• Tina Kuek

How To Get Hired: Speak With Influence

While public speaking is probably the most dreaded form of communication, it is also perhaps the most valuable as it allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change.

On Saturday, 1 June 2019, Kazi Victoria held its third How To Get Hired workshop focused on how to speak with influence. The session in June aimed to build the confidence of our participants to tell their story and communicate with influence during a job interview or networking event.

The first speaker of the day, Winitha Bonney, spoke to the group about communicating with honesty and integrity when searching for a job. Winitha is a thought leader in the future of work and the advancement of women of colour.

She brought over 17 years of experience and research in the future of work and the advancement of women of colour in leadership and entrepreneurship to create change and transformation for individuals and organisations.

Winitha spoke about creating and maintaining networks, and not burning bridges at the workplace.

Before you can communicate with influence, you must first be able to articulate your story. Gareth spoke about the importance of aligning your work with your sense of purpose. Whether you enjoy your work or not often comes down to how well your job supports your sense of purpose. Where you work, the role you hold, and your broader sense of purpose are subject to change. Therefore, if you want to have a balance between these three, you must not be afraid of career transitions or change itself. In fact, you must look for them.

Some questions to ask is why am I working? What would I rather be doing if money wasn’t involved?

Gareth introduced the five new jobs for the next five years, which included Digital and Content Marketing, Cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Blockchain. The workplace is changing rapidly and we need to ensure that we are well equipped to respond to this change.

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and we need to be prepared for the disruption.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion where participants asked questions related to the topic discussed and shared their personal experiences.

Kazi Victoria hosts these free workshops to assist people of a migrant and refugee background to access employment opportunities that are better aligned with their skills and qualifications.

If you would like to attend our next workshop, please email

For more information about Winith Bonney visit

For more information about Gareth Benson visit

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