I am very privileged to announce that our first course in the practical skills for entrepreneurial success course series has been launched successfully on Udemy.
PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR ENTREPRENURAL SUCCESS: THE ENTREPRENUERS MINDSET is a short course aimed at beginner entrepreneurs that aims at teaching them practical skills to master the entrepreneurship mindset. This course focuses on the mindset component of entrepreneurship especially when an individual has an idea that they want to transform into a business or a venture.
What You Will Learn:
In this course you will sharpen 1 key skill per lesson as shown below:
Getting Ready For Success – the farmers mindset – broad business overview
Wake Up – deconstructing and reconstructing perspectives – making conscious aware decisions to your success
Set A Morning Routine – success is about habits – success in business starts with a success in self-management and operation
Wash Your Face – the mindset to refresh – leaving past business failures, refreshing, and looking at the future with hope
Set A Goal – business essentials – to start you need clearly defined goals and targets
Stop Wasting Time – time management for business
Stop Procrastinating Your Dream, Do It Anyway – remove self-doubt from your business idea
No Resources? Be Resourceful! – upskill your abilities and have better skills for your business
Start On A High – don’t start a business with doubt, when you start, jump all in.
Why You Should Take This Class:
This course follows a very unique approach in that the author teaches from his own real life personal experiences in a witty , fun and exciting story telling format that ensures the learners have a clear background to the critical lessons and practical skills offered in this course. The course provides skills that are important in guiding you as an entrepreneur on building the right mindset anchored on fundamentals of entrepreneurship before you actually start your venture. Remember, the book is Think and Grow Rich not do and grow rich, emphasizing on the importance of mindset before skill set. Ultimately mindsets is the most important component of any business or venture as it will help you go through the various stages of business growth and development including challenges, failures and success.
Who This Class is For:
This course has been primarily developed for first time entrepreneurs who want to go begin with the end in mind, who want to develop a strong mindset and develop critical entrepreneurial skills that will serve them over the long term. Ultimately, this course is for everyone who is interested in learning about the entrepreneur’s mindset and improve their outlooking business and entrepreneurship.
What you’ll learn
Help entrepreneurs transform an idea into a more tangible and structured business idea
Have an understanding of the mindset needed for entrepreneurial success
Attain and develop practical skills to sharpen the learner’s mindset
Complete a self-reflective exercise on developing the entrepreneurial mindset
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
No prior business experience needed
Who this course is for:
Beginner entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurs looking to make a change , Ambitious young leaders
Last week I went back home to a family that taught me how to be kind through actions and this is the Oyugi family. I remember in those early days of life when having two meals a day was a luxury and I was enrolled in one of the best free public schools in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the town that I grew up in.in the midst of finding it hard to make friends because of a clear socio-economic mismatch. A poor boy in a rich kid’s school and with me being the class errand boy going to buy French fries and pizzas for my classmates to have a share of the food for lunch. From all of that I found a best friend in what was truly a unique partnership, the poorest boy with probably the richest boy in school as best friends. More than that Brian who was my best friend and still is introduced me to the family and this was one very generous family. They took me in as one their own, allowed me to visit their home, and never treated me any differently.
One memory I can’t forget was on this one day when we had just come from school, and I remember brains mother pulling up in their vehicle as they usually did to pick Brian. On this day they were going for shopping, and they asked me to join them to the supermarket. When we got there, brains mom asked both of us to have our own trolleys and buy snacks and that she would pay for whatever we choose. On this day I did buy some new snacks and selected freely and true to her word she paid for the whole of it. And this got me thinking, could be also one day in a position where I make another person’s life better by being so generous as this family was to me?
Long story short, this family, taught me how to be generous, and last week, I went back to say thank you and to show my gratitude, and to tell them I dd not forget their kindness. I also shared with them signed copies of my books including practical skills. True to the word, a little generosity goes a long way, and I am a living example of that and a recipient of kindness which now I strive to share to one and all whom I cross paths with.
As you know there has been a heated conversation on which poet produced the best poem under the theme Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success. Our poets have battled it online and they have shared widely with their networks.
Its time to move into the next phase of analysis of the voting process and eventually deciding on the winners wo will grace us on the launch of the book Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success.
Book launch updates.
Its now confirmed that the book launch will be happening in Nairobi CBD at the Clarion Hotel on the 24th of June from 7-10 pm. On this launch event we will be mostly having individuals attending by virtue of introduction and invitation as the event will be an invite only event that will be pre recorded and latter shared with the public.
COVID 19 saw the world experience for the first time a new type of pandemic, the infodemic. Health professionals and scientists became untrusted, theorists and celebrities suddenly became the trusted sources of information and social media became the number one source for information gathering and sharing. This also led to a lot of opportunists using the confusion to share wrong information, market brands and products that were not necessarily healthy and as a result many many people died, even more refused to adhere to the regulations seeing a rise in anti-vaxers and deniers of covid 19.
With these technical challenges, as a health professional and institution how do you communicate in a time of crisis, when new evidence is coming all the time and evidence is not enough or conclusive. How do you weave narrative that allows you move with your audiences to adjust with new evidence?
This is the topic that we discussed at the World heart summit and during the discussion, perhaps the one thing that came out best is trust. Without trust, there is no authenticity and with no authenticity people lose you. Which begs the question how health communicators build trust with their audiences and how can we work with health influences and communicators of the present to build trust and communicate effectively.
Some of the ways to do this include, working with influences to create and share content, simplifying health communication to local easy to understand language, government policies supporting health information and practices while discouraging the other negative information through taxations, bans and limitation, improving collaboration and creating communities of influence where information can be shared and trusted.
Overall, multi sectoral collaboration is the way to go!
Stowelink recently partnered with the NCD Alliance Of Kenya and the NCDs patient group caucus to develop and distribute a dissemination of the Global Charter for Meaningful Involvement for People Living with NCDs. This was done through a mini audio-visual podcast series that was hosted by Ogweno Stephen and can now be accessed and watched across the world through listening in on podcast and YouTube platforms. This was an excellent way to disseminate and endorse the charter by involving young people to run the campaign as a result leverage on their platforms and reach them there with this information and opportunity.
Here is an excerpt from the feature on The Guardian highlighting work on obesity and non-communicable diseases in Kenya:
The village of Njathaini, on the northern outskirts of Nairobi, is a world away from Kaisha’s clientele. With high unemployment and little disposable income, it is in places like this that intervention is urgent, says Ogweno.
Thanks to genetics, diet and lack of exercise, Ogweno, 26, once weighed almost 20st. Driven by wanting to “look like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” he lost weight at university and competed in Mr Fitness contests.
He wants to prove that obesity, diabetes and cancer don’t just affect “the old and the rich.” What he and his colleagues found in Njathaini shocked them: “[This is] a very low-income community, and almost 70% of the homes here live with diabetes or hypertension,” says Ogweno, sitting in the village chief’s office.
As part of National Smile month in the United Kingdom Stephen Ogweno of Stowelink Inc in partnership with C3 For Health hosted a C3 International Seminar where Stephen talked about the reality of oral health and opportunities to improve it. Oral health care is still widely neglected, expensive, and information on oral care is still very hard to find. However, during this international seminar Stephen Ogweno asked critical questions and offered suggestions for opportunities for the medical community to improve oral health.
Some of those suggestions included:
Embedding oral health care education into practice
The World Health Assembly is here with us, and one thing is certain, that there needs to be more action on NCDs and obesity. Ogweno Stephen’s through provoking Op-Ed article on obesity was presented at the World Health Assembly. Here is an excerpt from the op-ed.
Here is my story — and why these recommendations, if implemented effectively and comprehensively, could be a game changer for the millions like me living with obesity.
People think that living with obesity is my fault. By overeating, being lazy, and not taking care of myself, I allowed it. When people think this, it is crushing. I know from my own experience that it wrecks an individual’s self-image, their mental health, and outlook on life.
[I] look with hope at the new comprehensive recommendations on obesity hopefully being adopted and then implemented by all member states this week.
Mr Ogweno Stephen was invited by the World Heart Federation to present at the World Heart Assembly in a very distinguished panel discussing the crucial topic of Why evidence no longer matters: Communicating heart health in a time of crisis. The all-star panel that tackled this topic included Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead for World Health Organization, Petra Khoury, Director Health and Care Department for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent , Stephen Ogweno, Founder and CEO of Stowelink Inc, Andrea Baer, Executive Director of Mended Hearts, Esti Nurjadin , Chairwoman of Indonesia Heart Foundation and was Moderated by: Borjana Pervan, Director of Communications and Strategy for World Heart Federation.
Some of the key points that were shared during this exciting discussion included:
Trust has been identified as one of the most important ingredients for reaching people and having an impact on their actions. If there is trust, doors will be opened.
Governments need to nudge their citizens, especially young people towards healthier living i.e. by introducing and giving a lot of priority to health practices in schools, i.e. through healthier school diets, physical activity spaces and routines and banning advertising of unhealthy products near schools, making the built environment support healthier living etc. Health communications needs to be simplified (different media, audio, visual , etc) and the focus needs to be on health, and healthy living, not just preventing a disease.
By creating meaningful partnerships – we engage in programmes and partnerships with these mini-influencers and ambassadors where they are not only seen as icons to be admired, but they actually contribute to the programme, course or initiative that we partner to them with as meaningful contributors and partners. By finding them where they are – Influencers, advocates and role models are already strong in specific fields, that why we admire them. So as opposed to wanting them to fit into our agenda, we should empower them to be stronger at their agendas that make them attractive and meet them where they are with support and encouragement. If they are active on social media, don’t make them on ground ambassadors and vice versa.
The full recorded panel will be shared when its ready .
The World Heart Summit convenes world leaders in cardiovascular health in the heart of global health diplomacy, just ahead of the 75th World Health Assembly.
Ogweno Stephen was privileged to have been selected as one of the regional digital health advocates for trans fats elimination in a project run by The International Institute Of Legislative Affairs that covers the east Africa region. This is in line with Ogweno’s advocacy priorities and will help him to address, advocate, educate and empower online communities with relevant knowledge on trans fats, its availability and why it needs to be eliminated altogether.
The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not- for- profit organization that works closely with Policy making institutions, Government Departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process to draft and advocate for pro- people policies and legislation. IILA’s mandate is to engage stakeholders in the policy and legislative process to facilitate the enactment and implementation of policies and legislation that have a positive impact on the lives of people