Jef Menguin is a family man who tries to always observe his Christian faith in his business practices.
In 2004, he decided to leave the job of a high school teacher and college instructor.
He was in the academe for almost ten years before he decided to become a professional speaker.
He started as a professional speaker and eventually expanded his services to corporate training and leadership consulting.
Because he came from the teaching profession, his first target clients were teachers and students.
He failed to get paying clients for the first eight months. So his family and friends persuaded him to delay, if not to stop, his dream of becoming a professional speaker.
He was stubborn.
Speaking for Educators Was the Beginning
His turn-around happened when he delivered another “free” ten-minute speech to 30 employees of a company whose advocacy was to equip public school principals.
After the speech, he was invited to train 300 school principals on educational leadership.
He was paid 15,000 pesos for each day of training. He knew then that he would not be begging for clients again.
Companies Paid to Hear Him Speak
The opportunities to speak beyond the education sector suddenly opened more opportunities.
As people learned about his ability to provide actionable ideas to leaders, people who heard him talk and those who read his blog posts started contacting him.
Some of his first paying clients were Meralco, PLDT, Petron, Asian Development Bank, US Embassy, and a dozen of small companies.
Since 2009, he’s been delivering at least 30 speeches each year, on top of his corporate training engagements.
In 2010, he started speaking and training in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.
He has also developed thousands of leaders in almost every city and every province in the Philippines.
His experiences working with companies big and small eventually developed him into an entrepreneur whose business is to help develop leaders and engage employees so organizations will succeed.
All his works, including this website, aim to build a better nation by building positive leaders and highly competent people.
The Business of Innovating Learning Experiences
In 2011, he began to wonder whether he could apply tools in user experience design to workplace learning design.
He designed tools (and re-imagined Design Thinking tools) so he could help organizations accelerate learning.
He started training other trainers and he became known as “trainer of trainers” and mentor of leaders.
He also founded Starfisher Asia, a people development company, which served hundreds of clients until May 2016.
He was the president of Compass Center for Leadership, Management and Governance for more than a year. After working for more than 12 hours a day and driving 4 hours of driving to and from work, he decided to do things again his way.
His previous experiences challenged him to think of strategic ways to fulfil his vocational dreams without having to sacrifice his personal dreams.