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Creative and Brave

One has to be brave to be creative. All around us, people play safe and same-same. That’s the zone of fear. These posts are for creators and for those who challenge the status quo.

Why Traditional Training Fails

Many organizations spend millions on training programs. They want to develop leaders, build teams, and engage employees. Unfortunately, many of these training programs fail to deliver desired results. Here are five reasons. Most training programs…

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Make learning easy.

I learn because I have a problem to solve and I want to solve it now. If a trainer or a speaker can help me learn things at the shortest time possible, I can learn…

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Clear Vision

Most vision statements don’t inspire people to action because they don’t give people meaning. It takes many organizations months to come up with a vision statement. When it is done, it cannot move a soul…

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Intrapreneurs & MVPs

How I Do Workshops

I offer workshops all over the Philippines. Each workshop focused on few vital actions that your leaders need to start doing in order for your organization to achieve your Bold, Important Goals (BIGs). These workshops…

More is not always better.

We measure ourselves better with the outcome we create, the impact we make, the value we produce.

We do not become productive because we do more. People who are caught in a whirlwind do more everyday….

Communicate and Collaborate

Filipinos want the typical game-oriented team building programs because they are afraid to hold courageous conversations. As a team leader, you can handle conflict by showing people how to communicate and collaborate.

Design Sprint for Health & Wellness

Design Sprints started in Google’s workplace. They designed customer-centric solutions and they do it very fast. It is now also used by Facebook, Apple, social entrepreneurs, and even government agencies around the world. Sprints are…

Educators aren’t ready.

Educators are not ready. No one is. But we have to bounce for our sake and the sake of our children. We must find ways and use what we have to get where we want…

Classroom is theater.

When I was young, most of my teachers made us students memorize trivial information. I topped quiz bees because I could remember most information we were asked to memorize. I found that my nephews are…

A record for almost everything.

Keep your eyes on the future. And keep your hands recording what you see. Because you’ll need them to make sense of the world you are in. In A good day for the backlist, Seth…

The Sun Will Shine on Us

When I was young, I learned from school that the sun rises from the east and sets in the west. That’s what I have always believed for about 40 years. I finally learned the truth…

How This Website Can Help You Build Teams

Build teams because you need to tap the talents and skills of others to be successful.

You need to enlist others to your vision and mission. Teams will multiply your results for minimum of efforts. In…

Map Customer Journeys

Manage customer experiences.

Begin with customer experience journey mapping. Show leaders how to plan and run customer journey mapping workshops. Inspire leaders to invest in customer experience management.

Go beyond I-will-teach-you-how-to-say-sorry customer service training.

Active Training Workshop

Let’s say goodbye to excuses. Enabling people is a competence that every manager must master. One of the more effective ways of enabling people is through active training.

But not just any kind of classroom training….

Lead Better by Becoming the First Follower

Always remember the first follower principle. Professionals understand this principle. Teachers, trainers, speakers, and anyone who intend to make change will benefit from following the first follower principle. A salesperson must be sold to his…

On Sales Training

“Sales training can turn you into an excellent salesperson.” Many sales trainers in the Philippines believe and preach. This is very encouraging. This can move people into thinking that training can make them sell. But,…

Stress Management Seminars

I don’t know of any organization whose productivity is not affected by stress. They are part of every workplace professionals’ life. You’ll find that many stress management workshops offer solutions which are not practical and…

Lead with Humility

The traditional idea made us believe that to be a leader is to be the boss.

We are the first movers, and all the rest follows us.

Behavior and vision

Make your vision both specific and inspiring so it can guide  your people’s behavior.  Your vision is a pitch for the future. It is an invitation for your employees to change their behaviors. It is…

Public Speaking for Leaders

It is relatively easy to describe a leader. It is changing the world, the ultimate aim of a leader, that is challenging. Public Speaking for Leaders will address that challenge. The workshop doesn’t just tell…

8 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

I will not put successful entrepreneurs in a box. There is no way for me to tell you that everyone goes through the same path in order for them to succeed. But there are known…

Leadership Workshop

Let’s make leadership development easy. I have designed Exemplary Leadership so organizations help leaders learn leadership that supports organizational objectives.

Exemplary Leadership Workshop is focused, engaging, and and experiential.

Active Training Workshop

You know that people learn best by doing. And most training programs conducted by managers do not work because they usuall resort to data dumping. The usual excuse is that managers are not “trainers” and…

What are vital behaviors?

Vital behaviors are the smallest set of actions that lead to the results you want. They are the few high-leverage actions that if you keep doing, produce the outcomes you’re after.

Why entrepreneurship courses fail you?

Students will find it difficult to learn entrepreneurship from those who are afraid to become entrepreneurs themselves. When professors only mouth what management gurus say about entrepreneurship, you know that you will be eating theories…

Time Management Training Tips

Every year, companies spend millions of pesos on time management training. Aside from stress management, time management training is obvious solution unproductive employees. Unfortunately, this obvious solution fail again and again. Please allow me to…

Effective Supervisors Solve Problems

Ana avoids problems. She thinks that any problem that her staff creates reflects her ability as a supervisor. Problems stressed her out.

Successful supervisors are effective problem solvers. And you can learn to solve problems systematically.

Why Make a Difference?

I believe that you and I deserve the best in the world.

We do not have to wait for others. We do not have to wait until we are ready. Waiting wastes time. I am…

Train the Trainer

There is a better alternative to train the trainer programs offered in Manila. The typical train the trainer program aims to provide instruction, feedback, and coaching to those who are tasked to conduct classroom or…

When Supervisors Avoid Training

Supervisors who refused training do not see the benefit of your offers. Either your training has no real benefit or they do not have the ability to see the benefit. Her supervisors do not want…

Speed up employees’ careers.

Help employees achieve their career goals. If they don’t have career plans (most people have dreams but don’t know how to get there), show them how to chart goals and motivate them to act on…

Customer Experience Management Workshop

Customer experience management (CXM) is the practice of designing and reacting to customer interactions to meet or exceed customer expectations and, thus, increase customer satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy.

This workshop teaches the fundamentals of customer experience…

Live this day as if it were your last.

How old are you now? Do you think that you still have fifty, forty, thirty, twenty, ten, or five years to live? Do you think you’ll get to 100 years old – and get 100,000…

Why should I care?

That’s the one question that matter the most to your customer.

Your presentation must be able to answer that question concisely and convincingly.

Stress Management Workshops for Managers

A stress management workshop may help managers develop confidence and skills in managing teams effectively. Good managers ensure high performance.  They get optimum performance from people who are well and healthy. Managers know that they…

Appreciative Leadership

Appreciative leaders inspire hope that the vision will be realized.

Without hope, there will be no enthusiasm, no energy, no commitment, and no persistence. An appreciative leader is a dealer of hope.

Write your book.

Yes, write your book before you are written off. I know you will not become useless. At the very most, in the eyes of God you will always be special. But you know what I…

Supervisor Leadership Training

Many Filipino supervisors accept their new roles with great energy and enthusiasm. A promotion is an affirmation that they’re doing great in their previous jobs. Unfortunately, many of them end up frustrated and angry.

Many supervisors…

Communicate your leadership.

Management guru Peter Drucker said that as soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word. You must illustrate…

Re-purpose HR

Most HR professionals consumed their time in compliance to regulations. You must get out of these traps.

Resist the urge to criticize.

When you become aware that your spending more than 15 minutes criticizing co-employees, organizations, or the government, snap out of it. Give more attention to creating more value. This is what I learned from the…

Improve your leadership presence!

You can be in a room full of participants wearing expensive suits. But people will surely give their attention to someone in shirts and jeans if his name is Warren Buffet. What you wear creates…

Customer Journey Mapping Workshop

Customer journey mapping gives managers an overview of the customer’s experience. Managers will see how customers move through the sales funnel. Customer journey mapping help managers identify opportunities to enhance customer experience. The map can…

Leaders Have Passion for Excellence

A low performer will find all the reasons for low performance.

The boss is not a good person. The boss does not know how to lead. The boss has favouritism. His efforts are unappreciated. The…

Bored at work?

A simple step to make time go faster when you are bored at work:  Do you job as fast as you can. Then, when you are done, find something else to do. You’ll soon find…

My mission.

I help Filipinos grow great organizations. This is why I design easier, simpler, and quicker solutions to help creative leaders solve challenges in the workplace today.

And together, we co-create opportunities so they become ahead…

Leadership Today

A very stable genius?

A bloated ego sabotages itself. It stops common sense and kills people. I am not just talking about Donald J. Trump the 4th President of the United States of America. He is a very interesting…

Batch Similar Tasks Together

Using a bullet journal helps me a lot in chunking tasks together. I only need to use symbols. Let’s say, I needed to send quotations for team building. Though each one needs a separate program,…

Bayanihan: Heroes Among Us

Bayanihan is having heroes loving us and living among us. The deeds of frontliners, Angel Locsin, Gawad Kalinga, and ordinary Filipinos define bayanihan.

Be a bigger leader.

Learn to lead better. If you are working, these steps can easily get you promoted fast. You’ll be irresistible. Companies search for value-added professionals. The following are seven steps you can start doing now. 1….

Be a creative leader.

In the olden days, people worry about how to divide the economic pie among themselves. People discovered that they don’t have to wage war against each other over a single pie. Thanks to innovation. We…

Be a first-rate version.

Always be the first-rate version of yourself instead of being a second-rate version of someone else. Imitating someone will take a lot of effort, time, and emotional investment. The person is constantly moving and changing…

Be the only one.

The aim is not to be number one but to be the only one. This should be easy. You have unique passions, talents, and skills. You already belong to a category of your own. It…

Build Loyal Employees

Loyalty is a function of respect and allegiance to you… and it is the glue that ties your people to the jobs.

More and more business owners and organizational leaders contact me to train their people…

Choose the right commencement speaker.

Get a graduation speaker who can best guide the graduating class. He or she not have to be the most accomplished today. Celebrities attract the crowd, but you must always consider that the speaker must…

Competency Development

A common problem of many organizations is that they don’t have “competent” people. To solve this, organizations invested gazillions of pesos in employee training and development. Unfortunately, many of these training programs are hit-and-miss. This…

Do managers really need to hire motivational speakers?

Many managers invite Filipino motivational speakers to cure the motivation problem. However, the biggest challenges are leadership and engagement. Read why you don’t really need to get another Filipino motivational speaker .

Don’t Hire People Who Aren’t Competent

One common problem of small business owners is their inability to get the right people. They don’t need many of them; they just can’t find excellent ones because they are too busy looking for jobs…

False Beliefs

Many people have false beliefs about their capacity. A relative success in their small world makes them believe that they can easily multiply it in the big world. It is tempting to believe that with…

Find speaking opportunities

Invite yourself to guest speak. I mean it.

If you have something to say and the world does not seem to notice you, tell them that you have something to say.

Find the Best Inspirational Speaker

When your starving crowd are accomplished individuals, get an inspirational speaker. They do not need another motivational speaker. They need someone who can pull them to think beyond themselves. They need someone who can inspire…

Five Ways to Build Loyal Employees

Loyalty is a function of respect and allegiance to you… and it is the glue that ties your people to the jobs. More and more business owners and organizational leaders contact me to train their…

Give 10x more!

Sometimes, what prevents us from becoming our best is our self-limiting beliefs. Vic Santiago taught me something that increased my revenue ten-fold.

Grow Your Leadership

Leadership isn’t a title or a position; it is a disposition. If you can dream to change the world and pay for it with everything you have, you are a leader. There is a seed…

Help people succeed.

The opportunity to help other people is limitless. The secret to becoming truly successful starts when you decide to give the best you have.

Hire the “best” Motivational Speakers

Sometimes, managers look for miracles. Once they believed they have done everything they need to do, they pray harder. Then, they hire motivational speakers. Are you expected to sell more and go beyond last year’s…

How to Be Bigger than Your Financial Problems

One assumption Filipinos have is that when one lacks money, he can’t do anything. One who lacks money finds it difficult to be healthy socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Lack of money breaks many relationships too….

Increase HR value.

HR is useful only when you serve to accelerate business growth. Go beyond compliance requirements. Find out the objectives of every business units. Help them achieve their objectives. To do that, begin with people. Find…

Inspirational Speeches

The point of hiring a keynote speaker is to help you change the mind of your people, to help you paint a picture of something that you have not seen, heard, or believed before. He…

Lead Amidst the Challenges of the Covid-19 Crisis

The Covid-19 crisis shows us opportunities that most of us have not seen before. Leaders, this is the best time to demonstrate our leadership. As the coronavirus spreads around the world, leaders face unique, if…

Lead Yourself First

Lead yourself first so you can lead others. You can get a degree that will give you extra letters after your name, but your leadership shines through your life. To show others how to live…

Leaders create value.

What does it really mean to create value? Transform the lives of people who you intend to use your products and services. As a teacher, you can help the uneducated to learn what matters, those…

Malasakit works.

Leadership experts talk advocate people-centered organizations. I think that the fastest way to do that is to promote a culture of malasakit.

Malasakit works at work. It takes a person to show malasakit. All work is…

Mission of your organization

Turn your mission statements into specific actions. A statement is just an explanation, not a motion. How to do this? Meet your employees. Get everyone to say his or her piece about your mission statements….

Motivating Employees

Can we really motivate employees?

I am not really sure how to answer that question. That’s because employees are always motivated. They are motivated about so many things that we leaders do not know.

Multiply Your Impact

Pursue excellence. When you leverage learning, you can grow your impact ten times.

My Big Mistakes

I had no savings. And I didn’t know how to start.

Pursuing my dream wasn’t a mistake. I could say that the timing was not right. But pursuing a dream is always worth the risks.

My big…

New Filipino Time

Let’s talk about “Filipino Time”. Some people have habit of putting down Filipinos? It is as if they become better persons when they point to us our flaws as a people. They want to agree…

New normal?

Leaders who have limited imaginations limit us all. Take our government leaders, for example. They said that the GCQ is the new normal. Then after some days, they changed it to MGCQ. I said before…

On Becoming A Leader

Excuses begone!

People have many excuses why they don't take charge and lead. Let me tell you what these excuses are – why you must say goodbye to them.

I will also encourage you to get into…

Overestimating Motivation Is Counter-productive.

The performance of employees dropped last month. Without hesitation, the manager said that the cause is lack of motivation. And everyone nodded in agreement. Lack of motivation is the safest alibi. It is safer to…

Play bigger.

Leaders who play bigger do not sabotage themselves by trying to succeed in many things. They don’t measure their worth by how many hours they worked in a day, people met, or tasks completed.

Power-trippers block blessings for others.

Leadership is not power. It is a responsibility that we leaders must take to heart. Leaders create opportunities for people around them. They are happy when others receive blessings. There is a government employee who…

Selfish vision.

To be the biggest hospital in locality X. Somehow, most vision statements are like this. Many organizations’ vision statements indicate their future place or position in the marketplace. They don’t tell you what impact they’ll…

Seven Leadership Challenges

Many leaders fail in two areas: appreciation and engagement. In many organizations, the blame for inability to get things done almost always falls on the employees. This is why they get motivational speakers. They hope…

Stop Chasing, Start Attracting

We are bombarded by sell, sell, sell messages. This means that every day you have to chase clients. That’s how you can be successful. I think you can be successful when you chase customers. Being…

Take the lead.

Today is the best time to become a leader. Today is the best time to grow great leaders. The pandemic disrupted our lives. To stay alive, we allowed our governments to confine us in our…

To Achieve Greater Things, Do One Thing

Most of us are overwhelmed with so many tasks. Yet, at the end of the day, we felt that we have not done much. We wish we have 30 hours each day to accomplish everything….

Use games to promote collaboration.

Almost all group sports promote teamwork. But you must be very careful in choosing your group sports for team games. Because how you win the game, not just how you build the team, is a…

What I have learned from Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant played his best, every time. It does not matter whether he was number 1 or number 2 on the team. He gives his best every time. And though I was not…

What If Your Boss Is Your Friend

Hiring a friend or a classmate will not cause a lot of trouble when everyone observes professionalism. When your boss is a friend, respect him like any other boss. You are in the workplace because…

What is your story?

What is your story? Do not impress people with data. Data is garbage to those who do not understand. Those who can make sense of data have the power to inform us. They do not…

Why Power Trippers Rule

A power-tripper rules because she hits you at your weakest spot. For Maria, the education and care of her children are far more important than fighting for her rights.

Working with Relatives

In the Philippines, many employees think that a relative is an extension of the boss. When you hire your relatives, treat them like any other professional. Let everyone know that your relatives are hired based…

Write your own introduction.

Not everyone who will introduce you know how to introduce a speaker. You can help the organizers to present you well you to your audience by writing a good introduction. There are those who will…

Scratch to Stage

7 Strategies of Master Presenters

Leaders can increase his impact by becoming a master presenter. Yes, some great leaders aren’t great presenters — just as some great presenters aren’t great leaders. What I believe is that mastering some principles and…

Be an inspirational speaker.

Inspirational speaking begins with an attitude of gratitude.

The inspirational speakers see miracles, which though obvious and experienced everyday, people do not see.

Begin with your audience.

Start speaking from where your audience are. Lani complained,” My subordinates said they understood, but they still did not follow my instructions.” She thought her instruction was clear and the tasks were easy to follow….

Commencement speeches 17 minutes or under.

As a commencement speaker, you must do your job well. You must do it also as quick as you can. Most of your listeners are not really interested to listen to you. They want the…

Confident Speaking in Toastmasters

One effective way of increasing your value 100x is through public speaking. Unfortunately, many people don’t grab this opportunity. They are afraid to speak.

Customize speeches.

Do you really need to customize your speeches? No. I will tell you why and I encourage you to reflect on the significance of this lesson to your leadership journey. Almost every speaker out there…

Define the need of your audience.

Do not craft a speech — or hold an event — if you do not know how it can change the lives of those people who are attending.

You do not have to serve the…

Do not limit yourself.

I am not good in public speaking was the quick excuse of Rose. She apologized to everyone. She did not want to waste our time. And she went to me to explain why her speech…

Do you want to be a speaker?

Do you want to make positive change happen? You can do that by sharing your expertise and experiences. One effective way I know is through public speaking. For the past twelve years, I have delivered hundreds of speeches to…

Empathize with your audience.

Genuine motivational speakers do not spend most of their times in studios practicing their speeches. Motivational speakers, the real ones, spend more of their time with the people they want to inspire because that is…

Evaluation in Toastmasters

To evaluate is to appreciate the value of what you have seen, heard, or felt from the speech delivered before you. I used the word appreciate. Because whatever appreciates increases in value. And that’s what…

Ever dreamt of changing the world?

Leaders need more than motivation as we have seen many over-motivated under-achievers in the workplace.

They need skills. They need opportunities. They need the environment to grow.

Get Started in Public Speaking

The art of speaking is so simple that it is difficult. There is a wrong impression that in order to make a successful speech you must have unusual natural talent in addition to long, arduous,…

Heart of a Commencement Speech

You must begin now. You can make it. You have what it takes to succeed. This is the heart of a commencement speech.When you deliver a commencement speech, always remember that your audience is now…

How much is a motivational speech?

Many speakers market motivational speaking like a commodity. So, people think that speaking is a commodity and every speaker is a vendor.

Know your audience.

Be interested with your audience. I bet that nine of ten speakers you’ll met are more interested in their stories than your stories. Ask them questions and they’ll give you answers faster than bullet trains…

Make it your habit to rehearse.

The habit to rehearse whatever you aim to do will help you grow every day. Rehearse, not just practice. Practice will only make you master that which is practiced. You practice the wrong method and…

Motivational speaking isn’t comedy.

A Filipino motivational speaker can use humor and wit to entertain his audience. A comedian can use his craft to motivate people to do something. But a motivational speaker who brand himself as a comedian…

One Secret of Effective Speakers

As you gain experience in public speaking, you will learn to put aside all conscious thought of rules or methods. You will learn through discipline how to abandon yourself to your intentions and to give spontaneous…

Pathways Experience

You speak in clubs only to share what you’ve learned from each project. And if you are like me who pay more attention to learning than earning badges, you can play bigger.

How can you do…

Practice Humility in Speaking

Worse than fearing that you are doing poorly is a self-promotion that you are doing well. The first sign of greatness is when a man does not attempt to look and act great. The same…

Prepare Before You Speak

Every person has the capacity to change someone’s life. Anyone who has the confidence and conviction to help can do it.

Do you want to learn how to speak with confidence and make a difference in…

Prepare yourself for public speaking.

The art of speaking is so simple that it is difficult. There is a wrong impression that in order to make a successful speech you must have unusual natural talent in addition to long, arduous,…

Sell Your Meetings

Toastmasters are encouraged to invite guests to club meetings. We share the benefits that membership offers. Toastmasters gamified recruitment of new members. A club earns two points in a ten-point system when 8 guests sign…

Speak to change the world.

Leaders speak so people listen, believe, and move. Public speaking is a superpower you can use to help your audience get what they want most in life. Each speech is a small step to help…

Speak to connect.

Connect rather than impress. The shortest distance between two persons is authentic communication. A person who always aims for impression is insecure. And maybe you are. You cannot erase insecurity by showing off. A show…

Speak to Honor People

You deliver commencement speeches to honor people.

As a graduation speaker, you have the responsibility to focus the spotlight on those who deserve honor. Because you are the commencement speaker, you have the opportunity to celebrate…

Speak up.

This world owes its progress to those women and men who dared to speak up. Don’t hide. Don’t stay in the corner. Don’t just watch. Let your mouth speak your truth. Let the world benefit…

Speaking is heart to heart.

Inspirational speaking is more than your ability to throw words. There are thousand ways of inspiring people. You can inspire them through words, for words may open their hearts and stimulate their minds. Words may…

Table Topics brings out your genius

Table Topics is the impromptu speaking segment of Toastmasters. Members of the club are called to speak about topics that they only have seconds to prepare.

Teachers in Toastmasters

Learning to speak in Toastmasters is a DIY project. I will advise people who need teachers before they can learn to join a Speaking school instead.

Tell your story.

Be prepared to tell your story. Make it a good story. A story that will have a happy ending — a story that will make the listener want to be with you. You story must…

Tell your story.

It will be easier for you to lead when you know how to tell a story.  You have to help others see your story. Make them feel, taste, smell and touch your story. Use this…

The Goal of Public Speaking

Impact lives. The goal of public speaking is not to impress people. Those who intend to impress others only succeed in getting louder cheers and a few standing ovation. And are soon forgotten. The goal…

Two important jobs of motivational speakers

A motivational speaker has two jobs: push you to dream bigger and to encourage you  to make your dreams real.

The motivational speaker tells stories so you can see yourself from those who became successful. In…

Using Notes in Speaking

Just keep this in mind: don’t deliver a script when delivering a speech in public.

Speaking is a conversation. Keep your eye contact. Use gestures, facial expressions, and body movements to amplify your message. You cannot…

Ways to Speak with Confidence

Speaking is your gift to the world. You must speak to make an impact with confidence. Listen. Leaders who speak well create better results. When you speak before an audience, you are not there to…

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Goals 2021

Here is the result of my first brainstorm for 2021 goals. See if there is anything we can start working together.

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Bayanihan: Heroes Among Us

Bayanihan is having heroes loving us and living among us. The deeds of frontliners, Angel Locsin, Gawad Kalinga, and ordinary Filipinos define bayanihan.

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The Sun Will Shine on Us

When I was young, I learned from school that the sun rises from the east and sets in the west. That’s what I have always believed for about 40 years. I finally learned the truth in

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