We asked David Mckenna a few questions about his career as Sales Executive of a language services firm called North by North Communications. He was also integral to the conception and formation of the company.
When discussing various roles and duties during the start-up phase of the company, it was decided that David would be the most suitable candidate for the sales executive position because of his previous experience and his aptitude. He therefore didn’t apply for the position in the conventional sense.
David plans to further his studies but he is currently focusing all his attention on NBN Communications. Although he has not had any formal tertiary education, he credits hard work, life experiences, travelling and entering the work force at young age for his current success. His first job was as a direct salesman for an Internet company based in the UK. That job required him to do door-to-door sales in the middle of the British winter. Those experiences equipped him with indispensable personal skills such as time management and the mastering of inter-personal relationships. It also enabled him to build a network of who’s whos in his industry. He considers his attendance at networking events a priority, which he enjoys as he not only prefers, but also takes pleasure in, face to face communication more than emails and calls.
He admits that there aren’t a fixed number of hours that he is required to work a day because as an entrepreneur one is constantly thinking of new ideas and strategies. He adds that not having the typical fixed daily routine elevates the level of enjoyment. The field of sales is generally difficult, according to David, and he claims that it requires a positive and competitive attitude to be successful. He relies on his instincts and his ability to perform better under pressure to motivate himself, especially since he knows that his results are constantly measured.
He says, “Working in sales can be one of the most rewarding vocations out there, provided that you have the right attitude and can handle working under pressure.”
By Lauren van Schalkwyk, Online Content Administrator at Who’s Who
We all know that networking plays a vital role in the business world, so much so that “it’s not what you know it’s who you know” has become a popular saying amongst aspiring professionals.
As such, Who’s Who has partnered with the DHL Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention, as we believe that the future is in the hands of the young and aspirational, and that as a brand we are able to facilitate the growth and development of these promising individuals.
The convention takes place on 15 March 2013 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg and is guaranteed to attract a number of South African business leaders and professionals across all industries. The event is held annually to recognize up-and-coming professionals in the country, and is a useful indication of talent for companies looking into succession planning.
With an impressive list of speakers that includes the likes of City Press editor Ferial Haffajee and CEO of the Vodacom Group Shameel Joosub, the event is sure to be a learning experience. The newly-introduced Breakaway sessions also promise to offer attendees insights into cutting-edge ideas and best-practice scenarios that they can use every day.
Who’s Who has a limited number of tickets to the DHL Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention which we’d like to GIVE AWAY! If you’d like to attend, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a link to your Who’s Who profile, before 4pm on Monday, 11 March, and we’ll get back to you.
Basic company profiles are automatically created when individual members capture their company name in their professional profile. Company representatives are able to take ownership of these profiles when they claim their company profile.
If you’d like to take control of your company profile on Who’s Who, log in to your profile, and click on the hyperlink of the company in question that appears on your profile page. If you have not yet updated your professional details to reflect your position at the company in question, do so now.
Clicking on the company name will take you to your company page. All other Who’s Who SA profiles which contain your company name in their current or previous position fields will appear on the company page.
In order to access the edit and update features of the company you have claimed, click the link on the right of the screen which reads ‘Claim This Company Profile’ and follow the steps. Once granted, you will be able to manage, build and personalise your online corporate brand and reputation.
- Benefit from strong SEO to actively promote your brand, with results appearing high up in search engine rankings.
- Showcase the professional biographies of your people favourably and in one place.
- Add a description, logo and marketing image to promote your brand, products or services.
- Add your contact details and branches, which will also appear in the “Places” feature on our iPhone and iPad apps.
- Include a corporate video and RSS feed from your company website or blog.
- Advertise jobs and post new items relating to your company.
- … and more!
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