OUR TRAINERS

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Lukas Seet Xian Feng

Is the Co-Founder and Training Director of Speech Academy Asia. Being a qualified NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) Practitioner as well as Certified People’s Association Trainer; he believes that people can unleash their greatest potential when they meet and learn from great teachers who inspire them to follow suit.

He had learnt the importance of communication from his father whom is an entrepreneur. His mother and sister being school teachers; have also influenced his life on the noble mission of teaching. With his qualifications and experience, Lukas emerged as the Champion in NTU-NIE Speech Contest in 2006, facing many accomplished speakers as competitors. That event sparked his budding idea of teaching Public Speaking Skills to both children and adults.

Since 2003, Lukas has trained many children and adults in Public Speaking, Leadership, Emotional Mastery, and Personal Mastery skills. He is also the master trainer of ‘Emotional Power’ workshop in Temasek JC, motivating students to achieve higher and better results in school.

Having designed the perfect curriculum to pass down his knowledge, he has conducted workshops for both Corporations; Prudential, Manulife, AIA and Great Eastern, and Schools; Saint Patricks Secondary school and Pei Hwa Secondary school. His first Entrepreneur Workshop for Children in 2013 drew a full class attendance and many follow up enquires after thanks to his charisma, loving and patient personality.


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Kelvin Tan Ching Yi

Is the Co-Founder and Training Director of Speech Academy Asia. He has won consecutive 1st place awards for Story Telling competitions and was also a professional singer and actor.

The combination of his stage performance and communication skills catapulted his climb up the corporate ladder. He achieved top sales lead as a professional exhibition organizer and was later headhunted by MNCs, Singapore public listed companies and major rival competitors. The company he worked for used his sales results as a benchmark to set the standard commission rates for their sales staff. He is currently appointed as a consultant to Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) while concurrently running Speech Academy Asia.

Kelvin strongly believes that self-development and training in soft skills such as Public Speaking, leadership and charisma, can actually be honed one step at a time. With this believe in mind, he aspires to teach everyone that has the desire and will to learn these skill sets.

He has trained countless of leaders in corporate communications in and across Asia such as Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China and also Indonesia.


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Kenneth Pereira

Is a former trainer at SIM, a trainers’ trainer at Asian Life Skills for TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), a trainer for English programs in NYU Language Center and was also the former head of Language faculty at Uptrend College.

With decades of teaching experience behind him; Kenneth believes that imparting knowledge to the future generations is critical to their development. As the Head Trainer of Speech Academy Asia, his main role is to groom the trainers in various aspects of delivering great Public Speaking classes such as; how to engage the students with interactive activities, developing role model skill sets and bringing out the best in each and every child.

His methodology is to approach students from the ground level for the sole purpose of building a personal relationship through trust and mutual respect. He also believes that when one approaches a class by first being respectful and humble; what you get is a bunch of people who are not just eager to learn, but also equally eager to share; which is what makes a class successful and engaging as it creates a win-win situation.

This proven approach has produced happy, enlightened and truly inspired kids who thoroughly enjoy learning.


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Gerry Pereira

Is Speech Academy Asia’s Senior Corporate Trainer. He has been in the Advertising and Marketing business for over 38 years, former Chairman of J Walter Advertising Southeast Asia and CEO of Asia Pacific for Carlson Marketing worldwide. Gerry’s experience with diverse cultures and professionals from CEOs to Mid level Executives has been extensive and has sharpened his sense of place and needs. Hundreds of ambitious senior and mid level executives seeking to be persuasive and powerful presenters and speakers flock to Gerry for advice.

With his 43 years of experience as a practicing Journalist and also as an Advertising Relationship Marketing Professional in leading MNCs, his ultimate goal is to help others fully develop a winning style and to understand that communications and speaking is about Persuasion.

He has conducted numerous workshops and courses across Asia Pacific on Presentation Skills, Team Building Motivation Workshops and Power Speaking Courses.

With his enthralling and captivating lessons, Gerry aims to inspire his students with his sincerity, by revealing to them a plethora of techniques and by moving them to take real actions to transform their lives.


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Mira Rahman

A professional DJ with 89.7FM, has trained hundreds of non-native speakers since 2010 as she is highly bilingual. She often hosts and emcees various traditional events, opening ceremonies, product launches and also weddings. She is a part-time lecturer at ITE College Central; conducting her pilot-self designed module on Radio Communications. Aside from that, she is also an English Linguistic trainer with Tropics Language School; a school which specialises in conversational and Business English. She participates actively in Singapore’s education syllabus and is also an Ad-hoc English teacher for lower and upper primary schoolers with Adam Khoo Learning Centre.

She is active in writing short stories and has published various articles in Berita Harian. Mira is skilled in theatrical arts and has contributed socially through her role in the local Malay theatre; Projek 3.

She feels that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure and caring learning environment to grow intellectually, physically and socially. She volunteered both her skills and her beliefs to train young girls who are at risk by conducting talks and workshops for them. As a trainer, she acts as a guide to students; inspiring them to unleash their curiosity in learning by creating a safe environment which allows express themselves freely in any way.


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Matthew Zachary Liu

Is an established live host both national and regional events. Having started hosting in his younger days, Matthew has already accumulated over 10 years of experience under his belt working with the likes of Mediacorp, ESPN, MTV as well as international clients from countries such as South Korea and Britain.

His credentials include; certification from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, radio presentation graduate (SMA), Diploma in Mass Communication, MediaCrop 5 Search Finalist, Radio Heatwave Programme Director, MTC World Stage Insider and also 98.7 Radio Start Top 5. Armed with all these in his pocket; Matthew knows the importance and methods of all the fundamentals of Public Speaking like the back of his hand.

He has taught in Singapore Chinese Girls School, Raffles Institution, Anderson Junior college and many more. Matthew’s approach is that students learn best when they personally experience something for themselves rather than being told by their teachers or taught off text books. To make his classes engaging and enthralling, he creates relatable learning experiences where students can experience personal involvement that will empower them with self-discovery and self-realization and walk out of the class more than ready to take on challenges in life with gusto.


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Tan Joan

A young and articulate individual with proven strengths in public speaking; has the ability to express herself with great pride and confidence.

Her interest in public speaking began at a very young age when she involved herself in many debate competitions such as the Julia Gabriel’s and the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) debate organized annually by NUS. With this experience under her belt, Joan had been headhunted by many Junior Colleges coach their students. She has since been coaching the students of Victoria Junior College. Under her leadership; they attained 1st place in the 2015 Raffles’ speech competition “Ad-Liberation”; a national competition where more than 17 Junior colleges participated. Additionally, Joan also held important leadership positions in her school’s Oratorical Society where they organized competitions attended by many other educational institutions during her school term.

She believes that every child deserves a chance to develop through a holistic education program. “Academic greatness is a fundamental we must all strive to achieve. However, it is our ability to speak well and be heard that is key to our success” says Ms Joan.

Although she adopts a fun-loving personality and myriad methods to draw students’ attention, she knows exactly when to address the critical elements on how each student can easily master their presentation skills. All students under her have since blossomed into beautiful and confident “little adults” through her gentle caring hands.


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Sito Li Bin

Envisioned being a public speaker during his student years at Republic Polytechnic when he discovered a new found passion for public speaking. His credentials include: Vice President of Republic Polytechnic Youth Entrepreneurship interest group and emcee for ICHEF 2014 and TOUCH community Christmas party events in which he had to motivate more than 200 hundred students. Having taken stage before more than 3’000 people in total; Li Bin excels in his skill to speak and motivate his members in any situation.

He believes that helping others is the prime purpose of his very existence and dedicates his all to this noble profession. Li Bin is always searching for opportunities to coach or mentor people; hoping that they can benefit and learn from his teachings. Apart from that, he is always learning open to from his students as well. Continually in search of ways to improve himself while coaching in the hope that he could also pass all of these skills down to our future generations.

With this two way approach, fun personality and also engaging classes, Li Bin connects with not only his students but with everyone effortlessly. He delivers interesting content to his audience and never fails to bring the best out of every student and child he has mentored.


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Amirali Bin Abdul Kalik

Has been a MOE school teacher for more than 5 years. He possesses a wealth of experience in managing children with special needs. He had also worked in MyGym as a children’s trainer, coaching young children from kindergarten to primary school level and as a customer service officer before becoming a registered teacher. This experience helped him perfect his people skills.

Armed with a huge passion for teaching, Amirali believes that he should always provide the best that he can for his students as a role model; feeling that each child has the potential to excel by passing down his communication and interaction skills to all of them.

He is exceptional in that his energy is at “120%” whenever he delivers a lesson to the class. He exposes the best in each and every student that he has taken under his wing assisting them in discovering who they are who are they are capable of becoming. He labours to develop a relationship with each student on a personal level and to understand their needs and fears. His patient and caring personality leaves his students feeling secure and disposed to acquiring new knowledge.


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Muhammad Dinie

Was formerly a sales consultant for an Independent Media Consulting firm; specializing in corporate B2B advertising and marketing. However, the passion to teach overwhelmed him. Dinie started as a relief teacher for MOE schools first before going on to become a certified freelance life and swimming coach since 2009, coaching children from age 4 to 12 years old. This has enabled him to become highly proficient in imparting various skill and mind sets to young children.

He believes that students should not conform to the conventional textbook way of learning and should instead be exposed to real life experience. He engages every student, motivates them to step out of their comfort zones and makes them do things which they have never tried before. This he believes stretches them to achieve their maximum potential.

Dinie; with his affirmative personality and connection to each student he coaches has helped to shape them into positive thinking young individuals with the tenacity to accept any challenge along the journey of life.


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Asvini Durka

Has been a trainer for various school camps; inspiring students to become leaders and role models to their peers. A certified Yoga coach; she has mastered body language, confidence building skills and breathing techniques through her practice.

She believes that all children need and deserve to enjoy the process of learning. Always armed with a bright smile and years of experience; her high level of energy and battery of games engages every single student in her class with fun and laughter.

However, it doesn’t meant that she isn’t serious in her desire to bring out the best in her students abilities. She strives to gather feedback and is open to advice on how to improve her lessons. Asvini never fails to ensure that every lesson is better than the last.

Her approach is simply to build confidence and self- esteem by allowing each child to see the ‘Leader’ in themselves. This realization unleashes their potential to identify their self-worth and work towards developing their future successful self.

Working in tandem, her two pronged approach of using fun activities alongside the journey to self-discovery, has propelled each student to set higher goals for themselves and earned her their complete dedication and respect.


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Yuvaraj Uthaman

Has organized many events such as Suzuki Cup, Asian Television Forum and SGX gala dinner as an events manager. Yuvaraj is also a fitness trainer at Virtus Fitness consultancy; empowering people’s confidence in themselves. He is also an active trainer (under Speech Academy Asia) for UN women’s “Project Inspire”, an initiative by United Nations.

With years of experience in building confidence in people, Yuvaraj has always believed that when children are trained to speak with confidence, it will allow them to excel and shine in all other areas as they grow.

He is also a highly sought after freelance emcee for weddings and school events because of his wit and humour. His dream now is to pass down his knowledge and skills to the children.

A patient and caring trainer who is always eager to share, Yuvaraj is well-loved and respected by the children who see him as a gentle giant.


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Gibson Lee

Had previously worked as a school educational and game event facilitator in 2014 and is currently giving tuition to primary school students (7 to 11 years old) in academic subjects. This exposure has given him a good platform to further develop his communication skills by imparting them to his students.

He believes that learning should be holistic and conducted in a nurturing environment which allows the students to express their ideas freely, making the classroom both a learning platform as well as a stage for the students to hone and practice their skills.

Determined to see his students reach their fullest potential, Gibson spends a lot of time nurturing these fine young talents in Public Speaking by playing the role of both mentor and facilitator. He has earned the respect and trust of all his students.


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Andrew Ang

has been a camp facilitator for MOE’s outdoor programs, team-building facilitator for Nanyang Polytechnic and also assisted at Zorb’s corporate team building events.

Having been so involvement as a facilitator, Andrew noticed that there were many students who lacked confidence. His desire to nurture and help children build their confidence and also pass down his knowledge and skills of speaking in front of a large crowd caused him to venture on this journey of educating our young talents in the fine art of public speaking.

Believing that every child has the potential to become someone unique and special, Andrew aims to provide a fun and safe learning environment to encourage children to develop their own confidence and creativity.

Having been able to engage large crowds during his days as facilitator, Andrew captures his student’s attention easily as he engages them in classroom activities. He is adored by all of his students.

Types of public speaking courses

Equinix Training Workshop

Surveys show that the number one fear of most people is not death but having to speak in front of a group of people. It sounds illogical but it is true. So does it mean the person delivering the eulogy is worse off than the one in the casket? Fear of public speaking can be overcome by training.

We have years of experience training individuals with our effective methodology. Our trainers are dedicated and inspirational. Our workshops are fun and engaging. We offer public speaking trainings for individuals and for corporate too. Our Speeches of Excellence enable you to achieve your goal. You will be transformed to be an eloquent speaker. We will hone your communication skill. This skill helps you increase your sales if you are a sales personnel. If you are in a leadership position, this skill enables you to convey your thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. Thus, your team will improve cohesion and productivity. You will gain the respect and be an inspiration for all. At Speechacademyasia, our experienced trainers will help you to speak confidently and with humour. You will be able to capture the attention of your audience with your superb delivery. You will learn about body language, gestures and the correct use of your tone and voice to speak well. You will speak with conviction.

On a personal level, your relationship with people will improve. You will be a happier person. In our interactive workshops, you will learn with practical daily scenarios. In this way, you get the chance to practice what you have learnt. At the end of our workshops, you will learn the crucial steps to communicate effectively with anyone, anywhere. You would have mastered the essential basics of public speaking. You will soon find yourself having people who are receptive of your ideas. You will then be empowered to meet any challenges be it in your profession or in your personal life.

Public speaking for kids

We have public speaking programmes specially designed for children and teenagers. Let your child have a headstart. Our programmes enable them to acquire good public speaking skills which will be an asset for their future. Our dedicated trainers conduct classes with fun as children learn best through play. They will learn body language, voice control and right use of words and other useful skills to become a good and effective speaker. They will definitely perform better in their school curriculum for “Show and Tell”. They will do well in their oral examinations too. We also have Character Development programmes for children and teenagers. Our programmes allow the children to discover who they are, what their talents and strengths are. With this knowledge, they can then set goals for themselves. They will learn how to socialize, co-operate and share. Thus your child is well poised for the future.

Corporate trainings

On the corporate level, our trainings enable your staff to transfer what they have learnt with us to their colleagues. In this way, your company will save training costs.

Sales training

Speeachacademyasia has courses to help sales personnel to improve their salesmanship. They will learn to discover their own strength to develop their own selling strategy. We study proven strategies of successful global sales masters. There will be trainings in negotiation skills and on sales closing techniques. Pre and post fundamental sales processes are taught to deliver customers satisfaction.

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How to Improve Presentation Skills for Sales Personnel

Kaplan Workshop

As a sales personnel, the most challenging aspect of your profession is to meet with sales objections.  Even those in the service sector face the same challenge.   Below are some useful tips to help you to overcome your problems.

Readiness for objections

You have to be prepared for objections.  From your experience, list down all the reasons for objection that you have encountered.  Prioritise them into the most frequent ones to the occasional ones.  Prepare good responses and plan strategies to address every objections.  When you face with objection, remain cool, listen attentively and understand their reasons.  From your  list, you will realise that the most common reasons for objection are usually budget, need, urgency and trust.

Budget

Concur that price is an issue but do not rush to give discount as it may raise doubt to the quality of your product.  Instead, stress the qualities of your product and in what ways it can benefit your prospects. Demonstrate your knowledge of your product and show that you understand their needs.  Show your care of their needs, not the eagerness to sell your product.

Need

When your prospects object to the need to change, share some research about the competition and some of the changes that have been made in their industry. Share with your prospects the changes their competitors have made.  Create awareness of the ever changing environment of their industry.

Another way to overcome the need to change is to demonstrate past examples of change and how beneficial they were. For example, show the client a list of different ways the industry has changed over the past 10 years.

Urgency

People say timing is everything. When your prospects tell you to call back in 6 months’ time,
you can overcome this objection by convincing them of what they are losing by not having your product right away. You can illustrate some revenue projections of what they could gain over the next 6 months instead.

Trust
Trust is needed in every trade.   You need to be honest and forthcoming to overcome objections. Be truthful with information and share testimonials and references that will gain confidence in your product.

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Why Learn Public Speaking?

Kaplan Workshop

Does your job require you to do presentations frequently?
Are you required to speak in public often?
Does your job require you to have effective communication skills?

Or most importantly, you know you have a very good product which is way above your competitors but you lack the power to convince your potential buyers.

Well, fret no more!  We, at Speeachcademyasia, are able to help you!  We can transform you to become a good, confident and effective speaker.  You will be able to capture undivided attention of your audience with your superb eloquence which is spiced with humour and yes, your charisma.

Whatever professions you are in, the ability to speak well is an asset.  Be it sales or services, good communication skills help.  It helps in your career advancement too.  On a personal level, it improves your interpersonal skill and your social life is enhanced.

On the corporate training level, our programmes let your employees learn about sales compendium which includes sales psychology, personal selling, negotiation techniques and closing of deals. We share proven strategies of successful personnel. We offer techniques to manage unhappy customers too!  The techniques learned can then be transferred to other employees in the workplace thus saving cost.

At Speechacademyasia, we are committed to nurture children and teenagers.  They are Singapore’s most valuable resources.  The future lies in their hands. All parents wish to give their children a headstart in life.  It is a unanimous fact that most adults are afraid of public speaking.  The fear can be traced to the lack of such training in the early years of an adult life.  At Speechacademy, our programmes train your child to be a confident speaker in any circumstances.  Children will learn how to use their voice, body language and gestures.  With our training, your child can shine in  his/her school’s “Show and Tell” curriculum.  Your child will also perform well in his/her oral examinations.

We also have Character Development activities for children and teenagers.  Through our fun-filled activities, your child will discover his/her own character and strength so that they can set goals for themselves.  We teach them how to work towards realizing their goals.  Children also learn socializing skills.  They will learn how to cooperate, share and empathise.  With all these and more, your child will be well poised for his/her future.

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Presentation Skills Tips for Students

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Almost all students are fearful of presentations. The fear is twofold.
One is the content of the presentation and the other is the lack of presentation skills. If the content and skill are found wanting, the grade will be affected. Some may say as long as the content is well prepared, the presentation will not be a problem. Is it so? It will be a pity if all your long hours of research work on the content come to nought due to last minute jittery, anxiety and you fumble during the Q and A session of the presentation. Fortunately, there are some tips to help you.

First and foremost is your content. All your research work should be arranged in a flowing manner.

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Presentation Skills for Managers

NTU Workshop

In today’s business world, presentations and public speaking are required in many trades. In a managerial position, you need to perform task delegated by your senior management executives.

They look for those they can trust. Suppose you are entrusted to do a task. When you have worked hard on your entrusted task, your presentation becomes your showcase of your ability and public speaking skill.

When it comes to presenting, knowing how to present to senior management executives within your own company or in another company is going to have an impact on your career. Here are six tips that will be useful the next time you are going to present to a CEO, Senior VP, VP, etc. The tips are given based on the assumption that the presentation is held in a boardroom or meeting room where the size of the audience is small and there are interactions.

1. Preparations Your senior management executives are busy people. They may be so busy that they do not have the time to read the information given to them prior to the meeting. So you do not waste their time. Be well prepared with all your information and data. Anticipate likely questions and be prepared for them. Prepare additional materials to support your answers. Your extra effort will impress the seniors as they know you are well prepared thus gaining their trust in your proposal or analysis. Rehearse your presentation as many times as you can as practice makes perfect. Get a peer to be your audience. You gain confidence as you rehearse. You will be seen as knowledgeable and confident. This helps in your career advancement.

2. Know your audience Know your audience in terms of their knowledge of your topic. This helps you to decide how much time you need to spend on background information.

3. Speech and Manner Speak naturally, varying your pitch to emphasize important points. Do not use monotone as it is a lullaby. Try to sound conversational. Pause between sentences. Look at your audience. Answer questions truthfully. If you don not have the answer, say so and promise to give the answer later. Do not feel intimidated when you face a barrage of questions. Just take it that the executives are very interested in your content. Take it that they need to fully understand your plan before giving their approval.

4. Usage of time Start the presentation by informing what is the agenda and the objective of the meeting. Senior management executivesí time is valuable. Deliver your content within the scheduled time. Get to the main points before the presentation is derailed. Allot ample time for discussion or questions. This allows the senior executives to plan the next step of action.

5. Slides If you are using slides, be flexible in the order of the slides sequence. Do not use too many slides. Slides should contain key points in a short and clear manner. Do not just read your slides and avoid using jargons. Ensure all visual and audio equipment which you are going to use are functioning and you know how to operate them.

6. Keep it simple Make your presentation short and lively. Focus on your main points. Describe the benefits of your recommendations when adopted. Present the benefits clearly. This enable your senior management executive audience to understand and decide on your proposals or recommendations.

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