It has started. Be part of our Asian journey.
It all started in Manila, Philippines, where I was surprisingly given a microphone and was asked to give a speech. I was chilling. I got a lot of nerves. I didn’t know what to say or do. After four years, here I am travelling Asian countries speaking to different foreign groups and organizations.
First Stop: Global Brunei 2010
Enterprise Asia sent me an email inviting be as a speaker in their event. I said yes.
As one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the Philippines, doing business isn’t that easy. Most people still can’t take it at first when they see “an amateur” in the industry. These people usually associate wisdom with gray hair, which I don’t really agree. I always believe that “success is never about the age.” Nonetheless, I’d still like to prove what I say. There have been countless of seminars I’ve spoken at and this time, I’d like to believe that I’m conquering Asia.
Here’s how my Brunei speaking engagement started:
Dear Mr. Lloyd A. Luna,
I am delighted to inform you that Enterprise Asia is convening the above forum and I am writing to officially invite you to deliver a presentation as well as share your expertise at the event.
Enterprise Asia’s Global Brunei 2010 will be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 at the same date and venue as above. We would be especially honored to have you to share your expertist on the topic: Session Five- Panel Discussion: Focusing on emotional intelligence in the workplace will create a better synergy for entrepreneurs in a global market.
National Entrepreneurship Forum is conceived from the growing need for Asian entrepreneurs to connect, create a synergistic business environment and take sustainable actions to propel Asian business to greater heights. It is a gathering of Asia’s top entrepreneurs to network, share experience and knowledge, and identify regional challenges and opportunities to lead Asia in its entrepreneurship agenda.
Through this forum we strive to create an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards responsible, sustainable, progressive economic and social development, and we strongly believe that you have a wealth of experience and expertise to deliver exactly what the delegates need; your presence will provide immense inspiration for them.
Expectedly 200 business leaders comprising of about 100 local and 100 international delegates (Asia Pacific countries) will be attending this event. We hope that this initiative will be able to help to promote Brunei as one of the investment destination in Asia.
I would also like to add that all speaking slots are 35 to 45 minutes max. Attached here the programme agenda for your viewing. Please note that the bullet points are mere guidelines and may be amended to better reflect the content of your presentation. Kindly take note that this is a draft copy. You are also free to propose some topics that you think will be relevant.
I do understand that you must definitely have a very busy schedule, but an indication / tentative decision on whether or not you would be able to speak within the same or next day would be very much appreciated.
If you need any clarifications, which could help you make a decision on this invitation, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to a favourable reply. Attached is the programme draft for the above said forum, and brief introduction about Enterprise Asia and the forum for your understanding.
LLOYDLUNA: I’m excited to do this one not only because I’m going to speak in front of Asia’s finest entrepreneurs. This will be my first time in Negara Brunei Darussalam. I only know this country through social studies books and maps. On June 30, I will be there.
Global Brunei 2010 will be held in the beautiful The Empire Hotel, where we will have a dinner probably with Y.B Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Brunei’s Minister of Domestic Trade Co-operatives and Consumerism.
I’m happy also to speak along with other known personalities like Danny Quah, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered in Brunei.
From bandar Seri Begawan airport, I’ll fly directly to Kuala Lumpur for my second stop.
Second Stop: Brand You First
Personal Branding Asia initially invited me to attend the event as a delegate. A potential delegate-turned speaker, I’m very happy to be part of the roster of wonderful (and great) international experts on personal branding.
Hani Gurung Khaursar, Founder of Personal Branding Asia, confirmed my participation as a speaker in this event. She was looking for “champion in personal development in asia” when she landed on my website. She said, I was doing everything about personal branding. After we’ve finalized some details, I’m on board.
Should you want to know more about this event called, “Brand You First: From Leader to Icon,” which will happen on July 2-3 in Grand Millennium Hotel, I suggest to you go to this website. You can still register to this event.
This is my third time in Kuala Lumpur in seven months. The first time was in December 2008 followed by an event in April 2009 organized by Thomvell International.
I’m very proud to be the only Filipino to take center stage in this Personal Branding Event.
Third Stop: Asian Publishing Convention
I’m a self-published author and started my publishing business with a very little fund, without a strong reputation, and without any experience. In Ho Chi Minh City, I’ll talk about “Creating A New Publishing Mindset.”
Like my Brunei seminar, this is another event that I’m very excited about for the same reason. It will be my first time in formerly known Saigon. Vietnam has a very interesting history. I’d be happy to visit some places when I get there.
I’m speaking at the Asian Publishing Convention 2010, which will be in Hotel Equatorial and will be participated in by big people and personalities in the publishing industry. If you’d like to know the details about this event, please go to the Asian Publishing Convention website.
My aircraft will arrive at around 9AM. Upon arrival, I will proceed directly to my hotel and prepare for my talk at 4PM. I was also invited to attend the Gala or Awards night. I will be happy to join and meet with my fellow publishers and Asian Publishing Convention Awardees.
From Ho Chi Minh City, I’ll fly back to Manila to prepare for my fourth stop.
Fourth Stop: Manila International Book Fair
Now, this is great. I was given four slots during the three-day event. The organizer also allowed me to formally launch my latest book, The Internet Marketing Handbook.
Manila International Book Fair is a prestigious event and I’m privileged to be part of it. The organizers gave me a total of four speaking slots to promote my books and seminars. In fact, I will be launching my latest masterpiece on Internet marketing.
This event will happen on September 15-17 at SMX Convention Center.