WHO WE ARE
The Speaking Academy was founded in 2016 with a hope to inspire young people to be confident speakers and people who can take charge in any boardroom. It is a social enterprise that was established to provide tailored made training services. Our capacity building programs are diverse, from Public Speaking coaching sessions, Leadership Workshops to Environmental Awareness programs. Experiential learning is the key to mastering expertise and that is why it is at the core of our trainings. We believe that by improving self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, we can have more confident, mindful and successful leaders.
We have an unfailing passion for what we do and we have a compelling desire for our clients to be transformed through our services.
We make it our priority to provide a high quality training as we believe this sets us apart. We are also dedicated to tailor-making our services to suit our client’s needs.
Head for business, Heart for community
We believe in a philosophy that enables us to make a profit while being heavily invested in community. Our social enterprise prides itself with contiguously working with underprivileged communities in partnership with other NGOs in order for us to have a positive impact in the community we live in.
Meet Our Executive Team
Our seasoned team combines experience with passion, creativity, and dedication. Our team works to help people to discover and harness their voices and uncover the giant that is within. From rural back roads to corporate boardrooms, we are committed to supporting our clients push beyond their speaking limitations.
CEO & Co-Founder
Silindile is an enthusiastic social entrepreneur who is passionate about impact and sustainability of any project she is involved in. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
In the last 8 years, Silindile has gained experience both in international and national Non Profit organizations. She became an international presenter and project manager through an organization called Enactus-UKZN from 2011. She started off as a facilitator and then a fundraising coordinator at enke: Make Your Mark. She was also a Trainer at Activate! Change Drivers in Cape Town since the year 2015 where she was responsible for shaping the minds of young leaders.
Silindile is currently an active member of an International organization called Junior Chamber International (JCI) which is present in over 120 countries and over 200 000 members. She is the 2018 National Treasurer and her passion for community and development keeps growing, hence co-founding The Speaking Academy. She’s an independent consultant on various projects such as leading the Let’s Do It South Africa Movement which is gearing itself for the World Clean Up day on the 15th September 2018.
Silindile was conferred with the Distinguished Women Leadership Excellence Awards, during the Young African Women Leadership Summit 2017. This award really brought light to the work in communities that she has been doing.
Zikisa’s dream is to become a world renowned public speaker and he is devoted to developing other aspiring public speakers. His story is a unique one as he is a direct beneficiary of The Speaking Academy in its pilot stage in 2016. He is passionate about Human Resource Development.
Zikisa studied Marketing at Eastcape Midlands College where he also became an Education and Transformation officer in the Student Representative Council. Zikisa headed the Recruitment Portfolio at Activate! Change Drivers since the year 2016 – with a role to design recruitment plans, facilitate the roll out and implementation of the strategy. He is currently the 2018 Local President of an International organization called Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cape Town which seeks to provide sustainable solutions to major societal challenges.
In the year 2017, he came 2nd in an international public speaking competition where he was representing JCI South Africa in the Africa and Middle East Conference, in Tunisia.
He used his skill of project planning and management when he impacted over 40 young people in a public speaking training and competition. His dedication to seeing talent and developing it is his greatest strength.
He’s an independent consultant on various recruitment projects.
We believe in empowering individuals and teams to become more effective leaders and better communicators.
Public Speaking & Speech Writing
Training tailor-made to meet client's needs
As our slogan says “discover your voice”, The Speaking Academy focuses on building public speaking skills of all our clients. Furthermore, we assist with TED TALK presentation trainings as we were a speaker coach and co-host at TEDxYouth - Cape Town. Our unique model also includes in presenting as a team which has had phenomenal results in speeding up the process.
"YOU ARE ENOUGH", speech given by CEO
From motivational speaking to Master of Ceremonies, we are dedicated to giving a world class service. We also do conference facilitation as guided by our clients.
Other consulting services
Economics & Economics consulting services
The Speaking Academy also gives consulting services towards projects that have to do with Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, and some research services.
Exercise done outdoors to help participants to practice their volume, tone and concentration.
Muizenberg, Cape town; 2016
Participants putting their final edits to their speeches and trying to get ready for the final presentation.
Muizenberg, Cape Town 2016
I am emotional because never in my life did I think that I could stand in front of a crowd and speak like I have. And I sounded really good too! Thank you.
The part where we had to practice outside in front of people really tested my courage but it confirmed that I was ready and I can do anything.