I travel the world inspiring people to authentically connect as a global keynote speaker on the topic of Human Connection.
As a former international broadcaster for one and half decades, it was my job to connect authentically on-air, on-stage, online and one-to-one with people. I now feel so blessed to speak to organisations around the world on the connection techniques that authentically bring us together.
To date, I have spoken my message for: Salesforce, UBS, Rubrik, Acronis, DBS, Google, Ted X, Great Eastern, AIA, Eurochem, Manulife, The United Nations and many more.
I have a Communications and Cultural Studies degree from Curtin University of Technology and have studied speechwriting in London under Tony Blair’s former speechwriter, Phillip Collins.
Prior to being based in Singapore, I lived in Switzerland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. This journey required me to develop deep intercultural understandings which have allowed me to communicate and connect with a wide variety of people.
I have been been featured in and worked as a broadcaster for; Channel News Asia, CNBC, CNN, Virgin Radio Dubai, HBO Asia, Southern Cross Austereo, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, Elle and many more.
I use my growing online social media community of over 200,000 to spread the message of connection and communication.
- Standing on a stage and your message land in the right way
- Feeling completely relaxed accepting a role which involves presenting at work
- Opening your mouth in front of a new group of people and having what you want to say come out of your mouth in the exact way you imagined it in your head
- Engaging your audience from the word "go" and for hours after
- Connecting with people memorably and profoundly from the first meeting
- Sitting down to craft any message and knowing the exact order to piece it together in
- Waking up to messages from people wanting to work with you because you have a personal brand which truly connects with people
- Being able to shoot video content with ease and not messing around take after take
- Hosting on video conference with complete confidence that everyone on the call is engaged
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I will never forget hearing the story of one of my students in the CourageousSpeaking.com Community. As a young, 12-year-old child, she had her grades for her PSLE (primary school leaving exam) posted on a wall outside of her classroom. On the day of the exam results, students ran outside to see their grades. There was a wall of her peers in front of her and as the sea of shiny, black-haired heads parted, she began scanning for her score. Of course, she began at the top of the class, scanning downwards but she did not find her name. On she went, for what seemed like forever until finally, here it was, right at the bottom of the class. She was awash with shame. The trauma from this event has lived with her ever since, she has spent the last 30 years fearing being wrong and kept her career small by never speaking in public, even if it meant she could have been promoted.
As a teacher, my goal is to empower people to speak their mind. My aim is to build back the confidence that my students have lost through traumatic events like these, through the deliberate drilling of speaking techniques. For those lacking confidence, repetitive practice works particularly well because it desensitizes the symptoms of fight or flight which happen when we perform. As students learn speeches inside out as formative assessments, they become accustomed to the sweaty palms and their heart pounding etc.
They are able to feel the nerves but push past it. As they learn each layer of their performance, they move further up Bloom’s taxonomy from understanding, to finally being able to create a performance of their own and add unique flourishes. This is the final summative assessment, their performance of their story to an audience. There are no formal assessments with a grade, the idea is that they can become confident to speak and that is achievement enough. I am focused on deprogramming the need for grades which is so prevalent in the culture here and imbibing a desire to learn for the love of learning.
In my field I see many practitioners promote themselves as “confidence coaches,” in my experience however, one must find confidence within. It cannot be given by an external party. In my very disciplined, Asian upbringing, we were never affirmed verbally, so as children we had to find validation through our aptitude in subjects. This aptitude in certain abilities builds confidence and it was something that could never be taken away from us. We could produce confidence on demand, simply by indulging in something we were good at. It taught me a lot about not seeking external validation. It is this philosophy, that confidence can be created through deliberate practice and dedication that drives the way I coach.
My strength and weakness as a teacher are two sides of the same coin. My strength is that I am an actively working professional speaker. I am aware of the latest trends, the movements in thought leadership and because of my 15 years in the entertainment industry, I know what audiences love. However, this same strength can be a deficit because I tend to “talk and perform” versus implementing active learning. As a result of this course, I now realize, I have been robbing my students of the beauty of moving through Bloom’s Taxonomy on their own and also contribute to their speeches in ways which I may have overlooked.
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