Handling Tough Questions with Great Answers – The Commonality between Dating and Job Interview


“What are your weaknesses?”

  • No “correct” answer
  • Don’t share weaknesses related to the job at hand
  • Take a weakness and put a positive spin on it
  • Tell the employer how you’re improving upon it
  • Don’t give a strength disguised as a weakness (for example, “I am a perfectionist.”)

“Why did you leave your last job?”

  • Employers want to see if you’ll talk badly about your former employer
  • Don’t give into the temptation!
  • Even if you left for negative reasons, an interview is not the proper place to share dirt about your last employer
  • Stay professional
  • Great answer:“The cultural fit wasn’t right for me at that organization. This company would be much better because of [something in the culture you’ve researched].”

“Tell me about yourself.”

  • Keep your answer concise but comprehensive
  • A prepared elevator speech (30-to 60-second pitch about yourself) is a great tool to use for answering this question
  • Talk about accomplishments, traits, education and experience
  • Resist the urge to drone on and on –the interviewer will be asking more questions. No need to share your life story!

“Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.”

  • Again, resist the temptation to divulge dirt on past experiences
  • Don’t vent frustrations
  • Great answer: “I’ve had all types of bosses, and some were much better than others at managing and communication.” It’s broad enough so you don’t come across as unprofessional, but still answers the question

“Why should I hire you?”

  • To answer this question, you need to have a strong handle on your fit at the organization—which requires some research
  • Perhaps you see that the organization lacks a clear marketing strategy, something you have experience in creating and implementing
  • Depending on what you find and your unique selling points, answer confidently and show the hiring manager how you will benefit the organization if they hire you
  • Talk about past accomplishments
  • Make them want to hire you

“Give me an example of a time when you had to [work in a team, think on your feet, work with a difficult client, etc.]…”

  • This is where the accomplishment stories in your cover letter and resume can come in handy
  • The worst thing you can do when asked to give an example of something is to panic and fail to come up with one
  • Come prepared with several stories that you can share about past experiences to show that you are capable in a variety of situations

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

  • Show that you’ve thought about sticking around the company and possibly moving up in the organization.
  • However, don’t say you see yourself in your interviewer’s position!
  • Discuss how your skills and traits can help you excel at the current position and benefit the company in the future
  • Don’t share anything too personal, such as plans to start a family or travel the world, which could take you out of the running for the job

DOs & DON’Ts

DO be courteous and respectful of every employee at the organization

  • You make your first impression at the receptionist or secretary
  • Make it a positive one!

DO bring extra resumesand/or your portfolio to the interview

  • The hiring manager might not have a copy in front of them or it could get lost in the shuffle
  • Your portfolio is a great tool to use to share examples of past work

DO give detailed examples along with your answers

  • Use accomplishment stories, past work assignments and projects and workplace situations to explain your point

DON’T answer questions in one word

  • A simple “yes” or “no” often isn’t enough explanation

DON’T inquire about salary/benefits/vacation/ etc.

  • There’s an appropriate time and place for this—and it’s not during your initial interview

DO ask for the interviewer’s business card and hand them one of your own.

  • This ensures you have the proper spelling of their name, their email address and telephone number

DO be honest and be yourself

  • Don’t exaggerate or lie during the interview
  • The hiring manager will likely find out and you’ll diminish your chances at landing the job

DO ask great questions

  • It shows your interest in the organization
  • It conveys passion about the opening

DO close the interview telling the interviewer(s) you want the job and asking about next steps

  • This helps to determine when you should follow-up and gives you a general sense of the timeline for the opening

DO write a thank you card after to the interview

  • Genuinely thank the employer for their time
  • Reiterate things you spoke about during the interview

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How to Write a Great Article for the Internet

As part of my membership  with http://www.SelfGrowth.com , they provide me with good, interesting ideas and content to help me to promote my business or website.

Today, our topic is “How to Write a Great Article for the Internet.”

Article writing is one of the best ways to get your knowledge out and provide you with great free exposure for your business or your website.

Here are seven simple tips and some examples that will teach you how to write a great article for the Internet:

1) Create a catchy title

Your article’s title can be a make or break for readers. A short, attention-grabbing title will pique reader interest and draw them in. Be sure that your title remains relevant to the topic you are writing about.

2) Keep it short

People are reading your article because they want information on the topic at hand. Get right into the meat of the article after a brief introduction.

Effective Internet articles tend to be relatively short as people are turned off by seeing too many words on their screens. An ideal article for SelfGrowth.com contains approximately 500-1200 words.

3) Keep it simple and straightforward

Keep in mind your main purpose for writing the article to express your points as clearly as possible. Use language that is easy to understand and conversational in tone. Maintain a clear and organized structure throughout the article, and ALWAYS proofread and edit your article before submitting it.

4) Include a beginning, middle, and end

Every good article has a clear beginning, middle, and end. The beginning should be a short introduction about main focus of your article. The middle, or body, should contain the meat of the article: all of the important facts, ideas, instructions, etc. And an article should always end with a conclusion that wraps up or briefly restates your main points.

5) Write what you know

Be sure to pick a topic that you are knowledgeable about. It is much easier to write about something you are familiar and comfortable with, and your expertise will shine through in your writing. Plus, you will enjoy the writing process!

6) Teach something new or at least teach it in a new way

What point is there in sharing information that has already been brought to the table countless times? Teach your readers something new. Your knowledge is unique: Let your readers see this. If it’s a popular topic, try to put a fresh spin on it or explore an area of your topic that is not commonly written about.

7) Include a short bio

Give yourself credit for your work by writing a brief bio. State who you are and what makes you an expert on your topic. You can also use this section to include links back to your website or contact information.

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Embracing the Social Media Lifestyle – by Andrew Chow (featured on Slideshare / Education page) – 8 Mar 2011

“Embracing the Social Media Lifestyle” was featured in the front page of Education section of Slideshare on 8 March 2011. It was first presented to Vemma Team Alpha in Singapore just hours before on 7 March.

It was also on first page of Google for “Social Media Lifestyle”

SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. With 45,000,000 monthly visitors and 90,000,000 pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 250 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.

The actual presentation can be downloaded from :

[slideshare id=7174302&doc=embracingthesocialmedialifestyle-110307021558-phpapp01]

SlideShare features a vibrant professional and educational community that regularly comments, favorites and downloads content. SlideShare content spreads virally through blogs and social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Individuals & organizations upload documents to SlideShare to share ideas, conduct research, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses. Anyone can view presentations & documents on topics that interest them, download them and reuse or remix for their own work.

Some points of note:

  • SlideShare was recently voted amongst the World’s Top 10 tools for education & elearning.
  • In 2009, the official website for the US President (Whitehouse.gov) signed user agreements with eight of the world’s leading social media websites. SlideShare was one of them. SlideShare is regularly used by the Whitehouse and many other US govt departments.
  • SlideShare finds reference in hundreds of published books on internet, Web 2.0, technology (search “slideshare” on Google books)
  • Our CEO Rashmi Sinha was recently named amongst the worlds Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by FastCompany.

Some things that you can do on SlideShare

  • Upload presentations publicly or privately
  • Download presentations on any topic and reuse or remix
  • Embed on blogs, websites, company intranets
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Zipcast: free, no download, 1 click web meetings
  • Leadshare: generate business leads with your presentations, documents, pdfs, videos
  • Slidecast: sync mp3 audio with slides to create a webinar
  • Embed YouTube videos inside SlideShare presentations
  • Use SlideShare PRO for premium features like branded channels, analytics, ad free pages etc

SlideShare – The Sharing Platform

SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment – start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking. The world will take notice.

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Teach Your Older Employees a New Approach

Teach Your Older Employees a New Approach

With ever-advancing technology and the increased competitiveness of a more globalized economy, more mature employees are finding that their jobs just aren’t what they use to be. That’s where additional training can become instrumental to their success.

While studies show that workers over the age of 50 are often more committed to education, many employers fail to make it accessible to them. With technology constantly changing, many may not necessarily know the ins and outs of the latest breakthrough gadget.

By providing additional training that they can use on the job, you can strengthen the loyalty of employees older than 50.

If you install new software or applications, don’t assume the technology is completely intuitive to all your employees. It’s always helpful to provide a tutorial or a group training session. But you shouldn’t always assume that your older workers don’t know their way around a computer. A 2010 report found that social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has increased from 22 percent to 42 percent in the last year. In the past several years, technology has become pervasive in our daily lives. Many people today regularly use e-mail and social networking sites such as Facebook for personal communications.

However, it can sometimes be impossible to keep up with the fast pace of technology. Find out what your employees do and don’t know to help train them on relevant topics. Ask their opinion. Studies show us that older workers have a desire to better their job skills, but do you really know what they want to learn about?

It’s hard for you to keep tabs on every single employee. Select a training representative or provide a go-to resource, such as a designated e-mail or a comment drop box in the breakroom, for employees who want to request some additional assistance. Sometimes your employees may be too embarrassed to ask for help, so you’ll have to go to them. If you can’t talk to employees one-on-one, consider sending out a survey that asks about their training needs. Usually, if one employee is struggling, he or she isn’t alone. Based on these results, you can decide what training is most relevant and needed.

Admitting that you don’t know how to do something is hard for a worker of any age. Mature professionals who have years of experience under their belt may have a more difficult time confessing that they need help refreshing their approach. But as much as they may want to learn, their fear of being laughed at or thought of as incompetent may make them hesitant to attend a course or training session. When you announce training opportunities be sure to tell employees that taking these classes will in no way reflect poorly on their position at your company. Reassure them that this training is only meant to add to what they already know.

When you set up a training class, keep your employees’ comfort in mind. Among other things, experts recommend choosing a facility that has ergonomically-correct workstations, ample lighting and good acoustics. They also recommend that all presentation materials have large font and images, making them easier to read.

Schedule time for regular breaks, so that employees are able to get up and move around. Employees who are comfortable will to retain information more than those that aren’t. Consider giving employees training materials a few days prior to the training session to let them get familiar with the material.

Once in class, invite discussion. Allow them to ask questions and address any material that is perplexing to them. Also, provide hands-on learning whenever possible. For example, if you’re teaching employees about new computer software or applications, allow them time in class to test drive it as you give them pointers.

Once they’ve completed the training, provide follow-up training, online tools, discussion groups and other resources they can use to help them practice and review what they’ve learned. Investing in education for older loyal employees can produce a greater return on investment.

Source : Kristina Meyer

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Top 6+3 Social Media News and Knowledge Sites in the World

Best Among the Bests

1. http://www.mashable.com

  • Founded in 2005, Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. With more than 40 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific news site reporting breaking web news, providing analysis of trends, reviewing new websites and services, and offering social media resources and guides.
  • Mashable’s audience includes early adopters, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users — an increasingly influential demographic.

2. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com

  • Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and generate more brand awareness.  Technorati and AdAge rank us as one of the world’s Top 100 business blogs.
  • Our more than 58,000 email subscribers look forward to our daily original content. Offering a unique single source of knowledge, the site contains comprehensive articles and videos on how to use the best social media tools, along with original case studies, reviews of the latest industry research and advice direct from the world’s leading experts.

3. http://www.socialmediatoday.com

  • Social Media Today is an independent online community for professionals in PR, marketing, advertising, or any other discipline where a thorough understanding of social media is mission critical. Every day, we provide insight and host lively debate about the tools, platforms, companies and personalities that are revolutionizing the way we consume information. All of our content is contributed by our members and curated by our editorial staff.

4. http://www.onlinesocialmedia.net/

  • Online Social Media was started with the specific aim to provide readers with news focused exclusively on Social Media, and Web 2.0 technology. We report on new Social Media services and Web sites, publish breaking news and offer social media guides and resources.
  • If you’re a social media enthusiast, technology journalist, entrepreneur, or love new media marketing, then you will find OSM a good source of information. OSM will be popular with Bloggers, Facebook users, and Twitter users thanks to news on this influential media.

5.  http://socialmediainfluence.com/

  • Social Media Influence provides intelligence and analysis for business professionals looking to understand and navigate the ever-evolving world of online communication.
  • Social Media Influence runs one of the longest-established social media conferences, publishes industry reports and best practice white papers for social media practitioners as well as providing social media training and consultancy.
  • Social Media Influence is a partnership between Custom Communication Ltd and Screen Events Ltd.

6. http://www.socialmediatrader.com

  • Here at SocialMediaTrader.com, we offer a regular selection of in-depth articles, statistical analysis, simple to digest guides, original and unique resources.
  • SocialMediaTrader.com has information that will help you expand your website and help you to truly engage your audience.
  • There are two of us writing for SocialMediaTrader.com, Nick Christensen(twitter: nicksc) and Chris Woodley(twitter: chris_smt). We created SocialMediaTrader to share information which we think is useful to the online marketing community.

Special Mention

7. http://www.social-media.alltop.com/

  • The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.
  • We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. We group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then we display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Our topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, science, religion, celebrities, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, Macintosh, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

8. http://www.socialnomics.net/

  • Socialnomics was founded by Erik Qualman with the intent of providing short social stories, statistics, studies and surprises.  The term Socialnomics also has a double meaning in that as the success of this site grows the more social good we hope to accomplish/give back.
  • The blog spawned from the #1 Best Selling International Book Socialnomics.

9. http://socialnewswatch.com

  • Social News Watch is designed to get the story behind the stories, digging deeper into the underlying mechanisms that drive the news, the websites, and the people behind it all.  We will look fleetingly at the history, focus on the present, and speculate about the future.
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Personal Branding and Grooming Workshop for Banking Professionals (Vietnam)

Personal Branding & Grooming Workshop for Banking Professionals

  • Date : 19 Jan 2011
  • Venue : Daewoo Hotel Hanoi – 360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Fee : USD400
  • Organizer : Talent Pool JSC
  • Partner : John Robert Powers

Daewoo Hotel has received many foreign leaders like Bill Clinton, Sultan of Brunei and China President Wu, etc


  • • What your body language really says about you
  • • Posture in business dealing
  • • Charming posture in Walking, Sitting and Standing


  • • Defining different body shapes and suitable colors for clothing.
  • • Traditional male and female business attire.
  • • Conference, banquet attire for male and female
  • • Individual Consulting


  • • How to eat and use the tools in manner of politeness
  • • Polite style in buffet, cocktail, set menu…
  • • How to set up the seat in term of importance and welcome guests

Trainer : JRP Principal Ms.Vo Thi Xuan Trang


Hair care & Hair cut:

  • • Analyzing face shapes and suitable hairstyles.
  • • Hair care and hair cut

Make-up (Female)/ Grooming (Male)

  • • Body and face hygiene.
  • • Analyzing face shapes and suitable eyebrowns.
  • • Day time make-up



Trainer: Hair Stylish Mr.Tuan Ha Lan & Make- up Artist Le Dung


  • • Understand yourself, strength & weakness
  • • Understand others to have smart behaviour

Trainer : Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Hong


  • • Managing YOU as a brand
  • • How to network effectively and make an impact
  • • Establishing rapport with 9 different types of people
  • • Seven things you need to know about sharing an idea

Trainer : Andrew Chow

[slideshare id=6927704&doc=extendingyourpersonalinfluence-110214235041-phpapp02]

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Hasty Hanoi Experience (4-7 Jan)

Business Culture

I only visited the financial sector in Hanoi, both banks are state-owned. The culture of civil service is almost identical with other countries. One of the banks I visited is owned by the military! There are always opportunities for training and consultancy in customer service, soft skills, grooming, workplace communication, social media, etc. The internet community is very savvy and there is great growth in social media community in the past 1.5 years.


Hanoi Trip 4-7 Jan 2011

Huong is my splendid translator in Vietnam. I was too eager to share my thoughts to our representative’s client that at one stage I find she was overly detailed. Later she explained that her job is to make my presentation understood by the audience and the POINT must be made as accurately as possible and not just a direct translation. I am humbled by the wisdom of this girl.

It is still a barrier. Even with people who knows English they prefer to converse in Vietnam and require a translator. Entertainment your client if you are doing business in Vietnam can be a whole day affair from lunch to meeting to tea break to more meetings to dinner.

Weather from Dec to Jan

Hanoi Trip 4-7 Jan 2011Yes! At 12 degree, we were on the road trying to smile and look cool in front of the cold camera

Honestly, I didn’t research on the weather before I reached Hanoi on 4 Jan. It was the 2nd week of winter and it went down to 10 degree. The fun was I didn’t bring any warm clothes except my jacket. It was manageable and I survived. The winter is relatively short in Hanoi about 5-6 weeks. The bad weather led to heavy fogging and plane delay. This bring me to another point.

Transit or Direct?

If you are going to Hanoi, just fly direct and avoid transit. Domestic planes in Vietnam are smaller and has frequent delays due to many reasons. Spending 5-6 hours in Ho Chih Minh airport can be like eternity without internet access. I had to walk some distance from international airport to domestic airport for my flight. The only consolation is I walked into the Business Lounge and rested there with drinks and food all on the house without showing my boarding pass. Just because I dress as a business class passenger, the staff assumed I am on business class :)

Choice of Accommodation

I know most business travelers would prefer 5-star hotel for comfort. However, if you are on your own and exploring business opportunities, choose a 3-star hotel with good customer service and free wi-fi. I stayed at Asean Hotel which provides a netbook for every guest regardless of room type. The rooms are very clean and food is above average.

It is near to the market place and allow me a chance to experience the authentic Vietnamese lifestyle. Personally I do not see the need to find a posh hotel if I am not on a holiday.

Amazing Traffic


Remember the time when we were young, we were taught to look left, then look right and finally left again before crossing. In Hanoi. I have to do that a lot. This video shows the better traffic condition on a normal weekday afternoon. In a busy T-junction, every car can be turning at 8 different directions without stopping. In some roads where there is no dividers, the view is even more scary inside the taxi. Amazingly I didn’t see any accident in 4 days. The only accident I witnessed was caused by me. I knocked down a motorist while I was opening my car door! She toppled along with her motor and caused a one-minute delay of traffic. I was told not to get out of the car while my Vietnamese friends did the talking.


Food in Hanoi is a little different from the south like Ho Chih Minh. Pho Bo is everywhere, Vietnamese have it mostly during breakfast and dinner. As I am crazy over raw beef, it’s heaven to me. I have only tried the street food from a run-down shophouse, yet to venture into those on the road side. In restaurants, there are a wide selection, the hot pot which is the chinese equivalent of steamboat is mostly vegetables and beef. So if you are not a beef lover, you may have your choice rather limited.Vietnamese food to be is already a fusion on its own. It has a little Chinese, French and Vietnamese elements.

Urban Development

The Seaprodex building which houses the office of my Vietnam representative – Talent Pool; used to be the most modern building in Hanoi some 15-20 years ago. The first to have a lift serving every floor. Now it is dwarfed by other sky scrappers. The skyline of Hanoi is painted by ultra modern buildings next to shop houses built before World War 2. The income gap is widening as the boundary of Hanoi keep expanding; now 7 districts. Almost everyone own a vehicle be it a car, motor or a bicycle. It’s hard to flag a cab on the road, faster to make a call to book one. There are very little night life in Hanoi except in 5-star hotel. Pub usually close by 11pm. SPA closes at 10pm; and I mean real SPA not some prostitute dens in disguise.

Surprise Surprise

I like to make a special mention of SF SPA (www.sfcompany.net). The biggest surprise isn’t how professional the SPA is, or how spacious the venue was. The lady I found who speak the most fluent English in Hanoi happen to be the masseur who serviced me. She was in training in Singapore for the SPA industry for 6 months before the law changes on Work Permit. I encouraged her to become a tour guide or work as a customer service officer in the bank rather than to work 12-14 hours a day with only 2 days off in a month.

Talent Pool

Hanoi Trip 4-7 Jan 2011

Duong, the CEO of Talent Pool leads a team of dynamic ladies. Their forte is in Human Capital matching talents with job requirements from reputable clients who top players in the banking, oil and gas industry in Vietnam. With a branch in Ho Chih Minh, they can serve anyone; anywhere in Vietnam. Any regional search firm in Asia who is keen to have a Vietnam partner can consider working with them (www.talentpoolvn.net).

[slideshare id=6517700&doc=establishingprofessionalimageandpersonalbranding-110111083908-phpapp02&type=d]

Talent Pool will be my official marketing representative in Vietnam for all my training courses. I will be delivering the keynote for the upcoming Professional Image and Grooming Seminar on the 19 Jan, 2011. the details are attached in the above slideshare and those who are interested may contact Ms.Huyen, huyendt@talentpoolvn.net (097 379 1092)

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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


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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Leveraging on Social Media Workshop

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

Leveraging on Social Media Workshop

28 January 2011, – Hotel Grand Pacific


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


  • 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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    1st Social Media Training for members of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)

    A total of 20 participants attended the 1st social media training course – “Developing a Winning Social Media Strategy for Employers”. i was honored to be selected to train the pioneer batch. All participants are middle management in their respective companies. They are all presented with a certificate of attendance after the 1-day course

    SNEF will be organising the course once a month, any interested party, please contact Shir Lin – shirlin_lee@snef.org.sg

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