Not in any order of merit, this is my list of the top 10 moments of my life in 2013. What a year it has been! (I say this every year!)
#1 – 1st China training trip : In March 2013, Richard secured the first ever China training done in “bi-lingual” at Suzhou with Jensen. I did my first corporate training in Enneagram. The only regret i had is I cannot seem to find any pretty girl in Suzhou :p
#2 – New Niece in Sep 2013 : 8 years after Faith was born, Abigail is added to the family. Congrats to Charles and Gigi. A new child always bring so much joy and laughter to any family. May God bring her up healthy and happy throughout her childhood.
#3 – Appointed Brand Ambassador for 2 more brands: Through the consultancy work I am doing with i.Dental Surgeons; i am honoured to be appointed as their Brand Ambassador. Shortly after that in Dec, i was introduced to J Salonby Richard Gavriel to be their brand ambassadors too.
#4 – Judge for Miss Singapore Global 2013: From its inception in March, I was involved in training the contestants of Miss Singapore Global in building their Personal Branding through social media and mainstream media. I was also invited to be the sponsor and a judge. Thank you Vanessa Tan for the opportunity. Jody Liu won the Miss Personal Branding title and eventually won the 1st ever Miss Singapore Global 2013 crown in August. A month later, Jody beat 32 other international contestants to win the Miss Global International crown, the 4th person from Singapore to win an international crown. If you have what it takes to win the Miss Singapore 2014, submit your application to Miss Singapore Global 2013
#5 – Richard Gavriel Speaker Manager Group to Malaysia twice – Conference and Retreat. It is always fun to have a group of speaker buddies working and having fun together overseas in 2 separate occasion. In May, we did a Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumpur and a retreat to Desaru in Dec.
#6 – Top People of 2013 : Richard Gavriel & Phoon Kok Hwa. These are two friends who always supported me and stood by me through thick and thin. One is my manager and the other is my publisher
#7 – Beulah Group & The Well. After a break of 3 years, i finally organise 2 events, one BBQ and one Christmas party for a total of 60 Christian singles. This is to support the Disciple ministry by The Well Ministry founded by my first pastor Rev Peter Eng. It is a para church ministry focusing on Kingdom Living. Incidentally, Beulah was the name of the group i first joined in 1981 formed by Rev Peter Eng. It comes full circle after 32 years, I am using Beulah to help boost his ministry.
#8 – Society of the Physically Disabled (SPD). My management company Richard Gavriel Speaker Management adopted SPD at the beginning of the year. During the haze period in Jun, we donated 1000 face masks and in Dec, we organise a Christmas Party for a group of 50 friends.
#9 – Guest judge for Pecha Kucha in MAPS. I started Pecha Kucha in 2012 for Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS) and introduced it to Malaysia Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS). I was then invited to be their guest judge on 14 Jun. Together with Jan meeting with I spoke about public relations, and their annual convention, I attended 3 meetings of MAPS in 2013.
#10 – Spoken in Nanyang Technology University : The program manager for Masters of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation heard me spoke about social media in 16th Info-comm seminar organised by SCCCI in August. The talk was in Oct to a group of 45 masters student. Way back in 1986, I was denied a place in NUS, after 27 years, I was invited to speak to a MSc class, what an honour!