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When we record with written word what our minds have conceived, we allow others a glimpse of our inner world - the unborn universe within. Filled with the stars of our dreams, the dust of our disappointments and the gravity of our experience. -Chanti 2001

Background Information

I was born in England lived in South Africa before moving 

to Los Angeles in 2009. My accent is British South African.

You'd most likely have to hear it to pinpoint it. Search for me on YouTube and maybe you'll find a couple of embarrassing home-made videos of me reciting poems.


I am deeply passionate about language, communication and 

the written word. From an early age I devoured literature

and poetry and to this day enjoy a passionate love affair with

 the expressive arts. I also love nature and the 

Great Outdoors and exploring. 


Africa is such a beautiful, albeit harsh continent. 

It has provided me with much inspiration for my poetry and in

my writing. Although my poetry is not limited to any one genre 

or specific style, I have written much about social issues in the 

hope of raising awareness to the plight of victims. 

In spite of the serious nature of some of my poetry, 

have a keen sense of humour (humor) and have written 

many lighthearted stories. 


I am the founder and CEO of  Chanti Niven International 

CNI is the holding company for Captivating Speakers

Captivating Kids and Club Captivate, a club for professional speakers and those who wish to take their speaking to the next level. We run programs to help people develop their 

communication skills in order to achieve their personal goals. 

I believe that good communication skills are vital to 

success in every area of life, personal and professional. 


Enjoy reading my work and please offer your feedback 

or feel free to contact me directly via my message board 

or email me at 


"Language shapes the way we think, and 
determines what we can think about."
Benjamin Lee Whorf



Birth Place
Kingston, Surrey,  England

Bronze and silver medalist award winner in the Annual Library Poetry Awards.
Poetry published in various anthologies and other publications. Short stories published in various magazines.

Story Editor for 1362 - The Kensington Enigma. Also did voice-overs for the documentary. See the trailer at:

Here is a more recent commercial where I provided the narration:

Hosted a segment on a popular local radio station for more than four years. Featured on 'Top Billing' a top-rated television show.

Additional Information

Proud Toastmasters member - Hold the highest designation that Toastmasters can bestow, that of DTM - Distinguished Toastmaster. Winner of the 2009 Public Speaking Contest - Humorous Speech. Multiple winner of Best Speaker, Best Evaluator and Best Table Topics (Impromptu speaking). 2009 / 2010 /2011 and 2012 Best Speaker award for the leading club in the SFV. 2014 Triple Crown award winner. Trainer and coach of one of the 9 finalists in the World Championships of Public Speaking, Alain Washnevsky. My clients consistently achieve recognition and awards. Clients report promotions at work, increased profits in their businesses and improvement in every area of their personal and professional lives.

Contact Information
21781 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills CA 91364   USA
Contact Author: Chanti Niven
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Chanti Niven
Captivating Speakers and Captivating Kids We provide public speaking and communication skills training for those who wish to improve their skills and enjoy success in every area of life.

1362 The Kensington Enigma
Finally one of the greatest mysteries in history unfolds. I was privileged to be able to work on this 2-part documentary special as story editor. Check it out.

Captivating Toastmasters
A proud member of Toastmasters International. Achieved my ATM many years ago but re-joined when I arrive in Los Angeles and decided to start again from the beginning. I have achieved my DTM award in 5 years as well as many other awards. Proud trainer of a finalist in the world championships of public speaking, Alain Washnevsky

Captivating Kids
Our incredible kids program. We help build kid's confidence and to communicate effectively. This has the power to literally change their lives and has. We have countless videos of the transformations of these kids. What a great feeling it is to make a difference!

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