Introducing Deborah Nel
Deborah is a dynamic, entertaining speaker and presenter, her rich warm voice, coupled with her boundless enthusiasm capture her audience’s attention and keep them spellbound. Invite her to share time with your staff and discover what makes her a champion speaker.
Deborah sends out “The Positive Minute” to her followers on Friday mornings, sharing inspirational, motivational and positive messages and insights about life, love and everything in between.
Deborah’s passion, enthusiasm and uplifting energy is carried through into her daily life and work.
Deborah was born in Durban. She completed her schooling at Pretoria Girls High and went on to study teaching and qualify with honours at Johannesburg College of Education. In her Matric year and Final year at college she clinched the title “Best Speaker.”
She then moved to Durban and was married in 1991. She began studying further in the field of Communication and Drama and was awarded her Licentiates in Speech and Drama (with honours) from Trinity College of London and UNISA. In 1992 she created ACT STUDIOS for the purpose of training students skills in Communication through Creative Drama. This has expanded to encompass adult training in all aspects of communication.
In 1996 she joined Port Natal Toastmasters and began winning speaking competitions. By 1998 she had reached the highest level of competing in South Africa and became only the second woman to win the title Southern African Champion of Public Speaking. This entitled her to represent the Southern African district in America against the best speakers from 7 other countries. She was placed third, making her the first woman and only the third South African to have been placed in the top three at this level of competition. In 1999 Deborah won the Southern African Championships for the second time. She represented Southern Africa at the World Inter-district Championships once again and again was awarded third place.
Deborah now lives in Pretoria celebrating a career in speaking, motivating, training and teaching, using her skills and talents to motivate and inspire others.