Post Continuity Income Workshop

1. I had just returned from conducting my last 3 day Continuity Income Workshop in Singapore! The weekend before, I ran the same program right here in Malaysia. Not counting the weekend workshop that I casually did in 2009, this is the first two ‘serious’ workshops I’ve done and there’s no looking back – I am already this far into the seminar business.

2. Admittedly, I did not put in a lot of preparation for the workshops the same way I did for my 90 minute presentations. I thought I could pull it off nearly flawless because I practice Internet Marketing as a second nature. However looking at the feedback forms submitted from my students, there is indeed a lot more room for improvement. Way lot more.

3. It’s a different ball game in the seminar business. I realize that all my years selling information products is still inadequate to prepare me for fame and glory in this arena. While I plan to conduct the Continuity Income Workshops again next year, I have to start making changes NOW. Simplify my course. Create a lasting and fun experience.

4. I will also need a dedicated team for this. Now I totally suck with people overall, which is why I had been putting off the idea of having an office and a full-time team. Right now it’s go big or go home, and I’ve been sitting at home for years. Will be checking out some potential office premises in Petaling Jaya this week, and make an appointment with Jonathan Quek to pick his brain on how to build a team.

5. Also booking a Skype session with Eugene Hennie on his Facebook marketing skills. Shared with him how to draw people to his workshop, now it’s time to call in the favor.

6. It’s a dangerous time to rest on my laurels just because the workshops are over. So I am keeping myself occupied with 3 product launches in November – in 3 different niches. Good to have Elle back really… we are partnering up again for the first time in 2 years to get into the graphics niche. 🙂

7. My next speaking engagement brings me to Cyberjaya – the DARE BIZ Showcase. Nov 22 & 23. Need to get ready for that one, and polish my presentation and closing before that!

“No one writes down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”

The Art Of The Startup @ MindValley HQ

Busy month this month! But on a short notice, I squeezed in time for The Art Of The Startup seminar at the MindValley HQ just before I drive to Johor.

Vishen delivering the seminar on stage at The Hall of Awesomeness.
Vishen delivering the seminar on stage at The Hall of Awesomeness.

Right now I’m on a speaking circuit and workshop gigs and while I’m picking up steam for the last several months, I am looking to get fresh ideas and strategies to grow my business to the next level – or heck, start something new altogether!

Splendid 1-day presentation from Vishen Lakhiani "The Art of Startups"!
Splendid 1-day presentation from Vishen Lakhiani “The Art of Startups”!

It is also interesting to note that I met Vishen and his then partner Mike Reinings for the first time back in 2006. At that time, their office was in KL Sentral and their employees numbered no more than the fingers on both my hands. Me? I had just got myself out of the mountain of debt I was in the year before, LOL they’ve been experiencing Quantum Leap ever since!

What do you know? 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers are here in the same room! I didn't think we'd meet again so soon, let alone altogether! (Not In Picture: Cayden Chang, cos he needed to catch his flight back to SG)
What do you know? 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers are here in the same room! I didn’t think we’d meet again so soon, let alone altogether! (Not In Picture: Cayden Chang, cos he needed to catch his flight back to SG)

I didn’t expect to meet a lot of familiar faces at the same event – 4 of the Wealth Summit 2013 speakers to name one.

Adam Wong (bestselling author of Lucky Bastard!) and Joel Chue came from Singapore – too bad, like Cayden Chang, they had to leave and catch their flight back… so no opportunity to take a photo with them 🙁

L-R: Aaron Teng (Incitement Youth founder); me; Jonathan Quek (Silver Malaysia); Chon Giap (TEDxKL)
L-R: Aaron Teng (Incitement Youth founder); me; Jonathan Quek (Silver Malaysia); Chon Giap (TEDxKL)

On a trivial note, I have met many mutual friends between myself and Michael Teoh, and even though we have known and interacted with each other online since 2009, we have yet to meet in person until now! Hope that comes soon… before we get any older!

Now, the big question: to start my own office or no? Hmm…

Wealth Summit 2013

Finally done with the major speaking event I had been looking forward to for the big break this year! After some speaking engagements here and there, I landed on the biggest one yet – Wealth Summit 2013!

I shared the stage with other reputable speakers and experts like Robert G Allen, James MacNeil, Andrew Baxter, Jonathan Quek, Sean Seah & Cayden Chang, Peng Joon, Kathlyn Toh, and more in two Wealth Summit events back to back – first in Singapore, the following weekend in Malaysia!

I remember being very anxious when I first arrived in World Resorts Sentosa and carefully observing how the other speakers presented their best knowledge distilled into under 2 hours each.

True that I had been speaking for some events and sessions here and there – and I did more this year alone than my previous years combined – I suppose I haven’t shake off the impression that I was going to be a speaker this time, and not a member of the audience that I was so used to see myself in.

Unlike my first speaking engagement with Success Resources in 2009, this time I was slotted to be a speaker on the last day of the event. This gave me ample preparation and the opportunity to see how the other speakers give their best performance.

Okay won’t bore you with the details… in short, I am glad it ended well and I walked away from stage learning just as much as I shared mine with the audience on all of my years in Internet Marketing distilled to the time I was given on stage.

To me, I consider this a massive breakthrough… and there will be more to come!

Work From No Home

Here is a quick stop gap update. It’s been 3 months and counting ever since Internet ceased to work at my new home. With interference from the nearby lake and surrounding house holds crowding in on the already weak signal, it is hopeless to try to get anything done at home. So I have been working from Starbucks almost daily – like right now.

1. Two weeks ago, I invited the representative from Telekom to my place to discuss how they can bring UNIFI to my residential area, and I could have sworn the whole neighborhood entered my house when I informed them on the meeting!

Turns out, our new area is short of 20 more applications before TM can consider coming over to install the fiber optics for the phone lines and UNIFI. I am now in charge of getting the remaining submissions from the neighborhood and once this is done, it will be another 3 more months until there are phone lines and reliable Internet connections at my area.

2. So in the mean time, I have been leeching WIFI from various Starbucks outlets, friends houses and offices. Next week I will be viewing a potential office space to rent so I can get my business going and growing. This predicament has forced me out of my comfort zone, literally!

3. In spite of the predicaments, I was still able to pull off my product launches, three of which were a success! White Label Firesale did 1000+ Front-End copies. My Continuity Income Videos PLR made JVZoo POTD. And a third covert launch took place under a pen name, which made to #2 on ClickSure marketplace during the launch week (if you know about ClickSure then you will know why I am secretive about my pen name there!)

JVZOOPOTD-CIVPLR2And being at Starbucks, I have been seeing friends by chance that I otherwise would have been too busy to catch up.

4. The success of Continuity Income Videos PLR happened at an impeccable timing. It was the same night I was doing my preview seminar “Continuity Income Secrets” to a group of 40 participants.

Continuity-Income-Secrets-Eastin-HotelConsidering this is a warm up to my speaking gigs, this weekend I will be in Singapore, speaking for the Wealth Summit event. 🙂

5. To sum it up, I have been flying by the seat of my pants for the past 3 months and there’s no sign of that stopping anytime soon. It had been very frustrating but it also reminded me how hard I tried when I was just starting out. As my friend Khai put it, “at least it makes you feel more alive now.”

Yup buddy. I guess if I were just rooted at home, I wouldn’t have conceived the idea or gather the courage to call her out. 🙂

Yee-LingMy Internet crisis is far from over, but exciting times are happening now indeed!

I’d like to write more but I better get going now. I just started printing my own hard copy DVDs for my upcoming seminars and workshops and I have to collect them soon!