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Be a better presenter. BE the BEST!

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Do you excel in giving presentations and delivering training sessions?
Have you ever stood up to give a presentation and suddenly your brain sat down?
Would you like to deliver sessions that Impact, Instill and Inspire?

If you are considering a career as a trainer or professional speaker, then your first stop must be Delivering Extraordinary Training, a workshop run by International Speaker and Master Trainer, Dr Billy Kueek. Watch Billy as he engages and entertains his audience and you will understand why he is one of the most sought after trainers in the region. His unique style and delivery strategies always leave his audience clamoring for more, be it in his public workshops or training programs for corporate clients.

Whether you are going to make a five-minute speech at your company’s annual dinner or address a crowd of thousands at a conference, you must know how best to stand, speak and move in front of your audience. The workshop offers skills, tips and techniques such as how to open your presentation with impact and to deliver your presentations professionally so that you leave your audience engaged, energized and empowered.

Billy will share valuable insights into the training business from his personal experiences. After 17 years as a trainer and motivational speaker, Billy has a wealth of experience and stories that he will regale you with. Not only will you learn the essential and effective skills to deliver powerful sessions, you will hear the good, the bad and the ugly about the profession from Billy himself in his no-holds barred session.

During the workshop Delivering Extraordinary Training, Billy will lead participants through the pitfalls of the business, teach techniques to improve your presentations and training, and share his real-life experiences in his no-holds barred personal manner. Learn opening techniques that will impact the audience right from the start. Explore a myriad of delivery techniques that will continuously engage your audiences, regardless if it is a 2-hour or 2-day session, with 30 or 3,000 people!

Don’t let the inability to answer your participant’s questions jeopardize your credibility! With Billy’s Q&A Fielding Techniques, discover how you can handle questions confidently, even when you do not have the answer! Plus, do you know that even some of the most accomplished presenters and trainers today do not know what to do with their hands? Understand the meaning of your gestures and the do’s and don’ts when you are in the limelight.

Fear of public speaking? It is said in a recent survey that people would rather commit suicide than to speak in front of a crowd! Simply by applying some of Billy’s proven fear reducing techniques to equip yourself with a mindset of empowerment, you will be able to project confidence, charisma and communicate effectively. Nothing leaves a better impression than an impactful close, so learn how to end your presentation powerfully that leaves your audience craving for more.

Delivering Extraordinary Training is a workshop that is highly recommended for novice and seasoned trainers, speakers, presenters, leaders, managers and anyone that aspires to start in the exciting profession of training. Organized by Billy Kueek International and designed by Dr Billy Kueek himself, this workshop will create awareness and the possibility of exploring training as a secondary career, as well as to share techniques to enhance the presentation skills.

It also serves as a preview of what you will learn in Dr Billy Kueek’s signature program, the 5-day MasterClass Train The Trainerfor those who are serious about becoming a trainer. Globally rated as the most practical and intensive trainers’ training, this is a must-have training for aspiring trainers, professional trainers and speakers, and institutional trainers. On top of the excellent delivery styles and skills that the participants will be equipped with, they will now learn the essential business skills to excel in this industry as well.

As published in The Star, May 2014

As published in The Star, May 2014

The Mark of a Master Trainer

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*NLP Trainers’ Training in 2014: 14 – 24 November* 

With so many NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Trainers and Institutes in the market, each claiming to be the best, it can be very confusing to know which to choose.  Some trainers claim to be Master Trainers but they do not have the appropriate certifications.  Others misrepresent the institutes or boards.

So how does one choose?  First of all, check the organization that is providing the certification.  Is it a recognized institute or board?  Look at their websites and write to them to get more information.  Do a thorough check and find out as much as you can before you commit your valuable time and money for the training.

While we are unable to list all the main certifying bodies, here are a few which you may have heard of:

AMERICAN BOARD OF NLP (ABNLP) – this is the largest NLP certifying body in the world with more than 35,000 members worldwide.  Founded in 1955 by A.M.Krasner (who also founded the American Board of Hypnotherapy), ABNLP has members and trainers in most countries.

NLP UNIVERSITY (NLPU) – founded by Robert Dilts, NLPU is based in the University of California, Santa Cruz which is the birthplace of NLP.  This is where Richard Bandler and John Grinder developed NLP back in the 1970s.  Whilst NLPU has certified many Trainers and Master Trainers, they usually offer certification under their own institutes or academies and not NLPU.

NLP LIFE – for those who wish to be trained by Richard Bandler, the co-creator of NLP, then you will need to make a trip to London or USA to attend the program.  The training is co-delivered with John La Valle (and Kathleen La Valle).

INTERNATIONAL TRAINERS’ ACADEMY OF NLP (ITANLP) – this is founded by John Grinder (the other co-creator of NLP), Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll and teaches traditional NLP (or as John calls it, Classic Code NLP) and New Code NLP.  Certified trainers under ITANLP are mainly based in Europe.

SOCIETY OF NLP – established in 1978 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, the Society of NLP is  now owned by Dr Christina Hall.

As for the trainers themselves, NLP certification has the following structure:

  • NLP Practitioner
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • NLP Trainer
  • NLP Master Trainer

Trainers certify practitioners and master practitioner and Master Trainers certify trainers, master practitioners and practitioners.

Billy Kueek International is proud to be the only NLP certifying institute in South East Asia with 2 NLP Master Trainers and Hypnotherapy Master Trainer and Dr Billy Kueek is the only NLP Master Trainer in the world certified by both ABNLP and NLPU.

For NLP Practitioners and Master Practitioners who would like to be certified as NLP Trainers under the ABNLP, join the NLP Trainers’ Training which will be from 21 to 30 November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and join us in Transforming People, Inspiring Lives.

Reon Schutte’s Story

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When you meet Reon Schutte for the first time, what strikes you is his calmness and the sense of serenity that emanates from him.  Having read his bio-data, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Here is a man who has gone through some of the most atrocious experiences you would not wish for your worst enemy, and yet, he is free from anger and hatred, he is at peace within himself and with the world.

International speaker Reon Schutte travels the globe sharing his personal story with millions.  He does not shout or jump about on stage, yet his message is very powerful.  Listen to him speak and you will be impacted by his sincerity.  Reon speaks from the heart.  He tells his story with little embellishment, just retelling it at a steady pace.  He truly has an admirable personality and strength of character.

Learning can happen when you are having fun or when you are going through a traumatic experience.  In Reon’s case, he went through the darkest moments no human should have to go through, and he lived to tell the story.  And what a story it is.  From the moment he entered the notorious Chikurubi prison in Zimbabwe, he already knew that his chances of ever leaving the prison alive were slim to none, yet he persevered.  There were days he went without food, trading his measly meal of half a bowl of rice and half a bowl of cabbage for writing materials so he could write letters to strangers in the hope that someone would take notice of his existence, yet never knowing if anyone did.

Being beaten up by the prison guards daily and sharing a dank miserable prison cell with 49 others is unthinkable.  As you listen to his story, your initial thoughts will probably be like mine and the hundreds of thousands who have heard Reon’s story, “Can this be real?  How can anyone survive this and yet be so calm?”

We have the benefit of learning through someone else’s experience, in this case, Reon’s.  And he has put it so simply–The Power of Choice.  He acknowledges that everything that has happened to him was due to a decision he made, a choice he made and that he had to endure the consequences of his decisions.  The fact that he survived the living hell of Chikurubi prison plus being diagnosed with cancer was also a result of the choices he made, to change his thinking, change his perspective and be in control of how he would face (and survive) each day.  As he says, “We may not be able to choose our circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond.”

As a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Trainer, I recognize what he did during those dark hours  to be NLP techniques which are inside every one of us.  NLP is what happens on a daily basis and is not an invention but rather the result of the study of human behavior.  Therefore, each and every one of us has the ability to change, if we know how.  Reon did not know a method at the time, he just knew that he was not going to let them win.  He re-programmed his mind and was able to understand the universal truths that allowed him to be free, while still in prison.  As Reon highlights, many of us are imprisoned in our own Chikurubis, personal prisons that we have created for ourselves from anger, hatred, fear, blame, self-doubt and from which we  unable to break free.

Reon shows us that we can overcome adversity and transform ourselves, emerging stronger.  Through his story, we are able to look at our own lives and realize that we always have options and that there is always a way out.  And we do not have to learn this by being imprisoned.

Another (or easier) way to be equipped is to take up training in NLP and Time Line Therapy™ to unleash the potential within you and to break free from negativity and become a wholesome human being like Reon.

You have The Power of Choice to change, for good.  Choose well.

Come and listen to Reon’s story on 24 October 2012 at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.  For information about tickets and about the event, contact office@BillyKueek.com or call or SMS +6012 434 9500.

Training Trainers

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It has been a week since we completed our MasterClass Train The Trainer program and I thought I would take some time to reflect on the program and share my thoughts with you.

I developed the program some years ago as I wanted to share my personal knowledge and experience with aspiring trainers.  The intention was to help others shorten their learning curve and at the same time, to raise the standards in the training industry.  Now, I am not saying that I am the best, and therefore everyone should run training like me.  It was not my intention to produce clones of me as trainers.   However, having been in the industry for many years, I have learned the hard way.  I know what works and what doesn’t.  And I am prepared to share all this with my students.

Over five days, we learned the theories behind training, the methodologies, the techniques and more importantly, we practiced.  Micro-labs where the trainers get to practice speaking in front of an audience, test out their activities, rehearse their stories, experiment with jokes – all this in a safe environment, surrounded by fellow trainers who give invaluable feedback on what works and what does not.  You cannot improve if you don’t get your feet wet.

I have trained thousands of trainers over the years and the recent class may well be my last public MasterClass Train The Trainer program as I focus on developing new programs (at least for the next 2 years).  However, never say never and if the right opportunity comes along, I may run the program again.

Until then, I wish all my MasterClass Trainers out there all the very best.  Do your best, give your all and have fun in the best and most rewarding job I know.  It is hard work and you earn every dollar but it is extremely fulfilling and lots of fun.

Be the Starfish Thrower and make a difference to your participants!

 

The Power of Choice

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I am going to tell you a story.  It’s not something I read or studied or heard about from someone else.  I lived it.

This is Reon Schutte’s story, his life.  How he overcame struggles and challenges.  How he survived.  And how he chose to live.

It is not an easy story to listen to.  Some of his graphic descriptions will make you feel awkward.  When you hear what he endures, you begin to appreciate how lucky you are.

It is the story of one man’s determination to live.  His choice to live.

It inspires millions to make their own choices to change their lives.

It sets you free.

Join Reon and me on 24 October 2012 at the Sime Darby Convention Centre.  We will be sharing our stories, and we hope that you will have an inspiring and empowering three hours with us.  Contact Office@BillyKueek.com for more information on tickets.

Walking on Water

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I would like to share another story that was featured in my book, ENGAGE: The Parable of the Pencil and other Empowering Stories.   I do not recall where the story came from but the lesson is a great one.

There was a village where three holy men from three different religions worked and served the villagers.

One day, one of them suggested to the other two, “Why don’t we spend one whole day together so that we can mutually understand each others’ work and philosophies, so that we complement one another and serve our villagers better?”

So the three of them decided on the time and the day.  On the agreed day, they gathered at the jetty because they wanted to row a boat out to the island off the shore where they would not be disturbed. All three of them got into the boat and started rowing towards the island.

After ten minutes, the first priest looked at the other two and said, “Hey, we are supposed to spend the whole day together, but we did not bring any water. Without water, how are we going to be able to last the whole day? But not to worry, let me go back and get the water while you wait here in the boat.”

With that, he stood up and jumped into the water and started walking on top of the water, back to the shore. The third holy man looked on, astonished at the priest walking on top of the water.

Twenty minutes later, the priest came back with the water and tea bags, walking on top of the water and got back into the boat. They started rowing toward the island again.

Another ten minutes went by when the second holy man said, “Hey, we do not have any food. How are we going to spend the whole day talking and not have any food? I tell you what, you wait here and I will go back and get us some food.”

With that, he stood up, jumped out of the boat and started walking on top of the water, back to the jetty. Twenty minutes later, he returned with a picnic basket filled with food, again walking on top of the water, and got back into the boat.

The third holy man watched him in amazement, and thought to himself, “Both of them must be men of great faith with tremendous power.  They can walk on water.  I have a lot to learn from them.”

But at the same time, he was worried that they might forget something else and he would have to go back to the shore to get it.  True enough, another ten minutes later, they realized they did not have any cups or plates to eat or drink from.

Very reluctantly, the third holy man said, “I will go back and get what we need.”  He then proceeded to stand up and jumped out of the boat, into the water. As soon as he did that, he started to sink.  The other two holy men realized that he could not swim and quickly leaned over to pull him up.

By the time they got him out of the water and back into the boat, the third holy man was already crying.  He said, “I am so ashamed of myself.  You are men of so much faith that you can walk on top of water.  I am just so ashamed of myself.”  And he continued crying.

The other two looked at each other and said to the third holy man, “We just happen to know where the rocks are!”

As a trainer, coach and speaker, I do not profess to know everything but there are times when I know where the rocks are, and if I am allowed to share, then perhaps I am able to help others find their way.

Come and join me and Reon Schutte on 24 October 2012 in Kuala Lumpur as we share our personal stories and along the way, we may just show where the rocks are.  Contact office@BillyKueek.com for more information.

Power of Choice, Power of Change

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October 24 2012 – mark that date in your diary and join me.  Three hours that will change your life!  I am excited to announce that I will be joined by Reon Schutte in Kuala Lumpur where we will share our personal journeys, with the simple message that you have the power of choice and the power to change your life.

Reon is an internationally acclaimed speaker who shares his story of overcoming the odds, surviving inhumane conditions as a prisoner of war in Zimbabwe’s infamous Chikurubi prison.  Since his pardon and release in 2004, he has presented his story to more than 1 million people around the globe, from business executives to students, prisoners to cancer survivors (Reon is a cancer survivor himself), war veterans to government leaders, and more.

His story of the Power of Choice is truly inspirational and I am delighted that he has agreed to join me in Malaysia for a unique event.  It will be the first time we speak on the same stage and I know that it will be amazing.

John C Maxwell said, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness” and it is my sincere hope that TWO of us will be able to help you on your journey to achieve your goals and dreams.

Join us and get ready for the Power of TWO!

For information about tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or if you would like to partner us in this extraordinary event to empower more lives, contact office@BillyKueek.com or call +6012 434 9500.

Another 5 Tips to Making Money from Speaking

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Continuing from the last post:

6. Principles and Ethics

Credibility and reputation are two significant components for trainers and consultants.  Without either, you will not stay long in this business.  To better project credibility and reputation, you must take fierce pride in what you do and you must take personal responsibility to want to excel in it.  Only then can credibility and reputation work in your favor.

Outline some principles and ethics that you must adhere to and always keep them in view to remind yourself to act upon it.

7.  Mental Flexibility

One of the best ways to learn is to teach it.  And, while you are teaching and training others, keep you mind open to absorb the ideas and experiences of others.  That way, you are constantly learning new things and new ideas you picked up can either inspire you to create more ideas or become part of your resource that you can share of others.

Nothing is cast in stone except the law of gravity; things and concepts changes.  Management was the in-thing in the 70s but it is leadership that people are after these days.  Keep yourself abreast of new concepts, changes and keep learning.  Knowledge is one of the many wonderful benefits you gain as a trainer.

8.  Talk 3Ps; Walk 3Ps

A trainer will inevitably encourage and recommend your participants to practice the skills learnt.  I call this the 3P approach – Practice Practice Practice!

While you encourage people to practice so that they will master and internalize the skills learned, you must be the one who will walk your talk too.

9.  Punctuality

A great session begins on time.  In Asia, due to traffic congestions in many of the cities, training sessions hardly start on time.  However, just because your participants will be late does not mean you can excuse yourself.

Whether or not your participants will be late, you must be early.  Make it a habit to be at least an hour early so you have time to get accustom to the training venue, your equipments and the early birds among your participants.  This is the best time to get acquainted with and lobby support from your participants.

Another benefit is having time on your hand to work out equipments that fail. Do prepare something to keep your early birds rewarded.

10.  Utilize Multiple Training Methodologies

In our MasterClass Train The Trainer workshop, we cover a total of 13 training methodologies.  For the purpose of getting you started, we will include 3 that will give you a head start.

  • Dynamic Presentations
  • Demonstration
  • Experiential Learning

In one way or another, trainers present information and concepts.  MAke your presentation dynamic, dramatize your examples and act out the roles.  This will make your presentation exciting and interesting to watch, listen and helps you engage your participants.

Be prepared to demonstrate what you speak about.  The Oscar-winning actors and actresses are in character and so must the trainer be.  Demonstrations should be planned with clear verbal explanation, showing the “how-to”, demonstrating, questioning and repeatedly practice.

Experiential learning has proved to be a popular method of engaging the audience.  Keep a resource list of activities, simulations and games that will get your participants moving physically and create an interrupt to the state pattern they get caught in.

For more information about our training programs, please email Office@BillyKueek.com or go to www.BillyKueek.com

 

5 Tips to Making Money from Speaking

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A number of years ago, I published a book “25 Tips to making money from Speaking” which I am looking to re-publish as an e-book.  While I am working on it, I thought I would share some of the tips from the book.  As a professional trainer, I recognise that no matter how many years experience we have or how polished we become, there is always room for improvement and therefore, I welcome comments and feedback from you.  After all, as the NLP presupposition states, There is no failure; only feedback.

1.   Develop Multiple Personalities

A trainer is an actor/actress, an artist, a comedian, a narrator, a story-teller, a trainer, a facilitator, a leader, a teacher and a friend.  The more of these roles you can master, the more engaging you will become.

Nobody likes listening to a story told by a boring personality.  You must develop excellent skills in all the roles mentioned and more.  Some trainers are magicians too.

2.   Keen awareness

Awareness is key to becoming outstanding.  As a trainer, your awareness must be acute in several areas.  It begins with yourself and knowing your strengths.  Some trainers I know of are simply overly intimidating or unbearable so be a likable person first, trainer second.

A trainer helps others identify their potential, strengths and weaknesses in order to facilitate learning and improvement in other people, it therefore makes sense for you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses.

Your ability to appraise yourself lies in your level of self-awareness.  Be honest with yourself, this is your own analysis and the more accurately you can identify areas of improvement, the more likely you are to improve upon it.

Awareness also encompasses your sense of consciousness about the surrounding, about your participants and be totally alert when they are in agreement or not in agreement with you.

3.    Fierce professional pride

We have discussed about the different roles a successful trainer should master.  In addition to that list, a trainer is also mentor and a leader.  Leading by example is one of the most powerful ways to influence.

I imagine you’d want to influence your participants to maximize their learning and therefore, you should do the same.  Take fierce pride in knowing, learning, planning, preparing, delivering and you will influence your participants to achieve results.  This combination will heighten positive testimonials for you so much that your name will be spread through the industry very quickly.

4.    The width and depth of knowledge

Surface knowledge just will not cut it.  Do not commit professional suicide in the business by taking on something you are not confident in delivering.  It is better you lose the deal than to lose your entire reputation.

You need to have both breadth and in-depth knowledge and skills.  Your level of knowledge is critical because trainers sell knowledge.  The more you know, the better you are able to relate to your participants.  The more you know, the more you can offer and add value to their learning.

As a Trainer, the fundamental knowledge you will need includes:

Breadth of knowledge in your area of expertise

¨     Context & Overall Literacy

¨     Training skills

¨     Research Skills

¨     Training Manual Writing Skills

¨     Communication and Presentation Skills

5.    Personal qualities

Every trade requires different personal qualities.  As a professional trainer, you must possess:

¨     Excellent Personal Grooming and Dressing

¨     Willingness to learn

¨     Desire to improve

¨     Ability to manage and lead change

¨     Ability to tolerate uncertainty and pressure

¨     Strong Interpersonal Skills

¨     People Orientation

¨     Committed to Personal and Professional Integrity

These are just some of the tips and techniques that I share during the MasterClass Train The Trainer program which I developed based on my years of experience as a professional trainer.  The next program will run from 19 to 23 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and this may be the last time I run this program for the next few years, or perhaps ever. 

My team inform me that the enrollments for this program has been overwhelming and we will be closing registration very soon.  However, if you would like more information about this program, email Office@BillyKueek.com today.

5 Tips to become a better Presenter

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Speaking in public is one of the greatest phobias we face, but it is also probably one of the easiest to overcome.  Whether you are a novice speaker or a seasoned professional, here are some tips on how to improve your presentation.

1. Know your stuff (and your equipment)

A fumbling presenter does not instill confidence in the audience.  Nothing beats being prepared, whether it is a 15-minute pep talk, a 3-hour seminar or a 5-day training program.  It may seem obvious but you must be familiar with your subject matter and your presentation slides in order to deliver a superb presentation.

When invited to speak or present, you may be using the organiser’s laptop and/ or projector.  Arrive early and make sure you are familiar with how to use the equipment and test your slides to ensure they work properly.  If you are using a wireless lapel microphone, test the sound quality and the best placement position.

2. Tell them, tell them, tell them

In your opening, tell your audience what you will be talking about in your session.  Then proceed with your talk and cover all the points that you need to cover.  During the closing, recap by going through the highlights of what you have already talked about.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Nothing can replace being well rehearsed.  No matter how many times you have gone through your materials, practice makes permanent.

4. Meet and Greet

Always plan to arrive early for your talk or presentation.  Apart from giving yourself more time to make sure that the set-up is correct and everything is working properly, it also allows you the opportunity to meet and mingle with your audience.  Get to know them a little so you can determine their expectations, their background and how receptive they are.

5. Stand and Deliver

Use the stage or space wisely and purposefully.  If you are making a speech, you will most likely be standing behind a lectern.  Make sure you are visible to your audience.  If possible, step away from the lectern.  Where you are addressing a certain part of the audience, for example when taking questions, ensure that your position is such that your arc of engagement does not exclude part of the audience.

To find out more on how you can be excellent in speaking, presenting and training, and learn how you can fulfill your passion and join the training industry, join the Training and Presenting like a Pro workshop on 3rd March 2012 at the Empire Hotel Subang, Malaysia.  If you know you want to be a professional trainer or speaker, then enroll in my MasterClass Train The Trainer program and join me in this great profession.