Knowing your Personal Brand

When branding comes into mind, we think that the best way to start is getting the word out and we need to be vocal about it. The first thing though that you should do really is to think of your personal brand. If you don’t have any plans for this coming Saturday, I would like to invite you to join me, Marv De Leon and Mike Grogan as we answer your questions on branding.

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/personalbranding3

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The first session was held last week and I heard that the participants learned a lot of things. Here are the top reasons why you should not miss this workshop:

– Learn how to stand out, win more clients and become a well-respected expert in your market through Personal Branding.
– A proven, step-by-step blueprint on how to create your powerful Personal Brand.
– Highly collaborative and interactive sessions with experienced coaches.
– A real “crack your knuckles” workshop – hands-on activities and interactive learning sessions.
– Pick the brain, rub elbows and take a selfie with our experts — receive valuable tips and Q&A sessions with top influencers in the fields of freelancing and blogging.
– Get five (5) free professional, high-quality portraits that you can use for your blog and social media accounts.
– Win the “Most Promising Personal Brand of the Workshop” and get featured in the Freelance Blend Podcast, Manila Workshops, Manila Reviews, Malaya Business Insight newspaper and other media sites.
– Join our tribe — become part of a thriving exclusive Facebook group of freelancers, Freelance Blend Workshops & Events Group, where you have access to experts and peers 24/7.
– Surprise bonus from Marv at the end of the session.
– PLUS much, much more!

Here are some pictures from last Saturday’s workshop:

To sign up, you can still use this form at ManilaWorkshops.com: CLICK HERE

 

 

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Women Helping Women

More and more groups are being formed to help and support other women. I love it! I sincerely think that we women need all the support that we can get to achieve our goals and aspirations. I think that instead of harbouring feelings of jealousy, let us pull one another up.

There are two events that I’m really excited about. The first one is the BDJ Women’s Summit. This will be on April 16, this Saturday. The event will be from 10 am to 9 pm and they will have powerful women as speakers.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Women Helping Women
: Amina Rasul-Bernardo (Philippine Centre for Islam & Democracy — Int’l Women’s Advocate)

PLENARY 1 : Boosting Curiosity and Intellectual Discourse
: Ana Santos (Journalist, Women Empowerment advocate)
: Risa Hontiveros (Health and Women Empowerment Advocate)

PLENARY 2 : Working Towards Financial Freedom
: Myrna Padilla (Mynd Dynamic Team – OFW turned Businesswoman)
: Salve Duplito (ANC On the Money Host, Financial Journalist)

PLENARY 3 : Finding the Courage to Lead
: Rep. Leni Robredo (2016 Vice Presidential Candidate)
: Myrza Sison (Editorial Director, Summit Media)

PLENARY 4 : Nurturing Passions to Inspire Good
: Susan Afan (Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.)
: Jen Santos (General Manager, G-Stuff)

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The other event that I am excited about is the Building a Business out of Passion talk from CEO Moms.

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Manila Workshops is happy to partner with the CEO Moms in spreading the word about this 3 hour talks. The talk will be at MindChamps International Preschool in BGC. Here is the workshop outline:

  • Connect with yourself and discover the things you are most passionate about.
  • Get the right motivation and guidance from a certified life coach on how to turn your passion into a purposeful business.
  • Create a passion board and take it home with you and let it serve as your daily inspiration to become an entrepreneur.
  • Get to know more about start-ups from a venture capitalist, and get insights on how you can possibly develop one yourself.
  • Build a supportive network with like-minded women. Share your fears, concerns and excitement, and encourage one another to success.
  • Continue on and complete the workshop series to get the opportunity to have a constant guide in setting up your business, to launching and sustaining it in the early stages. Learn the most essential aspects in developing one and pin point which needs your attention the most and which aspects shortcuts can be applied to.

Who Should Attend: 

Open to all moms and single ladies who want  to create a business out of passion, learn about tech startups from women in startups and build a supportive network.

The speakers are two powerful women:

Andrea Goseco

Anda is an executive coach who uses a combination of her innate ability to understand people, coaching methods she learned through her coach certification and her business experience working with companies from various industries.  She is able to create effective leaders by using methods that will create positive and lasting change which have a direct impact on business results.

Certified with coaching programs that are based in the U.S., with Career Coach Academy and Coach Training Alliance accredited with International Coach Federation (ICF), she also took certified coach courses in Singapore with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coaching and Gallup and is now an ACC member of ICF with over 700 hours of coaching experience.

Anda has worked with various industries as an executive coach—banks, telecommunications, real estate, hotels and resorts and shipping.  The companies she has worked with include BDO, Globe Telecom, The Discovery Leisure Company, Rockwell Land, East West Bank, L’Oreal, HSBC, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC).

Aside from coaching, she also conducts training programs for leaders in organizations. She was also an HR consultant for Carrascal Nickel Corporation (CNC) focused on creating job descriptions and designing a leadership program to improve the overall capability of the organization.

Prior to being an Executive Coach, Anda worked with the HR Training Group of Globe Telecom and also worked as a marketing strategist leading successful brands such as Globe Postpaid and Globe Tattoo, Ambi Pur (Sara Lee Philippines), Tiffany and Co and Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rustan’s), and as Sales Manager with Ayala Land, Inc.

Anda was a columnist for Entrepreneur and was also featured as a business resource for F&B World and Money Sense magazine.

She completed her post college degree in Marketing at De La Salle University.  Anda graduated from college at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) with a degree in Business Management.

Rina Neoh

Rina Neoh has more than 25 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. Her first real work experience started out at the age of 14 when she served as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, a job that allowed her to learn the rudiments of small business development and the importance of understanding the human side of business.

With a solid foundation in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA (International Business), Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. She has developed her own expertise in solutions selling, complex tender bids and managing A-list accounts in her early careers, including winning prestigious accounts from the government and private sectors. Rina is also instrumental in two IPOs in Australian Stock Exchange and have executed complex cross border mergers and acquisitions.

Rina has a long track record and proven expertise in strategic marketing, product branding, information systems, business development, venture capital financing, investor relations and high-level business negotiations — skills which she brought to every business she acquired or advised during her long career.

A seasoned executive with an operations and systems perspective, Rina is well known for setting up and developing companies across Asia Pacific, including brick-and-mortar and technology-enabled enterprises. She has a knack for incubating new businesses, finding new markets, creating unique value propositions and creating sustainable revenue streams.

Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator based in Singapore and a venture accelerator since 2006. Through its angel networks, Mercatus Group provided seed capital to promising new small ventures, with more than 30 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong.

Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, NEST Capital, Adiaco Advisors, RxR Capital, Synapse Global, Unlimited Brands, Fix Point, IdeasInc and Lattitude33. In addition to managing various companies as director or investor, Rina finds time to serve as business coach and adviser to several business advisory boards, NGOs, University and the Government of Peru, such as Startup Peru, UTAR Malaysia, Lianas Rising, Student Connect, Communi-T, Cherry Blair Foundation, among others.

Rina spends most of her free time advocating “greenfield” businesses, promoting social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and volunteerism work. She is an avid photographer, a curious traveller, and a passionate mountain trekker and wellness practitioner.

If you want to sign up for this talk, CLICK HERE.

Watch out also for the launch of our very own Beauty Biz Bliss coming this May!

 

 

 

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Summer Programs with Mathemagis

When I was young, I never liked math. I hated numbers and I didn’t enjoy learning it. It was late in my life (in fact, it was when I was working already for a bank) when I enjoyed working with numbers. Lately, I have been teaching my three year old how to count and how to write numbers.

When I was little, I couldn’t recall any available lessons to teach young ones about numbers. All the math that I learned was from school. Kids, nowadays, are so luck to have so many supplementary education that focuses in teaching and learning math. I want my little one to love math so I’m seriously considering enrolling her in this Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Summer programs.

Mathemagis Summer classes

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Preschoolers  four to six years old get the “Best Start to be Smart” in Math through fun and hands-on activities. They sa that these young kids, through their classes, develop a love and confidence for math  which they will carry with them throughout.

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Grade school students struggling with Math word problems will get a boost with “Visual Thinking Math” where kids learn the fun and easy way to solve math word problems using Singapore’s proven effective bar model strategy.

Keep you kids one step ahead of everyone through Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Program for gradeschoolers.  This program teaches Math concepts and enhances analytical skills for all students.

Batch 1 — April 4-15
Batch 2 — April 18-29
Batch 3 — May 1-13
Batch 4 — May 16-27

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If you want to learn more about Mathemagis, you can visit their website at www.mathemagis.com and FB page at www.facebook.com/mathemagis.singaporemaths or visit any of our branches in Serendra(833.7374), Makati(556.5109), Katipunan(225.6330), Timog Avenue(261.1611) and SM Pasig(209.8128).

Register online at http://bit.ly/1VF2nmV.

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On Business and on Mutual Funds: Mutual Fund Awareness Week

Working has opened my eyes to a lot of things. I loved working, but the problem is, with working, there is a cap on what you can financially achieve for yourself and for your family. Earnings increase only when you get promoted or when you get bonuses. Working for a bank really helped me a lot in seeing the value and importance of saving and investing. We are lucky that there are different kinds of investment vehicles that we can use to grow our funds.

Business is something I want to earn from. Business is a form of investment, but it is an active investment. You need to put in time and effort in order to reap financial rewards. What I like about a business is that the more you put in these things, the higher the likelihood that you will achieve greater financial rewards and there is no ceiling on how much you can earn. I like it also because I know that as I grow older, I want something to keep me busy and something that would practice my brain (too much Grey’s Anatomy! haha!).

But I also use another kind of vehicle that I use for my investments. It’s called Mutual Funds. A mutual fund is an investment vehicle that makes you invest with other people (pool funds together) so that you can invest it on securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. What I like about Mutual Funds is that the minimum investment is normally just around Php 5000 and you can just add and add without having to worry about the funds. This is because mutual funds are operated by money managers, whose main responsibility is to manage the pooled funds to help us, investors, earn income from the funds that we put in.

Sounds interesting? 🙂 Lucky for you! You can learn more about Mutual Funds during this one day celebration of Mutual Funds Awareness Week (I didn’t even know this existed until recently!). You can attend the free sessions that will be put up by the Philippine Investment Funds Association or PIFA on April 9, 2016.

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All you need to do is to sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/pifa-mutual-fund-awareness-week-2 It’s free, so why not take advantage of this?

Let’s learn more about Mutual Funds! See you on April 9!

 

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Government Benefits for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

A lot of employees may take it for granted, but companies in the Philippines are compelled by law to invest in their health and future.

Take SSS, for example: out of the monthly contribution rate which is 11% of the monthly salary, Philippine employers are required to pay 7.37%, while the employee only pays 3.63%.

At retirement (usually around 60 years old), the employee will get the highest amount based from any of the three computations below:

1. The sum of P300, plus 20 percent of the average monthly salary credit, plus two percent of the average monthly salary credit for each credited year of service (CYS) in excess of ten years; or

2. Forty (40) percent of the average monthly salary credit; or

3. P1,200, if the CYS is at least 10 but less than 20; or P2,400, if the CYS is 20 or more.

That’s not a bad pension figure, after twenty years of working. (And note this: retired professionals also get a 13th month pension, just like any regular Filipino employee!)

But an employee doesn’t need to retire to enjoy the benefits that the government demands the employers to secure for their employees. A sick employee or their dependent can immediately take advantage of Philhealth’s coverage, which can include subsidies for hospital room and board fees, drugs and medicines, laboratory exams, and professional fees.

Likewise, anyone who’s dreaming of owning their dream home can apply for a loan with Pag-Ibig. That doesn’t just mean getting the government institution to help you buy a condo or townhouse—but also a fully developed residential lot (and yes, even finance the construction of a house from ground up.)

What’s good for employees is that, should they decide to concern themselves about these matters, they can always run to their companies’ Human Resources personnel to assist them with these things.

But how about those who opt to go the freelancing route? What about freelancers? What paperwork do they need to file, to make sure they are also investing in their future? Do they get the same coverage as a regular employee? Are the fees different for self-employed professionals?

“According to the Department of Science and Technology, there are already 1.5 million freelance professionals in the country—and more than 700,000 of those freelancers are registered online on our global online jobs platform Freelancer.com,” says Evan Tan, Regional Director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com. “We need to educate these professionals that their untraditional work setups do not hinder them from enjoying the same opportunities and benefits as regular employees.”

 

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To help freelancers and entrepreneurs understand SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig memberships and coverage more comprehensively, Freelancer.com, together with premier workshops organizer Manila Workshops and Unionbank EON, has organized the Talino Talks event entitled, “Philhealth, Pag-Ibig, & SSS for Freelancers—Explained”.

Featured in the event is Dandy Victa, the founder of Manila Civil Service Review, author of “Work-at-Home Entrepreneurship: A Practical Guide for Filipinos with Disabilities”., and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree holder at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The event is happening on March 19, 2016, Saturday, 1 pm, at the Freelancer.com office, 30th floor, Ecotower Building, 32nd cor 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Also, as an additional incentive for attending, you can get your EON card during our workshop/event for FREE. Open an EON account during the workshop/event and your first annual fee will be waived! All you need to do is drop by and bring two valid IDs. With EON, you’ll have no maintaining balance, no bank fees for Paypal credits, and now, waived annual fee for the first year. It really is the easiest and fastest way to get your Paypal payment.

RSVP here: http://j.mp/philhealthsssexplained

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Design: More Than Meets the Eye

I’ve been intrigued by the concept of having great design. The thing about design is that there is more to it than meets the eye. It requires a deeper understanding of what individuals need and like. For example, for interior designers to create a lovely home for a family, they need to check on the personality of each one and really get to know them. They will need to find that perfect rendition and combination of the style and design that each family member wants and possibly needs.

Nowadays, how a person designs their site and social media accounts also speaks a lot about their personality. You’ll notice that a lot of writers, bloggers, graphic designers, photographers give people an idea about who they are as a person through the work that they create.

I love how we can get to know people by just looking at their blogs or Instagram accounts (not through stalking), but through analyzing how they express themselves through design and images.

For those who are intrigued by design, beautiful things and the story behind it, you might want to attend the following workshops on February 27, 2016.

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

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You can sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/4-corner-story-a-mobile-photography-workshop-with-shiela-catilo

BASIC INTERIOR STYLING

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You can sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basic-interior-styling-2

See you! 🙂

 

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Creating Beautiful Pictures on Instagram

One of the effective ways to get advertisers for your blog is to show them how high the engagement is for your posts in social media are. My engagement in Facebook is high, but I still need to work on Instagram. Increasing followers on Instagram is so hard since you need to have amazing photos. Especially  for entrepreneurs with products that are highly visual (like food, crafts, and other pretty stuff), you need to take amazing photos.

Admittedly, I need help with mobile photography and I know a lot of bloggers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, etc. need help with this also. It was just recently, from my team Memory Crafters, that I got to learn the term “flat lays”. Haha! I didn’t even know what it was for the longest time and I never bothered to ask.

There are a lot of things that we need to learn about Mobile Photography, particularly taking photos for Instagram, and a learning about it will make branding and business sense.

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Join us this coming Saturday and do bring your loved one as we learn about this amazing world of Mobile Photography! We will learn it from none other than my friend and very talented photographer, Sheila Catilo. In this event, Sheila will teach the basics of Mobile photography and her unique ways on how you can express and tell your story through your photos. Get to know her exceptional styles, tips and tricks and experiences in the industry.

WORKSHOP OUTLINE
I. Introduction

II. Mobile phone basics
A. Exposure
B. Focus
C. Functions
D. Strengths and weaknesses

III. More than just a picture
A. Defining your objective
B. Identifying your subject
C. Finding your style
D. Knowing your audience

IV. Telling your story
A. Finding your light
B. Rules of composition that work
C. The importance of timing
D. A sense of context
E. Captioning

V. Editing before you click
A. Cleaning up the frame
B. Styling your shot

VI. Choosing photography apps and accessories
VII. Editing and sharing your photos
VIII. Loading up on inspiration
IX. Practice makes perfect (SHOOT PROPER)
X. Constructive critique session

About Sheila 🙂

1653399_10152009709701406_1875042325_nSheila first fell in love with photography when she got a Canon Pixma for her 9th birthday. Back then, they were inseparable. By the time she was in high school, she volunteered to be their school paper’s photojournalist using her uncle’s old SLR to take pictures and join contests, saving her allowance to buy film, develop the photos she took and share them with her family and friends. It didn’t really occur to her that she would eventually do it for a living, but to her, being a photographer now is like ending up with her childhood sweetheart.

She is happily married to her best friend and co-photographer, Jorem Catilo and full-time mom to 3 little girls who she cannot stop shooting. Her Instagram account is evidence to this fact. Check it out through www.instagram.com/sheilacatilo/.

Please do join us on February 27 (It was moved from Feb. 13). Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/4-corner-story-a-mobile-photography-workshop-with-shiela-catilo

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Is my Life Going to Change now that I’m a Parent? (First Time Parents Workshop Series!)

I had a conversation with a friend recently and she was asking me what my happiest moment was. I did not hesitate and immediately said it was the day I gave birth to my daughter. That was the day my life changed completely — totally — drastically! Haha! As a first time parent, I now know the importance of sleep. I now know how it feels to be completely responsible for another person’s well being and safety. I now know how much love you can actually give and I mean real love — the love that is defined by sacrifice and putting another person’s needs first before yours.

First time Parents

Being a first time parent means a lot of joyous and super fun days, but also a lot of days of frustration and worry. It means having to go through the highest of highs of moments like hearing your baby’s first words to the lowest of lows, like when postpartum depression hits and times when you feel ugly as hell.

But what I want you to know is that all of these are normal and first time parents undergo these things. Your lives will definitely change, but there is nothing compared to the feeling that you get when you see your child for the first time.

Manila Workshops and The Parenting Emporium want to help you prepare for your lives as First Time Parents by sharing with you a series of workshops that you can attend. The first workshop will be on January 30, 2016.

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Check out the details on the registration page in this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/ftp2016-janfeb

If you need emotional and technical guidance, I know that you will get it through the support the of the community that you will come across with when you attend these workshops! I hope to meet you in one of these workshops! 🙂

 

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