This saying, which may sound trite to some, resonates resoundingly with the stories of these CEOs, who have all risen from humble beginnings to conquer the business world – and their personal circumstances.
Thanks to a combination of innate smarts, hard work, and a bit of luck, they have turned their life around to become successful entrepreneurs who can well serve as inspiration for a new breed of businessmen.
So who are these homegrown towkays who went from rags to riches?
If you are ever hit a wall on what to write on your corporate blog, you may modify some of the following suggestions to come out with new inspiration.
1 How I Use Facebook
2 Ways I Embrace My Audience
3 Should My Town Use Social Media?
4 A Community I Love
5 Technology That Empowers Me
6 How Flickr Did it Right
7 How Best to Comment on a Corporate Blog
8 Ways to Save a Bad Time at a Conference
9 How I Find Blogging Ideas
10 Somebody Has to Say It
11 My Children Will Do it Differently
12 How Schools Could Use Social Media
13 The Best Parts of Marketing
14 Presentation Skills for a New Conversation
15 How I Find Time to Make Media
16 Empower Your Best Customers
17 After the Event- Carrying the Conversation Forward
18 Just Jump Into Podcasting- Heres How
19 My Community and How You Can Engage It
20 Twitter Jaiku Pownce Facebook- And Then What
21 Making a Miniseries
22 If I Were an Advertiser Today
23 My Mother is On Facebook
24 Does a Big Brand Need You
25 Books I Want to Write
26 Serving the Deep Niches- How I Do It
27 How Women Use Social Media
28 A Hard Look at My Media Habits
29 If I Were a Television Producer
30 Social Media Marketing vs Traditional Marketing
31 Elements of a Marketing Campaign
32 Social Media Campaigns are NOT Traditional Campaigns
33 Idea Making and How I Make Something
34 What I Spend Money On
35 Do Rock Stars Need Social Media Strategies
36 How I Use My Website
37 Book Shopping- Buy These Books
38 MTV Changed the World in the 80s- Here is What Comes Next
39 How I Process Blogs and What I Do With All That Info
40 Ten Guilty Pleasures
41 The Internet Application I Havent Seen
42 If I Worked for a Venture Capital Firm
43 My Day Job Versus My Passion
44 The Difference Between Fark and Truemors
45 Fixing Conferences
46 Making Marketplaces for Media Makers
47 When I Feel Frustrated
48 Branding Strategies I Use
49 Your Ideas And My Ideas- How We Play Together
50 Friends I Cant Wait to Meet
51 The Art of Chaos
52 Telling My Boss About Social Media
53 Could I Quit My Day Job
54 When to Cut Back on Web Habits
55 Breaking Down My Favorite Blog
56 Explaining Social Media to Your Chamber of Commerce
57 Non-Internet Equivalents to Internet Tools I Use
58 Considering Media for the Rest of the Globe
59 Twitter is Too Simple- Twitter is Just Right
60 The Future of Podcasting
61 Video Made Simple
62 Facebook Applications I Love
63 You Are Here
64 Blogging Tactics- How to Keep it Fresh
65 I Want to Brag A Minute
66 Who Says What About Your Brand
67 Tools for Blogging
68 WordPress Plugins I Use And Why
69 Media Topics That Need More Coverage
70 Comments versus Blog Posts
71 How I Drive Traffic to My Site
72 News- Is it Useful and How I Might Fix It
73 Which TV Network Gets Videoblogging and PodCasting
74 Franchising My Media
75 Handling Critics
76 My Audio Tricks
77 Ning Sites I Like and Why
78 Controlling My Brand
79 Sharing and Contributing
80 How Twitter Improved My Blog
81 Email After Twitter
82 Facebook Video Improved My Social Network
83 Letting Go
84 Downtime- What I Do Offline to Recharge
85 How I Went From Very Shy to Less Shy
86 The RIGHT Number to Track for Podcasting
87 PodCamp Has to Change
88 Shaking Things Up
89 Joining A Network- Things to Consider
90 Newspapers and How I Would Change Them
91 Interview With a Veteran
92 The Countries of My Social Media World
93 Giving it Away
94 Consulting Strategies for Social Media Experts
95 Turning Media into a Business Card
96 Podcasting on a Budget
97 For Every Excuse a New Strategy
98 Just When I Think I Am Done
99 Buying Gear- My Shopping Tips for Podcasters
100 When is Free Better- When Not
The Brand Finance plc. Global Intangible Financial Tracker League Table (GIFT), which normally releases global brand rankings in January, updated their list as of last month due to these conditions.
Financial brands were the hardest hit, with banking brands losing about US$$25.9 billion (S$32.1 billion) of their brand value from January this year. HSBC has become the world’s most valuable bank brand keeping a steady position at 10, while Bank of America saw its brand value fall by S$$5.3 billion.
Technology brands flourished, with Apple, Microsoft, and Google taking over the top spots. Apple has increased its value by 33%, making it a more valuable brand than Microsoft for the first time.
Samsung is another notable performer, increasing the value of its brand by 24 per cent to US$26.6 billion. This is due to a stronger hold on both the TV and smart phone markets.
The automotive sector has also performed well in the last six months, with Japanese brand Toyota re-entering the top 10 with a value of US$28.8 billion.
16th of January 2012 @ Serangoon Gardens Country Club, 7pm
35 Singapore Entrepreneurs perform on common platform for the first time in Singapore, to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Charity concert and dinner to raise funds for two local beneficiaries.
Multiple performances by award winning entrepreneurs of Singapore.
Star impersonation segment to showcase the Spirit of Enterprise
Meet The Entrepreneurs (MTE) Charity Concert : More than 30 award winning entrepreneurs are coming together to jointly organize the first ever Entrepreneur Charity Concert and Dinner on 16 January 2012 at the Serangoon Garden Country Club. The private concert, a first of its kind in Singapore, aims to bring greater awareness on the need to give back to the community and the pivotal role the local business community plays in such efforts.
This novelty project is initiated by the owner of Chen Fu Ji Int’l F&B, Mr. Roger Koh. This event has on its list of invited guests many VIP’s who include Ambassadors from the representative embassies in Singapore, Members of Parliament, SME leaders and the 2011 presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
The beneficiaries of the concert are Club Rainbow and Dignity Kitchen.
Except for one professional recording artist among the group, most of the entrepreneurs are amateurs performing in front of a large audience for the first time.
Some of the concert highlights:
Famous Singaporean lawyer to render HERO in Cantonese
Local Info Tech entrepreneur will perform “海阔天空” in two languages
Multiple award winner and CEO of local property company to perform stand-up comedy in English.
MTE band to render evergreen songs
Sculpturing on stage to the tune of music
Photography with an edge
With a mission which aims at ”Fostering Responsible Enterprise, Forging Responsible Society” this event promises to be like no other.
MTE Concert and Dinner Diary note:
Date： 16 January 2012 (Mon)
Time： 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Serangoon Garden Country Club (Kensington Ball Room) 22 Kensington Road
Romancing the Media How speakers and trainers can create a buzz in the media
with Andrew Chow
Public relations is an art every speaker must acquire for publicity and personal branding. While social media keeps the conversation going, your exposure in the mass media can elevate your status as the authority in your subject of expertise.
Approaching the media is just like dating. We need to do some homework, preparation and even scripts at times when we are on the way to becoming media-savvy. Being featured on radio as a frequent guest or panelist will allow you to speak to hundreds of thousands. Focusing on your content delivery and engaging in conversation with radio hosts are great showcases for potential clients who may be listening to you for the first time.
You will learn:
How to make connections with Singapore and Malaysia media
How to propose a talk-show series with the media
How to get invited back on radio over and over again
How to build rapport with the producer on air
How to leverage on post-media interviews for marketing
Which programmes in Singapore radio are suitable for you?
About Andrew :
Andrew Chow is a certified life coach, entrepreneur, speaker and a self-made news maker with over 200 interviews and features in 5 years in regional media and press. Andrew has appeared on Positive Business Minutes, a month-long programme on radio 938live, twice in 18 months.
Andrew founded Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd in 1994, won the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2008 and the Successful Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He is fondly called ‘ideasandrew” in all his social media connections. He has also founded several social networking portals with over 10,000 profiles. Andrew is a Professional Member of APSS and also serves as a member of the Exco.
Remember the time in the late mid 80s where computers are taking over typewriters, and job advertisement of secretaries say “computer knowledge is preferred but not compulsory”? Then in the late 80s, computer knowledge became extremely important in securing well-paid and demanding jobs
Today we are in the same cross road for social media. It is not taking over our networking or communications with one another. Social Media merely offers a convergence of contents, conversation means and bringing different communities together through different technologies.
It is not just a new communication platform. It is not just an advertising tool. Social Media is a new way of life which eventually will affect our future way of doing business.
What will we be seeing in 2012 for social Media?
It will form a bigger equation in the overall corporate communications strategy.
More training will be needed for many staff of your company.
Hiring the right talent with a balance of skills and Emotional Quotient will be a challenge for a Social Media Manager position.
Social gaming will begin to take centre stage of many apps.
Corporate social media in business strategy will enjoy some serious budget.
Social networking will not focus just on size but its quality of network.