Archive for May 2007

Work It Till You Love It!

May 31, 2007

Was having a week packed full of training seminars and events. It started with a series of Dynamic Selling seminars, Public Speaking talks then to Stress and Time Management training. On top of that, I was slotting in time designing several training courses and writing seminar notes for the upcoming workshops.

After long hours of standing on the feet, it was physically tiring but mentally, emotionally and spiritually fulfilling. The sharing by the various participants also touched my hearts, the jokes were reciprocated and the learning was immense. I truly wish them well and excel on life’s journey.

With whatever we are working on, there is a personal need to review if this fulfills us. Because if the work we do fulfills us, then it drives us to do it better. If it doesn’t, we lament and complain, and productivity goes down over time.

What if the work isn’t as fulfilling as what you want? Then there are two possible general options:

1) Leave it.

2) Work it till you love it!

”Work it” does not imply merely working the same thing over and over again. On the contrary, it actually mean working on improving it untill you find the real fulfillment in it.

Sometimes it could be work procedures, other times it could be the relationships you have with bosses, colleagues and customers/clients. (I call them the BCC) Or its actually more of your internal perspective, concept and feel for the work itself.

No matter what, it simply does not mean stagnation. But constant redefinition, till it means something to you. Something fulfilling. Something worth doing and worth loving.

Remember, when there’s fulfillment, there’s improvement.

So you’ve got to Work it till you Love it! (or leave it)

Alright then, its Employability training tomorrow followed by Public Speaking workshop. And I’m excited and ready to Go! 🙂

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How To Charm With Charisma?

May 29, 2007

Charisma is a much needed factor today in human relations. It opens doors and make things happen so much easier. It speeds up dating, selling, negotiating, leading, you just name it. It helps in all. Of course, it also gets things you want, persuasively and effortlessly.

Throughout the ages, scholars, orators, leaders, conquerors and the likes have been studying the ancient mysterious topic of Charisma. What makes people tick, what makes some want to devote their lives unto obeying and even dying for another.

Leaders will dread not to have because without personal charisma, people will then not be easily lead. Speakers desire to be born with it, because charisma can elevate them to the high seat. The lovers, single and attached, hone it because it just makes attraction so much effortless.

When you want to charm with charisma, watch your posture. Its not just about your physiology, its also about your mental posture. The strength and tenacity of your mind matters most.

Learn to develop the “Can-Do” attitude. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going… and starts charming. When you are more enthusiastic than others in downtimes, you uplift the spirit of people around you. That grooms your charisma.

Be sure to be sure. Ha! That means there’s charm in a man (or woman) who knows what he/she wants. Yup, no doubt about this. (pun intended) 🙂

Take these points, work them into your daily lives.

You’ll be soon be charming with charisma and excelling beyond excellence!

Speaking Is A Skill. (So Is Communication.)

May 27, 2007

Let me be direct here:

Speaking is a skill.

If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

Since speaking is a skill. This implies that it CAN BE LEARNT.

(By saying speaking in this case, I am using the general context and definition. Hence, it also implies communication, which involves listening, speaking, relating and many other elements and forms.)

Hence,

Communication is also a skill.

If you don’t use it, you’ll also lose it.

… and since we also know that communication is the key and the bridge to get anything we want in life…

So where does that leaves us as the next step?

You know the answer. 🙂

NUS Speech Craft 2

May 27, 2007

Had the second run of The National University of Singapore Speech Craft training yesterday. Another wonderful and enriching time of learning and speaking to the participants, I must say. I have truly enjoyed myself as the Lead Trainer, co-training with Gary, Eric and Annabelle, in addition to working on the coordination and organizing with Presidents, Gary and Gary.

Again, my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who has helped and contributed to the success of the event. (Cliche as it seems but its truly from my heart.)

Thoughts abound as I reflected on the day’s event and happenings. I have also shared with the participants some of my affirmations:

* You need to communicate to get whatever you want (almost anything).

* Leadership involved inspiration, not just by qualification.

* Learn to unleash your speaking talent.

… and many others.

For the next few weeks, I am looking forward to conducting some of my upcoming training sessions beginning tomorrow on Public Speaking, Selling and Negotiation, Stress Management… keeping in mind, the purpose is to Excel Beyond Excellence!

Future Think

May 25, 2007

If you are now in the future looking back at the present you, will you like what you see of yourself now?

If No, it’s a sign that something’s got to change in your life now.

If Yes, Congratulations! You are on your Path of Destiny.

Do this often to gain perspectives of your life.

How To Stay Relevant in Changing Times?

May 24, 2007

It is common to hear people say that the present is unlike the past. Yes, and that’s true. For change is indeed constant. If we do not change, we risk being outcast by the wave of societal changes.

At the same time, there are certain generic steps you can take to meet up with the changes and remain relevant with times.

Here are the steps:

1. Notice what has changed around you.

2. Point out what needs to change within you.

3. Check if the changes you need to make will match your values, direction and goal. If Yes, move to step 4. If No, you need to decide which is the priority.

4. Fine-tune the plan you need to make that change.

5. Act on your plan to change.

6. Review the change after sometime to ensure you are on course.

7. Go back to Step 1 regularly.

You can apply these steps to almost any area of your life, from personal dreams, relationships, public speaking and communication to running a company, management and leadership.

The above points remain an eternal cycle of steps that one has to constantly make in order to stay relevant. As long as times have changed, you need to change.

Relevance is important to remain in excellence mode.

Return To The Lion City

May 22, 2007

Just got back about 3 hours ago from Hong Kong. Had a wonderful and interesting trip. Will definitely share more of my learnings here over the next few days.

Meanwhile, will be conducting full-day Dynamic Selling Skills course in another 4 hour’s time. Looking forward to another exciting day of training! 🙂