Taboo Topics

Sometimes, the atmosphere in a social gathering can be ruined just because of conversation topics that are considered taboo, off-limits or too intrusive. Asking about a person’s salary, talking about someone’s sex life, poking fun at religion or bullying people because of it… it may seem like others have accepted this as a norm, but it’s good to be reminded about manners, respect & courtesy.

SPEAKING AT LSGH AGAIN !

It’s always a joy for me to speak at La Salle Greenhills. When I was first asked to give a talk (I was actually subbing for my very good friend Ginny), I WAS SO NERVOUS! I was overwhelmed with the thought of speaking in front of a huge crowd of boys! I sought advice from some of my teacher friends and really went in with tons of prayer. I give credit to God for everything–the boldness to speak, the ability to engage and influence them. Watch the video below and see how much I had with the Grade 11 boys.

Insights and Notes from the 16th Leaders and Achievers Summit

img_4472-001I always look forward to opportunities to improve myself through learning. For the past few years, I’ve been taking online classes offered by universities and have benefitted a lot from the excellently-planned educational material that I can access from the comfort of my own home. I like that I am able to listen to professors’ lectures from across the globe, submit my assignment on a weekly basis, participate in lesson discussions with classmates from different nationalities and of course, test my lesson retention through weekly quizzes.

Books are definitely good learning and reference material, allowing readers to be somehow mentored by the writers as they share their life, passion and research. The most exciting for me it seems, are seminars and conferences. Being a public speaker myself, it is a joy for me to listen to seasoned professionals and subject-matter experts who bring their varied education, background and experiences. The fact that I can actually interact and network with them in the flesh is a bonus. I especially like it when they open the floor for questions for it allows attendees to clarify insights and seek the speakers’ viewpoints.

I recently attended the 16th Leaders and Achievers Summit organized by Salt and Light Ventures. They brought together six world-class speakers who shared their experience and insights on Creating Leadership Value and strengthening one’s personal and leadership brand.

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Gerry Plana, the CEO of Investors in People UK (Philippines) started the day with “Leadership Branding Defined.” In his talk, he outlined:
-the value of the brand and how leadership benefits from a brand
-understanding the two main strains which produced a multitude of leadership brands today
-developing one’s personal leadership brand
-developing an organization’s leadership brand

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Covering Jacqueline Whitmore’s Press Conference in Manila

When I heard that Jacqueline Whitmore would be one of the speakers for the 16th Achievers and Leaders Summit at Shangri-la, I immediately got in touch with Salt and Light Ventures to inquire about the learning event. The Achievers and Leaders Summit is a conference that brings together influential leaders of various fields with ideas that inspire and provoke change. The event is often well-attended, allowing companies and individuals to be briefly mentored by world-class speakers towards a better work life. This year, the focus of the ALS is Creating Leadership Value.

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Jacqueline Whitmore is an international etiquette expert, a bestselling author and a certified speaking professional. With years of experience under her belt handling various functions, Jacqueline has developed and defined her own leadership brand which she has seamlessly tied up with her etiquette expertise.

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She has released three books so far: Poised for Success, How to Mingle, Network and Remember Names and Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work.

Below are snippets from the press conference.