Changing the World through Communication – Zimbabwe’s Nelson Chamisa

*The second in a series on global communication in the 21st Century.

Every person reading this has had a high stakes presentation or communication opportunity.

There are few people for whom the stakes are higher when speaking then Minister Nelson Chamisa in Zimbabwe.

For those who don’t know, Zimbabwe is trying desperately to be a free country, although “President” Robert Mugabe and his regime are trying just as desperately to prevent that from occurring.

Innocent civilians have been terrorized and tortured while trying to exercise simple freedoms we often take for granted. It is truly heartbreaking.

Nelson Chamisa, star of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is not only a force to be reckoned with, but is one of the most eloquent statesmen in Africa right now.

He has also been hospitalized due to a brutal attack and left for dead with a broken skull in the middle of the airport in broad daylight – due to his ability to move crowds with his public speaking prowess.

Minister Chamisa is a threat to the current establishment – and it is because of his communication skills.

Chamisa is an effective communicator for a number of reasons. Here are a few:

    Message – Nelson always has a clear and compelling message;
    Audience – No matter whether his audience includes members of a Village or members of a European governing body, Chamisa also hits the right chord to move his crowd;
    Presence – While not a tall man, he commands a room through posture, proper use of pausing and movement;
    Passion – Chamisa always speaks from the heart, and always moves crowds, and individuals, when he speaks;
    Timing – The average age in Zimbabwe is 18. Chamisa is in his mid-30’s, and is the youngest prominent elected official in Africa.

Nelson Chamisa is a global communicator worth watching out for on a regular basis.

* Disclaimer – Nelson is a good friend and I know that his passion, intelligence and communication style will bring change to Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

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