Friday, March 28, 2014

What Makes an Influential Leader?

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Today, I went to a job interview in one of the Metro's reputable hospitals. The HR personnel told me that the interviewer is a Physician by profession who just recently took the administrative role to lead the company's brand development efforts. At first, I thought, Okay, he's a doctor who probably knows much better about human anatomy than sentence structures. I had the confidence that I'll be able to pull this interview off just like past ones I've been invited in.

The interview began and he started talking. He blew me away! He knows what he is looking for and he asked the right questions to test whether I am what he needs or not. Hopefully I measured up to his expectations (fingers crossed). He was really good! Too good that I want to work for him already so that I can become a better writer.

So he put me on the spot and asked me to come up with a tag line for the hospital. It took my Pentium 3 brain quite a while to give him a sloppy one and I knew I completely looked like an inexperienced writer while wracking my head for the right words (trust me, I look like an idiot when I'm thinking--mouth wide open, eyeballs to the ceiling), but he was patient. Then, he let me explain that silly phrase I wrote on his Post-it. He listened to me and accepted everything I said. I was about to be relieved, but then he asked another question. Something I honestly don't know about.

"Tell me the difference between a press release and an advertorial." Wow! I've written numerous PRs and advertorials in my life, but I really did not know what their difference is. I mumbled my own description of a press release and advertorial but never really came close to the right answer. It was obvious that I don't have a clue, but he was forgiving. He picked up the correct points in my description and said, "Okay, so that you'll have your learning for today... the difference is that advertorials are paid while PRs are not." Makes perfect sense! Why didn't I think of that? And then he continued his lecture on PRs and advertorials. I gladly listened.

There goes my story. So why am I so certain that he's an influential leader? First off, I felt his superiority over me, but he did not make me feel inferior in a bad way. He made me feel that it's okay not to know everything and that he is willing to share his knowledge with me. He knows he is good, but he is not proud. He gives honest opinions and constructive criticisms. He acknowledges other people's good traits. Lastly, he made me want the position so badly.

In a short time, I observed all that about him. This first impression inspired me to become someone with an impact like that to people. On one hand, my assessment of him may not be completely accurate but on the other hand, his positive influence on me is a good indication that he truly is a great leader.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training

I used to go to the gym. But now that I'm unemployed and have no money for gym enrollment, I've resolved to working out at home. The downside, of course, are the distractions (laptop with internet, A hard drive full of TV shows and movies to watch, my cozy bed, the TV, the tablet, my lazy sister, food, the couch, etc.) which I easily succumb to. Today, I planned to start a routine and make it a habit to exercise regularly. I'm trying out HIIT or the High Intensity Interval Training.

Just decide on how long you want your exercises.
According to Men's Fitness, it's a kind of workout that involves high intensity exercises with short recovery periods. In my own words, this means heart-pumping exercises without enough time to catch your breath. The High Intensity Interval Training is said to help you burn fat even hours after your workout. When you deprive your body of enough oxygen during hard work, it tends to compensate whatever shortage you experience after the workout. Hence, you still "burn" after your training.

To be honest, I don't really like this kind of workout. I love my resting periods, alright. So much so that I'm no longer tired when I start my next set. But a gym friend told me the workout will not be very effective if I take long resting periods. He told me 15 seconds of rest each set is preferable. Since I like the idea of burning more fats, I've opened up my mind to try this kind of training. It might also help me improve my cardio endurance--something I really have to work on now that I'm back to zero as far as fitness in concerned.

So to start going back to being fit, I searched for exercises that I can use for this training. I usually go to workouts_daily on Instagram for the exercises. Also, I downloaded an interval timer to make sure I have enough time working out and just 15 seconds of rest each set.

With this blogged, may the force be with me! :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mr. Win Detergent Promo a scam? Watch out!

This happened to our household not once but TWICE. My mom and I had exactly the same experience. First, it was me last year who got scammed and then just today, my mom. We were "victimized" by this Mr. Win sales representative who goes house to house offering "FREE" detergent powder as a promotion and ending up with P400 in his hands. What's his modus opernadi? Read on.

FIVE boxes of Mr. Win detergent powder for P400. One box and a bar of Champion detergent were FREE.
A sales representative (not in uniform but rather in pambahay clothes) knocked on our gate, handing me one Champion detergent bar and one Mr. Win detergent powder. According to him, it's for free because they are having a promotion. He said they are introducing Mr. Win to the market and that the brand is manufactured by the same company as Champion. Since these were for FREE, I was lured into accepting them. That was my biggest mistake. He asked whether a senior citizen lived with me. When I said yes, he continued to give me more Mr. Win detergent powder and said he'll give me the discount for senior citizens.

The next thing I know is that there were five more Mr. Win detergent powders in my hands and the sales rep won't take it back. He kept insisting that all the soap I have is worth P400 only. I told him I didn't have money but he won't take the products back. Instead, he said that I should hurry and pay up because his supervisor will get mad if the latter finds out about the discount he's given me. With a heavy heart, I went to get P400 in my wallet and handed it to him. And then he left.

I wouldn't do such a thing under normal circumstances, but during that time, I felt obliged to pay him even if I didn't want to. It was as if I was hypnotized or something. Whatever he did to me worked and it's just too bad that the same thing happened to my mom today. My sister was stopping mama from entertaining the guy, but mama just went on listening to him anyway. I was watching a show in our room, so I thought it was just nothing. Had I known, I should've stopped my mom myself.

After realizing what just happened, I felt terrible. It was worse than being robbed. So I Googled Mr. Win and found out that this modus has been going on for a while. Here are links to two articles dated back in 2012, warning the public about the Mr. Win modus operandi happening in Pagadian City. In these reports, the sales rep is offering Tide instead of Champion.

Now I'm wondering if it's just in our place here in North Caloocan or if others have experienced this as well. I just hope this scam comes to an end. Consumers deserve better than this kind of marketing strategy. Anyone who has read this post should be wary of such kind of scam. I hope the DTI and Champion does something about this.