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SPEECHES / WORKSHOPS
WRITE-UP

Michael Lum delivering one of his insightful talks in the National Library.

1. YOUR BODY SPEAKS ITS OWN LANGUAGE
Our non-verbal action forms 55% of our total communication compared to written (7%) and vocal (38%). Speaking the right body language enables us to communicate effectively and produce the desired outcomes. We have our own intimate, personal, social and public zones. Recognising others' comfort zones breaks communication barriers. What are the different types of handshakes? How do we know that others are lying? Is your date nervous? Are you signalling your interest to your partner correctly? How do we behave in a party? This entertaining talk conducted by Michael Lum, a training consultant, is peppered by many real-life re-enactments.

2. WAKE UP YOUR IDEAS!
    YOU CAN BE CREATIVE TOO

Contrary to popular beliefs, creative thinking can be taught. Believing you are creative is the first step towards creative thinking. This insightful talk opens the world's most powerful and portable computer - your brain. You will determine whether you are left or right-brained. How can we improve our creativity quotient? How do we foster a creative environment? When is the best time to be creative? You will be enlighten with creative techniques and apply them in your dates, gifts and parties. Jump out of the box and you will be amazed how creative you can be! This talk is facilitated by Michael Lum, a training specialist in creative thinking skills.

3. APPLAUSE!
    DELIVERING EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION

Good public speakers and presenters are like ducks gliding in the pond. While they appear calm and cool; beneath the water level is a pair of legs desperately paddling away. How do you maintain your cool and control your nervousness? Various techniques include "I see them naked" and "They owe me money". This experiential workshop, delivered by an experienced speaker, Michael Lum, will enlighten you with techniques to capture your audience attention within 8 seconds, add humour and develop your speech to an interesting conclusion. Included are tips on how to handle both difficult questions audience. You will be given an opportunity to deliver your favourite speech at this workshop.

4. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE:
    DEVELOPING YOUR EQ

Ever since Daniel Coleman coined the phrase "Emotional Quotient", it became a "buzz" word. EQ is more important than IQ, the traditional method for measuring our intelligence. EQ consists of inter-personal and intra-personal intelligences. Groundbreaking research concluded that people with high EQ perform generally better in life than those with high IQ. While our IQ cannot be changed, EQ can be developed. How then can we develop our EQ? How can EQ make us better in our workplace and social life? In this EQ workshop, we will learn to be aware of and motivate ourselves, manage our moods, empathize with others and hone in our social skills. This talk is conducted by Michael Lum, a training specialist with many years of experience.

5. BRAINSCAPES: The Big Picture
From the early Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese scrolls and Hindu manuscripts to modern writings, we think, write and read linearly. However, our brains do not work linearly. We think in all different directions not unlike a tree branching out. Our brains process in terms of pictures, symbols and key words in different colours, shapes and dimensions. We think in terms of the Big Picture; we see the forest not the trees. Using Brainscapes, you will be amazed how powerful your brain is in memorising and recalling facts. In this talk, Michael Lum, will demonstrate to you how to develop Brainscapes for both your personal study and work. You will find study, note-taking and memory works more fun and exciting than before!

6. I'M OKAY; YOU'RE OKAY
    BECOMING MORE ASSERTIVE

Many fallaciously equate being assertive to being aggressive. Being assertive is standing up for our own personal rights and expressing our beliefs without violating others' rights. Assertive people influence others in positive way, possess non-judgment attitude and adopt a proactive rather than a reactive approach. In this 3-hour talk, Michael Lum will discuss the various building blocks from enhancing your self esteem, listening skills to learning to say "No". From either a passive or aggressive person, you can develop to a more assertive person. This will increase your confidence, your effectiveness in handling conflicts and constructive dialogue with others.

7. FIGHT OR FLIGHT?
    STRESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS

"The only time we are not reacting to stress is when we are dead". In the hustle and bustle with the fast lane of citylife, no one can escape from stress. Most common forms of escape from stress are consuming alcohol and high-caffeine drinks, smoking, overeating and prescription drugs. Other forms of outlets include psychological withdrawal and expressing anger at others. This talk, conducted by Michael Lum, a training consultant, will look at major sources of stress and how to cope with stress. Participants will have an opportunity to practise two stress-management techniques - Jacobson Progressive Muscle Relaxation Process and Autogenic Phrase Adaption. At the end of the workshop, you will learn how to manage stress instead of letting stress control your life and your moods.

8. 8 DAYS A WEEK:
    MANAGING YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY

All of us have a time bank account. Everyday, 1440 minutes are deposited in our account. We must withdraw and invest fruitfully. There is no interest earned for time left. Neither is there any overdraft facility to forward time. This workshop, conducted by Michael Lum, will look at the art of managing your time. From setting of personal vision, mission and objectives, we will discuss daily, weekly and monthly planning. What is the Ivy Lee' and the Stand-by Formulae? How do you differentiate between urgent and important tasks? Who are your time robbers? How can we gain an extra hour everyday? Invest 3 hours with us and we will show you skills to manage your time more effectively.

DETAILS

Length of each speech: 3 hours
Length of each workshop: 1 to 3 days

Seating arrangement: Theatre or classroom style

Equipment required: OHP, Head Table with jar of water, cordless microphone, TV/Video player