PERSONAL COACHING SERIES #3 – STUDENT EDITION

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After the overwhelming response that we received for the first student edition workshop, we are happy to inform that a second workshop is now confirmed. Details as follows:

  • Date: 20 Dec 2018 (Thursday)
  • Time: 9am – 1pm (4 hours)
  • Venue: Mercu Summer Suites, KL
  • Price: RM120/pax; open to only six (6) students
  • Price includes course materials, light refreshments and certificate
  • Dress code: Casual (but no shorts, tank tops or flip-flops)

This workshop is suitable for those between the ages of 16-21 who find public speaking, attending interviews, presenting in class or speaking up in a general a challenging thing to do. The workshop covers topics such as:

  1. 7 C’s of Effective Communications
  2. Understanding misunderstanding – why miscommunication happens
  3. Tips and exercises to help you present and speak to a crowd
  4. Handling nerves and stage fright
  5. Learning to receive and process criticism and feedback
  6. Role-play

Seats are limited so please contact Didi (m) +6011 0725 3075 or (e) kreatifmegamas@gmail.com today.

 

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PERSONAL COACHING SERIES #2 – STUDENT EDITION

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  • Do you struggle with having to present assignments in front of your class?
  • Do you find standing up and asking questions in lecture halls nerve-wrecking?
  • Do you feel your speaking style and presentation skills can be improved?
  • Do you get nervous when asked to clarify a point in meetings?

Due to demand for classes designed and aimed at students and the younger crowd, we are pleased to offer a personal coaching workshop called EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS FOR BEGINNERS.

The workshop will be conducted by Kreatif Megamas’ Director, Ms Rafizah Amran (see her credentials below) and in order to keep it personal and effective, it will be limited to six (6) persons only. Fee includes course material, refreshments and certificate. Additional coaching, one-on-one and/or bespoke group sessions are available upon request.

For more information and/or to register, contact  +60 11-3725 3075 (Didi) or email rafizah.amran@consultant.com. Seat is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS FOR BEGINNERS (RM120 PER PERSON)
1 December 2018; Mercu Summer Suites; 9am – 1pm
Learn to improve your personal communications style that will allow you to gain confidence and interact more effectively with your audience. The workshop will include the do’s and don’ts, practical tips on public speaking and a recorded role-playing session so that you can identify your barriers to effective communications and develop ways to overcome them.

Participants will be asked to come dressed as they normally would when attending job interviews or doing presentations to their lecturers. The class is suitable for those between 18-27 years old, particularly those who are in college or graduates who have just joined the working force.

Workshop will be conducted primarily in English, with some parts in Bahasa Malaysia particularly on the topic of dealing with Government agencies and regulatory bodies.

Topics include:

  • Identifying your triggers: why your mind goes blank and you get nervous in front on people.
  • Body language matters: how to manage the way your body moves to inspire trust and confidence.
  • Learning to listen: how to separate good information from bad ones so that you can answer or react more effectively.
  • Tips & tricks: how to nail public speaking and keep your jitters in check.
  • Role-play: mock presentation and interview session that will be recorded and critiqued so that you can improve your communications skills and style.

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ABOUT THE COACH:

Rafizah Amran is a marketing communications and public relations specialist with over 20 years experience across several industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare & nutritional consultancy, FMCG, finance, entertainment, broadcasting, tourism, aviation and non-profit. She has been featured in many corporate and personal coaching sessions, international conferences and seminars as well as sat in judging panels for marketing and public relations campaigns for various industry awards.

She possesses both agency and corporate experience with extensive regional exposure. She has been responsible for marketing and communications function for companies and subsidiaries located in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and South Korea, with dual-reporting function to the individual Country Director and Global Chief Communications Officer (Hong Kong) and matrix reporting to Group CEO (Malaysia/Singapore).

Rafizah has also been involved in start-ups and Build-Operate-Transter (BOT) projects for both commercial and non-profit organisations; served in the secretariat and steering committees for nationwide initiatives such as Bright Start Nutrition (Nutrition Society of Malaysia), Positive Parenting (Malaysian Paediatric Association), World Health Day (Yayasan Jantung Negara), Fight Against Diabetes (National Diabetes Institute), Make It Safe for Kids (Johnson & Johnson), Children Fun Time and Dutch Lady Nutrition Centre (Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad), Junior Jet Club (AirAsia) and Equal Sensicare Bureau (Merisant Co).

She was responsible for a Group-wide restructuring and rebranding exercise for a public-listed company and its subsidiaries which included an investment bank, financial advisory services arm in Hong Kong and Singapore, commercial property development, and hotel and resorts that spanned 4 countries and over 52 branches across SEA region.

Highly proficient in integrated consumer marketing, Financial PR, investors relations and stakeholder engagement, in the last 14 years Rafizah has been sitting in senior management positions in public-listed holding companies and GLC-subsidiary with intense involvement in formulating strategies, growing revenue and creating new streamlines in addition to providing counsel and overseeing special projects for the Board of Directors.

Rafizah is also a published author with 5 books under her belt. In her spare time she writes for a food and travel blog as well as contributing articles and reviews for various inflight magazines and video games e-zines.

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Top 3 Tips to Prepare for a Presentation

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Having to present your paper, or chair meetings, or even answer a question during a discussion can be intimidating and make you extremely nervous. This is because we don’t want to say the wrong things, or appear un-knowledgeable, or because we feel our grasp of the language is not good enough and people might look down or laugh at us.

These would be my top 3 tips on how prepare when having to present or speak to an audience:

  1. MOCK Q&A: The night before, write down 10 potential questions that you think you will be asked about. Then, spend between 10-15 minutes before you sleep answering these questions ‘live’ i.e. don’t write the answers down but try to answer them off the cuff. It will force-learn you to think on your feet and test your level of preparedness. Go to sleep and let your subconscious work it out. If you are still stumped, then use the time the next morning to brush up on these “weak” areas. The best way to maintain confidence when facing a tough crowd is to know your stuff.
  2. CREATE ELEVATOR STATEMENTS: If your problem area is not knowing how to put a story together in your head, then try to do this every day. Pick a subject that you are very good at, set your watch to 2 minutes and then practice explaining this subject in that time frame.  These are called “Elevator Statements” i.e. explaining a concept in an concise way as if you are asked about it during an elevator ride. For example, I would challenge myself to imagine that I have to explain the plot of various Final Fantasy games to a group of non-gamers. This exercise forces me to think about the game, summarize the storyline so that I capture only important points, and simplify my language so that my audience understands me. This exercise is harder than it looks. I would repeat it a few times until I am satisfied (or tired) and then try again the next day and the next day until I get it right. I use the same technique when explaining more difficult concepts like Game Theory or Maslows hierarchy of needs. Setting a time limit of 2 minutes helps me get rid of unnecessary chatter and focus only on important points.
  3. NUMBER THEM: Practice to think in term of numbered list. Sometimes a question has many layers and you can get flustered trying to remember them all. What I usually do is to write down key words in a numbered list. For example, if I am asked why we should open a certain project up to public tender when direct award is faster, I would write these on my notepad before I answer:
    1. Evaluate competitiveness – cost, time, effort. Existing vendors may pitch at price that they know we can afford; we need to check if these are fair and at market value.
    2. Transparency – eliminate any accusation of favoritism: contract will be awarded based on merits, not on existing relationships.

Speaking to an audience requires practice. Try these and see if the tips would help you in your next presentation.

PERSONAL COACHING SERIES #1

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Due to popular demand, we will be offering personal coaching workshops on the following topics. Each workshop will be conducted by Kreatif Megamas’ Director, Ms Rafizah Amran (see her credentials below) and in order to keep it personal and effective, each one will be limited to six (6) persons only. Fee includes course material, refreshments and certificate. Additional coaching, one-on-one and/or bespoke group sessions are available upon request.

For more information, contact  +60 11-3725 3075 (Didi) or email rafizah.amran@consultant.com. Register now to avoid disappointments.

7Cs OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS (RM120)
29 September 2018; Mercu Summer Suites; 9am – 1pm
Learn to improve your personal communications style that will allow you to interact more effectively with your audience. The workshop will include the do’s and don’ts, practical tips on public speaking and a recorded role-playing session so that you can identify your barriers to effective communications and develop ways to overcome them.

Topic include:

  • Raising your brand
  • What makes communication ineffective
  • Verbal, written and non-verbal communication
  • The 7Cs in practice

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RAISING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND (RM200)
6 October 2018; Mercu Summer Suites; 9am – 1pm
Personal branding is about being authentic to who you are and positively amplifying it to help you grow from strength to strength. This workshop will help you identify and craft your master statement and narrow the reality vs perception gap so that you own a strong personal brand. While the specific circumstances and goals vary by individual, the overall concepts and process will be relevant to everyone irrespective of the industry or career.

Topics include:

  • Organizational level (how you fit in and bring value to the organization)
  • Experiential level (how to manage people’s experience and perception when interacting and communicating with you
  • Identity level (appearance, personality, communications style)

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ABOUT THE COACH:

Rafizah Amran is a marketing communications and public relations specialist with over 20 years experience across several industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare & nutritional consultancy, FMCG, finance, entertainment, broadcasting, tourism, aviation and non-profit. She has been featured in many corporate and personal coaching sessions, international conferences and seminars as well as sat in judging panels for marketing and public relations campaigns for various industry awards.

She possesses both agency and corporate experience with extensive regional exposure. She has been responsible for marketing and communications function for companies and subsidiaries located in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and South Korea, with dual-reporting function to the individual Country Director and Global Chief Communications Officer (Hong Kong) and matrix reporting to Group CEO (Malaysia/Singapore).

Rafizah has also been involved in start-ups and Build-Operate-Transter (BOT) projects for both commercial and non-profit organisations; served in the secretariat and steering committees for nationwide initiatives such as Bright Start Nutrition (Nutrition Society of Malaysia), Positive Parenting (Malaysian Paediatric Association), World Health Day (Yayasan Jantung Negara), Fight Against Diabetes (National Diabetes Institute), Make It Safe for Kids (Johnson & Johnson), Children Fun Time and Dutch Lady Nutrition Centre (Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad), Junior Jet Club (AirAsia) and Equal Sensicare Bureau (Merisant Co).

She was responsible for a Group-wide restructuring and rebranding exercise for a public-listed company and its subsidiaries which included an investment bank, financial advisory services arm in Hong Kong and Singapore, commercial property development, and hotel and resorts that spanned 4 countries and over 52 branches across SEA region.

Highly proficient in integrated consumer marketing, Financial PR, investors relations and stakeholder engagement, in the last 10 years Rafizah has been sitting in senior management positions in public-listed holding companies and GLC-subsidiary with intense involvement in formulating strategies, growing revenue and creating new streamlines in addition to providing counsel and overseeing special projects for the Board of Directors.

Rafizah is also a published author with 5 books under her belt. In her spare time she writes for a food and travel blog as well as contributing articles and reviews for various inflight magazines and video games e-zines.