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Expand Your Leadership

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Leadership is a privilege. But it not something that many people embrace willingly.

Leadership is not easy because, frankly, it’s a huge responsibility. I’m ashamed to say that there were a few times in my life where I declined to take on a leadership position because I didn’t feel like I was ready for it. But now, as the CEO of Truly Wealthy Realty, I need to step up and expand my reach as a leader. I can no longer hide from responsibility because God has given me the privilege of leading these people. And they deserve the best that I can give them.

Today, I listened to Jossy Chacko as he talked about ways to expand leadership.Jossy Chacko is the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

According to Jossy, since leaders are trusted with more, then we should embrace the privilege to lead with all our hearts. We can expand our reach as leaders by first, enlarging our vision. We should not focus what we are doing now but learn to see the bigger picture. Leaders are visionaries. It’s only when we see the big picture that we can be able to achieve great things for Gods glory.

Second, leaders empower people. There are leaders all around us just waiting to be discovered. When we empower people, we impart to them the confidence and ability to soar high. Jacko further gave us 3 ways on how to empower people. Read full post on that HERE.

Lastly, embrace risk. Or as Christians would say, step out in faith. Where there is no risk, there’s no growth. The enemy of growth is being comfortable. When we become too comfortable where we are, we stop stretching and growing.

God has not given us the spirit of fear. So as followers of Christ, we should be the most risk-taking, audacious people on earth. When we stop taking risks, we prevent ourselves from reaching our full potential.

-Jossy Chacko

It’s easy to take risks when you’re still beginning, when you have nothing to lose. But when you’ve built something from nothing, you begin to fear losing what you have. When I started Truly Wealthy Realty with my partners, we were almost fearless in setting goals. We dreamt big and had lofty ambitions. Now, I think we need to step out in faith again in order to take the realty even further. Fear is crippling. Just like the 3rd servant who hid his denari in the ground because he was afraid of losing it, I don’t want to hide my God-given abilities. I want to use it to grow my potential and stretch my ability as a leader.What about you? Are you constantly expanding your reach as a leader? Decide to expand your reach by enlarging your vision, empowering people and embracing risk.

Leadership is a privilege. Many are called but few are chosen. If you are chosen to lead, embrace it. Do your best. Add value.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

How to Empower People

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I had to opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit for the past 2 days. Here, I was able to listen to great speakers like John Maxwell, Bill Hybels and Melinda Gates speak on a variety of topics. One of the speakers was Jossy Chacko – the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

His topic was about expanding leadership. Part of the process of expanding leadership is knowing how to empower people. As a leader, you cannot do everything yourself. You must raise leaders to share in the work with you so you can accomplish more as a team.

Jossy gave 3 tips on how to empower people which I found very useful so I want to share this with you.

How to Empower People

1.Focus on building the character before you empower them

Great leaders don’t just pass on information. They build character. The biggest leadership failures are not because of the lack of talent or ability, but of character. As a leader, it is your responsibility to build the character first your mentees before empowering them. Otherwise, you could be building up a potential time bomb.

2.Build a relationship with your mentees

Leadership is not about leading from the front or from the back, but alongside. The better your relationship is with your mentees, the more influential you’ll be to them. And the better you’ll be able to lead them.

3.Make sure you have agreed on the right outcomes

You cant get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are going. From the very start, agree on an outcome. This will allow you to focus on the goal and reach it much faster. Clarity breeds competence. Make KPI’s. Evaluate. Measure.

Again, being able to empower people is key to successful leadership. Let’s take the time to carefully consider, who among our team can we empower today?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

 

10 Things I Love About being a Real Estate Broker

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  1. Time freedom. No time ins or outs. I can work when I want, where I want. I get to schedule my work around my play instead of the other way around.
  2. Unlimited income potential. I get to earn whatever I want – sky is the limit! Provided that I work at it, of course.
  3. Not having to file vacation leaves whenever I want to go on vacation.
  4. Being on the go everyday. I’m just not an office person. I’d get bored in 5 minutes. I like being constantly mobile, running from one location to another.
  5. Everyday is different. No day is the same for me. I can be meeting 4 clients today and tomorrow I’d be chilling at a coffee shop or mentoring one of our affiliates. I’m not one for routines. I like having a difference schedule everyday. It keeps me on my toes and it makes going to work (or play) everyday exciting.
  6. Meeting people. I love meeting a lot of people and building great (and lasting relationships) with my partners (they’re the best!), affiliates (they’re awesome) and clients (best clients ever!). I’m just so lucky to have these people in my life.
  7. Being able to help my clients buy or sell property. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences – next to discipleship. I always get a kick seeing my clients buy their dream home or sell a property and get to use that money to reach other goals.
  8. Mentoring our affiliate brokers and salespersons and helping them succeed in every area of life. It’s a great privilege to be able to influence other people like that. I consider Truly Wealthy Realty to be more than just a company. We are a family.
  9. Attending events – all kinds of events. Developers and banks have loads of those.
  10. Having the opportunity to share the gospel to a lot of people.

Toastmasters District Conference 2016: Cebu (Day 2)

IMG_8370Day 2 of Discon 2016 was just as fun and exciting as Day 1. Despite the lack of sleep from last night’s Fellowship Night we had to go to the venue early for the judges briefing since my friend, Stef, was a judge in the International Prepared Speech contest. The morning started off with learning sessions about Leadership and Branding. Then came lunch. Afterwards, it was contest time!

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discon 2016 internation speech contestContest Chair DTM Dulce Ranosa

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The International Prepared Speech Contest started at 1pm and was hosted by incoming District 75 Director Dulce Ranosa. All the speakers were true story tellers and I had a great time listening to one story after another. I’m sure the judges had a hard time picking their top 3. From climbing Mt. Apo to killing to a giant python to growing up in jail – their stories had me captivated from start to finish.

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Champion: Amy Pagdanganan, Division A
1st Runner-up: Nedo Sasing, Division L
2nd Runner-up: Chris Dao-anis, Division G

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After the contest, there was an election of the  next district officers and then we were given time to prepare for the District Directors Ball. The theme for the District Directors Ball was Casino Royale. The ball is usually held on the last night of the District Conference. This is where we honor our district officers, past district governors, give out awards and bond with our fellow toastmasters. I see it as a grand conclusion to every discon. And this years ball was grand indeed. We were all dressed in either black or white and the room was set up like a casino with giant cards as the centerpiece of every table. I felt like I was in a James Bond set.  We were entertained by different production numbers. There was singing, dancing, gravity defying acrobatics, singing again but this time on hoverboards and a whole lot more.  IMG_8419 IMG_8421 copy IMG_8423All in all, it was a great district conference. I commend Discon Chair Benzon Lim and his team for all their effort and sacrifice in making this conference possible.

The 2016 Midyear conference this October will be in Davao. See you then!

-Alex

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Midcon 2015 Videos

To those who missed the 2015 Midyear Conference in Bulacan, here’s a short video of what happened on the 2-day conference. The videos were able to capture a lot of the fun moments we had during the conference and part of the winning speech of the Impromptu Speech Champion from Division F – Leo Nogas.

MIDCON 2015 DAY 1

MIDCON 2015 DAY 2

The 2016 District Conference is going to be on April 28-30 at the Grand Convention Center, Cebu.

Registration Rates:

  • P 4,500 – Until Oct 18
  • P 5,000 – Oct 19 – Dec 31, 2015
  • P 6,000 – January 1 – March 31, 2016
  • P 6,500 – April 1 to onsite

Hope you can join us! It’s worth it.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

Toastmasters Midyear Convention 2015 – Bulacan (Day 2)

I wish I could say the 2nd day of the Midyear Conference dawned bright and clear. But I can’t because it didn’t . In fact, I woke in the midst of Typhoon Lando. I never really knew the meaning of commitment until that day. All I wanted to do was go back to sleep! But since I was the contest chair for the Evaluation Contest, I had to get up early so I could be at the Contestant Briefing at 7am.

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As much as I love competing, I also love hosting. So when Sha asked me to chose between judge or contest chair, i chose the latter.

midcon 2015 toastmaster hero sha nacinoTest Speaker – Sha Nacino (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

The test Speaker, Sha Nacino, gave a speech entitled “Make Your Passion Your Profession”. It was a speech I could relate to since I also believe in doing what you love for a living. She was then evaluated by the 11 contestants in the Evaluation Contest.

EVALUATION CONTEST WINNERS

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  • Champion: Erika Ilagan – Division A (Mystique Coolture TMC)
  • 1st Runner Up: Arthur Park – Division B (Diamond TMC)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Raxel Ann Gonzales – Division D (Barangay TMC)

After the contest, there were 2 more Educational Sessions. Since the theme for the conference was Toastmaster Hero, we got to listen to two Filipino heroes tell us about their experience and how they managed to come out triumphant despite all odds.

toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 jonathan yabutThe Apprentice Asia Challenge Winner – Jonathan Yabut (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

Jonathan Yabut is the first Apprentice Asia Challenge Winner. I learned 3 things from him that day.

First, work smart, not hard. According to Jonathan, he won the challenge not because he was smarter or better than the other contestants. He won because he chose to work smart.

Second, learn to say no. There are so many opportunities in the world today. If you want to succeed, you have to learn to say no to some of these opportunities. Because you can’t possibly take advantage of them all. The key to success is focus.

Third, leadership is about other people. It’s not about you. The true value of leadership is in stepping back, not standing out. It’s about allowing others to shine.

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toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 maid to madeRebecca Bustamante – Maid to Made (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

Once a domestic helper in Singapore, Rebecca Bustamante is now the founder and president of Chalre Associates, a multinational recruitment firm for senior management executive positions.

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SPECIAL AWARDS

  • Toastmaster of the Year 2014 – Pearl Villamarzo
  • Area Governor of the Year 2014 – DTM Johnny Uy
  • Division Governor of the Year 2014 – Division A Governor Lito Baldisimo

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midcon 2015 + toastmasters area gov of the yearArea Governor of the Year 2014 – DTM Johnny Uy

DTM Johnny “Pawe” Uy led his area to be the first distinguished area in the world. Now that’s excellence.

Division Gov of the yearDivision Governor of the Year 2014 – Division A Governor Lito Baldisimo

midcon 2015 day 2Toastmasters from Division F

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Midcon 2015 Chair – Gabriel Go Balauag

We all had a blast during the 2015 Midyear Conference. Kudos to Gabby, the Midyear Chair and the rest of the Midcon team for making this possible.

The best part of organizing the Midcon is everything that happens after it. I’ve been a Toastmasters since 2006 but it was only when I chose to actively lead when I found my greater purpose. Toastmasters is not only about attending two meetings a month. When you choose to lead, it can be so much more. For this conference, we focused on igniting the participants passion. To be more cognizant of the everyday heroes around us and become heroes ourselves. Through conventions, new leaders emerge.

-Gabriel Balauag (Midcon 2015 Chair)

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 I’ve been attending Toastmaster Conferences for years and they have always been a blast! The 2016 District Conference is going to be on April 28-30 at the Grand Convention Center, Cebu.

Registration Rates:

  • P 4,500 – Until Oct 18
  • P 5,000 – Oct 19 – Dec 31, 2015
  • P 6,000 – January 1 – March 31, 2016
  • P 6,500 – April 1 to onsite

Hope you can join us! It’s worth it.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

Toastmasters Midyear Convention 2015 – Bulacan (Day 1)

Last weekend, I, along with a few other Toastmasters from Division F, flew to Manila to attend the 2015 Midyear Conference of Toastmasters held at St. Agatha Resort in Bulacan. I was excited for this conference because I’ve never been to Bulacan. I was also excited for our contestants to win in either the Evaluation or Impromptu Category. As the Club Extension Chair for Mindanao, I had to be there. I was hitting many birds with one stone.

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The program started with a parade of the members from all Divisions, the District Officers and Midcon and Discon Chairs. It was then formally opened with a short message from District 75 Director Boi Archie. The message was short and sweet mainly emphasizing the theme for his term, Change Your World.

district director boi archie toastmasters philippinesDistrict 75 Director Boi Archie (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

toastmasters hero midcon 2015 alex zetaWith our Evaluation Contestant and the President of Central CDO TMC, Eddie Garbosa and the President of the #recharged Iligan Toastmasters Club, Archie Velasco.

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Then the Impromptu Speech Contest came after, followed by numerous educational and break out sessions and the District Council meeting.

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The Toastmasters of The Day for Day 1

TABLE TOPICS CONTEST WINNERS

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  • Champion: Leonardo G. Nogas Jr. – Division F (Iligan TMC)
  • 1st Runner Up: Michael Malazarte – Division C (PICPA Cebu TMC)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Daryl Ponard – Division G (Pines City TMC)

toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 pj lanotPJ Lanot (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

Education Talk No. 1: Heroism on Communication

PJ Lanot is a TV and events host, commercial model, restauranteur and motivational speaker. He is a leadership, marketing and communications speaker for DTI, Trainstation and AIB Training.

toastmasters philippines midcon 2015 5Raul S. Manuel (Photo by Ed Fabonan)

Education Talk No. 2: Heroism on Community Development

Raul S. Manuel is the National Director for Convoy of Hope Philippines, a faith-based organization that leads in humanitarian initiatives across the Philippines. Through Convoy of Hope, thousands of malnourished children get food to eat, medical screenings and more.

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Breakout Session #1:

  • Global Accent for Global Toastmasters
  • Mastering Protocols
  • Crafting and Delivering Tall Tales

Breakout Session #2:

  • Improv Storytelling
  • District Council Meeting (District Officers, Club Presidents and Vice Presidents for Education)

division F toastmastersToastmasters of Division F – Heroes Night

Day 1 ended with a bang with Fellowship Night: Heroes Cosplay. I had so much fun running around and taking photos with the different super heroes. There were the usuals – Superman, Spiderman and Batman. And there were the more creative ones like Super Inday and Ironman – Leo’s version of it anyway. midcon 2015 toastmaster hero ed fabonanPhoto by Ed Fabonan

iron men of toastmastersHere’s a photo of the two iron men of Toastmasters. Can you spot the difference? :)

midcon 2015 toastmaster hero 2The District Trio posing in their super hero costumes

midcon 2015 toastmaster hero starwards familyAn entire division was all decked up in Star Wars theme. Princess Leia was out there somewhere.

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And this is it for Day 1 of the Midyear Conference! Day 2 post coming soon!

PS

For those who want to join the next Toastmasters Conference in Cebu, you may contact me for details. I guarantee, you wont regret it!

-Alex

Midcon 2015 Impromptu Speech Winners

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Impromptu Speaking is something that most people fear, because when you stand up to speak in front, your brain has a tendency to stop functioning. But here in Toastmasters, we’ve not only perfected it (almost). We made it into a contest. Now you may be thinking, who’s crazy enough to join an impromptu speaking contest? Who would subject themselves to such torture?

Well apparently, there are a lot of crazy people in Toastmasters. And I’m one of them. Please don’t judge me.

For this years Midyear Conference, we got the chance to witness the best impromptu speakers of the 11 divisions in District 75, compete for the championship in Table Topics.

The contest quote was:

It is in moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

-Tony Robbins

All the contestants did an awesome job. But there can only be one winner.

TABLE TOPICS CONTEST WINNERS

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(Left to right) Michael Malazarte,  Leonardo G. Nogas Jr.,  Daryl Ponard

  • Champion: Leonardo G. Nogas Jr. – Division F (Iligan TMC)
  • 1st Runner Up: Michael Malazarte – Division C (PICPA Cebu TMC)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Daryl Ponard – Division G (Pines City TMC)

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The newly hailed Table Topics Champion with the District Trio (District Director Boi Archie,  Program Quality Director Dulce Ranosa, Club Growth Director Chin Talaver) and PDG Vic Navales.

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table topics championLeo and his Division F family (Photo by Alden Llona)

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And it’s a back to back win for Division F! Leo and I won in the Table Topics contest in the same year so we have the exact same trophy :)

In fact, our Back to Back Victory Party is this Sunday.

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It’s a great thing to win contests yourself. But it’s another thing entirely to help someone else win. I wasn’t as nervous when I competed in the Table Topics Contest (read full post HERE) in the District Conference in Palawan. But seeing my mentee step up on stage, it almost gave me a heart attack. But I shouldn’t have been nervous. Leo gave an awesome performance. I’m glad the perpetual trophy is staying with Division F!

Congratulations to all the contestants and to the winners!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

My Take on Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna is a movie about courage and love for country. In the movie, Heneral Luna was portrayed as a General who would die for his country. Although he came from a rich family, he didn’t just stay within his comfort zone. He could have lived a comfortable life and yet he chose to lead the country in the war against the Americans. He was a brilliant strategist, President Aguinaldo’s best general and a fearless fighter. Yet, it’s ironic that he died not in battle but in the hands of his fellow Filipinos.

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The main thing I learned from the movie is this: Anger gets you nowhere.

Heneral Luna was a superb general. He knew how to attack, when to attack and when to retreat. Yet in the movie, his clear limitation as a leader was his temper. He would have periodic outbursts of anger and he would say things in rage.

Fools give full vent to their rage, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

-Proverbs 29:11

I believe as a leader, your main responsibility is to lead yourself. If you can’t hold back your temper, how can you be effective in leading others?

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You may be the most intelligent and talented person on earth, but if you can’t work with other people, then your influence as a leader will be severely limited. You wont be able to be the best that you can be both as an individual and as a leader.

I could relate to Heneral Luna because I used to be at the mercy of my temper. As the eldest of three children, I became accustomed to telling people what to do and then expecting them to obey me. Tact wasn’t something I had as a child.

You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar.

-Dale Carnegie

If you want someone to do something, it would be so much easier if you got him or her to like you first. And then ask them nicely. Because then, they would “want” to do it instead of them just being compelled by you. As we often say in Toastmasters, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

Over time I learned to be a team player. Because really, no person can achieve anything of lasting value alone. You need a team. Even Jesus had his 12 apostles.

 Anger gets you nowhere.

 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook at insult.

-Proverbs 12:16

All in all, Heneral Luna made me feel proud to be a Filipino. The courage he showed in fighting for what he believed in is something we should all emulate. We often take this freedom we have now for granted. Let’s remember to live for our country as so many died so we could have the freedom that we now enjoy.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex