up of corruption and crime. Instead, we watched the inspiring documentary […]

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20 things you might not know about me

In the spirit of authenticity, Robyn Young (Brandheart Personal Branding) inspired me to share a few things that you might not know about me: My full name is Nicolette Jeanne Abdinor. I have two older sisters (one in London and the other one in East London, South Africa) and a younger brother in California. I […]

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