How I learnt Confidence
I met my first love 3 decades ago, at Singapore’s #1 radio station.
Then I found the excitement of television, and travelled the world interviewing celebrities like Roger Federer and J.Lo.
I started coaching media personalities more than 15 years ago, and felt joy in empowering people from uncertainty to unshakeable confidence.
So that’s brought me here.
To guide you towards your mastery of confidence in how you speak to the world.
The Early Days
I was a scared teenager the first time I turned on the radio microphone. “Millions of people are going to hear me screw up!”.
Well, it was a bit of a disaster. My voice was squeaky, I spoke too fast, stumbled over my words, and forgot what I wanted to say.
I didn’t know how to be confident.
The criticisms were unkind and hurtful. I wanted to get better to prove them wrong, but I didn’t like listening to myself. Over the next few months, I worked hard on learning techniques to improve my voice and nerves.
I was slowly building up my confidence.
One day, Terry the trainer said, “You’ve done a great job modulating your voice and sound so good now!” He knew that this ugly duckling had finally become a polished broadcaster. The compliments and fan mail poured in, and I loved going on air entertaining listeners.
I found my attitude and flow of confidence.
Big hair was big back then. Don’t judge.
Then it happened again. I was picked to present a “live” TV show and although I was thrilled, I was also extremely nervous. “Millions of people are going to see me screw up in real time!”.
I developed new techniques to project confidence to a camera.
Every new context is different, and requires different skills. Throughout the ups and downs of my career, I’ve appreciated the challenges to rethink my personal strategies for growth and development.
I learnt to adapt and build bigger confidence muscles, especially in my darkest moments.
When I managed radio and TV personalities, I could see where that person lacked confidence, how it was hurting their career, and how to build it up. I could quickly discover their strengths and truly enjoyed maximizing that.
I learnt how to develop someone else’s confidence.
Now, I’m meeting many incredibly knowledgeable leaders who want to share their expertise and wealth of experience. However, some of them shy away from the spotlight. They don’t like to be on stage or in front of the camera. When I coached them through those fears and resistance, I can see how enlightened and free they became.
They can help others and leave a legacy.
I can’t bear to see you stay small when all you need is clarity, and a roadmap on how to step out of your fear of public speaking.
Are you ready to own your place on the world stage and shine like the superstar that you’re meant to be?
Why I Can Help You
Having shot to overnight fame as a radio and television personality at Singapore’s #1 media company, Mediacorp, I’ve learnt how to develop inner confidence to overcome negative haters, and outer confidence to communicate with your audience with ease.
Presenting on Channel V and ESPN Star Sports helped me adapt my communication style to different cultures across South East Asia, India and the Middle East. Interviewing celebrities gave me deeper insights on how to project star presence.
My senior management roles honed my leadership skills and business acumen, and developed my intuitive flair for transforming personalities into stars.
My purpose is to empower you by building your confidence and skills to present convincingly to your customers, investors and audiences.
You’re Still Here? You Must Want to Know More…
Most people don’t know this about me…
I must eat chocolate everyday. Dark fudgy chocolate cake is preferred. It goes well with a pour-over style coffee (Yirgacheffe!).
My other favourite things are hot yoga, Amarone, cats and dogs almost equally, talking to my herb and vegetable garden and then eating some of them for dinner.
Don’t worry, they grow back even more lush!
What It Was Like Working with Stars
Roger Federer is a true professional and gentleman, both on and off the court. He always gave genuine answers for every media interview, and it was a joy to speak with him every time. I am team Federer!
I waited for over 5 hours for my turn to interview J.Lo in NYC, meanwhile she had been doing non-stop interviews with worldwide media for almost 8 hours. When it was my turn to speak to her, she was still amazingly fresh, beautiful, and authentic. I could feel her big heart.
Harrison Ford is reputed to be intimidating at interviews, and I was a bit nervous. But he was amiable and kind with me, and even agreed to my request for a photo. It’s actually quite dorky to ask. I have a respectful crush on him.