I was invited to give a talk at the “Ignite” event, the first  HR Convention organized by students for students. My topic is about “Pinoy Pride, Going Global Now”.

Since students are exposed to different success formulas, I decided to give them a framework w/ shot of reality from my actual experience. The title of my talk is one step back, two steps forward, a template that they can refer to, as soon as they begin their corporate  journey.

Sonnie's Talk at HR Youth Congress

Inspiring the youth to use social computing for social good and embrace integrity

More photos at WSPH Training Facebook Page

Back Story

Young graduates are blessed w/ a tool that we don’t have in our time,  social computing. And if this is used properly, they can position their brand and showcase their skills in the local and global arena. Social media has been a proven tool to jump start one’s career. And I can attest to that, I became an Asst. Vice President for HR partly bec. of my online presence. And my current consulting and training biz is also doing well adopting the pull marketing approach via social computing.

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However, though social computing can make someone a “rockstar”, the person’s character is still the force that will keep the “rockstar” status for a long period of time. thus, the one step back approach.

One Step Back

Before zooming forward, it is important for young people to take a hard second look of their character- what they are made of, because the challenges ahead will trigger them to make choices that will affect their future. Integrity is one trait that young people should embrace

A strong character will keep them holding on to their values despite the temptation. Values is more important than the goal. A weak character on the other hand, will make them trade values for instant achievement. Either promotion, salary increase, or fame.

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Only after evaluating and strengthening our character, then we can make two steps forward

Two Steps Forward

Step 1: Ensure you know where you are heading.

Its a waste of time and resources when after giving our best climbing the ladder of success only to find out that we are on the wrong ladder. I know some who made this error, and I can say that though they have money, they are not necessarily happy  (the real sense of happiness).

Step 2: Use Social Media for Social Good

Use social computing for social good, position your brand and showcase what you got. Only through this, likely employers will notice you. Or biz partners if you are inclined to be an entrepreneur.

Details of my talk can be viewed on the webcast below:

You can likewise download a copy of the powerpoint presentation at  AskSonnie’s Slideshare account.

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About the organisers

They are the BS183 Class for 1st sem 2013-2014 under Ms. Aya Dupaya from UP- Manila.

BS183 Class for 1st sem 2013-2014: IGNITE Organizers

BS183 Class for 1st sem 2013-2014: IGNITE Organizers

Events organizing is no easy task, these young people are able to bring together high profile speakers, attracted sponsors and brought together students from different colleges and universities. They deserve this special mention. I am an events organizer myself and these are the areas that they deserve a pat on the back.

  • creatives – the website and promotional materials they used are cool
  • campaign- the way they drum up interest on their facebook and twitter accounts caught my attention
  • venue- elegant
  • support group- each have a role to play and are able to execute properly during the event

Of course, there are areas for improvement but I will not discuss it here. Again, congratulations guys!

If you attended IGNITE and have a question or suggestion, feel free to speak your mind at the comments section below.


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