The Rising Stars Conference 2014

A Meeting of Minds and Methods

What if you can learn from 6 expert speakers how to improve your speaking, writing, and communicating skills that will set you up for success in 2015?

In 2007, Starbucks faced a serious crisis that resulted in the closure of 600 stores, and a drop of 42 percent in stock prices. Learning from CEOs like Steve Jobs who have led successful turnarounds, Howard Schultz returned to Starbucks as CEO to steer the company he bought out of the decline.

The turnaround took more than two years, but it raised its stock price to more than 350 percent from its 2008 lows. In 2011, Starbucks has more than $10 billion in revenue, and employs 150,000 people worldwide.

As Howard Schultz says, "In life, you can blame a lot of people and you can wallow in self-pity, or you can pick yourself up and say, 'Listen, I have to be responsible for myself.'"

Successful people know that nobody owes them a living.

Successful people know that they have to take 100% responsibility for their own results.

Successful people know that they have to acquire skills that are important for their success.

This coming December, we are proud to present to you The Rising Stars Conference - A Meeting of Minds and Methods.

The conference features two highly-educational workshops that focuses on imparting different set of skills. You have the opportunity to choose to attend the workshop that will equip you with the skills that you seek to master in 2015.

Workshop 1: Public Speaking Mastery

The Art of Speech Writing by Stephanie Esther Fam
(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Stephanie Esther is an award-winning and rather inspirational public speaker who often moves people in countless ways without realizing it. Her knack in writing inspirational and engaging speeches has won her multiples speaking awards in toastmasters competitions. Stephanie is currently the President of Teach Me Toastmasters Club.

In Stephanie's talk, you will learn how to

1) Appreciate the process of speech writing. This will help ingrain that speech-writing is a form of art which everyone should allow themselves to enjoy.

2) Infuse your personal stories within speeches without losing its emotional essence. This will help you to gain upmost authentic connection with your audience.

3) Place certain phrases and sentences within your speech to achieve maximum impact and response from your audience.

Express to Impress by Darren Tay
(3:10 PM - 4:10 PM)

Darren is a prolific public speaker, debater and professional trainer. Founder of The Public Speaking Academy in 2009, Darren has led the Academy to scale great heights in the school and corporate domains; including the successful organization of the annual National Public Speaking Competition since 2010.

Till date, Darren has spoken and trained more than 100,000 students and working professionals on effective communication skills useful in the classroom and boardroom. Darren also published his best-selling public speaking guidebook "Express to Impress" in 2012 and looks forward to subsequent publications in the future.

In Darren's talk, you will learn how to

1) Convey your speech message with powerful body language tools which would engender a positive and lasting first impression to persuade your prospects/ clients.

2) Learn effective pronunciation & enunciation, grammatical and linguistic skills to bid moments of miscommunication, especially amongst important foreign dignitaries, farewell.

3) Learn simple yet effective impromptu speech scaffolds to help you think fast on your feet and excel in nail-biting moments such as boardroom Q&As, job interview sessions and negotiations.

How to Engage and Entertain Your Audience using Humor and Story Telling by Santhanaram Jayaram
(4:20 PM - 5:20 PM)

Santhanaram Jayaram is a Business Communication/Laughter Coach with an MBA in International Business who strongly believes in his mission of H.O.P.E , Helping Other People Effectively. Ram has conceptualized a program “C.O.D.E.W.O.R.D for success”.

Achieving numerous speaking awards and the Outstanding Individual Suggestions Award in the Public sector, Ram, injects creativity and humour to his workshops thru simple pointers and illustrations. Clients who have worked with Ram include McDonalds, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Police Force, Delta Airlines, Wendy's and Disney Institute.

In Ram's talk, you will learn how to

1) Use humour smoothly effectively in your speech without coming across as "cheezy".

2) Deliver your jokes in a way that will get your audience to burst into laughter and applause.

3) Tell stories that will draw your audience to the edge of their seats and kept them enchanted and captivated.

Workshop 2: Communication Mastery

Speak to Peak by Theo Davis
(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Theo Davis is the Partner & Head of Asian Markets at Southwestern Consulting, the fastest growing sales training consultancy in the world today. Theo is passionate in partnering up with people and companies to help breakthrough to new levels of production and achievement.

He takes pride in providing top level coaching to individuals in his Top Producers / Managers / Business Owners coaching programs, training and consulting with companies on how to improve their sales performance. Theo's coaching clients include Google, Morgan Stanley, Lexus, Bank of America, Chevrolet, Hilton, and Toyota to name a few.

In Theo's talk, you will learn :

1) How to sell yourself and your ideas in your business or career.

2) How to open the possibility for business in any meeting within 45 seconds, even if it is just a 'social call'.

3) The Crucial 80%: How to prepare for any speech, pitch or presentation so that you won't be nervous.

4) The Best of the 21 Power Principles of Speaking.

INSPIRIT - Speaking Insights from Asian CEOs by Benjamin Loh
(3:10 PM - 4:10 PM)

Benjamin is
one of the youngest Associate Certified Coach (ACC) in Singapore and Asia Pacific, credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Trained as a Certified Extended DISC® Professional and Reiss Profile® Master, he works with his clients to overcome their barriers in public speaking and effective connections. Benjamin's clients include entrepreneurs and executives from organizations like IBM, DHL, AIA, ERA, ANZ Bank, Barclays Capital, Ernst & Young and many more.

My work in entrepreneurship and activism has also been covered on over 40 occasions on over 10 media platforms like Channel News Asia (CNA), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), Straits Times (ST), The New Paper (TNP), Lian He Zao Bao (LHZB), Sunday Times, Business Times (BT), News938 Live and Gold 90.5 FM.

In Benjamin's talk, you can:

1) Master the best-kept communications secret from leading Asian CEOs so that you will gain an unfair advantage and get ahead in your careers.

2) Learn the 3 key fatal speaking mistakes committed even by corporate leaders so you will be able to speak and present with impact and be in the 10th-percentile.

3) Speed up your communications mastery with a free, ‘Presentation Blueprint’ from attending this talk and walk away with clarity on how to improve your communications skills in 90 days or less.

4) Apply the techniques you have learnt in high-pressure situations like job interviews and corporate pitches and improve your “yes outcomes” dramatically.

The 3 Pillars of Influence by Vernon Lim
(4:20 PM - 5:20 PM)

Vernon is a trainer for Acme Achievers LLP and the Principle Consultant for solutions based implementation for SMEs and MNCs. Founded in 2009, Acme Achievers is a company that focuses on training and training to workspace translation by leveraging on a proven system based on Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Vernon has trained CEOs, directors, senior sales managers and staff at Prudential, Great Eastern, CompleteMe Dating Agency, Walton, and others. Vernon is also the author of “Tipping the Pivots”, a practical book on the application of Neuro Linguistic Programming to achieve personal & professional success.

In Vernon's talk, you will learn how to

1) Communicate with the sub-consciousness and bypass the logical wall of your audience so that they will stay engaged throughout your speech.

2) Know how people really make decisions and how to influence them so you will never get rejected again.

3) Learn the power of effective body language so you can network confidently with anyone, anywhere.

Here's What Others Said About The Speakers

"Santhanaram is a people's person. His interest in people is evident in his training sessions. His enthusiasm in using current training methods is supreme. He uses his research, his acting abilities, and his leadership skills to make his training sessions effective and immediately usable."
Anil Pathak, Deputy Dean, Institut Teknologi Brunei

“I am impressed at Vernon’s ability to capture attention. His methods are both educational and professional, keeping me learning and laughing at the same time.”
H, Mehta, IT Director& Principal Consultant

"Theo is a sales expert! He understands and teaches highly effective techniques to increase results. As my coach, Theo was able to customize my program to meet my needs and deliver the most value possible. His accountability and professionalism are second to none and it was a tremendous pleasure working with him."
Pete Walton, Partner/Portfolio Manager at Traverse Partners

"We hired Benjamin to provide a full day of in-depth presentation coaching for international renewable energy developers. He had great exercises for loosening everybody up, getting the group engaged, innovative use of video, and a really good clear rubric for getting results. We will definitely use him again!"
Daniel Potash, Associate 8, Deloitte Consulting LLP

How much will you invest to improve your speaking and communication skills?

Corporate and government clients have engaged our conference speakers to speak at their events, and their fees range from $1000 to $3000 for an hour of keynote. However, as accomplished toastmasters themselves, the 6 speakers have decided to give back to the society what they have learned all these years in public speaking and communication skills.

Hence, instead of you paying hundreds to listen and learn from each speaker, you can now choose to attend either workshop and learn from 3 speakers for a small investment of only $30.

That's not the best part.

If you happen to get the tickets within the promotional period, you can even get 2 tickets for the price of one! There are only 48 tickets available for each workshop.

Early Bird Sales Period: 1st - 14th Nov 2014
$40 for 2 tickets

Standard Ticket:
$30 per ticket

Walk In:
$40 per ticket

Even if you are going to walk in to buy the tickets on conference day (only if there's leftover tickets) at $40, it is still a steal! Imagine how your career or business can improve by equipping yourself with the important skills that can make you a more confident public speaker and communicator.

No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

Our conference speakers are confident to educate and impart critical knowledge on improving your public speaking and communication skills. However, if we did not add any value to you, we do not deserve your money.

So, for whatever reason you are not happy with our conference, you can approach anyone of us in the Rising Stars Management Team at the event registration desk for a money-back guarantee. No question asked.

Q & A (Questions & Answers)

Q1. Can I attend a talk by a speaker from Public Speaking Mastery, and another talk by a speaker from Communications Master?

Ans: Yes, definitely! The ticket you bought is an open ticket for you to attend the talk by any speaker. There is a 5-10 minutes break between each talk so you can hop between conference rooms to attend the talk of your choice.

Q2: Can I bring the friend along for the conference?

Ans: If you bought the conference tickets within the early bird period, your ticket is for the entry of 2 persons (you and your friend). If your friend decide to walk in on the actual day, he can also purchase the tickets on the spot, but at the walk-in rate.

Q3: I have other queries about the conference. Who can I contact?

Ans: Great! You can always reach us by clicking on the button "Contact Organizer" button on the right hand side of this page. We will get in touch with your queries within 12-24 hours.

Successful people know that they have to acquire skills that are important for their success.

If you are serious about preparing yourself for business or career success in 2015, then get the tickets for The Rising Star Conference 2014.

See you there!

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Sat Dec 6, 2014
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM SGT
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Singapore Management University 81 Victoria Street, Lee Kong Chian Business School of Business CR 3.2 & 3.3 Singapore
5 minutes walk from City Hall/Bras Basah MRT Station
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