The Visual Art Of Looking Good Grooming Workshop For HBO + EMTB Interiors
Rounding up this busy week is another run of one of my signature programmes– “The Visual Art of Looking Good”. And today, I’m training my first batch of interior designers from interior design firm HBO + EMTB.
For the well-travelled, HBO + EMTB easily rings a bell as its designs can be seen worldwide in buildings such as Hilton Hotel in New Zealand; National Australia Bank in Perth, Australia; Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong; and the Accenture Headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Closer to home, HBO + EMTB Interiors was the creative brains behind the designs of Nike, Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, Polo Ralph Lauren, Phillip Morris, Oracle, AXA Private Equity among many others.
If you ask me if there are any similarities in what I do and what the interior designers do, my answer is a resounding yes! After all, both of us are responsible for coming up with polished, finished products. The end product could be a new image or a design. But whatever the case, it has to be aesthetically pleasing and suit the needs of the client. If an interior designer looks and dresses just as well as the design sketches, the client will definitely be worn over and award the contract.
Today’s customised full-day grooming workshop is interesting for two reasons. First, the ratio of males to females is skewed towards the men. Second, I welcome the participants from different Asian countries – making it the second time I’m training non-Singaporeans (if you remember, the first time was the grooming talk for Chinese company MCC Land with almost all employees from China). Today’s group is perhaps the most diverse – hailing from Thailand, Philippines, China and Singapore.
In all my workshops, it never fails to amaze me how similar we all are at the core. All of us aspire to be a better man by virtue of the fact that our thirst for knowledge never ends even when we have finished our education and started working. In a society which places a high premium of one’s outlook, learning the visual art of looking good is perhaps the logical way forward.
I don’t aim to do instant makeovers for all my participants because I know this is unsustainable. Why teach something which the participants cannot re-create themselves the very next day? If you want a makeover, you would go to a makeover studio and not look for me.
Indeed, clients who look me up are searching for something much more sustainable. Yes, think in terms of life-long learning skills which are relevant, fun and most importantly, transferable. After attending my workshop and equipping yourselves with such skill sets, not only will you have a thorough understanding of your strengths; you will also be able to teach your family, friends and colleagues. How much better can that get?
It was obvious they were colleagues who got along extremely well as they were also coincidentally dressed in hues of black and gray. But I’m sure after the workshop, some will ditch their cool-based wardrobe in favour of the warm, autumn hues.