In December last year, when J informed me that Anthony Robbins would be in Singapore for a seminar in May 2015 and that she was thinking of going, I immediately confirmed my interest and bought my ticket. Call it spontaneous, if you like, but I've recently felt the interest to further improve myself, personally and business-wise.
The 3-day seminar promised that it would be good for transforming everything—from your finances, to your relationships, to your health. I thought, it better transform them for the better since I was going to be investing close to RM800 for the cheapest tickets not inclusive of air fare and hotel stay.
As the event date drew nearer and nearer, I also happened to get busier and busier with my businesses and I prayed that this seminar would be worth my time and money. I've attended seminars so hyped-up but you walk away with very little value. What else could Mr Robbins teach me? I felt that I was already pretty content with what I have. I don't have any motivation issues or any real issues, then I thought, if I didn't learn anything from him ( I enjoy how he writes simply and matter of fact-ly in Awaken the Giant Within), I might still be able to meet interesting people and make new friends ("For RM800!" My hubby looks unbelievably at me) .
J & I decided to fly in a day before the seminar and fly home the day after the seminar to give us some "jalan-jalan" time. Our journey started off with a little bit of drama. On the bus to KLIA2, J realized that she had left a passport at home. Thankfully, she didn't stay very far from KL Sentral so she took a cab home to get her passport and we met at the airport.
We arrived safely in Singapore close to 2.00pm and after a 40- minute walk from Bugis MRT station to our hotel carrying our luggage, we were too sweaty and tired to walk around immediately. (We found out that there was a closer MRT station behind the hotel but we had to switch tracks a few times) We left the hotel for a walk in Bugis Street at about 5.30pm and feasted our eyes on the many, many affordable fashion goods in the market (Believe me 1.5 hours in Bugis Street is NOT enough!).
We joined her cousin for dinner at 7.00pm at an Indian Restaurant at Little India. He has been working in Singapore for a few years now. We called it a night at 9.00pm and headed back to the hotel rearing to be inspired the next few days.
We left the hotel at 7.30am the next day and reached the Expo about an hour later. There was already a huge crowd and long queues registering at their respective ticket class lines. We headed into the hall after registering and collecting our workbook and wristband. The hall fit about 5,000 people comfortably.
In summary, I definitely learned some new things during the two days (The third day was essentially previews of other coaches's seminars and lots of hard selling so we escaped and went for brunch with a new Singaporean friend and later to the Gardens by the Bay). Essentially, Tony Robbins taught us to shift our state of mind, focus on our goals, and harness our inner energy and skills.
He is very charismatic and has an excellent sense of humour (not to mention great acting skills). He managed to connect with us despite the huge audience and we only saw him on the big screens. There were some "cheesy" moments but I walked away feeling more focused and even more motivated (if that's possible!).
There were moments when we felt that some members of the audience picked by Mr Robbins to "work on" are actually planted actors but we could be wrong. As an event manager, I have to commend the excellent coordination of the sound and lighting crew. They picked the perfect music for each situation and when they felt the audience' energy level dip, they immediately cued us to dance (or simply move) by playing the right music.
I've been searching for a mentor for quite some time now and I found him there, at the seminar. S is a business owner from New Zealand who happened to sit behind us with his wife, G, on the second day. We had lunch with them and another guest and thanks to him, I'm now learning new ways to improve my businesses which has increased my focus and given me insight on how to structure my businesses in order for them to grow faster.
Besides business seminars, investing in one's self shouldn't be taken for granted and so my company is now promoting a new personal development programme. It's great for those seeking employability and for those who want to move ahead, wherever they are.
How do YOU stay motivated? Leave your comments below.