Saturday, April 18, 2009


"Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised."

~ Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), noted American clergyman;

Friday, April 17, 2009


"In order to solve pertinent problems, there is no other way but to seek and implement new forms of relationship and interaction. Only the creative interaction of divergent groups ... will allow for the answers we all seek to emerge."

~ Mikhail Gorbachev, 78, Russian politician; he was the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 until 1991, and also the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1988 until its collapse in 1991;


- "DE" fine the problem;

- "DE" part from the norm;

- "DE" lete the impractical;

- "DE" velop the better;

- "DE" termine the best;

- "DE" liver the best;

[Source: Unknown]

Thursday, April 16, 2009


"Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not."

~ Virgil Garnett Thomson (1896-1989), American composer;


I woke up early, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. My job is to choose what kind of day I will have today.

I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my body, mind and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a Great Day unless you have other plans.

~ Author Unknown


[I still haven't yet figured out why I took this digital snapshot at the shopfront of Mango fashion boutique in Ngee Ann City yesterday afternoon.

Nonetheless, I was intrigued, while waiting for my wife & her school-day buddies browsing inside the store. Maybe it was the name of Mango as a fashion brand; maybe the 3 colourfully dressed models.

Maybe, I got nothing better to do.


[Yesterday afternoon, while hanging out at the Far East Plaza shopping mall, with my wife & her school-day buddies from Vietnam, I had spotted this large TV screen display at shopfront of the 77th Street store. It had displayed the internationally recognised Bill Gates bug - a typical Windows error message.

I still haven't yet figured out the significance of the setup.

Maybe it's just the store's attention-grabbing gimmick!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The following short story has probably been retold many times.

I reckon it's worth repreating here one more time:

So many times we get caught up in what is going on around us that we fail to think about other people and how much we depend on each other or even what we're missing in our own lives . . . sometimes, we forget how grateful we should be for who, how, what, and especially, where we are in our present life. Let's make the most of out of it.

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.

It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow."

You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today!

[Source: Unknown]


While waiting to pick up my wife's school-day buddies from Vietnam at the Budget Terminal this morning, I have spotted this apt billboard at the Arrival Hall.


What if I simply couldn't find a way to do something different & make it work?


"Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise."

~ Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (1906–1992), American computer scientist & officer in the US Navy;

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


"What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity."

~ J. Sidlow Baxter (1903-1999), Australian pastor & theologian;


Here's a link to a great article in a weblog by Dave Jensen, a practical researcher of leadership strategies, in which he shares 7 simple steps to creating powerful habits.

Also, don't hesitate to spend some time in browsing his weblog as he has many other great stuff too - as an example, I like his 7 tools to help you construct your systematic plan to reach your goals as well as his ABCDs of Human Motivation.

Monday, April 13, 2009


"There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see."

~ Leonardo da Vinci;

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Having enjoyed reading the author's earlier book, 'Presenting to Win', naturally I am happy to acquire & read presentation coach Jerry Weissman's new book, 'The Power Presenter'.

For some strange reasons, I don't normally read books on "powerful presentations".

Other than Jerry Weissman's earlier book, I can recall that the last book on this subject I have read quite some time ago happens to be 'The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas'. [Please also refer to my earlier review.]

Prior to that, I believed it was Bert Decker's 'You've Got to be Believed to be Heard', which I had read during the mid-nineties or so.

From the standpoint of communicating ideas persuasively, especially to a large audience, I reckon 'The Power Presenter' is a fine book. It is packed with excellent insights, practical tools, inspiring case examples as well as amusing anecdotes.

Although, technically to a large extent, it has a obvious slant towards political presentations, as illustrated by numerous case examples from Nikita Khrushchev, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton & George Bush, & Norman Schwarzkopf, the author's practical advice - treats & tricks of presentation mastery, to be more precise - have been well-presented & easy to follow.

Fortunately, to my pleasant delight, the author has also thrown in a relatively good number of business cases involving CEOs preparing for their IPO Roadshows.

What I like most about the book is the author's expressed philosophy of structuring presentations as sort of empathetic "person-to-person" conversations to gain audience engagement, followed by his 'Mental Method of Presenting', & its integration with body language, cadence control, graphics synchronisation with narrative, audience empathy, etc.

Naturally, as a supplement to the book's contents, I have also enjoyed my password access to watching archival video footage at the author's corporate website.

As a frequent user, I also like specifically Chapter 11 to 13 with regard to PowerPoint.

To some extent, quite disappointingly, I note that there has been some annoying repetition of key points several times by the author throughout the book.

Comparatively speaking, I still prefer the author earlier book, 'Presenting to Win'.

Nonetheless, to end my review, I like to say that this book is a handy resource on a manager's bookshelf, especially when one has to stand up, be heard & reach people with influence from time to tome.


Take a couple of whole months, clean them thoroughly of all Bitterness, Rumors, Hate and Jealousy; in other words, make them as fresh and as clean as possible.

Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 different parts . . .

But don't make up the whole batch at once.
Instead, prepare it One Day At A Time.

Mix well each day:

One part of Faith,
One of Patience,
One of Courage,
One of Work;

Add one part each of:


Blend with:

One part Prayer,
One part Meditation,
Good Deeds;

Season the whole with:

a dash of Good Spirit,
a sprinkle of Fun,
a pinch of Play,
a cupful of Good Humor;

Pour all of this into a Vessel Of Love,

Cook thoroughly over Radiant Joy

Garnish with Smiles,
serve with Quietness, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness

And you are bound to have a Happy Life.

[Source: 100 Inspiring Anecdotes, Stories & Wisdom.]


Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love. The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don't dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you're going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

[Source: Attributed to Nancye Sims, from Top 100 Inspiring Anecdotes, Stories & Wisdom.]


1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

3. Never spend your money before you have it.

4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.

5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

6. Never repent of having eaten too little.

7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

8. Don't let the evils which have never happened cost you pain.

9. Always take things by their smooth handle.

10. When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.

[Source: Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, from Top 100 Inspiring Anecdotes, Stories & Wisdom.]


1. Do you have a strong inner urge to excel?

2. Is becoming a high-performer really important to you?

3. What is most important to you?

4. What are you willing to “put up with?”

5. How much are you willing to invest?

6. Are you willing to begin where you are today?

7. What would you give up if you had to?

8. Can you handle responsibility?

9. Do you desire to become all that you can be?

10. Can you and will you think for yourself?

[Source: 'Top Ten Ways to Become a Peak Performer']


"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what

~Lucille Ball (1911–1989), the five-time Emmy-winning, wise-cracking red-head, who virtually ruled the airwaves for the next twenty five years in a series of situation comedies from her first television program, 'I Love Lucy', premiered 15 October 1951 & designed to exploit her elastic expressions, slapstick abilities & distinct verbal talents;