The last weekend has been eventful. Two decades since I left university myself, I got a feel of uni life again.
Gene (VP of Maison Monica Hair & Beauty Academy) and I were the speakers for the image and grooming segment in the Regional Intervarsity Business Conference 2011 organised by an energetic and efficient team from the CPA Australia Student Charter from Swinburne University Sarawak. The conference ran over 2 days covering topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership, image and stress management. Our session entitled ‘Enhancing Your Professional Image’ was held on Saturday from 3-6pm.
To try to make the session more focused, we split the participants into male and female after a short combined session covering the bases and explaining the effect of colours of the clothes we wear.
The split sessions were gender-specific, addressing professional wear issues related to one’s body shape, features and other physical characteristics. It is my hope that each participant took away something of value, no matter big or small, and work at it so that he/she becomes a better and wiser shopper and ‘dresser’. Time to pick up the ‘Kaizen’ habit if we haven’t!
To wrap up each of these sessions, we also had a makeover for a representative from each of the groups to show the enhancing effect of a change in hairstyle & makeup.
There are a few things that I noted throughout the conference and the preparations before it.
1. Good teamwork and efficiency
I had an excellent contact person from the organising team who liased with me regularly about the event. (You know who you are and I greatly appreciate that help.） What I needed were noted, passed on and carried out.
That’s expected right? No.
From experience, and the pros in the hospitality industry often failed on this account. So for this, I must say, ‘Well done, Organising Committee of RIBC.’
It’s clearly your team effort that led to well-oiled operations.
2. Grooming Generation Y
The people I saw and met are but a small number of our future leaders. They are youthful and intelligent, savvy and creative. Add some sense and sensibility, take away pride and prejudice, we have great people lined up to lead and support the country. (Jane Austen’s titles are very appropriate here!)
The word ‘grooming‘ above refers to the external grooming as well as grooming for one’s career and future. Young people, if you’re reading this, remember – “To contribute positively to the society, look right, work right and have the desire to work for the greater good.”
Youth is an asset – use it well!