What is training courses in Singapore about ?
Training courses in Singapore is about a group of trainers providing specialized , focused , targeted and relevant training to both organizations and the general public . These courses are actually short term courses that are specially chosen and selected so that participants stay relevant and enjoy better employability , in the ever changing market environment .
Training courses in Singapore | Technical skill alone is not enough
In training courses in Singapore , while we understand the importance of technical and core skills , this alone is not enough . Employers today scout potential candidates that adds value to the organization , for almost everyone has the same technical competencies . So candidates need to have more than just technical skills . Though Singapore continue to enjoy low unemployment rate , the reality is that the speed of change is so fast and brutal that in the not so distant future , we may have to accept the reality that retrenchment will be a norm . Take for example Kodak , Yahoo or even the hand-phone maker , Nokia who , just 5 years ago were the technological driver and market leader . Today , in business , it is not about the biggest and largest corporations , but staying relevant to the market is key .
Training courses in Singapore | Singapore’s reputation in education
We purposely incorporate Singapore into training courses in Singapore . Reason is very simple . Singapore has a great reputation as an education hub especially for tertiary education . The 2 locals universities , National University of Singapore (rank 40) and Nanyang Technological University (rank 169) are among the world’s best today [see report] .
There are a few other universities being setup over the last few years , some with foreign universities tie-up such as Digipen of the United States . In fact , there are so many universities in Singapore and she offers a large varieties of courses and options in such a small little country , with a population of just 5M people . Singapore has somehow become an education hub in Asia .
Tertiary education aside , in primary education , Singapore has shown tremendous success in the areas of Science and Mathematics . Today , Singapore Mathematics teaching methodology has become so popular in many countries . So indeed , Singapore has a good reputation when it comes to education and training .
Training courses in Singapore | Why Now ?
The arrival on the internet and the education system and structure has a lot to do with this now more than ever . The growth of the internet has certainly made the world smaller and information is readily shared and available around the globe . Our students today , does not like to sit in front of a classroom and bored with what they are forced to learn . They want to learn things that are of interest to them and they don’t like to be forced to learn a certain subject that don’t like . But our education system are still basically “forced” type , and what has happen is that students starts looking for subjects or topics that are of interest to them on the internet . But the internet does not provide all the required information . Some may be scattered everywhere but some maybe insanely flawed or inaccurate .
Training courses in Singapore attempt to consolidate information that is vital and key for a particular subject matter which are of interest to the candidates , public at large or even organizations . Instead of getting information that may no longer be valid , inaccurate or not available at all , the trainers who has been in the industry is able to share and impart this knowledge accurately . Its about the value that we bring to the participants
Another reason is the speed of change . The technological changes and the flexibility to incorporate those changes are key to survival . If organization cannot change fast enough , there will be serious consequences . So many companies come and go , and we certainly want our participants to be able to stay relevant and having a better chance of employability when they needed it most .
Training courses in Singapore | So How ?
As mentioned earlier , training courses in Singapore only focus on a certain skill set , and at the moment , they are as follows
- Internet marketing . This will allow participants to generate some passive or secondary income . The course will train participants how to set up an on-line business , as well as marketing and promoting products on-line . The internet is here to stay and this business model does not involve high lay out cost with very little business risk
- Problem solving . This is a life skill since we do problem solving everyday . It’s a matter of whether it is a small , medium or large problems that we are solving . It is very important to be able to generate good and effective solutions to problems
- Networking skills . This is one of the most important business skill that will come in handy at times of need , provided that we have “invest” enough of our “core competencies” to others . This is different from socializing as networking skills has a structure , system and objectives unlike socializing . Its not about just “who you know” but also “who knows you”
- Public speaking skills . This is very important for key position in management other than sales & marketing personnel . It is of paramount importance to be able to speak accurately and confidently . The ability to influence , drive emotions and rally support is key
Training courses in Singapore | Summary
In a nutshell , the courses that we provide are short term courses . In training courses in Singapore, we focus on life and business skills that would allow participants to stay relevant and have a better employability capability assuming that they already have the technical and core competencies skills required .
It’s that time of the year again where so many Internet Marketing gurus trying to woo participants to take up their courses and workshops , at the same time selling their systems . Well folks , just be careful before you sign up for these courses because there are a lot of scams out there . So here is a gentle reminder again which i think is a good self check .
- Is the offer too good to be true ? Think about it … those scam artists and what they do
- Check with your friends who has attended the course and get their feedback if he/she has gotten back the ROI
Enough said , so let me share some personal experience
Internet marketing | 95% internet marketers will fail
In any business , if all else remains equal , 95% will fail and only 5% will survive . How can a system be sustainable if it is so simple and easy ? Market forces work in such a way that it will not allow this to happen . Just like bubble tea a couple of years ago . The craze hit Singapore and everyone was selling them . Today , majority lost money and leaving a few players left . Players who has deep pockets , other sources of revenue or are very unique in the way they run their business , survived . The reality is that the market cannot sustain so many of these vendors and therefore in many businesses , only 5% will made it .
Of course there are many who attended the course and workshop , and after that did nothing . Of course don’t expect something out of nothing . This will be the 1st group that will fall off . The group that proceed to do and get their hands dirty , will find that the going is very tough . Expect n0 revenue or earning for the next 6 months minimum . Some will start falling off along the way . Some sooner , some later as one will realise that even internet marketing gurus spend a lot of their time and effort actually behind the scene , but on the front , they talk about passive income , spend very little time and so forth , which is actually … not true . Interestingly these 5% that made it , is also very different . Its just that they appear normal on the outside , but on the inside its significantly different from the rest (95%) . Let me share some experiences
Internet marketing | Ready stream of customers
Some has a shop front and already have existing and ready customers . So getting into Internet marketing simply opens up more doors . Do they have to depend on internet marketing to survive ? Not really but if it opens up new customers , its an added advantage . So they can survive with or without internet marketing . If you already have a brand name or following , then Internet Marketing is just another channel to market your products .
Internet Marketing | Doing things differently
There is another guy that we came across and he does business on Amazon only . He has so many “registered accounts” and has many friends . So when he launch his products , he literally will use his “registered accounts” and his friend to buy his own products and having them to write good reviews . The strategy is , on the day of launch , the products will have massive volumes and a lot of good reviews taking the product to the 1st page and this is a very important objective . Once the product sticks on the 1st page , it will remain there for a very long time . Of course Amazon will take a cut on sales , and he lose a little since he is also sponsoring his friends to purchase and write reviews . This product may be a simple e-book which may cost US$2.00 to download . As the strategy unfold , the 1st e-book will reference to a better 2nd or 3rd e-book which is what the vendor is targeting at , which may cost US$10.00 or so . Normal internet marketers will not do something like this and like i have said , these 5% are very different and that is why they survive . One thing for real , product has to be good , else it cannot sustain over the longer term .
Internet marketing | Things changes all the time
The landscape in internet marketing changes all the time as new competitors comes on board and older ones make way for the newer ones . So when someone offer to show and tell you his strategies , it is probably time to get rid of the “old” ways of doing things as most probably the vendor has already knew that new and effective strategies are coming on board and the best way to make 1 last final profit would be to sell his ideas and methods before he call it quits . If a business is like a goose with the golden eggs , why would anyone wants to sell the goose away ?
Internet Marketing | What have you got to offer ?
Am i making sense so far ? If you are new , it will be very tough . Yes there is a lot of information on the internet , but a lot of them is obsolete or untrue . If you have a steady job and thinking that Internet Marketing is about passive income , don’t have to do much , then don’t expect it to survive , because market forces , especially those that are really hungry , will make your site obsolete . The market don’t reward easy stuff or stuff that require minimum effort . This is the reality . There are a lot of folks who are willing to work harder and putting in more effort , so how can these folks lose to those who put in less , if all else remains equal ?
Now that i have put you in the right perspective and you still want to attend an internet marketing workshop , because you are a newbie or want to know more , then go on to sign up [here] . Internet Marketing is not meant for everyone especially those who thinks that not much effort or work is required .
There is a new training program in town and its called WOW it WORKS . This program is for children age between 5 to 12 years old . Its an enrichment program but unlike other programs , it actually get children to design and build meaningful models that represent the real world . The whole idea is get children after learning and understanding what is being taught , is to get them to apply it . It is through the application of knowledge where children get to really grasp the understanding of the knowledge and what it can do and cannot do .
wow it works | what is it about ?
Through the design and build , children will have to overcome some natural obstacles . Children will have to think how to overcome them in order to get their design to work . So children get the opportunity to think not just alone but with the other team members , just like problem solving in teams . Through this wow it works program , children get to
- play and learn at the same time
- discover how things work
- apply what they learn by designing and building their own models
- think and try
- interact with others in teams
Wow it works | Its about hands on and experiencing it
How is this wow it works program different ? In many programs , we hear , we see but we never get a chance to experience how to actually do it . A teacher may teach us about science and we get to see it . And that’s probably it . But if we are allowed to demonstrate for ourselves and play with it , we probably learn a great deal more . And this is what wow it works program is trying to achieve . Another major difference is that it is not just about Science . It is more than just Science . Its about Science in totality , combine with Maths , technology and applications . When there is a need to design and build something , it is not just 1 single science activity that is at work . Say , we want to design a simple structure with a certain height … we definitely need to
- know a little about material science ,
- know how to put the parts together
- know about stability and equilibrium
- know about shapes and geometries .
wow it works | In summary
The wow it works program is a wonderful program for children where children are given the opportunity to design and build meaningful models that mimic the actual thing itself . This hands on activities will help children to reinforce what is being taught . Its like swimming lessons where the children really need to hit the pool and try it out themselves get to know what swimming is all about .
For more information about wow it works program ,go to this website http://wowitworks.com.sg/
What has mathematics got to do with problem solving ? Actually a lot , especially in Singapore
Problem solving | Singapore Mathematics
Singapore’s Mathematics is very known around the world and many countries has started many programs modelling the success of the Singapore story . This trend started when Mathematics educators start noticing that Singapore has been doing extremely well in both 4th and 8th grades in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) comparison assessments in 1995, 1999, and 2003, and in the top three in 2007 . Solving Mathematical problems is key in learning mathematics
Problem solving | Singapore’s approach to problem solving in mathematics
The Singapore approach uses models such as bars to solve problems . They are sometimes called “bar modeling” or “model drawing” . The use of “modeling” allows the students to handle information better , deal with complexity and at the same time communicate their thoughts using the visual models that they can manipulate . Even complicated worded problems are being broken down into models to ease understanding of the problem . The Singapore approach in mathematics problem solving allows students to identify relevant information , explore patterns and relationships , make hypothesis and apply the knowledge and tools to solve a particular problem . [see full report ]
Watch the video below
Problem solving | The back of the napkin approach
Dan Roam’s approach to problem solving through visual thinking is very similar to the Singapore mathematics problem solving in the sense that both make use of “models” to demonstrate complex problems , concepts , or things that are abstract . The “models” allows communication between people and to help understand the problem better . Information is categorized or patterns identified so that we can establish some form of relationship or coordinates that are crucial to problem solving . Here is an article about visual thinking in Singapore Mathematics and Dan Roam [see report]
Below are a list of websites showing examples of “models” , drawing of pictures and finding patterns that are adopted in the Singapore mathematics problem solving .
In a n nutshell , pictures and models are important in problem solving , base on the results in the Singapore Mathematics . Students are not only able to retain information longer but the visual aids help to understand a complex problem easier , as seen in the case of complex worded mathematical problems . It allows better communication and participation which is ideal in a work place .
Problem solving | Use of pictures for communication
Here is another demonstration of how a science teacher uses pictures , in fact cartoons to explain certain theories and to generate excitement and interest among his students . Meet Singapore Engineer turn Science teacher , Otto Fong during an interview with CNA . See the video below
We use pictures and models to explain , especially when when we try to explain items or issues that cannot be seen , such as gravitational forces , electrons , or things that are abstract , or a concept or an architectural design . So that is why the course “The Back of the napkin” is formulated to address this need . From the results seen , we certainly cannot deny the power of pictures in problem solving
What is the difference between networking and socializing ? Socializing means to interact and mingle with others while networking refers to the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; with the objective of cultivating a productive relationships for employment or business . Because there is an objective , there is a system and a structure in networking , unlike socializing .
Networking | Your network is your net-worth
We socialize because people are social animals . However in business , it is very important to network because your network is your net-worth . It is important to know and be connected to the right people who may open door of opportunities to business which is extremely important . So how do we go about doing it ? People can buy products , information can be source but relationship needs to be nurtured . And what is in a relationship ? It is about trust , integrity and credibility . If you were to buy a product , wouldn’t you buy a product from someone you know , trust and rely on if all else being equal , assuming ?
Networking | It is not about who you know
Actually , in networking , it is not about who you know . Who you know is just the first step . More important is whether they know you !! So how does one get someone else to know you , or for that matter remember you ? What do we have in us that will allow us to be remembered by someone and how do we start and build this relationship that will benefit both eventually ? So we need to establish a method , a process and a system to accomplish this .
Very often this starts by us giving and sharing information that will truly benefit the other party . This can be a business lead , a referral , a tip or lending our core competencies for free . The intent is to make ourselves available to others and of importance over time . Its basically depositing and building our emotional bank account . There will be times when we need to make small withdrawals .
Networking | Your investment
Most of us spent our time with work and family , leaving very little time to even socialize , not to mention networking . When we socialize or network , its basically with customers and vendors from the same industries . Whenever an industry is affected by some economic events , we realize that our network with people from other industry is very limited . That put us in a very severe disadvantage .
Lets ask ourselves 3 basic questions
- Do we agree that networking is important ? When was the last time we really network ? Do we know how and was it effective ?
- What is the most important investment in business ? People ? Actually it is YOU !
- When was the last time you really invest in yourself ?
In any company , people is the most important asset . In today’s business world , having the technical and core skill is not enough . We need to be equipped with other business skills that we can use and help our very own organization , which in turn sees value in us . So go enroll in courses that will enhance your value and asset , and networking skills is one of the most important business skill that everyone should learn to acquire
In the last 2 months , there are some pretty cool internet marketing plugins that you can use for Internet Marketing . Here are some of them
Internet Marketing plugins | Social Plugins
The “vote” from the social media , such as facebook , twitter , G+ , is the voice to google in regards to the popularity of a particular website . So it is very important for a website to be able to attract traffic from the social media . This in turn also help in Internet marketing effort . There are a few internet marketing plugins to help track social media involvement .
1. getsocial plugin
You will realise that there are many website today that have this small side bar on the left of a website . To get this plugin , simply search for “getsocial” for this plugin and then configure it to display whatever social media that is needed .
2.social metrics plugin
To track how well are the different sources of traffic from the various social media , search for this free plugin “social metrics” and install it . This plugin gives various color codes to the different social media traffic to your websites . There is a paid upgrade version called social metrics pro , if you want to have it , but i think for the moment the free version is more than adequate for Internet marketing .
Internet Marketing plugins | on page SEO plugin
For those who need an on-page SEO , there is a free internet marketing plugin available . Simply search for “WordPress SEO by Yoast” . Once installed the plugin , simply follow the instructions when doing a post or page . Of course , this free version may not be as good as the other paid plugins that i am aware of , but hey …. its free !!
Internet Marketing plugins | E-commerce plugins
Some Internet Marketing may require website setup which needed e-commerce where we need to sell items or thing . These websites will require shopping cart , payment methods , accounts for clients , shipping and of course the items , pricing , inventory controls , etc . There will be some complications when setting up such sites using freebies available on the internet , unless one knows coding to integrate them correctly .
I played with such 2 such internet marketing plugins , e-commerce and jigoshop . The best part is majority of the free available workdpress themes will not work for these 2 plugins unless minor “tweak” is done to the codes . But anyway , my personal assessment is jigoshop has great features and allows relatively easy setup . E-commerce seems to have alot more features but a little bit more complicated than jigoshop . Jigoshop works with these 2 wordpress themes , Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven according to some sources . I tried with many other wordpress themes with jigoshop plugin but i got into complications . I finally settled with Twenty Eleven wordpress themes . So far so good . You can refer to the unfinished website www.BestArtforSale,net to view .
Though i did not try out e-commerce internet marketing plugins with success , there is one thing good about this e-commerce plugin , which is , it integrates with the “all in one SEO” . Sad that i did not manage to try it out . That’s all for Internet Marketing plugins this week
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I used to meet up with a group of up and coming new entrepreneurs every Thursday of the month and in one of the sessions , there was this person who told me that his business model does not require him to interact with a customer nor a vendor . He does not need to meet or even made a single call to anyone . Out of curiosity , i began this journey ….. called Internet Marketing
Internet Marketing | What is the problem ?
The first thing i did was to look up on the internet about Internet Marketing . Lucky me , there are many free on-line courses available . I tried to learn as much as i possibly could , but I soon realise that a lot of them are no longer true or valid due to rapid changes that is happening in the internet world . Furthermore , the problems that I encounter when I try out the methods is simply too many and too huge to be resolved alone .
I tried the next best option which is getting myself enrolled in an Internet Marketing course . I did a quick check with my fellow friends who has attended the course . I found out that these courses are not cheap . I also found out that the success rate is terribly low , between 1% to 5% only . You see , most participants of the course did not do anything after the end of the course , or had too many problems , one after another , which they cannot resolve and therefore unable to move to the next stage . They have no one to turn to after the course , for their trainers are too busy doing their next course or holidaying somewhere in the pacific ocean . Whatever it is , this is where the problems lie
- There are plenty of Internet marketing scams out there . They charge you a bomb on something that is readily available in the internet . We just need to look a little harder for the information or having someone to point us in the right direction .
- Most trainers may not know the subject matter well enough to even answer the questions you have . With the rapid changes in the internet , chances are they are also out of touch with reality . They have no idea why some software no longer works .
- Most trainers are unlike the teachers that you see in schools . Most of them are out to “milk” you . Before you earn your first dollar after the first training , they would want you to attend their advance training . The only reason why they need you is because they have not earned enough from you . As teachers , you would not want your students to try “A” levels when they have not passed their “o” levels , wouldn’t you . So what kind of trainers are these ? You question their motive .
William Arthur Ward quotes …..
The mediocre teacher tells .
The good teacher explains .
The superior teacher demonstrates .
The great teacher inspires
Internet Marketing | What can one do ?
You can certainly do what I did by checking with your trustworthy friends who has attended the very course . Get his/her feedback before enrolling for the course .
- Check with your friends if they are still into Internet marketing . If they are not , why not ?
- Ask if the course meet his/her original objectives .
- Find out if the course really worth the value that he /she has paid for .
- Did the course generate the pay back required ? If it did not , why not ?
These are very , very important questions that will help you form your own conclusions and eventually , your decisions
Internet Marketing | The Final verdict
Do your own research and don’t believe anyone who wants you to part with your hard earned money unless he or she is a friend that you trust dearly . Don’t even believe what we have mentioned here . Trust your own research and do your own separate and independent analysis .
If you have finally decided to go for the course , look for credible trainers who put students first and not money . This clarify the intent and motive of the trainers . Also not forgetting post-course support for you will need them .
So look for trainers who has the passion , willingness to always lend a helping hand and eventually becoming your friend . To a teacher , every student’s success matters … the same thing goes for internet marketing
When we were young , we showed our kindergarten teachers our drawings of how we see the world around us . We draw our mummies and daddies , our homes , the sun and the flowers which represent the things around us . We see the world through our eyes and we show others what we see through our drawings . We already have this skill .. our in-born skills , a natural tendency to draw and show others , but somewhere along the way , as we grow up and acquire new (verbal and communication) skills , we put our drawing skills on the back seat .
Sometimes we imagine the flowers or even the butterflies with different colours . We draw and showed to our friends what we think . They look at what we have drawn and therefore understand our ideas and our imagination .
This is visual thinking !! How can we use it to for problem solving ?
Problem solving | our biological tools
Of all the 5 senses that we have (sense of touch , smell , hear , taste and see) , our eyes are probably the most important of all . It is one of our most valuable biological tools . Sometimes after a short nap ,when we look out the window and notice the sun setting , with the slightly dark sky , we think that it is probably about 7 in the evening . How did we come to know that its about 7 in the evening ? We can make a rough guesstimate by comparing to the things around us and base on our past experience , since it is about to get dark , it is probably around 7 pm . We can guess time and we can even guess how much time have passed by just looking out the window. What if we lose our eyes ? Without our eyes , there will be a lot of problems that we cannot solve . Unknowingly , we have been doing problem solving with our biological eyes .
Now , let us look at another example . Try explaining the company’s organization chart to a friend verbally . Then compare it with a visual organization chart . In this particular situation , perhaps after 3 lines of verbal information , our mind probably freezes up . Its hard to retain the verbal information . However the visual organization chart do away with all the explanation and probably can retain information a lot better .
In the olden days , we have silent movies . We had Charlie Chaplin then and today we have Mr Bean . Notice that the entire show or movies , there is little or no verbal communication , only actions and their body language . And yet we laugh for we understand exactly what they were trying to tell us . This is the power of pictures , and pictures are extremely powerful tools in problem solving .
Luckily , our forefathers who lived in caves then , they drew pictures of animals . It helps us recognize that at that time they have horses , buffaloes and so forth . Imagine if they had not drawn those picture but instead use some form of written or verbal communication . We probably would have a harder time understanding the types of animals they had then . But with pictures , its so much easier .
Problem solving | Visual thinking revisited
Visual thinking is about using what we already have in all of us , our eyes and our mind’s eyes . In fact more 50% of ALL the neurons in our brains are focused on visual processing . That makes our brain a huge image processor and that’s the number ONE thing our brain does . Every time when we open our eyes , our brains processed images and pictures . So why don’t we capitalize and make full use of this innate ability that we already have , for problem solving !!