Showing posts from May, 2015

Zumba Instructor Workshop

Today, I completed my Zumba instructor workshop, and obtained my license to teach Zumba! The trainer was Joy Smith and I drove to Vacaville, CA for this workshop because I really wanted to complete it this month.
Zumba is a dance fitness program that is Latin inspired, but incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements for an effective fitness. It integrates basic aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular benefits, and total body toning. Zumba was created by Beto, who is originally from Colombia.
The three core elements of Zumba is music, core steps, and choreography. The anatomy of a song plays a huge role in choreographing Zumba moves: Intro, Verse, Chorus, and Break/Bridge/Tag/Music Interludes. Zumba is composed of four basic steps: Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, and Reggaeton. There are different type of cues that should be used when you are teaching Zumba: visual, verbal, and tactile.
I have been going to Zumba for years now, …

Achieved Advanced Leader Bronze from Toastmaster

Another one down! Today, I achieved the Advanced Leader Bronze certificate with toastmaster. The goal here was to complete the following: Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, serve as a club officer for a one term, attend TI Leadership Institute, and conduct two leadership presentations.

I finished my Competent Communicator and Competent Leader in February 2015. I had the opportunity to serve as the VP of Education at Fantastic Toastmasters from July 2014 - December 2014 and President of the same club from January 2015 - current.
The two leadership success series I conducted were:
Goal Setting and Planning Motivating People
Here is a quick snapshot of my DTM journey.

Complete Competent Communicator - February 2015 Competent Leader - February 2015 Advanced Leader Bronze - May 2015

In Progress Advanced Communicator Bronze (10 speeches) Advanced Communicator Silver (10 speeches) Advanced Communicator Gold (10 speeches) Advanced Leader Silver (District or Division Level Leadership Position an…

Giving Effective Feedback (TI Leadership Excellence Series)

Today, I did my second presentation from theThe Leadership Excellence Series Set. This set of materials built by Toastmasters International to help members learn the skills they need to be successful leaders.
I built my own version of the slides (embedded below), and I really enjoyed presenting the material. Similar to Goals Setting, everyone was very receptive to the presentation because it’s very relevant. Each meeting includes a full evaluation of each speaker, and a written evaluation by each member for each speaker. I have improved my speaking style a lot because of the evaluations I have received in each speech (full evaluation and written), and this goes for all members in the club.
Feedback is critical for improvement, and you see it in aspects of life, so the material here provides a lot of good techniques and tips on giving effective feedback!

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2015

This week, Forbes released it’s The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2015 list. I keep a tab on this list and the women who are part of this list every year. Each one of these have their own brand, identity, and something unique about them, which is very intriguing to me.
To start, here are the different elements / criteria: Financial Resources Controlled: Company revenue, income, GDP, dollars spent on fulfilling organization’s mission (the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy and the health and direction of the business) Global Media Relations: Publications, newspaper, specialized periodicals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, social media presence (Facebook fans, twitter followers, youtube, instagram followers, etc.) Sphere of Influence: Power in multiple sphere (Oprah being the ideal example of being a media maven, entrepreneur, businesswoman, billionaire, and philanthropist who occasionally dabbles in political king making) Impact: Actively and successf…

U-Jam Instructor Workshop

This weekend, I did my U-Jam instructor workshop with Amy Chang Radosevich at San Mateo Athletic Club in San Mateo, CA. It was two days of hard-work, fun, learning, meeting some great people, and dancing! The workshop was 9-5:30 ish on Saturday and Sunday and it just flew by! We started with a Master Class with a lot of people and great energy followed by hours of lecture materials and learning specific choreography.
U-Jam is a dance fitness program that combines world beats with an urban flavor. I first learned about U-Jam when I worked at Safeway Corporate and attended the U-Jam class with Irene on Wednesdays at 5 (most of 2014 year). I really enjoyed it because it has a urban hip-hop flavor, which has been my forte. At that time, Irene tried to recruit me to be an instructor, and I kind of brushed it off,  which I regret, but better late than never! I attended few classes here and there, and I decided to get all my instructor workshops done this summer, so I took it this weekend.

Goal Setting and Planning (TI Leadership Excellence Series)

On May 2, I did my first presentation from the The Leadership Excellence Series Set. This set of materials built by Toastmasters International to help members learn the skills they need to be successful leaders. For the leadership track of DTM, I am working on my Advanced Leadership Bronze set, and as part of that I did the Goal Setting and Planning presentation.

I built my own version of the slides(embedded below), and I really enjoyed presenting the material. I thought the audience would not be very receptive to it, but I was very surprised how engaging the audience truly was. To make it unique to me, I included some things I learned from Tony Robbins program about goal setting and a hands on portion. For audience involvement, I gave everyone an index card, provided them a very specific format to write a goal, and had every single person share their goal. Because when you share your goal, it becomes much more real! 

There was a lot of synergy in the meeting because both Vinod and Bin…

Calla Lily

Calla Lily’s have been my favorite flower for quite a few years now. I love their simple and elegant look. I recently received Calla Lily bulbs as a present (10 bulbs of rainbow pack) from someone near and dear. As I am researching how to grow and nurture them, so they last for a very long time, I have learned a lot about these delicate flowers.
Calla Lily’s are native to Southern Africa, and they are easy to grow from a bulb or rhizome. Here is there biological breakdown:
Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Liliopsida Order: Alismatales Family: Araceae Genus: Zantedeschia
Calla Lilies signify magnificence and beauty. The name Calla Lily comes from a greek word for beauty, and is associated with holiness, faith, purity, and have a symbol of youth and rebirth, divinity, and true devotion. Like all flowers, each color has it’s own meaning: White:  purity and innocencePink: admiration, appreciation, love, romance, happiness, along with youth, innocence and joyPurple: royalty, passio…