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Katuka continues to groom women.

A wise man once said, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can." This is exactly what the Katuka Mentorship Programme (KMP) is aimed at. The main purpose of the programme is to empower women so that they can achieve success in their careers through mentorship by more experienced business and professional women.

KMP held its second training for 2011, last week Thursday with a focus on presentation skills. At the training, mentees were taught how to present themselves in all life situations, be it in an office environment or in front of offspring. The programme trainer, Sabine Ruegg, emphasized on the tonal voice and body language as effective tools to getting a message across. She also captured the audience with her exceptional presentation skills when she demonstrated how to be authentic during a presentation and how to keep the audience captivated throughout the presentation, regardless of the number of attendance. "It is important to understand that this highly specialised communication process needs to be planned, prepared and practised so that it becomes a tool for successful relationships, professionally and privately," said Ruegg.

Roswitha Katjipu, one of this year's mentees, encouraged all women who want to grow professionally to participate in the programme because she believes it's worthwhile. "The opportunity is there and it is provided for the ladies to make use of it. I would strongly recommend that they consider it," she added. According to Ruegg, training as a development intervention is enriching, motivating and energising to the participants as well as the facilitator, and the next training session which is scheduled for August, will deal with how to handle feedback, criticism and questions from the respective audiences in order to deepen the application from the last training. Desere Muller, the programme organiser, commended the trainees for their commitment towards the programme and wished them the best for the rest of the year. The session ended with a short skills application exercise. The Katuka Mentorship Programme is the brainchild of the late Lena Markus, Businesswoman of the Year 2000. To date, about 200 women have successfully completed the programme. Telecom Namibia and Namibia Economist are the proud sponsors of KMP.


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Author:Ileka, Johanna
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Apr 21, 2011
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