Happy 3rd Birthday Kikomatching!

It’s actually a belated Birthday Greeting. Nevertheless, I am greeting my pseudonym Kikomatching a Happy 3rd Birthday! It has been 3 years since I started blogging last March 14, 2009. I love writing but never get the chance to share my thoughts to the world through blog so I started creating my own. I remember I can’t even decide if I will use blogspot or wordpress. Finally I decided to use wordpress cos I feel it is much simpler and I never turned back since then.

On my 3rd year as a blogger, I created 150 blog posts, was featured in the Freshly Pressed page of WordPress for my story about the trip in Koh Samed, Thailand. I was wondering why on that day I was getting a lot of comments in my post as well as hundreds of page views. Only when I logged out and logged-in again did I realized my story was in the front page of WordPress. Isn’t it cool? 🙂

I’ve written topics about my various travels, talk of the town issues or even tips on how to lose belly fat! Sometimes I would bug my friends begging them to suggest a good topic for my next post. Few of them are kind enough to give me interesting topics.

I’ve also followed and became close to a few fellow bloggers but unfortunately have not met any of them in person yet. Hope to meet some of you in person someday.

Every time I receive a comment from someone complimenting about my post or the pictures I shared, I am thrilled.
Some people have been following my blog and I thank you for considering my blog worth following.

Three years is really short a period. I will continue to blog as long as I can. I am thankful to my Dad as he inspired me to write. He was a good writer when he was still alive. Many of his colleagues would ask for his help in various correspondences be it a memorandum, letter of apology, recommendation letter, even speech!

Papa, this blog is for you!

Thank you once again and God bless us all!

I am my own BRAND

Many aspects of our lives is all about brands. We buy signature clothes to make us feel more confident and look  better. Surely there are many cheap but comfortable and nice looking clothes but in terms of durability, I still go for the branded ones. I am definitely a Lacoste and Nike fan. I’ve already spent thousands in shoes and shirts bearing these brands and I don’t have any regret cos the items are not only nice and trendy looking but lasts long and do not go out of style. I am not too much into the latest gadget but if I do buy one, I also go for a good brand. I have my iPod Touch now for almost 2 years and it served me very well especially during gym workouts and long travels. I am sure had I bought a lower kind of player, it is broken now (prior to my iPod, I had a China-made mp3 player which I was only able to use for few months which is also not too cheap if I may say).

Why am I talking all about Brands? This is in relation to the topic that has caught my interest lately- – Personal branding.

Yesterday, I finished preparing my topic for our in-house Train the Trainer session in the office. I will be talking about what else, “Developing Personal Brand for Supervisors”. My audience are Supervisors from various departments in the office. Well you may ask why I chose this topic. I claim I am not a guru about personal branding however, I find it necessary for the supervisors to find their niche in the organization.

Oftentimes, I feel Supervisors (in general) find it difficult to draw the line between having the management responsibility and being able to jibe with the staff or colleagues. In most cases especially in small or middle sized organization it is still the Manager or the Head of the Department who decides on day to day operation which should not be the case at all times because there are supervisors around. It’s all about empowerment. On the part of the supervisors, they have to evolve and come out of the shadows of their managers.

Personal branding by definition is the public’s expression or projection of an individual’s characteristics, identity, personality, skills and talent. It is how others perceive you  based on various factors. It doesn’t always mean that whatever the perception of others about you is the real you. However, you can always find ways for others to have positive perception about you.

To improve your personal branding, the gurus suggested you improve your profile. Online you can do it by having your own Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or blogsite (WordPress and others). This is where you build your network and in turn can potentially help you in your business or career. It is the fastest way for you to be seen and get well-known. So far, I have all of these accounts but yet sign up with LinkedIn. Will explore very soon. Only thing about these social network is that you have to spend time in updating it to make YOU more interesting. Lately, I am unable to update my blog as I am super busy with my work. My creative juices are all squeezed so I cannot think of an interesting topic lately. To those who regularly visit my blog, I’m sorry for the hiatus. Will try to update it more often.

Developing your Personal brand also entails some investment and improvement in personal appearance. I’m not saying you have to undergo plastic surgery but always try to look good and dress smartly whenever necessary. In order to standout in a big crowd, you have to be visually appealing at the first glance. Despite a lot of work-related stress, you MUST not be seen in public like someone who had just been inside the hurricane’s eye. Even men has to dress up. Don’t be afraid to look in the mirror.

Personal Brand is not only the superficial aspects. You must also work out to improve your skills and talents. Attend seminars and classes that suits your interests. If you are sent by your company to a seminar whether it is a free or paid seminar, maximize the learning and apply it to your work or everyday life whenever you can.

A good brand must also have the right attitude. Positivity must radiate in you at all times. I always love to work with a person with less complications. If I hear more whining than sensible suggestions, I would definitely resent working next time with that person. I guess most of us would feel the same.

In my presentation, I suggested the supervisors to have good attitude towards their colleagues and their superiors. They must learn to respect so they will likewise be respected.

Why does Coca-Cola and Tide survived many generations and stiff competition? Because they are good brands…and they are here to stay…

You can be your own Coke and Tide. You can be your own BRAND.

I am now in Facebook..

There was a clamor for signing up a Facebook account among my friends to be in..Everyone says Facebook is the next big thing among social networking..What with all the hype it is getting, I definitely agree.

As of May 16, 2009- 1213 AM, I am officially in Facebook. Prior to creating my own account, I only maintain a Friendster account and my WordPress blog. Recently, I registered to Twitter. Personally, I am not a big fan of such social networking sites only because I don’t have much time to update or maintain my account after signing up. Besides, I am quite happy and contented with my existing social networking sites.

Everytime I receive a notification from a friend inviting me to join Facebook, WAYN, myspace, and the likes, I just send these mails straight into my trash folder.

You may ask what finally made me convinced to sign up in Facebook after long contemplation…well first, everyone is there so I should also be seen to be updated with what’s going on with my friends and former classmates or colleagues. I find it very useful especially since I am based overseas and don’t have much opportunity to catch up with them…second is that I find facebook very interactive with all those unique applications, quizzes and videos you can view and include in your profile. Lastly, it’s one way of promoting my blog into my Facebook account because I get to paste my blog’s URL into my Facebook profile. So it’s like hitting 2 birds in 1 stone right?

So if you get to see me in Facebook, don’t be too surprised. I just joined the bandwagon. :p