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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Alliance Bank Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2015 - Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin Sharing Eco World @ Young Entrepreneur's Conference 2015 Kuala Lumpur Experience

During the afternoon, I drove all the way from Klang to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Young Entrepreneurs' Conference 2015 (YEC) in Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre. The event started at 2.50pm and the first speaker is Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Chairman of Eco World Development Group Bhd. Somehow I just feel that it could be true that people want to take picture with you when you're successful in life.
Besides, I also saw his son, Liew Tian Xiong, 24 year old was there too.
Somehow it just remind me one of my ex-ex company that I work back in 2012 whereby Dato Lee appointed his son, 24 year old too to become executive director of the public listed company. I guess this is the generation of father's wealth passing to their children? In fact, I saw most of my secondary school friend also having similar inheritance in my circle of friend.

During the moment when Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin sharing about Eco World, he say that entrepreneurship is an endless journey and everyday is a problem.
His advice to those younger people is don't despair if you are not rich because you better chance to survival. Entrepreneurship is a different level of playing field and people who doesn't give up will mostly become successful. It is good that if you can have something that you passionate about and turn into money. Sometime you just need to ask yourself what is your motivation to become an entrepreneur? Is it because of wealth, social status or social enterprise? You must understand what kind of person you are and must decide it at the very early of thing. Are you a honest guy?
Don't ever think that no people will forget the things you do at 18 year old and try to ask yourself what is the definition of success that you want? Are you there to make money or help people?

He shared that his Eco World company is just less than 3 years old and the important to have a great team. Besides, he say that if you follow A to Z is not an entrepreneur as they normally end up working for people. Normally the naughty one in class who dare to break the rules would end up being entrepreneur. The spirit of entrepreneurship can change over time and you may be lay off. Entrepreneurship is very challenging job as he say that working in a bank never follow rules and regulation while his lady boss is the worst.
He shared that working as a banker during her 30 helps in his career. If you know to bullshit the bank, the bank will give you money but it no longer works in the current world because they is so much requirement to get a loan. He shared that he started off with RM50,000 to build a RM9 billion business because he is clever to restructure during the olden days.

On the other hand, an entrepreneur need to stay calm even if you are burning inside although you're struggle business in your business. For instance, the company that he started previously for 18 years, SP Setia has been takeover but he is positive to build another new company which is Eco World started at 22nd September 2012. He say that you can take whatever you can but not his team. Always stay calm and smile if you want to scale is your team and no man is superman. However, the strategy of the olden days couldn't be apply today because by the time you build it already consider obsolete. So you must keep tweak and tweak your business as time goes and do not break the law but push the limits as you maneuver around. I remember the CEO VS Entrepreneur story that he shared about in a global entrepreneurship competition. He say that when there are people who come from different billionaire background like Linkedin, Angry Birds, and etc, you can see all sort of ego they have.

There is one guy who brag about that he is the 14th generation of wine glass founder eventually lost the competition because it is an entrepreneur contest and he lose because of inheritance wealth.
Furthermore, I am agree with him that people who suffering and doesn't give up will mostly success. In deed his sharing shows that he is the best salesman and I start to understand why most of the boss didn't really need those technical skills to be successful. They are good in delegate the right person to do the right task. For instance, he hired Dato Joey Yap to talk about "Feng Shui" location especially the target audience is Chinese from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and others.
In addition, his advice to younger generation is to be a good and honest entrepreneur because entrepreneur is about you although everyday is a problem. When you're successful one day, remember to contribute back to society.

During the Q&A session, Mr Chan asked Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin on how to bounce back when you reach lowest point of life.
It is because he believe that there is 10 year of cycle happen in life. Tan Sri answered that he last time ride bicycle to find people do sales during the economy downturn while waiting a sign of economy recovery during 1997. There will be always someone who will save the country and that moment is when Tun Dato' Sri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad set the currency RM3.80 per USD and it help the economy to recover.
Feel free to watch his speech at the Youtube link below.

Below is the sketches by Sketch Post for the overall summary.
I truly enjoyed the sharing from Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin about Eco World during Young Entrepreneur's Conference 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma’s interview at Davos

Steven Millward
Steven Millward
11:28 pm on Jan 23, 2015

15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma returned to Davos today for the first time in years for a chat. Interviewed by CBS's Charlie Rose, Ma – chatty and eminently quotable as ever – talked about his early days as an entrepreneur, the origins of Alibaba, and some more contemporary issues as well.
Here are 15 of his best quotes:
Ma returned to many of his favorite themes, such as how the marketplace model that Alibaba uses with its many estores can enable small companies and merchants to do business online. He expects ecommerce to be totally mainstream soon so that the word doesn't need to be used.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
This is how he described Alibaba's record-breaking IPO in which the company raised about US$21.8 billion.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
He talked about rejection and early failures with school tests and finding his first job – including one as a server at a branch of KFC in his hometown, Hangzhou:
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Ma emphasized the early challenges of building trust in ecommerce, especially in China. "How can you do things online unless you trust?" he asked. He then illustrated that by saying…
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
He said that a government could never create ecommerce, but he still feels "responsibility" to educate the government about how ecommerce can benefit people. Despite that, he's not too keen on being called upon by them.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
On the topic of privacy and security, he said that Alibaba has not yet been in the position of handing over user data to the Chinese government. But Ma said he would cooperate if it related to national security, anti-terrorism, or a specific crime. Focusing on privacy, Ma added that he's "fully confident" of a breakthrough in web privacy and security "in the next 10 to 15 years," saying: "Today we may not have the solutions, we do not have the answers. But I believe our young people have the solutions."
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Then he launched into talking about Alibaba then and now, referencing the time that TIME magazine descibed him as crazy…
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Rose then asked Ma about tai chi, the martial art that he practices. He used the art to draw a comparison with doing business.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Ma said that he started out trying to change the world but then later realized that it's people who need to change so as to effect change.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Ma then delved into some stats, saying that 47 percent of Alibaba's employees are women; 33 percent of management are women; and 24 percent of senior management are women. He explained that women think about others more, so they're crucial to a good business.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
Ma and Rose ended the chat on the subject of China's slowing GDP growth. The double-digit growth has now given way to about seven percent expansion, and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang recently embraced this by saying that China's economy is entering a "new normal" of slower but healthier growth. Ma agreed that it's more sustainable, particularly with regard China's environment, hinting at environmental concerns he has expressed numerous times over the past few years.
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
15 of the best quotes from Jack Ma's interview at Davos
The full session runs to 45 minutes. The embed code isn't working well, so go check out the video here (

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking - Business Insider

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Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking


On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.

He and nine other finalists competed at the Toastmasters annual convention in Las Vegas, and he took home first place for his speech "The Power of Words," which you can watch below:

2015 World Champion: 'The Power of Words' Mohammed Qahtani, Toastmasters International

We spoke with Qahtani about his winning speech and discussed what others can learn from it.

He immediately gets the audience on his side.
Qahtani starts his speech with a sight gag, pretending to consider lighting up a cigarette before the audience's reaction convinces him not to. He transitions from this into a sober defense of the tobacco industry before saying, straight faced, that all of the facts and figures he cited were made up. The audience then roars with laughter.

"When you get an audience laughing, you've got them on your side," Qahtani says.

However you choose to engage an audience, by getting them to laugh, cheer, gasp, or any other emotional reaction, it's important to get them on your side from the beginning. Qahtani says it can be easy for a speaker to forget that an audience wants a performer to do well, and is waiting to be entertained.

He doesn't lose sight of his message.
The punchline of his fake defense of Big Tobacco is that you can convince people of a lie, even an absurd one, if you deliver it in the proper way.

Every presentation needs to have a thesis, a message that the audience is convinced of and will take with them. Qahtani's message is straightforward: We must be conscious of the power our words can have over other people, for better or worse.

His speech is a series of stories: why a pseudo-defense of smoking can be convincing, how he taught his young son a lesson, why academics have a difficult time imparting the dangers of global warming, and how a single phone call ruined a friend's life. Each of these stories are variations on a theme, leading to a satisfying conclusion that ties them all together.

He makes it personal.
A friend once told Qahtani, "When you're on the stage, the most important thing is the audience. Don't care about how you look, where you are on the stage, how you sound — just care about the audience." Qahtani has used this advice to stay focused on how his audience reacts, and rather than going through the motions, he adjusts his delivery depending on how his audience engages with his material.

In "The Power of Words," he cheats a little bit with the story about a friend dying from an overdose. The story, about a promising young man's tragic path to self-destruction partially due to an estranged relationship with his father, is real, but it's a story Qahtani borrowed. He says that if he presented it as a secondhand story it would lose some of its immediacy.

If you're giving a corporate presentation or TED Talk, you shouldn't play with poetic license, but you definitely should use anecdotes that add life to your topic.

He uses his strengths to overcome his weaknesses.
Qahtani grew up with a stutter and deals with it occasionally. He says that even though the stage empowers him and rids him of the impediment, his vocal delivery will never be his strong point, and neither will his stage presence. But that's fine.

A fellow Toastmasters member once told Qahtani, "Some people are strong with their words, some people are strong with their voice, some people are strong with their stage presence. Your strength is humor. Use it."

There were competitors who had better delivery and more refined movements on stage, but Qahtani got the audience to focus their attention on what he did well.

He ends on a hopeful note.
Qahtani opened his speech with humor to get the audience laughing and relaxed, but he would have fallen into a stand-up act if he didn't transition into moving personal anecdotes. Similarly, if he kept his entire speech heavy, his audience would have felt depressed or even bored rather than satisfied.

However you determine your speech will flow, Qahtani said, it's important that you always leave your audience with a feeling of hope. They need to feel empowered by what you just told them.