In 2006, I left the academe. I pursued my dream of becoming a motivational speaker. I wanted to motivate people.
Because I wanted Filipinos to realize that they can achieve their greatest dreams.
That time, I have not yet achieved any dream I could consider big. That sounds like I didn’t have the credibility.
You are right.
That’s how all successful motivational speakers started. And I thought I would be successful in professional speaking because I have natural talents for public speaking.
Before I became a teacher, I was a campus activist, youth leader, and debater. And before that I was a seminarian.
Speaking in front of people was second nature to me. And I thought that was enough.
Since my best tools were related to speaking, during my first three years as a consultant I honed my skills both in public speaking and corporate training.
Motivational Speaking Isn’t Enough
The turnaround for me came when I realized that speaking and training aren’t enough. Motivational speakers don’t really motivate; they just make you more dream-thirsty.
Motivational speakers tell you stories that remind you how unsuccessful you are — and they offer you encouragement so you can start moving again.
And whatever you do after they delivered the speeches is up to you.
You are on your own.
Corporate trainers, specially lecturers, teach you new knowledge and skills but are clueless how leaders adapt new behaviors. And you can still find many trainers who cannot explain their success measures for training.
I want to give leaders more than hope. Renewed confidence can move them. But leaders need more than confidence.
Help People Get Things Done
Leaders need to develop commitment and competence.
I’ve continued to grow as a leadership speaker. I gave speeches to leaders in few Asian countries.
In 2009, I started my search for frameworks and systems for developing leaders. I learned about Systems Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, gamification, and competency modelling.
I also explored the tools of social entrepreneurs and my exploration led me to design thinking, customer experience design, 70-20-10, and the Influencer Model.
I helped Clients Succeed
Managers learned how to give persuasive presentations that generate more customers and increased income.
Instead of customer service training, they started to implement customer experience management.
They found ways to build leadership competencies using various strategies, not just classroom training.
Big wins are also personal.
I developed skills that helped me design learning experiences which are fast, inexpensive, relevant, and engaging. I have improved my business acumen (for I can see where my clients are coming) and can easily increase my income.
That’s because I found better ways to help leaders become better leaders.
Together with my team, I help organizations develop leaders using practical, innovative, and inexpensive interventions.
Help your employees win at work.
Ensure that your managers and supervisors be excellent managers and leaders. My mission is to support you so you can create solutions you need today and in the future.
Through workshops, masterclasses, online classes, and my FIRE sessions, let’s create leadership innovation together.
Everyday, you and I have chances to make a difference.