Success and presentation techniques – Interview with Li Chan Wing 李燦榮

Success and presentation techniques

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EDUCATION

The conducted interviews have the purpose to see EDUCATION from different angles. Thus, experts from several fields give their opinion and insights on the topic. Be open-minded and see how your surrounding and you can benefit from it.

Li Chan Wing 李燦榮 is a former news anchor, current radio host and trainer in media and PR. His expertise is in high demand among companies across Asia ranging from Chow Tai Fook, Hong Kong, MTR, Government Officials, Police Force, and many more.

For the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule, he was one of the chosen news anchor to host the historical event on television.

Thank you Li Chan Wing for your time!

 

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Here are the questions for the interview. AUDIO BELOW

1. Please could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your career in the media world.

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you loose/gain confidence regarding performing or speaking in public?

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students in terms of media and public relations? What advice would you give them?

4. What guidelines would you give teachers and coaches to help building up student´s interpersonal communication skills?

5. Many people are struggling with speaking in front of other people or a bigger audience. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals a few presentation techniques in order to enhance their performance?

6. What would you say are success factors when it comes to effective self-marketing and branding?

7. How do you define success?

8. What personal life principles made you become successful?

9. What advice would you give to students and young adults in order for them to achieve what they want?

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Li.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com

Flying to Success – Interview with pilot Thomas Irbinger

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Pilot TAG Asia, Fleet Technical Pilot – TAG Aviation Asia August 2013 – Heute

Jet Partner for Private Aircraft Services & Charter Flights

First Officer – Hong Kong Jet – Mai 2013 – August 2013

First Officer Global 5000 GVFD

First Officer – Tyrolean JetServices – November 2005 – März 2012 – Innsbruck (Austria)

First Officer on J328, Global Express.

 

1. Please tell me about yourself and your career

I was born in Vienna, Austria, I have 2 brothers and one sister.

My father travelled a lot around the world due to his diplomatic career, therefore, we moved many times. I was always fascinated by Engineering and all sorts of complex machines. That what attracted me into aviation.

I learnt how to fly in Graz (Austria), then went to Fort Worth (Texas) to obtain most of my flight experience and licences.

My first Job was with Tyrolean Jet Services in Innsbruck, where I flew the Dornier 328 Jet and later the Global Express. After 7 years, I decided it was time for a change of surroundings and found a Job with TAG Aviation Asia, based in Hong Kong.

 

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you lose/gain confidence in becoming a pilot?

But the most important thing was to remain optimistic, keep your knowledge and skills sharp, and hope for better times and motivate yourself to fight for your dream. This happened some few times, especially when I finished my training and started looking for a Job in 2002.Those were bad times for aviation and finding any position or any other job proved to be difficult.

 

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students on how to study more effectively when compared to the training course of a pilot? What advice would you give them?

Some old school systems just have a program and timeline by which they stick too much to.I always thought wouldn’t t it be just useful to see the exam which would be perfect and compare it with all the rest? At University or Flight School everyone is there because it was their wish, after all.Throughout use of audio- visual learning with short in between adaptive tests would strengthen the short term memory and students can correlate easier and contain complex information longer.

You have to be able to motivate them, but the basic push must come from themselves.

The students should be pushed harder to get it right at the second time. It is imperative to learn at once from a mistake.

This system would only work out if you correct an exam all together until everyone knows how to avoid the mistakes with certainty next time.

When a student does not dominate in perfection a procedure or an essential element of safety, then the instructors would repeat the training and intensify the pressure until it has been understood or completed satisfactorily.

 

4. What guidelines would you give teachers and coaches to help building student´s skills on result-oriented working?

Everyone has different apprehension ,memory, speeds and aptitudes. These need to be analysed first, so each individual can find his best technique of learning.Next time the result should have improved noticeably.

At the end it can be valuable to look into a project in retrospective and see what information was lacking, or what could be presented better, or what would have been important to know before commencing a project.

We have to first start learning how to best learn on a case by case scenario.

 

5. Many people are struggling with concentration and focus. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals a few techniques that also pilots use in their training to enhance their performance?

Pilots motor skills are well trained, but nobody was born a perfect human.

With the right motivation and practice you will improve almost any kind of skill, at the end, don´t forget not to overwork yourself. Stress is detrimental for any physical or mental capability, let alone Jet-lag…

The brain is only as capable as the body supporting it. Keeping in shape, fit, eating and sleeping right does a lot for the first instance.

 

6. What would you say are success factors and personality traits a person should possess or develop in order to become a person that is capable of taking responsible for other peoples lives?

In a critical situation you will be sometimes required to jump into another role, giving strict and direct orders. Making yourself understood by any means will be asked of you.Anything can happen anytime, that´s what you are here for and should be prepared for, then you will feel the responsibility to be acceptable and accustomed.

The responsibility is not felt by the amount of people you are in charge of, but just by doing your job right. All aircrafts fly in a similar way, what’s behind you on board will not or should not influence the way you think or act.

Good Leadership, communication skills, leading by example, motivating your team so to get the most out of everyone to perform at his absolute best, should a situation arise requiring important decisions are amongst other important ones.

 

7. How do you define success?

Having a happy and fulfilling life, where you feel useful and loved

Making your dream come true.

 

8. What personal life principles made you become successful?

Perseverance, motivation, staying fit, happiness, work hard, studying, studying, studying.

 

9. What advice would you give to students and young adults in order for them to achieve what they want?

Study, work hard, make connections, be a role model, have a lot of patience, make some alternative plans interim, and enjoy life

You have to build up a knowledge network around you and the area of interest.

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Thomas.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com

 

Branding and Success – Interview with Ashley Ng

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  1. Please could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your career in the world of branding?

 

Experience:

Brand ManagerZEITWINKEL Montres SA, Switzerland  – (Currently, Hong Kong)

Founder – Petit Musee – September 2009 – (Hong Kong)

Brand ManagerQuinting Montres SA, Switzerland – (Mai 2012 – Mai 2013 Hong Kong)

 

Education:

University of Perpignan Via Domitia `10

MBA, Luxury Industries 2009 – 2010

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

MBA specialized in fashion and luxury industry, BA (hons) in Industrial Design 2001 – 2004

 

About: the branding luxury:

As a person working in the luxury field, we strongly need to observe our customer`s behaviour in our daily life, different from FMCG or other brands. Luxury industries consider every single detail as important in connection with marketing and investment, which are the intangible brand values that would be embed in a customer`s mind.

 

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you gain confidence regarding working in this industry?

Whenever customers tell me that they appreciate the brand that I am working on, it gives me confidence.

 

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students in terms of self-marketing and branding? What advice would you give them?

I think there are so many schools teaching branding and luxury brand management in the world including a few famous schools such as Harvard, HEC and other top brand management schools in Switzerland. Besides school work and the content they teach, it would be of importance for schools and universities building networks to as many international companies as possible. Thus, they could offer and increase opportunities to help their students getting into well-known companies later on. Networks really can support a student`s career development.

However, regarding self-marketing and branding, I believe no one can teach how to make it perfect. However, having a keen eye, a proper attitude, and scope could make an outstanding brand happen.

 

4. What guidelines/specific steps would you give teachers and coaches to help building up student´s skills in creating a successful image at school or university in order to stand out from the crowd?

I don’t agree with the way of seeing and building up a successful image nowadays, as if you are not considered a success when not achieving it. OK, let’s get back to what is an image. When you are having your personal opinion, which is reasonable, logical, practical and feasible for one’s business, it is already good and outstanding from the crowd. There are some ideas feasible in the international market some are not. Certain ideas can be adapted only in a specific area, country, region, industry or even just within a company/person.

Reading more and paying attention to international and local news always helps understanding different cultural backgrounds. When you be able to see the scope of what`s happening and have gained the ability to differentiate, it’s time for you finding your own scope (Expertise?). By the time you have accumulated valuable information, having your own scope will make you realize that you already built up something to add to your own image.

 

5. Many people are struggling with keeping themselves in other people`s minds. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals a few presentation techniques in order to brand themselves?

There is a wide misunderstanding between branding and with putting on a label. Branding is putting yourself in a certain direction, which has to do with building something. Many people print name cards without solid background or expertise and professionalism. This is the issues between label and branding. Branding oneself is the effort to focus on expertise in a specific direction, taking certain amount of time. Branding is doing something professional and people will start recognizing you. A brand represents expertise. Do not build a brand, become an expert!

 

6. What would you say are success factors when it comes to effective self-marketing and branding?

I believe that if you think out of the box, you are going to have exceptional decision-making. That`s why so many tycoons make money, as it is about decision making. Strangely, people trying crazy and exceptional things e.g. design school students try to be too outstanding by wearing weird clothes in order to show their difference to others. Branding is something in deep, more than a label or sticker. Wearing branded apparel alone does not work.

Focus on certain field and directions. Try getting more exposure to a special expertise or customers. In addition, expose yourself to different kinds of marketing, digital, printing, viral marketing. I consider viral and digital marketing most suitable for personal marketing. Many go through that channel, however only a few become successful, because of the social environment they are in. For instance, in the USA it is easier to do branding through digital marketing due to the people, who are more used to sales or digital marketing.

 

7. How do you define success?

Set your goals and reach them, that`s success! I never consider how others think of me, as long as I know that I really do what I want.

 

8. What personal life principles made you become successful and “outstanding” from the crowd?

I am reminding myself that there is too much information in the market. No matter whether news, entertainment, art, etc..! There is a trend. If you want to have success and be the first in the trend, you have to be objective when you digest information. Think out of the box, make a prediction, and be one step ahead of others. At that specific time, you already will have fewer competitors. Try being a few steps ahead of the mass market, and then you will get your chance being successful.

I personally try avoiding direct competition with others and never negotiate pricing when I have too many competitors. I keep my own prices stable, and then I have big bargaining power, as I do not have to compete with others. I leave a negotiation when I do not get my price or an even a better price.

If someone sells the same product next door, I will start working on the intangible value and shopping experience to enhance the value of my product. I never reduce my price without a reason when I am the only one in the market. Luxury goods never compete by lowering prices; however, the opposite is the case.

 

9. What advice would you give to students and young adults in order for them to achieve what they want?

It really depends! To me I enjoy my life by reaching my every-year-goal or even 5-20 year goals. As long as I reach it, I am happy. I hate the feeling of having no goal and direction. I believe that I live for a reason to help people, friends, and myself. Life can be very colourful. I never consider money is an evil thing. It is neutral. It depends how we use it.

It depends on everyone themselves. Some want the feeling of success, some others find success when helping someone else by contributing their time and effort, others definition of success is to retire early. Generally, most want to live in a good way without working.

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Ms Ng.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com

 

 

Success, leadership, and strategy – Interview with DDr. Fritz Hendrich

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The conducted interviews have the purpose to see EDUCATION from different angles. Thus, experts from several fields give their opinion and insights on the topic. Be open-minded and see how your surrounding and you can benefit from it.

 

1. Please, could you tell me a little bit about yourself and yourcareer in the world of consulting and coaching?

After my studies of law and economics (parallel to my job as an editor and columnist in a newspaper) I was marketing manager in the publishing and in the travel business. Struggling in the daily business between meetings and negotiations with customers and suppliers, directorial peers and unions, responsible for 300 employees I started to envy my assigned consultants for their creative and more self-determined job. So I changed the side in the age 35 as a marketing consultant in my versant business.

Soon the question came up in me: How do good consulting concepts become real life in an organization? I located the answer in leadership and communication. After private studies in these fields I preferred to moderate in workshops managers in their strategic and organisational changes and to develop their qualities in communication, motivation, teambuilding and leading. The tasks are the same in any business and so I worked with high-tech-companies as well as with bankers and divers other industries, with small as well as with big global companies.

For some years I did this in a network of consultant and trainers, but with our success in founding affiliates in the new open Eastern Europe I found myself again in the manager’s role and so I better liked to work for myself as a consultant, coach and trainer in a rather personal connection to the client.

To a certain degree big consultant organizations for me are kind of false labelling: Using well known brand marks (of retired or dead founders) often the guys, who do the work now, do lack of competence or at least experience. Consulting and coaching in my perception should be a matter of personal contact and trust. Helpful in gaining trust and authenticity of managers for me was my former career as a manager, so that my clients appreciated the rather practical sight and way instead of high sophisticated theoretic detours of consultants and coaches who never experienced a company from inside.

A useful impulse to successful business are my five books on management and leadership, which were published in six languages (a. o. Arabic and Korean). Great pleasure to me is also teaching strategy and leadership to students and postgraduates at some European universities and so pointing out the critical tasks and issues soon enough.

 

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you lose/gain confidence regarding consulting business leaders, managers, and employees?

Losing confidence at the utmost I do when managers think they could delegate their job of motivating their employees by sending them in a 3-day workshop and then it is done. Therefore I only accept cooperation with clients on a rather long-term basis as a conjoint way of development top down.

On this way I really gained confidence in the effect of consulting and training, when I did leadership-training the first time over some years with a group of master craftsmen in a big elevator-company. After some years the one and the other of their younger employees came into the training as now they had become master themselves. They were so curious, what could go on in these trainings, as their bosses always had come back with a changed behaviour and did change quite some parts of the organization’s culture. Hence developing leadership, communication, strategy, culture and organization never should be seen as a project but as a process with trusted partners.

 

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students in terms of leadership and teamwork? What advice would you give them?

They could and should improve by taking the so called “soft-skills” more serious and important and stop to pay only lip-service to these tasks. Beside the “hard-skills” connected with finance and efficiency, which dominate the curricula and foster the greed without moral in sick organizations with sickening competition and mobbing, they should become aware, that these personal skills are not only “nice to have”, but crucial qualities in an ethical economy.

 

4. What guidelines would you give teachers and coaches to help building up student´s organizational- and time management skills?

These skills should become oriented on a personal work-life-balance instead of being a fitness-training for the pursuit of greed and career.

 

5. Many people are struggling with overwhelming demands and pressure at school and work every day. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals one or two strategies how to overcome challenges faster?

Maybe first not to look how to overcome challenges faster, but first look if it is a challenge worth to overcome with your personal qualities and talents and perspectives for a fulfilled life.

So first check honestly your personal abilities and talents. For this you could imagine your last point of no return, which someday will be your funeral: What would you like to hear (if you could) from speakers like your partners, kids, friends at this point? This should become your priorities number one. By the way I never did hear of a successful manager as his last words: “Oh, I should have spent more time in the office…”

 

6. What would you say are success factors when it comes to effective communication between teachers/superior and students/employees?

To speak at the same level of partnership and not top-down or vice versa.

Not to speak out accusations or orders – but personal perceptions, feelings, wishes. (More about this is to be found under the key-word “non-violent communication” or in the writings of P. Watzlawick and V. Satir.)

 

7. How do you define success?

To love what you do and what the outcome is of your acting.

 

8. What personal life principles made you become successful?

To do what I think is best to transfer my talents and abilities into activities which leave a mark. (Without looking out for the mainstream or waiting for allowance and permits.)

 

9. What advice would you give students and young adults in order for them to achieve what they want?

Become aware if you really want it by heart and by your critical mind – or if you just follow a trend, a fashion, a promoted life-style.

 

Thank you very much for the Interview, Mr Hendrich.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com

Success and creativity – Interview with Simone Haas

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The conducted interviews have the purpose to see EDUCATION from different angles. Thus, experts from several fields give their opinion and insights on the topic. Be open-minded and see how your surrounding and you can benefit from it.

 

1. Please could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your career in the world of creativity and art?

I have been drawing and painting since I was a teenager. Although I did not study art at a university, I did have the opportunity to get inspired and educated in art through fellow artists, workshops, courses and programs in drawing, painting and photography. Since I have been travelling a lot and also living and working in different fields and countries in Europe and Asia, I gained a lot of insight on other cultures and inspiration through that. Now I do work as a freelance photographer and painter and also get involved in design for interior decorating, jewelry and even books. Once in a while I do either solo shows or group exhibitions with paintings and photographs.

 

2. Can you share an experience or specific moment that made you lose/gain confidence regarding putting your ideas on canvas?

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I used to destroy a lot of drawings and paintings that I was not happy or lost my patience with. Later on I did regret it at least for some works. Of course other artists, even famous and talented ones, have had the same experience and destroyed so many of their own works in the process of their artistic lives and careers. So now, the very moment I realize that I start getting irritated and frustrated with the painting, I stop right away. I put it away and will not look at it for a few days or even longer, depending on the “frustration level” and keep doing other projects in the meantime.

Then I would look at it from some distance and get closer. This shifts my “point of view” so I can see it again with “new eyes” and realize if it looks close to the idea I had in my head.  I did this, for example, with a landscape painting where I found that something interesting was missing. I fixed the missing part by adding some people from a perspective further away in the background, which made the whole scene more interesting. It took me a few months to finish this project, but now I am very happy with it and glad I did not give up on it.

 

3. In what areas do you think nowadays schools/universities around the world could improve when teaching students in terms of creativity and imagination? What advice would you give them? What guidelines/specific steps would you give teachers and coaches to help building up student´s artistic skills?

Teachers should help students to discover their skills with an open mind and introduce them to as many different styles, media and viewpoints as possible. Never let them do copies of single masterpieces but instead use different paintings and artists as inspiration for their own “masterpiece”.

Challenging students with finding their own ideas and translation into unusual mediums or finding solutions from a very different viewpoint, that`s very important. I also think grades should be given for the effort and creativity to realize an idea, not necessarily copying a certain technique.

 

4. One of the greatest challenges today is problem solving on a regular basis. Could you share with pupils, students, and young professionals a few thoughts if/how painting and solving problems are related?

Painting and creating art is in many ways like dreaming or meditating. By valuing the process of “letting go” of an idea or problem for a while and just being driven by your “feelings”, you are able to discover new ideas and solutions.

orangeFl.jpgA nice way to discover that is to create an abstract painting. Just choose your colors, canvas or paper, don’t think about it too much, and start painting/ drawing. You would be surprised what shapes and colors can materialize. It is like the great idea for a design you were desperately looking for, it is “coming” right to you when you least expect it. For instance, when you are absentmindedly doodling or while talking on the phone.

Creating art gives you the possibility to imagine impossible things and situations, therefore, also enhancing your emotional intelligence. By start playing around with seemingly impossible solutions and scenarios in the business world, you might find the “real” solution faster as well.

It is similar to this daily situation: Probably all of us know the feeling when you cannot remember where on earth you left your keys, right? You have a glimpse. It is right there on the tip of your tongue. Just that moment, when you at least expect it, the location crosses your mind again.

 

5. What would you say are success factors when it comes to finding outside-the-box solutions from an artist`s point of view?

A few “tricks” I use for painting myself could be translated into any kind of problem solving.

Sometimes it occurs that something seems to be wrong with a painting, but I am not sure what exactly. First thing I do is putting the painting upside down and/or sideways, step back, and look at it again. Then, mostly the answer reveals itself. Suddenly, I can see the wrong proportions or mistakes in the color.

For instance, another thing I do is taking the photo (that I draw the painting from) and only focus on the photo. Most of the time I begin “seeing” things” in the right proportion again that I didn’t realize while looking at the actual painting.

So, I would say with any kind of problem solving process it helps to “step away” from the problem first. Look at it from another viewpoint or try getting yourself into the shoes of the ones involved and see the situation with their eyes. I believe any means that get you one step further are allowed (mentally or physically), even if you would have to perform a headstand in yoga style.

 

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Success is the moment you feel appreciated for a kind of work you love doing.

 

7. What personal life principles made you become successful?

Don’t waste time on situations you cannot change, however, look for other opportunities that come along.

Never feel sorry for yourself too long! In every negative experience lies something you can turn into something positive.

 

8. What would you tell students and young adults in order to help them achieving what they want?

Most importantly I would say is: “Be fearless” and “be persistent”! Last but not least, “have a sense of humor, be able to laugh about yourself, and forgive yourself! Sometimes you are your own “obstacle” because you take yourself too seriously.

I remember that especially at the beginning of my career a lot of rejection, conflicts and misunderstandings happened, which is pretty common. You just learn to deal with that as you progress and realize it was never that “bad” as it seemed at the time! You just keep going and always try to see the “bigger” picture of all things.

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Mrs. Haas.

 

Interview conducted by Nicholas Sebastian Chan

The Interpretation of Momentum ®

on www.project-iom.com