Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Taking on New Challenges for 2015

Like many, I have my share of planning for 2015. Reviewing on all the stuff I decided to do, I realized a lot of them were "first time" for me to do it. Let me share them with you from a "sharpen the saw" perspective:


1. Rolling out an 11 module training program

My Certified E-Commerce Specialist, E-Commerce Entrepreneur, and E-Commerce Professional Program will start on January 17 and this will run all the way to 2016.

It is my first time to implement a training program as big as this one. However, if all goes well, I look forward to see more schools in 2016 offering Diploma in Electronic Commerce and Bachelor of Science in Electronic Commerce as higher learning options.

2. Take the Real Estate Broker Exam this May 2015.

I took the 120 units Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar early this year but was not able to take the exam. However, as 2015 is the last chance for the public to take it, I decided to make time and will take the exam.

3. Diversify knowledge.

Take at least 4 learning programs in the areas of cybercrime, taxation, programming, masteral studies, nutrition, and swimming.


1. Running + Gym + Body Sculpting

In the past year, much of my fitness program evolves on running and cross-fit gets added as the opportunity arises. However, from July to November 2014, family developments caused priorities to shift.

As planned, I resumed with my running again and this time complimented it with a more active gym schedule. To support it further, I signed up with Skin Philosophie UK (located at Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City) to avail their RF treatment called "Body Sculpting using Intra-Therma RF".

With once to twice a week allotted for running, gym, body sculpting (and diet of course), I hope to achieve my desired strength (being able to do long distance runs), speed (improve pace in running), fitness (fit enough to do adventurous activities).

2. Overcome skin pigmentation

When I visited Dr. Kyla Talens of Skin Philosophie UK, we started with a consultation session where she asked what were my concerns and would like to achieve. In addition to having a tighter overall fitness program, one question I raised to her is what I can do to ensure that the pigmentation on my face won't exacerbate.

She gave me practical UV protection advise. I realized that sunblock is something one must put on whether a person stays indoors or outdoors. Otherwise, even if you have clear skin today, pigmentation will just pop out one day.

Out of curiosity, I also signed up for their "Kensington Brightening Deep Peel (TCA)" and had my first treatment yesterday. Look forward seeing skin improvements soon.

(When I first posted this photo on social media, I got inquiries on how Skin Philosophie UK can be reached. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Kyla Talens at 0917-8860646.)

3. Run 21k and 42k this 2015.

Although I was able to do a 21k run in one of my practice sessions this 2014, I intend to join races this 2015 to do 21k and 42k runs.

As I got back to running again, I developed a run routine that aims to gradually build my endurance and speed. I felt this is better rather than just aiming to be able to complete a distance without regard if I can sustain it regularly and suffer an injury in the process.

4. Return to dragon boat paddling

I miss my Triton Dragon Boat racing team. Hopefully, as I get back into shape, will also return to the team again and participate in races.

Social / Emotional

1. Make time to connect with at least 30 people a day - online, face-to-face, friends, family, loved ones.

2. Collaborate with at least 12 students, club members, clients on various projects.


I will reach out with total trust and touch the God in all things.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Winners: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014

Sincerest thanks to everyone who took the time to attend the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit as we recognized the most cited blogs in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 writing project.

As chosen by bloggers who participated in this writing project, the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014 are: (there were ties in some of the scores and hence more than 10 are listed)
The ten (10) raffle winners who got US$100 each are as follows: (please email me at digitalfilipino (at) gmail (dot) com and give me your contact number to coordinate your prize claim. Kindly expect me to perform a verification to ensure that no one is misrepresenting you.)

  1. Fernando Lachica
  2. Rey Baguio
  3. Rhodora Espiritu-Valdez
  4. Maria Rochefel De Ocampo
  5. Alvin Gale Tan
  6. Jennifer Lopez Gana
  7. Marites Manahan
  8. Ryan Ferdinand De Ocampo
  9. Teresa Martinez
  10. Leira Pagaspas
If you are planning to join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015 Writing Project, note that blogs created anytime from May 2014 to the present can be cited in your writing project entry. Will make an announcement about it soon.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Do you Communicate or Connect?

John Maxwell's book "Everyone Communicates Few Connect" is a must read and be reflected upon by anyone who uses social media and content marketing to communicate and connect with their leads and customers. Got this book last year and found it helpful.

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It made me reflect on a lot of the challenges I have. This includes:

The need to communicate and connect regularly.

With a growing number of new faces in the industry today, being relevant requires having a proactive mindset in connecting to people and giving something of value. Accepting the reality as well that there are some whom you won't be able to connect to and some will outgrow you faster than you expect.

Can I inspire others?

Although awards and recognitions can boost a person's credibility, but it can't be denied that it can also be exaggerated. It is embarrassing when someone points out that a person's claim of an award or recognition was not really genuine - it is only a certificate of recognition issued as it was requested. Or a prominent sounding award but it requires payment and/or presence, otherwise it would be forfeited.

Proof of work can also be seen through personal success story sharing. However, caution needs to be made as it would be misleading to claim credit for one's person success - as you are just one piece of the puzzle. Hence, I feel, the best testimonial stories are naturally given or shared. Written on their sites or online presence rather than on yours.

I have my share of making audiences feel great at events where laughter can be easily sparked among other "follow-me" or "do-what-I-say" activities. However, as more speakers do the same, I still believe that the essence of what you have shared, if they are able to resonate, is what will make you relevant to that specific person.

Moreso, if the gist of your sharing is to help the person you are connecting to.

Building skills to connect one-on-one, group, and audience.

As John Maxwell summarized in every chapter of his book, connecting to people on a one-on-one, at a group, or a large audience requires different depth of skill sets. I guess this is the reason why some speakers are at their best when with a large audience while some do better at small groups or one-on-one. However, I feel that they are all necessary. 

Most of my training programs are designed for one-on-one especially those done online. For face-to-face boot camp sessions, this happens in a group size environment. But if a participant doesn't open up and share their concern, I may also miss out in serving their needs. For online , this is where getting an assistant who will track and help out became an absolute necessity.

The discipline to follow-through

I have a LOT of back log for the things I want to do and finish. This is the reason why I have less activities this year as I want to complete all of my back log. If I will get to do it again, getting help is something that I would not hesitate to invest early rather than later. Could have been more systematic in my process of keeping in touch with students and club members.

Do you communicate or connect?

Although most of us are communicating but only a few of our messages are connecting. There are many methods to go about this. Hope you can buzz me and share your thoughts on this article piece.