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Published: SourceCon – Why You Should Do Your Homework Before Keynoting in a New Country

I am sitting on my patio back in South Africa, and I keep on having to pinch myself as last week’s SourceCon Seattle seems like it was a dream. I have that ‘too good to be true’ feeling as I loved every minute of my second SourceCon Conference experience. The real highlight of the conference for me was being given the incredible opportunity of standing on the main stage and delivering a keynote about a topic that I am ridiculously passionate about – diversity recruitment.

I can still remember the exact moment when Shannon Pritchett asked me to come over to Seattle to keynote at the recent SourceCon event. I was shell shocked. Shannon had only known me for two days and had never seen me present before. If Katrina Collier had not nudged me to say yes, I might still be standing in the Marriott Budapest doing my best Goldfish impersonation.

Being asked to keynote is such an honor and I was determined to compile and deliver the most outstanding presentation of my life. I did not want to disappoint Shannon, so I started working on my keynote as soon as I stepped off the plane from Budapest. I am so glad that I started working on this presentation so early. I began by talking to anyone and everyone who would listen to me here in South Africa. I spoke about tough topics like apartheid and how it affected people’s lives and where they are today. These conversations were fascinating, and I learned so much more than I ever expected too which made all of my research such a valuable experience.

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