Meet Benjamin from Singapore.
Tell us about yourself in 1 line.
I’m a professional speaker, author and coach when I’m not out on gastronomic haunts with my better half.
Tell us something most people might not know about you.
I’m a half-Burmese (my mum is from Yangon) but I can’t speak the local language except for a couple of greeting (and swear) words.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
This happened when I led my first public coaching preview session when I was 21/22 years old. You can consider it a public speech but I had half of the people walk out on me even before the session ended! During the debrief session, I broke down in tears in front of the dozen of volunteers and my co-leader. It was then, my mentor assured me, “Ben, you’ve fallen today but you’ve fallen forward. And when you pick yourself up, you would have moved ahead… no matter what.”
Tell us about a time when this piece of advice came in useful.
I would say this advice has allowed me to embrace every setback, small or big. In fact, it has helped me re-frame every mistake and failure into a “learnable” moment and as a professional speaker, a “story moment” that I can deliver for my next speech. Call this feigned optimism but this advice has seen me through some of my lowest and most difficult moments.
Check out some of Benjamin’s YouTube videos over here for some public speaking prowess and other words of wisdom.