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 http://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com 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 http://www.in988.com for my sharing after winning the award

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Serving in the Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS) Ex-Co as the PR/Communications Officer

I am delighted to be invited to join the Ex-Co of APSS 2011-2012 as a PR/Communications Officer.

My duties are:

Goal 1:  Increase awareness of APSS in the local community

  • Liaise with external organisations and associations and arrange for cross-promotion and collaboration.
  • Gain increased exposure for APSS and its members in Singapore.
  • Arrange for President or Vice President to conduct talks about APSS for external organisations.
  • Build up a list of media contacts for media releases to be sent.
  • Send out a media release every 2 months promoting APSS events.

Goal 2:  Sell advertising space on APSS newsletter and website (with Pat)

  • Devise a policy for selling advertising space on APSS newsletter and website.
  • Promote and sell advertising space on our newsletter and website.

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Andrew Chow : Professional Member in Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS)

I find it’s a great honor to be a professional member in Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS), which is an association whose membership is made up of subject experts who are already speaking and/or training professionally, and others who aspire to become professional speakers/trainers.  At the same time, I am invited by the current President Shirley Taylor, which is also the first lady President of the Association to sit in the Ex-Co to serve as a Public Relations representative.

The objectives of the Association are to :

  1. To grow, facilitate, encourage, develop and contribute to the community of speaking professionals in Singapore.
  2. To improve the standard of professional speaking by developing speaking techniques and professionalism, and sharing experiences and expertise among members.
  3. To provide opportunities for members to share their experiences and expertise with the community through seminars and public talks.
  4. To help develop the professional speaking industry and the community of speakers in Asia.
As a professional body, it’s focus will be :
  1. Expertise
    This refers to knowledge, skills and experience, with a particular emphasis on the application of this knowledge, these skills or experience.
  2. Eloquence
    This refers to the art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations. It embodies the knowledge and skills of presenting and performing, as well as techniques for creating the proper setting for an effective presentation.
  3. Enterprise
    This refers to the skills needed to undertake a successful speaking business. It involves business management, sales and marketing, and the skills and techniques needed to generate income through speaking engagements and other revenue streams.
  4. Ethics
    This refers to the principles or standards governing the conduct of the members of the speaking profession. It is the foundation and the summation of the three other competencies. It encompasses your reputation, character, integrity, honesty and the building of trust with all of your stakeholders.
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