Nandi is a young woman who feels deeply for her community and is passionate about her advocacy. Nandi feels a soulful connection to those who lost their memories and pictures, due to her having experienced a huge tornado which tore through her town. She met people who had lost everything, and she couldn’t accept the loss of precious memories, this is not a regret people should have, therefore she started Scan with Nan. Her business is a digital scanning business, saving important documents and photographs onto memory drives in order to preserve their precious memories. Memories are then protected from unpredictable events such as flooding, fires, thefts, and storms, and are preserved in their original quality to be shared through social media. This is a topic Nandi feels strongly about, she wants to save people’s memories before they are lost. However, a challenge that Nandi has experienced is in the form of a lack of knowledge in marketing and budgeting as well as communication. Despite being an accomplished businesswoman and photographer who has competed professionally, communication is still a skill that she wanted to develop. This is where Toastmasters came in and alongside Synergies Work gave her the skills she needed to grow.
For many people, public speaking is a terrifying venture and often intimidates participants. With Synergies Work and their partnership with Toastmasters International, they created an annual event, Our Talk to Lead Luncheon. This gave participants the opportunity to not only hear stories about each other, but to also learn the skills they needed to develop their public speaking skills, through a mentoring program led by experienced Toastmasters. In June, 2019 Synergies Work held its first Talk to Lead Luncheon at Coca-Cola HQ, Atlanta, with partners; This-Ability BRG and the 310 North Toastmasters Club. It enabled Nandi and other entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about important leadership and communication skills as well as engage with others within the community. It showed the participants on how to overcome bias of the word “disability” and find successful careers in business, through shared experiences of the guest speakers as well as speeches made by the participants themselves. Nandi was such an impressive force at this event that was appointed a leadership position at Toastmasters and was named the V.P Membership for Toastmasters Mid Georgia. When speaking to her, she described the event as very informative and thoroughly enjoyable. She talked about how they taught her on how to speak more clearly and slowly, taught her public skills on the appropriate language for presenting, and to practice continuously. She mentioned her nervousness while speaking at the event and how she stumbled over her words, She had nothing but high praises for the event.
A little information on Nandi: She was born with Down Syndrome and is legally blind, Early in life she recognized her talents and abilities and strove to become a competent businesswoman and is now a passionate photographer. She has overcome all challenges that have come in her way, and come out on the other side, with many accomplishments, for example, she serves on several State Disability Boards. She considers her mother her role model. She considers her a strong and hard-working woman who has supported Nandi from the beginning and has been with her every step of the way. To grow her her business she feels she needs to focus on marketing through social media and gain more awareness outside of her community.
We congratulate Nandi on her success whole heartedly and can’t wait to see her grow! So, don’t wait for your photographs to disappear, call Nandi now and digitize your memories before it’s too late!