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The 2011 Asia HRDCongress was a pleasant experience.  With participants and speakers happy, the Asia HRD Congress was a successful event. The Awards evening was a special one with President Fidel Ramos receiving the lifetime achievement award and Tony Fernandes, Founder of Air Asia receiving an exemplary award for his contribution to the business world. The evening was graced by the First Lady of Malaysia, the wife of the Prime Minister Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

With the Kuala Lumpur share market buoyant, our share prices also moved a little. The economy around the region seems to be on the rebound.  The Singapore opposition gained ground in the recent elections yet 60% of the popular vote went to the ruling People’s Action Party.

May E News
I wish to cover two things in this e news – one an interesting article “No Pain No Gain” and second, the keynote speech by Alan Stephens, the President of the International Federation of Professional Speakers session at the recent Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers Conference.

No Pain, No Gain
The message from the world class professional speakers that I heard at the recent Speakers Conference was simple and straight forward. They all referred to Lao-Tzu who had said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So, the question is how we take the first step especially when it is painful. Accomplishing anything that is of value consists of two pains: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.

Pursuing a dream or the purpose of your life is all about discipline. It is only when we painfully focus and follow through on our purpose in life everyday, we achieve success.  When we do what we need to do on a daily basis, it becomes a habit and part of us. We no longer see it as a chore and we have a desire to accomplish that something that we want to accomplish in life.

When we do not do move, we end up with the greater pain of regret. Sydney J. Harris wrote, "Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."  When we are ready to make changes to our life styles, Anais Nin’s words become true for everyone:  “There come a time when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  Mastering a skill now may seem very stressful but in the long term makes a person very happy. The best way to begin is to begin NOW! Click here

Alan Stephens
Alan Stevens, the current President of the Global Speakers Federation  is a PR Professional and expert on media and communications. His company ,The Media Coach, covers both traditional and social media. He says the first line of your speech is crucially important. As it may be the only line that every member of your audience hears, so it needs to be really good and engaging. He lists some very important do’s and don’ts. Read this

SMR news
Karen and Grace are travelling to overseas locations to plan for 2012 Asia HRDCongress. For more information click here.

Enjoy the month ahead. I will be in touch in June, 2011.

With best wishes




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