Winning Youth Leadership Academy 2015

The team I was mentoring for this year’s Youth Leadership Academy (organised by McKinsey & Company) won first place!

I had a lot of high hopes but it was a bit unexpected because the team┬áhad to change their idea several times. But I’m glad eventually they settled on one, and then focused hard on really good execution. I remembered sitting down with them at Starbucks, and was explaining to them what they needed to do to show that the project had a huge potential, and to show traction.

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BFM Interview

Had an interesting interview on BFM last week. The haze has been affecting my voice the entire week, and initially I thought “not so great timing for a radio interview”, but it actually turned out to be a lot of fun and really smooth.

Freda Liu was really warm as soon as I stepped into their office, and had a chat in their conference room before the interview. She started asking me some questions, and I was wondering if there a hidden mic somewhere and that the interview had started, but she laughed saying that it was only to warm me up and to get my thoughts flowing.

She asked me not to be nervous, I didn’t think I was, but perhaps she could sense that I was in “interview mode”.

So I just told myself to treat it as a conversation, and not to overthink how I answer the questions. Basically, remove “corporate speak” and to be candid and just be myself.

Which led to a really fun interview!

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