Running a PR firm can be a daunting task especially when you have to compete with experienced gurus to service the same clients. However, it can also be an opportunity for personal and professional growth. BizWatch Kenya caught up with a young Lindah Kiyeng to find out how she is thriving both personally and professionally.
Tell us about yourself: I am a 27-year-old mother of one who is trying to make a difference in the world and leave her mark. I am also the founder of Lindah Kiyeng Communications and a proud founder of three magazines
Describe your daily routine: I wake up mostly at 8 am I meditate for an hour then exercise for 20mins then after that I go read and reply to my emails before heading to the office.
How did you start your pr firm? I started it immediately after graduating from university with pocket money that I had saved. I have never looked back.
Why did you venture into the world of public relations? I was always fascinated by the world of media and public relations since I was very young and I always knew that it was an area I wanted to get into since I was young.
Do you feel like pr and media is your calling and why? I feel that I am living in my calling because I would rather be doing this than anything in the world. I feel completely fulfilled and satisfied with no regrets at all
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced so far? Starting a company isn’t so easy but once it starts running things get easier plus I worked for three years without getting a cent out if my company and sometimes I became discouraged but I had to be resilient and persistent.
What has been the highlight of your career? Media and PR has opened so many doors for me. I have met incredible people such as presidents, dignitaries, diplomats because of pr and it has opened for me so many incredible doors I have gotten to work with so many politicians, dignitaries, and organizations because of Public Relations.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I will be a media mogul with a number one talk show and my PR company will have offices in every country.
What motivates you? My daughter Leilani Bett really motivates me to be the best version of myself because she is always watching me and looks up to me. Ambition hits differently when you have someone depending and looking up to you
Who inspires you the most? My parents David Kiyeng and Rossy Keitany they have always supported me since day 1 and supported my dreams and for that, I will always be grateful to him
Tell us a bit about your parents? Both of them are in the tourism industry. My dad is an economic genius he is one of the smartest people I know and very inspiring many people who know him look up to him. My mum is just the most amazing person I have met. Her story is really incredible she has managed to overcome so much in life. Considering where she started off in life she has made so much of her life. She is the reason I ventured into pr and I know that I will never be able to be half the woman she is because she is simply incredible.
Tell us a bit about your childhood: I had an amazing childhood. My parents made sure that my siblings and I had everything we needed. I was definitely the most mischievous of them all and would throw parties when my parents would go to work. I also loved taking care of the livestock cause of my nurturing side. I still love doing that to this day.
What are you currently reading? My current read is, The four hour work week, a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss.
What would you like your legacy to be? That I changed this world using my craft and the gifts that God gave me
What advice do you have for young girls who look up to you? fight for your dreams and don’t ever let anyone tell you that it isn’t possible
What is your favorite quote? When you are born you are born with everything you need to succeed in life everything you need is inside of you but mostly we tend to look outside for answers but the answers are inside us.