Meet Wycliffe, Our Amazing Picha Booth Operator
One of my life mantras is that there is no random randomness, that everything is ordained, orchestrated. I think meeting Wycliffe was the same. I met Wycliffe when I was volunteering for an organization called Jump Rope Association of Kenya. At the time, he was a senior jumper with the organization. The first time I met him my spirit was drawn to him. As I got to watch him and how he worked with the other team members, I could see a lot of potential and drive in him. In essence, I was drawn to his personality because everything he did was in a calm demeanour.
While at the organisation volunteering my marketing expertise, I could see that Wycliffe was eager to learn too. He seemed curious and also participated in the marketing activities. Even when working with the leadership, he showed no issues in taking instruction from others despite being a leader himself.
At the time when I met him, I was also looking to recruit another photo booth attendant so I was shopping around. Wycliffe stood out and I had no doubt in my heart that this was someone I wanted on my team.
I don’t regret the choice to take him on board because he has been such a valuable resource. He’s a first learner and he’s quite good at troubleshooting hitches. Wycliffe also has that million-dollar smile which is just what you need in the customer service industry. I can’t wait for you to meet our Picha Booth assistant and also my jump rope personal trainer, Wycliffe.
How did you join the Picha Booth team?
There was a time Nyambura the CEO of Picha booth came to Kibera to do jump rope and that’s how we met and from there she asked me if I can join the team and I accepted.
How has your experience been thus far?
Ever since I started working with the team I have been able to learn and master the basics of photography, good customer service, communication and how customer feedback is very important to the success of any business.
I have also learnt how social media is very important in business success. In addition, how to handle success and failure; be ready to fail and don’t expect to win all the time.
What aspects do you like about what you do?
Traveling to different places, meeting and learning from different people. I also love seeing people happy, smiling which to me shows that they are enjoying and appreciating what we do. This makes me happy.
What’s the most challenging part about being the photo booth operator?
The most challenging part is dealing with rude clients who sometimes don’t want to listen to me. Another challenge that we face as a team in the company is when the power goes out in the middle of serving clients and also when the machine fails to work when serving a client.
What do you do when you’re not doing Picha Booth gigs?
I am a volunteer teacher at a certain school in Kibera slum where I teach the kids Kiswahili and Social Studies. In the same institution, I handle all their projects and day to day activities related to ICT such as data entry, etc. During evenings from 6-8 pm I usually have a jump rope for fitness classes at Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum in South B.
You’re in college, what are you studying?
I am currently a second-year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a diploma in Education.
What are your career aspirations?
I am looking forward to starting a fitness center where I offer fitness classes through jump rope and I’m also thinking of coming up with a jump rope program where I use a jump rope as a tool for social transformation.
What would you like your long life goal to be?
I want to make money and be rich and help the people in my community. I want to be an author and a motivational speaker.
What do you do in your spare time?
I spend my spare time studying, listening to music and watching movies.
When did you start jumping rope?
I started doing jump rope nine years ago. Through it I have traveled to so many places and met so many people from different countries, social backgrounds and been able to learn a lot from them.
What do you wish people knew about jump rope?
Jump rope is the cheapest, the easiest way to be fit and the most fun way to stay fit. About 800 calories are burned from our bodies for only 1 hour of skipping!
What’s the greatest life lesson you’ve learned thus far?
Discipline, commitment, consistency and time management are what make people successful. I am also a strong believer that education is the key to success.
See Wycliffe at the 2014 World Jump Rope Championships!
As always, thanks for stopping by!