Q&A with Ingrid and Gavin, Communication Specialists

Gavin Moffat and Ingrid Lotze, are trimix technical divers, communication gurus and two very skilled people in the PR game. With similar levels of knowledge and passion, but different approaches to problem-solving and strategy, they head up Join The Dots. We did a quick Q&A to get to know them a little better and find out what makes them tick. 

1. Name: Gavin Moffat and Ingrid Lotze

2. What do you do?
G: I help people unleash their awesome by getting them to see the real value that they can offer the world.

I: I’m a communicator, trainer, facilitator and coach.

3. What are you reading at the moment?
G: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson, Viking Wold by Griff Hosker, On the Periphery: David Sylvian - A Biography: The Solo Years by Christopher Young and The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris.

I: Option B by Sheryl Sandburg and Adam Grant

4. Made any great purchase lately that you're loving?
G: I find great delight in my Apple Music subscription. It allows me to continually discover new music and enjoy the oldies.

I: A cheap phone holder that clips into the car vent and holds my phone. I’m loving it! I can use handsfree and GPS easily.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
G: I would love to head off to Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon tomorrow and do two weeks of rebreather diving.

I: Back to Vietnam because the people are friendly the food is out of this world and depending where you are there’s a buzz. I’d love to do business there.

6. What age do you feel right now and why?
G: Physically I see myself as the age I am when I look in the mirror but inside I feel like I am in my late 20’s but with much more wisdom.

I: I feel about 42 because I seem to have the answer to life and the universe.

7. What do you feel most proud of?
G: The fact that I managed to bring up three wonderful, adventurous and engaging adults, without screwing them up too much.

I: My strength, resilience and ability to get through adversity AND my children.

8. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in your business, what would you do differently?
G: Say no to more business opportunities in order to be able to focus on the core business that provided the most growth, margin or opportunities.

I: I’d embrace neuroscience 20 years ago!

9. What is a business skill you'd like to learn and why?
G: Empathy. It would help to build my ability to productively inspire teams to do more and better.

I: The understanding of Neuroscience because an understanding of how our brain’s work gives more  insight and yields great business results.

10. Have a quote you're pondering lately?
G: “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”
   - Adam Smith, Scottish political economist (1723-1790)

I: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.”
   - Thomas Pynchon, novelist (b. 8 May 1937)

We can't wait to hear what they have to say at our next training workshop on "Non-verbal Communication in the Workplace". For a snippet on this power duo, check out their TEDx Johannesburg talk on "Finding the Awesome". They'll be here again on 8 June 2017 talking about how to master your Presentation and Public Speaking skills.

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