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Nicky Verd

Future of Work Coach |Kickass Author |International Keynote Speaker at Digitally Fit

Johannesburg, South Africa

Nicky Verd lives to blow stuff up. A Kickass International Keynote Speaker and Author of the hit book, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted. She is Africa’s Digital Transformation Maverick, pioneer in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption.

After being retrenched from a job she held unto for dear life, Nicky Verd hit rock bottom, literally. But rose back up, reinvented herself and is now empowering others to do the same.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Johannessburg South Africa
Speaking Topics: Igniting Human Potential in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation is about Mindset not Technology, etc

Nicky Verd Points
Academic 0
Author 96
Influencer 12
Speaker 10
Entrepreneur 0
Total 118

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Minimum Project Size: $5,000+
Average Hourly Rate: $100-$149
Number of Employees: 1-10
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.27
Business Strategy 30.04
Careers 31.04
Coaching 30.69
Creativity
Digital Disruption 34.39
Digital Transformation 31.01
Emerging Technology 30.83
Entrepreneurship 30.29
Future of Work 31.41
Generative AI 30.61
Innovation 30.08
Leadership 30.02
Personal Branding 30.11
Startups

Industry Experience

Publications

21 Article/Blogs
7 Signs Your Job is Evolving Faster Than You (And what to Do About It)
Nicky Verd
July 09, 2024
The question isn’t whether your job will evolve, it’s how fast market disruption is leaving you behind.

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Tags: Careers, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

The 9 Commandments of Public Speaking -
Nicky Verd
June 20, 2024
Most people are not aware of this but studies have shown that the fear of public speaking ranks higher than death! It sounds crazy, but that's the stats.

However, being good at public speaking can be a powerful tool. It can launch your career and improve your social skills

So, how do we conquer this fear and morph from a quivering puddle to a public speaking powerhouse?

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Tags: Careers, Coaching, Future of Work

Top 10 AI Skills for Everyday People to Stay Ahead
Nicky Verd
February 20, 2024
The AI revolution demands not just your attention but your active participation.

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Tags: Careers, Future of Work

The Power of Showing Up: How Consistency Wins the Race
Nicky Verd
February 06, 2024
Consistency isn’t about flashy fireworks but about the steady slow burn of reliability and the quiet assurance that you know where you are going.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Personal Branding

A Job Promotion is a Responsibility Not an Achievement.
Nicky Verd
January 15, 2024
The “achievement” mindset breeds complacency. It says, "I’ve made it,” so why strive?
The learning stops, the innovation wanes and the once-bright fire in your eyes dims to a flickering ember...

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Tags: Careers, Coaching, Future of Work

Don’t Specialize, Cross Pollinate!
Nicky Verd
January 12, 2024
The most valuable minds in the disrupted age are those who have multiple skill sets and blend disciplines.

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Tags: Careers, Digital Disruption, Future of Work

23 Premium Skills That Will Pay You For Life {Evergreen Skills}
Nicky Verd
November 15, 2023
Skills that can pay you for life are often those that are not taught in a classroom, are in high demand and can be applied across various industries...

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Tags: Careers, Coaching, Future of Work

A Full Guide to Unlocking Your Potential in the Age of Disruption
Nicky Verd
September 01, 2023
Just as AI is not downplaying its potential, you too must not downplay or undermine your human potential for growth, innovation and opportunities.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Future of Work, Coaching

17 Critical Human Skills You Need to Thrive in an AI-Powered Economy
Nicky Verd
August 08, 2023
In a world where academic qualifications have long been regarded as the holy grail of success, it’s easy to overlook human skills that can unlock doors to extraordinary achievements and fulfillment.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

Leaders Need Upskilling Too
Nicky Verd
August 02, 2023
Working under a leader who is outdated and lacks knowledge about market trends can be an absolute nightmare for those who are truly competent and relevant in their roles.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Future of Work

7 Pillars of a Human-Centric Digital Transformation
Nicky Verd
July 28, 2023
While it is important for organizations to embrace technology and leverage it for digital transformation, neglecting the people factor can be detrimental to the success of any digital initiative...

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

21 Human Skills That’ll Set You Apart in the Age of AI
Nicky Verd
July 23, 2023
While a formal qualification has its place, there are essential human skills that will set you apart and empower you to stand out in the age of AI.

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Tags: AI, Coaching, Future of Work

Google Bard’s Massive Upgrade Sets the Stage for Next-Level Generative AI
Nicky Verd
July 15, 2023
Google’s Bard now has some features that don’t exist on ChatGPT. Not only is Bard now available in many languages and more countries, but it can now talk and prompt visual images.

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Tags: AI, Future of Work, Generative AI

The First-Ever AI Conference: Tracing the Evolution and the History of AI
Nicky Verd
July 12, 2023
The AI revolution is officially in full swing and a hot subject of conversation globally. But have you ever wondered how AI came into existence and shaped the world we live in today?

Have you ever wondered about the history of AI?

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

The Future of Work is Not Jobs 
Nicky Verd
July 05, 2023
Work, as we know it, is undergoing a remarkable transformation. A new landscape is emerging, where flexibility, hybrid work, hybrid entrepreneurship and lifelong continuous development reign supreme.

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Tags: AI, Future of Work, Coaching

7 Skills With an Expiry Date
Nicky Verd
July 03, 2023
As technology continues to advance, the demands of the modern world are shifting and as a result, our skills are being redefined.

By being proactive and willing to unlearn, relearn, reskill, and upskill, individuals can position themselves ahead of the curve and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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Tags: AI, Future of Work, Generative AI

Taming the Beast or Unleashing the Full Potential of AI?
Nicky Verd
May 18, 2023
The rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have brought both excitement and concern. This is a unique moment in time, and we are definitely exploring unfamiliar territory when it comes to AI.

The Pandora box is open. Open Source LLM are in the wild now. There’s no putting the cat back in the bag.

The creation of artificial intelligence comes with great responsibility as it also creates a great power. This is truly where angels fear to tread.

As OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman aptly puts it: “If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong.”

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

ChatGPT vs Bard: Who Wins? (Surprising Results)
Nicky Verd
May 14, 2023
Bard and Chat GPT are both state-of-the-art natural language processing models that are revolutionizing the field of language understanding.

While Bard is known for its ability to understand the context of words in a sentence and provide more accurate results, Chat GPT has gained popularity for its ability to generate human-like text based on a given prompt.

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Tags: Generative AI, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

Can You Trust Your Eyes Anymore? - The Rise of Synthetic Reality
Nicky Verd
May 09, 2023
In the age of digital manipulation, the rise of deepfake technology has added a new layer of complexity to the question of whether you can trust what you see and hear.

The ability to generate convincing, computer-generated images and videos has become a significant concern for individuals, businesses and policymakers.

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

Nokia – The Rise, Fall & Transformation of a Cell Phone King
Nicky Verd
April 03, 2023
Nokia was the undisputed king of the cell phone market. Because of its dominance, the company was inert to change and refused to acknowledge the shift the industry was making...

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

9 Disruptive Mindsets for a Fresh Start – Radical Change
Nicky Verd
January 09, 2023
If you want to change the world, you have to first change your mindset. A new beginning or fresh start isn’t a place, it’s a mindset!

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Tags: Coaching, Design Thinking, Innovation

1 Book
Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted
Nicky Verd
July 04, 2019
In a world where everything is connected, where machines can talk, learn and mimic humans, a world where machines are employable, where performance is at its peak, innovation at its finest and job loss at its highest. There is only one spot left to transform and that is YOU.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

1 Keynote
Which Side of Disruption are you Sitting?
Nicky Verd
June 20, 2022
Keynote at Unilever

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

1 Media Interview
How I Became an Accidental Woman in Tech
Nicky Verd
January 25, 2024
Still Intimidated by AI?
Why Running from Technology isn't an Option

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Future of Work

5 Podcasts
Insights on the Early Stages of Computer Development and AI as an Emerging Field in the 1970s
Nicky Verd
July 18, 2023
Had a unique opportunity to delve into the insights, experiences, and perspectives of someone who was actively involved in shaping the early days of AI.

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Future of Work

Mpho Dagada's Policies & Technology VISION for the Future -South African Presidential Candidate 2024
Nicky Verd
July 03, 2023
I had a fascinating interview with Mpho Dagada, a formidable figure in the South African technology space who has now thrown his hat into the ring as the South African Presidential Candidate 2024.

In this episode, we delve into Mpho Dagada's policies, political views, leadership vision and technology adoption plans for South Africa

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

Beyond Formal Qualification: The Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence
Nicky Verd
June 12, 2023
Don't get stuck in the formal process

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Tags: AI, Generative AI, Future of Work

The Audacity to Stand Out - How Being Bold, YOUNG & Visible Can Transform Your Life
Nicky Verd
May 01, 2023
The Gen Z Mindset, the power of boldness and visibility,

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Entrepreneurship, Future of Work

Stop Wishing for a World that No Longer Exists - Join the Revolution
Nicky Verd
April 17, 2023
Let disruption finds you ready to ride on its waves. Embrace ChatGPT and other technological innovations.

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Tags: Generative AI, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

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