Tiffany Markman is a multi-award-winning copywriter and international speaker. Although she thought she’d go into politics or law, the fact that her Matric subjects included four languages should have hinted at her eventual career path.
Specialising in brand voice development, conceptual copywriting, marketing and messaging for B2B companies, Tiffany is a sought-after strategist, trainer and speaker who’s worked for and with 573 distinct brands in 15 countries.
A perpetual bookworm, Tiffany got her first paid copywriting job in Grade 11, when she had to skip double Maths (sorry, Mrs Solomons!) to help a family friend who had a client with a copywriting crisis. The client was South African Airways.
Tiffany worked at Boston City Campus in her first year out of school, so she could save money for a car, and then she and her little Fiat Uno spent four years at UJ (then RAU) acquiring Journalism and Political Science degrees.
By 2005, she’d started her own business: Tiffany Markman Writing & Training (TMWT), which continues to thrive, grow and evolve - just like the industry it occupies.
Tiffany was the ‘Most Effective Copywriter in Southern Africa’ (MEA Markets Excellence Awards) in 2022, among the world’s ‘Top 50 Female Content Marketers’ (Contentbot AI) in 2021 and South Africa's ‘Freelance Copywriter of the Year’ (Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards) in 2020.
She is a Professional Member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA), a Certified Virtual Presenter (CVP), and a member of both the International Copywriters Association (ICA) and ProCopywriters. She was also the Gauteng Chair of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA).
Based in Johannesburg, where she’s run her business for the last 18 years, Tiffany is married to film and TV actor Daniel Janks (he didn’t go to King David) and they have a 12-year-old daughter, Milla, who’s a bookworm like her mother and a cynic like her father.
In her down time, Tiffany hand-rears and rehabilitates orphaned and injured bats. A trained bat rehabber and bat welfare checker, she gives “bat talks” and demos at schools across Joburg. The kids call her “The Bat Lady”.
Tiffany loves strong black coffee, contemporary art galleries, sharp pencils with erasers on the end, heavy irony, and the correct and appropriate use of the semi-colon.
“After seven years at King David Sandton and five at King David Victory Park (many of which were partly subsidised after my father died at the end of Grade 1 year), I feel qualified to say that KD schools can entrench a lifelong love of knowledge and learning. I had so many memorable teachers along the way, but special mentions must go to Hazel Bolnick, Carol Cesman, Beryl Lutrin, David Silman, Reuben Bilchitz, Margie Solomons and the truly remarkable Bernice Goldstein, who taught me to be fascinated by words and their power.”