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 Special Guest at Bewl - Annette Jahnel

Within the local and global Motoring world and particularly the realm of “Customer Service” all Manufacturers / Importers have an immeasurable crusade to be the best and to be publicly acknowledged as such. To this end many developmental and motivational programs have been developed, a good number of best selling books written, and many motivational speakers have come to the fore.

Renault South-Africa, as a key player in the African continent, and being part of the global Renault Nissan Alliance aspire to be recognized as not only a financially successful and technologically advanced company but also as a Customer Centric Organisation. With this in mind various local and international initiatives have come into being, to name but one, Valued Citizens Initiative.

For the Renault enfranchised network staff, and for in-house purposes, we have developed an attitudinal and motivational campaign called 110%, and one of the key elements to invigorate and maintain the enthusiasm is a bi-annual road show. The motivational speaker at the road show of 17-20 October 2011 was Ms. Annette Jahnel, author of the internationally acclaimed book, My year of beds. 

Annette was elected to participate in the Renault 110% Campaign not only because of the motivational aspects and transfer of life skills and experience that she could convey, but because she makes the effort to understand the client’s needs and wants, and then convey the message with integrity and sincerity.

It was a privilege and honour to work with Annette, and should the opportunity arise will definitely solicit Annette’s services and will enthusiastically promote her services.


My Year of Beds

In April 2007 , Annette Jahnel inadvertently became the first woman to drive solo once around the world after completing her epic 61000km one-year drive , which took her across three continents, one island and though 25 countries .

Annette Jahnels’ tour started in April 2006 in Munich, Southern Germany. She drove through Europe, crossed the great steppes of Russia, camped in the Karkum desert of Kazakhstan, visited the fabled cities of Samarkand and Bukara in Uzbekistan. She drove through the great deserts of North-western China , to Shanghai , from where she shipped the ‘Wish Mobile’ to Long Beach California from where she started her American adventure.

In American she drove through 22 states from New Mexico in the southwest to Michigan in the north, while up there she took a quick detour through Canada for good measure then her road took her down south to Key West Florida. She then made a tour around the UK before she retuned to the European continent where she travelled as far south as Toledo before heading north and over the Alps back to her starting point in Munich.

In the course of this journey she created an art work ‘One planet One people‘, which became a global symbol of peace and goodwill.

‘My Year of Beds’ relates this story of how more and more people question the culture of consumerism that brings no joy but threatens to destroy us; Annette Jahnel set out on a journey around the world, questioning pre-conceived values, looking for the connection in lives of ordinary people and stripping away of the familiar comforts we believe we cannot survive without.

Woven into the descriptions of exotic cities, multi-coloured mountains, vast beige deserts and lone walks around lakes at the end of the world, is the story of a curious mind that slowly starts to leave behind its built in prejudices, its need to belong. Annette learns to communicate without words, and no longer feels the need to judge.

‘My Year of Beds’ explores the deep and profound changes that sinking into your own silence can bring. The thousands of kilometres travelled alone taught her that only through simplicity can happiness be found. In reading ‘My Year of Beds’ you discover that you don’t need to drive right around the planet to find love, contentment and joy – you just need to know that it can be found, right there in your own head.

The presentation takes about 40 minutes generally with time for questions and books will be on sale. Annette will be staying on site and joining us for a meal on Saturday night.

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