Inspirational Keynote Speaker. Born without arms, not without attitude!
Nicky is respected business woman and clinical psychologist who proves that nothing is impossible. Despite her physical disability and with supportive parents, she believes her determined personality and inclusion in mainstream education were key factors in her becoming an expert in doing MORE with less!
She is credible agent of change who will leave your audience believing in their abilities. They’ll learn to focus on what they CAN do.
In our modern, fast-paced lifestyles, we are prone to focus on our limitations. Comparisons, competition and uncertainty can leave employees despondent and de-motivated. Her talk is universally accessible and relevant to any audience. When you meet Nicky, it is hard not to recognise that she puts her message into practice.
Nicky’s keynote talks are universally accessible and relevant to any audience: let us not ignore what is wrong, but focus more on what is RIGHT. It’s not our situation, but how we THINK about our situation, that determines our emotional wellbeing.
Nicky is an authentic speaker, the same person on and off the stage. Her witty sense of humour and natural speaking ability not only keeps the attention of the audience, but also spurs them to action!
If your company is looking for a keynote speaker that will not only inspire the audience to think differently about their abilities, but also make a lasting impression beyond your event, she may be the perfect fit!
The Abilities of People with Disabilities
Nicky has over 10 years of clinical experience in Psychology. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained her BA (majoring in Psychology and Social Work), BA Honours (Psychology) cum laude, and finally her MA (Clinical Psychology) in 2004. Nicky has completed the Primary and Advanced Practicums in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) accredited by the Albert Ellis Institute in New York as well as a Diploma in Schema Therapy through the South African Institute of Schema Therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Nicky lectured undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology students at Varsity College in Cape Town for over 8 years.
Nicky began giving talks during her university years when people saw her potential to inspire audiences. From speaking on request at events, Nicky has now established herself as a professional speaker. She is a past member of the Ernst & Young Toastmaster’s Club (CC awarded in 2011) and a full member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF). Nicky has given inspirational keynote talks to various companies, schools and organisations and travels nationally and internationally for conferences and speaking events. Highlights of Nicky’s speaking career includes an invitation to speak at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee, USA (she did 9 talks in 5 days!) and being selected as a Tedx Speaker in 2013.
I can confidently say that Nicky’s contribution to our conference was exceptional. Nicky completely absorbed our desired outcomes into her stories and used her own personal journey to convey the message which was so pertinent to our own experiences. Nicky has an amazing ability to connect to her audience and to maintain this connection even after the event was over. We are sure to invite Nicky again.
General Manager Travel Counsellors South Africa
For the recent Spur Convention, we were looking for a true inspirational speaker. Not an adventurer or somebody who aims to motivate through an experience, but something more real, more heartwarming. Nicky was a showstopper, literally, out of the 12 guest speakers on display, she was the only one to receive a standing ovation. Her story is remarkable and the way she commands the stage and holds the audience is commendable. She is my new super hero and also crept into the hearts and souls of the 900 attendees.
Words cannot express my thanks. You managed to motivate our staff in a way that no one else has ever been able to do! You are truly amazing and inspiring!
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