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TBP Podcast 71: How the Hotel Industry is Adapting…

With the current pandemic, most business owners have had to adapt to the new normal. Entrepreneurs in different industries are struggling but the thing is, being an entrepreneur means you have the vision and passion to overcome difficulties. Our guest for this episode is someone who has had to learn and rise to where he is, starting from the bottom.

In this episode, we invite Aaron Que the Executive Vice President of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites and Golden Valley Hotel. He is a trainer, mentor, and speaker. He talks about the organizational transition of Golden Suites, how they have adapted to the pandemic so far, and how he started his entrepreneurial journey.

If you are interested in learning about the effects of the pandemic on different businesses in Cebu, learning how to transition to the new normal, and listening to our guest’s inspiring journey towards where he is today. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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  • Aaron describes the transition of how they operate in the new normal
  • How Aaron implements a “Learning Organization”
  • How his hotels are operating within the new normal
  • Aaron discusses the differences that he and his team have observed, operation wise, when it comes to the new normal
  • Aaron talks about the strategies and long term plans of the Golden Prince Hotel and Suites

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TBP Podcast 68: Growing an Online Freelance Community with…

Everyone aspires to find their life’s purpose and find success in what they love. Being successful is not easy – you have to build your mindset, be in a community that accepts your ideals, and many more. In the entrepreneurial world, nothing is impossible; you can find profit as long as you commit to your vision. Our guest for this episode is a founder of one of the country’s biggest freelancing community.

In this episode, we invite CJ Cajoles, the founder of the Online Filipino Freelancers Community. CJ is an entrepreneur and a mentor – and a loving mom. She talks about how she got into the freelancing scene, building a community, and mentorship.

If you are interested in Freelancing, E-commerce, Mentorship, or just looking for an inspiring and educational way to pass your time – then you don’t want to miss this episode!

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  • How CJ Cajoles talks about how she founded one of the country’s biggest freelancing community, the Online Filipino Freelancers.
  • Becoming an influencer and how CJ was able to influence the people around her – especially her family.
  • What is the importance of finding the right mentor?
  • CJ talks about her business and finding a way to thrive amidst the Pandemic.
  • Why you should put yourself out there and follow your life’s purpose.
  • How does your mindset affect yourself? And how can you improve your mindset?

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TBP Podcast 67: Speak up! Why you should Value…

To be able to succeed, we need the appropriate skills and knowledge that will bring us to the top. No man is an island – in our daily lives, proper communication is the key to reach greater heights. In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, leadership should also include communication skills. Our guest for this episode is a seasoned public speaker and brings a new perspective on communication and leadership.

In this episode, we invite Julius Cruz, an Area Director of Toastmasters International, a certified Team John Maxwell Speaker, and a speaking coach. He talks about public speaking, Emphatic Listening, empowering others, and many more.

If you are interested in or planning to go into public speaking, learning about the values in leadership, or looking for inspiring and educational content – then you don’t want to miss this episode!

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  • What inspired Julius to join Toastmasters?
  • Why do we need communication to become a proper leader?
  • Why is listening with the intent to reply and understand important?
  • The KLT principle: Know, Like, and Trust.
  • What is The John Maxwell Team?
  • Leadership that values empowering others while leading yourself.
  • Julius explains why public speaking is all about adding value to the audience.
  • What is Julius’ purpose in life, and how his public speaking skill has brought him to where he is today?

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TBP Podcast 66: From freelancing to creating a successful…

Aspiring to achieve something great is normal for everybody. We may excel in different fields but in the end, the ultimate goal is to improve and become a better version of who you are. In the world of entrepreneurship, there’s always obstacles that each one of us must overcome. Our guest for this episode is someone who has a burning passion and someone who believes in creating something that has an impact on the people around her. 

In this episode we invite Fleire Castro, the Managing Founder of Third Team Media. She is a Digital Marketing Consultant and aims to help fellow entrepreneurs build, launch and promote their products and brands. She talks about her humble beginnings and how her company has become the success that it has become today.

Join us as we talk about digital marketing, pursuing your passion, connecting with peers, and achieving your goals. If you are curious and want to know more about the concept of Founder’s Mastermind and want to be a part of a community for entrepreneurs then you don’t want to miss this episode!

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  • Fleire’s origin story, starting with her unexpected move from home.
  • Fleire talks about finding her passion and powering through getting fired and eventually working online.
  • Starting Third Team Media and how it has progressed from Fleire’s personal project into an established company.
  • The concept of peer mentoring and Founder’s Mastermind.
  • Fleire talks about experiencing burnout as a business owner.
  • Creating a line between personal and professional relationships.
  • As Third Team Media reaches its 10 year anniversary, Fleire gives light on how her company became a success.

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TBP Podcast 64: Branding, digital marketing and strengthening your…

As a business owner and an aspiring entrepreneur putting your brand out there is a hurdle that most find the hardest to achieve. In digital marketing we need to nurture our mindset and our objectives. Our guest for this episode is someone who specialises in digital marketing and mentoring entrepreneurs around the Philippines.

In this episode we invited Ben Francia, a digital marketing consultant and strategist. He is currently running his own agency, Francia Digital Marketing. He talks about creating an online presence, building relationships between clients and customers, and building your mindset.

Join us as we talk about business, the current digital marketing scene, and strategies towards growing your own business. If you are new to digital marketing and want to boost your own brand then this episode is for you!

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  • Ben Francia talks about his backstory, expertise, and passion in regards to Digital Marketing.
  • The mentality behind teaching and sharing your expertise as a way to grow your own business.
  • How to craft your own story as a brand – starting with your purpose.
  • Ben shares his mindset on how he approaches digital marketing and learning how to do something by doing it.
  • How selling out results in the possible decline in customers and clients, and why you should keep Permission Marketing in mind.
  • Building your mindset before thinking about tactics, strategies, and creating results.
  • Surrounding yourself and connecting with people that you aspire to be.
  • Pursuing your business venture is never easy, Ben says just do it.
  • Committing to both your day time job and building your side business.

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TBP Podcast 59: Production, Strategy and Communication in Business…

Getting to the top of the business scene takes guts and hard work. In order to succeed one must always have a set of principles to follow. In the world of competitive businesses, being a leader and a pioneer is crucial for the long term survival of your company. Production, Strategy, and Communication is a big part of what keeps everything afloat amidst the chaos of the entrepreneurial world.

In today’s episode we invite Jojo Tiongko, President of San Jose Bakeshop and a seasoned entrepreneur. He discusses various topics from starting a shoe business at a young age, working at San Jose Bakeshop, and dealing with communication barriers with his employees. Jojo emphasises the importance of knowing when to pursue a business venture, and how root-cause analysis can be integral in creating a productive workplace.

Join us as we talk about managing a business and establishing business strategies to upgrade your own business. If you are looking for guidance when it comes to handling your own business and looking for sound advice when it comes to a new perspective of handling yourself and others, then you can’t miss this episode!

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  • Jojo Tiongko’s childhood and how this led to his entrepreneurial journey
  • Jojo’s ventures and the businesses he’s established since he went into the business world
  • How do we decide on what business to pursue?
  • How do we know what “God’s Business” is and how do we build a good business strategy?
  • Finding and hiring the right people and how training matters as much as a college diploma
  • Establishing proper communication and building proper rapport with your employees
  • Choosing what problems to focus on and give your energy into
  • Surrounding yourself with people who support you and with the same style and culture as yourself

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TBP Podcast 57: Establishing Modern Tribes with Creative Entrepreneur…

The journey towards success shouldn’t be a lonely road. Being an entrepreneur or aspiring business owner can have a lot of challenges but your personal journey towards achieving your goals shouldn’t be a lonely one. Having peers that you can connect and interact with is important not only to your mental health but also to your growing network of connections.

We invited Rachel Arandilla, a creative entrepreneur and ardent traveler. She dabbles in travel writing, business, and creative marketing. As someone who interacts with people and shares stories, she expands on “tribes” and how connecting with others in terms of interests can help you form bonds that last for a long time.

In this episode, Rachel talks about Story Nights, finding your own tribe, and Cebu. She also stresses the importance of creating a community, being involved, and being present as a way to improve one’s self. Her ideas on being a creative while also being in business, and marrying the two together, gives us a view on how she’s made it this far in life.

Join us as we go into the world of modern tribes, where social media and having a solid community can bring about a change in your life. Whether you’re interested in business, the creative scene, or just want to tune in to a fun podcast, this episode is something you shouldn’t miss!

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  • Who Rachel Arandilla is
  • What a tribe is in the modern context
  • Connecting with others using social media and forming tribes
  • How Rachel found her own tribe when she was in the US
  • The current situation with tribes and connecting with bigger tribes
  • Benefits of starting your own tribe or being at the core of one
  • On Cebu as a creative hub for artists and aspiring artists
  • How to find your own tribe

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TBP Podcast 56: Take Your Business to the Next…

Are you a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur? Creating a personal brand is not an easy process. Learning how to build your name from the bottom up usually takes a lot of time, effort, and capital. But in the bustling online age, digital marketing is crucial to the growth and survival of your business.

We invited Brian Padilla, an entrepreneur and digital marketing trainer. His experiences travelling locally and internationally has given him proper insight on what digital marketing can do for individuals who seek to improve their businesses.

He has worked with several entrepreneurs and real estate professionals throughout his career and has made it his life goal to impart knowledge to those who seek to boost their own brand.

In this episode, we talked about digital marketing and the impact it has made on the entrepreneurial and real estate scene. Improving one’s branding is an important part of the trade, and Brian shared his ideas on how you can take charge of your personal branding; even with financial constraints and personal doubts. 

Join us as we venture into the many possibilities of digital marketing. Whether you’re someone completely new to the business scene or not, this episode will help you navigate through the inner workings of the online marketing scene. And hopefully by the end, you too can build your own mindset and be encouraged to get started on your business’ online presence.

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  • Who is Brian Padilla?
  • Current Marketing Strategies that one should know
  • The importance of building a brand for your business, and how to improve it
  • The pros and cons of traditional and online marketing
  • Where you can start learning about online marketing as an individual

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TBP Podcast 55: Freelancing 101 with Jason Dulay

Today’s guest is Jason Dulay, VA Bootcamp and Coffeeshop.ph. He is also the creator of the Facebook group FreeLancers in the Philippines (FLIP). To date, he has helped hundreds of Filipinos find jobs online so they can spend quality time with their family.

Jason is also a mentor at Work from Home Roadmap where he provides tips, tutorials, education, inspiration, and motivation to Filipinos so they’ll become an economic powerhouse in the field of freelancing and online work.

If you’re considering freelancing or would like to give it a try, you can’t miss today’s episode. Jason shared all you need to know so you can get your freelancing journey off to a great start!

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  • How he became a freelancer
  • Jobs he did prior to freelancing
  • How he knew about virtual assistance (VA)
  • What virtual assistance is
  • Types of companies that need VAs
  • How much he earned as a VA when he first started
  • How he started freelancing
  • Time he spends working as a freelancer
  • Number of years he has been freelancing
  • How VA Bootcamp started
  • His first e-commerce sale
  • The number of people he has helped
  • Pros and cons of freelancing
  • Takeaways of the hosts
  • His morning routine
  • Books he recommends
  • What inspires him
  • On whether or not he considers himself successful
  • His advice to those who are interested in freelancing

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You Are the Sum of the People You Surround…

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Welcome to Live your Life! This is a special segment of the Big Picture Philippines podcast where we dig deep into certain topics that will help you live the best life ever!

If this is the first time you’ve listened to the show, please check the previous episodes and other interviews that we have and don’t forget to share, subscribe, and give us feedback. it will help people to discover the show and in turn, perhaps help them improve their life!

In today’s topic, I want to share about a very crucial aspect of success, happiness, and perhaps the quality of your life. No matter how hard you work, no matter how amazing you are, you will always be affected by this. It also determines how amazing your life can be if you do this tweak!

I learned this in a not so obvious way. 

Back in college, I always wanted rock music and at that young age, I dreamt of becoming a rockstar, an amazing guitarist!

It was an honest dream, I thought I can do what I’m passionate about, playing original music, rock on stage, and girls will swarm at me! 

Although I never became a famous rockstar, I became part of a band. I played guitar and I enjoyed it a lot.

We started to create songs but those songs were not necessarily the best songs, but we love it anyway! I am not sure if the audience even loved it as long as we rock it and we’re all good.

However, this also introduced me to a lifestyle of rock n roll.

In this certain group of people, you tend to wear black shirts, skinny jeans, you also need to act in a certain way, like say the words “preh,” rocks, and other mannerisms. 

Also, it’s a must that you drink.

It’s funny how pubs pay us a set of beer to play five songs. So we play in gigs and drink all night, more often than not reaching dawn! 

We also always talk about music, our next exploits, next gigs, next breaks, but in those practices and meetings, we always drink. 

Nobody seems to talk about jobs, careers, and business. It was all about rock n roll. 

Looking back it was crazy!

I seriously enjoyed that part of my life but it has its toll. 

I start noticing that the job I have was also like 80% of the jobs of the people of my bandmates. I also noticed, our conversations were just all about this dream of making it big and of the next gig, the cycle continues, day in day out.

If you were to look at me from outside, you’ll see a life wasted. 

Don’t you hate people who judge you? But looking back, I think their intentions were good and they might be actually right.

It all changed when I could no longer keep it together, my relationship ended, I had lost my job, broke, no money to pay for beer, and the vices have gotten worse…

So I decided to take a break, went to another city and live there for three months and just started anew.

I started reading books, check out seminars and joined clubs that let me meet new types of people. 

As I changed my environment and changed the people I surround myself with, the better I deal with my finances, the less worried I get, and the better my plans of the future are.

And I thought initially it wasn’t just because of the people around me but it was me who’s causing it, but then again, I couldn’t have done it on my own, not with my own will power. Because when I went back and whenever people ask me to go “tagay” (drink), I’d still go on with the spree. 

There I realized that I am who I hang out with.

And I’ve tested this multiple times…

I met people who travel a lot and specifically I met someone who travels solo! After hanging out with him, I became a person who travels a lot too and did my first, second, and third solo travels right after that!

I tried to hang out with people who wanted to do surfing, running, and mountain climbing. So I went learn surfing and joined camps, went running 21kms now and on my way to probably running a marathon, and was able to climb the highest peak of Luzon and later on, of the Philippines — Mount Apo!

It’s amazing how powerful this is.

And the best part is that when it comes to money, the more I spend time with entrepreneurs or people who have small businesses, the more I also learn, adapt and start. This day I have my very own business that’s earning more money!

It’s as if, success and earning a certain amount of money was a norm and it wasn’t a norm with me at all before!  I mean I can survive with just 16k php of income in a month. Now, as I think of it, that’s no longer enough for investing or saving each month!

This is where I learned and truly embraced the concept that you are the sum of the people you surround with. No matter what, your environment and the people around you dictate your life. No one escapes from it.

If you really think of it, if you check on yourself and if you are someone who has good habits, then more or less your friends also have those habits.

What if, all we needed is to change the people around us and improve our friends and that’s what it all really takes to be successful? What would you do?

It’s an understatement that this idea is the best success hack I’ve encountered in my life!

If you want to give this a try or if you think you need a change of environment and want to start out, here are some steps for you.

1. List them Down

List down the people you spend the most time with. These are those who whether you like it or not you spend time with — your workmates, family, your friends. 

You’ll notice that in this list, you will realize they more or less have the same lifestyle as you and probably the same income or net worth!

2. Create Your Ideal List

Second is you create your ideal list. If you want to change your life or just want to improve it, look around and list down in your circle or not, who you think will influence you to become your best version. 

Of course, it all starts with knowing what you want, so check out the episode about goal setting in our Live Your Life segments in this podcast!

As long as you know what you wanted and find people who could help you become that person then all it really takes is to….

3. Set Dates

Find a way to spend time with them, may it be a phone call or an actual meeting. The goal here is to slowly make them part of your circle and turn them as close friends or confidantes.

Slowly but surely you will get results but of course, you need to be intentional with this. I know some people really evaluate their time and how much time they spent with these people. They know that they will learn a lot from their ideal list. 

Take note that you may not notice changes instantly but if you join that group eventually you will notice changes. In addition, this could also be awkward at first. You may need to join groups that are weird or not resonate with you, but trust me, continue showing up, and eventually the weird feeling goes away. We tend to be afraid or scared when we try to do new things. So just keep that in mind.

So that’s it for our episode! If you apply these and if you see any changes in your life, please let me know! And share your thoughts and experience on our facebook group, The Big PIcture Ph community and as well as the 9to5 Entrepreneurs.

 

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