Monthly Archives: December 2014

Handling Crippling Failure + Rising From The Ruins

Open learning platform MyMobileUni has been collaborating with Pitch ‘n’ Win to organize regular learning meetups to complement its online learning since June 2013.

In a typical session, a main speaker chosen in the previous session spoke for about 45 minutes, followed by open sharing by everyone in the group. A voting is then carried out to choose the speaker in the next session.

Starting from this 4th session on 19th October 2014 hosted by John Raj, a second main speaker was added. MyMobileUni Ambassador Rajvin Kaur Randhawa, who has been suffering from cerebral palsy, was invited to share about how she overcame her physical and social challenges to complete and excel her studies, and is now continuing her studies on MyMobileUni.

It was touching to hear her life story, but nevertheless comforting to learn how she has overcome all odds to succeed in life. Rajvin’s sharing also showed MyMobileUni learning platform is indeed for everyone to learn almost everything online.

The event name this time was called Learn with MyMobileUni #4 – Handling Crippling Failure And Rising From The Ruins by Jimmy Yeoh, because the other main speaker Jimmy Yeoh was chosen to speak in the last session.

Jimmy is a good but humble speaker who has been so passionate to share how he overcame past failures in business and life, and came up to rise from the ruins to be what he is today in business. His talk has been instrumental for the rest of us so that we do not easily give up in life in face of difficulties.

Both main speakers shared some poignant moments in this event. Their stories have been so touching that we all listened so attentively and were so inspired and motivated by their experiences.

Rajvin sharing touching experiences

Rajvin sharing touching experiences

After the two main talks, Wemel Cumavoo from MyMobileUni briefed us all what the learning platform is about. Pitch ‘n’ Win founder Ricky Soo also introduced to the group about the open platform where everyone can speak and share.

Everyone also got a chance to respond and share something useful about themselves or their knowledge. Andre Quah shared interestingly about sustainability, and was chosen as the speaker to elaborate more on the topic in the next session.

Learn with MyMobileUni #4 – Photo album

Projecting Powerful Presentation in OpenSchool.MY

What makes a quality presentation that leaves a lasting impact to the any audience? What came to your mind instantly? Is it just about content & objectives? If you think purely that, then think again.

Shinyi Tai from Three V-Admin Solutions was the main speaker in the 10th group learning session OpenSchool.MY | Projecting Powerful Presentation organized by OpenSchool.MY on 18th October 2014.

Starting out as a secretary, she accumulated much corporate experiences and worked her way up to be personal and executive assistant to business owner and decision makers. Later she became a business owner herself by running a successful education franchise.

Certainly, Shinyi has witnessed a lot of successful presentations by decision makers and trained herself to be one good presenter too. In her initial half-hour session, she presented her points on how to project powerful presentation to the audience sitting around a long table in a local restaurant.

Shinyi Tai sharing about projecting powerful presentation

Shinyi Tai sharing about projecting powerful presentation

Instead of using PowerPoint slides, Shinyi made use of paper slides and that made the presentation even more lively and memorable. Then she broke the audience into 4 groups, and asked each group to decide on an upcoming event, and brainstorm how best to present the event in a talk or roadshow.

The groups decided on their events and strategized on how to best frame and present about the events to prospective audience. Each group then spoke the crowd their plan. It was interesting to learn about their events and their strategies to promote and present about the events.

As usual, a voting was carried out to choose the best group presenter. Andre Quah was chosen to be the best presenter in the session. His group discussed a talk on health care and they have successfully attracted the crowd’s attention on the talk.

The OpenSchool.MY session was the first of three events affiliated with Pitch ‘n’ Win on the same day. Having learned about presentation, now the event participants went on to attend the second session at the same place – an experience sharing and talk by seasoned entrepreneur.

OpenSchool.MY | Projecting Powerful Presentation – Photo album

Speaking in Challenging Times

Zest Cafe, being a restaurant in Bangsar South, is passionate not only in nourishing our body but also our minds with their events. One of them in the Pitch ‘n’ Speak event series in collaboration with Pitch ‘n’ Win.

After the 4th Pitch ‘n’ Speak session in May, the restaurant had its Pitch ‘n’ Speak @ Zest Cafe #5 on 11th October 2014. This time with the theme called Challenging Times.

The session took place right after a talk event at the same place. In this second of the two back-to-back sessions, each of us was asked to volunteer to speak on a topic related to the financial challenges many of us are facing now.

Each speaker was to deliver 3 minutes of impromptu speech based on a topic given. Then he or she might want to relate the speech to his or her own business or company.

The speaker was allowed to pitch and promote about his or her company all they could, as long as he or she adhered to the basic rules. One rule was to make use of the two keywords given in the speech.

The keywords consist of a pair of related words, such as “Budget” and “friendly”, “GST” and “lovely”, “money” and “enough”. Obviously, the second word chosen was positive one so that we look beyond any challenges for future prosperity.

Yee Ming won most votes with his interesting speech

Yee Ming won most votes with his interesting speech

All 8 topics were taken up by various volunteers. It was a fun round of impromptu speeches by the speakers, especially when we could relate the topics so much to each of our current financial life.

Low Yee Ming was voted as the best speaker out of all. He was given a copy of the book Sofia Leong Abdullah’s Guide to Franchising as his prize. The book author Sofia Leong Abdullah just gave a talk on franchising in the earlier session.

The host also introduced and promoted the Toastmasters Club he belongs to. Pitch ‘n’ Speak is similar to the “table topic speeches” in a typical Toastmasters meeting, except that the time given is longer here and the speakers are allowed to present about their companies.

Pitch ‘n’ Speak @ Zest Cafe #5 – Photo album