Love Cheng Family initiative reported by Straits Times (24 May 2012)

A Singaporean has set up a blog to spur more people to help the family of a taxi driver who died in a horrible crash two weeks ago.Mr

Mr Andrew Chow, 45, a social media strategist created the blog on Monday to generate cheque donations and messages to encouragement to the families.

He has asked his business-owner friends to open up their venues for the cheque collection and also encourage their customers to chip in.

Mr Chow said donation may have stopped coming in after the media reported that $170,000 had been raised.

“The sun may look big on paper, but actually it’s nothing considering the three children are still studying and the mum is a home maker,” he said

Mr Cheng Teck Hock, 52 died after a Ferrari crashed into his taxi at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street.

His passenger, 41-year old Japanese woman Shigemi Ito, also died of injuries shortly after the accident.

Mr Chow has donated $1000 to the cabby’s family but felt he could do more.

“I take cabs a few times a day, and I know how it feels when a father just passsed away, It happened to me 15 years ago.”

Cheque donations can be made at 14 venues, which include restaurants and spas. For more details, visit


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Thank You Facebook Song by Deborah Torres Patel

The “Thank You FB Song” Facebook page has just been launched.  It is a page dedicated to sharing the importance of relationships and being grateful for the modern social media tools that allow us to connect and stay connected to our family and friends all over the world. The “Thank You Facebook” music video is available at YouTube.

In an interview the writer of The Facebook Song, Deborah Torres Patel, said: “The song literally sang itself into my head in the shower January 2011. It’s been a labor of love for all of us bringing this project to completion with mostly everyone on the production volunteering their time. Special thanks to my music writing partner Gianluca Verrengia. Without him – we would have never produced this.” Deborah also expressed her gratitude to the music video editor, Soken Sai, and the music video producer, Marjean Holden.

Deborah Torres Patel began singing, dancing and acting professionally at age 4 and shared the stage with celebrities like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Kool & the Gang, the legendary Platters, and the late Sammy Davis Jr. & Milton Berle. Today she lives in Singapore with her family and is one of the world’s leading Voice & Communication Experts.

Personal Note :

It is true my life has changed after I joined Facebook in 2008, I began to build a fan base, be seen and heard more often. The happiest moment is always when I am about to speak in a seminar and often people come up to me and greet me as if they are my friends. I clearly do not remember them at all, but they will say “I am on your FACEBOOK!” :)

I reunite with old classmates of 30 years through Facebook, connect with more than 50 nationalities, never forget my friends’ birthdays and even accepted a wedding invitation on facebook. It really changed the way how we communicate and connect!



Music by Deborah Torres Patel & Gianluca Verrengia

Lyrics by Deborah Torres Patel

Rap lyrics by Jeffery Anaba & Deborah Torres Patel

w-w-w. F-a-c-e-b-o-o-k. c-o-m


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bring-in’ to me

My friends and family


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bringin’ to me

the world community – yeah…


Everyday – you lift me up

When you notify me

Makin’ the news – when I share

What’s goin’ on with me


Play a game, app or chat

And “Comment” when I please

Stay in the loop or in a group

and “Like” what I see – hey yeah 


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bring-in’ to me

My friends and family


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bringin’ to me

the world community – yeah…


Holidays and my birthday

People blessin’ me

Night and day – any way

Got friends supportin’ me


Show Photos of who we know

and what makes us  happy

I’m Taggin’ you – You’re Taggin’ me

And we’re makin’ history – yeah…


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bring-in’ to me

My friends and family – yeah…


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bringin’ to me

the world community – yeah… 


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you —

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you —

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you —

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you —


Login – Facebook – it’s free and will always be

Connect with friends faster – wherever they may be

Facebook – thanks for all the things you do

For the speed and ease in which I can connect with the crew

Always staying cool

Facebook – you know you Rule

That’s why I wanna thank you


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bring-in’ to me

My friends and family


Facebook – (I wanna thank you)

I wanna thank you

For bringin’ to me

the world community – yeah…


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you –

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you –

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you –



So many good things you bring my way

I’m so grateful Facebook that’s why I wanna say

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you




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Love Cheng Family – an initiative to show love and donation to late Mr Cheng’s Family

Mr Cheng Teck Hock, a taxi driver and a sole bread winner, died in a fatal accident on 12 May 2012 when a red Ferrari crashed into his taxi.

As a result of the tragedy, Mr Cheng’s eldest daughter, Stephanie Cheng was reported to have to put on hold her dream of going to the university. Her brothers might need help to catch up with their studies and to finance their education.

The family has to suffer the loss of a loving husband and father. In addition, they face a difficult and uncertain future.

This tragedy broke the heart of our nation. A lot of people have attended the funeral, many of whom have stretched out their hands to offer support and assistance.

I started this initiative to show that we have soul in Singapore. There is love, compassion and kindness burning in our community.

This initiative is started by a group of businessmen purely out of compassion and love for the family of Late Mr Cheng. We do not represent any organization, companies or interest groups.

More about Love Cheng Family initiative – http://

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Andrew Chow Most Professional Profile Picture : Makeover Inc

With the founder of Makeover Inc, the Beautiful Miss Brenda GohA montage of 30 pictures

A Montage of 6 different Head Shot

A montage of 30 pictures

My favourite are:



It is said that first impression in the social media age begins with your profile picture. As a professional speaker, it is even more important to have a professional yet connecting photo in our one-page synopsis, website, blog, Faccebook page, etc.  Though I have known The Makeover Inc for 3 years, I only decided to use them in 2012. The result is more than I can imagine. The photographer, George is friendly and fun, knows how to capture my essence in the precise moment even when I was chatting with him. He knows all the different poses which can bring out my strength. The customer service staff Angela is friendly and meticulous, the make up artist is patient and creative. Of course, last but not least, Brenda herself is always full of positive energy and ideas.

For high resolution of my pictures –


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Interview : Richard Gavriel, the best Speaker Manager in Singapore

Grace Tan, the star blogger in STOMP and her own famous blog – Working With Grace, interviewed Richard Gavriel, my Speaker Manager.

If you like to find out the his answers to the following questions, check out this post.

1) How did you make the transition from Wedding Planner to Speaker Manager, and what do you love about what you do?

 2) Share with us about how you balance the demands of your work and time for your family. Which comes first – work or family? Why?

3) What are some of Life’s lessons that you’d want to share with your daughter as she’s growing up? 

4)      You’ve mentioned your Christian faith as being a huge factor for your success. How have you applied Christian principles to your work and life, and how has that made a difference? 

5) Share with us some tips on people skills, from your experience of working with people from various walks of life. 

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Review : How to Provide High-Content Virtual Events to Enhance Your Bottom Line

How to Provide High-Content Virtual Events to

Enhance Your Bottom Line

 Date : 8 May 2012

Venue : Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore

Event : Annual Convention 2012

Organiser : Asia Professional Speakers Singapore

Presented by Pamela Jett, CSP

Reviewed by Andrew Chow

Why do virtual events?

Type Pros Cons
Free “public” Easy

No Risk

No profit

Can limit future profit

Client Sponsored Easy

No Risj

Can use their technology

Ceiling on profit
3rd Party Sponsored Easy

Big Audience

Can sell other product/services

Low fee

Play by their rules

Self-Sponsored “Public” Not difficult

Broad reach


Can be daunting

Slight risk


Where do we start?  Ask ourselves some key questions:

  • What’s my delivery platform?
  • What do my competitors charge?
  • What will I charge?
  • Where is my audience located?
  • What time do I schedule?
  • Who will be paying?
  • How will I handle “back office?”

What are some of the marketing strategies?

  • Negative titles sell.
  • Creativity matters.
  • Bullet point descriptions inspire confidence.
  • Offer a “series.”
  • Offer individual and group pricing..
  • Make sure program is recorded.

How to fine tune your delivery?

  • Think “training” – not motivational speaking.
  • Find their pain and be a pain reliever.
  • Tools, tips, techniques create value.
  • Think anecdotes, not stories.

How to Turn your “Stage Presence” into a Compelling “Virtual Presence”


  • Remember the basics of good structure.
  • Provide multiple applications.
  • Pace matters!
  • Energy matters even more!!!


Blunders and How to Avoid Them


  • Telling your “signature story.”
  • Not being interactive.
  • Forgetting the audience is there.
  • Q/A sessions.
  • Too much housekeeping


Most important points to remember!


  • Structure content so your audience knows the R.O.I.
  • Market first, then develop the content!


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Spirit of Service Award 2012 by Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS)

Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS)

Since 2010, the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS) has annual awards given to members of the Association during its Annual Convention. This year, it is held from 7-8 May 2012.

Spirit of Service Presidents’ Award

This is awarded to a person who has been of immeasurable support to the President for that calendar year. The nominees and the recipient for this award will be selected in January each year by the two Presidents of that calendar year. These two Presidents will inform their decision to active past Presidents to obtain a supporting quorum. It is highly likely, but not a specific requirement, that a member of the Board of Directors will receive this award.

Spirit of Service Award

This is awarded to a member of APSS who has served the Association in an outstanding way during the year and has demonstrated dedication to the Association.

(Left to Right)

David Lim (President’s Spirit of Service Award 2012),

Andrew Chow and Shirley Taylor (Spirit of Service Award 2012)

Received the Spirit of Service Award from Shirley Taylor, President of APSS and Tim Walde, Immediate past President

The winner and the award ...up close and personal

Winning the Spirit of Service award during the biggest stage of the year in APSS is a real honour

“Congratulations to Andrew Chow on receiving the Spirit of Service Award in recognition of his great contribution to APSS during the year, especially in raising awareness and gaining exposure for the association and its members through many media opportunities.

Since he joined the association, Andrew has made a great effort to get to know our members and help to put them in the spotlight. He has really got involved in the association and shown a true spirit of service. Congratulations, Andrew, and thank you!”

- Shirley Taylor, President of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS), 2011/12

When i first shared this on Facebook, I didnt expect to get 185 likes and 85 congratulation messages.

A star blogger friend of mine – Grace Tan who owns wrote a wonderful review of our Annual Convention and Awards

Some of my fellow speakers in Richard Gavriel Speaker Management, led by Mr Richard Gavriel himself, my best friend in business

The APSS Annual Convention 2012 organising committee

The APSS Ex Co - 2011/2012

On the next night, I was interviewed by for my sharing after winning the award

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Pucha Kucha by Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS) – 23 Apr 2012

What is Pecha Kucha?

Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide.

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘chit chat’, Pecha Kucha rests on a simple presentation format of 20 slides x 20 seconds (6 min 40 sec). This format makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Pecha Kucha APSS-style

All CSPs (Certified Speaking Professionals) and Professional Members who attend this Pecha Kucha Night will be invited to be ‘friendly judges’ based on 3 criteria: Content, Delivery and Humour.

The Presenters of 1st APSS Pecha Kucha are :

Joanne Flinn
Joanne is a Diagnostician of Project Failure and its Cure
Pecha Kucha Topic: The Success Healthcheck for Projects
Presentation : NA
Andy_Ng_copy Andy Ng
Andy is a Sales and Management Trainer and CoachPecha Kucha Topic: Bosses are the problems – How management, not staff, is creating problems in performancePresentation :
Daniel Tay Xiong Sheng
Daniel is a Grassroots Leader, Entrepreneur and Trainer
Pecha Kucha Topic: Taekwondo: How to sharpen your mental focus
Meenakshi_Sarup Meenakshi SarupMeenakshi is co-founder of LOA Centre SG, Law of Attraction practitioner and learner, and a lover of lifePecha Kucha Topic: It’s all about the vibes – how the Law of Attraction worksPresentation :
Jim Khoo
Jim is an independent certified John Maxwell Leadership trainer and speaker
Pecha Kucha Topic: Leadership starts with YOU!
Cynthia Cynthia Zhai
Cynthia is an Executive Voice Coach. She helps leaders uncover their influential voice, which inspires them to embrace change and take action.Pecha Kucha Topic: Don’t change your voice. Uncover It.Presentation :
Bhavani Prakash
Bhavani is a sustainability recruiter, speaker, trainer and writer. Founder of Eco WALK the Talk and Green Collar Asia.
Pecha Kucha Topic: Planet Earth is Hiring!!

The results of the APSS Pecha Kucha:

  • Best Content Speaker : Joanne Flinn
  • Best Delivery Speaker : Cynthia Zhai
  • Best Humor Speaker : Bhavani Prakash
  • Best Overall Speaker : Bhavani Prakash

Photographs of the night can be view from :



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