Q & A with Charmaine Mbatha

Charmaine Mbatha, is a South African 29 year old Serial Entrepreneur, Global Award Winning Speaker and Writer.  Charmaine has been pushing the envelope and daring to be different since she was 13 years when she started her career.   “I’ve always sought freedom of expression in every way and now through my natural hair.  I wear it however I want. Sometimes as natural dreadlocks and sometimes I wear a wig.” Says Ms Mbatha.

Charmaine isthe founder and senior brand specialist at Branding Fixers Global, a marketing,branding and business growth company.  I help people, companies and brandsget noticed, understood and clearly valuable.  We use different systems andstrategies to achieve our client’s goals.  

BrandingFixers Global is in partnership with our sister company, The Grit Media, andpublish our clients’ intentions, progress and successes on Her GritMagazine & His Grit Magazine.  We also work with otherInternational distributors with over 300 media outlets.  On the marketing side we side wealso collaborate with Orevida, a global online marketing agency led by CEO andCo-founder Mark Pancis, based in Vienna, Austria.

Charmaine isalso a ghostwriter and does bookkeeping & financial management through herother businesses.

NISH Magazine Q & A with Charmaine Mbatha

Q1.  Tell us 3 things the audience should know about you

  • I get things done; leaving things hanging gives memild…okay maybe not so mild anxiety.  Which means I am a little impatientbut I am working on that.  Thanks to growing dreadlocks firstly (Lol journey ofpatience) and also learning from my coaches.
  • I genuinely adore people; when I look at people I see theirfull potential instantly and my first inclination to try to help get thatout.  Although, it’s not that simple,people make their own choices and sometimes have very strong limiting beliefs.Unfortunately I don’t have a magic wand to change people’s mind aboutthemselves, but I try the best way I know how.
  • Ilove to sing; those who’ve heard me say my voice is soothing and movestheir soul.  Really, I am more of acloset singer. But that’s soon to change :-).

Q2.  What are your thoughts on Natural hair? (do youwear your hair natural? When did you start?

Ooh!! Naturalhair came to me after many years of pain and suffering.  First of all, I love it and think every typeis beautiful.  It’s so amazing to seethose who fully embrace it.  Then again,there’s nothing wrong with exploring and wearing a hairpiece, braids, wigs orweaves.  As long as you feel beautifulhowever you wear your hair…ladies read that again.

I wore mynatural until I was about 4 years old, I remember my mom cutting my long thickhair because I had to go to school.  Theschool required that girls wear their hair short.  Looking back, I remember how I kept sayinghow ugly I was without my thick long beautiful hair…that I looked like a potatobecause I was bald.  Gosh I cried fordays and hated school.

Fast forwardto about 5 years ago when I decided stuff this and cut off all my chemicallystraightened hair.  I hated those scalpburning chemicals but I never thought I’d like my natural hair because itseemed so impossible to make look good.

I cut it alloff, grew an afro and 2 years after that, started growing dreadlocks.  Hands down, the best decision I ever made.   Taking care of it got

Q3.  Who are the 3 people you look up to and why?

  1. My mother – she not only raised me and mysister as a single woman but also took care of her parents and siblings.  A real rock!
  2. Oprah Winfrey – I love how she’s able to engagepeople, get the best of them and make them shine.  I must’ve been about 4 years old when I sawthis in her and thought to myself…I want to do that.
  3. Myself – I didn’t know until recently, thanks to my coachSamareh, that I can literally look up to myself, in the mirror, in my work,relationships and being. As someone worthy of my own admiration andacceptance.  There are many people I lookup in fact the list is endless.  But, whenasked for 3…you bet I will be put myself in the top 3…because I approve ofmyself and I know my self-worth.

Q4.  Do you consider yourself a role model? Tell uswhy

No, I’m not arole model, I don’t want to be imitated. I want those who do look at me, to do better than I am.

I want peopleto find their own individuality and know that their journey will be differentto mine.  Yes, I do inspire and I loveto.

However, Ioften to say to anyone who asks, I am not creating followers… I see people asequals, however less or more they have than me. Because I believe we are all co-creators and teammates. We are strongerwhen we work freely and with respect towards each other.   Not under “i-am-better-than-you conditions.”   This thinking keeps me grounded and humble.

Q5.  Tell us how you have reached your goals andwhat strategies to you have used to reach them?

  • I believe 100% in coaching.  Any area of your life that you know isn’tyour strength needs a coach, especially how you earn a living. JT Foxx, theworld’s #1 wealth & business coach has been an absolute life-changer.  As well as my other coaches Greg JC Granier,Myrna Widlend & Samareh Lilith Rahnavardi
  • I keep an organized plan and respectmine and other people’s time
  • I take risks and have grit.  It’s a blessing to have really because I can’ttell you how or where I got my grit from, the ability to suffer for my goals nomatter what and not give up and bounce back after failures
  • I became a brand and from thereoneverything changed, thanks to JT Foxx
  • I refuse to listen tonaysayers.  Again, it kind of comenaturally to me or maybe because I was bullied so munch growing up that Ideveloped a thick stick towards anyone who talks down on me.

Q6. Your health is your wealth. Tell us what you doto become or stay healthy

I listen to my body…like reallytake time to listen to what everything is saying.  I workout 3-4 times a week, not to have thickmuscles, just to stay healthy.   My coachSamareh puts me on regular detox diets with help me a lot.

Lastly, Ipractice loving myself and pamper the body that keeps alive and well.

Q7.  What can we expect to see from you this year?

One of mybrothers calls me a “sub-marine”  becauseI never announce my moves prematurely, I move deep beneath the surface.   I only have high expectations for myselfthis year…lots of exciting things happening already with the recent launch ofHis Grit Magazine, a publication for man-to-man talk on issues that impact men.

I’m taking onmore branding coaching clients from around the world. Which is uncommon for aSouth African who’s still living in South Africa to compete at a global scale.

Q8.  Whatare 3 lessons you would like to tell the audience reading your article?

  1. It’s okay to Fail – I wish I heard this the firsttime I failed at something as a kid, and repeatedly throughout my life.  I think we’d all be better and much moresecure adults.  Don’t let failure takeaway your confidence.  Please, try by allmeans to let it fuel you.  That is whatit’s meant to do…to encourage you and keep you moving towards your goal.
  2. Your presence is enough! I heard this from Iyanla Vanzant #Fixmylife(follow her on Instagram) –  She said,when you know who you are, you don’t have to shout to the world and tell peoplehow great and wonderful you are…all you have to do, is show up.  So anyone reading this, believe that who youare and what you have to offer the world, is enough.
  3. You need to be branded – whether you’re looking for a newjob, want to grow in your current employment, have a business, want to startone…or are a huge corporation.  Howpeople see you determines how sustainable you will be in the near-future andlong-term.  A brand is what people sayabout you when you’re not there…do you know what others say about you?!

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