Jef Menguin : Biographical Sketch

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Jef Menguin is one of the very few who can call himself a professional speaker, management consultant, leadership advisor, corporate trainer, facilitator, and entrepreneur – and mean it. Since 2006, he has been helping winner companies in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

His consulting firm, Starfisher Asia, has attracted clients such as Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Meralco, World Vision, Chevron, Dell, KMBI, Omron, IMI, Canon, Sunpower, Efco Forms, Panasonic, Unilab, Metrocombined Logistics, Baxter Healthcare, Euro-Asia Pharma, Yalkult, Nidec, Toshiba, Isuzu, Chevrolet, Petron, Eternal Asia, Local Government Academy, DSWD, DepEd, Tesda, DOE, Office of the President, Maynilad, Federaland, GlobalLand, SMDC, NCCC, First Balfour, Puregold, Shopwise, Amdocs and over a hundred other leading organizations.

Each year, he typically delivers 25 keynotes to major organizational and association events on topics that include leadership, personal accountability, entrepreneurship, salesmanship, and teamwork. Though many are motivated by his speeches, he does not consider himself a motivational speaker. He said that he cannot give anyone motivation. He can only help motivated people find better solutions to their challenges and make things happen. He has dynamic platform style, funny on purpose, and offers practical and implementable strategies and techniques.

Toastmasters International awarded him the highest honor of Distinguished Toastmaster. The DTM award recognizes superior level of achievement both in communication and leadership.

He has helped corporations develop and implement Executive Leadership Development Programs. He believes that every organization must develop their leaders – even on a shoestring. This is why he came up with PocketWorkshops — highly effective training technology that make companies attract and keep high value clients, produce quality products, deliver excellent services, increase revenue, perform as great teams, contribute to the community — and yes, change and make the world better.

As a team building facilitator, he designs team building experiences that bring out realization and solutions to team challenges. He considers “team building” an OD intervention and an effective tool to enhance team performance, not just games and events. His clients find his sessions full of active fun, result-oriented, and remarkably creative. Some of his clients are willing to pay more than 200,000 pesos to get him design and facilitate their team building programs.

He is a member of Philippine Society for Training and Development and of the International Association of Facilitators.

He is a prolific educator. He publishes an almost daily blog on leadership and personal development, a weekly newsletter, reports (Simple&Better Guides), a monthly Jef Menguin Letters sent to a few hundred subscribers, and audio programs. He also produces one leadership module every week since 2014.

He has coached politicians and C-level executives on public speaking and presentation skills. He has also helped small owners create more business opportunities through marketing, advisory, and business development projects.

Jef Menguin is interviewed and quoted frequently in the media. He has been interviewed on topics like leadership, workplace tips, entrepreneurship, and career growth. His career has taken his to almost every province and city in the Philippines and has brought him to four countries in Asia—both to English and non-English speaking audiences.

He is a graduate of Political Science and has taught Political Science in college for two years. He was a high school teacher for nine years when he decided to master professional speaking. His experiences both as a seminarian and street parliamentarian – which are on the extremes – provided him the opportunity to work with almost all kinds of people.

He is a graduate of the university of hard-knocks, an advocate of transformative education, and a big believer of human potential.

Jef Menguin is married to the lovely Romelyn, and they have one son, Jefferson Carlos whose smiles keep them happy (see the picture above). They reside in Faculty Village (within UP Los Banos) in Los Banos, Laguna.

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