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You know you have left an indelible impression in the minds of others when they come up to you to thank you, shake your hands and are genuinely interested in you as a person. This and much more I have achieved today at the grooming talk at Getronics Singapore.
 
Located at the same building as Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, I was told to prep myself by my minder beforehand that the staff had come especially for my talk. 
 
In a world where branding isn’t just for mega organizations like Nike or Coca Cola, the name Lionel Lim has now become synonymous and associated with the who’s who in the grooming industry. I am gratified that people think of me when they think of my field.

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So live up to the expectations of my audience I must and of course, exceed them and deliver more. Just like in a customer transaction, I have learnt to delight my customers over time and pack more value in it than a McDonalds Happy Meal.
 
If you think the staff working in an IT firm are always serious and wear stern looks, you cannot be more wrong. At Getronics Singapore, a predominantly IT consulting and network technology company, the staff are a happy-go-lucky, jovial lot who are not afraid to poke fun at each other all in the name of learning. So shows the good camaraderie and bonding amongst them.

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Perhaps one of the most light-hearted moments must be the instant I touched on food debris stuck between the teeth which is a turn-off and most stopped eating…until I had to reassure them it was alright as long as they checked their own appearance after meals. Perhaps rinse, gargle or brush their teeth? Not only is this good oral hygiene, it also makes our smile more endearing. 
 
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Knowledge is meant to be shared and the more people I share with, the more happiness this brings about.
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Stepping back into the familiar grounds of Mediacorp, this is my first radio interview and needless to say, I’m excited for three reasons. Firstly, I wonder how I would sound over air as it would be broadcasted live. Secondly, I wonder what questions the host would be asking. Thirdly, this radio interview is going to be interesting as it is part of the holy trinity following my earlier TV and print media appearances.

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Invited alongside two other Eligible Bachelors from yesterday’s Cozycot Love Fest 2011, we were asked a series of questions pertaining to love and relationships. Chief of them all was this perennial question hotbed – can there be true love if looks were taken out of the equation?

Throwing the question to all three of us with an apparent reference to yesterday’s session in which the guys were blindfolded while going on a charity speed-date with ladies, the host Michelle Martins sought to get our views on air. 

In a world where the visual element takes up 55% of the entire image score (like what I always share with my participants), it is difficult but not impossible. If someone does not catch your fancy or leaves you an indelible impression, would you want to get to know the other party a little bit more?

But other schools of thought would argue that Cupid is blind, isn’t he? And chemistry does work in mysterious ways. 

Take for instant yesterday’s speed-dating session. Being blindfolded, one could only rely on the other faculties to suss out whether the girl seated in front would be someone to be considered date material. Without sight, one could only rely on hearing and touch. But then again, how much touch is touch? The other touch we can probably have is a handshake. Yet interestingly, one can tell the level of authenticity from that handshake alone. Is it a deadfish or a knuckle grinder? You be the judge…

We all have our own checklists of qualities which we aspire to find in the ones we date. This is not surprising as some of these qualities may be passed down from our parents. Others may be learned from past relationships (think often bad experiences). When we are younger, the list is inevitably long as a guy would look for a girl who is fair, slim, pretty and has long hair. If she is rich, all the better. A trophy girlfriend or wife she must be. In the same vein, a girl wants to find a tall, charming and humorous man. If he is rich, all the better so she can lead a tai-tai life.

But as we grow older, some of our convictions which we hold dear suddenly give way to reality. As our biological clock ticks away, we begin to refine our expectations. 

To many, love, companionship, partnership, trust and intimacy are as vital to all of us as water and air are. Fulfilling relationships are not only for the rich and privileged. As long as we open our hearts and souls to seek the one, he or she will come at the right time. I always believe in this mantra – it’s better to date the right one than date one hundred wrong ones. Yet one must have the courage to start dating and unlock all the senses in this process to find the right one.

Building good relationships that last is a journey. It is never a destination in itself.  Everyday, we create and re-create our relationships and we often have more choices than we know. The better we understand ourselves, our beliefs and that of our partner, the more satisfying a relationship we will create.

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With host Michelle Martins after the live radio show
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