Latest People Skills Articles

Learn To Stand Up for Yourself this New Year 2014 (My Response to an Online Hate Comment Against Me)

With online being an anonymous space where you can literally type anything you want without having to account for it, and the internet being an easier forum for interactivity thanks to the evolution of the web in the past two decades, it’s now easier and…

 

Stop Shaming, Start Praising: What I Learned From Growing Up in a Shaming Culture

I was recently in this business meeting where this director openly shamed his subordinate in front of a group of people: in quite a nasty way too. He basically tore his subordinate apart and ripped him into shreds, criticizing him for having low awareness about…

 

How To Make a Customer Feel Lousy About Herself

So I was shopping at this store called Feminu (in Serangoon Nex Mall) last week for an attire for my latest workshop, and I experienced pretty bad customer service there. Feminu at Serangoon Nex Mall — lousy service. Avoid to spare yourself the pain. How To Make…

 

Beautiful Advice from a Divorced Man after 16 Years of Marriage

Lately I came across this insightful post by a divorced man (Gerald Rogers) sharing his advice on making marriages work, after his own 16-year marriage failed. Given that I’m getting married soon, and while I know my relationship/marriage with Ken will be forever, it’s still…

 

Ask Celes — How to Keep Calm and Make a Good First Impression in 15 Minutes or Less

How do you put your best foot forward when you have a short time to make a good impression? I’ve had times when I have to go to a new place and meet new people in workshops, competitions and conferences which are very short. I…

 

The Day I Went Around Giving Free Hugs to Strangers

Two days ago, I gave free hugs at the busiest area of Singapore during the lunch hour–the Central Business District @ Raffles Place! This task is as part of my feature on Soul Sisters, a upcoming documentary by MediaCorp on inspiring women walking unconventional paths. MediaCorp…

 

What to Do When You Live with Angry People: 7 Gentle Tips

This is the last part of my five-part anger series, sharing my history with anger, how I have consciously decided to let go of it, along with tips on how you can overcome anger as well. My History with Anger and How I Decided to Let Go of…

 

Ask Celes – How Do You Deal with Friends/Relatives Who Borrow Money?

“How do you deal with friends borrowing money? I lent money to a friend last January but he hasn’t paid up. I am usually strict with money matters but I made an exception for him as I knew he really needed the money. Recently, another…

 

How To Manage Office Politics, Part 3: How To Master the Game and Excel in Your Career

This is a guest post by Cornelius Mota of Poise Catalyst. This is the last part of a 3-part series on how to tackle office politics and become a master of it. How To Manage Office Politics, Part 1: 5 Essential Tips To Getting Started How To Manage Office Politics,…

 

9 Essential Tips to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Note from Celes: Hi everyone! Today I would like to introduce to you the second guest writer to join the PE family. He is Benjamin Loh, an Executive Speech Trainer and Coach based in Singapore. Ben and I met over four years ago in a personal development…

 

How To Manage Office Politics, Part 2: How To Defend Yourself From Office Backstabbers

This is a guest post by Cornelius Mota of Poise Catalyst. This is part 2 of a 3-part series on how to tackle office politics and become a master of it. How To Manage Office Politics, Part 1: 5 Essential Tips To Getting Started How To…