Shoe Designing, Wedding Planning, and Speaking Engagements

We are 3,248 happy mermaids and mermen in our Encyclopevia Community! Yay! 😀

I haven’t quite posted something personal lately, so I hope this entry suffices that. Hehe 🙂

Currently, I am busy designing shoes for a client, and I am really hoping that all goes well! I can’t divulge it yet, but you’ll soon see Versaheel in your select leading malls in the metro! Yay! :’)

Crossing my fingers for that!

On a more personal note, my fiance and I set the date! We finally booked the church and the venue! And I almost cried because we got them both on our desired date! Can heaven be more loving and serendipitous?

Haha :)) Munitk ng mahalatang ang saya saya ko dito! 😀

What else?

Oh yeah, I’m having 5 speaking engagements this month, and I really hope I’ll finally meet you there!

Here is the schedule:

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July 20 – SEO 101 for Marketers (This is already sold out by the way, but you can score a chance in getting in my joining my ongoing giveaway!)

July 22 – English Communication in the Contemporary World of Business

July 24 – Business and Career Growth  in the Industry of Sales and Marketing

July 25 –  JUMPSTART: The Keys to Becoming and Making It in the Start-Up Community (This is exclusive for Business Management students in a college in Manila.)

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July 29 – Instagram : Take a Snap! (Admission is FREE! And it will be in Mega Trade Hall 1!

I also got my hair roots done! And the color is richer than ever! Thanks to Vivere Salon! 😀

I know, I know, I still have a lot of backlogs to do, so I hope you all bare with me! Hehe 😀

My time management needs improvement, but I do hope I get to furnish everything soon! Thank you very much for subscribing to my humble blog!

I recently created my Youtube Channel! You can check my first ever vlog in this link!

How about you? How is your week going?

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How I Turned from a Barangay Beauty Pageant Host to a Social Media Resource Speaker

Looking back, I have never imagined pursuing a career in public speaking. I mean I have always been drawn to the arts. I love to draw. I remember my dad bringing home a briefcase filled with scratch papers from his office just so I can have some things to doodle on. I think refurbishing the walls of our rooms with my pesky little drawings took a toll on him. Hehe 😀

But kidding aside, I think life gets to you and you somehow discover how serendipitous things can be; to bring you to some ideals you’ve never thought you’ll even like being part of.

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After highschool, I dreamt of taking a course related to communications, but the tide wasn’t on my side. I went to Nursing school instead, even though it wasn’t my first choice. I was actually fine with it, because learning a new thing is still good. Plus, I met really great friends!

It was not until one summer night, and that probably lead me to where I am now, that placed an essential diversion to the career I was about to take. I hosted a beauty pageant. My mom recommended me to the officials and organizers, of course! Haha 😀 She said, “Kayang-kaya nya yan!” OMG! I have never hosted anything like that before!

Aside from selling shoes online, which became a good source to cater my little luxuries back then, I realized this could be a good opportunity for me to save and buy a good phone. I was eyeing the Samsung Corby Pro that time.

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I was also really worried to host, knowing that the audience may come from the masses. They might be hard to please. I can speak definitely, but I particularly lack humor, I tell you. I was the by-the-book kind of speaker.

I have to prepare, know my lines, and every little detail. I was so scared to commit a mistake, and to do adlibs even. I was hoping against hope that nothing goes wrong because I might not be able to handle it. I was sooo formal. I even watched Ms. Congeniality that morning, hoping to get some tips from the emcees.

The pageant came and it was nerve-racking. Good thing my co-host was very nice that he guided and gave me cues during the show. I learned a lot that night, and I think that the most important lesson of being a host is to incorporate good audience interaction.

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You see you have to be the middle-man of the people who are on the spotlight and those who are in the bleachers. You have to engage the audience to what’s happening. You’re there too because of them anyway.

I know I struggle on that part, but the wonders of real estate training created an avenue for me to develop that.

Soon enough, I graduated and applied for jobs. Non-nursing jobs. Mind you, I had to endure and undergo 10 interviews before I landed a position. I got rejected basically because I fail to meet minimum height requirements. I was so devastated that I actually thought short girls like me can’t get jobs. 😥 Haha It was a cruel time!

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Anyway, I applied for a receptionist position too, because as I’ve read it says that it was a job that would be easy to learn, well at least for me. The job posts would usually include “Any 4-year course”, and I felt like they were talking to me. I believe I was particularly chatty during one interview that they recommended me a Training Assistant position.

Back then, I had no idea how that opportunity would change the course of my career. I trained real estate sales people with me having no background in sales. I pondered on the possibility that this data may pose as a waterloo on my part; so I made researches, and enrolled in a real estate learning centre. I sat in my mentors’ training sessions as often as the schedule permits, even though I’ve sat in them a hundred times.

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I always believe that there is something to learn from everyone. That is why I highly value the conversations I have with my colleagues, trainees, sales managers and directors, mentors, friends, etc. Everybody has a story to tell. Learning from their experiences even if I haven’t gone through them gives me steps’ advantage just in case I may encounter them later in life, need some enlightenment over things, or might need to advise somebody.

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Fast forward to now, I believe being “trainable” is the key skill I learned from all these years. So it was so timely that I got an opportunity to share the knowledge I’ve learned with my stint as a sales trainer and a marketing specialist. I can’t believe I will be having my very first training and workshop! My 21 year old self would’ve been proud!

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Since I strongly believe that sharing is caring; as a way for me to share the knowledge and skills I have obtained from selling online since 2009, training in sales, and blogging I am so happy to announce that I was given a chance to do a talk  about this passion!

I will be speaking in Social Media Marketing: Promote Your Business Online on April 29, 2017 Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 2019 Pelbel Bldg. I, Unit 210, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City.

I will be discussing about product branding, social media strategies, Facebook and Instagram Marketing. Flat-lay Photography, Black and White Hat Marketing, Leads Generation, Customer Service, and many more!

You can secure your tickets at Business Innovators Learning Centre Inc. to reserve your seat! We will only accommodate 20 attendees for this! So better hurry!

You can also join my on-going birthday giveaway and get a chance to win 1 FREE PASS! Please check out my Encyclopevia page for the mechanics!

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OMG! I can’t wait to meet you all! Shall I see you then?

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(Part 1/3) Public Speaking as a Career

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Pursuing a career in public speaking is a big decision and a challenging pursuit if I may add, well, especially for those who are not very friendly. Yes, that sounded unrelated right? But that is one of the core things I learned in my almost five-year experience as a Training Officer.

You see, I never even thought of “public speaking” or “training” as career options, since I was under the impression that I will be working in a hospital. I finished BS Nursing by the way. Nevertheless, I’m quite blessed because I never thought that landing in the public speaking could be a fun and rewarding job, with so many perks along the side.

Now if you are someone who is graduating from high school, trying to decide on what to take in the university, from college taking up Communications or Public Administration, Education, Tourism or any course that might involve a lot of talking, or a person who is in this kind of industry already or would like to join one, this post may come in handy. I would like to show you the roadmap or rather a detour in this three-part series about the career opportunity that is “Public Speaking”.

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1. Confidence is key. 
Fake it ’til you make it. This is probably the line that saved me from my first few attempts at talking in a large audience. I am particularly confident about talking in front, but would go flying into the woods if I ever dare to talk to my audience. It’s just that I have this fear – that if I ask them a question, no one would respond. I basically fear rejection, but we have to know that nothing is certain, either way it may still happen no matter how hard you prevent it. So you might as well enjoy all the attention while it lasts.

The thing here is, nobody in the crowd knows what the exact words you’re going to say. They are there to listen about your experience and learn from your perspectives. They would need not know that your knees are wobbly and your heart is going to plummet out of your chest any minute, so you just have to face them with a big smile and try your best to be the rock star speaker that you are!

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2. Good impact makes audience more attentive.
I remember a quote from Ms.Congeniality 2, wherein Sandra Bullock was advised by a stylist that, “People care about people who care about themselves.”.

In a fast paced multi-media world now, looking like your just-woke-up-like-this self won’t even merit you a line spot outside the office building you’re trying to get into. Let alone the receptionist allowing you to go and sign the guest log sheet. I mean it really all starts with a good impression.

Generally people like good and beautiful things, and that premise such as looking at their speaker is no exception. There is no excuse that you don’t have a good fashion sense; the important thing here is you have to make them believe that you are a person worth talking and listening to. Your professional image starts with your attitude on how you present yourself. You don’t need expensive clothes to achieve that; you just need to look the part that you’re playing. After all, the world is like a big show, and the actor who looks and acts the nicest attracts more attention than the rest.

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3. Know your purpose. Research and study your topic.
Whether it’s about sharing your experience, marketing a product, invitation to an event, training a skill, encouraging to try a new career, influencing to join an advocacy, etc. you have to be sure because you don’t want to be caught sending the wrong message. Sometimes, when you want to sell an idea, it turns out you training the person on how to sell the idea as well – giving you zero effectiveness in reaching your goal.

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4. Be credible.
I think this is a major struggle when you are in a career where you have to play a role, such as mine (Trainer), to an audience who may probably know what you’re going to talk about. I have a lot of cases wherein I was in the middle of a real estate sales training, and I have a student who is older than me in terms of age, and has more experience in the industry counted in years have me asked a question. It’s a difficult situation to be into, which is why you must do your homework. If you don’t have the experience, research! Either in books or interviews, you have to supplement yourself with knowledge!

You are playing the role of the person who knows better, (maybe you do know, or maybe not) so you have to keep that façade in certain terms. Do not apologize for anything that might make them think you’re not credible. Do not show your true colors by being stubborn or convenient to answer, “That is not our topic for today.”, or “I do not know.”, rather be kind by replying “I think that information is not yet updated, let me get back to you on that.”.

Remember, whether you are a teacher or a speaker, the audience will always think that you are an expert, and you know what you’re talking about. Precisely, because you’re in the stage and they are in the bleachers. The respect is already classified; now make them want to appreciate you and the talk more.

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5. Make your presentation interesting and engaging.
I am always in a battle of whether I should use a graphic material or not, but later on resolves in creating one because they are highly beneficial in points I’d like to present.

Whenever I present something so complicated for the audience, I try to use analogies and I keep my presentation simple. I am actually in love with cartoony visuals, because they remind me of childhood, a time where things are a lot easier. So below is a sample of my SOAR Training title page (SOAR – Sell Online. Achieve Results).

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I think it adds to the feeling that the module is easy to comprehend. Given that the content is quite complicated already, why do the visuals have to be?

It is also better to put more pictures instead of cascading text-heavy slides. You as the speaker should provide words of explanation naturally, and not stare at the screen reading them. It would be tedious enough to read everything, so you may want to keep things easily understandable. Post an image and caption, and then you explain. You don’t want to be overshadowed either by the material. Because if all the information is there, you could have given your attendees handouts instead, why the need to even attend your session anyway?

Captions should be short as well. Make things lighter for the audience. Now to keep things more engaging, you can also start a fun game. But make sure you relate it to the lesson or the topic at hand, so it would be beneficial in constructing the synthesis on why your class has to do it.

Please do use the whiteboard and the marker when you want to drive a point that is not presented in your slides. But if these are not available, I always try to make use of Paint in my Microsoft-run laptop. Good thing my device has a touch screen feature so it is easier for me. But if you have a Mac, you may use the Note program as well.

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6. Use fillers to articulate.

Another thing that I notice in most speakers is that they always have this safety word. This is the word that they always use as fillers when they are talking. Instead of saying “uhmmm”, they replace this with “okay” “basically” “actually” “so” “I mean” “well” “what else”, etc. This is helpful especially when you are trying to do away with usual “uhmmm” and when you need an ample amount of time to gather your thoughts before you utter another word.

However, uhmmms give an impression that you are running out of ideas, where in fact the goal is to be an idea-machine! Awareness and extreme consciousness should be raised so that you can avoid saying this. I am quite happy to say that I am becoming more conscious training after training, and my uhmmms have decreased. But along with this good news, I tend to notice speakers having a safety word, which they repeat most of the time. It’s okay to have a safety word, as long as it is not abused. I am not being melodramatic, but I think one has to be aware on the safety word’s continuous repetition as well. As it doesn’t sit nicely when you are the one sitting in that chair having to listen to your teacher/mentor repeat the same word over and over again. Yes it’s quite annoying, and it makes you want to jot how many times he or she actually said it. So, try to minimize it and choose other words instead.:)

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Photo Sources: http://linkedin.com and https://www.udemy.com/

So that’s it for now, the second and third part will come soon after this post. I will be including a link here, so do come back to check if it’s already up.

I hope you learned a thing or two in reading this, because public speaking is also an art that needs to be learned and understood on why and how it is the way it is. After all. it’s like watching a good show, make sure attending your presentation is worth their while.

What do you think about this post? Please put your comments below. Thanks!

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Smart YOLO-ing in the 2nd Tourism Lifestyle and Business Expo

Last May 9, 2016 I got to do two firsts in my life: first, I voted. (Yes, it’s just my first time, though I’m in my late 20s already. Haha Don’t judge!)

Second, I got to be a resource speaker in the 2nd Tourism Lifestyle and Business Expo!

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It was a 3-day event in the Glorietta Activity Centre, where businesses and clients can interact all about innovation, travel and tourism.

I actually had the privilege to choose between May 9 or 10, but I later on decided to pick the holiday, so I won’t have to file a leave at work. :)) Haha

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So after voting at my precinct, I proceeded to Glorietta. The travel was a breeze and I was able to arrive just in time. It took me about two days to prepare the presentation and content, so I really don’t have much sleep, but I am not complaining! It’s truly a wonderful opportunity!

I was a bit confused about what to wear, but the organizer, Mr. Jay Agonoy told me to come in smart casual.

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So I came in this number: acid-washed pants, white tank top, kimono jacket, high heels and a pair of dangling earrings.

Hmm. I just wanted to achieve that on-the-go-traveler who can pull whatever there is available in the luggage that she was able to bring for unexpected events, more so, I just wanna look carefree and posh slash basic combined. Haha 😉

I came around 4PM, and it appears like I was going to be the third speaker. The first one was Rejj Sibayan.

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She talked about travel photography, and what I really like about her talk was how she stressed that taking photos even if you’re not a professional shouldn’t be boring. You can take photos in different angles to further make your images more interesting. You can follow her through the following links.

Rejj Sibayan. Tumblr. WordPress. Twitter.

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The second speaker was Kaye Rey. She has been travel blogging for almost 10 years, and she has gone to six continents already! It was admirable how she talked about the surprises she has encountered and the lessons she learned by meeting different people and taking into consideration their perspectives and experiences. I could imagine how many friends she has made all around the world! I hope to do the same in the future! You may visit her blog at:

Kaye Rey. Babe Travelling Blog.

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My heart was literally pounding, when I realized that I am up next. Well, I have been doing training and public speaking for more than 4 years, but there is just something different that makes me feel like it’s my first time to speak in public. I suppose it’s supported by the fact that I am not in the comforts of my 4-walled training room in the office. I am a Real Estate Sales Trainer there. But I am a Travel Blogger and a Resource Speaker here. These two things are different. Haha :)) Anyway, here is a photo of me up on stage.

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I also had the liberty to propose a topic, and I talked about SMART YOLO-ING. (*YOLO – You Only Live Once).

Basically it’s about how you can maximize and reveal the optimum potential of your travel. I can say I traveled a lot more this year, compared to any other year in my life. It’s just the 5th month of the year, but the past months already brought me to a southern Catholic festival, an adventure themed park, got suspended in 120 meters above the ground and suddenly dropped, revisited my old school, swam in a cave pool, went to an annual reunion, went to sandbar in Northern Mindanao, trained sales people up north and down south and many others.

Unlike leisure travels, work travels are different. Your day is entirely offered to the demands of work, and this may otherwise be more stressful as it entails you to carry out the tasks where you are, and still worry about the deadlines and other work stuff you left back in the island where you came from. But it is not imperative that you just go back to the hotel after. After a hard day’s work, you also deserve to experience what this new place has to offer! I hope you have done your  research prior to your arrival. Of course, you may never know, you might have the chance to squeeze in some lurlur ! Oops, I hope  my bosses won’t mind when they get to read this! Haha :))

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I wasn’t informed that there will be a panel discussion! But oh well, it’s an experience! Haha This is not staged of course, so you just really have to answer the question the host asks of you! No scripts. Unlike beauty pageants that allow you to only answer 1 question, this one was a series! My brain was practically racing in its top speed to dig deep about something sensible and worthwhile to say! Haha :))

Questions were about the most challenging experience we ever encountered in a travel, what to advise for first-time travelers, etc. It was just so heartwarming because I get to have this opportunity to speak what’s on my mind and shed light on how travelling can be such a great way to discover not just the place, but yourself.

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By the way, that is the title page of my presentation. It’s me SMART YOLO-ING in Punta Diwata, Carmen, Agusan Del Norte.

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I will publish a separate post regarding my topic, so as to share also what I talked about. It can be pretty long I’m telling you, so just hang on! If you know me, either you’re family, a friend, classmate, colleague, trainee, etc. you probably have an idea how talkative I can be, especially when I am enjoying a lovely and lively crowd!

Anyway, thank you for reaching this point and for paying a visit to my humble blog. Hope you enjoyed this bit, and I hope this is only the first of the many speaking engagements I may get invited to! Haha :))

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