My Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010

What’s your top 10 moments in 2010?

Before you set new resolutions for 2011, it is always wonderful to reflect on the year and celebrate every wonderful moments so that we can grow from strength to strength.

My very best Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2010 are:

10. “The backup Plan” movie launch

On 29 April, Sony Pictures and my company (Table For Six) jointly organized the Back up Plan Movie and Dinner event. Our company conducted a survey on Singapore’ ladies’ backup plans should they remain single for the rest of their lives. The results were insightful and the press/media given us a lot of coverage.

9. Authorised Training Provider for NCSS

In early Jun, I was informed by National Council of Social Service (NCSS)  that I am granted the status to be the Authorised Training Providers for Charitable organisation and VWOs under the VCF Training Grant. I created courses:

  • Developing a Winning Social Media Strategy for NPOs
  • Social Branding for NPOs
  • Getting Sponsorship for VWOs and Publicity for Business
  • Coaching and Developing your Volunteers

8. Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment – Certification.

From 9 Apr till 15 June, I took 6 modules, get through the assessments under Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). With this Advanced Certificate, I am able to Develop, Train and Assess courses under WSQ framework from WDA.

7. Singles Cruise Asia

Many people would have heard of Dating@Sea since 2007 where it is only open to singles from Singapore. It was all along done with Star Cruises as our cruise partner. Finally from 6-10 Dec, the 1st ever Singapore-Malaysia social event (Single Cruise Asia), a 5D/4N cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas was organised.

6. Interviewed by Ian Wright for Discovery Channel

It’s not everyday you get to be interviewed by a host from a international media, much more a international celebrity host – Ian Wright. He was in Singapore in May to do a special 10-part episode on Singapore. At the very last part, there is always the angle of singlehood issue in Singapore. I was contacted to create a social event where his team can film the entire event with interviews about myself and some of my participants.

Picture with Ian Wright & Vernetta Lopez

5. Marrying Charity with Art

I had always wanted to do my bid for charity in forging strategic alliance between charities and business entities. I am glad in 2010 I have helped my good friend Ocean Wang to launch her career by painting 3 portraits of F1 drivers : Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. The Alonso portrait was successful auctioned silently for $4000 in the charity dinner of Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) with the kind planning and organising service of Annie Chan.

LCCS Gala Dinner - 191110

Ocean’s blog – www.oceantheartist.wordpress.com. The Hand over ceremony is done on 24 Nov

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4. 938live guest speaker for Positive Business Minute

3. 1st Malaysia media exposure

Though I have enjoyed more than 120 media and press interview and coverage of myself, business or events in Singapore and international main media, Malaysia was not one of them. This changed in August where I was invited to be interviewed on Malaysia radio BFM 89.9. From then on, i enjoyed 4 weeks of NTV 7 Breakfast show as a regular guest, 2 Newspaper features about being a Dating Coach for Singles Cruise Asia

2. Hosting 200 friends for Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is the most successful and money-making family entertainment theatrical production in the world. For the first time ever, it came to Singapore from 1-12 Dec for a 10-day 20-show performance. My company won the tender to manage the social media marketing platform. One of my deliverables was to raise social brand ambassadors. I was given 200 tickets for the very first show and I invited charities and brand ambassadors to be the first few people to watch it. The turnout was 4000 so I had 5% of the stadium on 1 Dec.

1. Successful Entrepreneur award 2010

Since receiving the Spirit of Enterprise award as an honoure in 2008, this is the 2nd business award I have received in the space of 3 years.


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Art of Life : Speed isnt as important as Precision

Many times in life we are too concerned about getting things done fast without careful planning or accuracy.

Speed is important but it only becomes crucial when objectives are set road map is clear and contingency plans are in place.

Speed may be exciting but it can also make you lose control very easily. Once you are in the air, you are subjected to the common law of gravity.

Go slow, pick up speed when you are more confident and maintain the pace keeping your objective in sight.

Consequently, make well-paced progress your priority, speed is just a bonus.

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Busy Professionals … "Dateless" Jobs

Recently I was interviewed by RazorTV to give dating tips to busy professionals which are in jobs which makes them almost “dateless”

Performing Artists – Magicians, Entertainers, etc

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Journalists, Reporters, Media Producers, etc

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Advertising & Public Relations Professionals

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Creative Directors, Designer, Artists

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Relationship Coach Andrew Chow has the following tips for them

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The story is also followed up on Asiaone.com on 29 Dec

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Leveraging on Social Media Workshop

More information : http://hrmskills.com/socialmedia/

Leveraging on Social Media Workshop

28 January 2011, – Hotel Grand Pacific

Introduction

Social Media is fundamentally transformative and is rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence.

Today, there are businesses that engage in social media and those that do not. Those at least experimenting with the formidable, yet shifting landscape of intelligence and communication are learning how to adapt and connect in a new world of conversation, networking, and influence. Those that have yet to evaluate the opportunities and advantages for socialized marketing, service, sales, and branding will find it increasingly difficult to learn, adapt, and magnetize customers, prospects as well as their influencers

In this one day workshop, participants will learn about:

# The Social Media Landscape – Content, Conversation and Communities
# The Social Media Strategy Map – The Art of Getting Your Company ready for Social Media
# The Social Media Engagement Cycle – Join, Create, Share, Interact, Monitor, Listen

Outlines

  • Introduction of Social Media
  • Establish your network by mastering social networking tools like Facebook & Linkedin
  • Communicate your brand by publishing on media sharing platforms
  • Share your contents through News & Bookmarking tools
  • Engaging all stakeholders through Micro-Blogging
  • Master the Art of Blogging
  • Monitor your brand through syndication and aggregation
  • Benefits of Attending

  • Developing a social media (blogging, podcasting, wikis, etc.) strategy to drive performance-based communications
  • Integrating social media tools into your internal and external communications practices
  • Communicating more effectively and efficiently through the use of social media (blogs, podcasts, Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, video podcasts, and much more)
  • Measuring the effectiveness of your social media strategy and determining its value within your organization
  • Gaining inside knowledge of social media and why it is a crucial addition to your communication arsenal
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    Dating Tips for Busy Professionals in 2011 – by Relationship Coach Andrew Chow on RazorTV

    On Christmas eve, I was approached by a good friend in the media – Shi Ting from RazorTV to contribute 4 simple dating tips to busy professionals for a more colourful social life in 2011.

    The tips were given in less than 5 minutes over phone but the RazorTV team did an excellent job in translating them into a creative episode. Check out the video (Dating Tips for Busy Professionals in 2011) by clicking onto the picture.

    The dating tips or resolutions for singles in 2011 are :

    1. Devote at least 10% of your time socializing or meeting new people

    2. Invent a new look for 2011 : Try something new

    3. Revisit your criteria for a life partner : Choose character over personality

    4. Be the Right Person : Do not just look for the right one.

    The other episodes of the series of professionals who find it hard to find a date include:

    1. Young, Talented and Dateless (Magicians & Performing Artists)

    2. Nearly 30 and Never Been Kissed (Journalists)

    3. Too Busy for a Boyfriend (Public Relations Practitioners)

    4. Married to your job (Designers)

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    The most special cruise trip – Singles Cruise Asia (6-10 Dec, 2010)

    Though I have done 4 singles cruise in Singapore – dating@sea from 2007-2009, the wonderful experience from this 1st ever Singles Cruise Asia is unlike any other.

    I was first approached by Timothy Low and wife Tamie from Malaysia to be co-marketing partners in Singapore. The original idea was to gather singles from Malaysia and Singapore.

    We had tremendous media support and coverage – http://www.singlescruiseasia.com/video-gallery/

    Our itinerary for 5D/4N can be found – http://www.singlescruiseasia.com/itinerary/

    Over 5 days, we had 10 programs from 4 Guru: Heiko and Selina (Relationship and Release Coaches), Murshidah Said (Image Coach & Consultant) and myself Andrew Chow (Dating Coach)

    This is the 1st cruise for singles I see everyone has a camera, very eager to take pictures alone or in groups. All of them dress for the occasion for different theme of Gala Dinner for every night. We took part 100% in all program and very proactive in discussion until 1.30am in the morning. The chemistry and bonding was fantastic. The sharing and gift exchange on the very last night was a touching moment. Tears were shed, hugs were everywhere, gifts were lovingly exchanged. I am sure the Gurus ourselves find this very fulfilling, a sense of achievement and satisfaction that money cannot buy. Everyone isn’t shy about sharing. There is no taboo or stigma, just meaningful friendship forged for a long time to come. This is something I have NEVER see in the past cruises which I did before. Perhaps I was only concerned about the events management rather than the fulfillment of the guests on board. It gave me a new perspective and mission in my future approach for giving opportunities for singles’ interaction.

    I have made 4 videos for the 4 days of our wonderful experience and hope you will be inspired to join us in 2011, we will always organise weekend trips to exotic places in Thailand and Malaysia for those who are not really into cruise holidays.

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    My workshop presentation can be found here :

    7 Qualities to look for in a Life Partner

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    8 Types of Relationship which wont work
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    5 Compatibility Time-Bomb
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    Lastly, for those of you who wish to know how to organise your own speed dating event, check out this video of mine,

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    Walking with Dinosaurs – A Small step for Andrew, A Big Leap in using Social Brand Ambassadors

    Who says “Walking with Dinosaurs” is just for children? The adults love them just as much especially when they stand 9m tall with heads almost touching the ceiling of the Singapore Indoor Stadium. On 1 Dec, 4000 people were among the very first group to watch the international acclaimed theatrical production – Walking with Dinosaurs. It was here in Singapore for 20 shows in 12 days (2 days break)

    It is also the first time, a international company has budget for social media brand management and my company was awarded to manage the social campaign for 3 months. My allotment was 200 tickets, about 5% of the entire stadium on the very first night. 40% of them were given to charity (yes, I believe we are blessed to be a blessing to others).

    Some of the VIPs created many wonderful user-generated content which help to promote Walking with Dinosaurs. The show ended just last weekend will be in Hong Kong from 22 Dec – 2 Jan.

    This is the first time I have activated so many social brand ambassadors and the result has been great! Social business should leverage on social media for effective marketing and positioning.

    It was such a good show that even our Prime Minister Lee and wife went on 11/12 to watch it

    My VIP list on 1 Dec includes:

    1. Merry Riana and family (check out her youtube video on Walking with Dinosaurs)

    2. Magicbabe, JC Sum and Adeline

    3. My good friend and great portrait artist Ocean and family

    4. Joe Augustin and family

    5. Aaron and family

    6. Valerie Song and family

    7. Samson and family

    8. Annie Chan and friend

    9. Estelle and friends ( Check out her home-made “promotional” video)

    10. Willy Foo and friends (check out Willy’s wonderful pictures on Walking with Dinosaurs which I think is one of the best)

    11. Karen Goh and family

    12. Jenny Liew and family

    13. Ellian and family

    14. Gladys Chung and partner

    15. Sharon Tan and partner

    16. Valentine Low

    17. Felicia Wang

    18. Gavin Choo

    19. Gin Wong (check out her blog)

    20 Danny Pang & Family

    21. Sebestian and girlfriend

    22. Eric Feng and friend

    23. James Leong (my NLP instructor) and family

    24. Simon Foo and family

    25. Cris Lu and her mother

    26. Timothy and family + relatives

    27. Last but not least my mother

    Companies

    1. Bole Business Consultancy (proud owner of www.myheartland.com.sg)

    Charity

    1. Staff and client of Young Women Christian Association

    2. Staff and client of Student Care Services

    3. Staff and client of Lutheran Community Care Services + 2 lucky draw winners from 19 Nov Golf event.

    4. Staff and client of Singapore After Care Association

    5. Staff and client of WINGS

    6. Staff and client of Restroom Association of Singapore

    7. Staff and client of B Well

    Here are some of them captured on pictures

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    5 Simple Steps to Effective Business Networking

    S.M.I.L.E

    Not everyone can be a natural when meeting a group of people you never met for the first time. Business networking event is always a time where the most networking-savvy person will benefit the most. You can achieve equal excellence even if you are relatively inexperienced in networking. Try the follow 5 simple steps

    Introduction

    A smile is a handshake before the handshake. It helps you to relax though you may be nervous. Believe me, many others in the room are nervous. A smile adds to your personal branding.

    1. Survey/Scan. Survey or scan the room to look out for someone who isn’t talking to anyone or not busily having his food. Start with him, get to warm up and move to others whom you wish to get to know. Working the room helps you to cover all the important people you need to connect with within a certain timeframe.

    2. Mirror or Move.  The easiest way to establish quick rapport is to mirror each other’s body language. It breaks the ice quickly and help you to make your elevator pitch more effectively. Not everyone will be equally keen in investing their time with you, move on to others when you gets the hint from their body language.

    3. Introduce others. There is no better way to get more connection than being a connector yourself. Practice making great introduction on your own when you are alone. Help others to make a difference and promote others as much as possible. As you sow opportunities, you will reap many more opportunities for yourself.

    4. Lead the conversation. If you have only 2 hours and there are 40 people in the room, you effectively have only 3 minutes with everyone. Ask the right question, give the right referral and make arrangement to follow up with someone you wish to do business with. If you feel there is not much interest from the other party about your business, move on gracefully to others.

    5. Engage and Disengage. An interesting conversation will usually end up enlarging your group to 3-5 people gradually. Learn to hold their interest and attention by engaging in meaningful discussion of insight, forecasts or reviews. When you notice the group begin to shrink again, disengage discreetly and move on to others.

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