All posts filed under: personal development

Knowing thyself through Johari window

These few weeks, following some decisions made on upcoming changes to my career, I have been doing some reflections on my personal and professional development over the last few years. One of the things that I wanted to learn more and to be more intentional about going forward, is my personal branding. Where I am working right now is a large MNC with more than 10,000 staff around the world. Our teams are huge and we work with people from different time zones, with each function led and supported by dozens of people. My role is primarily supportive, but a linchpin in many of the projects around the region. Yet, I feel like I am drowning among the many colleagues I have and lack what corporate management loves to call ‘visibility’. I am not the most ambitious when it comes to my career goals, but I certainly don’t want to remain just another colleague/team member/staff. I feel that having a strong personal brand helps people to identify better with me and the values I stand …

taking chance on something new: emceeing

I read this quote yesterday that really resonated with me. Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. Last weekend, I tried something new – emceeing. It’s been 10 years since the last time I was on stage, and I had missed many things about standing in front of an audience and performing. I was very active in speech and drama, and being a DJ was one of my biggest dreams. So when Shan texted me saying that she was looking for an emcee for her company event, I jumped on the opportunity, despite not having any experience in emceeing. What a great afternoon it was, and nothing is more gratifying than people telling me that I was good, that they loved my voice. It was new, but it was life. The nervousness before going up and standing in front of strangers, the sense of ease after a while, and then the enjoyment of just doing. I felt like, maybe, my …