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Mar 8, 2010

Are you a Social Networker? [Top 10 personalities to look out for]

Top 10 personalities to look out for
Improve the productivity of your meetings by learning how to differentiate a Multitasker from a Mobile Meeter
CATS Recruit in The Straits Times - March 2, 2010

WHETHER online, over the phone or in person, keeping people engaged and productive during a meeting is always the goal.

Here is a Top 10 list of “unique” meeting personalities and some tips on improving your interactions with them during meetings:

1. Multitasker
Everyone is guilty of multitasking during a meeting. Some people are better at it than others.
When asked a question, the multitasker frequently responds with: “Sorry, I missed that. Can you repeat what you said?”
The Multitasker can be harder to engage online or over the phone than in person.
It is important to keep such people engaged and call on them often. Keeping them on their toes may decrease the amount of time they spend multitasking.

2. Mobile Meeter
The Mobile Meeter thinks nothing of conducting or attending meetings in the airport lounge or in the carpool line.
There are two keys to becoming a successful Mobile Meeter:
* Having conference details handy in an Outlook Calendar so you can quick-dial into a meeting, and
* Having a clear understanding of how to self-mute background noise.

3. Disrupter
By changing the topic or taking people down a side street, the Disrupter can sometimes uncover creative ideas or new ways of doing something.
But the Disrupter can also blow up an agenda and make other meeting participants irritable and cranky.
You will be able to spot the Disrupter easily as he often ends a sentence with, “...but I digress”.

4. Overbooked
This person doesn’t know how to say “no” to a meeting invite, so he attends them all, and is late to all of them!
The Overbooked generally greets team gatherings with: “Sorry, I had a meeting that ran late...”

5. Interrupter
When a good idea comes to mind, the Interrupter can’t wait to present it to the group, and he does it...right at that moment!
This personality is not inherently bad because, hey, it is a good idea.
But proceed with caution if you are calling the meeting: Combining the Interrupter with his distant relatives, Disrupter and Long-Winded, can create meeting anarchy.

6. Socialiser
The Socialiser is always prompt, always interested in where you live, how many children you have and what the weather is like in your town.
This individual is a great asset most of the time because he establishes rapport among participants and is willing to connect and collaborate.
But beware: You may have to politely decline an invitation to view the latest photos from the Socialiser’s Halloween party.

7. Maestro
This is the consummate professional who never starts a meeting without establishing a clear agenda and proper perspective.
At the end of a meeting, he clearly recaps the discussion, outlines next steps and identifies action items.
Even when the Maestro isn’t running a meeting, his organisational command shines through. The Maestro’s smooth skills can often help manage the Disrupter.

8. Timekeeper
No matter what is happening in a meeting, the Timekeeper is aware that someone “has a hard stop” and tries to motivate the team to complete the meeting at the predicted close.
The Timekeeper doesn’t always blend well with habitual latecomers like the Overbooked.

9. Snacker
Can you hear the Snacker crunching over the phone?
Kudos to the person who will work through lunch, but mind your table manners, please. And for those noisy phone eaters, learning about mute features is a requirement.

10. Social Networker
This personality is not to be confused with the Socialiser.
The days of meeting notes are changing. Many professionals are Tweeting or Facebooking live from a meeting.
If you fall into this personality type, here’s a note to self: It is bad form to tell your social network that a meeting sucks, especially if you have added the meeting host as a friend!

Article by Jackie Yeaney, chief marketing officer of Premiere Global (PGi), who is responsible for all aspects of the company’s worldwide marketing, branding and communication efforts.

Mar 4, 2010

Don't miss the Pets event of the year on 21st March 2010!

Win Up to $500 cash & Flaunt what your kids possess, Why not?

If Your Kid’s Got It, Flaunt It! 

So, you think your child can bring the house down with her sweet vocals. Or, that your kid can impress with a magical trick or two. And what about the fact that he can play different instruments – all at the same time? Whatever it is, sign him/her up for this talent contest and show the world what your little one is capable of!

Prizes Per Category:
1st: $500 cash + A family photo session worth $350
2nd: $300 cash + A family photo session worth $250
3rd: $200 cash + A parent & child photo session worth $168

The first 50 entries will each receive a Talent Portfolio Session (worth $68 each) at the event.
(All photo sessions are sponsored by Cover Looks.)

Under 9 years of age
9-12 years old

(Participants must be of eligible/ registered age on the date of performance (10 April 2010).)

How to participate:

1. Parents must sign up online with a video link such as a YouTube URL (highly recommended) AND/OR a picture (jpeg) of their kid displaying/performing his/her talent, plus provide a 35-word (or less) reason as to why they think their kid is talented and should be chosen for a chance to compete/perform on 10 April 2010.
(Note: Participants are highly encouraged to submit the video URL, as a video footage gives a clear indication of the child's performance and gives a better chance of his/her being voted for by the public & judges. Pictures should only be submitted only if this first preferred option is not available/feasible.)

Closing date: 19 March 2010

2. Between 22 March & 1 April 2010, the public can vote for their preferred entries online and stand to win prizes (10 sets worth a total of $500). SPH/ST701’s panel of judges will also shortlist participants (taking into account the number of votes) for a chance to compete/perform on 10 April 2010.

Rules & Regulations: 

This contest is open to Singaporeans & PRs except for employees & immediate family members of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. By participating, Contestants will automatically be registered as an ST701 member. While your particulars will be kept private & confidential, you will be deemed as agreeable to receive our newsletters and other related, marketing materials. Participants must adhere to the contest’s age specifications. Only shortlisted participants will be contacted by the organiser with further details. Shortlisted participants must be prepared to bring their own props and go to Suntec Singapore (Concourse) to take part in the competition & rehearsals, if any. SPH reserves the right to disqualify contestants suspected of fraud &/or questionable intent at any point of the game. The organiser will not be responsible for any mishaps, accidents, injuries that may arise during the competition, nor be liable for any loss of property. The contestant shall indemnify SPH, its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors and shall hold the parties harmless against all liability and claims brought against them in connection with the contest. The organiser reserves all rights to adjust rules & prizes at any point during the contest, use entries for the purpose of marketing/publishing/promotion and make final decisions without prior notice. By taking part in this contest, contestants agree to be bound by its terms & conditions.

Sep 17, 2009

Stand out from the crowd

A successful consultant is one who finds a market need and has the competence and passion to fulfil it

CATS Recruit in The Straits Times - September 12, 2009

AT THE opening of the Odd Couple Marketing And Strategy Seminar for professional speakers, consultants and coaches, my co-presenter Alan Weiss (AW), gave this advice in the question-and-answer session.

Q: How do I build my business?

AW: “There has to be a market need for what you do, you must have the competency to meet the need, and you must have the passion to want to fulfil it. When these three things converge, you will have a brilliant career.

“It doesn’t matter what the economy is like; it doesn’t matter what the competition is like; it doesn’t matter what government regulation is like. The great thing about what we do is we control our own destiny.

So, look where those three things are and you will have a brilliant career.”

Q: How do I differentiate myself from other consultants and professional speakers?

AW: “When I started my career, quality circles were very big. I wrote an article called Why Quality Circles Make No Sense. It was completely contrary to popular opinion and was published in an instant.

“You don’t want to be the 457th person talking about how leaders have high integrity and they’re ethical. You want to talk about the facts. For example, right now, you have two kinds of people in leadership. You have people who are in their 50s and 60s near the top of organisations, who didn’t grow up with diversity, high-tech, and instantaneous communications and know nothing about it.

“You have a second era of leadership, who are people in their 30s and 40s and have never led in down times and have only led in boom economies. Now, given that juxtaposition of these senior people who aren’t used to some conditions and the next level of people, you have a leadership crisis.

“So, I’ve created a whole new route here. I can do that all day long. I can get anyone interested in what I have to say about leadership, or you name a topic and I’ll make it up. That’s what you have to do.

“So, if you want to enter a field, whether it’s team building or leadership or priority setting, diversity, whatever it is, come up with your own viewpoint. Read what people have said and then decide how you’ll be slightly different.”

Q: How do I build credibility with future clients when I am still fairly young and inexperienced?

AW: “I worked with a woman in my mentor programme. She said to me, ‘My problem is this: I don’t have a college degree; I’m younger than I look; I have no experience in any of these industries. How do I overcome that?’

“I said, ‘How does the prospect know this?’ And she said, ‘I tell them.’

“I said, ‘Stop doing that. So, what you do in your case is to publish. You start with position papers that you published and put them in your own press kit on your philosophy of leadership. You publish them in the local newspapers. You get up and speak somewhere, for free if you have to, on leadership. Have it taped, and then create a CD and white paper. This is what you do to create an aura of authority and accountability around yourself about whatever topic you like.’

“Never feel as though you’re going to walk in and sell to GE (General Electric). That’s not what you do. What you want is GE to come to you and say: ‘I’ve read something you have written.’”

Get noticed at work

Follow these tips and impress your boss and colleagues

CATS Recruit in The Straits Times - August 28, 2009

IT HAS never been more important, given today’s challenging economic climate, to be appreciated by your boss.

But if you feel your potential or skills are undervalued or overlooked, perhaps it is time to get noticed at work.

Now is not the time to be invisible and let your work fall under your boss’s radar. Hays, a global company that provides specialist recruitment services, recommends the following tips to help you get noticed:

Positive impact

Remember when you first started on the job? You were out to make a good impression at every chance you got through the quality of your work.

It is time to get into that frame of mind again and use every opportunity to impress your manager with the good work you produce.

What is important, though, is that people notice your positive impact. Sell yourself at work by using the positive results you achieve.

For example, in meetings, make sure everyone knows what you are working on and what the outcomes are for the business.

Add value

Businesses are understandably looking at increasing revenue as well as process and cost improvements, so look to where you can add value. For example, if you work in the construction industry, then demonstrate business development or bid skills.

Upgrade your skills

Take every opportunity to volunteer for additional tasks that will not only improve your own employable skill base, but also make you even more invaluable to your employer.

Be honest

Don’t panic, or worse, try to hide it. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is how you handle the aftermath that can show your real strengths. Be honest with your manager, and go to him with a plan of how you intend to rectify the error.

Remember the basics

Arrive for work on time, show enthusiasm, look and act professionally and be organised. Don’t watch the clock and be prepared to do that little bit extra — it does get noticed.

There are some other things you can do to boost your profile in the office, such as keeping a record of your achievements, volunteering for committees, staying updated with trends in your industry, exceeding targets, getting work in before the deadline and improving any skills that are deficient.

Also get to know people in other departments. They could prove to be powerful allies.

Article by Chris Mead, general manager of Hays in Singapore, which provides specialist recruitment services in many areas including accountancy and finance, banking, construction and property, and human resources.

For details, contact Caroline Stallion, marketing executive of Hays, on +612-8062-6122, e-mail or visit

Aug 20, 2009

Want to be headhunted?

Follow these tips and get noticed

CATS Recruit in The Straits Times - July 28, 2009

YOU hear about a friend landing a great job through a headhunter and you wonder what he has that you haven’t.

How does someone become a target for headhunters? What do they look for?

These days, employers are very specific about their needs, and using headhunters to locate talent has become a popular option.

Here are some of the more employable traits that employers and headhunters seek:

Expertise in your field

When headhunters start mapping an industry, they talk to people within that industry.

They ask these people to recommend who they think is the best or is known for a specific line of work.

This means you need to be visible and be among the best in your field.

Some people do this by attending industry events and conferences.

Others write articles and speak at conferences, so they are known and looked up to for their opinions and views.

Value-added skills

In this multi-cultural and diverse environment, some profiles stand out even more.

Headhunters seek people with skills, experience or exposure that can add value to their clients’ organisations.

This includes overseas postings, assignments or educational exposure and the ability to speak other languages.

“As headhunters, we often see one candidate losing out to another just based on some of these attributes,” says Mr Mark Lam, principal consultant at BTI Consultants.

He recommends that young managers gain overseas exposure and be willing to live and work abroad.

Positive image

While social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook are popular, people in senior or high-profile positions must be vigilant in monitoring what gets published about themselves.

Also monitor what your children say about you in sites like Facebook. Their comments may be fine in a social setting but if you are interviewing for a job, some personal information is best kept private.


Where you come from in terms of education, family background and your social circles are important in some jobs.

Some headhunters want to know more about your background and family circumstances because they know that sometimes it just takes one family member to influence a candidate from taking a job.

Employment status

A company usually uses headhunters when it wants to reach passive candidates who are not actively looking for a change.

From a headhunter’s perspective, being unemployed can make you less attractive as a candidate.

However, it is prudent to discuss your desire to move from your current role only with those you trust.

People you know

The headhunting profession thrives on connections, so whom you know is important.

Stay on friendly terms with headhunters; they will remember you and keep you in their contact base.


You would have spent a substantial time in a role, job or company to make a sufficient impact and build a successful track record.

For a more senior position, employers are probably looking for depth of experience.

However, on the flip side, headhunters and employers can also consider breadth of experience a plus, as it can point to a candidate’s versatility and adaptability to different challenges and environments and cultures.

Strategic career move

Be strategic with your career move.

Don’t get enticed by just the lure of an attractive package or title. While you know this is common sense, even very senior-level candidates make this mistake.

Consider longer-term impact, employability and lifestyle changes when you accept an offer.

Credibility of headhunter

The term “headhunting” can be used rather loosely. Just approaching a prospect about an available job isn’t really headhunting.

Check out the headhunter before you divulge any information about yourself.

Company reputation, experience in the business and reputation of the senior leadership team are all factors that separate a good headhunter from one who is just trying to earn a fee.

Career decisions are big decisions, and getting headhunted is just the start of that process. Be open to discussion and be wise.

Article by Laletha Nithiyanandan, vice-president, Asia Pacific, Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group. She has more than 28 years’ experience in recruitment, search and consulting. For more information, visit, www.bticonsultants and

Jul 11, 2009

Cats Classified Carnival 2009

Cats Classified Carnival is here again! Buy your dream car, accessories, take part in heart-racing contests, or take photos with CATS Race Queens at Singapore Expo this weekend.

Location: Singapore Expo Hall 4B & 5
Date : 12 July 2009
Time : 10.00AM - 8.00PM
Admission: Free

Check out more of last year's photos here

Stay tune for this year's event photos soon!
Working is such a pain!
No, not colleagues who are a pain in certain parts of the anatomy, but poor office ergonomics that give you aches and pains at the end of each day.

Written By Goh Mei Yi - July 6, 2009

A 2004 survey by Singapore General Hospital showed that 70 per cent of office workers in Singapore suffer some form of back, shoulder and neck pain. In an office environment, poor posture, incorrect working habits and prolonged sedentary work seem to be the key culprits.

When work is painful

Repetitive strain injury or RSI is a collective term for a range of conditions characterised by discomfort or persistent pain in muscles, tendons and other soft tissues as a result of doing the same thing repeatedly without sufficient support, rest or alternation of actions. Some of the common conditions are backaches, stiff necks and shoulders and carpal tunnel syndrome......