To better your life, think of yourself as a brand

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“To better your life, think of yourself as a brand”, says Andrew Chow, 46, Certified Life Coach, and Founder and Managing Director of IdeaMart (S) Pte Ltd.


Personal branding is all about knowing who you are as a person, what makes you special and how to promote yourself explains Andrew. Using himself as an example, Andrew says he is known to be a performer; someone who strives for excellence in everything he does. He is also known to be both helpful and creative. Thus, when people want help, they know they can count on him to extend the reach of his network.

85976_47667 The importance of a brand

“You may feel like it should be enough to just be yourself.” Andrew says “While there’s nothing wrong with that, you may miss out on many opportunities if you are not well-known, even if you are indeed very talented. Good branding establishes a powerful mind share, placing you at the top of everyone’s mind when the opportunities arise.”

It also means that others already have a perception of who you are before they even meet you – so their actual meeting up with you is more of a confirmation of that perception. That’s why it’s important to maintain your personal brand – it will serve as an introduction to those who don’t already know you.

Before you start


According to Andrew, you would need at least seven people to help you build a brand – one mentor, two coaches, a mastermind group which consists of three very close friends, and yourself.

“A mentor should be a much older, wiser person to give you advice. You don’t have to take the advice each time, but you hear him out because he has gone through much more than you would have. He should be one who is interested in your personal development and lets you learn from his experience.

Coaches on the other hand, are people who are concerned about improving your performance. Why two? This is because you have to work on at least two areas at any point in your life. Coaches may give us feedback that we don’t want to hear but champions in life must “take feedback for breakfast“.

Finally, you should form a mastermind group with three of your peers to brainstorm new ideas, catch up with the latest trends, and give feedback on what other people have been saying about you. This constant watching of each other’s back and friendly competition help you evolve and improve different areas of your life.”

Give, give and give some more

LifeofGivingwithoutReturn“I always believe that you must give before you receive”, says Andrew who expounds that it is better to adopt a mindset of “abundance” and give without expectations than the opposite – a “famine” mindset – where you won’t give unless you get something in return.

Andrew’s willingness to extend his network has made him even more friends, and he believes in introducing new people to his friends so that they can expand their networks too.

When I keep giving connections, I get more connections back. Thus, it always helps to give more. The reward may be delayed at times so you have to keep sowing in order to reap constantly.

Use windows of opportunity

Network“Sometimes when your resources and network are extensive, people will ask you to help them, even if they don’t like you.” Instead of finding this a dilemma, Andrew allows this to show consistency in his personal branding.

As being a “helper” is one of his core values, he is determined to help others regardless of whether the recipient is someone he likes or otherwise. It is a great benefit to meet and know those who might not have a positive impression of him, as it is a wonderful chance “to correct the mis-perceptions“.


3 steps to building your personal brand:

  1. Audit yourself
  • Who are you as a person?
  • What positive qualities do you have now? Knowing what makes you stand out is a crucial step to building your brand.
  1. Strategise
  • What positioning do you wish to adopt?
  • What qualities that make you unique do you wish to make visible? This is the most important step towards determining the brand you will adopt.
  1. Communicate
  • How are you going to communicate your brand so that people get it immediately?
  • Who else can you look for help?


Words: Marcus Wong

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How to Manage Negative Comments on Social Media?

Social Media Crisis

Develop a response strategy map for conversation Management

For any business using social media for customer engagement, a response strategy map is a system of responses drawn up collectively by the entire organisation for implementation during engagement with their target audience on social media.

Broadly speaking, a response strategy focuses on the responses to any comments made by the public. It is an action map created so that everyone in the taskforce knows what to do, how to respond, who to activate during a crisis, and how to close the loop to manage the online conversation. It can be used for managing public relations and should be refined after every major media crisis.

Every company will have its individual response to inputs from users in the social media space. The template provided in this article can only serve as a guideline for your corporate response strategy.

Negative Comments

If you received something negative, always give priority to manage those who came from your fans. Negative feedback usually involves service quality, damaged product, customer service, delayed delivery, long unanswered phone calls to helpdesk, wrong billing, etc. Whatever the complaints may be, they usually involve at least one department. This is the reason why your page should have one representative from each department to look out for comments related to his department and relay those concerns to his department swiftly.

Close the loop as soon as possible by activating service recovery. It could be as basic as getting on the phone with the disgruntled fan who is a loyal customer. Or it could involve getting the after-sales department to send a replacement down to the fan’s house. Whatever it takes to make a loyal fan happy, do it and show it. It will be the most rewarding social media publicity you can have for your brand.

What happens if the comments came from someone who is not your fan? Verify the content of his complaint. If it is valid, resolve it quickly by clarifying and notifying the department or staff mentioned in the comments.

Be humble and do all due diligence to check on the validity of the complaint. If the complaint is not valid and you suspect the person may be out to create fear and confusion, you can choose to ignore those comments. You can even delete them after all the internal investigation is done. Censoring certain negative comments can be a house rule on your platform.

Do not engage in an open debate or discussion with anyone on your platform. Take it offline as much as possible. Remember that it is the end result you wish to show and not the process on how you arrive at the resolution.

If you are using the response strategy map as a tool to handle a crisis, there are two things to remember.

1. Social media will not help you much if you have not built any goodwill among your customers or the public. A response strategy map yields little results if you have suffered too much bad press or bad mouthing in the marketplace.  The map is just a tool. It is not a magic wand for creating instant goodwill.

2. Remember that any social media fire must be put out by social media water. A local company once held a dinner and dance with a specific theme. Their staff posted photographs of the event on Facebook which are seen as disparaging to a certain ethnic group. The photographs created an uproar on social media and it went viral and the local press picked up the story. The company’s PR issued a statement to state that it was done in pure fun. However, that somehow made it even worse and it evolved into a full blown discussion in the local newspaper’s forum. Thus, if the crisis began from social media, use social media to engage it, not public relations.

Negative comments are inevitable and are ever present on social media. The art of persuasion lies in using negative comments to explain your brand more intimately to the detractors. Whenever there are comments, there will be conversations.

Always remember that what is worse than negative comments is no comments at all. Think of your relationship more than just responses. Draw up your own response strategy map (sample below) using your experience, internal standard operating procedure, and staff feedback. This may be a work-in-progress in the first year of embarking on social media strategy.


Comments are conversational contribution from the online community. It is the right of everyone to share their thoughts; both positive and negative ones. All comments should be followed up appropriately to help the brand stay engaged with their customers.


Andrew Chow is a Social Media & Public Relations Strategist, Certified Life Coach, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author in Singapore. Andrew has spoken in many local and regional conferences to on Social Media Strategy, Media Management and Personal Branding, and Enneagram Personality.  His authentic presentation style made him a frequently sought-after keynote speaker. Graduated from Thames Valley University, Andrew is fondly called “ideasandrew” in all his social media connections. He has also founded several social networking portals with over 10,000 profiles.

He is the author of “Romancing the Media for Business”, “Social Media 247” and co-author of “88 Essential Secret for Achieving Greater Success at Work”. (



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15 things you can do to build better teamwork in office

How to build a better team at work?

1.    Think (correct mindset)

  • Win-Win (Others and Me). This is not a strategy; it is a mindset. No one must lose in a team.
  • Positively (Start strong; with the end in mind). Anything can be accomplished if the team put their minds to it.
  • Long term (not just for now). The longer the team needs to stay together, the bigger the commitment from everyone.

2.    Listen (active listening)

  • Be available. Be present. Simple yet profound communication skills. Make time for everyone in the team.
  • Listen more than you Speak. Exercise patience in listening to each other’s concerns and challenges.
  • Ask the right Questions (for clarification). Ask to understand and not ask to challenge each other.

3.    Speak (say what you mean)

  • Slowly…..(pace). By slowing down your pace, your message actually gets clearer and more easily understood.
  • Gently …… (approach). How you say it is more important than what you say to each other in the team.
  • Firmly ….. (attitude). Your tone shows your attitude. Be firm if you want to be taken seriously.

4.    Act (your own action should reflect what you say)

  • Lead / Manage People. Manage Processes. Most team leaders’ job is to lead, everyone else can be a manager of a process. Do the right thing. Visionary leadership is what is needed from the project leader.
  • Share / Instruct information with team members. There should be not inner circle in the team. All information should be shared as timely as possible. Sharing important information too late will make them look like last minute instructions.
  • Act inter-dependently / independently. Act with everyone else’s in mind. If it is all about you, the team will fall apart. Depend on each other in the team to make things happened.

5.    Interact (How you treat each other every day?)

  • Accept Others for WHO they are. Everyone is different; we all fit into one big puzzle. If two people are the same, one of them will be redundant.
  • Ask everyone for contribution. Be inclusive, get everyone involved and engaged. This will instil the sense of ownership
  • Acknowledge people openly. Appreciation isn’t enough. Recognition is more important than reward sometimes. Be sure everyone is edified at the right time at the right occasion.
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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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The Art of Online Personal Branding

Today I conducted the pilot run of ‘The Art of Online Personal Branding” for 25 adult learners organised by CaliberLink


Located at Manulife Centre along Bras Basah Road, CaliberLink has been set up to strengthen employment facilitation for PMEs. It supports WDA’s wider mission to champion life-long learning and skills upgrading, particularly among PMEs. It will do so by performing three roles:

·         A Learning Gateway

CaliberLink aims to be at the frontier of lifelong learning and professional development for PMEs. It will tap on WDA’s network of over 40 CET centres to offer quality, industry-relevant learning pathways that suit PMEs’ interests. It will also assist human resource (HR) practitioners and training professionals to plan and develop customised learning development plans and programmes.

·         An Employment Exchange

CaliberLink will also seek, screen and refer suitable PME talents based on employers’ hiring needs. Furthermore, CaliberLink will provide opportunities for employers and PMEs to meet face-to-face through tailored and engaging activities, such as recruitment events and networking sessions.

·         A One-Stop Centre

CaliberLink provides a wide range of services for PMEs to discover and prepare for their next career or new employment. Examples of such services include training advisory, career coaching, career-search skills such as resume writing as well as workshops on career planning, visumes (video resumes) and grooming.

The Art of Online Personal Branding

  • Introduction and Opening (9.00am-9.30am)
  • Overview of Social Media (9.30am – 10.00am )
  1. Differentiate the Internet and New Internet (Social Media) Age
  2. Embracing the social media lifestyle
  3. Mastering Social Media Content, Conversation & Communities
  4. Social Media Ethics and Etiquette (Managing online conversation)
  5. The Myths of Social Media
  • BREAK (10.00am-10.15am)
  • Photo Taking (10.15am – 10.45am)
  • The Platforms and Channels of Social Media (Part 1) – (10.45am – 12.45pm)
  1. FaceBook – The King of Social Networking
  2. LinkedIn – The network of connection, recommendation and sharing
  3. Twitter – The Personal Brand Directory of Social Media
  4. Youtube  – The Social Coffee shop for Social Commercial
  •  LUNCH (12.45pm – 1.45pm)
  • The Platforms and Channels of Social Media (Part 2) – (1.45pm – 2.45pm)
  1. Flickr – The Open Album
  2. Podcast : Personal On-demand Broadcast
  3. Slideshare  – The platform to share your knowledge, Sell your expertise
  4. Blog – The corporate dairy every company needs
  • Advanced Platforms (2.45pm-3.30pm)
  1. Article Submission and Crowd Sourcing Tools
  2. Social Media Monitoring : Social
  3. Social Media Aggregation : Hootsuite
  4. Social Media Knowledge Base
  •  TEA BREAK (3.30pm-3.45pm)
  •  Current applications of Social Media (3.45pm-4.00pm)
  • Social Media Etiquette (4.00pm-4.45pm)
  1. Your appearance
  2. Friending
  3. Conversation
  4. Disclosure
  5. Promoting
  6. Content Creation
  7. Sharing
  • Questions & Answers and Closing (4.45pm-6.00pm)

The 25 participants were very pro active in signing up Linkedin profile and joining the relevant groups. They even started the Caliberlink Alumni Group –


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Passion l Purpose l Progress : APSS Annual Convention 2012


7-8 May 2012 l Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore

Asia Professional Speakers Singapore are looking forward to the main event of their year on 7-8 May 2012. Their Annual Convention is set to be one of the biggest and best ever, with the list of speakers looking like a list of Who’s Who in the speaking business.

Monday 7 May (1900 to 2200)

This Pre-convention Dinner, Entertainment and Networking event will be a special evening of celebration and sharing, during which all delegates will get to spend time networking with all the world-class international speakers.

With a special address from Janelle Barlow, President of the Global Speakers Federation, entertainment from Jana Stanfield (International singer-songwriter and humorist) plus a sumptuous international dinner buffet, this is sure to be and evening of inspiration, fun, entertainment, and some surprises too!

Tuesday 8 May (0830 to 1730)

Some of the biggest names in the international speaking business will be in Singapore for this powerful one-day convention.

Whether you are a professional speaker, trainer, coach, facilitator, or an aspiring speaker, this event is for you! It’s also for you if you are a corporate trainer, or if you do presentations in your job, whether it’s to one or many. This inspiring team of experts (from America, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore) will show delegates how to grow our speaking business, develop our craft, present more powerfully, and create more value for our clients.

APSS President, Shirley Taylor, says: “We are all very excited about our May convention, and hope to see you there so we can share our Passion and our Purpose, and to help us all to Progress!”

Check out the APSS Annual Convention here:

To register please email:
Telephone enquiries: 6449 3744

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Positive Business Minute : Social Media Corporate Strategy (22 key notes on radio 938live)

Category Date Topic
Introduction Jan 2
  • What is social media in 2012
Jan 3
  • The importance of Content on Social Media
Jan 4
  • The art of conversation on Social Media
Jan 5
  • Building your social communities on Social Media
Business Applications Jan 6
  • How can social media support your branding and crowd sourcing?
Jan 9
  • Networking and Referral via Social Media
Jan 10
  • Social Media as a Marketing Channels
Jan 11
  • The role of social media in Public relations
Jan 12
  • Handling a crisis via social media
Jan 13
  • Social Media adds value in Customer Relations Management
Jan 16
  • Internal Social Media can improve Internal Communication
Jan 17
  • Using social media as a recruitment platform for HR Managers
Analysis Jan 18
  • Why companies are not adopting social media?
Jan 19
  • How do I know if my company is ready for social media?
Jan 20
  • Identify the main difference between Mass Media and Social Media
Implementation Jan 23
  • What are the job functions of a corporate social media manager?
Jan 24
  • What must be included in a corporate social media usage policy?
Jan 25
  • Using social media to elevate your corporate thought leadership
Jan 26
  • 10 things you must never do for your brand on facebook
Jan 27
  • Develop a Response Strategy Map for Conversation Management
Jan 30
  • The role of social media in Corporate Social Responsibility
Future Jan 31
  • What is the future of social media in business world?
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Meet the 14 speakers in Learn-a-thon 2011

Boyd Au

  • “Boyd Au turns zero into zeroes. From Salvation Army waif to executive chairman of a listed firm…….”   SPH – The Sunday Times ,
  • In 1984, Boyd with his partner started the company, Enzer with S$10,000, where he was the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Enzer became a world renowned brand with products sold in 33 countries and won the Superbrands award for 3 consecutive years. The company was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2001 and sales turnover reached  S$ 80 million in 2006.
  • In mid 2007, Boyd decided to retire and sold his entire interests in the company to devote more time for God’s work.

Arthur Carmazzi

  • Founder of the Directive Communication™ Methodology and Ranked as one of the Global Top 10 most influential Leadership Gurus, Arthur is a best-selling author specializing in psychological approaches to leadership and organizational culture transformation.
  • He has advanced organizational development with innovative techniques and tools like the CBCI (Colored Brain Communication Inventory) and HDMA Emotional profiling tools used for “Psycho-Productivity” management as well as the CCEE (Corporate Culture Evolution Evaluation).
  • His book titles include: “Lessons from the Monkey King”, “The Colored Brain Communication Field Manual”, “Identity Intelligence”, “The 6 Dimensions of Top Achievers”, and “The Psychology of Selecting the RIGHT Employee”.

Ken Chee

  • Ken is the CEO and Co Founder of a private investment company, 8 Investment Pte Ltd, which focuses on business, equity investments and education.
  • His strategies allow his students to generate well between 11% – 67% annual return apart from massive passive income from their stock investments and in some cases, bought a house from their 400% profits within just 3 months applying what Ken has taught.
  • Ken honed his unique investment style after learning the ropes of value investing from various mentors and by modeling the investment strategies of Warren Buffett – even to the extend of meeting Warren Buffett in person back in May 2009.
  • Today, Ken is very much dedicated to pay it forward by educating the public to take charge of their own financial health.

Andrew Chow

  • Andrew Chow is a certified Life Coach, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author. Founded IDEAMART (S) PTE LTD in 1994, Andrew was an honouree for the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2008 and the Successful Entrepreneur Award in 2010.
  • Since 1994, he is always on top of his game for several industries like MICE, Social Development, and Training.
  • A much sought after trainer in many academic institutions and business associations, Andrew’s forte is in social media strategy, public relations, entrepreneurship, creativity and personal branding.
  • Fondly known as “ideasandrew”, he has also founded several social networking portals with over 10,000 profiles.

Mike Handcock

  • Mike Handcock is an entrepreneur who currently owns no less than 4 businesses. He has been a senior manager with New Zealand’s leading financial services institution and has a background in financial planning.
  • Mike has written nine books, now released in numerous countries including best sellers. Mike also writes a regular column for an international magazine that distributes to 15 countries.
  • He has been called one of Asia’s top ten coaches, and Asia’s leading Edu-tainer, and as a musician he has no less than 9 albums to his credit.
  • Mike has appeared on television, radio and various articles. In recent times Mike has been nominated for three Extraordinary Lives awards, is in the movie ‘Dreamcatchers’ and various television projects and was applauded by President Bill Clinton for his charitable work in India and Cambodia at the recent Clinton Global Initiative.

Adam Khoo

  • Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer. A self-made millionaire by the age of 26, he owns and runs several businesses in education, training, event management and advertising, all with a combined annual turnover of $30 million.
  • He is the Executive Chairman and Chief Master Trainer of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd and a director of seven other private companies.
  • Adam conferred the NUS Eminent Alumni Award in 2008 for being one of Singapore’s most prominent business leaders

Wendy Kwek

  • Wendy Kwek is the co-founder of Executive Directions Pte Ltd, a dynamic education organization aimed at helping individuals develop entrepreneurial spirit and achieve financial freedom through solid investments.
  • She currently owns more than 50 properties in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Germany, U.K. and U.S.A. She is astute in sourcing and negotiating on behalf of investors good, high-yielding properties.
  • Ms Wendy Kwek is the Master Trainer of highly acclaimed Property Investment Program.  Her goal is to help average people own multiple properties and to help them build lasting wealth. She has also supported the investors in structuring deals where they can buy properties with little or no money down.

Jaz Lai

  • Jaz is unlike the typical Internet Guru that you encounter today.
  • On first impression, he appears to many as somewhat laid back when he takes a stroll in a relaxed swagger, sporting faded wash jeans and half fitted shoes.
  • No one in the least would expect that he is actually an ex-fashion designer who used to own a chain of retail stores, but is now recognized as one of the best International Internet Marketing gurus out there.
  • Jaz is indeed a perfect example of someone who overcame all odds to be successful in a field he have no knowledge on.
  • Now, with 7 years of experience of Internet Marketing underneath his belt, Jaz has put together a PROVEN strategy of creating a 5 to 6 figure income into anyone’s mailbox within a short period of time. And it’s almost as easy as pushing of a button.

Dave Rogers

  • Born in Canada, Dave did his first deal at 14, when he rented his parents house out to friends while they were away. He never looked back. Moving to Japan in his early twenties he quickly rose through the ranks of the bank trading floor to be managing a $1.2billion dollar portfolio during the Asian crisis in 1997.
  • After relocating to Hong Kong and eventually Singapore Dave studied communication, entrepreneurship and ancient techniques from some of the incredible Asian & Indian masters.
  • In 2001 he co-founded what became the most significant group of entrepreneurs on the planet, culminating in him winning the 2007 Singapore Spirit of Enterprise award. Dave is a philanthropist, father, husband and highly sought after coach.

Ken Sapp

  • Successful Internet Marketing Expert, Youth Mentoring Specialist
  • Just a few years ago, because of increasing financial responsibilities, Ken had to give up his passion. He set aside his dreams of helping youth and began to toil his life away as an employee in a full time job, living paycheck to paycheck. Then, when he had the time and energy, which wasn’t very often, he did what that he was passionate about – helping youth to discover and pursue their dreams.
  • Then, in a strange turn of events he found himself in a conference that planted a thought in his head that he could make money doing the things that he was really passionate about instead of toiling his life away as an employee in a job. He learned a few simple strategies that turned his passion into a profitable online business that makes more than 3000 USD in a month on autopilot.

KC See

  • KC See is an entrepreneur, having started his first business at 19 before going back to school to qualify as an accountant and eventually started the Quest Group a corporate training and consulting organization with offices in 4 countries.
  • In 1997 he founded MasteryAsia, with its flagship Money Mastery Mentorship program mentoring over 8000 people from all over Asia Pacific on creating wealth and multiple sources of income.
  • He is also well known for his Certified Professional Trainers program, which has trained more than 600 professional trainers in Asia. He writes for the “SME and Entrepreneurship “magazine.

Jerome Tan

  • Mr. Jerome Tan is the author of ‘From Bankruptcy to Multi-Millions in 7 Years’.
  • Armed with little formal education, he has risen from being bankruptcy to creating great success and thereby inspiring many others to achieve great heights.
  • He is known to be successful as street-smart entrepreneur.
  • It is now his mission to coach people to think ‘out-of-the box’ and to start and grow business starting with little or no money.

Jim Khoo

  • Jim is a Founder Member of the John Maxwell TEAM. He is personally trained by  John Maxwell & his Faculty Members and have been certified as a trainer to help individuals on personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods.
  • Leadership is described as the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.
  • Jim has helped many individuals reach their purpose and goals through an intentional plan of development.  Working together through accountability he can facilitate positive and profitable change, improve productivity and create the atmosphere that is necessary for effective leadership

Yang Po Tan

  • Yang Po has both the mindset of a millionaire business woman and property investor.
  • A savvy investor, she has managed and invested in more than S$300 million worth of properties. She is also a co- developer in a new S$207.26 million waterfront residential and commercial project in Danga Bay.
  • As a businesswoman, she has started businesses in virgin markets and grew it into multi million dollar businesses. She has also managed international luxury brands such as Montblanc and Kenzo. At Montblanc, she was instrumental in executing Montblanc’s boutique concept in Asia.
  • Yang Po was also the Director of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, Asia Pacific where she oversaw the business operations in 22 countries, including China, New Zealand, and Hawaii.   Based on her experiences, Yang Po has also authored the book, Cash Your Passion: What Text Books Don’t Teach About How to Start and Manage Successful Businesses.


Deborah Torres Patel

  • She performed for millions of people on radio, TV, Broadway and international concert stages since she began her first career as a singer, dancer and actress at age 4.
  • She shared the stage with Sammy Davis Jr., Kool & The Gang, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and many more international celebrities.
  • For the past 26 years Deborah has dedicated herself to helping hundreds of thousands of clients find their “Million Dollar Voice”.  She has taught people to speak, sing, present and communicate with confidence, power and authenticity in 66 countries.
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Meet the Entrepreneur : MTE Session 12 – Mr Andrew Chow

Meet the Entrepreneur : MTE Session 12 – Mr Andrew Chow

My friend Ryan Koh has generously helped to summarize my sharing of personal entrepreneur journey on 27 oct 2011 at Meet-The-Entrepreneur (MTE) at Chen Fu Ji Restaurant


Collaboration is today’s new competition There are many things that we do not know in life. Seek answers by Asking and Learning Through learning, we gain Experience – Life’s best teacher Seek a Mentor, not a coach. The former will guide you in a whole person development while the latter focuses on your performance Fund your own business and take ownership in the success of it

Invest in people over products or processes

The easiest way to market your business is through Personal Branding Mass media (e.g. TV & radio) is still best for marketing your business and brand creation. (versus social media)

Always sow the seeds of success, even while you are reaping from the past efforts


Entrepreneur = Visionary + Manager + Technician

Andrew Chow Life Journey

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The Role of Social Media versus the Mass Media

30 Sep was a busy day for me, the morning started with a Campus Live show, once every 2 weeks on radio 938live, hosted by Joel Chua.

  • Topic : The Role of Social Media versus the Mass Media
  • Venue : Ngee Ann Poly, LT78.
  • Time : 10-11.00am
  • Guest : Andrea (student rep), Leslie (Lecturer), Yeen Nie (Mediacorp Senior reporter) and Andrew Chow

The discussion can be heard from : (link to be included later)

Basically, the points of social and mass media can be summarised in the following:


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