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It's my first time exploring the Science Park today. Located at a stone's throw away from educational institutes such as NUS and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the Science Park strikes me with its beautiful blend of nature and mankind. Walk around and there's a green lung almost everywhere you turn...complete with waterfalls and all. This is in stark contrast to the research laboratories housed there. I've been scheduled to be at Cordlife to give a grooming talk later.

As its name suggests, CordLife collects, processes and stores your baby's cord blood stem cells which may later become potential source material for lifesaving treatment. It is indeed interesting to learn that cord blood has become a major source of stem cells for transplantation worldwide and is used to treat over 80 diseases, including certain cancers and bone marrow failure syndromes, blood disorders and immunodeficiencies. I truly salute the people wearing white overgarments in the laboratories as they are the unsung heroes of others, whose lives depend on their very hands.

Comprising a bubbly lot of employees, it was clear that everyone was in for a fun session. From the moment I declared the discussions open, chatter and laughter was all that resulted. And all for a good cause as I firmly believe that the more you share with your partner, the more both will benefit :)

Asking them to share on image destroyers for both men and ladies proved to be the highlight of the talk as everyone was keen to air their own opinion.


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And when it came to demonstrating how to determine one's face shape in my simple, two-step system, the group volunteered their colleagues from HR. Hailing from a HR background, this is almost always the case as HR is the know-it-all, do-it-all department in any organisation.

Coming on sportingly, the two HR representatives took it in their own stride and became models for the rest to follow and learn from.

Every talk for me is an unique experience as I love it when participants make it a point to ask questions privately after the talk or an effort to keep in touch. That's the primary motivation that keeps me going :)

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I'm super excited today for two reasons. One, I'm back to the bright lights of Shenton Way again, pounding the streets just like the other guys in their suits. Second, this is a brand new talk series for me.
 
When I got the brief from the client about wanting to do something radically different and broach the evergreen topic of conversation chemistry dating tips between men and women, to be honest, I was startled. After all, I need to justify that I'm not a pickup artist nor relationship expert. My roots hark back to fitness and grooming.

But when I thought about it, conversation chemistry between a guy and a girl is essentially all about the remaining 7% that makes up our overall image score. The 7% is premised primarily on how we communicate with others. This includes both the verbal and non-verbal aspects; and the chemistry vibes of course.

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I simply love the crowd today. Yes, they are the staff of Aviva Singapore. The only difference is that all the staff attending my talk today are singles. Responsive, fun and energetic - that's the trademark of the crowd today. All so eager to learn as much as I am equally geared up to share as much. Plus the arrangement of the tables in a U shape allows me to work the room to the maximum effect by coming up close to each and every participant :)

If you ask me what creates the spark between a man and a woman, I'll tell you it boils down all to the topic of communication. In today's society, there are some topics that are considered off limits or even taboo. These include race, religion, politics and sex. No one in the right frame of mind would spark off a debate in any one of these topics after successfully scoring the first date.

If you are lost for topics to choose from, I offer you three perennial favourites to choose from. They are (in no particular order of merit) food, shopping and travel. Singaporeans simply love to eat, shop and travel. Plan your topics around these three big topics and you can chunk up or down easily. What's your most memorable holiday? Why do you love shopping at Topshop? Are there any foods you don't take?

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Now that you have the right topic(s) to talk about, it's only half the battle won. The other half would depend on your body language, speaking techniques and ability to sustain the conversation.

As a man, what signs do you read in a lady that she's interested in you and this date would eventually result in the second date...nth date? Likewise for a lady, how do you read the body language and speech patterns of a guy to ascertain if he reciprocates your sentiments?

Never one to disappoint my audience,
I left them with 7 of my all-time useful art of conversation tips. And you would never guessed they resonated well with the audience as I saw heads nodding and smiles widening on faces. Sometimes, it's the simple things we do in life that get people to notice and remember us for all the good reasons.

With my confidence at an all-time high now and the positive acclaim from both the Aviva's management team standing behind, I can safely predict that another run for yet another organisation is definitely on the cards. And I'm going to include this in my workshop offerings. Yeah :)

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