Aletta Rochat is a professional speaker and South Africa’s first Certified World Class Speaking Coach. She teaches clients how to breathe life into their speeches and how to make their messages crystal clear. Aletta is a master storyteller who captivates her audiences as she shares practical strategies you can use right away.
Aletta is the author of ‘Speak Connect Succeed – Build Your Reputation As You Speak’ as well as ‘The Wedding Speaker’s Guide’. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and is the Region Advisor for Toastmasters International in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her clients range from corporations wishing to improve their presentation skills, to CEO’s wanting to be more persuasive in their speeches.
She has coached many executives launching new products and speaking at international conventions. She has a professional background in Marketing Management.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far.
Curious by nature, I am always looking for learning opportunities. By saying ‘yes’ and volunteering my time and skills, I have had wonderful experiences. My passion is to help people get ahead by the way they speak and present. As a child I learned the value of speaking and connecting well through multiple local and international moves.
Please tell us how your Company came about.
My volunteer work for Toastmasters International led to people approaching me for speech coaching privately. Most of my clients come to me by word-of-mouth. My client base, both individual and corporate, has grown steadily.
Please tell us a little more about your books, Speak Connect Succeed – How to Build Your Reputation As You Speak & The Wedding Speaker’s Guide.
‘Speak Connect Succeed – Build Your Reputation As You Speak’ came about as I found myself giving the same advice again and again. By publishing a book, this advice is now available to many more people. It is a practical book full of easy-to-use speaking strategies that positively impact your reputation right away.
‘The Wedding Speaker’s Guide’ came about after I worked with a client on his wedding speech. He wanted to give his bride a gift that only he could give. Having sat through many disastrous wedding speeches, I wanted to publish a book to help others. The aim is to deliver a wedding speech that will be remembered for all the right reasons!
What inspired you to write them?
I have always dreamed of writing and publishing a book. Both these books speak to my passion. We all speak every day – by being purposeful and using simple techniques, our speaking can enhance our reputation. Every call you make, every conversation you have and every message you send is your voice. Your ability to connect with others will to a large extent, determine your level of success.
Do you have any advise for aspiring authors?
Don’t do it alone. Enroll in a course, find others to walk alongside you.
You are busy with some very interesting initiatives. Please tell us a little more about that.
As Region Advisor for Toastmasters International, (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), I work with teams internationally and help them be successful. Speaking and connecting are integral to leadership and to success. This role gives me unique opportunities to coach, influence and support other volunteers and their teams.
What is it that you are passionate about?
I have discovered that we are all capable of far more than we can imagine. By taking on new challenges, we are able to expand our capacity and our influence. I am passionate about discovering that for myself as well as helping others discover that for themselves.
What is your personal motto?
I am here to make a difference.
What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?
Never give up. Keep dreaming, keep doing. Most importantly – keep being your own best cheerleader. Love yourself as you are. Celebrate your successes and be gentle with yourself.
Who or what has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My extended family has been a blessing in my life. Both my grandmothers were role models to me – pioneers in their fields. Both followed their passion and touched many others in the process. I have travelled extensively throughout my life – this has proved to be exciting, enriching and also challenging at times.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in your potential. Continue to be bold and brave. Be sure to laugh often along the way. Keep celebrating – Life is Good!
Your favourite daily affirmation:
Your favourite quote:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”~M. Beattie
Who or what is your inspiration and why?
People inspire me. My mother showed me how to see good in everyone. We live in a wonderful world filled with incredible people. I want to meet them, cheer them along and learn from them.
Which book are you reading now?
“Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty… And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself” by Dr Aziz Gazipura.
Which book can you read over and over again?
‘The Charisma Myth’ by Olivia Fox Cabane.
What are your top 3 business tips?
1. Follow your passion.
2. Work on being able to communicate your passion to someone who has a problem you can solve.
3. Deliver extraordinary results.
What would you say is the secret to your success?
I say ‘yes’ to far more than I say ‘no’ to. Someone once told me that is the secret to staying young!
One general piece of advice you would like to share:
Your voice can make a difference. Work on speaking up, connecting with others and growing your influence.