As a professional motivational speaker, I’m always trying to do my best to learn new things. It’s because the know way that I can be an effective teacher is when I get the necessary skills and experience which people can actually understand.
Now, I’m on board an Air Asia fleet bound to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This will be my fourth time to speak in this wonderful city.
Kuala Lumpur otherwise known as KL, is something that I’m almost familiar with. It’s of course not as complicated as Vietnam in terms of roads and transport system. I think Malaysians are also better English language speakers. During my inspiration speech at the Asia Publishing Convention in Ho Chi Minh City, I found it really hard to speak to people over there.
This is also my first time to travel from Clark airport. It took me more or less two hours bus ride from Manila to Clark, Pampanga. If you’re flying via Air Asia or Tiger Airways, there’s a Philtranco Bus Terminal at the back of Megamall Building A. It’s 300 pesos one ride.
Diosdado Macapagal Internatioinal Airport is a wifi-enabled airport, which is better than Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. Down there, I was vale to surf the web, which was pretty cool especially that I’m using my iPad.
I never had a problem until I approached the immigration officer. He asked me on my itineraries and I gladly told him the purpose of my travel. I told him that I will speak in a seminar there but he still wanted me to prove it so he asked for the invitation.
Good thing about having an iPad, that is if there’s a wifi connection, is you can actually retrieve some documents. I let the officer see it on my iPad. He seemed insecure or perhaps even bothered that he told me in a sarcastic voice “to have it printed next time.”
I said ok. I also told him that he is more strict than Manila immigration. Alright, seems he was having a bad hair day so I leave him at that. I took my breakfast while watching Larry King Live video podcast.
The business seminar
I’m going to speak during at a business seminar entitled Guerilla Entrepreneurship. I’m a very happy to be invited to join a remarkable set of international speakers that the organizers gathered for this conference.
I will be speaking on starting up a business with with a very little or no financial capital but instead using a personal brand. I will be citing my own business success story as I cite some other case studies to reinforce and convince my audience that you can actually start something big from something small.
My company is actually in the personal development industry. I consult to business people, write books, speak to seminars, host a television show, among other activities focused on personal development as a subject.
This is one reason why I’m excited for this trip. Not only it is allowing me to travel and meet new people, it also becomes an opportunity for me to share my thoughts and experience. Theres just so many stories to tell. Day by day, we are taught to be something or to develop something. We are inspired by a lot of wonderful inventions and innovations. I think business community has been making this possible.
That how important a business is, whether one is from Manila, Hong Kong, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, China, or the Middle East. As a speaker on business subjects, I have a very high respect to people leading this entrepreneurial community. Of course, I’m a member of this community but what makes me love it is the fact that business people can actually come up with a collaborative masterpiece.
When I started my business, I didn’t know anything about it. So, when people, most of them my audience in a seminar or may a televiewer of my popular Creative Business Show, ask me how ready I am when I decided to go into business, I would say I didn’t have any idea.
All I can recall is I needed to go to the Trade Department and start to business registration from there. I thought if I’m there, then the only I’ll logically do is to ask what to do and how will I do it.
And so I think I figured things out. Nobody was coaching me at the time. Was it hard? Yes. Did I do it? Obviously.
I think what I will share in my speaking here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is my personal journey to entrepreneurship, which for me is an easy subject since I have a first hand experience on it.
Originally, I was about to speak on a Personal Branding Asia event organized by the same organizer but it was deferred for another schedule. So, I will have to wait. It’s also interesting to talk about that subject because LLOYDLUNA is basically a personal brand in the Philippines and Asia.