… Otto shares the tricks of the trade
MOTIVATIONAL speakers have begun to carve out a niche for themselves in Namibia, with their inspirational talks that captivate audiences, with the aim of transforming their outlook on life.
One such motivational speaker is Otto Kapuka (OK), who uses his talents to challenge people to change their mindsets, while moving them towards self-evaluation, in a bid to help them identify and apply their talents successfully.
Kapuka, who is the founder and owner of Arts Master Consultancy, recently sat down with Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) to share his passions and experiences.
JM: Tell us about your upbringing, education and how you became involved in motivational speaking.
OK: I was born in Olwadhiya village in the Omusati region. With my father being a subsistence farmer, and my mother a teacher and principal, my mom was the root and cornerstone of my education. She persuaded me to pursue my education, regardless of my lack of interest.
Being a motivational speaker came very naturally to me, and was also a matter of common sense. I was helped by people to be where I am today, while in the process gaining vast knowledge, and it would really be unfair of me to keep it to myself, while someone out there is suffering. I have a Certificate in Transformational Leadership, an Honours Degree in Adult Education and a Diploma in Adult Education and Community Development.
JM: In your own words, please explain what motivational speaking is.
OK: Motivational speaking is geared towards motivating people or an audience. The purpose is to transform and challenge individuals, and motivate them towards positive behaviour. This happens by challenging people to look at things with a different mindset and moving them in the direction of self-evaluation, while helping them to identify their talents and abilities, which they then use to become successful in their endeavours. The focus is usually on helping people improve their personal and professional lives. Some people have problems or challenges in life and need someone to help them see the different options that are available to them. Some are stagnant and need a push to continue moving, while some need wisdom to make effective decisions.
JM: What makes one a good motivational speaker?
OK: Being a motivational speaker is a special thing, and having a relationship with audience, while sharing your thoughts, experiences and challenges is something special. Motivational speakers speak at various events and platforms, whether through invitations by schools, companies, or they can organise their own events. Some have recorded speeches and videos, while others write books. It varies from speaker to speaker. But what makes one a good motivational speaker is the ability to share your own story, so it inspires the next person. One must know the needs of the audience and be able to speak to them from that angle. Your motivational event or speech is effective when you are speaking directly into people’s lives.
JM: What are disadvantages of being a motivational speaker in Namibia?
OK: There are few disadvantages, but one of them can be the market, and the fact that people are reluctant to attend your events, until you have really proven yourself, even if you are good at what you do. Sharing your life experiences can result in people judging you, and stigma is likely to be your daily coffee. People still don’t recognise motivational speaking as a profession, and they want to book you for free. It takes a lot of sacrifices.
JM: Is there a market for people who would want to become motivational speakers in Namibia?
OK: There is a market for motivational speakers, because there are people, there are challenges and people will always need motivation. Even motivational speakers themselves need motivation, to keep going and keep motivating others. Motivation is like drinking water; we need it every day. With that in mind, one just needs to be good at what they do and do it very well, become well-known, have something unique to offer, be interested in people and people and companies will book you. I mean we know of many international speakers who travel from country to country, getting paid a lot of money just to speak. But it takes more than just speaking. If there is no market, then an individual can create their own market and do what they do best. But overall, being a motivational speaker keeps you grounded. Motivational speaking helps you meet new people every day, you learn a lot, travel more and it opens up new horizons. Most importantly, you are adding value to society, and making society a better place. It’s a blessing being a motivational speaker.
JM: In what ways can a motivational speaker change the life of an individual or a group?
OK: I don’t believe a motivational speaker can change the lives of individuals or groups, but he or she can rather influence them to change their own lives. Motivational speakers cannot force people to change; there must be a willingness and desire to change and become better people. However, one of the many ways is to practice what one preaches. Motivational speakers must also have ways to effectively deliver their message, in various creative ways. They must have the ability to understand what people are going through and come up with something to address that need, as this will speak directly into people’s hearts. You must be yourself and not fake anything.
JM: Tell us about Arts Master Consultancy and how it contributes to the Namibian society.
OK: Arts Master Consultancy is a 100 percent Namibian-owned institution, whose aim is to empower young people, families and communities in Namibia. The motivational speakers and I come from a background where we understand most of the challenges which are holding back people from realising their full potential, in terms of reaching their goals.
Through our quality and individualised services, we strive towards working closely with our clients as individuals, as well as at organisations and group level, to identify and generate compatible solutions, by tapping in an individual’s internal, as well as external resources. By so doing, we contribute towards nation building, by enabling individuals to unlock their potential. We believe every individual can be significant players in their own lives and those of others. Through our endeavours, we are gearing towards building a resilient nation. We strive towards being a preferred service provider in human capital development
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