Talks and Mini-workshops

LOA Centre has had a string of successful public speaking sessions for Bank of Singapore, Julius Baer, Aberdeen Asset, JobsCentral's Career Fair and even at the first ever EQ Conference  held in Malaysia (amongst others).  We are therefore delighted to share our services in this area - of creating and delivering corporate (or non-corporate) "value-add" Talks. We are open to speaking at events, at your office or workplace or even your home! We find that Lunch Hour talks are an easy-to-organize and fun sessions that leave participants with something to take away and use immediately and at the same time do it quickly, in the midst of business as usual.

Here are some of the talks that we have conducted in the past:
Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Resilience & Optimism in the REAL World – Increasing your resilience in the face of Negativity and Economic Downturns
  • Positivity – At the heart of your wellbeing and performance


  • Rapid Connections – Building Your Likeability factor at work and at home
  • WFO - Learn an amazing technique for actualising YOUR targets & goals


  • Rethink. Reset. Results.™ – Putting Law of Attraction into Practice, learn how to attract what YOU want and stop attracting what YOU don’t want
  • The Attitude of Gratitude  – Increasing your own and team Performance through Appreciation and Acknowledgement
All these topics can be conducted as talks (1-1.5 hours) or mini-workshops (2-3 hours). Read on to learn more of what will be covered in a mini-workshop.


EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE & Optimism in the REAL World Increasing your resilience in the face of Negativity and Economic Downturns

Every success story has a person behind it and behind their stories we find optimism as the fuel that powers action. Optimists live longer, are happier, healthier, have longer-lasting relationships, and are more successful!

Optimism is a skill that enables you to move ahead and perform in spite of adversities that you might encounter in the Real world. Optimistic individuals and teams are resilient and therefore perform better at the workplace.

And when you think about it - given a choice of being with an optimistic colleague at work or a pessimistic colleague – whom would you choose?

Many of us believe that Optimism is something you are born with or lucky enough to inherit by virtue of being born into the right type of family, culture or country.  The truth is that OPTIMISM can be learnt and practiced – if you make that choice.

In this mini-workshop you will learn:

  • HOW to build your own, and that of your team’s “optimism muscles”.
  • Negativity, Positivity and Reality
    • The Definition and the Difference
    • The Impact of each
  • The 3 Secrets of Optimism - How Successful people look at “failure” differently
    • How to do the same

Positivity – At the heart of your and your organizations' wellbeing and performance

Recent research is bringing clarity to the fact that there is a correlation between employee well-being and their contribution, their personal performance, the performance of their organisation, and with that there an increased value of money spent. When you build a positive work culture that minimises the risks of staff feeling unwell due to stress, the healthier the organization will be.  (Download the pdf of Professor Derek Mowbray's Wellbeing and Performance Agenda)

Whether the cause of the negativity is internal (the personality and communication style of the individual), external (inherent in the organizational culture), or a combination of the two, the results can be devastating. The effects of negativity are measurable.  Some data uncovered revealed that in 2005, negativity was costing Singapore and Singapore businesses as much as between S$4.9 and 6.7 billion. In the US, it is estimated organisations lose up to US S$3 billion a year.  What is that number in your organization?  Your Industry? Your country

Whilst Wellbeing means different things to different people, when it comes to organisational performance, it is not just about physical well-being but of the emotional and mental well-being of employees.  Dr Martin P Seligman’s study of 600 organisations cites that positivity can

  • Increase team PROFITABILITY by 40%;
  • Increase PRODUCTIVITY by 38%
  • Lower turnover by as much as 50%.

So can positivity be trained?  Absolutely.  Just like all muscles in our body can be trained to be stronger and more resilient, so can our “positivity” muscles.  All that is needed is awareness when we are indulging in negativity so that we can quickly apply some simple techniques to move our state and attitude towards positivity.  In this workshop we will teach you some tips on HOW TO build positivity as an Individual and in your teams.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Impact of Negativity
      • The Business Impact - Data & Evidence
  • Benefits of Positivity
      • The Business Impact - Data & Evidence
  • Patterns of Behaviour
    • The WHY we respond the Way we Do
  • Tools that will help you create Positivity
    • Individually
    • In Teams

WFO - Learn an amazing technique for actualising YOUR targets & goals

Do you start of your quarter or year setting goals, and resolutions or perhaps even targets to achieve?  And how successful are you at achieving them?  If you are hitting your targets – that’s great.

Chances are however, that you (or your team) like many out there want to learn how to create more compelling and exciting ways of setting targets.  Targets that go from abstract to actual and real achievements.

A study conducted with students at a Harvard MBA program came up with some interesting data that we should pay attention to.  The students were asked a simple question “Have you set clear, written goals for you future and made plans to accomplish them?”

Only 3% of the graduates had written goals and plans, 13% had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84% had no specific goals at all.  Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again and the findings, while somewhat predictable were nonetheless amazing.  The 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on the average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all. The 3% who had clear, written goals were earning, on the average, 10 times as much as the other 97% put together.

So apart from having it written down, is there anything more we should do?  The answer is YES.  BEFORE we write our targets and goals down we need to THINK clearly about what it is we really WANT and HOW our targets and goals will look, sound and feel like once we have achieved them.  This involves writing in a way that appeals to all our sensory needs.  The result:  Compelling goals that ignite passion and excitement – and are successfully turned into reality.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to define specific goals or target - Clarity through Contrast
  • Creating Well Formed Outcomes
    • Questions to consider
    • Writing in a way that is you can “picture” and know what reality of achieving goals will look, sound and feel like
    • Celebrating “Wins” and Achievements

Rapid Connections  Building Your Likeability Factor at Work & at Home

Are you or your people likeable? Do you and do your people build relationships easily and quickly? Does your role or job require that people connect with you and you with them?

Here is data that might interest you: … A Columbia University study shows success in the workplace is guaranteed not by what or whom you know but by your popularity. …People who are likeable close more sales AND make more money. …People who are likeable get better service!

And the good news - ‘Likeability’ is Learnable!!

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The 3 Conditions for Connecting
    • Calibration Skills - Learn how to read non-verbal cues
    • Communication Styles – 4 COMMON Communication Styles (including your own)
    • Learn to quickly
      • Recognize the other styles and therefore their preferences
      • Strategise the way to connect with others – at work and at home
  • Rapport – Learn how to make people feel comfortable with you and trust you

Rethink. Reset. Results.™ Putting Law of Attraction into Practice, learn how to attract what YOU want and stop attracting what YOU don’t want

Do you know someone who seems to have positive things happen to them – for example they attract great clients and sales or even great projects to work on?

Then you probably also know of others who attract the opposite? You know who they are as they constantly complain about the negative things in their lives

Guess what? The difference between those who are successful in their personal and professional lives and those who could be more successful lies only in their MINDSET – the way they choose to THINK and FEEL - about themselves, or the people they are dealing with or the situation they find themselves in.

Successful people think differently and know how to harness the power of their THOUGHTS and EMOTIONS to stop attracting into their lives what they don’t want and attract more of what they do want.

If you want different results in any area of your life, including your professional life, then you need to do something different. You need to RETHINK…RESET Your Thoughts and Emotions….And voila! Your RESULTS will change.

Learning to RETHINK & RESET is a learnable skill.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How Your Thoughts and Emotions Create Your Results
    • Thinking drives emotions which drive behaviour and therefore RESULTS
    • The Impact of Positive thinking and Positive Emotions
    • How to Reset Your Thoughts and Emotions easily and quickly
      • using Words

The Attitude of Gratitude Increasing your own and team Performance through Appreciation and Acknowledgement

Winning teams and people have an Attitude of Gratitude.

They acknowledge and appreciate the people around them and this positive reinforcement encourages a higher level of performance. Interestingly though, the Attitude of Gratitude does not need to end with only gratitude and appreciation for others but also extends to things and resources available. When we are grateful we experience positive emotions and manifest positive results, creating a virtuous cycle that can have a far reaching impact.

One of the most impressive reasons for being grateful is the positive impact on the way you think and feel. Research shows that grateful people have, “higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy . . .”

Learn how you can use gratitude in the workplace to create a more positive and therefore more productive environment.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The Importance of An Attitude of Gratitude
  • FISH – A Relationship Building Tool - The art of Appreciation and Acknowledgement

In addition, we are happy to come up with talks customised to your audience.  For example recently we designed and delivered Setting up for a Spectacular 2013 for a Private Bank located in Singapore. Right now with alot of buzz about the article that came out last year regarding how unhappy and not very positive Singaporeans are (Click here to see the Gallup article) we are also able to talk around this topic, given our areas of specialisation.  Other examples of topics we can talk about are:

  • Creating a More Positive Singapore/Team - Together.
  • Optimism and Productivity
  • The Business Advantages of Being Happy