And the completion of today’s corporate grooming talk at Keppel FELS marks the third run of this series. Originally, it was meant to be just one grooming talk for the staff. But owing to overwhelming response, HR requested me to do two more runs of it. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm. I guess word must have gotten round Keppel FELS that spending one hour at lunchtime with me was well worth the investment. 

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Forming an orderly queue to register their names, the crowd filed in on time. But I must say some were turned away disappointedly as they didn't RSVP prior to the talk. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, we decided on Day 2 to allow walk-ins as well as long as they brought their own chair!

A subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, Keppel FELS has grown from a local shipyard into a global offshore group. As a global leader in the design, construction and repair of mobile offshore rigs, there is always a moment everyday when one has to come into contact with another colleague, supplier or member of public. And that’s when projecting a positive first impression helps create positive lasting experiences in each customer interaction.
 
As long as we continue to learn and grow each day, we will help add value to ourselves and the organization we represent.

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So it was comforting to see both men and ladies in the room. In this age and time, more men have begun to pay more attention to their dressing, grooming and poise. It does not matter if they are wearing white overalls or executive wear. There will still come a time when you need to look presentable, neat and appropriately dressed for the occasion.
 
Amid discussions, demonstration and hands-on practice, the three interactive sessions went smoothly without any hiccups; although I must profess my special thanks to the third group today who were super super energetic.
 
Thanks and looking forward to seeing all of you again soon :)

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I’m back at the National University of Singapore (NUS) today. This time, it’s at the invitation of the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) at the Faculty of Science. It’s the annual DBS Safety and Health Day 2011. 
 
Already into its third year of inception, the event brings together staff and students from the department in a bid to reinforce the importance of observing workplace safety. This is not surprising as most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. What makes it even more important for the staff and students at DBS is the fact that a large number of them work in laboratories and handle chemicals. Any spillage would result in serious consequences. 

This year, the committee decided to include a special segment into the programme and here I am today with one of my signature health and fitness talks “Quality Lifestyle, Quality Performance.”

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Customised to address the concerns of most people who list no time, lack of knowledge and high cost involved for not adopting a healthy lifestyle; it was an eye-opener for the crowd.

Many a times in life, it’s not about sharing difficult or profound concepts. Rather, it is simplifying concepts into simple to follow steps so that everyone can participate and integrate into their everyday lives. That to me, is the true worth of my sharing today.

And in the same manner as all my other talks and workshops, there will definitely be a practical aspect to it. Just listening to me talk is not enough as the participants must get involved as well. Once the body is involved, the mind will remember better :)

I love the energy of the audience as they didn't need cajoling. In fact, once someone got up, the next one followed and it was easy to motivate them to move their bodies along to the bodyweight exercises I introduced. For photography purposes, I even invited them to come down to the first row of seats. And they obliged!

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Including a special segment on back pain management, it was uplifting to see this was also much appreciated by the audience as they spent long hours in the lab space or in the cubicles hurrying over the tight deadlines and projects.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And so as the saying goes, Lionel invites them to play. And play they did when all received a free massage complimentary of their colleague! It was so invigorating that I had to ask them to stop, less they continued to the end of the talk.

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And the sharing of knowledge also included useful tips on how to do self-massage and stretching by focusing on the accupressure points. 

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I had fun, and I'm certain the audience too did, judging from the smiles, laughter and light-heartedness in the air. In fact, just to quote the head of department who also graced the event, he was envious I got them to do stuff he couldn't. And like what he shared too in his closing address, the department that exercises together stays together :)

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With the Head of Department of Dept of Biological Sciences & the DBS Safety & Health Committee 2011
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