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Our new creative/brainstorming/conference room is available for rental

Red carpet entrance

juarezlowe red carpet entrance

It’s really been fun and also stressful moving into our new office. Instead of emailing everyone pictures and jamming inboxes, I decided to post some pictures.

The entrance to our office. There’s a red carpet to welcome participants to our public programs. The training/meeting/brainstorming meeting room was designed for :-

1. Training sessions with different configurations both internal and external

2. Internal brainstorming sessions so people could scribble on walls and get out of the office but not need to go to a regular hotel.

3. Internal meetings for companies that don’t have big enough meeting room or don’t have a meeting room.

Entrance to training room

The red curtain parts

Cubby holes for manbags

Handbag/Briefcase storage in class

These are the storage cubby holes in the training room. A lot of women like a place to put their handbags where they can see them so our interior designer came up with this.

Writing on the walls is something that I wanted to do as a kid but didn’t dare. So with glass walls everyone can write. It’s also more environmentally friendly than killing trees with a flip chart. It also helps creativity and has a much greater area to write on than a flip chart. Marker pens are provided as well as mentos and hacks.

The room seats up to 25 comfortably or at a stretch 30. Seating configurations include cluster, classroom, U shaped, boardroom table.

When training in hotels, I found that the projector charges were often quite substantial. The room rental charges include a 3500 ANSI lumens projector. In layman terms, it means that the projector is really, really bright so you don’t need to close the curtains to see the screen.

Our cappuccino maker. It grinds the beans and does a mean cappuccino/espresso/latte. We also have green tea and regular tea available and water. We don’t provide bottles of water (as it’s really not good for the environment). We have glasses and a water cooler so people can take their drink.

For lunch, we recommend popping down to  Solaris SOHO. Food ranges in price from around RM15/head for lunch to RM50/head. Restaurants we like include Asian Terrace (3 course set lunches from RM18nett/head) and  Garden Recipe(surprisingly great tasting healthy food with set lunches from RM8.90/head), Leaf Southern Indian food (decent banana leaf) and Little Collins Bakery with set lunches from RM8.90/head. Dubrovnik has great set lunches (off the set lunch is the Beef Cevapi – really good). Other restaurants (we haven’t tried) include Dish Deli, Killeney Kopitiam, Michealangelo’s (pastas – set lunches from RM25/head) and Dr. Cafe (for sandwiches).

Interview with BFM 89.9

I was recently interviewed by Norina Yahya of BFM 89.9. It was a pleasant surprise to meet someone who was so well prepared. Her questions were well thought out and she had done some reading prior to the interview. For those of you who haven’t heard it yet BFM is a business radio station (it’s also got some really cool music when the interviews aren’t playing). The website is http://www.bfm.my/123.html.

Fatwa on terrorism not yoga

The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai have caused shock and horror throughout the world.

It is strange that neither the Malaysian religious authorities nor the heads of religion in the various states have come up with a firm statement condemning this behavior. What they should be doing is stating in no uncertain terms how this behavior is clearly non-Islamic and perhaps even declare a fatwa against terrorism.

The Muslim cemetery in Mumbai has refused to bury the terrorists. I am proud of this firm stance against terrorism. We need more Muslims to take this stance to condemn terrorism and similar barbaric acts. It will be a great day when heads of Islam in Malaysia lead a prayer for the innocent souls of those were slaughtered, Jewish and others, regardless of race or religion.

How not to use Power Point!

This is an entertaining and true video about Power Point. I have suffered through many presentations with too much animation, data and text in one slide! Key points to remember :
1) Keep slides brief – maximum of six lines down, six words across.
2) Keep charts brief – there should be only one takeaway from each chart and it should be clear the moment you see that chart.
3) Don’t read the slides – this negates the need for a presenter. I have heard many people say “just send me the slides please!”
4) Have a focused and clear message BEFORE you begin writing the presentation.

I particularly like his example of every marketing slide you have seen. As a brand manager, all our Power Points had a similar chart or 2 or 3…