People always ask me – if there’s one thing you can change about this world, what is it? My answer is always “I can help others build more meaning lives so that become confident, happy and successful.”
 
My mission to build more meaning lives continued today when I welcomed the ladies from ST Logistics Pte Ltd for a one day ladies grooming workshop.
 
It always fills me with a sense of excitement whether I am conducting a corporate grooming workshop or personal grooming workshop. For today, I think the ladies had the best of both worlds. They came, they learnt, they let their hair down and they had fun. That’s my training mantra – my participants learn while having fun. When you have fun, learning becomes a joy. 
 
A very jovial class of ladies, they were a blessing to train. As everyone knew everyone else, camadaerie was already there. Plus I was casually dressed as well, so I bet that helped put everyone at ease. Talking about dressing – some overdress and by doing so, overkill that crucial first impression. Had I worn a suit today, I could have come across as overwhelming, overpowering and unapproachable. 

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We seek many matches in life. One such perfect (or close to perfect) match would be to match someone’s dressing. Dress codes are important as they govern what to wear, how to behave and what to say in a particular social setting. You dress to impress, not dress to kill.
 
Whether it was group discussion time or activities time, the ladies played full on. And that was really the beautiful spirit of it all. Everyone ensured her colleague and friend was on the same level playing field. Each lady looked after the member in her team and they completed all the activities together as a team. Bravo!

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The three biggest tips I would give any lady attending my grooming workshop would be this.

 

Tip #1: Your clothes should not be too tight
 

People come in different shapes and sizes. So if you are slightly on the heavier side or have bigger hips, ensure your clothes do not constrict your movements. Instead, go for a lighter fabric and looser cut. You want to wear your clothes with style, and not get suffocated by the fabric.



Tip #2: Your necklines should not be plunging


As much as some men want their ladies to show more skin and reveal more, remember this rule. Less is more. Sometimes, learning to cover up is one hundred times more classy than revealing all. What more, a plunging neckline. Plunging necklines are a strict no-no for the corporate world. Note that your role in the office is to work and raise productivity. Keep your plunging necklines for your loved ones behind closed doors.



Tip #3: Your hair and nails should be neat and well kept
 

Nothing irks me more than unkempt hair and dirty nails. It speaks volumes of your personal hygiene as a person. If your personal hygiene is in question, I will also indirectly question your ability to perform and deliver results. One thing always leads to another. That’s how an impression is formed. Getting the right cut for your hair (according to your face shape) and appropriate hair care (apply hair conditioner only to the tips of your hair) are just some simple tips for you.

Upon completing the workshop, I told the ladies that I strongly believed that the bonds among them would be strengthened as I can envision some of them going shopping together and organising clothes swop days…
 
Thank you the female angels from ST Logistics…You really made my day… :)

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It’s an honour to be invited to host the Health Promotion Board’s “Not So Secret Lives of Us” segment today at the 8th Singapore Aids Conference 2012 here at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. 

From the results of the surveys conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), it was increasingly alarming to learn that more youths are being sexually active at a younger age. The median age of initiation of sexual intercourse was as young as 15 years old. 

We can think of many possible reasons to account for these findings. Among them, curiosity among youths no doubt plays a huge part. Changing societal norms, coupled with the sensationalization of sexual deeds and misdeeds in the press too are contributing factors. 

Besides targeting youths through school programmes, targeted programmes and peer-led programmes, HPB has also harnessed the use of multimedia, especially the internet. 

Started in 2008, the
“Not So Secret Lives of Us” (NSSL) initiative is one of HPB’s continuous efforts to make use of youth-centric social media such as Facebook, banner advertisements and youth bloggers to reach out to youths. This initiative was aimed at provoking readers’ interest and emotions, compelling them to think about their own attitudes towards sex and relationships. Messages on sexuality and HIV/AIDS were woven into the content. 

Originally in the form of daily blog updates on the happenings of the lives of four characters, the NSSL has proven to be so popular among youths such that HPB has continued the campaign for two seasons. 

This year in its third season, we are delighted to share with our audience what can be considered an industry first – an interactive film reuniting all four characters from the previous two seasons. The four protagonists are on holiday in Thailand in search of a good time in a club. Faced with difficult choices to make such as leaving the club for a quick tryst or staying behind (resisting such temptation), this unique movie experience which was directed by award-winning director Boo Junfeng, allows viewers to make decisions on behalf of the characters, influence the way the story unfolds, and get to see the consequences of their choices. 

Having completed my hosting duty and touring the various booths from the various organisations, here are three pointers I would like to impress upon everyone. 

First, your life is the sum of your choices. Every choice we make has a direct and indirect consequence. And we have to be responsible for all the choices we make. 

Second, abstinence is still the safest and most effective form of protection against STI/HIV and unwanted pregnancies. If you really must engage in sexual activity, please use a condom. Check the expiry date and use a water-based condom to protect yourself. 

Third, alcohol and drugs impair our judgment to think rationally. When we cannot think rationally, we are no longer in control of our actions. Under such influence, we may do things which we might regret later as our actions may lead to unwanted consequences.

Let's make this world a safer and more beautiful place for ourselves and our next generation!


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