Monthly Archives: March 2015

Multinational Sharing Session in Bukit Bintang

Thanks to co-organizer Julez Wong, we managed to conduct a demo Pitch ‘n’ Win session in a new Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlet in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. We took the opportunity to experiment one new event format called Pitch ‘n’ Win REMIX.

The Pitch ‘n’ Win model has been implemented in different flavors for different purposes. In this remix edition, we try to combine most if not all variants into one single events.

In this session, each participant was given up to 8 minutes to share something. All of us could share in order to:

  • Introduce ourselves and what we do.
  • Give an elevator pitch of our companies.
  • Present business or social ideas and get feedback.
  • Share and teach something to the group.
  • Share about a book, a movie, or anything interesting.
  • Give a speech and practise speaking skills.

As usual, voting would be done to choose 1 or 2 best presenters, who would then be given extra time to give a short talk.

Pitch ‘n’ Win REMIX @ Bukit Bintang was held on 7th February 2015 on a Saturday afternoon. The event started late as we waited for more participants to join.

Learning from one another in international sharing session

Learning from one another in international sharing session

Interestingly, most members got to know the event from our Book Sharing group on Meetup.com, and most of them are from outside Malaysia! Participants included members from Austria, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa and Malaysia too. Many were business people and tourists who happened to be in Malaysia and were looking for a meetup event to hang out.

So it turned out to be a multinational sharing session. All of us spoke up for a few minutes, each sharing something about himself or herself, what he or she knew to contribute to the group.

We also had the blessing of learning from a couple Jacques and Carli hailing from South Africa and Canada who are into startup circle around the world. They listened and provided some mentoring to some ideas presented in the session. They also introduced us to an interesting book called The 7-Day Startup authored by their friend in Australia.

After the voting round, we chose 3 best presenters out of the group due to a tie between the runners-up. The winners – May Seow (Malaysia), Syed Waqar (Pakistan) and Carli van Heerden (Canada) were selected for their interesting sharing.

Each of them was invited to speak for some extra time. One joked it was like an international speech contest! Nevertheless, it was a really informal yet value-adding experience to learn from one another especially since we were all from different nations.

Key Lessons

  • Meetup.com is good platform to attract new members and it might give you surprises too.
  • The REMIX edition didn’t work quite well as planned. It is still better off not to mix different Pitch ‘n’ Win versions together.

Pitch ‘n’ Win REMIX @ Bukit Bintang – Photo album

Success Through Financial Education

Few people would doubt one key success factor in life is education. Not necessarily the schooling, but it can also mean getting familiar with and achieving mastery in a subject matter.

Same goes to financial education to help achieve financial success. Toward this end, we organized a sharing event by experienced stock and forex trader, mentor and speaker Patrick Ku from T3 Malaysia, an academy providing trading workshops and education in investing.

Pitch ‘n’ Talk #14 – Success Through Financial Education was organized on 28th January 2015 in T3 Malaysia office and attracted around 14 of us aspiring to learn more about financial education.

The event started with an introduction to Pitch ‘n’ Win and the event series Pitch ‘n’ Talk. We were seated in circle and everyone was invited to give a brief introduction. Although it was a talk event, we still gave opportunity for everyone to speak up and asked everyone to vote for 2 best presenters.

As there were two Mandarin-speaking Taiwanese from a forex trading company in Taiwan, some parts of the event were translated from English into Mandarin for them to understand what was going on. Both of them also spoke up in Mandarin, and were helped in translation by Patrick.

Patrick Ku sharing Success Through Financial Education

Patrick Ku sharing Success Through Financial Education

Patrick Ku then took over the session and shared about financial education and stock investing for about one hour. He touched on many areas including some principles, lessons and myths about stock investing.

There were many interactions in the sharing session. Many questions were asked by the audience and answered by Patrick. Some questions were basic and some were quite advanced. But all of us brought home something out of investing our time in the event.

Endrea Hugh and Nike Hung (Taiwan) were voted by the group to speak more at end of event. Both of them elaborated more on their sharing. The event ended with some networking among the participants.

Key Lessons

  • Give opportunity to everyone to speak up at the beginning to warm the participants up and get to know one another.
  • This event was prepared in haste – less than 1 week – but thankfully a good number of participants still turned up.

Pitch ‘n’ Talk #14 – Success Through Financial Education – Photo album

Valuable Advice on Sexual Harassment in Workplace

Litigation lawyer Donovan Ho from Donovan & Ho shared with us on employment law in one OpenSchool.MY session 2 months ago. Recently he came back to dive into a specific topic – sexual harassment in workplace.

OpenSchool.MY | Laws on Sexual Harassment was organized on 27th January 2015 and hosted by Shinyi Tai. Somehow only a handful of people attended the evening sharing. We had dinner together and some small talk before the session.

Donovan’s talk covered the basics of sexual harassment laws in Malaysia, especially since the Employment Act was amended recently to address this issue in workplace.

Apart from telling us about the related laws, Donovan also gave some practical advice for employers and employees on how to deal with sexual harassment issues should these arise. He also touched on evidence issue and cited some real-life cases.

Everyone was benefited from the discussion

Everyone was benefited from the discussion

Despite a small crowd, the participants were still grouped into 3 groups to discuss how to minimize sexual harassment cases from happening and what to do should they happen.

After the group discussion, each group presented their ideas and solutions. Different groups presented slightly different perspectives. Lu Kenn was chosen by the group for his best sharing.

It has been an informal, informative and enjoyable session listening and discussing the laws, cases and ideas in the group. We not only have learned from the speaker, but obviously also from one another as well.

The event was free to attend, yet the advice and lessons learned were so valuable that it was indeed worth our attendance and participation.

Key Lessons

  • Some objections to the nature of the event were received prior to the event due to its sensitive topic. Good that we pressed on.
  • Try to cover topics few event organizers would like to touch on.

OpenSchool.MY | Laws on Sexual Harassment – Photo album