Today, I am a professional speaker on creative leadership, intrapreneurship, and teamwork. I also help organizations in leadership development as a learning experience innovator. Because of what I do, I helped companies build engaged employees who create products and experiences that turn customers into evangelists.
Do you want to know how I got started?
In 2006, I left the academe. I pursued my dream of becoming a sought-after professional speaker in the Philippines.
I started where many professional speakers started: I became a motivational speaker. 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. That’s the imposter’s syndrome. Almost everyone who is new to professional experience.
But I have to proceed. I was afraid and confused. But I have big dreams. I knew then that there is no turning back.
So, yes, I became a motivational speaker. In retrospect, that must be the right step. Anyone with imposters syndrome must motivate himself. I studied the life of many motivational speakers, mostly US professional speakers.
Les Brown, Tony Robbins, and John Maxwell were my early influences. I regurgitated their eyes and share them with others. Many motivational speakers in the Philippines are still doing it until now. This will help them attain some level of success in motivational speaking, but won’t make them professional speakers.
I am getting ahead of my story.
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.
I stopped being a motivational speaker.
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, especially lecturers, teach you new knowledge and skills but are clueless about how leaders adopt 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.
I became a leadership speaker
Leaders need to develop commitment and competence.
I’ve continued to grow as a leadership speaker. I gave speeches to leaders in a 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 modeling.
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.
Now, what I do is all about helping 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 personal.
I developed skills that helped me design learning experiences that 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.
I help employees win at work and become intrapreneurs.
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, we can empower creative leaders and build an army of intrapreneurs.
Every day, you and I have chances to make a difference.
What else can be done?
My next project will be of great help to professional speakers wannabe. I will establish my own Professional Speakers Academy. Filipino experts will learn how to reach millions and (probably) earn millions too.
When you know anyone who desires to become a professional speaker in the Philippines, tell them and tell me. I am growing old and I want to share what I have learned for the last 12 years. They will accelerate their growth. I had Vic as my mentor and without him, I would be still swimming in the “best motivational speaker in the Philippines” imposter syndrome.
I will devote a significant time in building the Professional Speakers Academy.
I will create online courses and membership programs. (I am sharing this here so that other speakers will copy and create their own academies.)
Another project is the creation of digital courses for my clients. The courses will offer snackable lessons that Filipinos can get any time anywhere. The meals will remain to be my development programs for companies.
When you know organizations that are passionate about these initiatives, please tell them and tell me. I welcome partners.
Thank you for giving me time. I will be happy to see you soon.